Lenox, Iowa obituaries
transcribed by: Lorelei Rusco - lorerus@iowatelecom.net

Aitken, Harry -

Funeral services for Harry Aitken, former postmaster and

merchant in Clearfield, were held at the Wetmore funeral

home in Bedford last Saturday afternoon. His body was taken

to Promise City, la., for burial in the family lot in the cemetery

there.  Mr. Aitken died at the Methodist hospital at St. Joseph, Mo.,

last Wednesday. He had been in poor health for some time. Mr. Aitken had retired as postmaster and gave up his business in Clearfield several year s ago

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday October 5, 1950


Alexander, Andrew Jackson “Jack” -

Jack Alexander, 91, died Sunday at 8 p. m. at the Creston hospital. He was born a McConnellsville, Ohio and lived in the Lenox vicinity for 74 years. He was known by his music. He played old time fiddle music. He had lived in the home of his son, Carmen, for a number of years.


Surviving besides Carmen are two other sons, Ernest of Kansas

City, Mo., and Frank of Tingley; three daughters, Mrs. Jessie Haggerty and Mrs. Ralph Rundlett of Lenox and Mrs. Edna McAfee of Davenport; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.


Funeral services were Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Arnold Funeral Home in Lenox. Interment in the Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 16, 1950


Alexander, Andrew Jackson “Jack” -

Andrew Jackson Alexander, son of Richard Alexander, and Mary Elizabeth Bradham Alexander, was born Jan. 7, 1859 near McConnellsville in Muskingum county, Ohio, and passed away at the Creston hospital, on March 12, 1950, at the age of 91 years, 2 months and 5 days.


He came to Iowa at the age of 17 and spent the remainder of his life near Lenox, residing  on the same acres he had farmed since the fall of 1881.


On March 2, 1881 he was married to Sarah Ann Winslow and to this union six children were born: Frank in 1881, Gertrude (Haggerty) in 1884, Eva (Rundlett)  in 1891, Edna (McAfee) in 1894, Carmon in 1896 and Ernest in 1898,  the above children all survive, as do 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.


Mrs. Alexander preceded her husband in death on Jan. 27, 1920. Jack had been blind for the past 15 years, during which time he mastered many pieces on the fiddle, providing much recreation for himself

and enjoyment for others.


Funeral services, in charge of the Arnold Funeral Home, were

conducted by the Rev. Earl Moneymaker on Wednesday, March 15 at 2 P. M. Music was furnished by Rolland Buxton with Ruth Boltinghouse at the piano. Pallbearers were Harold Black, Wesley Crouch, Lonnie Walter, Homer Walter, Kenneth Eberle and Harold Barker. Interment in Fairview cemetery

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 23, 1950


Ambrose, Leota Grace Haley –

Leota Grace Haley, daughter of Tom and Florence Haley, was born Nov. 26, 1927, near Nodaway, Iowa, and passed away on Jan. 17, 1951 of virus pneumonia at the Creston hospital at the age of 23 years, 1month and 21 days.


On January 21, 1947, she was united in marriage to Reldon Ambrose of Lenox, Iowa, and to this union, one daughter, Judy Marie, was born. Mrs. Ambrose spent her entire life in Adams county and attended the Mount Zion church of south Brooks until her marriage.


She leaves to mourn her passing her husband and young daughter, her parents, four sisters: Mrs. Fern Mitchell of Sheridan, Mo., Mrs.

Esther Travis of Corning, Mrs. Doris Pashek of Cromwell and

Mrs. Darlene Palmer of Nodaway; three brothers: Delmar of Brooks and Calvin and Jim of Nodaway; and two aged grandmothers.  One brother Clyde preceded her in death on Oct. 21, 1949.


She was a kind and loving mother, devoted wife and a friend to all who knew her and will be greatly missed.  Funeral services, conducted by the Arnold Funeral Home, were held Jan. 19, with the Rev. Harold Butts officiating. Interment in Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday January 25, 1951


Anderson, Mabel Elizabeth -

Mabel Elizabeth Anderson, 71, died at her home in Lenox at

five o'clock, Monday A. M. She had been ill with bronchial

pneumonia and became critically ill about 4 p. m. Sunday.


Mabel Elizabeth Anderson, the daughter of James R. and

Sarah Maxwell Anderson, was born four miles north of Lenox, Iowa, in Adams county Lenox, Iowa, Jan. 4th, 1879, and passed away

at her home in Lenox, April 3, 1950, at the age of 71 years, 2

months and 29 days. She spent her whole life, with the exception

of two winters which she spent with her brothers in Nebraska, in Lenox and vicinity.


She attended rural schools for a time and was later graduated

from the Lenox high school. On March 21st, 1888, under the pastorate of the Rev. W. R. Cox, the second pastor of the Lenox United Presbyterian church, Mabel Anderson was received into the church on confession of faith. Through all the following 62 years and a little more, she was faithful and loyal to her faith and to her church. She took an active part in all the work of the church,

and gave freely of her time and talents. She was for many years

an efficient teacher in the Sabbath School, and for many years was the treasurer of the church. She enjoyed preparing the elements for the communion services, and had prepared this service and came to the church only last Sabbath to see that everything was in order.


She was quiet, unassuming, faithful. Those who knew Mabel

Anderson knew her sterling worth. She will be, missed by the church and by her friends.


She is survived by three brothers, F. D. and Wayne Anderson

of Wllsonvllle, Nebr., and Thomas E. Anderson of Bedford, and one sister, Mary Belle Napp of Kohlpur, India, a missionary. Also five nephews and three nieces, several grand nephews and nieces and by a host of friends.


