Obituaries
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[Farnham, Earl Leroy]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 15, 1949     p. 6

Obituary – E. L. Farnham

Earl Leroy Farnham was born in Taylor County, Iowa, June 5, 1887 and died September 11, 1949 at the age of 62 years, 8 months and 6 days.

He was married to Vevia C. Ditto on November 29, 1911.  To them one son, Ethan Russell was born.  Ethan made his present home with his parents on the farm near Sharpsburg.

Mr. Farnham united with the Presbyterian Church at an evangelistic service when he was a young man and his membership is with the Presbyterian Church at Sharpsburg.

His life was spent in farming and he passed away on the farm where he was born.

Besides his loving companion and son, he leaves to mourn his passing, two sisters, Mrs. Clyde Ouderkirk of Sharpsburg, and Mrs. Ferne Baughman of Denver, Colorado.

The funeral services were held at the Sharpsburg Presbyterian Church Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. D. C. Callison.

Burial was in the Gravity cemetery.

[Widner, Syrena Jane Edwards Canon]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 13, 1952     p. 3

Attend Widner Funeral

Among those from out of town who attended the last rites for Mrs. Syrena Widner in Bedford Monday were the following:  Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sutherland, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Sutherland of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Leon Canon, Suellen and Jackie Canon, Dr. and Mrs. Roy Canon of Maryville; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ayres, Mick, Shirley, Don and Nancy of Shenandoah.

Mrs. Betty Jo Craft, Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs. Mable Haines, Coin; Mrs. Alta Edwards, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Esta Hood, Brush, Colo.; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Stevens, Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Barnes, Shenandoah; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Anderson and family, Nevada, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. William Burke, Mr. and Mrs. John Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. David Anderson, Independence, Mo.; Mrs. Oscar Cornett, Maryville, Mo.

[Clark, Lela Gertrude Keith]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 26, 1962    p. 4

Final Rites For Mrs. James Clark

Lela Gertrude Keith, daughter of Marshall [Everett] and Emma [Alice McFall] Keith, was born near Fremont, Iowa, Oct. 15, 1877, and passed away July 7, 1962, at the age of 84 years, eight months, and 22 days.

On Oct. 27, 1897 at Kent, Ia., she was united in marriage to James H. [enry] Clark, who preceded her in death March 24, 1939.  Three children survive, James H. [enry] of Deer Park, Wash., Eva and Allie at home.  One son, William Everett, passed away Feb. 17, 1949 at Deer Park.  The [y moved] north of Sharpsburg in Feb. 1902.  She lived in and near Sharpsburg for 60 years.  She became a Christian when 13 years of age and became a member of the Methodist church where she has worked and labored all her life.  When she moved to Sharpsburg, she transferred her letter from Kent to the Sharpsburg church where she has been a member for 60 years.

[Clark, James Henry]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 30, 1939    p. 7

Obituary

J. H. Clark

James Henry Clark was born Sept. 22, 1868 in Perth County, Ontario, Canada, and passed away at his home in Sharpsburg, Friday, March 24, 1939, aged 70 years, 7 months and 2 days.

In the year 1871 he moved to Illinois with his parents and in 1887 to Adams County, Iowa.  Later, he moved to Union County and then to a farm near Sharpsburg.  He has resided near and in Sharpsburg for the past 37 years.

He was married to Lela [Gertrude] Keith, Oct. 27, 1897 at Kent, Iowa.  To them were born four children, Eva Irene, Allie Cother and James Henry of Sharpsburg and William Everett of Opal, S. Dak.

He was a faithful member of the Methodist church in Sharpsburg, serving in many capacities in the church.

He is survived by his wife and four children; seven sisters, one brother and one grandson.

The funeral services were held Monday afternoon, March 27, conducted by Rev. B. R. Weetman, and assisted by Rev. Paul McCleave.  Burial was in the cemetery at Cromwell, Iowa.

