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[Brice, Alexander Cooper, Jr.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      July 16, 1953      [p. 1]

A. C. Brice Dies In Glendale, Calif.

A. [lexander] C. [ooper] Brice, 61, died at his home in Glendale, Calif., early Monday morning, July 13 after an illness of more than two years. He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Ellen Crossen; by one daughter and two grandsons. Also by two brothers, Elmer T. Brice of Bedford and G. [eorge] Basil Brice of Michigan City, Ind.

The body is being brought to Bedford, accompanied by Mrs. Brice. Short funeral services will be held at Fairview cemetery at 2 p. m. Thursday, July16, conducted by Rev. Clement Loehr.

Brice is a former editor of the Bedford Free Press, selling his interest in that paper to his partner, A. W. Hamblin and going to California about 25 years ago.

[Brice, Alexander Cooper, Sr.]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      December 24, 1925     [p. 1]

Former U. S. Consul to Cuba Died in Bedford

A.C. Brice Died at Home Here Thursday

Alexander C. [ooper] Brice, who died at his home here last Thursday, was the last survivor of the four children born to Washington [Cooper] Brice and his wife Priscilla Snodgrass Brice, the latter a native of Pennsylvania.

The deceased was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, on the 1st day of July 1844, and was named after his paternal grandfather who was a native of Virginia, and a minister in the Presbyterian Church. His father’s family moved to Iowa in the fall of 1852, settling in the village of West Point in Lee County. In 1861 when but a youth of 17 years, he offered his services to the Union Army and enlisted in Co. “C” of the First Iowa Cavalry, in which service he remained for five years lacking six weeks.

In 1866 he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Berry and to them three children were born, Alice J., Kate H., and Elmer T. [homas]. Mr. Brice with his family moved to Lenox, Taylor County, in 1873 where the wife and mother died in 1876, and of this family the eldest child, Mrs. Alice J. Woodring, died in St. Louis Nov. 6, 1925.

In 1883 Mr. Brice was united in marriage to Phoebe Arabel [la] Kenyon of Andover, Conn., and to them four children were born, George Basil of Michigan City, Ind., Calvin S. deceased, Alexander C. [ooper] of Oakland, Calif., and Ruth Esperanza Churchill of Bedford, Ia. Mr. Brice had the honor of being elected to the office of county treasurer in 1890, and thereon moved to Bedford and with the exception of about four years spent in Cuba as U. S. Consul prior to the Spanish-American war, his home was in the county seat of Taylor County, where Mrs. Brice died in 1904.

Coming from an old line of Presbyterians the deceased was a devoted member of that faith and for many years was an active elder in the local Presbyterian Church, serving so long as his physical condition permitted. On Sunday evening, Dec. 13th, he was stricken with paralysis and failing to rally breathed his last at 12:30 a. m., Dec. 17th, 1925, aged 81 years, 5 months and 16 days.

[Brice, Alexander Cooper, Sr.]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      December 17, 1925     [p. 1]

A.C. Brice, Sr., Died Last Evening At Home

A. [lexander] C. [ooper] Brice, Sr., passed away last evening at his home here, aged 81 years. He had been in failing health for some time and last Sunday evening suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he did not rally.

The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Presbyterian Church, [rest of article missing].

[Brice, Elmer Thomas]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      August 16, 1962     [p. 1]

Elmer T. Brice Rites Are Held On Tuesday

Funeral services for Elmer T. [homas] Brice, 89, were held Tuesday afternoon at the Bedford Presbyterian Church with Rev. Walter Ortmann, local United Missionary pastor, officiating. Burial was in Fairview cemetery, Bedford.

Brice, dean of Bedford businessmen and well-known citizen, died in Mercy hospital in Ft. Dodge, Aug. 10.

Included in the service was the following obituary:

Elmer T. [homas] Brice was born on Jan. 31, 1873 to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander C.[ooper] Brice. Preceding him in death were two sisters, Alice Woodring and Kate Bubb, a half brother, Alexander, a half sister, Esperanza Churchill, his son, Kenneth, and his wife Huldah.

Elmer Brice was united in marriage to Huldah Williams Hornback on Dec. 18, 1911. God parted this Holy Union in May of 1952.

Surviving him are his daughter and family of Ft. Dodge, Iowa, George and Betty Little and daughter, Mary Jane, his half brother and sister-in-law, [George] Basil and Grace Brice of Bedford, his daughter-in-law, Lois Brice of Omaha, Nebr. and a host of friends.

