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[Anderson, Elizabeth Black Shaeffer]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      November 25, 1937    p. 4


Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Black, daughter of Gilbert and Susannah Black, was born at Sandyville, Ohio, Sept. 14, 1843 and died in Omaha, Nebr., Monday, Nov. 22, at the age of 94 years, 2 months and 8 days.

She made her home in Ohio until her marriage on June 24, 1866 to Francis M.[arion] Shaeffer at Sandyville. To this union were born two children, F.[rancis] W. [hitfield] Shaeffer of Omaha and Nettie Shaeffer, who died at the age of 18 months. Her husband, Francis M. [arion] Shaeffer died June 27, 1871.

In October 1871 she moved to Delavan, Ill, with her parents. She was married June 27, 1875 to W. [illiam] C. [raig] Anderson at Hopedale, Ill. They moved to Bedford July 6, 1876, which place had since been her home. Mr. Anderson passed away Oct. 15, 1906.

She is survived by her son, F. [rancis] W. [hitfield] Shaeffer of Omaha, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In her childhood she joined the Lutheran church at Sandyville, Ohio. After moving to Bedford she joined the Presbyterian Church during the first year of the pastorate of R. A. McKinley.

The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon conducted by Rev. W. F. Overhulser. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
[Note: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index gives the marriage date as June 29, 1875.]

[Anderson, William Craig]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     October 18, 1906      p. 4

William C. Anderson Dead

William C. [raig] Anderson was born at Port Washington, Ohio, July 8, 1843, and died at his home in Bedford at 6:10 p. m. Sunday October 14, 1906, from heart disease.

In 1859, when but a lad of 16, he moved to Kansas and while living at Topeka came the call to arms, and in 1861 he volunteered his services and joined the 5th Kansas Cavalry.

On June 28 [29], 1875 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Shaffer in Hopedale, Ill., and they immediately moved to Bedford where they have since made their home.

The subject of this sketch has been a traveling salesman for many years, having travelled through every state east of the Missouri river and quite a number west. There is probably no man in Iowa who has travelled more extensively than the deceased.

For the past year or more he has not been in good health and in July he came home from his last trip. While ill he was able to be down town almost every day until about two weeks ago, since which time he was confined to his home and the announcement of his death was a great surprise. He joined the Presbyterian Church a number of years ago and has been a consistent member since. He was a kind and affectionate husband and a good neighbor and true friend.

His aged mother, two brothers and two sisters, all living in California together with the devoted wife and son, W. C. Shaffer, survive to mourn his loss. He was a member of the G. A. R. and of the Masonic order, the latter having charge of the burial which occurred Tuesday afternoon. The funeral was held at the home, conducted by Rev. Barackman.
[Note: Illinois Statewide Marriage Index gives the marriage date as June 29, 1875.]

[Anderson, William Craig]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     October 18, 1906     p. 8

Death of Wm. Anderson

William C. [raig] Anderson died at 6:10 p. m. Sunday, at his home in Bedford, of heart disease, aged 63 years, 3 months and 6 days.

The deceased was born at Port Washington, Ohio, on July 8, 1843 and for 19 years he made that his home. In 1859, his parents decided to seek their fortune farther west, and moved to Topeka, Kansas; their son, the deceased accompanied them. This was only a few years prior to the outbreaking of the Civil War, and during the time when the Sunflower state was earning that title of Bleeding Kansas by which it has been known ever since. Topeka was then on the frontier, and a man’s life and property was safe only so long as he could defend it with gun and knife. Amid these scenes of blood shed and violence Mr. Anderson lived until the beginning of the war, varying his experiences still more by making trips across the plains in the capacity of a “Bull whacker.” During those times the dangers from outlaws was always present and to this was added the further peril of Indian warfare.

Thu it all the deceased passed unscathed, and at the beginning of the war enlisted in the 5th Kansas Cavalry. He served with this regiment for three years and during most of that time he saw that kind of service that was even worse than regular warfare, for the regiment’s enemies were the border outlaws who never gave quarter to a captured or disabled foeman. During the many battles and daily skirmishes of the three years soldier life, the deceased received only one wound—a shot thru one hand, and returned home with a war record of which he had cause for feeling proud.

