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[Alcorn, Irene Bradley]

Bedford Times-Press

March 29, 1973


Mrs. Al   (Irene) Alcorn of San     Diego, California    died March 25. She is the daughter of Mrs. Roe Bradley of Bedford                  and the late Roe Bradley.            

Mrs. Alcorn attended school in the Bedford schools before moving to California.                

She is survived by her husband; two sons; two grandchildren and her mother.                                          

[Tillman, Peter J.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    May 24, 1973


Peter     J.    Tillman, 82, of Boulder, Colo., died in that city, Mon., May 14, after a long illness. Last rites and burial were there the following Thursday.                 

He is survived by his wife, the former Miss Stella   Hosman of Bedford; one    daughter, Miss Vivian Tillman, of Denver, Colo. Mr.   Tillman was a brother-in-law of Thos. Hosman of Bedford.

Mrs. Lester Hansen and daughter, Joy, of Des Moines were in Boulder for the funeral services.

 [Cramer, Georgina Ina Francis]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 16, 1973    p. 9

Gravity News

Miss      Georgina   [Ina] Francis Cramer, formerly of Gravity, Chicago, passed away July 23. Her father was editor of the paper here for 20 years

 [Cramer, Georgina Ina Francis]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 16, 1973    p. 4

Mrs. Scott Cramer Rites Held July 25 In Illinois

Funeral services for Mrs. Scott E. (Georgina [Ina] Francis) Cramer, 64, of Western Springs, Ill., formerly of Gravity, were held July 25 at the First Congregational Church in Western Springs. Mrs. Cramer died July 23, 1973 in Western Springs.

Daughter of Jim and Mary Francis, Mrs. Cramer was a graduate of the University of Nebraska.

Her survivors include her husband, Scott E. Cramer; daughter, Jeanette (Robert) Weber; grandchildren, Eric, Christine and Laura; and her mother, Mary E. Francis, 95, who is living with the Cramers in Western Springs.                 

[Moore, Edward J.]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    June 7, 1973    p. 7

Final Rites Held In Texas For Edward J. Moore

Funeral services for Edward J. Moore, 77, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Bedford, were held May 23 at the Greenwood Mortuary, Ft. Worth, with Rev. Paul E. Miller, officiating. Mr. Moore died at the Leisure Rest Home, Ft. Worth, after a six months illness. Interment was at Greenwood Memorial Park there.

Edward J. Moore, son of Johnnie and Alice Dwyer Moore, was born August 5, 1895, in Adams County, Iowa.

He attended rural school in Adams County and grew to manhood there. "Irish", as he was called by all his friends and acquaintances, was a veteran of World War I, with the U.S. army overseas during that time.

In 1920 he was united in marriage with Evelyn Sullivan and a son, Earl, was born to this union. The family resided in Adams County, where he worked at various jobs, then moved to Bedford, Iowa, and operated the Court Street Cafe for some time.

In 1930 he was married to Bernice Bailey Eighmy, and to this union one daughter, Sharon, was born. The family lived in Iowa, then spent some years in California, eventually moving to Texas, where, at the time of his retirement, he was employed by Covair Aircraft Company.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, in December, 1972, his parents, a brother, William, and a stepson, J. I. Eighmy.

Survivors are his son, Earl Edward Moore, Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Mrs. Don Salter, (Sharon), Copperas Cove, Texas; four step daughters, Mrs. Jay Sandlin, (Eileen) Grandview, Texas, Mrs. George Campbell, (Martha) Atlantic, Ia., Mrs. Hubert Dobbins (Doris), Fort Worth, Texas and Mrs. Wallace Ethetton, Blue Springs, Mo.; four grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren and several great grandchildren; a brother, Claude Moore, Gravity; four sisters, Mrs. M. D. Hendrickson (Julia), Red Oak, Ia., Miss Catherine Moore, Gravity, Mrs. Hampton Wintermute (Agnes), Conway and Mrs., Dean Allen (Mary Margaret), Omaha, Neb.

Mr. and Mrs. Dean Allen, Omaha, Neb., attended the services for her brother.

