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[Akers, Richard Zackary Taylor]


Thursday    May 27, 1909    p. 8


R. T. Akers

R. [ichard Zackary] T. [aylor] Akers was born August 26, 1847, in Pike County, Pennsylvania, moved to Johnson County, Iowa, in 1857, thence to Taylor County in 1874, settling on his farm five miles northeast of Gravity where he resided till 5 years ago, when he moved into Gravity, the place of his death, which occurred May 19, 1909, after an illness of three months with bone cancer.

He was married to Amanda [Elizabeth] Salike [Slyker], Aug. 20, 1868.  To this union were given eleven children, nine living and two dead.  All the children are living near Gravity except two, Mrs. Ida [Iva] Straw of Jasper, Minn., and Mrs. Lydia [Filena] French of Loop City, Neb.  He enlisted in the army in 1864 and continued till the close of the War.

He was an industrious citizen, a very kind neighbor, a loving husband and father and was highly respected in the community where he lived so long, and many mourn his departure from this material world.

The funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Episcopal Church on the following Thursday at 10 o'clock in the presence of a very large congregation of sympathizing friends and relatives by Rev. W. L. Dunlavy and Rev. Parmer, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Gravity cemetery by the G. A. R., there being about forty of the post in attendance.

[Lister, Aaron]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    June 19, 1924  

Obituary --- Aaron Lister

Aaron Lister was born near Canton, Ohio, August 15, 1840.  On December 30, 1861, he was united in marriage to Miss Naomi Pager.  To this union eleven children were born, four of whom with the mother, preceded him to the better world.  Soon after his marriage he moved to Cedar County, Iowa, and after a few years moved to Clarinda.  This was his home until about four years ago when he came to live with his son, S. [amuel] T. [homas] Lister, south of Gravity.  For about a year he has been an invalid and a great sufferer, but through it all he was patient.

Death came to release him June 11, 1924, at the age of 83 years, 10 months and 11 days.  He leaves to mourn their loss 3 sons and 4 daughters:  S. [amuel] T.[homas] and D. [avid] A. [lbert] Lister of Gravity, Guy of Clarinda, Mrs. L.[evi] W. Good [Mary Ella], of College Springs, Mrs. P.[erry] A. Winger [Julia] of Coin, Mrs. Albert Brooks [Blanche] of Clarinda, and Mrs. R. S. Thomas of Modesto, California.

The funeral was held from the home south of Gravity at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, conducted by J. R. McNichols, and interment was made at Clarinda.

 [Sturm, Olive May "Ollie" Beemer]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 7, 1966    p. 3

Final Rites For Ollie Sturm On Saturday

Funeral services for Mrs. Harl (Ollie) Sturm, 71, of Gravity, lifetime resident of Taylor County, were held April 2 at the east Shum-Novinger Funeral Home with Rev. J. Milton Kinney officiating.  Mrs. Sturm died at her home near Gravity March 30, 1966.  Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Ollie M. [ay] (Beemer) Sturm, daughter of Simeon and Alice [May] Whitecotton Beemer, was born on June 10, 1894, in Taylor County, near Lenox, Iowa.

She attended the public schools of Taylor County, and later was a student in the Conway, Iowa school system.

She and Harl Sturm were united in marriage at Bedford on February 15, 1911.  To this union two children were born, Howard and Marjorie, Mrs. Kenneth Lock, both of Gravity, Iowa.

Ollie and Harl spent their married life on farms near Sharpsburg, Lenox, and Gravity.  In 1932 they moved to the vicinity of Gravity.  In 1961 they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary, and just recently, February 15, 1966, their 55th Anniversary.

Ollie was a member of the Gravity Methodist Church, the Gravity Methodist Women's Society of Christian Service, and the Wild Rose Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Rumbaugh, and Mrs. Rella Akers.

