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[Bowen, Augusta]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday      October 20, 1927     [p. 1]


Augusta Bowen, daughter of Samuel F. [ordyce] and Virginia [Taylor] Bowen, was born in Knox County Illinois, July 26, 1877 and died in Omaha, Nebr., Oct. 12, 1927.

She came with her parents to Taylor County in the spring of 1882 and there grew to womanhood. She moved to Omaha in 1904, where she has since made her home.

She leaves to mourn her death, four sisters and three brothers: Fannie B. Murdock, Delia B. Lyddon and Edwin R. Bowen of Clearfield, Evagene Darlington of Ames, Ia., Claude Bowen of Wichita, Kansas, Ada B. Spurrier of Long Beach, Cal, and Chester T. Bowen of Ainsworth, Nebraska.

She united with the Baptist church at Clearfield, Ia., in early girlhood and at the time of her death was a member of the First Baptist Church of Omaha, Neb.

Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. N. E Lyddon in Clearfield on Friday, Oct. 14, 1927 at 1:30 p. m.

Interment was made in the family lot at Conway, Iowa.

[Bowen, Claude]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     August 16, 1928     p. 4

Claude Bowen

Claude Bowen, son of Samuel F. [ordyce] and Virginia [Taylor] Bowen, was born in Knox county, near Abingdon, Ill., Dec. 4, 1873, and passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. N. E.  Lyddon at Clearfield, Ia., Aug. 18 [10], 1928, aged 54 years, 8 months and 6 days. He came with his parents to Taylor County, Ia., in the spring of 1882. In early manhood he gave his heart to God and united with the Baptist church of Clearfield and lived a consistent Christian life. He was married to Estelle Pearl Evans of Mt. Ayr, Ia., April 11, 1908 [1900]. He leaves to mourn his death three daughters, Esther [Ardis], Virginia and Dorothy, all of Wichita, Kan., and four sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Fannie B. Murdock, Mrs. Della B. Lyddon and Edwin Bowen, all of Clearfield, Ia.; Mrs. Evagene Darlington of Ames, Ia.; and Mrs. Ada Spurrier of Long Beach, Calif.; and Chester Bowen of Ainsworth, Neb. During his long sickness he was cared for by his brothers and sisters and had everything done for him that loving hands could do. Through all his long sickness he was always cheerful and glad to see his friends, enduring his suffering with patience, only waiting for the call to the home beyond.

Funeral services were held at the home of Mr. and. Mrs. N. E.  Lyddon, Sunday, Aug. 12, a t 2:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. Clark M.  Crowell, pastor of the Baptist church at Bedford, assisted by Rev. Brown and Rev. Weaklend, and interment was made in the Conway cemetery.
[Note: Correct death date is August 10, 1928. Source: Iowa, Deaths and Burials and the correct marriage date is April 11, 1900, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa. Source: Iowa, County Marriages. The same obituary was printed in the Clearfield Enterprise, August 16, 1928, page 1.]

Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, August 16, 1928
Mrs. Pearl Bowen and Leo Chandler attended the funeral of Claude Bowen at Clearfield Sunday. Mr. Bowen, who has been in very poor health for several weeks, died at Clearfield on Friday. Interment was made at Conway.

[Bowen, Samuel Fordyce]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     March 31, 1904     p. 7

S. F. Bowen Finally Succumbs

After a long and lingering illness, S. [amuel] F.  [ordyce] Bowen died at his home in Bedford at 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, March 29, aged 66 years, 8 months and 8 days. Funeral services were held at the Baptist church this morning at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith. The body will be taken on the noon train today to Conway for interment. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of a large number of friends all over the country.

[Bowen, Samuel Fordyce]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     March 31, 1904     [p. 1]


Dies of Paralysis After a Long Illness--

Was a Resident of Taylor County for Twenty-Two Years,

From Wednesday's Daily

The angel of death has again come down into our midst and carried away the man who for nineteen years was first in his community and among the foremost in the affairs of his county.  S. [amuel] F. [ordyce] Bowen departed from this world yesterday afternoon at 5  o'clock and has gone to the better  world above, free from the sufferings  and pains common to this  realm.

For months past Mr. Bowen has been failing in health. In hopes that a change in climate might prove beneficial, last fall, his wife went with him to California, where the rigors of' winter would not be felt. But the hope was vain, the disease paralysis was wasting his strength until without a pain or suffering he quietly gave up the struggle and passed into the realm of eternal peace.

Mr. Bowen was one of those men whose work had been completed before the length of time usually allotted to man. His age at the time of his death was 66 years 8 months and 8 days.

