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[Anna Belle Nelson Bailie]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 13, 1964    [p. 1]

Final Rites Are Held Here For Mrs. Wm. Bailie

Funeral services for Mrs. William (Anna Belle) Bailie, well-known Bedford resident and former grade school teacher here, were held Monday (Aug. 10) at the Bedford Baptist Church with Rev. Leonard D. Wilson officiating.  Mrs. Bailie died August 6 at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Included in the services was the following obituary:

Anna Belle Nelson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Nelson [Calonia Doyle], was born April 27, 1909, at Singer, Louisiana, where she attended grade school, was graduated from high school and spent the early years of her life before leaving home to attend State Normal School.

Following the completion of her schooling, she returned to Singer, La., where she taught third grade in the public schools until 1933 when, on Feb. 23, 1933, she was married to William [Weir] Bailie of Bedford, Iowa, and came to Iowa to make her home.  She has resided in Bedford her entire married life.

To them was born one son, Steve [Dennis Stephen], who, with his father, survive.

Mrs. Bailie joined the Baptist Church of Bedford and has been active in it for more than 30 years as a Sunday school teacher and primary department superintendent.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Bedford.

Shortly after coming to Iowa, Mrs. Bailie taught in the Ross and Jackson township rural schools and in the Bedford Public School system.

In addition to the husband and son, she leaves six sisters and three brothers.  They are:  Mrs. A. [rthur] L. Carlton [Dulcina], Mrs. A. [lbert] W. [illiam] Odegar [Hattie], Allen Nelson and Riley Nelson, all of Singer, La.; Mrs. Fred Stewart [Faye] of DeQuiney, La.; Mrs. P. [atrick] C. Tynan [Beulah], Mrs. C.[alvin] G. [reen] Gill [Eula] and Mrs. Creedon Lee [Edna] of Nederland, Texas, and Jack Nelson of DeRidder, La.  There are also several nieces and nephews.

Her parents and one brother and one sister preceded her in death.

[William Gannaway]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 6, 1966    [p. 1]

Wm. Gannaway Rites Thursday

Funeral services for William Gannaway, 81, of Bedford, will be held at the Methodist Church in Gravity at 10:30 a. m. Thursday, October 6.  Mr. Gannaway died October 2 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville.  Interment will be at the Gravity Cemetery.

[Dewey Brake]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 6, 1966    [p. 1]

Dewey Brake Dies In Sidney

Dewey Brake, 57, of Sidney, Iowa, died on Wednesday, October 5.  Mr. Brake is a brother of Mrs. Marion Mahan of Bedford.

He is survived by his wife and six children.

Arrangements for services were pending at press time.

[Walter Austin Houck]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     October 6, 1966    [p. 1]

Final Rites Held Here For Walter A. Houck

Funeral services for Walter A. [ustin] Houck, 84, of Bedford, well known Taylor county citizen and descendant of this town's founder, were held Wednesday, October 5, at the Madison Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, conducted by Carl Cummings.  Mr. Houck died October 2 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

[Walter Austin Houck]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 13, 1966    p. 3

Final Rites Held Here For Walter A. Houck

Funeral services for Walter A. Houck, 84, of Bedford, well known Taylor county citizen and descendant of this town's founder, were held Wednesday, October 5, at the Madison Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, conducted by Carl Cummings.  Mr. Houck died October 2 at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Walter Austin Houck, son of Austin S. and Laura Blackwell Houck, was born Oct. 1, 1882 at Bedford.

He was a graduate of the Bedford High School and of business college.

On February 15, 1911, he was united in marriage to Susie John at Bedford and to them were born two daughters and three sons.

He was a member of the Baptist church in Bedford.

Mr. Houck was in the mercantile business for several years, then farmed for a period of time and this was followed by insurance business up to the time of losing his voice.  Since 1932 he was unable to speak, only by the use of an artificial voice, due to a laryngectomy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

He served four terms as county auditor of Taylor County from 1949 to 1956 inclusive.  After retirement he spent much of his leisure time raising flowers and sharing them with the elderly, the shut-ins and those who were ill, until his health failed.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, [Laura] Esther, and her husband, Carl Stephens of Bedford; a son, John W. Houck, and his wife Lila of Seattle, Wash.; a daughter, Jean, and her husband, Loren Bark, of Des Moines; sons, Robert Houck, and wife, Eleanor, of Anaheim, Calif. and Allan Houck and his wife, Virginia, of Takoma Park, Md.; an elderly sister, Miss Ola Houck of Bedford; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Walter Houck was a good man and good husband and father; he was a well read and intelligent person.

His friends were numbered by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed by his family and loved ones and friends.

