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[Damewood, Clyde Milton]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    October 27, 1949    p. 4

Obituary – Clyde Damewood

Clyde Milton Damewood, son of Isaac Melville and Margaret Alice [Garrison] Damewood, was born in Page County, Iowa, near Clarinda, Iowa, August 23, 1887 and died at the Municipal Hospital in Clarinda, October 16, 1949, at the age of 62 years, 1 month, 23 days.

He moved with his parents to Taylor County when 8 years old, where he lived to complete his life.  He graduated from the Wesley Normal Commercial College of Shenandoah, Iowa, at an early age.

He was married to Blanche Mae Humphrey on March 9, 1911.  To them were born four daughters:  Mrs. Coryl Elizabeth Jones of Sharpsburg, Mrs. Blythe Lorene Lucas and Mrs. Margaret Eva Lucas of Bedford, and Mrs. Doris Mae Anderson of New Market.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and his father.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife; four daughters; his mother; two sisters, Mrs. Martha Werner of Des Moines and Mrs. Coryl Lunde of Tucson, Arizona; four sons-in-law; six grandchildren: Mary Margaret and Coryl Belle Jones, Basil and Elaine Lucas, Kenneth Dean Lucas and Brenda Jill Anderson.

Mr. Damewood was known to others by his kind and neighborly spirit and willingness to always share with and aid his fellow man.

The funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon, October 19, conducted by Rev. F. H. Cowles.  Burial was in Gravity cemetery.

[Damewood, Margaret Alice Garrison]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    December 14, 1961    [p. 1]

Mrs. Damewood Dies In Arizona

Mrs. Margaret [Alice Garrison] Damewood, 93, a former resident of Taylor County, died Friday, December 8, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. A. Lunde [Coryl] in Tucson, Arizona.  Last rites were held in Tucson.  The body was cremated and the ashes will be returned for interment here in early spring.

Included with the surviving relatives is the daughter-in-law, Mrs. Blanche Damewood of Bedford.

[Damewood, Margaret Alice Garrison]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     December 21, 1961    p. 7

Mrs. Damewood Rites In Tucson

Rites for Mrs. Margaret Alice [Garrison] Damewood, 93, were held in Tucson, Arizona, after her death on Dec. 8.  Mrs. Damewood was born at Cambridge, Ill., in 1868 and at the age of eight years came with her parents to Page County, Iowa, later moving to Taylor County.

In 1885 she was married to Isaac Melville Damewood and eight children were born to them.    The only surviving child is a daughter, Mrs. Coryl Damewood Lunde of Tucson, with whom Mrs. Damewood had made her home the past eight and a half years.

She was a member of the Methodist church in Gravity many years, transferring her membership to Mountain View Presbyterian Church at Tucson, to be with her daughter and husband.  She was the mother of the late Clyde M. [ilton] Damewood of the Gravity-Sharpsburg community.

Surviving with her daughter are eight grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren.

 [Humphrey, Mary Elizabeth Barnes]


Thursday   May 20, 1909

Mrs. E. M. Humphrey

Mrs. E. [dward] M. [ontgomery] Humphrey died at her home in Washington Township, Thursday morning at 5 o’clock, age 60 years, 9 months and 12 days.  The funeral was held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Gravity on Friday at 11 o’clock a. m., conducted by Rev. Palmer.  Interment was made at Gravity cemetery.

Mary E. [lizabeth] Barnes was born in Hancock County, Indiana, July 31, 1848.  When only a child of two years she came to Iowa with her parents and they settled in Iowa County.  In 1886 she was married to E. [dward] M. [ontgomery] Humphrey and four years later they moved to Taylor County, which was her home ever after.

Mrs. Humphrey was for years a consistent and earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal church, active in all movements, looking to the upbuilding of the church, sincere, self-sacrificing and persistent in the work of her Master.  For three months prior to her death she was a constant sufferer, but she bore the pain in silence and in the moment of her extreme agony her faith in the promises of the great Consoler never faltered, she died as she had lived---a faithful Christian, buoyed and sustained by the belief that to her was a certainty that beyond the tomb is life eternal where loved ones will meet never to part and where happiness and pure felicity will reign supreme forever.                   G.

[Humphrey, Mary Elizabeth Barnes]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    May 20, 1909    p. 4

A Life that always spoke for the Master, died at her home Thursday morning at five o’clock, sister Mary E. [lizabeth] Humphrey.

