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Bedford Free Press, Thursday, November 2, 1911, p. 2
Lenox Citizen Dead
John Kinser died at Lenox on Wednesday, October 25th, aged 81 years.

The deceased was one of the pioneer settlers of Union County, living on a farm near Kent for many years and later in Kent. For some years past he has resided in Lenox.

Mr. Kinser belonged to that old pioneer stock that came to this country when it was a wilderness and by their indomitable will and energy laid the foundation for the splendid country their posterity now enjoy. He was a whole souled, genial man, with whom it was always a pleasure to meet and hold converse. He lived to a ripe old age and leaves three sons to mourn his death.

The funeral was held at Lenox on Friday.

Kinser, John

Elmer Kinser was called to Lenox, Friday to attend the funeral of his grandfather, John Kinser, who died the Wednesday evening before at the advanced age of 81 years. His wife who is still living is 76 years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Kinser were among the first settlers of Taylor county. PAGE COUNTY DEMOCRAT, Clarinda, Iowa, Nov 2, 1911



Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 18, 1922, [p. 1]
Rebecca Kilgore Kinser – Rebecca Kilgore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simpson Kilgore, was born March 30, 1833, in Washington County, Indiana.

She was married to John Kinser on January 18, 1853, coming to Iowa shortly after her marriage, traveling in a wagon drawn by oxen, settling in Monroe county, living there one year and then moving to Union County, Iowa, where she lived on the site of what is now the Morgan cemetery, a few years. Later she moved into Adams County where they lived on their farm for 45 years, moving from there to Lenox, where her husband died in 1911.

To this union were born five sons: Henry Simpson, William A., Greenberry, Elmer E., and Merida; Greenberry and William having preceded her in death.

She united with the Church of Christ while living near Kent, more than fifty years ago.

She departed from this life May 10, 1922, at 7:25 o’clock, at the age of 89 years, 2 months and 11 days.

She leaves to mourn her demise, three sons, fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren, a host of other relatives and numerous friends.
[Note: Indiana, Marriages, gives the marriage date as January 18, 1852 in Gibson County, Indiana.]


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, April 25, 1963, p.  4
Graveside Service For McMillin Infant
A graveside service for Bonnie Lou McMillin, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin McMillin of Conway was held Monday at the Conway cemetery. Bonnie Lou died April 20 at Rosary hospital in Corning two days after birth.


Adams County Free Press, (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, March 15, 1900. p. 3
Mrs. Maharry, mother of Mart Maharry, passed to her rest Saturday at the home of her son, near Lenox.


Clarinda Herald, Monday, March 3, 1930, p. 3
Word has been received of the death of W. [illiam] C. [alvin] Masters, former resident of near Gravity, who has been living at Springfield, Ill., at the age of 54. He was a brother of John B. and Gertrude Masters of Clarinda.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, October 10, 1949, p. 4
Edith Masters Funeral Tues   Died At Home of Her Daughter; Former Taylor Co Resident
Funeral services will be held from the Walker Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon at 2 p m for Mrs. Edith Masters, 69, of Grass Valley, Calif. Burial will be in the Gravity cemetery.

Mrs Masters was visiting a daughter, Mrs Helen Vallery in South Dakota at the time of her death. Other than Mrs Vallery, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs Maxine Chase of California and a son, Dean of Grass Valley, with whom she made her home.

She is the wife of Calvin Masters, who died in 1930 and is the sister-in-law of Jack Masters of Clarinda.

Mr and Mrs Masters lived in Taylor County many years ago.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 25, 1975
Gertrude Masters, 87, Last Rites Held In Gravity
Graveside services for Gertrude Lee Masters, 87, of Omaha, formerly of Gravity, were held September 18 in Washington Cemetery, Gravity. Miss Masters died September 14 in an Omaha hospital after a lingering illness.

Gertrude Lee Masters, second daughter of John and Mary J. Masters, was born August 14, 1888 in Omaha, Nebr., She lived there until she was three years old, when the family moved back to Iowa and farmed around Bedford and Gravity until February 11, 1901 when they moved to Gravity. Here William Cal, her brother, went into the livery business.

Gertrude went to Gravity school and left school to clerk in the J. W. Chitty general store in 1906 for 12 years until she left September 1918 and went to Quincy, Ill., to take a full business course.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, W. C. (Cal) Masters, Robert Sherman, and John Buckley; sister, Jessie Masters Ray, and a niece, Pauline Ray Morris.

Survivors include nieces: Helen Masters Vallery of Fruitdale, S.D., Dorothy Ray Schirmer of Phoenix, Ariz., and Margariete Masters of Denison, Ia.; and two nephews, Dean Masters of Sacramento, Calif., and Paul Morris of Glenwood, Ia.




Clarinda Herald-Journal, Thursday, June 14, 1934, [p. 1]
Mrs. Mary J. Masters Formerly of Gravity
Mrs. Mary J. Masters, mother of Mrs. Don W. Ray of Gravity, Miss Gertrude of Des Moines and John of Clarinda, died at [the] home of Mrs. Nellie Eastman this Thursday morning just a half hour after midnight. The funeral services have been arranged for Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Walker Funeral Home. The body will be taken to Gravity, which was the family home for many years, for burial.