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Attend Clark Funeral

Those from a distance attending the funeral services were:  Mr. and Mrs. A. Peters of Corning; Mrs. Mary Davis, Ira Anderson, Mrs. V. G. Keith, Loraine and Eldon of Prescott; Mr. and Mrs. Will Moreland, Mr. and Mrs. M. B. George, and Mrs. Frank Locke of Creston; Mr. and Mrs. George, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Forquer, Mrs. Rose Elvins, Miss Helen Huche, Dayton Huche, Lyle Elvins of Kent; Mrs. Clare Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hayes, Mrs. J. R. Locke of Lenox; Mrs. B. R. Weetman, Mrs. Port Miller, Mrs. Grover Ginn of Conway; Mr. and Mrs. H. Munyon and daughter Hazel and husband of Agra, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Keith and son of Gravity; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh King, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Coco and daughter, Donald King of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. Will Clark and three daughters of Arispe.

[Clark, James Henry]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 30, 1939    p. 7

Jim Clark Succumbs

Jim Clark, who had been ill the past week, passed away very suddenly of a heart attack Friday noon.  Funeral services were held Monday at the M. E. Church.

[Keith, John Alvin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 27, 1961    p. 5

John Keith Dies At Iowa City Hospital

John [Alvin] Keith of Bedford, who had been in ill health several years, died at University hospital, Iowa City, on Saturday, April 22, where he had been taken recently for medical care.  The body was returned to Bedford by plane and funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, April 25, at the Shum-Novinger Funeral Home on State Street.  Rev. Colvin Caughey of the Baptist Church officiated.  Burial was in Fairview cemetery.

[Scott, Eva Iona Barrett]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 27, 1961    p. 5

Mrs. M. K. Sawyer’s Mother Dies Tues.

Mrs. M. [aurees] K. [enyon] Sawyer’s mother, Mrs. Eva I. [ona Barrett] Scott, 90, died Tuesday morning at a Leon (Ia.) hospital.

Services will be at 3:30 p. m. Thursday at Kellerton, Iowa, Christian church.  Burial will be in Maple Row cemetery, Kellerton.

Survivors include one son, H. [arry] D. [ale] Scott, Faribault, Minn.; two daughters, Mrs. J. S. Richards [Ardis Lois], North Platte, Nebr., and Mrs. M.[aurees] K. [enyon] Sawyer [Vivian], Bedford, Iowa; 17 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.

[Hamilton, Pearl, Mrs.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 27, 1961    p. 5

Mrs. Pearl Hamilton Burial At Lenox

Mrs. Pearl Hamilton, 71, was buried in the Lenox cemetery Monday afternoon.  She had died at her home in Creston on Friday.  Funeral services were held at the Roland Funeral Home in Corning, conducted by Rev. Robert Duckett, pastor of the Lenox Christian Church.

She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Sadie Farley, of Corning.

[HAMILTON, PEARL DRANEY KILLION]
Creston News Advertiser, Saturday, April 22, 1961, [p. 1]
Pearl Hamilton Dies Here at 71
Mrs. Pearl Hamilton, 71, who had lived in Creston since last fall, was found dead in her bed Friday afternoon. She had died of a heart attack.

Her body was discovered by her sister, Mrs. Sadie Farley, of Corning, who had come to Creston to see her sister.

Funeral services will be held at the Roland funeral home at Corning at 2 p. m. Monday, Rev. Robert Duckett, pastor of the Lenox Christian church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs. Hamilton had lived in Corning for many years before moving to Creston last October. She lived at the Alcena apartments, 511 West Montgomery street.

She had been in ill health for some time following a fall in which she had suffered a broken shoulder. She also had suffered from a heart ailment.

Mrs. Hamilton is survived by her sister, Mrs. Farley.

[Miller, Randolph Saffel]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 26, 1962    p. 4

Death Takes Randolph Miller

Funeral services for Randolph S. [affel] Miller were held Monday, July 23, in the Madison St. Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Rev. J. Milton Kinney officiating.  Burial was in Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.