Mary E. [lizabeth] Barnes was born near Indianapolis, Ind., July 31st, 1848 and came with her parents to Iowa City [in] 1850, where she grew to womanhood and became the wife of E. [dward] M. [ontgomery] Humphrey, January 10th, 1866.  Soon after they bought and located on a farm in Holt Township, Taylor County, where they spent the remainder of their lives.  They reared a family of ten children, all but one of whom are living and most of them were near to minister to their loving mother during three months of severe pain and trials.  Since January Sister Humphrey has been almost continually confined to her bed, being afflicted with a tumerous affection, which gradually wore out her vitality.  For years she lived an active Christian life, earnestly working in the M. E. church of which she was an earnest believer in its doctrine.

The funeral sermon was preached by her pastor, Rev. Palmer, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Gravity cemetery.

Her’s was one of those lives that shall never die.  A life that is an inspiration to all who become intimately acquainted with its Christian up-lifting power.  In a few short months a vacancy has been made, that can never be filled.   (Frank Greeley)

[Nelson, Helen]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 10, 1965    p. 2

Helen Nelson Rites Held In Bedford

Funeral services for Helen Nelson of Des Moines, well-known music instructor and former Bedford resident, were held June 8 at Madison Street Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here with Rev. John D. Kerr officiating.  Miss Nelson died June 5, 1965, at the Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.  Interment was at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

The obituary included in the services was:

Helen, daughter of Charles and Gloe Pierce Nelson, was born June 2, 1897 in Bedford.

After graduation from Bedford High School she attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls.  She continued her education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., where she obtained her degree in Public School music.

She retired from teaching music in the Des Moines school system three years ago after having taught 34 years there.  Prior to this teaching she held positions in St. Louis, Mo., Corning, Lenox and Gravity.

She was a member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church where in her youth she served as organist for several years.  When she moved to Des Moines her membership was transferred to Central Presbyterian Church and there she remained a member until her death.

Surviving are her sisters, Mrs. Robert (Jean) Anderson of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Mrs. Wyatt (Hope) Blakemore of Bedford; a brother, George Nelson of Omaha, Nebr., two aunts, Allie Nelson and Maude Nelson of Bedford; four nephews and three nieces.

Her parents and one brother, Carrol, preceded her in death.

She was a warm and vibrant person who had something to offer everyone who knew her.

[Quick, Frank Glen]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 9, 1968    p. 3

Frank Quick, 74, Rites April 24

Funeral services for Frank Glen Quick, 74, lifelong resident of Redding, Ia., were held April 21 at Rhoades Funeral Home, Mt. Ayr, conducted by Rev. Clarence Landis of Blockton.  Mr. Quick died April 19, 1968 at Ringgold County Hospital, Mt. Ayr.  Interment was at the Redding cemetery.

Frank Glen Quick, the son of William [White] and Eliza Miller Quick, was born September 7, 1893, at Redding, Iowa.

In early life he joined the United Presbyterian Church of Redding.

On November 30, 1932, he was united in marriage with Ella Maude Malaney of Redding.  To this union were born three sons, Howard, who died in infancy, Lyle, Dale and two daughters, Mary and Jean.

He was a devoted and loving husband and father.  He took great pride and enjoyment in his grandchildren.

He was a farmer in the Redding community for a number of years and substitute rural mail carrier for 19 1/2 years. For nine years he was employed by the Farmers Mutual Telephone Company of Redding.  He retired to his present home five years ago.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, infant son and an infant granddaughter.

Those who survive him are his wife, Ella Maude, of Redding; two sons, Lyle Quick of Creston, Iowa, Dale Quick at home in Redding; two daughters, Mary (Mrs. John Overholtzer) Tingley, Iowa, Jean (Mrs. Ronald Tull) Annandale, Virginia; one daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law; three grandchildren; one brother, Carl Quick of Redding; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Stephens of Blockton; and Mrs. Wilma South of Corning, and other relatives and friends.

He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.

[Chester, Lois Grace Slauson]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    February 4, 1909   

Mrs. Lois Grace Chester

Miss Lois Grace Slawson [Slauson] was born September 4, 1881, in Henry County, Ill., and died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. [enry] E.[dwin] Slawson [Sarah Emily Templeton], in Bedford, on Sunday, January 31, 1909.