Mr. Anderson, after the war engaged in the occupation of traveling salesman, selling goods to the consumer, and followed it during the rest of his life. During his varied career, he visited every state in the Union except five or six, and his experiences were such that comes to but few.

While making his home in Illinois he met, wooed and won, Mrs. Elizabeth Shaeffer, the wedding occurring at Hopedale, that state. No children came to bless the union, but to his step son, W. F. Shaeffer, he was all a father could be, and in later years, after the little boy had grown to maturity, his children were the pride and joy of their grandpa, and their visits to his home were to him the days of his greatest happiness.

In 1875, Mr. and Mrs. Anderson moved to Bedford and ever since, this has been their home. Mr. Anderson tho away from home a great deal, was well known and highly respected. He was a jovial companion, and a true friend, a kind neighbor and a loving husband, and in her great bereavement, Mrs. Anderson has the sincere sympathy of all.

Deceased was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church, and a Mason of long standing. This lodge had charge of the ceremonies at the funeral which took place at the home Tuesday at 3 p. m. the funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Barackman.

[Bowers, Claude Lewis]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      September 17, 1936     [p. 1]

Claude L. Bowers, 49, Died At Home Sun.

Claude L. Bowers, 49, died at his home west of Bedford, Sunday evening, Sept. 13, after a lingering illness of several months.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 15, conducted by Rev. Robert Boshen. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Claude Lewis, oldest son of Lewis [Irving] and Nettie Bowers, was born in Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa, Sept. 5, 1887. His early childhood was spent on a farm and in Bedford where he attended the Bedford schools.

Dec. 24, 1914 he was married to Clara [Charlotte] Sherbeck. Their entire married life was spent on the farm west of Bedford. Mrs. Bowers died March 20, 1936.

Surviving are three brothers, Guy Bowers, Roy Bowers, and Harold Bowers, and two sisters, Mrs. Roy Helm and Mrs. Elvan Johnson, all of Bedford. Another sister, Mrs. Hazel Horning, preceded her brother in death. There are also six nieces and seven nephews.

Mr. Bowers was a true lover of friends, prising them higher than worldly goods. He was of a jovial nature, well liked and he will be greatly missed from the community.

[Brice, Phebe Arabella Kenyon]

Bedford Daily Republican

Monday    February 22, 1904     p. 4

We Mourn

Death Has Again Visited Bedford

Mrs. A. C. Brice Died This Morning

The Entire Community Mourns the Loss of This Good Woman

The people of Bedford were shocked this morning by the announcement of the death of Mrs. A. [lexander] C. [ooper] Brice, who was taken away at 3 a. m. Although her illness was well known no one considered it serious and the suddenness with which the Angel of Death has visited that home has left a pall over the community. Only three weeks ago Mrs. Brice was taken down with the grippe. The grippe developed into pneumonia fever, which brought on the sudden end.

The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been completed, but it is probable that the service will take place at the house on account of Mr. Brice’s condition Wednesday morning and interment will be in the lot at Fairview cemetery.

Mayor Brice, in spite of his great loss, is bearing up bravely and is pronounced better this morning. The public are in heart-felt sympathy with the man whom they have chosen to occupy the foremost place in their midst and whose sorrow is their own.

Mrs. A. [lexander] C. [ooper] Brice was born in Rhode Island in 1860. Her maiden name was Phoebe [Arabella] Kenyon. In 1883 she married A. [lexander] C. [ooper] Brice in New York City and moved to Lenox, Iowa. They lived in Lenox six years and then removed to Bedford. Mrs. Brice leaves three children, Basil, Alexander and Esperanza; two sisters, Mrs. M. S. Topliff of Bedford and Mrs. Julia Wright of Connecticut. It is improbable that any of these relatives will be able to come to the funeral, as they are all so far away.

Mrs. J. R. Sater of Lenox, Mr. Brice’s sister, is here. His wife’s brother resides in Colorado.