Randolph Saffel Miller, son of James Martin and Louisa Miller, was born Dec. 31, 1877 at Lynnville, Iowa, and passed away July 20, 1962 at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, Mo., at the age of 85 years, six months, and 20 days.

When a young man he came to Taylor County and later began farming for himself.  He lived on the present farm about 55 years.

He was united in marriage to Amy Bristow, who has preceded him in death, on January 16, 1901.  To this union were born two daughters, Luverne Miller Gunson and Frances Miller, who preceded her father in death.

He leaves to mourn his death:  one daughter, Mrs. Jerry Gunson and husband of Denver, Colo.; one grandson, John R. Gunson, also of Denver; one brother, James Miller of Newton, and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Miller has been in failing health the last few years.  He has been a hard working and industrious man and interested in the welfare of the community and town where he has lived so long.

[Smith, Thurman]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    July 26, 1962    p. 4

Thurman Smith, 42, Dies Suddenly

Word was received here of the unexpected death of Thurman Smith, 42, of Lee’s Summit, Mo., who died of a heart attack.  Mrs. Thurman (Charlotte) Smith is a daughter of Mrs. Trula Steen.

[Savage, William P.]

Times-Republican

Thursday    August 30, 1906      [p. 1]

Obituary

William P. Savage was born in Bureau County, Illinois, Dec. 23, 1853 and passed peacefully from earth to his home in heaven, Aug. 25, 1906, aged 52 years, 8 months and 2 days.  Mr. Savage took sick about one month ago; at that time most everyone felt it would only be a short time until he would be about his regular routine of business affairs.  As the days passed, the disease with which he was a sufferer fastened itself more firmly upon him.  He grew weaker until last Saturday evening at 11 o’clock death relieved him of all his suffering.  He fell asleep as peacefully as would a little child in its mother’s arms.  Mr. Savage came to Iowa in 1882.  In 1894 he came to Taylor County where he has lived ever since as one of Taylor County’s most respected citizens.  On Dec. 31, 1874, he was married to Elizabeth F. Haskins which union was blessed with 7 children, all of whom survive, as follows:

Jesse J. and Wm. S., Laclede, Mo., Anna B. [elle] Coy, Jas. S., Harry S., Charlie C., and Nellie M. Jacoby, Gravity.  On June 30, 1895, Mr. Savage united with the first M. E. church of Gravity and remained a faithful member of the same until he joined the church triumphant.  At the time of his death he was president of the Farmers and Merchants bank, also a member of the city council.  He was an honored member of the K. P. lodge in which he took especial interest.

Brother Savage was a man held in high esteem by a great many friends and acquaintances; all testify to his absolute honesty and integrity.  He was a man among men and was greatly beloved for his kind and friendly disposition and his willingness to help his fellow men.  He has done much in his efforts to build up his hometown.

Well may it be said:  A splendid citizen, a Christian gentleman, a lover of truth, has gone to his great reward.  Our loss will prove to be his gain.  A sorrowing wife, 5 sons and 2 daughters, an aged mother, 2 brothers and 4 sisters, many friends and acquaintances, mourn the departure of this splendid man.  His body will rest in the Gravity cemetery awaiting the trumpet call of the Archangel of God.

[SAVAGE, WILLIAM P.]

Bedford Free Press, Thursday, August 30, 1906, [p. 1]

William P. Savage

When the news reached Bedford Sunday morning that William P. Savage had, the previous night at his home in Gravity, passed away, the truth of it could hardly be realized by his many friends here.

He had not been well for several weeks, but no one considered the seriousness of his illness. He had gone west a few weeks ago in the hopes of improving his health, but while absent he was taken seriously ill with stomach trouble and hastened home. He continued to grow worse, and finally, when his heart became affected, the faithful watchers at his bedside could discern the beginning of the end.

