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[Acree, John Henderson]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     June 5, 1902    p. 7

John [Henderson] Akrey [Acree], who resided west of Siam was buried Wednesday. He is an old resident, and was about 70 years of age.

[Acree, Lydia H. Cox]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     July 1, 1909    p. 4


Mrs. J. A. Acree

Lydia H. Cox was born in Fremont County, Iowa, July 20, 1861 and died June 21, 1909, at Maryville, Mo., where she had undergone a surgical operation at the hospital the day of her death. She went there about one week before from Siam, having been in failing health for several years.  She was 47 years, 11 months and one day old. She moved with her parents from Fremont County to old Gravity, Taylor County, thence to Bedford, where she grew up to womanhood being the second daughter of Aaron Cox, one of the early pioneers of this part of the state.

She was married to J. [acob] A. [lbert] Acree, November 2, 1882. To this union was given six children, all living and present at her funeral. Four sons, O[r]a, Thomas, Albert and Earl and two daughters, Mrs. Nora Harley and Verna.

When about 10 years old she united with the Methodist Episcopal church and about eleven years ago united with the Church of Christ. During all these years she has been a faithful and consecrated Christian.

She leaves of her original family, four sisters, Mrs. Lucinda Barns of Willow Brook, Mo., and Mrs. Eunice and Jennie King of Hopkins, Mo., and Miss Tadie Cox of Los Angeles, Cal., and two brothers, Jacob Cox of Glenwood, Ore., and Abner Cox of Los Angeles, Cal.

The funeral services were conducted in the Siam Christian church on Wednesday following her death at 3 o'clock. The remains were laid to rest in the Siam cemetery.

[Acree, Nancy Ann Nash Underwood]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday       May 30, 1907     p. 4

Siam News

Mrs. John [Henderson] Acree  [Nancy Ann Nash Underwood] died in Shenandoah   last Thursday at 8 p. m. and was buried   Friday afternoon by the side of her   husband in Siam cemetery. The deceased was advanced in years and   had suffered a long exhausting illness   the most of the spring. Her remains   were brought to New Market   by train, and from thence to the   Christian church in Siam, where the   service was held.  

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, May 30, 1907
Mrs. Nancy A. Acree died last evening at the home of her son, L. H. Underwood, 1808 West Lowell. She was 64 years old and had been twice married but has been a widow for several years previous to her death. Mr. Underwood with whom she made her home, was her only son by first marriage, but on the Acree side she has many children and grandchildren. Miss Lola Miller and Miss Nora Acree, granddaughters, came over from Siam to assist in the funeral arrangements. The body will be coffined by Mr. Allured, undertaker for Clovis & Gage and shipped today to Siam where funeral services and burial will take place tomorrow. – Shenandoah Sentinel-Post

Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, Iowa), Friday, May 31, 1907
Mrs. N. A. Acree died in Shenandoah, May 23, 1907, at the home of her son, L. H. Underwood, and her remains were taken to Siam, Taylor county, last Friday for burial. Besides her son she leaves a stepdaughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Miller and a stepson, Jacob A. Acree at Siam; also, is survived by the following other stepchildren: J. F. Acree of Colorado; Mrs. W. F. Miller and John M. Acree of California.


[Acree, Ora Lee]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     September 2, 1954     p. 8


O. L. Acree Dies

Relatives here received word of   the death of O. [ra] L [ee] Acree at Hood River, Ore., Friday, Aug. 20. Mr. Acree's death was unexpected although   he had been ill a short   time.

He was a former resident of the   Slam vicinity. He was 67 years of age.

He is survived by his wife; two   brothers, Tom and Earl Acree, and   one sister, Mrs. Vera [Verna] McFarren [McPherren] all   of Hood River. He has several cousins residing in the Hopkins vicinity. 

 Burial was in Hood River.

[Bradley, Lonesa Kent Stickelman]
Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 17, 1980     p. 9

Lonesa Bradley, 89 Final Rites Held Here July 10

Funeral services for Mrs. Monroe (Lonesa) Bradley, 89, of Bedford and Yuma, Arizona, held July 10 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. Carl Cummings. Mrs. Bradley died July 7, 1980 in Bedford Manor. Interment was at the Siam Cemetery, Siam, Iowa.

Lonesa K. [ent] Stickelman, daughter of John M. [onroe] Stickelman and Missouri Ann Ingram Stickelman, was born in Taylor County Iowa near Siam October 13, 1891.