Having spent many years in the business community of Bedford and Taylor county and having been a member of long standing and honor in both the Free Masons and the Odd Fellows Lodges, Elmer leaves to mourn his passing all who learned to know him.

[Brice, Grace Webster]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      December 23, 1982     p. 4

Last Rites Held In Bedford For Grace Brice, 95

Funeral services for Mrs. Basil (Grace) Brice, 95, of Bedford, held December 20 in Shum-Novinger funeral Home, were conducted by Rev. Marcia Wood and Dr. J. D. Almes. Mrs. Brice died December 17, 1982 in Bethesda Care Center in Clarinda, Ia. Interment was at Fairview Cemetery.

Grace Webster Brice, daughter of Melvin A. and Jennie V. Webster was born March 22, 1887 in Craddockville, Virginia.

At an early age her parents moved from Virginia to Minneapolis, Minn. and later to Bedford, Iowa. She attended Bedford Public School and graduated with the class of 1905.

She was employed by the Citizens State Bank of Bedford until her marriage in 1912 to Basil Brice of Bedford.

She and her husband later moved to Michigan City, Indiana where they resided until 1959 at which time, due to Mr. Brice’s illness, they returned to Bedford from Clarinda where Mr. Brice died in Clarinda Municipal Hospital in 1969. Since Mr. Brice’s’ death she resided in their home in Bedford until the last few months.

Her survivors include three nieces: Mrs. George Little, Ft. Dodge, Ia., Mrs. Kenneth Brice, Omaha, Nebr. and Mrs. Homer Modlin, Kansas City, Mo.; grandniece Mary Jane Castagnoli and son Mick; and cousins.

[Brice, Huldah Williams]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 22, 1952    [p. 1]

Mrs. E. T. Brice Died Sunday

Mrs. Elmer T. [homas] Brice, 75, died in Rochester, Minn., Sunday, May 18, where she had been taken to the Mayo Clinic a few days earlier. Mrs. Brice had been in failing health for several months.

Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church at 2 p. m. Wednesday conducted by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean of Lytton, Iowa, a former Bedford minister. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

Mrs. Brice is survived by her husband; a daughter Betty and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. George Little of Fort Dodge; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lois Brice of Omaha; a granddaughter Mary Jane Little and by two sisters.

[Brice, Huldah Williams]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 29, 1952     [p. 1]

Attend Brice Funeral

Those from out of town attending the last rites for Mrs. Elmer T. [homas] Brice last week, were Mr. and Mrs. George Little and daughter Mary Jane, Fort Dodge; Mrs. Lois Brice, Omaha; Miss Anne Williams, Springfield, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Churchill, Ottawa, Kans.; Mrs. Olive Little, Mrs. Ruth Price, Mrs. Wm. Stelk, Mrs. Merle Damman, Des Moines; Mrs. George Groppe, Hopkins; Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Loudon, Clarinda; Rev. and Mrs. Gordon F. MacLean, Lytton, Iowa.

[Brice, Huldah Williams]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     May 29, 1952     p. 4

Obituary – Mrs. E. T. Brice

Huldah Williams, daughter of Newton A. and Mary Catherine Williams, was born June 16, 1876 at Maryville, Mo. and died May 18, 1952 at Rochester, Minn. at the age of 75 years, 11 months, two days.

She was married to Elmer T. [homas] Brice on Dec. 18, 1911. To them were born two children, Kenneth and Bette.

Their entire married life was spent in Bedford. She was an active member of the Presbyterian Church and was affiliated with the Rebekah Lodge and the Order of Eastern Star.

She is survived by her husband, Elmer T. [homas] Brice of Bedford; her daughter, Bette, granddaughter, Mary Jane and son-in-law, George Little of Fort Dodge; a daughter-in-law, Lois Brice of Omaha; two sisters, Miss Ann Williams of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. Florence Eslinger of Portland, Oreg. Her son, Kenneth preceded her in death.

Funeral services were conducted from the Presbyterian church, May 21, by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean of Lytton, Iowa. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

[Long, Mabel Amy Thompson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday      January 27, 1944     p. 4

Obituary – Mrs. Lee Long

Mrs. Lee Long died at her home near Conway Thursday, January 13, following an illness of several months.

The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home in Bedford Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

Mabel Amy Thompson, daughter of George W. and Industry [Hubbell] Thompson, was born Jan. 15, 1892 being aged 52 years at the time of her death.