Mr. Savage was the very picture of health, robust in appearance, and the termination of his life ony proves more conclusively than ever that "God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform." Wherever he was known, he was loved and respected. In whatever circle he found himself, he was welcomed for his cheery disposition, sunny smile and hearty laugh and handshake. It is no trifling with words to say he was one of the best-liked men in Taylor County.

For the Knights of Pythias, of which order he was a faithful member, he held the highest regard, and every annual decoration day of the order found him in Bedford marching to the cemetery to strew flowers upon the graves of his departed brothers. And in June last when he performed this duty there were none who saw him that surmised that his grave would be numbered among those to be decorated next.

In his home life, he was a kind, gentle, indulgent husband, son and father. Nothing he could do to make home the happiest spot on earth was left undone. While he will be missed in the church, social and business life greatly, it is in the home where the blow will be felt most keenly, and only He who doeth all things well can assuage the grief and fill the aching void in the hearts of the loved ones. The sincere sympathy of all is extended the bereaved ones.

The funeral occurred at the late home of the deceased at Gravity, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the services being conducted by the K. P. Lodge of Bedford and Gravity, about thirty members going over from here. The following tribute was paid the deceased in the obituary read by the pastor, Rev. Freedline:

William P. Savage was born in Bureau County, Ill., Dec. 23, 1853, and passed peacefully from earth to his home in heaven, Aug. 25, 1906, aged 52 years, 8 mos. and 2 days.  Mr. Savage took sick about one month ago; at that time most everybody felt that it would only be a short time until he would be about his regular routine of business affairs. As the days passed the disease with which he was a sufferer, fastened itself more firmly upon him. He grew weaker until last Saturday evening at 11 o'clock, death relieved him of all his suffering. He fell asleep as peacefully as a little child in its mother's arms. Mr. Savage came to Iowa in 1885. In 1894 he came to Taylor County, where he has lived ever since as one of Taylor County's most respected citizens. On Dec. 31, 1874, he was married to Elizabeth F. Hoskins, which union was blessed with 7 children, all of whom survive as follows: Jesse J. and Wm. S., Laclede, Mo.; Anna R. Coy, Jas. S., Harry S., Chester C. and Nellie M. Jacoby, Gravity. On June 30, 1895, Mr. Savage united with the first M. E. church of Gravity and remained a faithful member of the same until he joined the church triumphant.  At the time of his death he was president of the Farmers and Merchants bank, also a member of the city council.  He was an honored member of the K. P. lodge in which he took especial interest.

Brother Savage was a man held in high esteem by a great many friends and acquaintances; all testify to his absolute honesty and integrity.  He was a man among men and was greatly beloved for his kind and friendly disposition and his willingness to help his fellow men.  He has done much in his efforts to build up his hometown.

Well may it be said:  A splendid citizen, a Christian gentleman, a lover of truth, has gone to his great reward.  Our loss will prove to be his gain.  A sorrowing wife, 5 sons and 2 daughters, an aged mother, 2 brothers and 4 sisters, many friends and acquaintances, mourn the departure of this splendid man.  His body will rest in the Gravity cemetery awaiting the trumpet call of the Archangel of God.

[SAVAGE, WILLIAM P.]
Bedford Times-Republican (Bedford, Iowa), Tuesday, August 28, 1906
W. [illiam] P. Savage, an old settler of Taylor county, and one of the leading business men of Gravity, died at his home in that place Sunday night at 11 o'clock. Mr. Savage had been ill for about two weeks, but it was only for a few days that his condition became such as to be deemed critical.
The deceased had resided in Gravity for several years and for a long time prior to that he lived on his farm near there. He was a successful business man but not one whose success was built on the success of others. He was a man honorable in his dealings, conscientious and fair minded in his treatments of his associates, an accommodating neighbor, a kind and provident husband and father.
Seven children, all grown to maturity, survive him and all were present at his bedside when death came.
The funeral occurred today conducted by the Knights of Pythias lodge of which he was an honored member. At his request the Bedford lodge were in charge of the services at the cemetery, about twenty-five members from here being in attendance.