Mrs. Masters was 83 years of age. She has lived in Clarinda for the last 14 years.


New Market, Thursday, January 29, 1920, p. 2
Gravity – Mr. and Mrs. Cal Masters of Wessington Springs, So. Dak., visited over Sunday here at the Don Ray home, having been called here by the death of the former’s brother, Sherman Master[s].


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), July 28, 1938, p. 18
Mrs. Everett Maxwell
Ida May, daughter of Michael and Martha Segriff, was born in Illinois, August 12, 1873 and following several months of illness departed this life at her home in Guss, the morning of July 22, 1938, age 64 years, 11 months and 10 days.
She was the second child in a family of six children. All but one brother has preceded her in death.
Her parents moved to Taylor County Iowa when she was but six weeks old and settled on a farm 3 miles north and ½ miles east of Guss. There she spent her girlhood and young womanhood.
On February 15, 1893 she was united in marriage to B. [rinton] E. [verett] Maxwell by Rev. Pratt. To this union three children were born: Ruby [?], Walter and Robert Vesper whose death came when he was five years old.
The first three years of married life were spent near Lenox and all the rest in Nodaway Township, Taylor County first on a farm and the last 13 years in Guss.
In early girlhood she united with the Evangelical Church when services were held at the McMillan schoolhouse. Later years she has attended the Methodist Church at Guss. She expressed herself as being ready to go to the Great Beyond though would have like to have stayed here longer.
Mrs. Maxwell was a devoted wife and mother. She was a good neighbor, also, and willing to help in every time of need. She was held in high esteem by her friends and neighbors.
She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, two children, Mrs. Arthur Bell and Walter, eight grandchildren, her brother George of Corning, many other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the Guss Church by the pastor Rev. S. H. Stewart, Sunday afternoon at 2:30. A large attendance of people indicated the high esteem with which she was held. There were also beautiful floral gifts.
Music was furnished by the mixed quartette of Nodaway, Mrs. H. G. Everett, Mrs. Floyd Neill, L. W. Rider and Martin Taylor sang Beautiful Isle, The Home Over There and Sometime I’ll Understand. Mrs. C. N. Kennedy played the accompaniment.
Pall bearers: 3 grandsons, Paul and Donald Baker, and Jay Maxwell; 3 nephews, Roy and Ralph Peterson and Raymond Segriff.
Burial was made in the Guss cemetery, the family lot where was laid to rest the body of the little son several years ago.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, April 6, 1904, p. 5
Miss Myrtle Maxwell died March 23 at the home of her brother, Samuel Maxwell in north Taylor County of diphtheria, aged seventeen years and two months. The funeral services will be held later. Six sisters and two brothers mourn her loss.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, April 6, 1904, p. 2
Miss Myrtle Maxwell died at the home of her brother, Samuel Maxwell, six miles south of Nodaway, March 23rd, of diphtheria. Her remains were laid to rest in the Maple Grove cemetery.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, August 13, 1902, p. 9
Word came to Villisca early Tuesday morning of the sudden death of Robt. S. Maxwell, one of the pioneer settlers in the neighborhood south of Nodaway. He was gathering in hay Monday evening and working on the load, when a sudden and sharp clap of thunder started his team, and he was thrown to the ground and his neck broken by the fall. He was a most excellent man, whose word was the same as his bond, and one who would doubtless die for what he considered right. He has long lived on the farm where he came to his death, and for years he has held the office of justice of the peace in his township.—Villisca Letter




Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, May 6, 1926, [p. 1]
Leoanora Alice Melton – Leoanora Alice, daughter of David and Elizabeth Wight, was born in Knox County, Illinois, Oct. 25, 1850, and died on April 18th, 1925, aged 75 years, 5 months and 24 days.

When a little girl, she came with her parents to Madison County, Iowa. On Oct. 19, 1870, she was united in marriage to W. [illiam] H. [enry] Melton at Fontanelle, Iowa. To their union were born ten children, of whom two died in infancy.

She leaves to mourn her departure an aged husband, four sons and four daughters: == Mrs. Eva Smith, Hopkins, Mo; Otis W. Melton, Whitewood, S. D.; Frank Melton, Adel, Iowa; Mrs. Edith Masters, Wessington Springs, S. Dak.; Grace M. Shanholtzer, Ft. Morgan, Colo; Fred Melton, Wessington Springs, S. Dak.; Gene Melton, Rapid City, S. Dak.; Zelda Melton, Wessington Springs, S. Dak. There are also 24 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Robert Duff, Earlham, Iowa; and Mrs. J. R. Cowden, Wessington Springs, S. Dak.

The family lived in Clearfield for some years but moved to Wessington Springs about fourteen years ago.

At an early age the deceased was converted and united with the Church of Christ, later transferring to the M. E. church of which she has ever been a faithful member. She lived a beautiful Christian life, being a lover of her home and her church.

She was a life member of the W. C. T. U., and an active member of that organization. Her last illness extended over a period of almost three years and she was patient and cheerful throughout all.

