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[Blackstone, Lillie Alta A.]

Bedford Argus

Thursday     December 25, 1879     p. 5

Mr. A. [braham] Blackstone, brother of our present county surveyor, recently lost a little girl [Lillie Alta] by membranous croup, at Conway. She was beloved by everybody.

[Boling, Arthur K.]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      July 6, 1911    p. 5

Blockton News

Word was received here last week of the death of Arthur Boling at Denver. He was a son of J. A. [General Jackson] Boling, who died this spring near Conway. The remains were brought to Conway and buried by the side of his father. He was about 40 years of age.

[Boling, General Jackson]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      March 16, 1911     p. 5

Blockton News

Frank and Ned Crouch attended the funeral of J. A. [General Jackson] Boling at Conway Saturday.

Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, March 16, 1911
The funeral services of J. G. Boling were held at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon and interment was made in the Conway cemetery.



[Borden, Alfred Darwin]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday     March 16, 1915      p. 5


Mr. A. [lfred Darwin] Barden [Borden] died at his home three and one half miles north of Conway Saturday morning. Funeral services were held Monday at eleven o’clock at Sharpsburg and interment was in the Conway cemetery.

[Borden, John Warren “Johnnie”]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     January 21, 1909    p. 8


Johnie Waren [Warren] Borden, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. A. [lfred] D.[arwin] Borden, south of Sharpsburg, was born April the 23, 1896, and has spent his young life in this community. Shortly before Christmas he had a short sick spell but recovered from it and continued to attend school. About a week ago he took sick, and several complications set in. He first had a severe earache, and then the pain settled in his forehead. Brain fever developed, and after a few days of intense suffering he passed away on Monday morning of this week, being at the time of his demise, 12 years, 9 months, and 20 days old. Johnie was always a quiet, good little boy, who was loved by his playmates. He seemed to know from the very beginning that he could not recover and told his parents and other members of the family so.

Funeral services were conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. P. Walton, at the Presbyterian Church, Tuesday afternoon, at two o’clock, the pallbearers being six of his schoolmates. Flowers were presented by the Sharpsburg school, and by the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church, all as a token of the sorrow of the friends of the deceased, and of the family.

Interment was made at the Cemetery at Conway.
[The same obituary was printed in the Bedford Free Press, January 21, 1909, page 1.]

[Borden, Nellie Jane]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     March 26, 1981

Nellie Borden, 91, Final Rites Held March 21

Funeral services for Nellie Jane Borden, 91, long time resident of Sharpsburg, Ia., were held March 21 in the Sharpsburg Presbyterian church conducted by Rev. don Fisher. She died March 17, 1981 in the Lenox Care Center. Interment was at the Conway Cemetery.

Miss Borden was born November 11, 1889.

[Borden, Sarah Jane Hanna Stone]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     June 1, 1922     p. 3


Sarah Jane Hanna was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, Dec. 17, 1853, and departed this life May 25, 1922, at the Noyes hospital at St. Joseph, Mo., at the age of 68 years, 5 months and 8 days. She was only sick a few days. Everything that medical skill, the best of nursing, and loving hands could do was done but to no avail.

In 1874 she was united in marriage to Mr. Stone in Ohio. To this union was born 2 children, one son dying in infancy, and Mrs. Ella Barkley of Fleming, Colo., who survives her mother.

In 1878 with her daughter, brothers and father she came to Taylor county, Iowa, where she resided until her death.

May 13, 1886, she was united in marriage to Alfred D. [arwin] Borden of Sharpsburg, Ia., who preceded her in death seven years ago. To this happy union was born two sons and one daughter, Fred and Nellie who survive their mother, and Johnnie who died at the age of 12 years.

She united with the Presbyterian Church in her early girlhood and was ever a faithful member. She leaves to mourn her demise one son and two daughters, Fred of Sharpsburg, Ia., Miss Nellie who resided with her mother, and Mrs. Ella Barkley of Fleming, Colo., all of whom were with her at the time of her death; six granddaughters, one brother, John Hanna of Gravity, Ia., and one sister, Mrs. Amanda Blair of Gravity, Ia., her father and mother and two brothers having preceded her in death. She also leaves four stepsons, Clarence Borden of Blunt, South Dak., Homer of New Market, Ia., Charlie of Shambaugh, Ia., and Ray of Adel, Ia., five nieces and 7 nephews, besides a host of friends.

A loving mother has gone to her reward. She lived for her children and has gone on to await their coming. Time may heal their sorrow but will never take away her memory.

[Bowersox, LaVerne Kenneth]

Bedford Times-Press

Wednesday      July 29, 1998

LaVerne Kenneth Bowersox

La Verne Kenneth Bowersox, son of Eugene Clarence and Ione Hopkins Bowersox, was born July 26, 1899 in Chelan, Washington.

