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Thursday December 12, 1946 [p. 1]
Donald H. Bordner Dies In Hospital
Donald H. [omer] Bordner, former Bedford resident, died Sunday at McClosky Veterans' Hospital, Temple, Texas.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Mattie Bordner of Clarinda; his wife [Ora Dell Smith] and a daughter, Donna K. [ay] Bordner, of Kempner, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Geneva Johnson of Clarinda, and Mrs. Eleanor Crawford of Avoca, Iowa.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday January 30, 1918 [p. 4]
Mrs. Guy Payton Funeral Tuesday
Mrs. Guy Payton passed away at the Dallas Sanitarium on January 25, 1918. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Fred Payton home in Bedford. Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery.
Eva Irene Payton was the daughter of Sheridan and Emma [Rosetta Martin] Griffith. She was born on a farm near Bedford, February 24, 1894. On Dec. 28, 1909, she was united in marriage with Guy Payton. About six years ago, they went to western Canada to establish a home in that new and growing section and experienced the meaning of pioneer life near Earl Grey, Sask.
She came to Bedford in December to visit friends and then went to Dallas, Texas, for another visit, but her sojourn in that southland was not to be long, for after an illness of short duration, she passed away at the Dallas Sanitarium on the evening of January 25, 1918, aged 23 years, 11 months and 2 days.
She united with the Christian church in girlhood and lived an exemplary Christian life. She was of an amiable and happy disposition and made many friends wherever she went.
[She leaves to mourn her] departure the bereaved husband, Guy Payton; their only child, Dean Payton, 5 years of age; the mother, Mrs. Emma [Rosetta Martin] Griffith; three brothers, Lloyd and Earl Griffith of Conway and Guy Griffith of Fairlight, Sask. Canada; one sister, Mrs. F. W. Linebarger [Bessie] of Dallas, Texas; as well as a host of relatives and friends.
[PAYTON, EVA IRENE GRIFFITH]
PAYTON, EVA IRENE GRIFFITH]
[Payton, Eva Irene Griffith]
Thursday January 31, 1918 p. 8
Eva Irene Payton
Mrs. Eva [Irene] Griffith Payton, daughter of Mrs. Emma [Rosetta Martin] Griffith, was born near Conway February 24, 1894 and died at the home of her sister, Mrs. F. [orrest] W. Linebarger [Bessie Beulah], at Dallas, Texas, January 25, 1918, aged 23 years, 11 months and 1 day.
She was married to Guy Payton, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. [amuel] L. [loyd] Payton [Margaret Woods], December 28, 1909 and to this union was born a son, Dean, who with the husband survives her.
About six years ago the young couple moved to Canada where they have since resided near Earl Grey, Sask., and where Mr. Payton has established himself as one of the leading wheat growers.
Mr. and Mrs. Payton had spent the holidays with relatives and friends near Conway and Bedford and while on a tour of the south were visiting with her sister, Mrs. F. [orrest] W. Linebarger [Bessie Beulah], at Dallas, Texas when she was taken ill and an immediate operation was found necessary which was successfully performed, but double pneumonia developed. Although every medical aid possible was administered, after a short illness she died at St. Paul's Sanitarium at Dallas, Texas, Friday at 5:39 p. m.
The remains, accompanied by the husband and little son and Mr. and Mrs. F.[orrest] W. Linebarger, reached Bedford Sunday evening and were taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. [rederic] E. Payton.
Besides her husband and little son, Mrs. Payton is survived by her mother, Mrs. Emma Griffith of Conway, three brothers, Lloyd and Earl of Conway and Guy of Fairlight, Sask., Canada, and one sister, Mrs. F. [orrest] W. Linebarger [Bessie Beulah] of Dallas, Texas.
When a child she united with the Christian church at Bedford. The great number of floral offerings were mute evidence of the love and sincere estimation in which this young woman was held by all who knew her.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Mr. and Mrs. F. [rederic] E. Payton by Rev. J. A. Currie and interment made in the Bedford cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday January 30, 1918 [p. 4]
Fire Victim Dies of Burns Received
Tom Rusco of Athelstan, who was badly burned about the head and body a week ago Sunday when the home of Chal Sickels near Athelstan burned to the ground, died at the hospital in St. Joseph last Thursday as a result of the burns. The other parties receiving painful injuries at the fire are reported to be recovering nicely. Rusco leaves a wife and boy to mourn his death.
Thursday December 25, 1952 [p. 1]
S. E. Thompson, 84, Died Here Sunday
Been In Store Here Over 60 Years
S. [eth] E. [dward] Thompson, 84, died at his home in Bedford early Sunday morning, Dec. 21, after having been in failing health for several months.
Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by a former Bedford minister, Rev. Walter E. Schiel, of Carroll, Iowa.
Mr. Thompson had been in business in Bedford the past 60 years and was president of the Thompson Mercantile Company, Inc., until April 1952, when he retired on account of his health.
He is survived by his wife, four daughters and three sons. The children are Richard, Alan, Charles and Katharine of Bedford, Mrs. Julia Griswold of Wheaton, Ill., Mrs. Elinor Hillyer of Evanston, Ill., Mrs. Edith Carlton of Denver, Colo. Also by three brothers and two sisters, Guy Thompson, Ralph W. Thompson and Mrs. Mary Richardson, of Bedford; John Thompson, Alhambra, Calif.; Mrs. Nell Guthrie, California.
Thursday July 11, 1946 [p. 1]
Mrs. Lon Bristow Dies In Canada
Mrs. Lon Bristow, a former resident of the Bedford community, died in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, Friday, July 5. The body was returned to Bedford and the funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Tuesday afternoon, July 9, conducted by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
Mary Louisa Sherbeck was born in Taylor County, Iowa, on December 29, 1876, being aged 69 years, 7 months and 6 days at the time of her death.
On March 15, 1910 she was married to Alonzo M. [ay] Bristow and in the spring of 1912 they moved to Canada, their home being in Southey, Saskatchewan.
She is survived by her husband, who is ill at the home of their son in Winnipeg; a son, [Francis] Beryl, and his wife; and two grandchildren, all in Canada. Also by four sisters and two brothers: Miss Carrie Sherbeck, Charles Sherbeck, and Mrs. Grace Leighton, Bedford, Mrs. Myrtle Patton of Glenn Mills, Penn., Mrs. Edith Douglass, Fort Morgan, Colorado, and James Sherbeck of Clarinda.
Thursday November 27, 1947 [p. 1]
Former Resident Dies In Canada
Lon Bristow, a horse buyer in Bedford and Taylor County many years ago, died Sunday, November 23, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The body was brought to Bedford and funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Friday. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
He is survived by one son [Francis Beryl]. Mrs. Bristow [Mary Louisa Sherbeck] died several years ago and was brought here for burial at that time.
Thursday December 11, 1947 p. 11
Lon Bristow Rites Held Here Friday
Funeral services for Lon Bristow, a former Bedford resident, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
Alonzo May Bristow was born in Taylor County, Sept. 1, 1875, being aged 72 years, 2 months and 22 days on the 23 of November 1947.
On March 15, 1910, he married Mary Louisa Sherbeck, who preceded him in death on July 5, 1946. In the spring of 1912 they moved to Canada, where they were active farmers at Southey, Saskatchewan. He retired from farming two years ago.
Since then he had been living with his son, Francis Beryl Bristow, his wife and two children, at Vancouver, British Columbia, where he died November 23.
He is survived by his son, Beryl, and family.
Thursday December 11, 1947 p. 11
Irvin Hays Dies In Denver, Colo.
Irvin Hays, a former resident of Bedford, died in Denver, Colorado, Saturday, November 22.
The body was sent to Bedford, arriving here Thanksgiving Day, and the funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Shum Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. and Mrs. T. J. Overholt. Burial was in the Siam cemetery.
Irvin Hammond Hays, youngest son of Thomas Lupher and Emily Hammond Hays, was born near Siam, Taylor County, Iowa, October 19, 1886, being aged 61 years, 1 month and 3 days at the time of his death.
He united with the Methodist Church when he was about fifteen years of age. He led a good life and was a loving son and brother.
He was called into the service of World War I and at that time, and for several previous years, he was employed by the Standard Oil Company of Indiana at Whiting, Indiana. He was in the service until the close of the war. On his return from service, he was again employed by Standard Oil Company at Whiting. He was employed at Denver, Colorado, at the time of his death.
His parents and one sister preceded him in death.
Those surviving are one sister, Mrs. Minnie Bebout of Bedford; one brother, Evert E. Hays of Twin Lakes, California; and one nephew, George E. Hays of Wichita.
Thursday November 27, 1947 [p. 1]
Mrs. Prather Succumbs
Mrs. Arthur Prather [Stella Ann Walters] died at her home in New Market Sunday. The funeral services were held in New Market Wednesday afternoon and burial was in the Hopkins cemetery.
Thursday November 27, 1947 [p. 1]
Thos. Park, Sr., Dies In His Sleep
Thos. Park, Sr., 78, died Tuesday morning at the home of his son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. William Park, southwest of Bedford.