She is survived by her husband, Harl; a son, Howard, Gravity; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Lock, Gravity; five sisters, Lottie Ross, Leon, Iowa, Minnie Triller, Grants Pass, Ore., Nellie Blair, Gravity, Sarah Foster, Sumner, Mo.; and Grace Houchin, Gravity; two brothers, Sim Beemer, Conway, and John Beemer, Sumner, Mo.; four grandchildren, Gordon Sturm, Des Moines, Ia., Sandra Sturm Miller, New Market, and Danny and Pamela Lock, Gravity; and two great grandchildren, Deborah Sturm, Des Moines, Ia., and Loretta Miller, New Market; a host of friends and relatives.

She was a kind and loving wife, mother, and neighbor.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

[Beemer, Alice May Whitecotton]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday April 23, 1959

Mrs. Alice Beemer Rites At Gravity

 Last rights for Mrs. Alice Beemer of Gravity, were held at the Methodist Church there on Wednesday, April 15. Rev. Frank Greenwood and Rev. Ross Keyt officiated. Burial in Washington Cemetery at Gravity.

Alice [May] Whitecotton, daughter of Frank [Marion Francis] and Sarah Wolfe Whitecotton, was born near Bushville in north Taylor County, Iowa, on Sept. 2. 1869 and passed away April 13, 1959 at Rosary hospital in Corning.

She was married to Simeon Beemer on March 24, 1886 and to them were born 10 children, Rella, Lottie, Minnie, Ollie, Simmie, Nellie, Sarah, John and Grace. A daughter, Mollie, passed away in 1947.

The family resided in the Bushville vicinity about 12 years, later moving to a farm near Lenox where they lived until 1906; in that year they moved to a farm near Conway. IN 1922 they moved to Sumner, Missouri, and after seven years, they returned to the Bushville vicinity in 1929, and in March 1942 they left the farm and moved to Gravity.

Mrs. Beemer was known to be a kind and loving mother, friend and neighbor. She maintained her own home as long as her health permitted. Then she made her home with her children. She leaves nine children, Mrs. Ben Akers [Rella], Sumner, Mo.; Mrs. J. [ohn] C. [leve] Ross [Lottie], Leon; Mrs. Frank W. Bean [Minnie] , Grants Pass Oregon; Mrs. Harl Sturm [Ollie], Gravity; Simmie [Sim Bryan] Beemer, Mrs. Walter Blair [Nellie], Conway; Mrs. Elisha Foster [Sarah], John Beemer, Sumner Mo.; Mrs. Ivan Houchin [Grace], Gravity. There are also 31grandchildren, 49 great grandchildren, 12 great great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Myrtle [Olive] Brazier, Edmonton, Alberta Canada; one brother, Roy Whitecotton, Lacombe, Alberta Canada.

[Dougherty, Effie Lydia Horning]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 7, 1966    p. 3

Effie Dougherty Rites Held Here

Funeral services for Mrs. Jesse (Effie Lydia) Dougherty, 80, lifetime resident of Taylor and Page counties, held April 1 at the Bedford Baptist Church, were conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle.  Mrs. Dougherty died March 29, 1966 in the Decatur County Hospital after a short illness.  Interment was at Memory Cemetery, New Market.

Effie Lydia Horning, daughter of Abraham and Hester Beery Horning, was born August 26, 1885 near Shambaugh, Iowa.

At the age of 10 she united with the Baptist Church at New Market, Iowa and in 1906 she transferred her membership to the First Baptist Church, Bedford, where she remained a faithful member.

She was married to Jesse F. [loyd] Dougherty on November 6, 1907 at the home of her parents by the Rev. A. I. Jones then pastor of the First Baptist church of Bedford.  To this union four children were born.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse, on July 14, 1954.

She is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Dwight [Morgan] Jones [Ruth Hester] of Red Oak, Iowa; three sons, Floyd M. [arsena] of Chula, Mo., Harry E. [dison] of Leon, Iowa, and Willard P. [ershing] of Kansas City, Mo.; one sister, Mrs. Sadie Murray, Eaton, Colo.; two brothers, Roy and Cyrus Horning of Bedford; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

She spent her entire life in Taylor and Page counties, helping those in need.  She was a wonderful and loving mother and very devoted to her children, a kind neighbor, and a friend of many, always ready to help anyone, as long as her health permitted.