Miss Thompson and Mr. Lee [Arter Manson] Long were married Nov. 28, 1912. They were the parents of three children; one daughter, Industry, died in infancy, one daughter, Monteze Taylor, resides in Glenwood, Iowa, and one son, Sheldon [Ivan], lives in Spokane, Washington.

Mrs. Long united with the Methodist church when a young woman 16 years of age and continued a faithful member of the church of her choice.

For the past twenty years she had been in poor health and had been seriously ill the last three months, suffering very much. Through it all her thoughts had been of others and of her home, always cheerful and trying to bring comfort to others.

Besides her husband, daughter, and son, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lottie Miller of Guss; a brother, Lloyd Thompson of Cheyenne, Wyo., and one grandchild, Jaqualyn Taylor. These with friends and neighbors, mourn the passing of a good wife, mother, friend and neighbor.

[Marshall, Pearl Frances]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday      August 31, 1911     p. 4


Pearl Francis [Frances], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. [ranklin] E. [dgar] Marshall, was born near Gravity, Iowa, November 30th, 1893, and departed this life August 23d, 1911, aged 17 years, 8 months and 23 days.

At the age of 8 years, she with her parents moved to Worth County, Missouri, where her school days, the happiest days of her life, were spent. She was an apt pupil, but the one great ambition of her life was music. Two years go the family moved back to Iowa, where they now reside on their farm near Conway. Failing health prevented her attending school after this, also her study of music.

She was converted and united with the Presbyterian Church at the age of twelve. For six long years she has been a sufferer and in the last four months her health failed rapidly but she did not take to her bed until within eight days of her death, after which time she lay in a stupor, taking no nourishment and knowing no one except at one time when she spoke her father’s, mother’s and baby brother’s name, until death claimed her at a quarter of three Wednesday afternoon. She leaves a father, mother, five brothers and four sisters, all of who are at home, except one married sister, Mrs. E. A. Ferguson, and many friends and relatives to mourn her loss.

Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon at one o’clock, conducted by Rev. Young of Gravity, assisted by Rev. Jordan, of the M. E. church of Conway, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Conway cemetery. Beautiful were the floral offerings contributed by the friends and relatives of the deceased.         C.

[Martin, Grace May Cooper]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 15, 1945     p. 9


Former Resident Dies

Mrs. Warren Martin of Chicago was operated on the first of last week for gallstones, and died Thursday evening. The body was brought to Conway and the funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church. Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

[Martin, Grace May Cooper]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 15, 1945     p. 9


Conway Locals

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cooper of South Carolina arrived Saturday to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Warren Martin of Chicago.

[Martin, Grace May Cooper]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     November 22, 1945     p. 3


Obituary – Mrs. W. J. Martin

Grace May Cooper, daughter of J. [ohn] R. and Fannie [Young] Cooper, was born near Conway, Iowa, May 19, 1879, and died at the Augustana Hospital in Chicago, Nov. 8, 1945, at the age of 66 years, 6 months, and 20 days.

At an early age she united with the Methodist Church in Conway. She attended Iowa Wesleyan College at Mount Pleasant, Ia., and afterwards was associated with her father in the bank at Conway.

She was married to Warren J. [oseph] Martin, June 14, 1906, and spent most of her married life in Chicago.

She will be remembered for her sympathetic and kindly nature and for her devotion and loyalty to her husband and family.

Surviving relatives are her husband, Warren J. [oseph] Martin; six brothers, J. Roy Cooper and Fred Cooper of Conway, Clyde E. of Clearfield, John C. Cooper of Roseburg, Ore., Leo P. Cooper of Florence, Ore., and Paul Cooper of Trees, Louisiana. Her mother and father and two sisters, Nelle and Margaret, preceded her in death.

[Matheny, John Thomas Lafayette]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     November 19, 1908     p. 8

John L. [afayette] Matheny, who formerly lived at Platteville but later at Conway, died at Loveland, Colo., where he moved last spring. The death occurred very suddenly last night and the particulars are very meager, the only thing stated in the dispatch was that death was the result of stomach trouble. The remains will be brought back to Conway for burial, probably Saturday. His parents still reside at Platteville.