Three sons and three grandsons of the deceased acted as pallbearers at her funeral on April 21st, in Wessington Springs, and interment was in the Prospect Hill Cemetery.


[MILLER, FRED, 1865-1943]
Creston News Advertiser, Monday, March 22, 1943, p. 2
Fred Miller was born October 1, 1865 in Germany the son of Margaret and Philip Miller. He passed away at his home in Creston, March 16, 1943 at the age of 77 years, 5 months, 16 days.

When he was three months old his family came to America settling in Indiana, where he grew to manhood, later moving to a farm near Lenox,

He was united in marriage to Louise Schafroth of Mercer Center October 5, 1893 and to this union were born thirteen children, one dying in infancy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, March 16, 1939.

He leaves to mourn his departure twelve children, George, Reynolds, Ill., Ray, Lestra, Bertha, Rockford, Illinois; Ralph and Earl, Prescott; Harvey, Boston, Mass.; Lloyd, New Richland, Minn.; Henry in military service in Portland, Oregon; Elsie Bunn, Conrad, Arthur and Ida Turner, Creston. Twenty-five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren. Many friends and other relatives.


Lenox Time Table, Wednesday, November 6, 1991
"Joe" Neuhardt - Clyde Jefferson "Joe" Neuhardt, son of Will and Fern Noble, was born July 6, 1905 at Aledo, Illinois.

At the age of 86 years, 3 months 17 days he died at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Corning on October 23, 1991. When he was six months old, he moved with his parents to the Noble farm northeast of Lenox and he attended school in Grant Township of Adams County.

In November of 1932 he was united in marriage with Ruth Hayes of Lenox. Two children, Bill and Leila were born to this union. Ruth preceded him in death in May of 1951. He was also preceded in death by his parents, brother and sister.

On January 1, 1968 he was united in marriage with Mable Sanburn of Lenox. They continued to make their home on the farm where he resided for 57 years until ill health caused him to move to the nursing home in July 5, 1990. He is survived by his wife Mable    of   Lenox; and his children and Leila of Afton; two sisters, Reva Cline and husband Clifford of California; Leota Steele   and   husband    Henry [of] Kansas; his sister-in-law, Hallie Neuhardt of Lenox; a stepdaughter, Jean Moore and husband Marty of Villisca; a stepson, Earl Sanburn and wife Jane of Sidney; five step-grandchildren and five step great-grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, October 25, 1991 with Rev. Elmer West and Rev. Richard Queener officiating.

Organist was Norma Paymal, with Gwen Maynes as Vocalist.  

Casket bearers were Reldon Cline, James Rychnovsky, Joe Maynes, Jr., Roy Beck, Alford Nicholson Jr.; and Roland "Butch" Miller.

Interment was at the Fairview Cemetery in Lenox.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, October 8, 1936, p. 16
S. W. Nodaway
The community was saddened Saturday night by the death of Mrs. Ralph Northup, who has been in failing health for months. Mrs. Northup passed away in the hospital in Omaha, where she was taken Monday afternoon as a last resort of a long series of treatments and examinations by clinic experts throughout the Middle West. Every effort seemed of no avail in spite of all that love and devotion and medical skill could offer. Relatives who came to the home Sunday were her son, Rev. Tharold Northup of Boston, Eddie Northup and wife of Lamoni, Mr. and Mrs. Norman Larson and daughter of Spencer, Lornan Palmer and son of Macksburg, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Palmer of Thayer, and Mr. Brooks of Afton.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, October 8, 1936, p. 16
Obituary – Edith Palmer, daughter of Joshua and Amanda Palmer, was born at Avoca, Iowa, October 23, 1885 and died at the Clarkson Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska, Saturday evening, October 3, 1936, at the age of 40 years, 11 months and 11 days.

On May 5, 1907 she was united in marriage to Ralph Northup of Nodaway, Iowa. They went to housekeeping on a farm southwest of Nodaway, later moving to the home in the same locality where she spent the rest of her life. Five children were born to this union and all, with her husband, are left to mourn her death. They are Tharold of Boston, Mass., Mrs. Cleola Larson of Spencer, Iowa, Paul, Audrey and Leola at home, and three grandchildren, Eugene, Richard and Barbara Ann. There are a host of other relatives and friends who share this sorrow.

The funeral was held at the home, conducted by the Rev. D. A. Zook, minister of the Methodist Episcopal church of Nodaway. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, August 14, 1958, p. 3
Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Haley and sons attended the funeral of her grandfather, Wallace Patton, 86, held in Villisca Sunday. Burial was in the Guss cemetery. He was a long time resident of Nodaway but had spent some time in the Horton Nursing Home in Tabor.


Guss and Vicinity – The body of Wallace Patton from Nodaway was brought to the Guss Cemetery for burial Sunday.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), August 14, 1958, p. 9
Guss – Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Wallace Patton at the Wolfe Funeral home in Villisca with burial in the Guss cemetery.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, August 14, 1958, p. 6
Joseph Wallace Patton – Funeral services for Joseph Wallace Patton, 86, of Glenwood, were conducted Sunday, August 10, from the Wolfe Funeral home here. The Rev. Curtis Hale officiated at the 1:30 p. m. services.