Mrs. Brice has been one of Bedford’s most earnest workers for the past 12 years and in her exit from Bedford’s life and work she leaves a place that can never be refilled. The public has lost a leader and no one will ever know to what an extent her influence and love have aided her prostrate husband not only in his official duties but in making him the conscientious and successful man that he is today.

She was an earnest worker in the Presbyterian Church, at one time president of the Ladies’ Aid Society and of the Junior Endeavor. She was a familiar figure not only among the ladies of the church but among the young people, and her Christian influence has left its stamp upon their character. Her friends will always associate her church labors with the revival movements carried on by Mr. Sunday in which she took so leading a part. She has gone now to reap the reward of her toil in the work of the Master and to rest in peace from her many pains in His cause. The bereaved relatives are consoled by the knowledge of happiness in her Heavenly home, where she has gone not to part from them, but to precede and to dwell with the little son Calvin, who left his earthly home 12 years ago.

In their affliction the bereaved ones have the sympathies of the people of Bedford who are all united with them in sorrow and comforted in the knowledge of an everlasting life.

[Brice, Phebe Arabella Kenyon]

Bedford Daily Republican

Tuesday      February 23, 1904     p. 4

Services At The Residence

A message was received from Elmer Brice stating that he will arrive in Bedford either on the evening train or in the morning. In consequence of this telegram the time of the funeral is set at 2 p. m. tomorrow. On account of Mr. Brice’s condition the services will be held at the house instead of the church.

Mr. Brice is doing as well as can be expected. When told of Mrs. Brice’s death he made the remark that he would nerve himself so that he would stand it. The shock of the news seems to have changed his condition so that he is now able to think more clearly.

The services will be conducted by Rev. Ream, assisted by Revs. Miles and Furgeson. Interment will be in Fairview cemetery.

[Brice, Phebe Arabella Kenyon]

Bedford Daily Republican

Wednesday      February 24, 1904    [p. 1]

A Very Large Funeral

Mrs. A. C. Brice Laid To Rest In Fairview Cemetery

The City of Bedford Is In Mourning Today

For three hours this afternoon the city of Bedford gave over her individual interests as a token of respect to the memory of the dead. The streets are deserted and business forgotten in the grief that is common to all. As we go to press the body of Mrs. A. [lexander] C. [ooper] Brice is being laid away in Fairview Cemetery.

For five hours during the middle of the day the body lay in a white casket beautifully bedecked with flowers and open on the top and side exposed to the view of friends.

The services began at 2 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. Ream and assisted by Revs. Miles, Griffith, and Furgeson. It was informal and impressive beholding the heartfelt grief of those whose duty it was to take part.

Rev. Ream spoke of [her life] and character in a few appropriate words and was followed by the other ministers who told the truths of an after life only as those who live Christian lives can speak.

The Presbyterian choir sang “Abide With Me” and “Jesus, Lover of My Soul.”

The service was then turned over to the ladies of the Eastern Star who performed their ritual under the leadership of Walter Lake.

The pallbearers were: John Beauchamp, John Haddock, C. A. Orth, H. E. Mooers, and S. E. Thompson.

At 3:30 the procession [began] its solemn march to the cemetery. The procession was one of the largest in Bedford for a long time. The ceremonies at the grave were brief.

As a friend Mrs. Brice [words missing] and ready in time of need, as a wife she was devoted and [word missing] and as a mother loving and [word missing] care. As a Christian worker she was zealous and full of sympathy, as a member of society she was sociable and attentive to all [word missing]. Those who had the pleasure of her acquaintance could but admire her culture and refinement. Those who were her friends loved her for her beautiful qualities of mind and heart.

[Brice, Phebe Arabella Kenyon]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     February 25, 1904    p. 1, 4

Mrs. Brice Passes Away

Another Beloved Citizen of Bedford Called Upon to Pass Over the Silent River of Death

Again has Bedford been cast into sadness and gloom by the departure of one of its most beloved citizens---Mrs. Brice, wife of Mayor A. C. Brice, ex-consul to Matanzas, Cuba. Even while the devoted husband lay stricken nigh unto death, the spirit of his loving wife and bosom companion winged its flight to regions beyond, to join the redeemed spirit of a sweet child gone on before. Mrs. Brice was one of God’s noblest women—a friend in need, a kind neighbor, a loving, painstaking mother and a true, devoted and loyal wife. Her life was full of noble deeds and self-sacrifice. It seemed to be her one aim in life to make others happy and to a large extent she was successful. As a worker in God’s vineyard she will be missed. As a church worker she had no superior in Bedford, being considered one of the main pillars in the Bedford Presbyterian church. She has gone to her reward among the redeemed ones around that great, white throne.