[James W. Duncan]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 16, 1976    p. 4

James W. Duncan, 63, Final Rites Held In Des Moines

James W. Duncan, 63, of Runnells, Ia., a native of Bedford, died September 2 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.  He had been ill five months.

Services were held September 4 at Merle Hay Funeral Home, with burial in Chapel Hill Gardens Cemetery.

Born in Bedford, Mr. Duncan lived in Des Moines 34 years before moving to Runnells about two years ago.  He was the semi-retired owner of Duncan Sanitary Products here and a member of the Acanthus Masonic Lodge, the National Sanitary Supply Association and the First Baptist Church here.  He was a World War II veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Arlene; two daughters, Mrs. Pat Manson of Columbia, Mo., and Mrs. Sharon Anderson of Runnells; two sisters, Mrs. Lucile Waddell of Longview, Tex., and Mrs. Elfie Thompson of Bedford; three brothers, Raymond of Auburn, Calif., Willard of Sonora, Calif., and [Orie] Leland of Bedford, and five grandchildren.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

[Lydia Goodwin Farlow]


Thursday    January 2, 1919    [p. 1]

Mrs. John Farlow Buried

The remains of Mrs. Lydia [Goodwin] Farlow were brought here Saturday for burial.  Her death occurred at her home in Beatrice, Neb., Christmas day.

The deceased was born in Miami County, Ind. 85 years ago [words missing] July [1833].  She grew to womanhood there and in 1849 was married to John Farlow.  In 1856 they came to Bedford and here they resided until 1899, when they moved to Beatrice.  Three years later her husband died and he was buried here in the old Lexington cemetery.

The deceased was a faithful member of the Christian church and the funeral was held at Beatrice last Friday, conducted by the pastor.  She leaves to mourn her death her two sons, William N. [elson] and Cory C., who accompanied the remains here for burial, and two daughters, Mrs. W. [oolsey] B. Moses [Jessie Maude] of Bridgeport, Neb. and Mrs. A. [ugustine] B. [arker] Childs [Mona Martha] of Beatrice.

[Ora Belle Butts Hughes]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 28, 1946    p. 3

Obituary - Ora Belle Hughes

Ora Belle Hughes, daughter of James Walker and Sarah Isabel Butts, was born near Bedford, March 30, 1889, and passed away at the Immanuel Hospital, Omaha, Nebr., November 12, 1946.

Ora was a very successful rural teacher in Taylor County for several years.   She was converted and joined the Maple [Grove] Church during her girlhood.

She was married to James Earl Hughes February 14, 1912.  To this union a son, Harold E., was born.

They lived in and near Lenox and Bedford until January 1, 1941, when they moved to Omaha, Nebr., to be near their son and family.

Although an invalid for many years, Mrs. Hughes enjoyed and worked for her home and family.  Her four grandchildren were a source of great pleasure to her.

She leaves to mourn her passing, a faithful husband and a devoted son, four grandchildren besides a sister, Mrs. Alice Thummel and a brother Glenn of Bedford and a sister Linnie of Oelwein, Iowa.  Her father, mother, a sister, Pearl, and brother Ray preceded her in death.

Funeral services were conducted from the Wetmore Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, November 14, 1946, at 2 o'clock.  Interment in Fairview cemetery.  Services conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye.  Music by Mrs. John Fitch, accompanied by Mrs. Robert Stacey.  Pallbearers: Lewis Hewitt, Elmer Orr, John F. Walters, Lenox, Bruce Clymens, Leslie Cobb, Carl Cobb, Bedford.

[Frederick Robert Hubbard]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 28, 1946    p. 3

Obituary - Frederick Hubbard

Frederick Robert Hubbard, son of Albert and Catherine Hubbard, was born at Nelson, Ill., on February 22, 1865, and departed this life, November 12, 1946, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 20 days.

He was married to Annie Elizabeth Moritz at Nelson, Ill., on March 14, 1889.  To this union were born six children, Lester M. of Kansas City, Kans., Walter C. of Shannon City, Ia., Winifred Shay of Maloy, Ia., Robert S. of Ketesville, Mo., Warren of Booneville, Ia., and Evelyn Eldridge of Jefferson, Ia.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard resided in Illinois until March 1900 when they moved to Blockton, Iowa, where they resided until Mrs. Hubbard's death on March 3, 1933.  Since that time, Mr. Hubbard has made his home with his children.

He has been a member of the Methodist church in Blockton for many years.

He is survived by his six children, 17 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

The services were at Slininger's funeral chapel, Jefferson, Iowa, November 15.  The burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton.