Music was furnished by Mrs. Martin Taylor, organist, who accompanied Mrs. Harold Everett, soloist.

Casket bearers were Martin Taylor, Ivan Hill, Bert Gidley, Tom Haley, Harold Everett, and C. W. Shipley. Interment was in the Guss cemetery.

Joseph Wallace Patton, son of Joseph and Liza Patton, was born June 6, 1872 in Ohio and departed this life at Glenwood rest home August 9, 1958 at the age of 86 years.

He was united in marriage to Lillie McKeown [McKown] January 16, 1895. To this union four children were born, Emery of Montana, Joseph of Council Bluffs, and Albert of Colorado; Samuel preceded his father in death.

He also leaves his wife, Lillie; one sister, Lizzie Pierce of Clarinda, and one brother Clarence of California; also several grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, December 17, 1959, [p. 1]
Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Haley attended funeral services for Mrs. Haley’s grandmother, Mrs. Wallace Patton Wednesday in Villisca.

Villisca Review (Villisca, Iowa), Thursday, December 17, 1959, p. 7
Lillie May Patton – Funeral services for Lillie May Patton were held at the Wolfe Funeral Home on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 1:00 p. m. with the Rev. Elliott Bodwell officiating. Mrs. Florence Taylor accompanied Mrs. Mike Shipley and Mrs. J. R. Dismukes in the following vocal selections, "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond the Sunset." Pallbearers were Clyde Vaughn, Harold Everett, Martin Taylor, Dan Pierce, Bill Orme and Ivan Hill.

Interment was at the Guss cemetery.

Lillie May Patton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel McKeawn [McKown] was born in Ill., July 25, 1872 and departed this life at the Clarinda Hospital, Dec. 7, 1959 at the age of 87 years.

She was united in marriage to Wallace Patton, Jan. 16, 1895, who preceded her in death sixteen months ago.

To this union four children were born, Emery of Montana, Joseph of Council Bluffs, Albert of Colorado and Samuel who died in infancy.

She joined the Methodist Church at Nodaway and was an active member until her illness about eight years ago.



Clearfield Enterprise (Clearfield, Iowa), Thursday, March 25, 1926 [p. 1]
Mr. James H. Ramsey – James H. Ramsey was born on June 6, 1847 in Adams County, Ohio and died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer McCreight, near Clearfield, on March 18, 1926, being 78 years, 9 months and 12 days old. On Jan. 8, 1874, he was married to Miss Isabelle Jane Carson, at Low Point, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey moved to Adams County, Iowa, in the spring of 1878, locating on a farm near Cromwell. Here they not only established a home to live in, but also a church home, placing their church letters with the Adams United Presbyterian Church (now the Stringtown Federated Church). Mr. Ramsey was chosen as elder in that congregation, which office he filled capably and faithfully until he moved from that community into the Clearfield neighborhood. He also served the Clearfield church of the same denomination for some years, until he moved to Tarkio, Mo. In 1904 they moved to Lenox, Ia., which has been his home ever since until his poor health compelled his going to the home of his daughter. Mrs. Ramsey died in Lenox on Jan. 6, 1915. Since then, Miss Mary Carson, a sister of Mrs. Ramsey who resided with the Ramseys for some years, kept house and made a home for Mr. Ramsey.

The Bible was to him daily food of which he partook with pleasure. As a result he was a good student of the Word, and knew much of it by heart. This was a great comfort and help to him in [the] last few years, for when failing eyesight prevented him from reading he recalled much of the Bible from memory, and meditated upon it day and night. During these years of infirmity of the body he has been looking eagerly forward to the day when the Lord should call him home. We are sure that nothing was more welcome to him than the summons which came to him last Thursday night at the hour of his death.

Mr. Ramsey had three brothers and one sister, all but one of whom preceded him to the heavenly shore. That one is John Ramsey, who lives near Caldwell, Idaho. Besides this brother, the deceased is survived by two children and eleven grandchildren. The daughters are Mrs. Effie McCain of Nampa, Idaho, and Mrs. Bessie McCreight of near Clearfield, at whose home he died.


Bedford Times-Republican, Thursday, August 26, 1920, p. 8
Located in 1868
Perry Rose, one of the oldest residents of Taylor County, died last Saturday and was buried at Guss Monday, at the age of 79 years. He located on a farm at Guss in 1868, and has many friends throughout the county. He always took an active part in politics. The family have the sympathy of many friends.


Adams County Union-Republican (Corning, Iowa), Wednesday, April 9, 1919, p. 4
Died – Mrs. Harry J. Schaffer passed from this life at her home five miles east of Corning, Wednesday, April 2, 1919, aged 24 years, 3 months and 5 days. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Stringtown church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Miles, pastor of the Presbyterian church of Lenox. Interment was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs. Schaffer, formerly Martha Christina Jones, was a daughter of Daniel Jones, south of Corning. She was born December 28, 1894 and grew to womanhood on the home place. She was married to Harry J. Schaffer January 14, 1914, and for a time they lived on the Gentry farm east of Corning, then moved to the present home, five miles east of our city. To Mr. and Mrs. Schaffer were born two children, Velma, aged 4 years, and Dean, aged 11 weeks. Beside her husband and children, Mrs. Schaffer leaves her father, two brothers, Walter Jones, residing south of Corning and Harry Jones, of Lenox, also a half sister, Mrs. Stottlemeyer, and many friends. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all in their loss.


Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 18, 1939, [p. 1]
Willis Sparks Brought Here For Burial Today
Willis Sparks, a resident of Lenox some thirty years ago, died Monday at his home at Cabool, Mo. The body was brought to Lenox and funeral services will be held this morning, Thursday, at 10 o’clock at the Barber Funeral Home.


Lenox Time Table, Thursday, May 25, 1939, p. 5
Life Story of Willis G. Sparks
Willis G. Sparks was born August 3, 1871 at Eddyville, Ia. and died at Cabool, Mo., May 14, 1939 at the age of 67 years, 9 months and 11 days.

At the age of sixteen years he united with the Methodist church and remained a faithful member until his death.

He grew to manhood in eastern Iowa, coming to Lenox in 1891 when he was twenty years old. He was united in marriage to Georgia B. Brooks in 1893. Five children were born, four of whom survive. One son, Harold, preceded him in death.

In about 1907 he moved to Ellston, Ia. where he remained until 1915, serving as school superintendent. He then moved to Missouri, later to Cabool where he lived the remainder of his life. His death came as a result of pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife and four children, Mrs. Lulu K. Mason of Ellston, Ia.; Mrs. Daisy E. Head, George W. and Howard L. Sparks of Cabool, Mo. Besides these there remain two sisters and a brother, Mrs. M. L. Handly of Tucson, Arizona, Mrs. D. W. Wilt of Los Angeles and H. B. Sparks of Dallas, Texas and six grandchildren.

His body was brought to Lenox and funeral services wee held Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at the Barber Funeral Home.
[Note:  Iowa, County Marriages and Iowa, Marriages, give the marriage date as February 21, 1894 at Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa.]


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, September 24, 1953, [p. 1]
Melvin Stamets Died At Creston
Melvin Stamets, 68, retired farmer at Lenox, died Sept. 18 at Greater Community hospital in Creston. He had not been well for eight years and became seriously ill two weeks ago. He was born six miles west of Lenox and had lived in that community all of his life.

Survivors are his wife, Lena; one brother, Frank Stamets of Lenox; three sisters, Mrs. Allie Tisdale of Lacombe, Canada, Mrs. Maude Burke of Salem, Ore., Mrs. Beulah Johnson of Lenox.

Last rites and burial were at Lenox.


Lenox Time Table, Thursday, October 1, 1953, p. 5
Among those from out of town attending the funeral of Melvin Stamets Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Teatsworth of Shenandoah; Miss Mary Ann Ford of Griswold; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ford, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Leach of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hausheer of Iowa City; Mr. and Mrs. Willis Nethers of Bedford.


New Market Herald, Thursday, January 31, 1918, p. 3
M. V. Straight Dead
M.F. Straight went to Gravity Thursday called there by the death of his brother M. [artin] V. [an Buren] Straight. Mr Straight was 76 years old and had been stricken with paralysis on Wednesday morning, while out in the yard. He did not regain consciousness after being carried into the house and the end came peacefully and apparently without pain. The funeral services will probably be on Saturday with interment in the Guss cemetery.

Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, February 2, 1918, p. 9
Martin V. Straight, aged 76 years and residing in Holt Township, Taylor County, died Thursday morning at 5 o'clock, following a stroke of paralysis, which attacked him a few hours before his death. For the past several years he has made his home with his two sons on the P. J. Feeney farm in Holt Township. He is survived by his wife and four remaining children, two boys living at home, one daughter living in Gravity and a son living in Kansas City. The funeral will be held this morning at 10 o'clock from the home and interment will be made in the cemetery at Guss.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, May 28, 1931, p. 17
Sarah Jane Straight died Tuesday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Craig, in Brooks. Mrs. Straight was 81 years, 7 months and 23 days old and was visiting her daughter at the time of her death. No definite funeral arrangements have been made at this time.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, June 4, 1931, [p. 1]
Obituary – Sarah Jane Linthicum was born in Adams County, Ill., November 1, 1850 and died Tuesday, May 27, 1931, at the age of 80 years, 6 months and 26 days. She was married to Martin Van Buren Straight in 1870 and five children were born to this union, Almer; Lorenzo and Loretta, who were twins; and Fred and Eddie, who were also twins. These children, thirteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, two brothers and a sister survive this good woman. Mr. Straight passed away in 1918.

Three years ago while visiting in the home of her son in Decatur County, she fell and broke her hip, and was brought to Brooks to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Craig, who gave her tender and loving care until she passed away last Tuesday. In that room in her daughter’s home, she gave out sweetness, charity, sympathy and comfort to all who came into her presence. If she suffered she never complained.