Mrs. Brice was taken sick several weeks ago with pleurisy and neuralgia, and although she rallied several times, gradually lost strength until her whole system was a wreck. Finally pneumonia fastened its deadly grasp on her frail body, and she could not withstand its ravages. Through all her suffering she was patient and uncomplaining. The spirit made its departure from its earthly tenement at 3 o’clock Monday morning, February 22. She leaves a husband, two sons, a daughter, a stepson and stepdaughter to mourn her departure. Her sister, Mrs. M. S. Topliff, who has lived in the home so many years, has been her faithful and loving nurse and companion during her sickness and has done all that mortal could do to brighten and ease her last moments on earth. To this devoted sister she confided the care of her little children, feeling they were in good hands. These, as well as other relatives, have the sympathy of a large number of friends in this awful hour of bereavement.

A short time before Mrs. Brice passed away, Mr. Brice seemed to realize what was talking place, and by a superhuman effort walked into the room where his beloved wife lay dying. The angelic smile that lit up her countenance at sight of him will be a consolation in the lonely and trying days to come when he must walk alone without her love and the light of her blessed presence---one who has been indeed a guardian angel in his every hour of trial and battling with the world. No man ever had a more noble, self-sacrificing, true and pure woman for a wife, and how sadly he will miss her none can say.

Phoebe Kenyon was born near Providence, Rhode Island, August 15, 1859. She married A. [lexander] C. [ooper] Brice in New York in 1883. To this union was born four children---Calvin, George Basil, Alexander Calvin and Ruth Esperanza. Little Calvin, the first named, died about twelve years ago. From New York Mr. and Mrs. Brice moved to Lenox, and from there came to Bedford in 1889, where they have since resided.

The funeral services were held at the home yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Miles, Rev. Ream, Rev. Griffith and Elder Furgeson. Her pastor, Rev. Barackman, was absent from Bedford and could not be present.

Beautiful potted plants and floral emblems gave token of the love and esteem in which the departed one was held. The scene was a most sad and impressive one, and moved the large gathering to tears. The Eastern Star chapter, of which deceased was a member, also held its services at the home. The beloved form was then borne to Fairview and laid beside her precious boy.

 The pallbearers were: J. C. Beauchamp, C. A. Orth, Ed Thompson, Chas. Dinges, John Haddock, H. E. Mooers. The elders of the Presbyterian Church acted as honorary pallbearers.

[Burrell, Catharine Gibbons]

Blockton News

Thursday      August 17, 1916      [p. 1]

Grandma Burrell Dead

Mrs. C. [atherine] Burrell, an aged and long time resident of this section, passed away at her home on North Street this morning at 4:20. The deceased was upward of 86 years of age. The funeral service will be held at the home tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 3 o’clock. Obituary next week.

[Burrell, Catharine Gibbons]

Blockton News

Thursday      August 24, 1916     [p. 1]


Catharine (Gibbons) Burrell, eldest daughter of Thomas Jefferson and Sarah Gibbons, was born at Port Washington, Ohio, January 17, 1829 and departed this life at her home in Blockton, August 17, 1916, aged 87 years and 7 months.

On April 5, 1845, at Port Washington, Ohio, she was united in marriage to Benjamin Burrell. In 1850 she moved with her husband to Indiana. In 1855 they moved to Iowa and settled on the Burrell homestead near Blockton, which was her home for the ensuing thirty odd years. In 1889 they moved to Blockton where she has since resided except for about four years spent at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. R. Severns, at Fairmont, Nebraska.