In 1883 she moved with her parents to Bedford, where she grew to young womanhood, beloved by all.  In 1901 she united with the Baptist church, and she has since been a faithful member.  In 1903 she was united in marriage to Mr. A.[shmead] B. [easley] Chester, and they then moved to Kansas City.  She was the mother of two children, Ruth [Lois] and Raymond [Ashmead], the former dying in infancy.  In 1907 she was seized with pneumonia, which later developed into tuberculosis.  When these symptoms became apparent, they moved to Albuquerque, N. M., where for a time it seemed that she would be able to throw off this dread disease, but it was not to be and she returned to Bedford two weeks ago, to die amid the home scenes of early life.

She leaves a fond husband and parents and one child, to mourn her death, also two brothers and one sister.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the Baptist church, conducted by Rev. McMasters.  The interment was in the Bedford cemetery.

[Chester, Lois Grace Slauson]


Thursday    February 4, 1909    p. 8

Death of Mrs. Chester

Mrs. A. [shmead] B. [easley] Chester died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. [enry] E.[dwin] Slauson [Sarah Emily Templeton], in Bedford, on Sunday, January 31, 1909, aged 27 years, 4 months and 27 days.  The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. D. McMasters.

Grace Lois [Lois Grace] Chester was born in 1881, and when only a child removed with her parents to Bedford, which was her home, practically all her after life.

The death of the deceased was due to tubercular trouble.  Some time ago it became apparent to herself and friends that she was afflicted with this dread disease.  Every effort was made to combat it, but without avail.  Hoping that a change of climate would at least prolong her life, even if she could not be cured, some months ago she went south.  It was soon evident that even this hope was vain, as she gradually grew weaker and weaker.  As the inevitable end approached, it was decided to bring her home that she might die among those who were near and dear to her.  It seemed for a time as though this boon would be denied her for death came very near while on the journey.  However, buoyed up by her desire to once more see her home, she rallied, and after being brought to her parents’ home lingered several days before the final summons came and she passed peacefully away.

[Slauson, Henry Edwin]


Tuesday    October 24, 1922


Henry Edwin Slauson was born in Knox County, Ill., Sept. 22nd, 1851, and departed this life at his home in Bedford, Ia., Thursday, Oct. 19, 1922, aged 71 years, and 27 days.  In the year 1882 with his family he came to Taylor County, resided on a farm three miles east of Bedford, then moving into Bedford following the trade as a painter and paperhanger.

January 27, 1874, he was married to Sarah Emily Templeton at the bride’s home at Woodhull, Henry County, Ill.  To this union was born seven children as follows:  Mrs. W. [alter] W. [allace] Wilkins [Delia], Lena Myrtle, Mrs. Grace Chester, Lewis Lavern, Harlan M., and Harry N., and Eunice Gertrude, all but two having preceded their father.  Besides his wife and two children he leaves two brothers, Lewis of near Bedford, Charles [Augustus] of Dexter, Iowa, besides 4 grandchildren, Raymond [Ashmead] Chester, who has made his home here with his grandparents.  He had been in failing health for nearly two years.  About the first of July the doctors told him he had cancer of the stomach, so immediately he became resigned he could not get well and made the remark several times in the last three weeks that he was ready to go.

[Slauson, Lena Myrtle]


Thursday    January 21, 1904    p. 7


Died, at her home in Bedford, Iowa, Friday, January 14, 1904, Lena Myrtle Slawson [Slauson], aged 26 years, 7 months and 6 days.  The funeral services will be held at the residence Sunday, January 17, at 2 o’clock p. m., conducted by Rev. D. W. Griffith.  Interment in the Bedford cemetery.

About a year ago she was afflicted with pneumonia from which she never fully recovered.  A few weeks ago she was brought to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. [enry] E. [dwin] Slawson [Slauson], from Chicago, very ill with lung trouble, and never rallied.

[Slauson, Lena Myrtle]


Thursday    January 21, 1904


Lena Myrtle Slawson [Slauson] was born at Woodhull, Henry County, Ill., June 9th, 1877 and died at the home of her parents in Bedford, Ia., Jan. 15th 1904.

She united with the Christian church when about 14 years of age and professed to enjoy the peace of God at that time.  Those who know her speak of her as generous hearted and very cheerful.  She has been afflicted for about a year and came home about 5 weeks before her death.