She loved to talk of pioneer days when her father, Hezekiah Linthicum, was a Methodist Episcopal circuit rider and was sent to Chillicothe, Mo., in the fifties. He would start out on Saturday afternoon, taking a three bushel sack with him, and would return a week from the following Monday with his week’s salary in the sack, which would usually be different kinds of vegetables, a side of bacon and frequently a chicken. The only doll she ever owned was a rag one which came by the sack route. Its dress was made from a piece of linsey woolsey, a homespun material of those days. A little hand-made wagon was also brought home on one of these trips with the spokes, wheels and nails all whittled out of wood. During the days of 1860, central Missouri became a dangerous place in which to live and the conference called Rev. Linthicum back to Quincy, Ill., and later the family came to western Iowa.

Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon from the Methodist church in Brooks, conducted by Rev. C. R. Saville. Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.


St. Joseph News-Press, February 19, 2014
James F. Traster, 71, St. Joseph, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at a local healthcare facility.

He was born March 19, 1942 to Douglas and Blanche (Weatherly) Traster in Hopkins, Mo.

James proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the VFW Post #6760, Vietnam Veterans of America #638, 25th Infantry Association and Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citation.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and son, James Pickering.

Survivors: friends, Ruth Ezzell, John Minton and James Kissick (Ellen).

Care provided by Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory.

Interment: Gravity Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Thursday, October 15, 1936, p. 15
Floyd Frederick Junior, stillborn baby of Floyd and Helen Westlake, was born October 10, 1936. He leaves to mourn his father and mother, Floyd and Helen Westlake, two grandmothers and one grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Westlake and Mrs. Jessie B. Case, many aunts and uncles and other relatives. Service was held at the home of Mrs. Westlake’s mother, Mrs. Jennie B. Case, A. L. Davidson in charge. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.


Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Dick Walter, age 86, of Lenox, who went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at his home in Lenox will be held Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 10:30 AM at the Lenox Christian Church. Visitation will be held at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Lenox on Friday, July 17, 2015 from 3 to 5 PM with the family greeting friends from 5 to 7 PM. Interment will be held at West Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials may be given in Dick’s name. Memories can be shared with the family at under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Lenox.

Richard Leland ("Dick") Walter, the son of Orval and Dorothy (Wynn) Walter was born in Lenox, Iowa on November 3, 1928. Dick attended 1st through 12th grades at the Lenox Public School. He was raised and baptized in the Lenox Christian Church where he gave his heart to the Lord.

During his childhood, Dick developed a love for reading, music, sports and farming. He became an avid reader, inheriting this gift from his Grandmother Belle Walter. Throughout his lifetime, he spent many hours reading history books, or an encyclopedia, and studying the Bible. As a young boy, he rode his bike to deliver the Des Moines Evening Tribune and Sunday paper and worked at his Dad's Conoco Station. He also worked on his Dad's farm and other farms in the area, helping in the hay fields, stripping blue grass, walking the bean fields, detasseling corn, or whatever he could do. That was where he developed his love of farming. Dick was active in all sports during his High School years. He was also active in music activities, in band, vocal, on the piano and the school plays.

After Dick graduated from Lenox High School in 1946, he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1950 from Iowa State University, with a major in Agriculture Economics and minors in Agronomy, History and Government. While attending ISU, he was awarded for his work on "The Iowa Agriculturist" and was also selected to be a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, chosen for outstanding work in music and leadership.

Dick married his high school sweetheart, Mildred Marie Brown from Corning on August 13, 1950. They began their new life together in DeWitt, Iowa where Dick worked as an Underwriter for Iowa Mutual Insurance Company. He was promoted to Head Farm Underwriter and was responsible for all of the insurance underwritten in 6 Midwest states, with supervision of 4 underwriters.

Dick always wanted to farm, so they made the decision to move back to the Walter Family farm in 1953. He was a proud 'steward of the land' when it came to preserving the family farm, working countless hours from sunrise into the wee hours of the night. During this time, he was asked to set up and run a Soil Testing Lab for Lenox Fertilizer Corporation. In 1960, they moved to the Roy Long farm, adding acres to their farm production. Dick was nominated Outstanding Young Farmer in Taylor County in 1961. He served on the Taylor county ASC for six years, and Adams County ASC for four years. Dick was chairman of the Taylor County Extension Council that directed the Cooperative Extension Program for Taylor County. He also served on the Iowa State University Advisory Council in Ames for four years. Dick was in charge of handling the weight scales for both Lenox and Leon Livestock Auctions, and was an order buyer of stock cattle for several southern Iowa auctions and cattle feeders.

In 1975, Dick and Mildred sold their farm and Dick was hired as an Ag Loan Officer with First National Bank in Lenox, later becoming Vice President. In 1985, he accepted a position with the Community Bank of Wickenburg, Arizona where he served as Vice President.

After retiring in 1992, Dick and Mildred moved to Dover, Arkansas where they lived in a scenic countryside, surrounded by beautiful mountains and on the edge of the Ozark National Forest. Dick was happy spending the next nineteen years in a country setting. He spent hours planting gardens and beautiful flowerbeds, pruning fruit trees, chopping firewood, and mowing their acreage. Dick also enjoyed helping all of his family with their various home remodeling projects. In 2011, Dick and Mildred made their final move back to Lenox where they had first begun their life together.