[Horning, Anna Martha Jewett]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 6, 1953    p. 4

Mrs. Anna Horning Died In Clarinda

Mrs. Anna [Martha Jewett] Horning, 84, died Monday, August 3, at the White Nursing Home at Clarinda, after a long illness.  Funeral services were held this morning at the United Presbyterian Church, Clarinda, with Rev. C. E. Hawthorne and Dr. C. T. Carson in charge.

She is a widow of Joseph Horning, long time resident of Page County, living on a farm near Shambaugh.  In recent years Mrs. Horning has resided in and near Clarinda.  She is an aunt of the Bedford Hornings.

[Horning, Cyrus Wilson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 3, 1970    p. 3

C. W. Horning, 78, Last Rites Held Here Monday

Funeral services for Cyrus Wilson Horning, 78, of Bedford, were held Monday, Aug. 31 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Mr. Carl Cummings and Rev. Ivo Randels officiating.  Mr. Horning died August 28, 1970 at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Cyrus Wilson Horning was born June 11, 1892, near Shambaugh, page County, Iowa.  He was one of nine children, five sisters and three brothers born to Abraham and Hester Beery Horning.

He grew to manhood in Page and Taylor Counties, having resided in Bedford the past 35 years.

He was united in marriage to Hazel H. Bower on December 24, 1914.  She preceded him in death on December 18, 1926.

He was then united in marriage to Alice Wilson on October 2, 1934.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Charlotte Horning, Mrs. Charles (Hattie) Straight, Mrs. Jess (Effie) Dougherty, Mrs. Ralph (Clara) Hall, Mrs. Richard (Sadie) Murray; brothers, Ralph [Edwin] Horning, Martin [Isaac] Horning, Roy [Allen] Horning.

He is survived by his wife, Alice, of Bedford; stepchildren, Mrs. Eleanor Montgomery and her husband Harold of Des Moines, Art Wilson and his wife, Ruth of Council Bluffs; grandchildren, Ann Sutherland and her husband, Jim, of Des Moines, and Ed Wilson of Council Bluffs, sister-in-law, Mrs. Roy Horning [Jessie Annice Sheley] of Bedford and several nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He loved the out-of-doors.  He liked to hunt and spent many hours fishing and enjoying the beauty and wonders of nature.

[Horning, Roy Allen]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 18, 1968     p. 2

Roy Horning, 78, Rites Held Here

Funeral services for Roy Allen Horning, 78, long time Taylor County resident, held July 31 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here, were conducted by Rev. Ollie Odle.  Mr. Horning died unexpectedly July 28.  Interment was at Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Mo.

Roy Allen Horning, son of Abraham and Hester Beery Horning, was born February 13, 1890, near Shambaugh in Page County, Iowa.

He attended the country school in Page County and then moved with his parents as a youth to Taylor County where he finished his education.  He farmed all his life until 24 years ago when he moved to Bedford.

On December 25, 1915, he was united in marriage to Annice Sheley and to this union two children were born.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Annice, of the home; son, Homer, and wife Garnet; daughter, Edna White, and husband John of Redding, California; one sister, Sadie Murray, Paton, Colorado; one brother, Cyrus [Wilson] Horning, Bedford; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

As a youth he was baptized and became a member of the Baptist Church of New Market, Iowa.  The past few years he has enjoyed being a member of the Senior Citizens group at the First Baptist Church, Bedford.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

[Horning, Roy Allen]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 8, 1968    p. 5

Attend Rites Here For Roy Horning

Friends and relatives coming from a distance to attend services for Roy Horning included:

Mrs. John Russell White, Redding, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hall, Wichita, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Truman Hall and Miss Edna Straight, Kansas City, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Scott Hall, Raytown, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dameron, Springfield, Mo.; Clare Horning, Shenandoah.