[Hunter, Samuel Paul]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    January 12, 1928    p. 5

Obituary

Samuel Paul Hunter was born in the state of Illinois, January 14, 1867.  He was the son of John and Mary Jane [Weir] Hunter and was one of a family of eight children.

When nine years of age, he came with his parents to Taylor County, and grew to manhood on the farm in Gay Township.  He attended the district schools and later took a course in the Shenandoah Normal.

He engaged in teaching for a number of years. 

On September 13, 1891, he was united in marriage with Miss Perthena A. [nn] Payton, a native of Illinois, who was also reared in Taylor County.

To this union four children were born, of whom, Jasper J., died in infancy. 

Mr. Hunter engaged in farming immediately after his marriage.

In 1896 he was elected to the office of County Clerk, and served two terms in this capacity.

He then returned to his farm in Ross Township.  In 1906 he became a member of the Board of Supervisors and was re-elected in 1908.

As a businessman and farmer he was progressive and enterprising.

He was proud of his home and took little interest in anything that took him away from his family for any length of time.  He was a member of the Modern Woodman Lodge.

A few years ago he came with his family to Bedford to retire from active labor.  His health was not of the best, but he kept busy with work that he enjoyed.

He passed away at St. Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo., Tuesday evening, January 3rd, 1928, aged 60 years, 11 months and 19 days.

He leaves to mourn his departure, the wife and helpmate, Mrs. Perthena A. [nn] Hunter; two daughters, and one son, Mrs. Frank Longfellow [Eula May], Mrs. Emmett Osburn [Opal Marie], and John Payton Hunter; six grandchildren, Paul, Anita, Louise and Lloyd Osburn; Jean Frances and Donald J. [ay] Longfellow; two sisters, Miss Cora B. [elle] Hunter, of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Lillie [Pearl] Livingston, of Blockton, Iowa, as well as a host of friends and neighbors who knew and respected him in life.

The funeral was held at the home Friday, January 6th, 1928, at 1:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. J. A. Currie, a friend of the deceased.

Interment was made in Fairview Cemetery.

[Hunter, Mary Jane Weir]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    May 19, 1904     p. 5

Called Suddenly Home

Suddenly and hardly with a moment’s warning the spirit of Mrs. John Hunter left its tenement of clay and returned to God who gave it.  Thursday night at about 9:30 of last week, Mrs. Hunter retired to bed, feeling in her usual health, except a slight tickling sensation in her throat.  In a short time she began to cough and her daughter, Lillie, secured a cough medicine, but this seemed to afford no relief, and she arose and walked across the room and sat down under the telephone.  Her son, Charlie, became alarmed and called over the telephone for Dr. Standley, but when the doctor reached Frank Wysong’s, he was notified that Mrs. Hunter was dead.  Death was caused by heart failure.  This sudden death came as a shock to her children, Paul, Frank, Charlie, Mrs. Jennie Payton, and Cora B. [elle] Hunter.   These now mourn the loss of both father and mother, and have the sympathy of a large number of friends.  The funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Palmer, of Blockton, after which the body was laid to rest by the side of her husband, who died June 16, 1900.

Mary J. [ane] Weir was born in Loami, Ill., June 14, 1847 [1841]; married John Hunter in 1864.  They came to Taylor County in 1874, settling on a farm in Gay Township, where both lived up to the time of their deaths.  Mrs. Hunter was greatly beloved by all who knew her, being kind, motherly and gentle toward all.

[Note:  Her gravestone gives the year of her birth as 1841.]