[Akers, Oscar]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 27, 1973

Oscar Akers, 95 Last Rites Held September 17

Funeral services for Oscar Akers, 95, of Gravity, held September 17 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford, were conducted by Carl Cummings and Ross Keyt. Mr. Akers died September 15 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Corning. Interment was at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Oscar   Akers   was   born   in Taylor County on January 24, 1878 to Richard Zachary Taylor Akers and Amanda Elizabeth Slyker.

He was married to Cora Mae Brand August 16, 1905 and to this union 11 children were born: Mrs. Carl (Hazel) Sexton of Lenox; Mrs. Leo (Hattie) Clark of Villisca; Mrs. Chester (Gertrude) Weil of Braddyville; Oscar Wayne Akers of Warren, Ore.; Mrs. Edward (Helen) Savage of Bedford; Mrs. Cloyd (Evelyn) Thompson of Las Vegas, Nevada; Mrs. George (Coryal) Bollinger of Union Star, Mo.; Mrs. Eber (Bernita) Ritnour of Omaha, Nebr.; Mrs. Dean (Edna) Posten of Sharpsburg and Cecil William Akers of Red Oak.

He was preceded in death by his father, mother, his wife, Cora, one daughter, Ollie, four sisters, five brothers and three grandchildren.

He is survived by: one sister, Rannie McKune; one sister-in-law, Iva Akers; eight daughters; two sons; eight sons-in-law; two daughters-in-law; 44 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

He spent most of his life farming north of Gravity until his retirement in 1950. He lived for 21 years with his daughter, Edna. The last two years of his life were spent at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Corning, Iowa.

[Akers, Oscar]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 20, 1973

Oscar Akers, 95

Funeral   services for Oscar Akers, 95, of Gravity were held September 17at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings and Rev. Ross Keyt officiating. Mr. Akers died

September 15, 1973. Interment was   at Washington Cemetery, Gravity.

Survivors   include two   sons and    eight    daughters   and 44 grandchildren.           

[Daniels, Larry Allen]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 22, 1973    p. 4

Larry Daniels, 20 Last Rites Held Here Mar. 19

Funeral services for Larry Allen Daniels, 20, of Silver City, Iowa were held Mon., March 19, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford conducted by Rev. Ray McCain. Mr. Daniels died March 16, 1973 at Jenny Edmondson Hospital in Council Bluffs following an automobile accident. Bedford American Legion Post No. 164 participated in the presentation of the flag at Fairview Cemetery, Bedford.

Larry Allen Daniels was born December 9, 1952 in Kansas City, Mo. He attended school at Howell, Michigan.

He was a member of Livingston County Order of DeMolay at Howell and Golden Gloves Optimist Club, Howell. He was a member of St. Johns Episcopalian Church.

He served in the United States Army   and the United States Marine Corps.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Newt   Burns.

He is survived by his father, Francis Duane Daniels and wife, Joyce, Silver City, Iowa; his mother, Mrs. Shirley Ann Vincent and husband, Clyde, Lexington, Ill.; four brothers: Steve Daniels and wife, Arleen, of Rockwood, Mich., George Vincent of Lexington, Ill., Randy and Jeff Daniels of Silver City, Iowa; three sisters, Gloria and Debbie Daniels of Silver City and Sherrie Vincent of Lexington, Ill.; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Daniels, Mrs. Norma Burns, Bedford, Clyde Vincent, Sr., Hamilton, Texas, Bernice Clark, Hurst, Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Points, Woodbine, Ia., great grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Daniels and Mrs. Elsie Stickelman of Bedford; several aunts and uncles and a large number of cousins plus many more relatives and friends.

 [Scroggie, George Washington]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    March 1, 1973

George Scroggie

Funeral services for George W. [ashington] Scroggie, 85, of Bedford, were held February 23 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home in Bedford with Carl Cummings officiating. Mr. Scroggie died February 20, 1973 at Saint Francis Hospital in Maryville, Mo. following a three-week illness. Interment was at Platteville Cemetery, Platteville.

George W. [ashington] Scroggie, son of John Alexander and Josephine E. [lizabeth] Hayes Scroggie, was born in Taylor County Iowa, March 13, 1887.