To Mrs. Burrell and her husband twelve children were born, two of whom died in infancy and one daughter, Mrs. Mary De Coiagne died at St. Joseph, Missouri, February 21, 1906, aged 39 years. The remaining children who survive to mourn their mother’s departure are Mrs. W. [illiam] H. [arrison] Norris of Redding; Mrs. J. R. Severns of Fairmont, Nebraska; Mrs. Geo. W. Willy, of North Yakima, Washington; Miss Elsie Burrell of Blockton; Richard Burrell of Guthrie, Oklahoma; W. S. and A. E. Burrell of Hamilton, Montana; Geo. W. Burrell, of Canton, Oklahoma, and S. G. Burrell of Edmonton, Canada. In addition to these children she leaves 26 grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her to the other world a quarter of a century ago, passing away August 10, 1891, at the age of 65 years, 7 months and 19 days.

In 1863 Mrs. Burrell united with the United Brethren in Christ church at Blockton under the ministry of Rev. Henry Siemiller. In this fellowship she continued to the end, though for the last seven years prevented by infirmities from attendance upon the house of God. Her deep, abiding faith linked with love, kindness and patience unlimited, continued to the last. Her parting message for friends and neighbors, breathed into the ear of one of her most faithful and devoted friends was this, “Tell them that the last thing you saw me do was smile.”

The funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Chas. D. Priest, of the Christian church, assisted by Rev. William Mercer, of the Methodist Episcopal church. Interment was made in the family burial ground in Rose Hill cemetery.

[Burrell, Catharine Gibbons]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday     August 29, 1916     p. 3


Mrs. Catharine Burrell died at her home in Blockton August 17, aged 87 years. The funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Charles D. Priest, of the Christian church and Rev. William Mercer of the Methodist Episcopal church. Interment was made in the Rose Hill cemetery. She is survived by nine children. They are: Mrs. W. [illiam] H.[arrison] Norris of Redding; Mrs. J. R. Severns of Fairmont, Neb., Mrs. George W. Willy of North Yakima, Wash.; Miss Elsie Burrell of Blockton; Richard Burrell of Guthrie, Okla.; W. S. Burrell and A. E. Burrell of Hamilton, Mont.; George W. Burrell of Canton, Okla.; S. G. Burrell of Edmonton, Canada.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, August 24, 1916
Among those from a distance attending the funeral of Grandma Burrell Friday afternoon were Elmer Sickels and wife, Mrs. C. M. King, Mrs. Frankie Spoonemore and Jessie Spoonemore, of Athelstan; Robert Freeland and wife, of Allendale; Frank Waugh and wife, of Redding; A. E. Severns, of Geneva, Nebraska and Clyde A. Severns, of Fairmont, Nebraska.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, August 31, 1916
Mrs. J. R. Severns, who has been here for the past two months helping to care for her mother, Mrs. Catharine Burrell, during her fatal illness, left for her home at Fairmont, Nebraska, Monday morning.

[DeHaven, Martha Ann Kay]

Bedford Times-Republican

Friday     September 15, 1905   [p.  1]

Mrs. J. H. DeHaven Dead

Mrs. M. [elvin] A. [mos] Sawyer received word Wednesday evening that her mother, Mrs. J. [onathan] H. [iram] DeHaven [Martha Ann Kay] had been stricken with paralysis at about 1 o'clock and that her death had followed shortly after. Mr. and Mrs. Sawyer left for Conway as soon after receiving the message as possible.

Mrs. DeHaven had not been in rugged health for a good while, but Wednesday forenoon she seemed no worse than usual, and her friends had no idea that her condition was serious. The news of her death came as a great shook to the relatives and many friends.

The funeral services will be held at the residence this afternoon at 1 o’clock, conducted by Elder T. Pitts of Gravity.

[Groom, Harriet Amelia Doolittle]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 19, 1946    p. 2


Former Resident Dies

Mrs. W. S. Groom Succumbs In St. Louis – Buried Here

The body of Mrs. W. [illiam] S. [impson] Groom, a former Conway resident arrived in Conway Sunday night, accompanied by her sons, Dr. Horace Groom of St. Louis and Maynard Groom of Chicago. Short funeral services were held Monday at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. W. J. Weber. Burial was in the Conway cemetery.


