Taylor County, Iowa obituaries – Meloy file
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Bedford Free Press
Thursday November 16, 1899 [p. 1]
Allen Meloy was born in Clark Co., Indiana, June 10, 1837 [and died November 10, 1899] aged 62 years and 5 months. On June 20, 1857, he was married to Mary [Elizabeth] Phillips. Eleven children, 7 sons and 5 daughters, were born to them, all of whom are still living. Eliza Turner, the oldest daughter, resides in Hebron, Neb.; John Meloy in Clark Co., Ill.; Alfred Meloy in Indianapolis, Ind.,; and Ida Tingley in Ringgold Co., Ia. The remaining children reside in Taylor County.
In 1857 he confessed his Savior and united with the church of Christ in Clark Co., Ill. Since that time he lived a consistent Christian life. He died at his home, 1 mile south of Conway, Nov. 10, 1899, after a lingering illness of nearly three years. The funeral exercises were conducted at the late home by Rev. J. W. Walters on Sunday at 12 o’clock, after which the interment was made in Lexington Cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday June 4, 1903 p. 4
Death of Mrs. Maloy
Mrs. Elizabeth Maloy [Mary Elizabeth Phillips] who died from paralysis at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. [ohn] T. [homas] Weir [Sarah Elizabeth], in Jackson Township, Tuesday morning, was buried in the Lexington cemetery Wednesday. The funeral was conducted at the house at 10 a.m., by Elder Lee Furgeson.
Deceased was born in Indiana April 11, 1842. She was married to Mr. Allen Maloy [Meloy] June 20, 1857. To them were born eleven children, all of whom are living.
The family came to Taylor County in September 1893, and in 1899 suffered the loss of father. Mrs. Maloy [Meloy] early gave herself to her Savior, uniting with the Christian church, and ever remaining a devoted member. She was a good woman.
Thursday March 28, 1940 p. 5
Isaac William King
Isaac William King, 90, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Armstrong in Bedford Tuesday, March 26. He is survived by seven children, none of whom reside in this community.
The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. A. Douglas Steffenson. Burial was in the cemetery at Benton, Iowa.
Thursday March 28, 1940 p. 5
Mrs. C. H. Moser
Mrs. C. [hristian] H. Moser, a resident of Bedford and community for the past 65 years, died at her home in west Bedford Wednesday afternoon, March 27, at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 2 days.
The funeral services will be held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home at 2:30 o’clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Stanley Schlick. Burial will be in the Fairview cemetery.
Barbara Ann Ulrich, only daughter of Jacob and Fanny Fermer [Farner] Ulrich, was born in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, August 25, 1855. On Jan 13, 1875, she was married to Christian Moser in Upper Sandusky and later in the same month they came west to Taylor County, Iowa, to make their home. They were accompanied here by Mrs. Moser’s brother, the late John Ulrich, there being but two children in the immediate family. The parents were both dead.
Mr. and Mrs. Moser resided in Bedford and on different farms in the community until in March 1908, when they moved back to Bedford to their late home. Here, also, Mr. Moser died on March 15, 1931.
No children were born to them but their home was also home to several relatives and friends during their lifetime.
Mrs. Moser was a wonderful neighbor and friend and answered the call to help others as long as her health permitted. She was a member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church, having united with the Bedford church soon after moving to Iowa. She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Thursday December 7, 1939 [p. 1]
B. F. Larison, 90, Dies At Home Here
B. [enjamin] F. [ranklin] Larison, 90, a life-long resident of Bedford and community, died at his home in north Bedford Tuesday afternoon following a short illness.
The funeral services were held at the home this afternoon, Dec. 7, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Miss Halla Larison of the home. Mrs. Larison [Sarah Abigail Van Camp] and another daughter, Mrs. Etta Coppel, preceded him in death several years ago.
Thursday March 21, 1940
John O’Dougherty Succumbs Here
John [Harris] O’Dougherty died at his home in west Bedford Tuesday evening following an illness of several weeks.