[Wayne Hale]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    November 28, 1946     p. 3

Obituary - Wayne Hale

Wayne Hale, 56, of Lenox, died about 4 o'clock on Thursday afternoon from a heart attack.  He had been in poor health for several months.  He was born at Lenox and had lived here all his life.  He was owner of "Hale's Shows of Tomorrow", which had played throughout the Midwestern states.  He had been in show business since 1908.

Surviving are his widow, 2 sons, Weldon of Tucson, Arizona and Lyle of Lenox, one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Bruington of Tucson, Arizona, 4 grandchildren, 3 brothers, Leo and Glen of Lenox and Rollo of Malvern.

Services were held at Lenox and burial was in the Lenox cemetery.

[Carrie Etta Harris Clabaugh]


Thursday    December 29, 1927    [p. 4]

Mrs. A. C. Clabaugh

Mrs. A. [rthur] C. [larence] Clabaugh, wife of county supervisor Clabaugh, died at the family home north of New Market, a week ago last Sunday evening.  She had been at a hospital in Shenandoah for several weeks and a short time before her death was brought home.

The funeral service was held Wednesday of last week at the Methodist church in New Market, and was attended by many relatives and friends.  Interment was made in the Dallas cemetery.  Following is the obituary read at the funeral service:

Carrie Etta Harris, only daughter of P. [leasant [M. [onroe] and Alice [McAlpin] Harris, was born near New Market, April 27, 1877, and died at her home Dec. 11, 1927, at the age of 50 years, 7 months and 15 days.  She was united in marriage to A. [rthur] C. [larence] Clabaugh, March 23, 1897.  To this union two children were born, Archie, who died in infancy, and Alice Bertha Maley.  She was also mother to Retta Cree Gillett, from infancy, who is the daughter of Mr. Clabaugh's youngest sister.  The husband and two daughters survive her and were at her bedside when the end came.  In girlhood she confessed faith in Christ, uniting with the Methodist Episcopal church and lived a true Christian life and died rejoicing in a Saviour's love.  She was also a member of the Rebekah lodge and several other social organizations.

Her father and mother and one son preceded her in death.  One brother, Thomas A. Harris, is still living.  She also has five grandchildren, Darlene, Ivan, Lois Ioma, and Dean Gillett, Lola Marie Maley.---Gravity Independent

[Nettie May Baker Ross Dotts]


Thursday    March 25, 1926    [p. 4]

Mrs. John Dotts

Nettie May Baker Dotts was born at Galesburg, Ill., May 27, 1863.  She came to Taylor County, Iowa, with her parents when still quite young.  She moved with her parents to Utica, Neb., where her parents died a little later.  She returned to Iowa with relatives, where she grew to womanhood near the Ringgold county line.  She was married to Joseph W. Ross at Bedford, Iowa, July 27th, 1881.  To this union five children were born, two of which died early in life.  Her husband died Sept. 10th, 1922, at Breckinridge, Minn.  She was married to John Dotts at Bedford, Iowa, Nov. 28, 1923.  She passed away at her home in Conway at 4 o'clock on the morning of March 17, after a lingering illness of a year at the age of 62 years, and 9 months.  She was a patient sufferer until the end.  She was united with the Methodist Episcopal church at an early age and lived consistently all through life, working faithfully in the church as long as health permitted.  She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, two sons and one daughter, Cleve Ross of Sharpsburg, Ia., Leonard of Prescott, Ia., and Mrs. Maud Dotts of Conway, Ia., also one sister living in Arizona and a host of friends.  She was a kind and loving wife and mother and will be remembered for her goodness by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held at her home in Conway on Friday, March 19, conducted by her pastor, J. A. E. Cunningham, and burial was in Graceland cemetery.

[John M. Neff]


Thursday    March 25, 1926    [p. 4]

John M. Neff

John M. Neff was born in Ashland County, Ohio, March 22nd, 1844, and died at the home of his niece, Mrs. P. [erry] B. Bassinger [Ida Lemley], at Maloy, Ia., March 16, 1926, aged 81 years, 11 months and 24 days.  Uncle John Neff, as he was commonly called, enlisted at the age of 18 years in the Ohio Volunteers July 3rd, 1861, and served until the close of the war.  Although many times he was in the very jaws of death, he was never wounded.  Just after the close of the war he started with team and wagon from Ohio and landed in Ringgold County just north of Maloy.  He was united in marriage to Rahama [Ruhama] Lemley in 1875.  To this union was born one child, Gertrude Neff of David City, Nebr.  His wife died Feb. 17, 1914.  Mr. Neff was a long time resident of Conway, Iowa, until a few years ago he went to make his home with his niece, Mrs. Bassinger, who tenderly cared for him until his death.  He was a patient sufferer, always thinking of others rather than of himself.  He leaves to mourn his death, one daughter, Gertrude, two sisters, one brother, and several nieces and nephews.  While we mourn because of the separation we have great hopes of meeting in that land where sorrow never comes and where parting will be no more.  Funeral services were held at the church in Conway on Thursday afternoon, March 18, by the pastor, J. A. E. Cunningham.  Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