He attended Wenatchee Public Schools in Wenatchee, Washington. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon in 1920. He earned his Master's Degree from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York in 1923 while serving there as a graduate assistant in history. In 1928 while working as a history graduate assistant at Ohio State University, he did research for an advanced degree. He earned his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Iowa.

During his professional career, he served as professor of history in several colleges in Idaho, West Virginia, Washington, Florida, Illinois and Iowa. He retired from Upper Iowa at Fayette, Iowa in 1964. A highlight of his career was having Ronald Reagan as a student in his history classes during his tenure at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois.

On October 11, 1924 he married L. [ouisa] Ruth Jones in Caldwell, Idaho. She died in 1979 and he married Imogene (Bevard) Fike on December 1, 1979.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1918 during World War I. During World War II, he was asked to teach history to U.S. Army officers in the ROTC program at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

He was of the Methodist Faith.

He passed away July 10, 1998 at his home in Omaha, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth; a son, Bruce; and an infant daughter.

He leaves to mourn his passing wife, Imogene; two brothers, Karl and Glenn of Portland, Oregon; five nieces and nephews; three step children; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Graveside services were held July 14 at Conway Cemetery in Conway, Iowa with Rev. Ruth Melick officiating. Novinger Taylor Funeral Home of Bedford [was] in charge of arrangements.

[Bowersox, Louisa Ruth Jones]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     February 1, 1979

Ruth Bowersox, 85 Last Rites Were Held January 27

Funeral services for Mrs. LaVerne K. (Ruth) Bowersox, 85, of Omaha, formerly of Fayette, Iowa, were held January 27 in Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by Rev. Dwayne Madsen. Mrs. Bowersox died January 24, 1979 in Skyline Villa, Retirement Center, Omaha. Interment was at the Conway Cemetery, Conway, Iowa.

Louisa Ruth Jones Bowersox was born in Marshall Township, Taylor County, Iowa, February 6, 1893. She was the third daughter and fourth child of Cresap Singleton Jones and Kate Rutledge Jones.

She attended a rural school near her family farm and then taught County School for two years. After graduation from Bedford High School in 1915 she enrolled in the State University of Iowa and received her Bachelor Degree in 1919. While at the University she was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and was graduated with highest distinction. She then taught for four years in Iowa high schools and returned to Iowa City to receive her Masters Degree in 1924. She was married to LaVerne K. [enneth] Bowersox of Wenatchee, Washington at Boise, Idaho, October 11, 1924.

At an early age Ruth joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at Sharpsburg, Iowa. Throughout her life she was a sincere Christian and never complained and was very helpful to her husband in his chosen life work of college teaching.

Ruth was preceded in death by an infant son and daughter; father and mother; sisters, Bessie Lindau, Clare Hegwood, Wilma Russell; and brothers, Donald and John.

She is survived by her husband; adopted son, Bruce, ten nieces and nephews, including Kathryn Hegwood Hickey   and Russell Hegwood   of   Omaha, Nebraska.

Ruth and her husband lived in Fayette, Iowa from 1948 to 1978. In March of 1978 they moved to Skyline Villa, Retirement Center, Omaha, Nebraska, where she died January 24, 1979.


[Dyer, Helen Beatrice Miller Trumbo]

Helen [Beatrice] Trumbo Dyer was born December 24, 1911 in Page County, Iowa to Delbert and Nellie Clayton Miller and died Sunday, February 18, 2007 at the age of 95 years.

She was united in marriage to Donald F. [ranklin] Trumbo July 23, 1935. They lived in Bedford, IA. Following Don’s service in the Navy in World War II, they moved to Oakland, Atlantic, and Le Mars, IA, where he was a Farm Bureau Fieldman. He preceded Helen in death in March 4, 1956. On February 17, 1962 Helen was united in marriage to Quentin Dyer. They resided in Clearwater, KS. He preceded her in death December 13, 1984.

Helen attended school in College Springs and graduated from high school in New Market, Iowa, where she played basketball. She attended college in Maryville, MO and later in Greeley, CO. She was housemother at Sabin Hall for married couples in Greeley, CO in 1959 and 1960. She was a rural schoolteacher in Taylor County, IA and Audubon County several years. She also taught schools in Blockton, Aurelia, Pella, Shelby, and Glenwood, IA.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clearwater, KS, and Atlantic, IA. She had been a member of the study club and V.P.W. in Clearwater and a Past Matron and 50 year member of the Order of Eastern Star in Bedford, IA. Helen loved to entertain in her home, and until her eyesight failed, she enjoyed playing cards and reading.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Clark Miller; sisters Eula Clayton Hall and Gladys Christensen; brothers-in-law Harry Clayton, Russell Hall, Fred Christensen, Vern Trumbo, Ross Seckman, Wendell Dyer, Audrey Dyer, and sisters-in-law Kitty Seckman, Anita Dyer, Jen Dyer, and two step-children, Steve Dyer and Joanne (Dyer) Hartman.