[Hunter, Mary Jane Weir]

Times-Republican

Thursday    May 19, 1904

Sudden Death of Mrs. Mary J. Weir

Mrs. Mary J. [ane] Hunter died very suddenly at her home in Gay Township, last night about 11 o’clock.  She was in apparent good health, and in the evening, although she did not eat much supper, she was not complaining of feeling sick.  A little before 11 o’clock she was taken violently ill; Dr. Standley was summoned by phone, but within a few moments, and before the doctor was fairly started, she breathed her last.  The family insisted on the doctor coming, however, though it was evident no human skill could avail.

The cause of her death was heart failure; about two years ago she had an attack of this disease, but had recovered her usual health, and no one had any thought that she was so soon and suddenly to be called to the other shore, and the news of her death came as a shock to her many relatives and friends all over the country.

Mary J. [ane] Weir was born in Loami, Sangamon County, Ill., on June 14, 1847 [1841]; was married to John Hunter in 1864, and in 1874 they came to Taylor County and settled on the farm in Gay Township where both she and her husband died.  She has been a widow for about 4 years, her husband having died June 16, 1900.

Eight children were born to them, two of whom have preceded her to the other world, and whose bodies lay beside her husband.  The six children yet living are Paul, Frank, Charley, Cora B. [elle] and Lilly Hunter and Mrs. Jennie Payton.

The funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 o’clock p. m., at the Gay Center schoolhouse, Rev. Palmer of Blockton officiating.  Interment will be at Platteville cemetery.

[Note:  Her gravestone gives the year of her birth as 1841.]

[Beal, Alpha Belle Van Camp]

Bedford Free Press

Thursday    May 19, 1904     p. 5

Mrs. Beal Stricken With Death

Mrs. Alpha Bell [e] [Van Camp] Beal, wife of Ed [win] J. [oseph] Beal, living 2 ½ miles northwest of Bedford, died Tuesday at 4 o’clock a. m. after being sick less than a day.  She was in apparent good health up till noon Monday when she was taken violently ill, and sank lower and lower until at 4 o’clock a. m. Tuesday she passed away.   She leaves a husband and one child about 19 months old to mourn her loss.

The funeral services were held at the residence yesterday at 2 p. m.   Rev. Jones officiated, and the interment was held at Fairview cemetery.

[Note:  The same death notice was published in the Bedford Times-Republican, May 19, 1904.]

[Beal, Alpha Belle Van Camp]

Times-Republican

Thursday    May 26, 1904    p. 8

Obituary Notice

Mrs. Alpha Belle Beal, nee Van Camp, died at her home 2 ½ miles northwest of Bedford, on Tuesday, May 17, 1904, at 4 o’clock a. m., aged 29 years and 9 months.

Alpha Belle Van Camp was born in Ross Township, this county, in 1874.  In 1901 she was united in marriage to Edwin J. [oseph] Beal; she was a loving wife and a devoted mother, and their short married life was a very happy one.  One child, little Helen, came to bless their union, and in their home all was peace and happiness, until Death, grim and terrible, came like a thunderbolt from a clear sky, tearing asunder the little family circle and leaving a bereft and sorrowing husband and a little maid who will never know the loving companionship and kindly guidance of mother.

About two years ago Mrs. Beal united with the Baptist church, and was an active, conscientious member up to the time of her death.

The close relatives who survive her, besides her husband and child, which is 19 months old, are her parents, who still reside in Ross Township, and four brothers and three sisters.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. I. Jones at the home, on Wednesday, May 18, at 2 o’clock p. m., after which the body was laid to rest in Fairview cemetery.

[Beal, Cora Bell Canon]

Times-Republican

Thursday    May 8, 1913

Obituary

Mrs. Edwin Beal

Mrs. Edwin Beal [Cora Bell Canon], aged 29 years, died at her home northwest of Bedford Wednesday afternoon.  The funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock at the Christian church Friday afternoon, conducted by Mart Gary Smith.  She leaves to mourn her death her husband and two children and other relatives.