[Nellie Gosnell Hess]


Thursday    March 25, 1926    [p. 4]

Mrs. J. G. Hess

Nellie Gosnell Hess, daughter of Hiram and Mary [Mick] Gosnell, was born near New Sharon, Iowa, on July 10th, 1869, and died at Iowa City, March 17th, 1926, aged 56 years, 9 months and 7 days.  Her husband and other relatives were with her when the end came.  She was married to James Hess on December 29th, 1886.  Three children were born to this union, one daughter dying in infancy.  The other two are Mrs. Ray Philpott [Mary] and Otto Hess of Conway, Iowa.  Her life was spent around New Sharon until the year 1896 when she with her family moved to Creston, Union County.  The past few years have been spent near Conway.  She joined the Presbyterian Church in Creston a number of years ago and has been a faithful Christian during the years of suffering and trial.  She has been a great sufferer for several years and the spirit manifest in the patience and fortitude with which she endured her trials showed that she had learned of Him who was meek and lowly of heart.  Her parents are both deceased, but she leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Jas. Hess, one daughter, Mrs. Ray Philpott [Mary], one son, Otto Hess, and one grandson, Mason Philpott; three brothers and three sisters, as follows, C. [harles] A. Gosnell and T. [homas] E. Gosnell of New Sharon, Robert Gosnell of Oskaloosa, Mrs. J. [ohn] C. [alvin] Jarard [Arletta "Etta"] and Mrs. Rupert Shoemake [Ada] of New Sharon, and Mrs. Luther Howell [Alta] of Hollendale, Minn.  Faithful in all family obligations, patient in all her trials and triumphant in her faith.  The family has lost a good wife and mother, her associates a good friend and the church a faithful and loyal member, but Heaven has gained in a victorious pilgrim.

Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Church at New Sharon on Friday, March 19th, 1926, conducted by Rev. W. E. Joutsler, pastor of the Presbyterian Church.  Interment was made in Friends Cemetery at New Sharon, Iowa.

[Mary Garnett Stephens Stout Bonebrake]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 24, 1971    p. 3

Mary Bonebrake Rites June 10 In Blockton

Funeral services for Mrs. Willard (Mary) Bonebrake, 73, of Denver, Colo., formerly of Blockton, were held June 10 at the Blockton United Methodist Church, conducted by Rev. Clarence H. Landis.  Mrs. Bonebrake died at her home in Denver on June 7, 1971.  Interment was at the Redding Cemetery.

Mary Garnett Bonebrake was born July 23, 1898, in Ringgold County, Iowa, to [Sanford] Connor and Ida [Blaker] Stephens.

She was united in marriage to Willard Bonebrake on July 29, 1951.

She is survived by her husband, Willard; three sons, Charles S. Stout, Sharon Springs, Kans., Willis E. Stout, Goodland, Kansas and Herbert L. Stout, Las Vegas, Nevada; one step-daughter, Betty Rusco, Indianola, Iowa, nine grandchildren; one brother, Paul B. Stephens, Bedford; three sisters, Euphan Judy, Blockton, Florence Dailey, St. Joseph, and Elma Wilkinson, Cheyenne, Wyo.

One brother, David Stephens, preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Thornton, Colo., and the Order of Eastern Star.

[Roy Monroe Fitzhugh]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 24, 1971     p. 3

June 17 For Roy Fitzhugh, 73

Funeral services for Roy Monroe Fitzhugh, 73, of Conway, were held June 17 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. Ollie Odle and Carl Cummings officiating.  Mr. Fitzhugh died June 15, 1971, at Clarinda Municipal Hospital.  Interment was at Conway Cemetery, Conway.

Roy Monroe Fitzhugh, son of George and Harriet Fitzhugh, was born in Hickory County, Missouri, March 22, 1898.

He came to Iowa when he was 14 years old and spent the rest of his life in or around this community.

He was married to Leona Mae Murray October 27, 1923, at Red Oak, Iowa, and to them were born two sons, Gail Eugene Fitzhugh of Waterloo, Iowa, and Roy Dean Fitzhugh of Omaha, Nebraska.

He became a member of the Baptist Church when a young man and later transferred his membership to the Baptist church in Bedford.