There was present at the funeral Mr. and Mrs. W. [alter] W. [allace] Wilkins [Delia Slauson] of Stuart, Iowa; Mrs. Wilkins a sister of the deceased came to see her afflicted sister some two weeks before her departure.  Mr. and Mrs. Chester [Lois Grace Slauson] from Kansas were also present; Mrs. [Lois] Grace Chester came home about ten days prior to the sister’s decease, so the whole family were together.

The funeral took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. [enry] E. [dwin] Slawson [Slauson] on Sunday Jan. 17th at 2 p. m., Rev. Griffith officiating.  Many friends of the family and relatives were present to pay their tribute of sympathy for the afflicted family.

There remain to mourn for her three brothers, two sisters, father and mother and aged grandfather.

Interment in Bedford cemetery.  Pray for the consolation that comes from above, He lives.     C.

[Slauson, Elizabeth Templeton]


Thursday    December 13, 1917    p. 8

Mrs. Elizabeth Slawson

Mrs. Elizabeth [Templeton] Slawson [Slauson] died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William [Willis] Earnest Saturday evening at 11 o’clock.  The funeral services were held at the East Mission church Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock conducted by Rev. U. E. Burroughs.  Interment was made in the Fairview cemetery.

She was one of the pioneers of Taylor County and passed away in a very few moments, death coming without a moment’s warning to those around her.  She went to meet her Savior with a calm and peaceful smile.  She will be greatly missed by her husband and children and by the many friends and neighbors of the community.  She was so kind and thoughtful of everyone about her.  Everyone was met with a sweet and pleasant smile.

She was born in Henry County, Indiana, August 6, 1851.  She united with the Methodist church at an early age.  Later in life she united with the Baptist church of Bedford of which she was a constant member until death.  She was united in marriage to Lewis [Egbert] Slawson [Slauson] January 18, 1876 to whom she was a loving and faithful companion and will be greatly missed by her loved ones.  Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Will Earnest [Georgia Dean] of Bedford and Mrs. Fred Earnest [Edith May] of Redding; both were with her at the time of her death.

[Engle, Olive Jane McCullough]


Thursday    January 14, 1904

Mrs. G. [eorge] W. Engle [Olive Jane McCullough], of Benton Township, died this morning after a long illness.  The remains will be taken to Farragut for interment tomorrow.

[Engle, Olive Jane McCullough]


Thursday    January 21, 1904   p. 7


Mrs. G. [eorge] W. Engle (nee Olive J. [ane] McCollough [McCullough]) was born in Davis County, Iowa, April 24, 1857, and died at her home some 5 miles southwest of Bedford on Monday, Jan. 11, 1904.  She was married to Mr. G.[eorge] W. Engle, October, 1886.  To this union two daughters were born.  One died when 4 years of age, the other---Miss Effie [Olive]----is 11 years of age, and will miss mother more than she can now realize.  Mrs. Engle was converted some thirteen years ago at Farragut, Iowa, and united with the Church of Christ at that place.  She lived an earnest, devoted Christian life and leaves a memory fragrant with her trust in God.

She leaves to weep over her departure seven sisters and three brothers as well as an aged father [Alexander McCullough] and mother [Rebecca Mace] living in Wichita, Kansas.  The parents were too feeble to be present.  Those of her sisters present were Mrs. I. [saac] N. [ewton] Jones [Mary A.] and her husband, of New Market; Mrs. J. [erome] T. Stroud [Lucinda Malone], of Appanoose County, Iowa; Mrs. A. [manda] L. [ouisa] Torpin [Turpin], of Shenandoah, Iowa.   The other sisters and the brothers were unable to come.

The funeral service took place at the home, conducted by the Rev. D. W. Griffith (who knew the family in Page County) on January 13th, at noon.   A goodly number of neighbors and friends showed their sympathy for the family and the memory of the deceased by their presence and the help they rendered the bereaved family.

The interment took place at Farragut [Cemetery], Page County [Fremont County], Iowa, where the family formerly resided.  Mr. Engle and daughter have the sympathy of the entire community.  Dropsy was the cause of death.            C.