In life and in death, Dick was a man of great determination with quiet strength, practical love, and a peaceful heart. He was a man devoted to the Lord. He was an active member of the Lenox Christian Church where he served as a Deacon, Elder, and Treasurer. He also taught Sunday School Classes, led Bible Study Classes, and gave messages in both the Lenox and the Corning Christian Churches. In Wickenburg, Arizona, he served as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. After moving to Arkansas, Dick was an active member of the Dover First Baptist Church. No matter where his faith journey took him, it was important for him to worship and serve his Lord and Savior.

Dick and Mildred were blessed with three daughters and three sons. Dick had an unconditional love for his family and tried to be an example to them of how necessary it is to become educated or trained in a field of their choice, and to always work hard to achieve this goal. His love and devotion for his children extended on down to each grandchild and great-grandchild who all brought him much enjoyment. When each one became old enough to climb, they would crawl up onto his lap and play with the pen that was always in his pocket. He knew that "home" is the place where character is built and where sacrifice contributes to the foundation of strength. Dick gave his family a part of who he was and a part of who we will become . . . his love, wisdom and example will shape the lives of his family for a lifetime. One of his favorite Bible verses is from Joshua 24:15 . . . "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Left to cherish the memory of a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather is his loving wife of 64 years, Mildred Walter; his six children: Susan Lynn Leach (husband J.R.) of Edmond, OK; Jeanne Kaye Masters (husband Jerry) of Dover, AR; Janis Lee Christensen (husband Tom) of Lenox, IA; Orval "David" Walter of Wickenburg, AZ; Mark Richard Walter (wife Juliann) of Fort Dodge, IA; and John William Walter (wife Jane) of Tarkio, MO; fourteen grandchildren; and twenty-three great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Jo Hall of Sunrise Beach, MO; one brother-in-law, Marlin Brown (wife Burdean) of Corning, IA; and many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Dick in death were his parents, Orval and Dorothy (Wynn) Walter; a brother-in-law, Philip Hall; and a nephew, Stephan Hall.

Dick will be dearly missed by his wife and family, but they have the blessed assurance that he has already heard those words:

"Well done, thy good and faithful servant".

There is "Victory in Jesus" for Dick and he has received that final "Peace that passeth all understanding".


Adams County Free Press (Corning, Iowa), Saturday, June 6, 1914,  p. 7
The death of Henry Westphal occurred Friday, May 29 at his residence south of Nodaway in Taylor County, aged 73 years and 10 months. The funeral was held at the home Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock and was conducted by Rev. Mr. Long of Des Moines and interment was made at Guss. Henry Westphal was born in Canada July 20, 1841, where he was married to Miss Eliza Cordes. They came to this county in 1872, locating in Chicago where they remained three years then removing to the home where he died. He is survived by his wife and four daughters, Miss Emma Westphal and Mrs. Louisa Nelson of Shenandoah; Mrs. Bertha Weber of St. Louis, Mo., Miss Matilda Westphal at home. Mr. Westphal was a very highly respected old gentleman and leaves many friends.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, June 3, 1992
Hazel Marie Hoops Wilson, daughter of Ernest F. and May Hoops was born at Guss, Iowa on October 25, 1901. Hazel departed this life on May 24, 1992 at Corning Hospital at the age of 90 years, seven months.

Hazel lived in Taylor County and grew to maturity here where she attended public school and graduated from Gravity High School. She accepted the gospel of Jesus, and enjoyed fellowship with Christians in the area.

On November 24, 1920 Hazel was united in marriage with Marion N. Wilson at Gravity, Iowa. Here they farmed together most of their 71 years of married life. Hazel and Marion were the parents of three children: Lorene, Richard and Rose Marie.

Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, sister Velma Peterson and brother-in-law Herman Peterson, a brother Dale Hoops, a brother-in-law, Elton Hall, a sister-in-law, Pauline Hoops, and granddaughter Lynn Allen.

Left to cherish her memory are: husband Marion Wilson, daughter Lorene and husband Quentin Beemer, son Richard and wife Pauline Wilson, daughter Rose Marie and husband     Donald     Pfander, brother Merle Hoops, sister Opal and husband Frank King, sisters-in-law, Marie Hall and Frances Hoops, 10 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, four great, great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

Hazel was a kind and compassionate wife, mother and grandmother, and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, August 11, 1949, p. 7
Obituary – Mrs. Jess Wilson
Irene Ethel Baker, daughter of Elihu Marion and Serena Alice Baker, was born November 10, 1881, in Dallas township, Taylor county, and died August 5 in the Clarinda Municipal Hospital after an illness of several months. She was 67 years, 8 months and 25 days of age.

She was united with the Baptist church in New Market when a young girl, later moving her membership to the Oak Hill church and then to the Christian church of Fairfield, Iowa.

She was married to Jess Wilson November 29, 1900. Most of their married life was spent in and near Gravity. Three children were born to them, a son Marion of Gravity, 2 daughters, one dying in infancy, and Mrs. Elton Hall of Bagley.