The funeral services will be held at the Wetmore Funeral Home at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Stanley Schlick. Burial will be in the Fairview cemetery.
Mr. O’Dougherty is survived by his wife, a daughter and son, two sisters, Mrs. L. [esbia] A. [rthur] Conder [Anna] and Mrs. Tom Longfellow [Mary Elizabeth]; and three brothers, Francis O’Dougherty, Henry O’Dougherty and James O’Dougherty.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday February 19, 1919 [p. 1]
Laid To Rest Monday
Mrs. Sarah Fitch died at the home of her son, W. [illiam] E. Fitch, Friday morning. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Methodist church in charge of the pastor, Rev. Levi P. Goodwin, assisted by Rev. C. C. Hatcher and Rev. Lowe. Burial was made in Fairview.
The following obituary was read at the funeral services:
Sarah Jane Bray
Sarah Jane Bray, daughter of Jerry [Jeremiah] and Emma [Hadley] Bray, was born in Hendricks Co., Indiana, April 4th, 1844 and entered into rest at the home of her son. W. [illiam] E. Fitch, at Bedford, Iowa, February 13th, 1919 at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 9 days.
When about four years of age, her parents removed to Jefferson County, Iowa, and settled near Fairfield. Her mother died when she was about 8 years of age. Her early life was spent in Jefferson County. It was here that on April 18, 1866, she became the wife of John T. [ownsend] Fitch. To this union were born five children, all of whom survive their mother, William E. Fitch, of Bedford, Iowa; Chas. E. Fitch, Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. Frances Bailey, Bedford, Iowa; Mrs. Mattie [Martha Ellen] Parker, Bedford, Iowa; and Mrs. Mamie King, Fort Collins, Colo.
After her marriage, she resided in Jefferson County for 2 years, after which they moved to Dakota County, Nebraska. After a 15 years residence there, the family came to Taylor County, Iowa and settled in Mason Township, where they remained until about 29 years ago, when they took up their home in Bedford. Here on Dec. 24th, 1900, her husband passed away. Sister Fitch kept up her own home until a few years ago but since then had been making her home with her children.
In addition to her immediate family she is survived by two brothers, Calvin Bray, of Longmont, Colo., and Sanford Bray, Fairfield; one sister, Mrs. Mattie Coffin of Washington, Iowa; by three half-brothers, Alvin Bray of Richland, Iowa, Levi Bray of Fairfield, Ia., and Geo. Bray of Veo, Iowa; and also two half-sisters, Mrs. Amanda Trail, Fairfield, Ia., and Mrs. Julia Rice of Richland, Iowa. These, with ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and a wide circle of friends, join in mourning her passing.
Sister Fitch was converted when a child and united with the Baptist church at Fairfield, Iowa. When they removed to Nebraska, she and her husband put their church memberships in the Methodist Episcopal church. They brought their letters to Iowa and on their removal to Bedford became identified with the Bedford church. She was an earnest, consistent Christian mother, devoted to her family and giving herself without reserve to minister to them. To her the home was the center of her interest and to make it a model home was her highest ambition. She molded and trained her family by a positive Christian character, leaving the stamp of her own worthy purpose on their developing lives. Happy dispositioned, patient and self-sacrificing, her children may well “rise up to call her blessed.” Her work is done. Her undying spirit has slipped out and closed the door of the workshop of clay, for life’s day is over. She is at home with loved ones in the Father’s house.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday February 19, 1919 [p. 1]
Elmer Haynie died at his home in Forbes, Mo., December 26, 1918, following an attack of influenza.
The body was brought to Bedford Monday where short funeral services were held at the grave. Interment was made in the Bedford cemetery. At the time of his death the members of the family were all stricken with influenza and services could not be conducted at that time. He is a brother-in-law of Mrs. M. [elvin] A. Sawyer [Iva] of Bedford.