The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 2:30 o'clock, Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye. The body was placed in the mausoleum in the Fairview cemetery.
Thursday December 11, 1947 p. 10
Thos. Park Services Held Here Thursday
Funeral services for Thomas Park, Sr., who died Tuesday, November 25, at his home southwest of Bedford, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Russell G. Nye. The body was placed in the mausoleum in the Fairview cemetery.
Thomas [Downing] Park, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Park of Petersburg, Illinois, was born October 27, 1869, being aged 78 years and 28 days at the time of his death.
He grew to young manhood in Petersburg, Illinois, and on December 29, 1891, was married to Miss Mary Montgomery of that place. They were members of the Presbyterian Church there.
In 1910 they came to Iowa and established a new home on a farm northeast of Bedford. After a residence there of a number of years, they moved to a farm southwest of Bedford where Mrs. Park died, October 20, 1922.
Following the death of his wife, Mr. Park continued to make his home on the same farm, living with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Park [Alice Payton].
A daughter, Mrs. Anna Berry passed away in September 1941 [August 28, 1944]. Among the survivors are four sons: William, Finis, Arthur and Thomas, Jr., all of Bedford; ten grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Barbara McNab of Petersburg, Illinois.
Thursday April 30, 1964 p. 4
Final Rites Here For Thomas Park
Funeral services for Thomas Park, Jr., lifelong Taylor County resident, held April 25, 1964, at the Christian Church, Bedford, Iowa, were conducted by Rev. Ivo Randels and Clarence Potter. Mr. Park died April 22 at Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha, Nebr., at the age of 55 years, eight months and 16 days. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford, Iowa.
Included in the services was the following obituary:
Thomas Harold Park, Jr., youngest son of Thomas [Downing] Park and Mary Montgomery, was born Aug. 6, 1908, at Bedford, Iowa. He spent his entire life in the vicinity of Bedford. His lifetime was devoted to farming, first as a farm hand and later farming for himself. He moved with his family to the present home twenty years ago. He was a great lover of horses and spent much time working and training them.
He was united in marriage to Marie Bell Stone May 19, 1928, and to this union five children were born. They are: Mrs. Hubert (Norma) Hensley, Ames. Ia., Mrs. Gene (Mary Ellen) Norton, Bedford, Donna Lee Park (deceased); Thomas Harold Park, Minot, N. D., and Marvin Edward Park of the home.
He united with the Christian Church of Bedford in 1927 and his membership has remained there.
He is survived by his wife, Marie, four children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, nine grandchildren, Jeffery, Jennifer, Julie and Jack Hensley, Ames, Ia.; Dennis and Denise Norton, Bedford; Terri, Vickie and Kellie Park, Minot, N. D.; three brothers and their wives, William and Arthur, Bedford, Finis Park, Gravity and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, one daughter and a sister, Anna Berry.
He was a kind and loving husband and father, a good neighbor and friend. He will be greatly missed by his loved ones and those who knew him through the years.
Thursday November 27, 1947 [p. 1]
Returned to Hopkins
The body of Pfc. Robert Chestnut, which was returned from overseas recently, arrived at the Swanson Funeral Home in Hopkins Saturday. The date of the last rites are not known, because of the illness of the deceasedŐs sister, who was taken to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Sunday.
Pfc. Chestnut was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Chestnut of near Clearmont, Mo., and he was a great nephew of Mrs. Floyd Harsh [Mabel Sarah Laub] of Bedford. He was killed in action in Germany in March, 1945.
The funeral services will be held at the church in the Shearer cemetery, west of Siam and burial will be made there.
Thursday April 24, 1975 p. 4
C. A. Douglass, 91, Dies In Colorado
Funeral services for Cecil A. [madis] Douglass, 91, of Fort Morgan, Colo., a native of Bedford, were held April 4 at Jolliffe Chapel in Fort Morgan with Rev. Harry Randall III officiating. Mr. Douglass died April 2 at Sunset Manor in Brush, Colo. Interment was at Riverside Cemetery in Fort Morgan.
Douglass, son of James Delbert and Laura [Denny] Douglass, was born in Bedford, April 21, 1883. He was married to Edith Lorene Sherbeck, January 9, 1907. They lived in Bedford forty-one and one-half years, when they moved to Fort Morgan. He was a painter by trade and will be remembered in this area as the brother of Charles O. Douglass and Ethel Douglass Waterman. Douglass was a county officer at one time.
He was preceded in death by his wife, February 8, 1975, and one son, Donald S. Douglass, February 13, 1952.