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Horning, Blanchard; Mrs. Maude Burley and Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caskey, College Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Van Faseln [?], Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Riddle, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Race and children, Jay Race and Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Davison, Braddyville.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Neff, Maryville; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Straight, Clearfield; Mrs. Marion Straight, New Market; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dougherty and Allen, Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Oren Clarey, South Haven, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Fay Sheley, Adair; Mr. and Mrs. Melford J. Sheley, Guthrie Center; Mr. and Mrs. Linnie Nelson, Essex; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Metzger and son, Des Moines.

[Horning, Hester Beery]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday May 29, 1941    p. 4

Mrs. Hester Horning Succumbs May 23

Mrs. Hester Horning, a resident of the Bedford community for many years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hattie Straight in Conway, Friday, May 23, 1941, at the age of 84 years, 6 months and 25 days.

The funeral services were held at the Bedford Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Earl Longfellow of Huron, So. Dak.  Burial was in the Fairview cemetery..

Hester Beery, daughter of Peter and Sarah [Blosser] Beery, was born near Shambaugh, Iowa, on Nov. 28, 1856.  She grew to womanhood in that vicinity and on Sept. 2, 1875 was married to Abraham Horning, establishing a home joining that of her parents.

To them were born nine children:  Martin Horning of Fort Collins, Colo.; Mrs. Hattie Straight of Conway, Iowa; Mrs. Sadie Murray of Eaton, Colo.; Charlotte, who died in 1897 at the age of 13 years; Mrs. Effie Dougherty, Roy Horning and Cyrus Horning of Bedford; Mrs. Clara Hall of Louisburg, Mo.; and Ralph Edwin Horning, who died in 1917 at the age of 18 years.

Besides her own children, twenty-five grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren remain to ponder over the wise admonition and kindly advice of one who had gained much wisdom from a full life on earth and many years of fellowship with her Heavenly Father.  Her great interest and anxiety for her loved ones increased as each year passed.

Since the death of her companion on Nov. 30, 1928, she had often expressed the desire to join him, but was reconciled, active and cheerful to the end.

She was the last to be called of thirteen children, with the exception of one sister, Mrs. Matilda Davis of Mount Ayr, Iowa.  She was of hardy pioneer stock, who braved and endured many hardships in building and supporting substantial homes, the influence of which goes on and on in coming generations.

Among those from out of town attending the last rites for Mrs. Hester Horning in Bedford Sunday were the following:

Mrs. R. J. Murray of Eaton, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hall, Paul and Alice Hall of Louisburg, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Truman Hall and daughter Emily of Kansas City, Mo.; Harry Dougherty of Independence, Mo.; Mr. and Mrs. Merton Mullen of Clearfield; Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Jones and two children of Henderson, Iowa.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Falk and Marvin, Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Vosburg, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McAlpin and family of Clarinda; Mrs. Mattie Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Caskey, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Goudie, of Gravity; Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dougherty and son, N. H. Straight and F. S. Burnham of New Market; Mr. and Mrs. Clare Horning and son of Shenandoah; Mrs. Leona Horning, Lettie and Harvey Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Horning and two sons, Mr. and Mrs. James Burley, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Beery, all of College Springs.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beck and daughter Phyllis, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Straight, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Selders, Junior and Dorothy Selders, Mr. and Mrs. Orval Brown of Sharpsburg; M. J. Sheley, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roush, Mr. and Mrs. Ott Oberhauser of Hopkins; Will Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Clair Davis, Mrs. Leo Taylor and Mrs. Carter Holden of Mount Ayr.

[Horning, Abraham A.]