She grew to maturity in the Siam area where she attended the rural public school and the Christian Church.

On November 27, 1914 she was united in marriage to Monroe [Addison] Bradley at the home of the bride's parents. They farmed in the Siam and Gravity communities before moving to Bedford where they resided until moving to Yuma, Arizona, in 1938.

Her husband died October 9, 1970 and she returned to Bedford where she has continued to reside.

Four children were born to this union, three daughters and one son.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two daughters, Irene and Vera; two brothers Arthur R. Stickelman and Lloyd Stickelman; three sisters, Iva Glover, Elda Henderson and Elma Jeffers.

Left to cherish her memory are a daughter Doris Monchinski of Niland, California; a son H. [orace] L. (Bud) Bradley of Phoenix, Arizona, a sister, Nellie Cobb, of Bedford, Iowa; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.

She was a member of the Christian Church.

Her family and loved ones will remember her as a kind and considerate wife and mother and she will be missed by those that knew and loved her.



[Branson, Etta A. Power]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     February 10, 1955     [p. 1]

Etta A. Branson Dies In Bedford

Mrs. Etta A. [Power] Branson, 81, former resident of the Siam community, died Tuesday, February 1 at a nursing home In Bedford. She had been at the home about a year. Until her health failed several years ago, Mrs. Branson was regional director of the Degree of Honor Protective Association of Iowa. She was a member of the Shenandoah Degree of Honor lodge.

Survivors Include Mrs. Vera Paschal of Bedford, a cousin, as well us a number of other cousins.

Funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home, Friday afternoon, February 4, conducted by Rev. Robert M. Peters. Burial in Siam cemetery.

[Bridgewater, Elias]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     February 12, 1903     p. 5


Died, Elias Bridgewater, at his home near Siam, Taylor county, Iowa, January 30, 1903, aged 89 years, 3 months and 17 days.

Elias Bridgewater was born in the state of Kentucky in 1813, and emigrated with his parents to Indiana when a small boy and was married to Miss Elvina [Elizabeth] Boon in 1839. He moved to Nodaway County, Mo., in 1847, and settled on a farm where he resided until his death. He was first in Nodaway County, Mo., then in Page county, Iowa, and then in Taylor county, Iowa, without changing his location, so he lived in two states and three counties while under the same roof near Siam. He was the father of four children, one boy and three girls; his son and two of his girls preceded him to the better land, leaving one girl, Mrs. Sam Scrivner, and a score of friends to mourn their loss. The funeral services were held at his late home on Sunday, February 1, at 11 o'clock, conducted by E. E. Stickelman. Interment took place at the Siam cemetery.

[Bridgewater, Elias]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday    February 5, 1903     [p. 1]


Died at his home near Siam, Iowa, Jan. 30, 1903, Elias Bridgewater, aged 89 years, 3 months and 17 days.

Elias Bridgewater was born in Kentucky, Oct. 13, 1813 and emigrated with his parents to Indiana when a small boy. He was married to Miss Elvina [Elizabeth] Boone, Feb. 28, 1813. They emigrated to Nodaway county, Mo., in 1847, and settled on a farm, on which he resided till his death. He was first in Nodaway Co. Mo., then in Page Co., Iowa and lastly in Taylor county, Iowa, without changing location living in two states and three counties, while living under the same roof near Siam. He was the father of four children, one son and three daughters, his wife and three children proceeding him to a better, home leaving one daughter Mrs. Sam Scrivner and a host of friends to mourn his loss. Funeral services at the home conducted by Elder E. B. Stickleman after which the remains were taken to the Siam cemetery for interment followed by a large procession of friends and neighbors. Mr. Bridgewater was one of the oldest settlers of this community having lived here nearly 50 years and although he was very old he was quite active until very recently.

He was highly respected by all who knew him and will be sadly missed by his devoted daughter, grandchildren and friends.  "C'


[Clawson, Alonzo Melvin “Lon”]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     March 25, 1926     p. 6


The funeral of Alonzo Clausen [Clawson], who passed away in Clarinda, Iowa, Saturday, March 20, was held at the M. E. church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Sermon by the pastor, Rev. Bennett. Music by a mixed quartette composed of C. A. Clayton, Mrs. Clarence Stewart, Mrs. Hugh Reid and Arch Clayton, with Mrs. Neil Owens at the piano.