He retired in 1957 because of ill health but maintained a cheerful attitude during his retirement years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Left to cherish memories of his good life are, his wife Leona; two sons and their wives; four grandchildren; two granddaughters-in-law, one sister, Mrs. Karl (Effie) Kemery; nieces; nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

He will be sadly missed in this community by all who knew and loved him.

[Hattie Jane Gant Stewart]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 24, 1971    p. 3

Hattie Stewart Rites in Siam

Funeral services for Mrs. Albert (Hattie) Stewart, 92, lifetime resident of the Siam comm., were held June 11 at the Siam Church of Christ, conducted by Pastor Loren Daly.  Mrs. Stewart died June 8, 1971, at Municipal Hospital, Clarinda.  Interment was at the Siam Cemetery.

Hattie Jane Stewart, daughter of Samuel W. and Mary Almira Allen Gant, was born on a farm northeast of Siam, Iowa, August 18, 1878.

She was united in marriage to Joseph Albert Stewart on November 28, 1901, and to this union were born seven children.

Those who survive are her children:  Mrs. Doyle Cooper (Anna) of New Market, Iowa; Mrs. Almira Renfro of Tucson, Ariz.; Mrs. John Maudlin (Bessie) of New Market and Eldon Stewart, Hopkins, Mo.; two sons-in-law, Doyle Cooper and John Maudlin, New Market; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Violet Stewart, Hopkins, Mo., nine grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren and two great, great grandchildren, also nieces and nephews.

Those who preceded her in death were her husband, Bert, on November 11, 1970, two sons, Samuel and Leroy, one daughter, Leafa Berneice; one granddaughter, Mrs. Evelyn Roush; parents; four brothers, Lorenzo D., Samuel Winfield [Winfred], David Jasper, Charles Newton; five sisters, Sarah Maria, Delphia Phidela, Mary Isabel, Pamela [Pamelia] Anna, and her infant twin sister who died at birth; a half-sister, Caroline Weingarth.

She was baptized October 11, 1894 and remained faithful to her Lord until she died.

[Jonathan Adams                                         [John Morgan]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    September 7, 1893   [p. 5]

Two Pioneers Gone

One by one the old landmarks are disappearing, and another decade will probably see the last of the hardy and enterprising pioneers who came to Taylor county to build homes for themselves while it was yet the hunting ground of the red man, carried to their long homes.

Jonathan Adams

of Dallas Township, was among the number.  He came here 39 years ago and entered 120 acres of land whereon he erected a dwelling and such other buildings, as farm life requires.  There he lived a peaceful and quiet life, enjoying the friendship and good will of all who knew him.  His death occurred last Friday at his residence and he was buried in the Ladoga cemetery Saturday, beside the remains of his aged wife [Sarah Jane Fuller], who had passed to her final resting place on the previous Thursday.

Of the early history of Mr. Adams we have no information, but know that his long residence among the people of this county has been such as to command the respect and high esteem of all who knew him.

John Morgan,

 of Clayton Township, also passed to his final resting place on Tuesday, September 5, after a residence of more than 40 years in this county.  He took a claim near where the town of Conway now stands---before the land was in market for entry---built a cabin of native timber, entered his land when the time arrived that he could do so, and there he resided until the day of his death. Mr. Morgan was a good man, not ambitious or covetous, but one who loved a quiet home and to be at peace with his neighbors.  If he had an enemy on earth the writer, though long acquainted with him, has never had information of it.

His health has been poor for many years, and he was almost a stranger to the people of Bedford, but in his immediate neighborhood he was loved and respected.  He has raised a respectable family of children.  We are unable to give further information.

[Dora Salisbury Manker]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    September 7, 1893    p. 5]

At Rest.

 Died, at her home in Bedford, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1893, Dora E. [Salisbury] Manker, wife of Dr. George [Finley] Manker, aged 32 years, 6 months and 12 days.

Funeral services were held at the residence Thursday Sept. 7th at 10 o'clock a. m., conducted by Rev. T. A. H. Wylie, of the Presbyterian Church, and interment was made in Fairview cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Manker had returned only a few days ago from California, where they had gone in hopes that a change of climate might be the means of restoring Mrs. Manker's health.  But all in vain, that dread disease, consumption, had destroyed the last ray of hope, and she knew that death must come to her soon.  She met death calmly, and in the full fruition of an immortal hope.  She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a true Christian woman.

The floral offerings consisted of a harp from the K. P. lodge with the initial letters of the order "F C. B"; a pillow from members of the M. E. church with "At Rest" inscribed; and a lyre from the neighbors.