[Matheny, John Thomas Lafayette]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday     November 19, 1908    p. 4

Word has just been received here of the death of John Matheny, a former Taylor County boy, but who left here some eight months ago. His death occurred at Loveland, Colorado at 9:45 last night. The body will be sent back to Conway for burial. The parents of the deceased, Mr. and Mrs. J. [ohn] C. [ollins] Matheny, reside at Platteville, and he has many friends throughout the county who will learn this sad news with the most sincere sorrow.

[Matheny, John Thomas Lafayette]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     December 3, 1908     p. 6

Laid to Rest

John T. [homas] L. [afayette] Matheny was born in Creston, Iowa, April 21, 1885, and died in Loveland, Colo., Nov. 18, 1908, aged 23 years, 6 months and 27 days.

He came with his parents to Taylor County when about three months old and had resided near Platteville where he was reared and grew to manhood. About two years ago he came to Conway and for some time he held the position of clerk in R. T. Arnold’s store. In this position he made a large circle of acquaintances, all of whom were his friends.

 July 10, 1907 he was united in marriage to Josie White by Rev. Jackson Giddens, the ceremony taking place at the bride’s home in Conway. Here they resided until about seven months ago when he and wife moved to Loveland, Colo., where he engaged in business and where he resided until after a week’s sickness he died on last Wednesday, November 18.

During his brief illness the people of Loveland, Colo., gave all the aid and assistance to the sufferer and his companion that was possible. In the hour of sadness the bereft companion found that she was not left alone in her sorrow but they gave aid and sympathy to the grief stricken companion.

On last Friday the lonely widow in company with A. [rthur] Matheny, a brother of the deceased and Cliff Powell departed from Loveland, Colo., with the remains on the sad journey for Conway where they arrived on last Saturday afternoon. Fully 300 people were at the depot last Saturday afternoon when the train bearing the remains and relatives, came into the station, thus showing the sympathy the people of the community has for his bereaved wife, and also the respect and esteem they had for the deceased.

They proceeded with the remains to the home of the deceased’s brother, Dan Matheny on Greely Street where the body lay in state until the next afternoon.

On Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock the funeral cortege headed by fifty members of Conway M. W. A. Lodge, of which Mr. Matheny was a member, took up the march to the M. E. church where Rev. Jackson Giddens his former pastor and who also united them in marriage not quite a year and a half ago, spoke words of comfort to the bereaved wife, and aged parents and family, and the hundreds of friends who had assembled to pay their respects to the dead. The church was inadequate to hold the large crowd, the largest perhaps in years that had assembled on a like occasion in Conway.

The minister delivered an eloquent and touching address. In the course of his remarks he said that while the departed had never allied himself with any church, he was an exemplary man, of good habits; that it was a satisfaction to know that during his short sickness he realized his condition and knowing that death was near, found Christ as a Savior. He admonished all to not put off the all important  [duty?] of accepting Christ until a late hour but take Christ as their Savior now for “In the midst [of] life we are in death, of whom may we seek for comfort but of thee, O Lord, our God.”

By his death there is left to mourn him a loving wife, an aged father and mother, five brothers, four sisters, besides many relatives and a host of friends.

The pallbearers were Fred Cooper, Clint Powell, of this city and Ralph Payton, Jacob Brown, Chas. Allen and Homer Avery, associates of his former home near Platteville.

After the services at the church the funeral procession moved on to Conway cemetery where after the beautiful Woodman ritualistic burial service conducted by the fifty or more members present, the body was lowered to its last resting place, and then the relatives and friends departed, leaving behind one more loved one in the City of the Dead.

The grave was lined with white and trimmed with ferns.

Many and beautiful were the floral designs and bouquets contributed by the lodges and people of Conway and of Loveland, Colorado.

The sympathy of the people of Conway and the entire community go out to the wife, parents and relatives in their hour of sad affliction. ---Conway Record

[McClintock, John]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     April 11, 1912    p. 4

Wm. and Alex McClintock were down from Lenox on business Monday. Alex is now a citizen of South Dakota, near Northville, and came back to attend his brother’s funeral, mention of whose death appears elsewhere. He expresses himself well satisfied with his Dakota home. When he left there a week ago spring work was in full progress.

[McClintock, John]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday     April 11, 1912    p. 8

John McClintock, of Lenox, died in a hospital at St. Joseph last Tuesday and was buried in the Conway cemetery Thursday. Death was the result of an operation for gallstones.

[McClintock, John]

Bedford Times-Republican

Thursday      April 11, 1912      p. 8

The funeral of John McClintock was held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Conway Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Interment was in Conway cemetery.