Elmer R. [ussell] Haynie was born in Grant Township, Taylor Co., Iowa, January 16, 1885 and departed this life December 26, 1918 at his home near Forbes, Mo.
When a young man he moved with his parents to Hamilton, Mo., [and in 1906 returned to Taylor County, Iowa.] On the 19th of April , he was united in marriage to Miss Vera DeHaven. To this union two children were born, Roy, aged 7, and Donald, aged 5. In early manhood he made a confession in Jesus and always lived an honest Christian life. He was held in [the] highest esteem by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife and two sons, father, mother, sister and four brothers.
Thursday December 11, 1919 [p. 1]
Mrs. Maude Jeanette [Hamilton] Parks, wife of Earl [Ray] Parks, died at her home in the southwest part of Bedford December 3rd, aged 33 years, 4 months and 24 days. The funeral was held at Forest Grove church Thursday, conducted by Rev. Potter. She leaves to mourn her death, the husband and two little girls.
The husband and children have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in the loss of wife and mother. May the peace of God abide with the sweet memory we retain from her.
Thursday April 24, 1958 p. 4
Luther Sharp Died Here Sunday
Luther Sharp, a resident of Taylor County much of his life, died at his home in Bedford early Sunday morning, April 20, after an illness of several years.
Funeral services were conducted from the Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon by Kenneth Miller, acting pastor of the Bedford Presbyterian church. Burial in Fairview cemetery.
Luther Allen Sharp, son of A. [lexander] A. [llen] and Sally Ann [Graybill] Sharp, was born near Parnell, Missouri, January 11, 1900, and passed away at the age of 58 years, three months, and nine days.
On June 14, 1923, he was united in marriage to Lela Mary Ryan of Lenox, Iowa.
He was engaged in farming until ill health made retirement necessary and he and his wife moved to Bedford.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, five brothers, George of Shenandoah, Ernest, Oscar and Roy of Bedford, Edward of Gravity; five sisters, Mrs. Mary Wright and Mrs. Lillie Burks of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Addie Million and Mrs. Susie Souder of Bedford, Mrs. Mabel Mahan of Estes Park, Colorado.
Thursday April 24, 1958 p. 4
John Greeley Dies At Long Beach, Calif.
John [Albert] Greeley, a former resident of Bedford and owner-operator of the Court Street Café here, died Wednesday, April 16, at the Veterans hospital in Long Beach, California. He was the son of the late Frank and Rachel [Barnes] Greeley of Taylor County. He died of cancer of the throat and had been a patient in the hospital there a little more than a month.
The last rites were held in Long Beach on Sunday, April 20, and following cremation, interment was at Sawtelle National Cemetery [Los Angeles] there.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mary Frances and her family, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin “Toby” Trumbo and son of Huntingdon Park, Calif.; a brother, David [Barnes] Greeley of Burlington Junction, Mo.; and four sisters.
Thursday April 24, 1958 p. 4
Matheny Child Died At Lenox
Chester Levern Matheny, 10-½ month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Matheny of Lenox, died Sunday, April 13, after an illness of several days. Services were Tuesday at the Bender Funeral Home, the Rev. Robert Duckett officiating. Burial was in Lenox cemetery.
Survivors include the parents and one sister, Susan Kay.
Thursday October 26, 1944 p. 8
Mrs. Lesbia Conder Dies Unexpectedly
Mrs. Lesbia Conder, a resident of Taylor County the greater part of her life, died very suddenly at her home southeast of Bedford Friday evening, October 20.
The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. L. Hufstader. Burial was in the Forest Grove cemetery.
Anna Cecilia, eldest daughter of Lola [Underwood] and Peter O’Dougherty, was born in Ross Township, Taylor County, Iowa, on November 14, 1882, being aged 61 years, 11 months and 6 days at the time of her death.
In 1902 she was married to Lesbia [Arthur] Conder, who survives. They made their home in Jackson Township for a number of years, later moving to Bedford, and then to Maryville. In the spring of 1934, they returned to the farm, where they had since resided.