[Engle, Olive Jane McCullough]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    January 14, 1904   [p. 1]


Died, on Monday, January 11, at her home on the Lafe Dugan farm five miles west of Bedford, Mrs. Olive J. [ane McCullough] Ingles [Engle], aged 46 years.  Funeral services were conducted at the home at 12 o'clock yesterday by Rev. D. W Griffith.  The body was taken to Farragut for burial.  Deceased had been an invalid for some time.  She leaves a husband and one child.

Bedford Free Press (Bedford, Iowa), Thursday, January 14, 1904
Obituary – died, on Monday, January 11, at her home on the Lafe Dugan farm five miles west of Bedford, Mrs. Olive J. [ane] Ingles, aged 46 years. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 12 o'clock yesterday by Rev. D. W. Griffith. The body was taken to Farragut for burial. Deceased had been an invalid for some time. She leaves a husband and one child.
[Note: The last name is spelled Engle on her headstone.]

[Henderson, Ralph]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    February 4, 1909   

Ralph Henderson

Ralph Henderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed [ward Daniel] Henderson [Minnie Belle Potter], was born September 21, 1894, in Ross Township, Taylor County, Iowa, and departed this life at the home near the new cemetery at six o’clock, on the morning of January 29, 1909, being at the time of death 14 years, 4 months and 8 days old.  He had been undergoing an attack of severe illness for over two weeks but had been a hopeless invalid for over six years.  Death came as a relief to the little tired body.  Everything was done that could be done; in fact, the father and mother have been unselfish in their devotion to him for all the years of his affliction and it was a great blow to give him up, but God knows best.  The neighbors vied with each other to make him happy as possible and did help to smooth the way for him.

The funeral took place Sunday from the Christian Church, conducted by the pastor, Geo. A. Hendrickson, in the presence of a large audience of sympathizing friends.  Many of the relatives were not able to get to the funeral on account of the condition of the roads.  May the God of all comfort, bless and sustain them in their affliction.                                         C.

[Henderson, Ralph]


Thursday    February 4, 1909    p. 8


Ralph Henderson was born September 21, 1894 in Ross Township, Taylor County, Iowa and died at the home of his parents in Bedford, Friday morning January 29, 1909, at six o’clock in the morning after many days of severe sickness and many years of affliction.  He was aged 14 years, 4 months and 8 days old.

This boy has been an invalid for over six years but one of the most patient sufferers in the world.  Many of his condition would have grown irritable, but not so with him; his disposition was remarkable so much so the neighbors remarked about it many times.  He took violently ill about two or three weeks before his death, but nothing could be done for the little sufferer but to make his last days as happy as possible and to this task the father and mother gave their entire strength and time.  The neighbors vied with each other to make him as comfortable as possible.  All that willing hands could do was done until the morning of the 29 the spirit went home to God who gave it.  If the world is as well prepared when the summons comes, what a joy it will be.

The funeral was held from the Christian church Sunday at 2:30, conducted by the pastor, Geo. A. Hendrickson, in the presence of a large audience of sympathizing friends.   Many of the relatives were not permitted to be present on account of the snow drifts in the roads but the people of Bedford attended in large numbers to pay their tribute of respect.  May the God of all comfort be with the bereaved.

[Henderson, Isaac George]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    January 21, 1897    p. 2


Friday of last week, Jan. 15, at 10 o’clock a. m., Uncle Isaac [George] Henderson departed this life and on Sunday the 17th at 11 a. m. the funeral service was held in the new Christian church, conducted by Elder Burch, of Sac City, after which the remains were interred in the Siam cemetery.

[Collar, Arthur Clyde]

Bedford Free-Press

Thursday    February 4, 1909   

Arthur Clyde Collar

Arthur Clyde Collar, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Collar [Lucy Night Matheny], was born May 14, 1892, and died Jan. 22, 1909, aged 16 years, 3 months and 8 days.  He leaves a father, one brother, Jesse John, and one sister, Mary Blanche, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  His mother departed this life Jan. 7, 1900.

It is sad that one we cherish

                Should be taken from our home,

But the joys that do not perish,

Live in memory alone.

All the years we’ve spent together,

All the happy, golden hours,

Shall be cherished in remembrance,

Fragrant sweets from mem’rys


Not now but in the coming years,

It may be in the better land,

We’ll read the meaning of our tears

And there, sometime, we’ll understand.

M. M.

[Note:  The same obituary was published in the Bedford Times-Republican, February 4, 1909.]