She is survived by two daughters, Sheryl Myers and husband Dale of Atlantic, IA; Carole Christensen and husband Jerry of Salina, KS; four grandchildren, Sherry Kaufman and husband Mark of Harlan, IA; Brent Myers and wife Jan of Atlantic; Pam Christensen and friend Mary Jo Parker of Salina, KS; and Scott Christensen and wife Dawn of Salina, KS. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren, Zach, and Jon Kaufman, Mallory, Megan, and Nick Myers, and Robert Hartranft and Ashley Christensen. Surviving are sisters-in-law, Lucille Miller, Gwen Wetmore, Evelyn Reusser, and Helen M. Dyer; brothers-in-law, Dale Dyer and Alton Reusser, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic Wednesday, February 21st. Burial in Bedford at Fairview Cemetery.
[Online obituary courtesy of Eickemeyer Funeral Chapel,]

[Trumbo, Flora Bell Mock]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 3, 1947    [p. 1]

Mrs. Flora Trumbo Succumbs Monday

Mrs. Flora Trumbo, who had been ill several months, passed away at the home of her daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. D. [avid] J. Kingsley, about midnight Monday.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Eugene B. Nyman of the Baptist Church. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

[Trumbo, Flora Bell Mock]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     July 17, 1947    p. 6

Obituary – Mrs. Flora Trumbo

Flora B. [ell] Mock, daughter of John [Jacob] and Lucy [Jane Wilcockson] Mock, was born at Montrose, Missouri, October 2, 1876, and died at her home near Bedford, July 1, 1947, at the age of 70 years, 9 months, 29 days.

She attended school at Clinton, Missouri, and then at Greenview, Illinois, when the family established a home there. She united with the Baptist church at Greenview at the age of fifteen.

She was married to George [Andrew] Trumbo on December 24, 1891. One daughter, Ethel, was born to them. In 1900, the family moved to Bedford. Few have loved the work of the church or have given themselves as unstintingly as did Mrs. Trumbo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and two sisters.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Will Lake of Ponca City, Oklahoma; her daughter, Mrs. David Kingsley of Bedford; two granddaughters and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Eugene B. Nyman, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Thursday, July 3, at 3:30 o’clock. Burial was made in Fairview cemetery.


[Trumbo, Nancy Ellen Power]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     February 28, 1929     p. 6

Nancy Powers Trumbo

Nancy Alien [Ellen] Powers [Power], daughter of George [Washington] and Dorothy [Hornback] Powers [Power], was born in Menard county, Ill., April 13, 1849, and departed this life from the home of her son, [Alva] Claude Trumbo, on the 25th day of February, 1929, at the age of 79 years, 10 months and 10 days. Mrs. Trumbo grew to womanhood in the state of Illinois, in which state she was united in marriage to Mr. Charles Trumbo during the year 1866, and to this union six children were born, as follows: Will Trumbo, Ottawa, Kans.; [Laura] Ella Hindman, Bedford; Anna Payne, Greeley, Colo.; Claude Trumbo, near Bedford, Iowa; and Minnie and George [Andrew] who preceded her in death. She was again united in marriage to Thomas Andrew Trumbo in the year 1883. Four children were born to this union: Frank Trumbo of Bedford; Fred Trumbo of Ottawa, Kans.; Lora Davis of Bedford; and Elba Jared, who preceded her in death. There are many other relatives and dear friends who are left to mourn her departure. Mrs. Trumbo was one of a family of 7 children, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. Only one brother is left to mourn her departure, Mr. John William Powers of Laclede, Mo., the other brothers and sisters having preceded her in death.

Her husband, Thomas Andrew Trumbo, preceded her in death March 8, 1896. Mrs. Trumbo was taken seriously ill last Decoration Day, and was taken to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lora Davis, where she remained until three weeks ago when she was moved to the home of her son, Claude Trumbo, near Forest Grove. Her children and friends gave her every care that was possible to give; each move on the part of her children was marked with a most tender and sympathetic attitude. They put forth an honest effort to make her last days on earth peaceful and enjoyable. Mrs. Trumbo united with the Baptist church at the age of 15 years, and was a member of the First Baptist church in Bedford at the time of her death. We are called to mark the leave taking of one of our early Iowa builders, who reached our state when things were in an undeveloped condition, and through her efforts, together with many other early settlers we behold the greatness of Iowa. It also marks the passing out of a wonderful mother, and we Americans all appreciate our wonderful motherhood, for we see in our American motherhood the hope of a successful nation. Thus our sympathies go out to the children and friends in the loss of their mother and friend. The loss of a mother whose place cannot be filled in the home and hearts of her dear ones.

The funeral services were held at the First Baptist church at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. C. M. Crowell. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.