Mrs. Conder was a devoted wife and a kind neighbor and friend, always willing to give a helping hand to those in need. She was a member in good standing of the Methodist church in Maryville.
Surviving with her husband are three brothers, Francis O’Dougherty and Henry O’Dougherty of Bedford and James O’Dougherty of Coffeyville, Kansas; and one sister, Mrs. Tom Longfellow [Mary Elizabeth] of Bedford.
[Conder, Anna Cecilia O’Dougherty]
Thursday November 2, 1944 [p. 1]
Attend Conder Rites
Out-of-town relatives who attended the funeral services for Mrs. Lesbia Conder Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. James O'Dougherty and son of Coffeyville, Kansas; Mrs. Ethel O'Dougherty of Kansas City, Miss Mary O'Dougherty of Washington, D. C., Mrs. Geo. Fox of Little Sioux, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Vasek and Mrs. Opal Buzard of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Mike Beletz of Long Beach, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Conder of Shannon City, Mr. and Mrs. Worth Conder and daughter of Vinton, Mr. and Mrs. Brice Willson, Mrs. Roy Willson, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Griffith of Maryville.
Thursday July 15, 1948 [p. 1]
Lesbia Conder Dies In The West
Lesbia Conder of Bedford died in a hospital at Hollywood, Calif., Friday, following an illness of several weeks. The body was brought to Bedford, where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Wetmore Funeral Home. Burial was in the Forest Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Conder went to Inglewood, California to visit relatives and was taken ill while there. He entered a hospital, where his leg was amputated, and from which illness he passed away.
Arthur Lesbia Conder [Lesbia Arthur] was born at Bedford, Iowa, December 11, 1883, being aged 64 years, 6 months and 26 days at the time of his death.
He was married to Miss Anna O’Dougherty, December 25, 1906, and she preceded him in death several years ago.
Mr. Conder spent his entire life in the Bedford community, except for a few years spent at Maryville.
He is survived by three nieces and two nephews, children of his brother, the late Harry Conder. They are Mrs. M. J. Belitz of Inglewood, Calif., Mrs. Joe Vesek and Mrs. Opal Buzzard of Omaha, Lloyd Conder of Shannon City and Worth Conder of Vinton, Iowa.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday July 15, 1909 p. 5
Death of Porter Conder
Many friends were grieved to learn that Porter Conder had passed away, his death occurring abut 9:30 a. m., July 13, 1909. Mr. Conder has made many new friends since living in Bedford as well as retaining his wide circle of old ones. Mr. Conder had not been in good health for some time and about three weeks ago he was thrown from his buggy and the injury sustained at that time probably aggravated and complicated the disease from which he was already suffering, an affliction of the heart. He told the writer in a jocular way that he had been suffering with a stiff neck before the accident but that the fall had evidently done him good, as the stiffness in his neck had left. We mention this only to show that Mr. Conder was always inclined to be optimistic and see the best of everything.
The deceased was born in Jefferson County, Iowa, June 14, 1845. On October 6, 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth J. [ane] Edwards and to this union two children were born, Harry and Lesbia, both of whom live in Jackson Township. In 1875 Mr. Conder came to Taylor County and located in Jackson Township where he lived upon a farm until moving to Bedford about the first of the year 1908, and his life was one of sterling honesty and integrity. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father, a good neighbor and a true friend. His has been a useful life, and his friendship is limited only by his circle of acquaintances. In his death the county and the town lose one of her best citizens.
He leaves to mourn his death a devoted wife, two sons, two brothers and unnumbered friends. The bereaved have the sympathy of all. The casket was open at the home this forenoon, and the funeral is to be held this afternoon at 2 o’clock from Forest Grove, conducted by Rev. S. E. Henry and interment will be in Forest Grove cemetery.