Harriet Amelia Doolittle was born May 1, 1861 at Concord, Iowa, the daughter of Charles Doolittle and Melissa McCoon Doolittle. 

She was twenty-one when she married William Simpson Groom who was just starting to practice medicine at Britt, Iowa. She lost a baby girl shortly following birth. There are three sons; Horace, the eldest is a physician and serving as chief medical officer in the Veterans Administration Regional Office at St. Louis, Mo. The next is Alfred, a dentist practicing at McMinnville, Oregon. The third is Maynard, who is associated with Warner Paint Company in Chicago. All are married and have families.

In 1915 Dr. and Mrs. Groom moved to Sharpsburg and in 1918 to Conway. The doctor passed away in August 1937. Both had many friends in this community.

Mrs. Groom passed away the 14th of this month in St. Louis and the remains were brought to Conway to lie beside her husband.

[Groom, William Simpson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 5, 1937     [p. 1]

Dr. W. S. Groom Dies At Conway

Dr. W. [illiam] S. [impson] Groom, a practicing physician in Conway for many years, died at his home at 5:30 o’clock Wednesday morning, August 4, after an illness of several months. The funeral services were held in Conway this afternoon.

He is survived by his wife and three sons, Alfred Groom of Oregon, Maynard Groom and Horace Groom both of Chicago.

[Groom, William Simpson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     August 12, 1937     p. 2



Dr. W. S. Groom

William Simpson Groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham R. Groom, was born at Poke City, Iowa, Sept. 6, 1859 and died at his late home in Conway, Iowa, August 4, 1937, aged 77 years, 10 months and 28 days.

He received his medical training at the Keokuk Medical School, Keokuk, Iowa, and practiced medicine for a while near Poke City, Iowa, later going to Britt, Iowa, where he practiced for 35 years. He went to Oregon in 1910 and returned to Sharpsburg, Iowa, in the fall of 1914, moving to Conway in 1914 where he had since resided.

Sept. 18, 1882, he was united in marriage with Harriett Amelia Doolittle at Garner, Iowa. He was a pioneer physician, enduring the pioneer trials in the new places where he practiced his profession.

He was interested not only in his own work, but also in all the interests of the community, and gave of his time and money to every good cause. He was a member of the Methodist church, having united with the church when a boy. He placed his letter in the Conway church in 1919. He was a trustee and a devoted friend and worker in the church.

He is survived by his faithful and devoted wife and their sons, Dr. Horace Groom of Akron, O.; Maynard Groom of Chicago; and Dr. Alfred Groom of Newport, Oregon.

Funeral services were conducted from the Conway church by Rev. J. A. Walls Thursday afternoon, August 5. Burial was in the Conway cemetery with the interment made by the Masons of the Conway lodge.

[Hays, Anna Wheeler]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      December 5, 1895     p. 3


Mrs. Anna [Wheeler] Hays, aged 62 years, [?] months and 2 days, died at her home in Conway, Monday, Dec. 2, 1895. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Conway, at 1 o’clock on Tuesday, conducted by Rev. J. M. Hughes and J. A. Ruse and the remains interred in the Conway cemetery.

Mrs. Hays was stricken with paralysis about two years ago, since which time up to the day of her death, she has been an invalid.

[King, Donna Hope]

Clearfield Chronicle

Wednesday     February 24, 1999      p. 2

Clearview Homes

We were sorry to say our good-byes to Donna [Hope] King on Monday. She had been ill for some time, but was always nearly ready to visit with staff and friends so long as she was able. She came to be a part of our family in September 1998 and passed away February 15, 1999. She was so friendly and had lots of company. She grew up in Athelstan and when in the 6th grade moved to Blockton with her family and there she completed her education, being a Blockton graduate. She never married but did some babysitting in her home, worked in the Blockton café, and worked in the locker plant until she retired. She had a collection of funeral cards and obituaries, belonged to the Blockton Christian Church since 1928 and was a Sunday school teacher for 52 years. She had lots of young friends who were her students over the years and came to visit her during her last illness. She is survived by one sister, a sister-in-law, Jean King of our home, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Groff of Blockton were very close friends and the church people with whom she worked.