He grew to adulthood in the community where he was born and was united in marriage to Jennie A. Bownes. Two daughters were born to this union: Opal Means, who with her husband, Don, of Cheyenne, Wyoming and Inez Newkirk and her husband, Howard, of Hamburg, Ia., survive him.

Mrs. Scroggie died while the daughters were still small.

He was united in marriage on May 29, 1922 to Maggie May Shafer and to them two daughters and four sons were born He lived in Taylor County with the exception of a few years spent in Ringgold County Iowa and Hopkins, Missouri. During his last years he resided at Colonial Manor in Bedford. He was preceded in death by his parents, and wife, Maggie, who died July 23, 1972; one grandchild who died in infancy; two sisters, Lulu and Pearl and seven brothers: Fred, Beryl, Glenn, Daniel, Otto, Carl and Johnny.

He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters: Georgia May Parker and her husband, William, of Davenport, Iowa; Jennie Marie Webb and her husband, Duane, of Creston, Iowa; four sons: John W. Scroggie and his wife, Christina, of Hopkins, Mo., Jesse E. Scroggie and his wife, Eileen, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Charles J. Scroggie and his wife, Beatrice, of Hopkins, Mo., Robert G. Scroggie and his wife, Lynn, of Conway; 28 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild;

Three sisters: Jessie Murren and her husband, Ferne, of Wenatchee, Wash., Margaret Carr and her husband, Dewey, of Allendale, Mo., and Mary Conn and her husband, Cappy, of Phoenix, Arizona; other relatives and many friends.

He was active in church and church schools in the Athelstan and Maloy communities.

He was a kind and loving husband, father, friend and neighbor, and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

[Pullen, Clifford Ellsworth]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 5, 1973    p. 7

Clifford Pullen, 64 Rites in Lenox

Funeral services for Clifford E. [llsworth] Pullen, 64, of Lenox, Iowa were held March 23 at Bender Funeral Home in Lenox conducted by Rev. Floyd Newbrough. Mr. Pullen died March 21 at his home in Lenox. Interment was at the North Fair view Cemetery in Lenox.             

Clifford Ellsworth Pullen was     born   February 3, 1909, near Bedford to Charley and Ida [Hardee] Pullen.                

He   lived his entire   life   in Taylor   County where he engaged in farming till ill health forced him to retire in Lenox.

On March 4,1939, he married Viola   New and to this union four children were born, Rita, Carolyn, Diane and David.        He     joined    the    Methodist Church in Lenox in 1955.    

He was preceded in death by his   parents and two sisters, Verna and Marie.

His survivors include his wife Viola; three   daughters, Reta and her husband, J. D. Shepherd, of Lenox; Carolyn and her husband, Ted Day, of Kansas City, Mo.; Diane and her husband, Larry Spring, of Birmingham, Mich.; one son, David, at home; grandchildren, Sherri and Connie Shepherd, Tony and Pam Spring, Tina   and   Brian   Day; three brothers, Virgil of Macedonia, Ia., Bill of Henderson, Ia., Delmar of Council Bluffs, Ia.; four     sisters, Mildred Slump, of Omaha, Nebr., Eva J Young   of   Council   Bluffs,   Ia. , Lela Sherman of Goldfield, Ia., Lois Constant of Sheridan, Mo.; and     a    host    of    nieces  and nephews.    

Clifford was a loving father and      grandfather     and     will be greatly missed by all his friends and loved ones

[Heyle, Rex Rankin]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    April 5, 1973     p. 7

Rex Heyle, 56

Funeral services for Rex Rankin Heyle, 56, of Blockton, were held March 27 at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home here conducted by Rev. G. W. Swan. Mr. Heyle died March 24, 1973 at Ringgold County Hospital in Mt. Ayr. Interment was at Kirk Cemetery, Allendale, Mo.

Rex Rankin Heyle, son of Arthur and Cors Rankin Heyle was born in Harrison County, Mo. on April 21, 1916. He achieved his elementary education in Harrison County, Missouri completing his high school at Hatfield, Mo.

September 27, 1940 he was united in marriage to Ruby Adams. To this union two daughters were born: Judith Ann and Joyce Elaine.