Bedford Free Press
Wednesday October 1, 1919 [p. 1]
Aged Pioneer Died Monday
Samuel J. Dallison Funeral Held Wednesday
Resident of Bedford For The Past Sixty-five Years----Came Here In 1854----Born In England---Faithful Member of Baptist Church
Samuel J. Dallison, a resident of Bedford the past sixty-five years, died at his home Monday evening after a protracted illness. The funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. G. Jones, pastor of the Baptist Church. Interment was made in Bedford cemetery.
Mr. Dallison was born in Derbyshire, England, January 23, 1834, and came to America when fourteen years of age, settling at Buffalo, N. Y. In 1854 he came to Bedford and in 1856 was united in marriage to Miss Frances Feno [Fenno]. The death of Mr. Dallison marks the end of over sixty-two years of happy married life. He enlisted in the War of the Rebellion and served for three years, being discharged because of wounds. He became a member of the Baptist church fifty-nine years ago, most of the time of which he has served as trustee.
He leaves to mourn his loss, a loving wife, Clarence Dallison, of Dell Rapids, [South Dakota], James Dallison, Bedford, Mrs. W. [ilberforce] J. [ames] Whiteman [Elfrieda], Denver, Colo., W. [illiam] T. Dallison, Bedford, Ralph Dallison, Denver, Colo., and one son, Guy, died in 1910.
Mr. Dallison is one of the pioneers of Bedford, having lived in the home where he died for the past fifty-four years.
Bedford Free Press
Thursday January 14, 1904 [p. 1]
Passed To Her Reward
“Grandma Dallison,” (her maiden name was Mariah Taft), was born in the city of Derby, England, November 3d, 1814, and died at the home of her son, S. [amuel] J. Dallison, in Bedford, Iowa, January 10, 1904, at 4 a.m. She was married to Mr. James Dallison in England. They came to America in 1849, and settled in Trumbell County, Ohio, where they remained until 1853, when they moved to Minnesota. There Mr. Dallison died. The widow came to her son in this city in 1856, and has lived here until her decease.
She was converted when young, but did not unite with any church until two or three years after coming to this place, when she united with the Bedford Baptist church and has proven herself a faithful, devoted Christian. She was always ready to help those in affliction and distress, often hazarding her own life in waiting upon others. Her pastor bears testimony to her cheerful hope of the future and although deprived in the last few years of attending the house of God, she lived in the clear sunlight of trust in her Redeemer. During her last severe illness, which was only some seven days duration, she spoke of her longing to be at home. She spoke of her departure as a journey home to the presence of her Lord and the company of the saints in light.
Kind hands ministered to her every want, but her prayer for release from this tabernacle of clay was answered at the beginning of her 90th milestone. Like the full, ripe grain she was ready for the reaper.
The funeral service took place at the Baptist church in this city, Monday, January 11, 1904, at 2 p. m. A large company of old settlers, neighbors, and friends gathered to show their esteem and respect to the family as well as respect to the memory of the departed. Her pastor, assisted by Elder Furgeson, conducted the service. All feel profound sympathy for Mr. and Mrs. Dallison, who, on account of sickness, could not be present at the service. The tribute of flowers was truly beautiful. The sisters of the Ladies Relief Corps, after the sermon, paid their tribute to the departed sister in a silent but impressive exercise. Truly it can be said of her, “That she being dead speaketh.” Interment at Bedford cemetery.
[DALLISON, MARIAH TAFT]
Bedford Free Press
Thursday November 22, 1923
Mrs. S. J. Dallison Dead
Mrs. S. [amuel] J. Dallison [Frances Fenno], 86 years of age and one of the oldest residents of this city, died this morning at the home of Billy Zinn, where she has been making her home recently. She had been in poor health for some time and the end came soon after suffering a stroke of paralysis yesterday. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet as all of the children have not been heard from. Will Dallison of Ottawa, Kansas, Ralph of Denver and Mrs. W.[ilberforce] J. [ames] Whiteman [Elfrieda], also of Denver, and Clarence of Dell Rapids, S. Dakota, her three sons and a daughter, are expected to arrive here this week to attend the funeral.