[Ingram, Virgil]


Thursday    August 9, 1928    [p. 4]

Virgil Ingram

Virgil Ingram, aged 32 years, passed away at his home about 16 miles southwest of Bedford, Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock.  The funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the church at the Shearer cemetery, conducted by Rev. Mr. Nelson of Clarinda.  Interment was made in the Shearer cemetery.  Mrs. Ingram [Edna Florea] is a sister of Mrs. Roy Salen [Blanche Florea] of Bedford.

[Cox, Willis James]


Thursday    August 9, 1928    [p. 4]

Willis J. Cox

Willis J. [ames] Cox, son of Mrs. James Cox of Gravity, passed away at Chinook, Mont., Friday, August 3, 1928.  The body was sent to Gravity, where the funeral services were held at the Christian Church at 2:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Mr. Green.  Interment was made in the Guss cemetery.  Mr. Cox was 26 years of age and was a nephew of J. A. Frazier of this city.

[Simmons, Mary]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    May 2, 1895

Called Home

Died, near Orrsburgh, Nodaway County, Mo., April 29, 1895, Miss Mary Simmons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. [ulius] C. Simmons [Belinda Hahn].

Mary Simmons was born in Warren County, Illinois, August 1, 1874.  Her disease was typhoid fever and spinal trouble.  Her sickness was long and severe, yet she bore her suffering with Christian patience and resignation to the end.  Funeral services were conducted April 30 by Rev. Richard Oldphant, of Stanberry, Mo., assisted by Elder R. [owland] M. [adison] Simmons, of Hopkins, after which her remains were laid to rest in the Orrsburgh cemetery.

[Noble, Caleb T. S.]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    May 2, 1895

C. T. S. Noble

Full of years, after a life spent in kindly deeds, C.  [aleb] T. S. Noble departed this life at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Dean [Addie J.], near Conway, at 5:00 a. m., Saturday, April 27, 1895, aged 80 years.

The funeral services were conducted from the First Baptist church, Sunday morning, April 28, by the pastor, Rev. J. C. Lewis, and the remains interred in the Bedford cemetery.  The deceased was born in Herkimer County New Jersey [New York] .  At the age of 18 years he united with the Baptist church.  In 1846 he moved to Illinois, and in 1868 to Bedford, where he united with the First Baptist church, holding the office of deacon and clerk for nearly fifteen years.  Since the death of his wife  [Charlotte F.] in 1888, he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Dean [Ada J.], near Conway.

The deceased was greatly esteemed in this community, and his memory is revered by all who knew him.  He commanded admiration for the manliness of his character and for his liberal Christian spirit.

[Carr, William Austin]

Taylor County Democrat

Thursday    May 2, 1895

In Memory of W. Austin Carr

The angel of death, who, sooner or later, summons all to judgment, threw a deep shadow of sorrow over the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. [ames] A. Carr [Martha Ellen Rogers Silvers], at Conway, who mourn as only stricken parents can, the calling away of their beloved son, Austin.

William Austin Carr was born in Decatur County, Iowa, on January 19, 1869, and came with his parents to Taylor County some years later.  About five years ago he went to Nebraska, where, for a time, he taught school, but at the time of his last illness he was engaged in the real estate, loan and insurance business.  About a week prior to his death his parents brought him from Lincoln, Nebraska, to their home in Conway, and on Friday, April 26, 1895, at 9:45 he departed this life for the Celestial Lodge above.  The funeral was held at the residence of the deceased’s parents, on Sunday, April 28, at 1:30 p. m.  The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Richardson, of Bedford, after which the remains were taken charge of and the services conducted by Conway Lodge No. 553, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, assisted by members from other lodges in the county.  The deceased was a member of the I. O. O. F. fraternity and solemnly the members of that order bore his frail tenement of clay to its last resting place, and as they lowered into the grave all that was mortal of their brother, they forgot his faults, if any he had, and remembered only the manly virtues of him whose spirit had taken its flight in the springtime of life.  “The Spoiler is in the world and all that is born must die.”  Peace be to our brother’s ashes, and fragrant be the flowers that bloom above his grave.

W. [illiam] Austin Carr was aged 27 years, 3 months and 7 days and leaves a father, mother, five sisters and three brothers to mourn his loss.  The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Conway.  The procession when formed was more than one-half mile in length.  The procession was led by 110 Odd Fellows present, representing every lodge in the county, except Guss.  The entire crowd was estimated at 700.