He is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Edna Shephard of Calimesa, Calif., Mrs. Marjorie Hamilton of Arvada, Mrs. Lucille Gates of Denver and Mrs. Thelma Geist of Vallejo, Calif., and one son, Edwin, of Amarillo, Texas. There are eight grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Thursday August 21, 1975 p. 4
Milburn Archer, 64, Final Rites Held August 17
Funeral services for Milburn Forrest Archer, Jr., 64, of Blockton, held August 17 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Rev. Ward Campbell. Mr. Archer died at work August 14, 1975. Interment was at the Hopkins (Mo.) Cemetery.
Milburn Forrest Archer, Jr., son of Milburn and Ethel Clark Archer, was born at Billings, Oklahoma, July 23, 1911. When he was six years old he moved with his parents to Nodaway County, Missouri. There he grew to manhood and received his education in the public schools.
On February 7, 1934, he was united in marriage to Louise Neumeyer. To this union were born a son and daughter.
His entire married life was spent in Taylor County where he engaged in farming and later in cement and construction work.
He accepted Christ and was baptized August 17, 1961, and attended the Holiness Church of Athelstan.
Preceding him in death were his mother and father.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; son, David, and wife, Letha, of Maryville, Mo.; daughter, Betty and husband, Elden Holsapple, of Great Bend, Kans.; a cousin, Marilyn Findley, of Kansas City, Mo., who made her home with them during her school years; six grandsons; one granddaughter; two brothers, Daniel of Adrian, Minn., and Donald of Twin Falls, Idaho; a sister, Hattie Smith, of Ida Grove, Ia.
He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandfather, and brother, and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Thursday July 31, 1975 p. 3
Last Rites Held July 16 for Paul Greeley, 69
Funeral services for Paul Rogers Greeley, held July 16 at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Carl Cummings and Loren Daly
Mr. Greeley died July 13, 1975, in Rosary Hospital, Corning. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.
The death of Paul Rogers Greeley July 13, 1975, marked the end of a century of Greeley living in Taylor County. Paul's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Greeley [Rachel Barnes], pioneered to Taylor County in 1870. Also his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Rogers, were early occupants of the county in 1885. Paul's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Millard James Greeley, lived most of their lives in Taylor County. Paul was the last Greeley bearing the name in Taylor County.
Paul Rogers Greeley was one of a set of twins born November 17, 1905, to Millard James and Maud Rogers Greeley of Gravity, Iowa. He received his elementary education in the rural school, Cottage Grove, and at Gravity. He was graduated from Gravity High School in 1923. He and his twin sister, Pauline, attended Junior College until the sudden demise of the mother in the fall of 1923.
Paul was married May 22, 1929, at the Methodist parsonage in Creston to Merle Jeanes of Blockton, Iowa. To this union was born one daughter, Maureen Greeley Cruth.
He lived his entire life in Taylor County, farming near Gravity for 42 years. He and Merle retired to New Market in January of 1969. In his earlier years Paul liked all sports, but baseball was his first love. He managed the Gravity team for many years and did much umpiring in the Nodaway Valley League. His particular delight was taking boys down to the big league games in Kansas City.
One organization he cared much about was the Gravity Fire Department. He was one of the organizers that purchased part of the present fire equipment. Paul also served many years on the Board of the Taylor Co. Mutual Insurance Co. He was a good neighbor, always ready to help in time of need.
He is survived by his wife, Merle; his daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill [Joseph William] Cruth, grandchildren, Donald and Jody; his twin sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Merle (Pauline) Harland, other relatives and friends.
Thursday June 5, 1975 p. 3
Ray Lambley, 85, Last Rites Held May 31
Funeral services for Ray Lambley, 85, of Bedford, were held at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home May 31 with Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Lambley died May 28, 1975 at the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda, Iowa. Interment was at Conway Cemetery, Conway.
Ray Thomas Lambley, son of James A. and Eva Grubb Lambley, was born January 19, 1890, near Conway in Taylor County, Iowa.
He grew to maturity in the Conway area, being active in the various school, church and community activities.
He was united in marriage in 1911 to Rhoda Luton at Conway, Iowa, and they farmed in that area until her death in 1938.
Ray moved to an acreage north of Bedford, where he lived until he moved into Bedford. For a time he was employed by the Mental Health Institute at Clarinda, Iowa, prior to his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rhoda, and a brother, William Fern Lambley, who died in 1966.
Left to cherish his memory are a daughter, Helen Lambley Knutson, and her husband, Herbert Knutson, and a grandson, Kevin Knutson, all of Manhattan, Kansas; nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.