Thursday    December 6, 1928    p. 4

Abraham A. Horning

Abraham A. Horning, son of Jacob and Annie [Anna Good] Horning, was born in Franklin County, Ohio, Nov. 23, 1853, and departed this life, after a few hours illness, near Bedford, Iowa, Nov. 25, 1928, aged 75 years and 2 days.  When just a boy he came with his parents to Page County, Iowa.  Sept. 2, 1875, he was united in marriage to Hester Beery.  To this union were born nine children, Charlotte and Ralph having preceded him in death.  The others are M. [artin] I.[saac] Horning, Pierce, Colo.; Mrs. C. [harles] E. [li] Straight [Hattie May], Conway, Ia.; Mrs. R. [ichard] J. [ohn] Murray [Sarah Ann "Sadie"], Eaton, Colo.; Mrs. J.[esse] F. [loyd] Dougherty [Effie Lydia], Bedford; Mrs. R. [alph] L.[ester] Hall [Clara], Louisburg, and Roy and Cyrus, of Bedford.  Besides his grief-stricken companion and children, he leaves to mourn his death, 21 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, and a host of loyal friends and neighbors.  Also four brothers:  J.[ohn] H. [oward], of Clarinda; Isaac, of College Springs; Henry, of Elkhart, Ind., and Jacob, of Salem, Oregon.  Two sisters, Annie [Anna E.] Ferguson of Elkhart, Ind.; and Lizzie [Sarah Elizabeth] Weaver of Carthage, Mo.  Mr. Horning was converted early in life, united with the church and took much pleasure in doing his Master's will.  He was one of our old pioneers who did much toward building our state, aided much to bring it up from an undeveloped condition to a high state of cultivation.   His many friends will miss him and his family needs our prayers.

Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Bedford on Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 27, at 1:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. C. M. Crowell, the pastor.  Burial was made in Fairview cemetery.

Those from out of town who attended funeral services were:  Mr. and Mrs. Jim Burley, College Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Ike Horning and family, College Springs; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Beery, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Beery, Mrs. Will Weaver, all of Shambaugh; Joe Beck, Mr. and Mrs. Edd Fulk, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hatfield, Mr. and Mrs. John Horning, all of Clarinda; Martin Horning, Pierce, Colorado; Ralph Hall, Louisburg, Mo.; Miss Edna Straight, St. Joe, Mo.; Mrs. W. E. Davis, Mt. Ayr; Mrs. Ben White, Clarinda; Mrs. Eva Raynor, New Market; Frank Burnham, New Market; Nate Straight and Charlie Hook, both of New Market.

[Straight, Charles Eli]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 3, 1937    p. 8

Charles E. Straight

C. E. Straight died at his home in Conway Monday, May 31, after having a paralytic stroke the previous Wednesday evening, from which he never rallied.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Conway, Wednesday afternoon, June 2, conducted by Rev. James A. Walls.  Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

Charles Eli Straight, son of Marion and Nancy Straight, was born in Grundy County, Mo., Jan. 13, 1871, being aged 66 years, 3 months and eighteen days of age at the time of his death.

Sept. 11, 1901 he was married to Hattie Horning.  To this union were born six children, Marion Straight, Hazel Bishoff, Vernon Straight, Edna Straight, Lee Straight and Helen Straight, all of whom with the devoted wife were with him through the brief illness.  Besides the sorrowing wife and children he leaves his aged father, seven sisters and two brothers, he being the first to be taken from a family of ten children.

Thirty-seven years ago he gave his heart to God and had lived a sincere Christian life, setting for himself a high moral standard which he daily endeavored to obtain.  He enjoyed dong his Master's work in Sunday school, church or among his fellowmen, wherever he could administer in any way.

Mr. Straight was well known in Taylor County, having resided in the New Market vicinity for several years, and later on a farm near Conway and Sharpsburg from 1922 until three years ago, when he moved in to Conway.

Although he had been in failing health for twenty years he never complained and has taken an active part in the church, school, and welfare work of the community.  He was always of a very cheerful disposition and his absence will be deeply felt by all his many friends, as well as by his devoted family.

[Ingram, Thomas]


Thursday    December 6, 1928    p. 4

Thomas Ingram

Thomas Ingram died in a hospital in St. Joseph, during the night of November 26th.  He was aged 66 years.  The body was brought to Hopkins Monday in the Stithem ambulance.  Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Hopkins Wednesday at 1:00 p. m., and burial was made at the Shearer cemetery.  Mr. Ingram had several relatives in Bedford.