[King, Mina Angeline King]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 14, 1950     p. 2

BLOCKTON---Mina Angeline King, 66-year-old resident of Blockton, died Sunday morning at a St. Joseph hospital. Her husband, Roy C. King, is mayor of Blockton.

She was born in Worth County, Mo., and had been a resident of Blockton for 60 years. She was a member of the Christian church there.

She is survived by two daughters, Ila Ellen Griffith of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Miss Donna Hope King of the home; a son, Eldon Leroy King of Blockton; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Hixon of Denver; four brothers, Charles and Zenis King of Plainview, Texas; Alvin Nelson King of Albuquerque, N. M.; William Don King of Grant City, Mo., and four grandchildren.

The body has been removed from the Heaton-Bowman mortuary to the Crew mortuary at Clearfield.

[King, Pauletta Anne]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 3, 1949      p. 5

Daughter Is Stillborn

A daughter, Pauletta Anne, was stillborn to Mr. and Mrs. Paul King of Des Moines, Wednesday afternoon, October 26 at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville.

Graveside services were held in Blockton, the home of Mr. King’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Myron King.

Mr. and Mrs. King have a son, Louis, 2 1/2  years old. Mrs. King’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Bert Brumfield of Bedford.

[Norris, Caroline E. Burrell]

Blockton News

Thursday     April 14, 1938     [p. 1]


Caroline E. Burrell was born March 31, 1847, and departed this life April 1, 1938, at the age of 91 years and 1 day.

She was married to W. [illiam] H. [arrison] Norris Sept. 3, 1865, and to this union 7 children were born, one dying in infancy. The living are B. [yron] A. Norris and Mrs. Anna Bernard, of Jamestown, N. D.; Mrs. A. N. House, of Grant City, Mo.; Mrs. F. M. Waugh, of Redding; Mrs. Neil Bergen, of Chicago, and Mrs. Charles Gross, Los Angeles, Calif.

She united with the Methodist church in an early day.

Funeral services were held in the Redding Methodist church April 5, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior, and burial in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, April 7, 1938
Mrs. Harrison Norris Buried Here
Mrs. Harrison Norris, formerly of this vicinity and the vicinity of Redding, died last week at the home of a son at Jamestown, North Dakota, at the age of 91 years. The body was brought to Redding where funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior. Interment was made in Rose Hill cemetery, Blockton.

[Norris, William Harrison]

Blockton News

Thursday     March 31, 1927     [p. 1]


William H. [arrison] Norris was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Feb. 10, 1840, and departed this life at his home near Redding, Iowa, March 23, 1927.

He was the son of Jeremiah and Ruth Norris, and came to Iowa in 1854, when a lad of fourteen years.

He enlisted in the Civil War as a private in Co. E, Fourth Regiment of Missouri State Militia, in St. Joseph on April 4, 1862, and was honorably discharged April 4, 1865, at Warrensburg, Mo.

He was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Burrell Sept. 3, 1865. To this union six children were born, B. [yron] A. Norris, of Jamestown, North Dakota; Mrs. A.[nna] Bernard, of Brainard, Minn.; Mrs. Robert Freeland [Isa], of Gentry, Mo.; Mrs. F. W. Waugh, of Redding; Mrs. Neil Bergen of Chicago, and Mrs. O. C. Linhard, of Los Angeles, Calif. He also leaves 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

He was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church in his youth and remained a faithful member of the same till death. After the close of the Civil War he returned to private life to help build up the republic that he defended as a soldier, and lived a peaceful life. He was a good citizen, husband, father, neighbor, and a good Christian.

Funeral services were held at the Redding Methodist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. J. W. Holdridge. The following hymns were [words unreadable] double quartette: “Lead Kindly Light,” “The Sweet By and By,” and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.” The ninth Psalm was read from the Bible that belonged to the deceased. The text was taken from Second Timothy 4:6, 7, 8. His body was laid away in the Blockton cemetery to await the resurrection.

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, March 31, 1927
Redding Herald: W. [illiam] H. [arrison] Norris passed away at his home south of town about midnight last night. He was past 87 years of age and had been in feeble health for several years.