He chose the occupation of farming for his career. He and his family moved to Iowa some resided at his farm home. He had been in ill health for a number of years.

In 1949 he was baptized by Rev. G. W. Swan, and remained true to his faith as long as health permitted. Formerly he was a member of the Sheridan, Mo. Christian Church and recently moved his membership to the Blockton Christian Church.

He   is preceded in death by his father, Arthur.

He   is survived by his wife, Ruby; two daughters, Judith Ann and husband, Larry A. McGee of Glen   Ellyn, Illinois; Joyce Elaine    Heyle    of   the   home; mother, Mrs.   Cora Heyle of Grant City, Mo.; sisters, Leona and   husband, Cleo   Giffin   of Guilford, Mo.; and Lorene Cummings of Shenandoah, Ia.; nephew, Max   Cummings of Shenandoah, Ia.; two granddaughters, Susan   Ruth   and   Sarah Elizabeth McGee of Glen Ellyn, III.;  a  host of other relatives , and friends.

[Grace, Drexil Ray]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    September 13, 1973

Drexil Ray Grace Rites Held Aug. 30 In Missouri

Funeral   services for Drexil Ray Grace, 72, of Koshkonong, Mo., a former resident of the Athelstan community, were held August 30   in   Carter   Funeral Chapel in West Plains, Mo. Mr. Grace died August 28, 1973 at his home near Koshkonong. Interment was at West   Plains. Drexil Ray Grace, son of the late   Clark   J.   [ames]  and   Eva   Ray Grace,   was born  January 26, 1901   in   Taylor County,  Iowa. He was   united   in marriage December 21, 1921   to Grace Childers in Worth County, Missouri.

He is survived by his wife, Grace; one son, Clark C, and his wife, Marvel; one granddaughter, Deborah Lou Grace, all of Koshkonong, Mo.; one brother, Elgin Grace, of Bed ford.                 

[Hill, Harold Pickering]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday     April 5, 1973   p. 3

Harold Hill, 81, Last Rites Held Monday   

Funeral services for Harold Pickering Hill, 81, were held Mon., Apr. 2, at Shum-Novinger Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Robert Truitt. Mr. Hill died March 30, 1973 at his farm home. Interment was at Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville, Mo.

Harold Pickering Hill was born on October 13, 1891 to Enoch and Eliza [Pickering] Hill. He lived with his family in several Iowa communities since his father was a minister in the Methodist Church.

On June 2, 1917, Harold was married to Grace McMillin of the College Springs community. Though no children were born into this home, they shared their love with   Grace's motherless brother and sister.          

Harold worked with a brother-in-law who was a veterinarian in the Malvern vicinity for several years. They then lived in the Hopkins, Missouri area, before buying a farm west of Bedford. They were residing there at the time of his sudden death of a heart attack.                

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.          

He is survived by his wife of the home; a brother, Paul, of Seattle, Washington; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.               

Harold was a friend to all. As a neighbor said, "Everyone liked Harold. How could anyone who knew him help but like him?" His relatives and friends appreciated his sense of humor and his zest for life.       

Harold's   purpose   the   past   several years was to care for his ailing wife. An oft-spoken desire was that he be allowed to out-live her so that he could give her his stability and assurance. God's plan was not to be this way. He has gone ahead to make things better for those who follow him.          

[Duncan, Jennie Smith]

Bedford Times-Press

Thursday    August 2, 1973

Former Siam resident died

 Jennie Duncan, 84, a former resident of the Siam area, died last Friday [July 20th] in North Hollywood, Cal, and burial was in Glendale, Cal.

The daughter of Ed and Bess Smith, long-time members of the Siam community, she married Oscar [Antoin] Duncan in 1909 and they moved to California. They returned to Siam yearly to visit relatives. Mr. Duncan died Aug 11, 1967.

Mrs. Duncan's survivors include a brother, William Smith of Bedford, a sister, Mrs. Mary Arthur of Hopkins, a niece, Mrs. Glenn Stewart of Hopkins, and a nephew, Eldon Clayton of Hopkins.

[Note:  California Death Records give the date of death as Thursday, July 19, 1973.]