His life is marked by periods of usefulness and the results of his efforts stand in Taylor County and especially in Grant Township as a living memorial to his memory.  But the old days in his community have passed away with him. His host of friends miss him as they miss few that they have ever known.

He had been honored by the people of his county with one of its offices of great responsibility, and no one could stand higher in the estimation of his fellow man.  His death, though momentarily expected for days, has cast a gloom over the community, that Time, the great healer can only remove.

S. [amuel] F. [ordyce] Bowen was born in 1837 near Waynesburg, Penn. When a young man of 20 he moved to Illinois where he met with Miss Virginia Taylor who became his life long companion. In 1882 he moved to Taylor County and has lived on the Bowen farm in Grant Township until three years ago since which time he has been a citizen of Bedford.

He is the last one of a family of eight children to leave his earthly dwelling place. Besides a widow ten children remain all of whom have reached a mature age of self reliance. Few men are blessed with such a worthy line of descendants.  They have all lived in close proximity to their parents and enjoyed home communion for many years. Those who survive their father are Mrs. A. [lan] M. Murdock [Fannie Belle] of Clearfield, Will Bowen of Clarence, Mo., Mrs. C. F. Darlington of Clearfield, Harry Bowen of Conway, Claude Bowen of Conway, Mrs. Harry Spurrier of Tingley, Miss Augusta Bowen of Bedford, Mrs. Ned Lyddon of Clearfield, Chester Bowen of Ainsworth and Edwin Bowen of Conway. A son Frank has preceeded his father to the other world.

The funeral will be held from the Baptist church tomorrow morning at 10 clock conducted by Rev. Griffith. The casket was opened at the home from 2 to 5 p. m., today. The remains will be taken north tomorrow on the noon train and interment will be made at Conway cemetery.

[Bowen, Samuel Fordyce]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     April 7, 1904    p. 2


A Large Attendance of Friends and Relatives---Beautiful Floral Offerings---Touching Remarks by Rev. Griffith

From Saturday’s Daily

The funeral service of Samuel F. [ordyce] Bowen was conducted from the Baptist church yesterday morning at 10 o’clock and was attended by a large number of friends. The church was full and the funeral was one of the largest Bedford has ever witnessed. The remains were taken to Conway on the noon train and followed to the Conway cemetery by numerous friends of that city in addition to those who were present from Bedford.

The funeral sermon was by Rev. Griffith, who said in part: 

Mr. Bowen was in every respect a man—conscientious, conservative, meditative; pure in mind and thought, a Christian character and a moral man. The empty chair at my right is his and the church is at a loss to find another such a man to fill it. We are in need of such men and in their taking away we suffer an irreparable loss.

The casket was covered with masses of pinks and roses arranged by the hands of loving friends. The pallbearers were:  Judge W. E. Miller, A.B. Wakeman, W. E. Crum, A. Leachy, J. W. Paul and Alex John.

Many relatives and friends accompanied remains to Conway.  Besides members of the immediate family which included Chester Bowen, of Ainsworth, Nebraska, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Spurrier, Tingley, Mrs. Pearl Bowen of Blockton, Hugh Debolt, of Hale, Mo., and Mr. Philbin, of Omaha, here were the following from out of the city: From Conway Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Allen, Mrs. J. R. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wilson, and H. I. Emmit; from Lenox, A. E. Franklin, J.  F. Crenshaw and Henry Renyon; from Blockton, Mrs. M. R.  Chandler and Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Fordyce and John Fordyce of Platteville.

[Bowen, Virginia Taylor]

[Bowen, Virginia Janice “Jennie” Taylor]

Bedford Times-Republican

Monday       October 13, 1924      p. 2


Mrs. Virginia Bowen, aged 84 years, 7 months and 23 days, died at her home at Clearfield on last Thursday. She was born Feb. 16, 1840, and led a long and useful life, at one time residing here. Her husband died 17 years ago. The funeral services were held at the Baptist church at Clearfield on Sunday, October 12, at 2 o'clock, and interment was made in the Conway Cemetery. She is survived by five daughters and four sons:  Fannie B. [elle] Murdock, of Clearfield; Emogene [Evagene] Darlington of Ames; Ada Spurrier of Long Beach, Calif.; Augusta Bowen of Omaha; Della B. Lidden [Lyddon] of Clearfield; Harry Bowen of Fayetteville, Arkansas; Claude Bowen of Wichita, Kas.; Chester Bowen of Ainsworth,  Neb.; Edwin Bowen of Conway.  The funeral services were conducted by D. W. Griffith, of Hamburg, who was formerly Baptist minister at Bedford.