[Beal, Cora Bell Canon]

Times-Republican

Thursday    May 15, 1913    p. 4

Obituary

Mrs. Edwin Beal

Mrs. Edwin Beal died very suddenly at her home northwest of Bedford last Wednesday.  Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Bedford Friday, May 9, conducted by Elder Mart Gary Smith.  Interment was in the Fairview cemetery.

Mrs. Beal’s death came as a shock to her many friends in town and the community in which she lives and as the news spread neighbors hurried in to tender assistance and sympathy to the husband who was almost prostrated by his sudden bereavement, and he and the little ones left without the guidance of a loving mother have the heartfelt sympathy of everyone.

Cora B. [ell] Canon was born May 10, 1874 in Clinton County, Mo., and came with her parents to Taylor County in 1875.  At the age of 20 she united with the Christian church here and remained in active membership until her death.  September 15, 1907, she was married to Edwin [Joseph] Beal and to this union three children were born, one daughter and two sons, the daughter dying in infancy.

[Note:  The same obituary was published in the Bedford Free Press, May 13, 1913.]

[Beal, Cora Bell Canon]

Times-Republican

Thursday    May 15, 1913    p. 4

Mr. and Mrs. [William] Fern Lambley [Edna Beal] were called to Bedford Thursday by the death of their aunt, Mrs. Ed Beal [Cora Bell Canon].  The funeral was held Friday and Mr. and Mrs. Lambley returned home Saturday noon.

[Anderson, James E.]

Bedford Free Press

Tuesday    May 13, 1913

J. E. Anderson

James E. Anderson died at his home in Conway, Ia., May 7, 1913, aged 83 years, 8 months and 2 days.

Funeral services were held at the home Friday May 9, conducted by a former pastor, Rev. Jordan of Bridgewater.  Interment was in the cemetery at Conway.

Mr. Anderson was born at Bergen, Norway, and attended school there, coming to the United States in 1851.  The voyage was made on a sailing vessel and required eight weeks.  Mr. Anderson, after landing, went to Racine, Wis., where he worked on a farm for six years, coming to Taylor County in 1857, where he remained.  With his earnings saved in Wisconsin he purchased 200 acres of land in Marshall Township and this was gradually added to until at one time he owned 2100 acres of land.  In 1861 he was married to Miss Mary Haun and from this union were born six children, J. O. [scar], who now resides in Bedford; A.[lbert] A.[lonzo], who lives at New Market; Oliver of Conway; Cora, who resided at home with her father; Nora, wife of Lewis Larson of Gay Township; Minnie, wife of Jacob Spring of Adams County.  One son, Thomas, died October 29, 1908, at the age of 28.   Mrs. Anderson died in 1908.  Deceased was for many years an active member of the Methodist church and lived a most consistent Christian life.  He was interested in all of the activities of the church and until a short time before his death was faithful in attendance, seldom missing a service.  For many years he was superintendent of Sunday school and attended prayer meeting regardless of weather.  Several churches of the county owe their existence to his benevolence and many people could testify to his generosity in times of need.

[Note:  The same obituary was published in the Bedford Times-Republican, May 15, 1913.]

[ANDERSON, JAMES E.]
Blockton News (Blockton, Iowa), Thursday, May 22, 1913
James E. Anderson, a longtime resident of the vicinity of Conway, having come to this county in 1857, died a few days since. He was a native of Norway and accumulated much property by industry, economy and good judgment in investing. He was a member of the Methodist church and was a helper in public enterprises. He assisted in building the first school and church building in Bedford as well as the first church in Conway; also, a church in Ringgold county. He was married near forty-seven years ago and six children survive him. His wife died five years ago. He lived to a good old age, reaching his 88th year.

[Anderson, Oliver]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 26, 1959    p. 4

Oliver Anderson Burial At Conway

Funeral services for Oliver Anderson of Conway were held at the Shum Funeral Home in Bedford, March 17.   Rev. Frank Greenwood, pastor of the Conway Methodist church, officiated.  Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

Oliver Anderson, son of J. [ames] E. Anderson and Mary Haun Anderson, was born August 15, 1870 on a farm in Taylor County and died at the age of 88 years and seven months.