Mr. Dallison died here in 1919. They had been residents of Bedford since before the Civil War.
Thursday November 27, 1923 p. 2
Mrs. S. J. Dallison
Frances Feno [Fenno] was born in Canada on Sept. 10, 1837. At the age of 17 she moved with her parents to Iowa in 1854, and on Oct. 19, 1856, she was married to S. [amuel] J. Dallison. 7 children were born to this union, 6 sons and one daughter.
Our sister was one of the war mothers of the ‘60’s and passed through the trials known to mothers of that day.
And was one of the Mothers of Israel. At the age of 19 she took Christ as her Saviour, uniting with the Baptist church, and the great service she has rendered is well known to those who labored with her. Her loyalty to Christ and His Church has been an inspiration to all who knew her.
Mrs. Dallison has made Bedford her home all these years, excepting for only a short visit she made to her daughter in Denver.
She passed to her reward on Nov. 22, 1923, and is the last of a large family of brothers and sisters. She leaves to follow her to the other world, 3 sons and one daughter, Mr. C. [larence] E. Dallison of Dell Rapids, S. Dak., Mrs. W.[ilberforce] J. [ames] Whiteman [Elfrieda] of Denver, Colo., Mr. W. [illiam] T. Dallison of Ottawa, Kans., and Mr. Ralph Dallison of Denver, Colo.; 11 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild, with several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Dallison spanned 83 years, 3 months and 11 days in her earthly life, and gave 64 years of that in service to her Lord.
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist church, conducted by C. W. Fletcher, and interment in Fairview cemetery.
Thursday March 13, 1952 [p. 1]
Mrs. Wm. T. Dallison Died In Ottawa, Kans.
Mrs. [Winnie] Faye M. [orris] Dallison, 78, died March 7 at 11:45 a. m. of a heart ailment at the Darling nursing home in Ottawa, Kans. She had been in failing health six years. She was born August 9, 1873, at Bedford and moved to Kansas in 1923. Her membership was in the Christian church.
Before moving to the nursing home, Mrs. Dallison and her husband, William T. Dallison, who survives, made their home with their daughter, Mrs. Olen (Ferne) Streebin at Ottawa.
Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. V. [irgil] M. (Maude) Kinnison of Ottawa; a son, William Dallison of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a granddaughter, Patricia Kinnison of Kansas City, Kans.
Funeral services were held at the McVey-Dengel Mortuary Monday March 10 at 2 p. m. Rev. Lloyd R. Sparks officiated. Interment was in Highland cemetery at Ottawa.
Thursday December 21, 1939 [p. 1]
Mrs. Retta Dallison Succumbs Tuesday
Mrs. Retta Dallison, a resident of Taylor County practically all of her life, died at her apartment home in Bedford about 10 o’clock Tuesday night, Dec. 19, after having been in failing health for several years.
The funeral services were held at the Walker & Shum Funeral Home at 2 o’clock this afternoon, conducted by Rev. O. H. Hallgrimson. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.
Lauretta E. Hindman, daughter of William and Louisa [Lomira Thompson] Hindman, was born in Taylor County Oct. 13, 1856, being aged 83 years, 2 months and 6 days at the time of her death.
On Nov. 19, 1893 she was married to James P. Dallison, the ceremony being read in the Alma Baptist church at San Antonio, Texas. There were no children. Mr. Dallison died Sept. 12, 1921.
She was a member of the Bedford Baptist church, and of the Woman’s Relief Corps.
Surviving relatives are a sister and brother, Mrs. Frank Murray [Mary] of College Springs and T. [homas] C. [linton] Hindman of Bedford and their families. One sister, Mrs. Ella [Rachel] Spurgeon, and one brother, Grant Hindman, preceded her in death.