[Brown, Agnes Dawson]


Thursday    December 6, 1928    p. 4

Mrs. Jas. H. Brown

Agnes Dawson Brown was born Jan. 26, 1896, at Bedford, Ia., and passed from this life at Chicago, Nov. 28, 1928, being 32 years, 10 months and 2 days old.  Her early days were spent in Bedford.  She finished the Bedford school course in 1913; the next year she taught school; then enrolled at Iowa City, graduating in 1919.  She taught one year as principal of the Irwin, Iowa, high school.  She was married to James Howard Brown, May 11, 1920.  To this union three sons were born, James Howard, Jr., Donald Dawson, and Glen.  When a young girl she united with the Methodist church in Bedford.  After her marriage she transferred her membership to the U. P. church of Clearfield.  Agnes was loved by all, a most wonderful mother, sacrificing her life for the ones she loved.  Her sickness was of long duration, but she was always patient and cheerful to the last.  She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, the three sons, her father and four sisters, besides a host of other relatives and numerous friends.  The funeral services were held in Clearfield U. P. church on the afternoon of November 29th, conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. B. Brown.  Interment was made in the Clearfield cemetery.

[Harkless, John Duncan]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     June 3, 1937    p. 8

J. D. Harkless

Funeral services for J. D. Harkless, who died Tuesday, May 25, were held at the Wetmore Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, May 27, conducted by Rev. W. H. Warrior of Blockton.  Burial was in Fairview cemetery, Sunlight Masonic Lodge 459 of Gravity being in charge.

John Duncan Harkless, son of James Patterson and Mary Ann [Duncan] Harkless was born March 14, 1853 at Carrolton, Ohio, and at the time of his death was aged 84 years, 2 months and 11 days.  He was the last of a family of eight children, four brothers and three sisters having preceded him in death.

When about four years of age he moved with his parents from Ohio to Fulton County, Ill., where he grew to manhood.

July 4, 1874 he was married to Kitty Maria Anderson, who preceded him in death 11 years ago.  To this union six children were born, William A. [bner] Harkless of London Mills, Ill., Lewis B. Harkless and H. [enry] Jay Harkless at home and Mrs. Mary Keith of New Market.  A daughter and a son died in infancy.

He is survived by his four children, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one brother-in-law and sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews in Illinois.  A sister-in-law, Miss Rebecca Anderson, has made her home with them for many years.

He was a kind and loving husband and father, a loyal and generous friend to his neighbors.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 50 years, transferring his membership from Fairview, Ill., to Sunlight Lodge at Gravity.

[Short, William]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     June 3, 1937    p. 8

William Short

William Short died at his home in Conway, Friday, May 28, following an illness of more than four months.

The funeral services were held at the church in Conway Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. A. Walls.  Burial was in the Clearfield cemetery.

William Short, son of John and Elizabeth Short, was born in Listowel, Canada, March 21, 1866, being aged 71 years, 2 months and 7 days of age at the time of his death.

When 12 years of age he moved with his parents to Iowa, settling on a farm near Merle Junction where he grew to manhood.

March 25, 1891 he was married to Matilda Cochran.  Residing in the vicinity of Clearfield and Merle Junction until the spring of 1918, when they moved to a farm five miles east of Conway, but on account of failing health, moved to Conway two years ago, where he had since resided.

Mr. and Mrs. Short were the parents of ten children, three of whom preceded him in death:  Glen at the age of 15, one little girl in infancy, and John, who gave his life for his country in 1918.  Surviving are his wife, five daughters:  Mrs. May Harvey, Mrs. Charley Atkins, and Mrs. Carlos [Carroll] Horton [Grace] of Clearfield; Mrs. Harry Madden [Helen] of Kent; and Mary at home; two sons: Lee Short of Lenox and Clifford Short of Conway; two sisters, Mrs. Abigail McClintock of South Dakota, and Mrs. Libbie [Elizabeth] Kimball of Minnesota and one brother, John Short of Lenox.   Also fourteen grandchildren.

Several years ago he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was a member of the Clearfield Lodge of the Modern Woodmen of America, and also the Yeoman's Lodge of Des Moines.

He was a kind and loving husband and father and a faithful friend.