[Bowen, Virginia Taylor]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday     October 16, 1924    p. 2

Obituary—Mrs. Virginia Bowen

Virginia [Janice] Taylor, eldest daughter of William and Elizabeth Taylor was born at Flemington, New Jersey, Feb. 16, 1840, and died at the home of her daughter Mrs. N. E. Lyddon, Clearfield, Iowa, Oct 9, 1924, aged eighty-four years, seven months and twenty three days.

At the age of fourteen years, she with her parents moved to Knox County, Illinois, where she resided until her marriage to Samuel F. [ordyce] Bowen, Feb. 21, 1861, her new home being in Warren County, Illinois.

In 1882 they came to Taylor county, Iowa, where she lived until she went to her home not made with hands.

Twelve children came to gladden the home; eleven grew to manhood and womenhood estate to call her blessed, three with her husband having gone before, having been deprived of her husband since March 1904.

In 1883 she united with the Baptist Church at Mt. Pleasant, later transferring her membership to the Clearfield Baptist church where she has been a faithful member.

To her family, home and church she gave her thots [thoughts]; a true wife, a loving mother and loyal friend, has gone to her reward.

Nine children, eighteen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, one brother, four sisters, with a host of friends remain to mourn her loss.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith of Hamburg, Iowa, a one-time pastor of the family. Interment in the Conway Cemetery beside husband and children gone before.

The out of town relatives, and friends attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Samis, and Mr. and Mrs. Guy Liggett of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hall, Mrs. Edna Paschall, Mrs. Manker, Mrs. Evans, and son all of Bedford; Mrs. Allen Robinson, and Mr. and Mrs. Burdett of Mt. Ayr; Mrs. Prentis and Mr. and Mrs. E. Stephenson of Diagonal; and Mrs. Nora Cloisterhouse, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

"When we shall awake,
I am sure we will be very glad,
That for a little while
We were so sad."

[Bowen, Virginia Taylor]

Bedford Times-Republican

Monday     October 20, 1924     p. 3

Claude Bowen of Wichita, Kan., who had been called to the county by the death of his mother, Mrs. Virginia Bowen, of Clearfield, was among the visitors in the city last Saturday morning 

[Bowen, William]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday      August 15, 1916     p. 8


Loren Darlington of Ames, Ia., attended the funeral of his uncle, Will Bowen.

[Creveling, Alexander]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday     January 9, 1918     p. 6


Clyde [Alexander] Creveling of Arkansas City, Kan. came Sunday, being called by the death of his father [Alexander Creveling].

[Creveling, Alexander]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday     January 9, 1918     p. 6


Alex Creveling died at Burlington Junction, Friday night after a short illness.

[Creveling, Alexander]

North Taylor Review (Sharpsburg, Iowa)

Thursday     January 3, 1918     [p. 1]

Alex Creveling Dies

The community was shocked Saturday afternoon by the death of Alex Creveling, at Burlington Junction springs, where he had been taken a few days previously for treatment, and his relatives had returned home as he was thought to be in no danger.

Mr. Creveling was among the oldest and best known of the old citizens of Taylor county, and was admired and liked by all who knew him, and was a splendid mechanic, having a hobby for the making of violins, and the repairing of guns. It was quite common for sportsmen to send guns here from quite a distance to be choked and repaired. His equipment of tools was superior to that of many gunsmiths, and included many wood working tools.

He had spent the most of his declining years with his two sons, and recently had been with his son here.

The Review joins with the many friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved relatives.

[Creveling, Sidney Lee “Sid”]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     October 7, 1954    [p. 1]

Sid Creveling Buried At Conway

Sid Creveling, 76, former resident of Sharpsburg and Lenox vicinity, suffered a heart attack and died at his home in Clarinda, Friday morning, October 1.

Funeral services were held at the Walker Funeral Home in Clarinda Monday afternoon with graveside services and burial in Conway cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel [Butler Brunnick]; three daughters, Mrs. E. R. Stapleton of Omaha, Mrs. Clara Cunningham of Syracuse, N. Y., Mrs. Bernice [Sylvia] Brown of Lenox; three sons, Alex [ander Roger] and Sidney [Lee] of Clarinda, Arthur [Louis] of Imperial, Nebr.; 10 grandchildren, two great grandchildren.


Clarinda Herald Journal, Monday, November 1, 1954, p. 4

Sidney Lee Creveling

Sidney Lee Creveling, son of Alexander and Sylvia Marks Creveling, was born at Sharpsburg, Iowa, May 15, 1876. He died at his home in Clarinda October 1, 1954.