He was a member of the Bedford United Methodist Church and in former years had been a member of the Masonic and Odd fellow Lodges.
He was a kind and considerate husband, father and brother, and he will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Tuesday May 29, 1923 p. 2
Grandma Shade Dies
Mrs. Robert Shade, affectionately called "Grandma" by all who knew her, passed to her reward at the old homestead, southwest of Bedford, and now in charge of her son-in-law, Dick Scott. Mrs. Shade had lived to a ripe old age, being past 91 years of age. Her husband preceded her to the great beyond only a few years ago, he being 96 years old at the time of his demise. Below we give a brief biography of the life of the deceased, as handed us by the pastor, Rev. Fletcher of the Baptist church:
Caroline M. Daken was born February 8th, 1832, in Belmont County, Ohio. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Daken.
On the 20th day of February, 1854, in DeKalb County, Missouri, she was married to Robert Shade and went to live in Morrow County, Ohio. Some years later they came west and lived for a time in Hancock County, Ill., and 54 years ago they came to Iowa and settled on the old home place in Taylor County, northwest of Bedford.
God blessed this union with six children, three of whom she saw grow to full womanhood.
Many years ago, Mrs. Shade, through faith in Jesus Christ as her Saviour, became a Christian and united with the Baptist church at New Market and some twenty-five years ago she transferred her membership to the Baptist church at Bedford, of which she has remained a faithful member.
Mrs. Shade was the last of a family of eight to pass on to the great home Beyond, at a ripe old age of 91 years, 3 months and 16 days, leaving to mourn the loss of a mother and a Mother's love the three daughters, Mrs. Isa L. Ross of Oakland, Calif., Mrs. Hattie Scott of Bedford, and Mrs. Carrie Schively of Braddyville, Iowa, 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Shade passed to her reward on Thursday at the old homestead, now the home of her daughter, Mrs. [Andrew] D. [ick] Scott, where she has made her home for the past few years, where she has seen the ripening of many fields of grain. She, too, has come to the grave in a full age like as a shock of corn in its season.
Life's Race well run,
Life's Work well done,
Life's Crown well won;
Now comes rest.
The funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. [Andrew] D.[ick] Scott, Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by her pastor, Rev. C. W. Fletcher. Burial was made in Graceland cemetery.
Tuesday May 29, 1923 p. 2
Mother Million Dies
Louisa Million, wife of Anderson Million, was born at Idaville, White County, Indiana, April 18, 1833, and died at Gravity, Iowa, Sunday, May 27th, 1923, at 9:00 a. m., at the age of 90 years, 1 month and 9 days. Her maiden name was Louisa Lindsey. She was married to Anderson Million on April 8th, 1852.
They came to Iowa in the early '60s and settled at old Memory near New Market, where they resided for many years before moving to Gravity, where they have resided ever since.
To them were born nine children, one daughter, Mary M., having passed away on March 27th, 1922, at the age of 68 years. The other eight children, together with the aged father, are left to mourn the loss of a dear mother. The following are the names of the children living: Elizabeth, Martha J., William, George E., Frank, Ida T., Mark M., and Olive.
In the passing of Mrs. Million, Taylor County loses one of its old and highly respected citizens, one who was loved by all who knew her, and the family have lost their best friend, "Mother."
The funeral was held at the Christian church in Gravity yesterday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Harlan of the Christian church of Bedford, and the body consigned to its last resting place in the Gravity cemetery.
The Times extends sympathy to the family in their great sorrow.
Thursday June 13, 1940 p. 7
Obituary - Frank Million
Funeral services for Frank Million were held from the Conway Methodist Church Sunday, June 2, conducted by Rev. B. R. Weetman. Burial was in the Lexington cemetery.
Benjamin Franklin Million, son of Anderson and Louisa [Lindsey] Million, was born Jan. 30, 1865, in White County, Ind., and died at his home in Taylor County, near Conway, June 1, 1940, at the age of 75 years, 4 months and 1 day.
He was married to Emma Jane Scott Dec. 24, 1889. To them were born eleven children, seven boys and four girls: Clifford of Conway, [Anderson] Dean of Bedford, Murel of Bedford, Charley of La Crosse, Kans., Burel of Rush Center, Kans., Mrs. Dave Hall of Rush Center, Mrs. Fern Moore of Plymouth, Idaho, Mrs. Katherine Roberts of Gorin, Mo., Scott of Memphis, Mo., Dale of Conway, and Mrs. Laura [Maude] Waudby, who preceded him in death on Oct. 2, 1937.