[Thomas, Nettie Lee Matthews]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      February 19, 1925     p. 6


Jesse Walker was over from Clarinda Sunday evening bringing the news to Mr. and Mrs. J. [ames] L. [ee] Mathews of the death of his daughter, Mrs. Nettie [Lee] Thomas, who passed away at the state hospital there Sunday afternoon. Arrangements were made to bring the body to her father’s home. The funeral services were held from the M. E. church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. E. B. Borst conducting the service.

[Thompson, Anna Jane Daniels]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      March 7, 1940      p. 5

Mrs. J. W. Thompson, Dies At Conway

Mrs. J. [ohn] W. [illiam] Thompson, long time resident of Conway, died at her home there Friday, March 1, 1940, after a lingering illness.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Conway Sunday afternoon, conducted by Leslie R. Cobb of Bedford and Rev. B. R. Weetman of Conway. Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

Anna Jane Daniels, daughter of Josiah [Prior] and Sarah [Jane Stevens] Daniels, was born in Henry County, Ill., Dec 24, 1863, being aged 76 years, 2 months and 5 days at the time of her death. She was one of a family of thirteen children, three of whom are still living: Reuben Daniels of Conway, George Daniels of Bedford and Mrs. Lawrence Hunter of Corning. The family moved to Taylor County, Iowa in 1869.

On December 24, 1880 she was married to John W. [illiam] Thompson. To them were born three children: Benjamin M., who died in infancy; Floyd B.[lane]Thompson and Mrs. Alma Chilcote, both of Bedford. Mrs. Thompson united with the Church of Christ at the age of 15.

Surviving with the above named members of the family are five grandsons: Merrill Chilcote and Kenneth Chilcote of St. Joseph, Mo., Maurice [William] Chilcote of Tarkio, Mo., Erwin Thompson of Hopkins, Mo., and Robert Thompson of Bedford. Also by four great grandchildren: Carol, Gary, Allen and Richard Chilcote, all of St. Joseph.

[Thompson, John William]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 18, 1941     [p. 1]

J. W. Thompson, 84, Dies At Conway

John W. [illiam] Thompson, 84, died of a heart attack at his home in Conway about 8:30 o'clock this morning, Thursday, Dec. 18.

The funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Conway at 1:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, Dec. 21. Burial will be in the Conway cemetery.

Mr. Thompson served as manager of the Eclipse Lumber Co. in Conway for 42 years, retiring from active duty last year. He was secretary of the Conway school board for 47 years. He was a member of the I.O.O.F.

He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. John H. Chilcote of St. Joseph, Mo.; a son, Floyd B. [lane] Thompson, of Bedford; five grandsons and five great grandchildren.

[Thompson, John William]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 25, 1941    p. 5

J. W. Thompson

John William Thompson, son of David Thompson and Sarah E.[lizabeth]Smith Thompson, was born October 10, 1857 near Hillsboro, Ohio, and died at his home in Conway, Thursday, December 18, 1941.

He moved to Van Buren county, Iowa, when a boy and resided near Keosauqua, Iowa and was educated at the college at Cedar Falls, Iowa. He came to Conway in 1878 and taught in the rural schools for a time.

He was married December 25, 1880 to Miss Anna Jane Daniels of Conway. To them were born two sons and one daughter: Benjamin M., who died in 1883 in infancy; Floyd B. [lane] Thompson of Bedford and Mrs. Alma A. [vanelle] Chilcote of St. Joseph. Surviving with the two children are five grandsons: Erwin Thompson of Hopkins, John R. Thompson of Bedford, Merrill Chilcote and Kenneth Merrill Chilcote of Corpus Christi, Texas. Also five great grandchildren. Mrs. Thompson died March 1, 1940.

Mr. Thompson served on the Board of Education of the Conway schools for 47 years, was employed for 42 years by the Eclipse Lumber Company, and served for several years in various capacities of the I.O.O.F. lodge at Conway. He joined the Christian church at Conway in 1880.
[Same obituary printed in the Taylor County Herald, December 25, 1942, page 8.]