Mr. Clausen [Clawson] spent his early life in this community, and leaves many friends and one niece, Mrs. Walter Collins here. His other relatives who live so far away were unable to be present. He was laid to rest in the Siam cemetery.
[Note:  The last name is spelled Clawson on his gravestone.]

[Crawford, Mary Isabel Rockwell]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     February 13, 1947    [p. 1]

Mrs. Mary Crawford Dies Here Tuesday

Mrs. Mary [Isabel Rockwell] Crawford, 79, died at the Lincoln home in Bedford Tuesday after a lingering illness. The funeral services will be held at Forest City, Missouri Saturday afternoon, with burial at St. Joseph. Mo.

Mrs. Crawford is survived by a sister, Mrs. Ursula Vosburg of Bedford. Also by a daughter and three sons, all residents of the West.

[Derrickson, Theodore]

Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri)

Saturday    August 27, 1881     p. 3

Passed Away

Death of Mr. Theo. Derrickson, at Cheyenne

Mr. Theodore Derrickson died on Friday last at Cheyenne of consumption, aged twenty-eighty years.

The deceased was born in Shelby county, Indiana, and came to Taylor county in company with his parents in 1854, the family settling on the spot where Mr. John Graff’s store is now located, on the corner of Main and Green Streets, in this city. He has resided here ever since and has a large acquaintance throughout the county. The origin of the disease of which he died probably dates back to the close of the war when he was run over by a sled, receiving severe injuries in the side, of which he has ever since complained. About ten years ago he was attacked with measles, which produced further complications in the disease and, it is believed, resulted in enlargement of the liver and eventually caused consumption. He had been unable to attend to his usual avocation for more than a year prior to his death, and about the 7th of July, conceived the idea that a trip to Wyoming Territory would benefit him. He started overland, traveling by easy stages and accompanied by Mrs. Derrickson and his brothers, Messrs. David and Cary Derrickson. The journey was continued as far as Fort Laramie, when he gave it up, telling his wife and brothers that if he was to return home alive they must start home at once. The return trip was begun, but upon arriving at Cheyenne the party was obliged to halt, Theodore proving too weak to continue the journey, and he died as stated, on the 19th inst. The remains were interred in the cemetery at Cheyenne.

The deceased leaves a wife and one child, a boy aged about three years, who, with many other relatives and friends, sincerely mourn his early death.

[Hamilton, James Ross]

Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri)

Thursday     July 24, 1890     [p. 1]

Taylor County, Iowa

Just over the line lives Mr. Frank Hamilton, son-in-law to Chas. Dresher; all who know Frank will sympathize deeply with him when they know that last Thursday he was called to part with his only child [James Ross], a dear little boy after about 22 hours sickness. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lonsdale at Morning Star church, Iowa, he being assisted by Rev. Sarchet of Bedford, and the remains were laid in Bedford cemetery. This was the first death in the Morning Star district for many years, and the first death amongst the Presbyterians since their church was organized. May it be the last for many, many years. May joy be theirs and not sorrow.

[Havner, Margaret Jane Fordyce]

Hopkins Journal (Hopkins, Missouri)

Thursday     February 15, 1894     [p. 1]


DIED---At the home of her son in Taylor County, Iowa, Jan. 26, Margaret J. [ane Fordyce] Havner. Deceased was born at Steubenville, Ohio, in 1816, and removed some years later with her parents to Washington County, Penn., where she was united in marriage to George [W.] Havner in 1838, whose death preceded her own two years and eight months. She was for many years a resident of Washington and Green counties, Penn., and Ohio county, W. Va., and afterwards of Delaware and Knox counties, Ohio; from which place she, with her husband and family, came in the fall of 1872 to Taylor county, Iowa, where she remained until her death. She was the mother of six children, four of whom are living: John F. [ranklin], of Taylor county, Ia.; Andrew R., of Nodaway county, Mo.; Geo. W. of St. Joe; and Jennie F. [ordyce] Stickelman, of Taylor county, Ia.

The deceased was a member of the M. E. church, having joined when young, and has proven a worthy and consistent member. She was one of those kind hearted, self-sacrificing Christians, always ready to help the sick and those in distress, and was loved and respected by all who knew her. An appropriate service was held Sunday afternoon and the body was laid to rest in the Siam cemetery.