He was united in marriage to Ethel Brunnick, Sept 12, 1899, at Grand Junction, Colo, and to this union were born six children: Alex Creveling of Clarinda; Ida Stapelton, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Arthur Creveling, Imperial, Neb.; Clare Cunningham, New York; Bernice Brown, Lenox, Iowa; and Sidney Lee Jr. of Clarinda.

Soon after the marriage of Mr and Mrs Creveling they moved from Colorado back to Sharpsburg; most of his life was spent on a farm near Sharpsburg. They had recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.

Mr Creveling was a member of the First Presbyterian church of Sharpsburg. He served as a deacon until 1915, when he was made an elder of that congregation.

In 1934 he moved to Clarinda where he spent the remaining years of his life.

Besides his wife and children (above named) he leaves to mourn his passing: one brother, Clyde Creveling, of Arkansas City, Kansas; ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held Oct 4, 1954, at Walker Funeral Home with Rev Ralph G Allen in charge. Garland Andrews sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "In the Garden," accompanied by Aletha Hutchings. Casket bearers were Cecil Smith, Roy Hazelton, Russell Holt, Glenn Hazelton, Merrill Miller, Oliver Krouch. Burial was in Conway cemetery near Conway, Iowa.


[Curry, Cyrus Montgomery]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday     November 20, 1918    p. 3


Mr. C. [yrus] M. [ontgomery] Curry died at Ensworth Hospital in St. Joseph Tuesday night. He has been seriously ill for weeks and it was thought an operation would help him. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the home.

[Curry, Cyrus Montgomery]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday      November 21, 1918      [p. 1]

Obituary-C. M. Curry

Cyrus Montgomery Curry was born at Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana, June 4th, 1845, and died at the Ensworth Hospital, St. Joseph, Missouri, November 12th, 1918, age 73 years, 5 months and 9 days.

When a small child Mr. Curry came with his parents to Knoxville, Illinois, where he spent his young manhood. He was married to Susan Rummel [Rommel] February 26th, 1880, at Watauga, Illinois. To this union four children were born, —Harry, Jessie (who died in infancy), Bessie and Flossie.

Thirty-four years ago the family moved to this part of Iowa, and for the past 28 years Mr. Curry had lived with his family on his farm near Clearfield. He had been a member of the Methodist Church ever since a very small child. He was always ready to help every worthy cause. He helped to build and support the Greenwood church. He was a good neighbor, a kind and loving father, and devoted companion, and lived a good consistent Christian life.

Mr. Curry’s health had been very poor for the past several months; and [he] went to the hospital for treatment hoping to be able to regain normal conditions, but his condition seemed too frail, and to regain his health was impossible, and he answered death's summons at a good, ripe old age. He leaves to mourn his loss a companion, three children; one brother, G. D. Curry of Frankfort, Kansas; two sisters, Almeda Darr and Sadie Walton, both of Muscatine, Iowa; and five little grandchildren of whom he was very fond, --Rue Nickle, Edna, Cecil, Elgin and Edwin Mercer.

Servant of God well done
Thy glorious warfare's past
The battle's fought, the race is won
And thou art crowned at last.

Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon, Nov. l5th, at the house by Rev. F. N. Redinger, and interment was made in Conway Cemetery.
[Note: Missouri Death Certificate gives his death date as November 13, 1918.]

[Frame, Silas Paul]

Bedford Free Press

Wednesday     January 9, 1918     p. 6


Silas Paul Frame, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. C. [larence] Frame, died Dec. 29, age 18 years.

[Frame, Silas Paul]

Clearfield Enterprise

Thursday     January 3, 1918     [p. 1]

Obituary-Silas Paul Frame

Silas Paul Frame, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Frame, died at Cottage Hospital in Creston, Iowa, Dec. 29th, 1917, after an illness of short duration. He was born near Clearfield on Nov. 22, 1899, and when small moved with his parents to a farm near Lenox, where they now reside. He graduated from the rural schools in 1917 with the highest honors of the class. He entered Lenox High School where he remained an efficient pupil. He was obedient, gentle and loving in his home, esteemed and loved by all his young associates. His loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him. Our earthly loss will be his gain. He has entered a home not built with hands. Funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian Church in Lenox by his pastor, Rev. Miles. His remains were laid to rest in the Lenox Cemetery.

"Dear Paul, we will miss you
There will be a vacant place
In the hearts of loved ones bereft,
When no more we see your form
and face.
Our hearts are torn with grief to
part with you.
As you stood in the dawn of life's
God in his wisdom has called you
So goodby, till we meet in that
land above,
There we will greet you where all is
  Joy and peace and love.