She leaves to mourn her death, her husband of near Gravity, a son Marion of Gravity; a daughter, Mrs. Elton Hall of Bagley; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren; a brother, Clarence Baker of Leroy, Iowa.
[Note: Birth date on gravestone is 1882.]
Attend Wilson Rites
Those from a distance who attended the funeral of Mrs. Jess Wilson Sunday were: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kemerling and Darrell, Miss Opal Kemerling, Miss Ethel Kemerling and Beverly of Malmo, Nebr.; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Baker and son Thaine of Leroy, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Sylvan Wilson and son Dick, Mr. and Mrs. George Anderson of Fairfield, Iowa; Supt. And Mrs. D. J. Hatfield, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deal of Bagley; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Lindley and Louie, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard White of Clarinda; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Calhoun of Chariton; Mr. and Mrs. John Kyner of Weldon, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wilson, Mrs. Cedarburg, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Lock of Creston; Mrs. Jake Eicher of Council Bluffs.


Bedford Times-Press, Thursday, February 18, 1960, p. 4
Jesse Wilson Burial Was At Gravity
Jesse Wilson, a long-time resident of Taylor County, died Friday, February 5 at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Donald Pfander in the Gravity community.

Funeral services were held in Bedford at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Service Home on State Street, Sunday afternoon, February 7. Rev. George Walters was the officiating clergyman. Burial in Washington cemetery at Gravity.

Jesse Reuben Wilson, son of Mary and Nathaniel Wilson was born September 3, 1878 near Kewanee, Illinois. At the age of 16 his parents moved to New Market, Iowa, where he lived until he was married to Irene Ethel Baker. They moved to a farm north of Gravity in which community he spent the greater part of his life.

To this union three children were born, one of whom died in infancy. He was also preceded in death by his wife, two brothers, five sisters.

He leaves to mourn his death, one sister, Mrs. Ray Kemerling of Malmo, Nebr., three brothers-in-law: Ray Kemerling of Malmo, Nebr., Lee Crosby of Ottumwa, Iowa, Clarence Baker of Leroy, Iowa; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Edna Wilson of Fairfield, Mrs. Mattie Ellison of New Market, Mrs. Nellie Baker of Leroy; one son, Marion Wilson of Gravity; one daughter, Mrs. Elton Hall of Macedonia, Iowa; three grandchildren, Mrs. Quentin Beemer, Richard Wilson and Mrs. Donald Pfander, all of near Gravity; seven great grandchildren.

Mr. Wilson was a charter member of Oak Hill church.


Bedford Times-Press, Wednesday, March 29, 1995
WILSON - Marion Nathaniel Wilson, son of Jesse and Irene Baker Wilson, was born in Taylor County on November 16, 1902 and departed this life March 22, 1995 at the Colonial Manor, Corning, Iowa at the age of 92 years, four months, six days. 

He lived in Taylor County and grew to maturity in Taylor County where he attended the public school in Gravity and Parson's College in Fairfield, Iowa.

He accepted the Gospel of Jesus and enjoyed fellowship with Christians in the area.

On November 24, 1920 he was united in marriage to Hazel Hoops at Gravity, Iowa. Here they farmed together most of their 71 years of married life.

Marion and Hazel were the parents of three children: Lorene, Richard and Rose Marie.

Marion was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Hazel, three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law          and two granddaughters, Lynn Allen and Donette Pfander.

Left to cherish his memory are: daughter Lorene and husband, Quentin Beemer, son Richard and wife, Pauline Wilson and daughter Rose Marie and husband, Donald Pfander, sister Marie Hall of Bedford, and sisters-in-law Frances Hoops of Glenwood and Opal and husband Frank King of Bedford; nine grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; eight great, great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; neighbors and friends.

Services were held Saturday, March 25, 1994 [1995] at Novinger-Taylor Funeral Home in Bedford. Burial was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity, Iowa.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Thursday, March 30, 1989, p. 2
Glen Wymore, 78, of New Market, died at this home early Wednesday morning, March 29, 1989.
He was born Feb. 28, 1911 in Taylor County, the son of Charles A. and Letta (Loghry) Wymore. On Feb 24, 1945 he married Luella Cady at the Methodist Church in Clarinda.

He had farmed and worked in the maintenance department at the Clarinda Municipal Hospital until his retirement. Following retirement, he worked part time in the New Market Gun Shop for nine years. He was a charter member of the New Market Rod, Archery and Gun Club.

Survivors include his wife, Luella of the home; a son, Jim Wymore of New Market; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Services will be held Saturday, April 1, at 10:30 a. m. at the Walker-Merrick Funeral Home, with burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Guss, Ia. A memorial will be established.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, March 9, 1987, p. 8
Una Wymore services Tuesday
Graveside services for Miss Una F. Wymore, 84, of the Guss community will be at 2:30 pm Tuesday at Maple Grove cemetery at Guss with Jon Palmquist officiating.

Miss Wymore died early this Monday morning (March 9, 1987) at Municipal Hospital where she had been admitted Sunday. She had been a resident of Bethesda Care Center for the past four years.

She was born Feb. 15, 1903, near Hepburn, Ia., the daughter of Charles A. and Letitia (Loghry) Wymore.

Miss Wymore had been a school teacher in rural schools.

She is survived by a brother, Glenn Wymore of New Market and one nephew.

Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Guss.