When a small boy, he moved with his parents to their home north of Conway.

During his illness, he was cared for by his sister, Minnie; and the family of his nephew, Jimmie Eppers of Conway.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Mrs. Cora Eppers; three brothers, Thomas, Oscar and Alonzo [Albert] Anderson.

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Spring of Corning, Mrs. Nora Larson of Clearfield; six nephews, James Eppers of Conway, James Spring of Kansas City, Albert Spring of Cromwell, James and Leroy Larson of Clearfield, Tom Larson of Blockton; five nieces, Wilma Boyd of Chicago, Mary Lemberger of Wever, Iowa, Mae Bean of Des Moines, Ella Sebastian of Calmar, Marie Lubkeman of Latimer, Iowa.

[Anderson, Oliver]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 19, 1959     p. 4

Oliver Anderson, 88 Died At Conway

Oliver Anderson, a long-time resident of the Conway community, died Sunday, March 15 at the age of 88 years and seven months.

Funeral services were held at the Shum Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon, March 17. Rev. Frank Greenwood, pastor of the Conway Methodist church officiating. Burial in the Conway cemetery.

[Larson, Nora Anderson]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 4, 1960    p. 4

Mrs. Lewis Larson Rites At Clearfield

Last rites for Mrs. Lewis Larson, a long-time resident of Taylor County, were held at the Methodist church in Clearfield, Friday afternoon, January 29.  Rev. Mr. Ball, pastor of the church, officiated.  Burial was in the Conway cemetery.

Nora Anderson, daughter of James [E.] and Mary [Haun] Anderson, was born August 30, 1877, near Conway, Iowa and passed away at Greater Community Hospital in Creston, Tuesday, January 26 at the age of 82 years, four months, 27 days.

On March 10, 1901 she was united in marriage to Lewis Larson.  To this union five children were born.  They resided near Conway and Clearfield all of their married life.  Mrs. Larson was a member of the Methodist church.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. Verla Hinshaw, her parents, four brothers, one sister and a grandson.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Lewis; four children, James Larson of Clearfield, Thomas Larson of Blockton, Mrs. Marie Lubkeman of Latimer, Iowa, Leroy Larson at home; one sister, Mrs. Minnie Spring of Corning; 12 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren.

[Skinner, Wilbur H.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 4, 1960    p. 4

Wilbur Skinner Dies

Wilbur [H.] Skinner, 71, a resident of Centralia, Washington, the past few years, died at the Veterans’ Hospital at Vancouver, January 31, after an illness of several months.  His brother, Herb Skinner, resides in Bedford.  Wilbur spent his youth here and at one time operated a truck line and delivery service in Bedford, succeeding Fred Clute in that capacity.  He served in World War I and left here shortly after returning home, to make his home in the west.

[Hogg, Clarence Ballou]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    February 4, 1960    p. 4

C. B. Hogg Rites Held At Blockton

Funeral services for Clarence B. [allou] Hogg of Blockton were held at the Methodist Church in Blockton Saturday afternoon, January 23.  Rev. I. G. Wilkins and Rev. Clarence Moore officiated.  Burial was in Rose Hill cemetery.

Clarence B. [allou] Hogg was born April 7, 1890 and passed away January 20, 1960 at Blockton.

He was married to Beulah Drennen on August 16, 1911.  The first three years of his life were spent in Page County, then in the Conway vicinity for eleven years and then to the Blockton community, where they have since resided.

He was a member of the Methodist church and was known to all as a man or neighbor that was always ready to help his fellowman.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Hodel of Vancouver, Wash., Mrs. Darlene Stout of Goodland, Kansas, three grandchildren, Charlene Stout Elder, Janice Pettis Wooldridge and Craig Stout; and one great grandson, Mark Wooldridge.