Funeral services were held in the United Presbyterian church

of Lenox on Wednesday afternoon, April 5, 1950 at 2 o'clock,

in charge of Rev. Earl Moneymaker. Music was furnished by

Mr.  H. Roy Long and Mr. LaVerne Roll, with O. P. Tyler at

the organ. Casket bearers were and L W. McFee. Warren Eckels, John Krobner, Harry Cheese, Claude Dixon,  and Ivan Carey.  Burial was in Fairview cemetery in Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, April 6, 1950


Armstrong, Agnus Watson -

From a Macomb, Ill., newspaper comes the following write-up of the death of Mrs. Agnes Armstrong, wife of T. F Armstrong, an uncle of Jay E Hughes:


Mrs. Agnes Armstrong, 62, died at 6:15 a. m. today at her home at 519 East Washington street. She had been in failing health the past four years and seriously ill six months.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 Wednesday afternoon at the Clugston funeral home. The Rev. Albert Murphy will officiate and burial will be in Oakland cemetery.


Mrs. Armstrong, daughter of Thomas and Margaret Barclay

Watson, was born May 17, 1868 in Scotland township.  All her life was spent in McDonough county except six years at Bedford,

la., and she had lived in Macomb 42 years. She taught in the Camp Creek Sunday school and at the United Brethren church in Macomb for many years and was a member of the latter church.


On Nov. 14, 1934 she married T. Frank Armstrong, who survives. A brother, Harvey Watson, and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Gingerich and Mrs. Nettie Coyner all of Macomb also survive. A brother died in

infancy and two sisters, Mrs. Ellen McMillan and Mrs. Mary B. McMillan, also are deceased.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, June 22, 1950


Armstrong, Thomas Franklin -

T. F. Armstrong, prominent in political circles in Taylor county

for many years, died at the St. Francis Hospital, Maryville Sunday afternoon, July 30, 1950.  The funeral services were held at the Wetmore Funeral home in Bedford, Aug. 1, conducted by Rev. Gordon F. MacLean. The body was taken to Danville, Iowa, where burial was made in the old family cemetery near that place.


Mr. Armstrong was a resident of Lenox for many years.  He served as postmaster at Lenox for eighteen years, and was mayor of the town and took and active part in all civic activities of the community.


After moving to Bedford he served two years as County Auditor and was a member of the Taylor County Board of Supervisors for nine



After his last marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong made 'their home in Macomb, Illinois where she passed away on June 12 after a long illness. Mr. Armstrong continued to make his home in Macomb, and had just arrived at the home of his niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. John Stephens at Gravity, when he became ill and was taken to the hospital where death came.  When he arrived here a week ago, Mr. Armstrong was enroute to Auburn, Neb., to see his only brother, 95, who died August 1.

Survivors are nieces and nephews.

Mr. Armstrong was a member of the Presbyterian church, also

of the Masonic Lodge for 65 years.


Thomas Franklin Armstrong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D Armstrong was born at Danville, Iowa, July 2, 1861, being aged 83 years and 28 days at the time of his death.


When a young man he came to Taylor County and taught in the rural schools, also in the Gravity and Clearfield public schools.


He was married when quite young to Eva Wherry of Lenox and in about a year the home was saddened by the loss of his wife and an infant son.


In the spring of 1894 he was married to Elizabeth Bennie and they established a home in Lenox where he was in the insurance business.  Mrs. Armstrong died in 1933.


He was married to Agnes Watson of Macomb, Ill. in 1934.  She died in 1950.


Mr. Armstrong had always retained his citizenship in Taylor County.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, August 17, 1950


Austin,  Alva Ray –

Funeral services will be held at the Arnold Funeral Home on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m.  for Ray Austin, who passed away at his home here Monday evening after suffering a heart attack.  He had not been well for several weeks.  Services will be conducted by Rev. Merwin Coad with Interment at Hickory Grove cemetery in Ringgold county.

He was 67 years of age at the time of his death.  Surviving are his wife, Belia, and the following children, five sons. Sam, of Mount Ayr, Clarence, of Diagonal, Harley and Jim of Wisconsin state and Gene of Louisiana State, two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Cain of Oregon State and Mrs. Lois Willet of Creston; four brothers, Bill of Redding, Earl of Grant City, Mo. Fred of Ukiah, Calif., and Stanley of Lenox, also survive.  One daughter preceded him in death.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 22, 1951


Austin, Alva Ray -

Alva Ray, son of Merritt and Sarah Austin, was born near Anita, Iowa, August 9, 1883 and died March 19, 1951, at his home in Lenox, Iowa.


When he was quite young he moved to Worth county, Mo.

north of Allendale, where he grew to manhood.  It was during these years he professed his faith in Christ and joined the Lotts Grove Baptist Church.


Later he went to Nebraska where he met and was united in marriage to Julia Isabel Force, July 11, 1905. To this union eight children were born: Sam of Mount Ayr; Clarence of Diagonal; Mrs. Lucille Cain Keno, Oregon; Harley of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Mrs. Lois Willet of Creston; James of Elkhorn, Wisconsin; and Eugene of New Orleans, Louisiana.  One daughter, Phyllis, preceded him in death in 1919.


He moved back to Iowa m 1916 and farmed in Ringgold county until 1932 at which time he moved to the Lenox vicinity where he died.

To his many friends he was known as "Dad." All who knew

him were his friends because of the unselfish life that he lived.


He enjoyed his home and his children and will be greatly missed by all.  Besides his companion and children, he leaves to mourn his going, 19 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; four brothers, William of Redding, Iowa Earl of Grant City, Mo., Fred of Ukiah, Calif., and Stanley of Lenox; many nieces and nephews, also a host of friends and other relatives. Two brothers, Roy and Ralph, preceded

him in death.


Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, March 23, at the Arnold Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Merwin Coad.  Music was furnished by Rolland Buxton with Mrs. Norma Paymal at the piano. Pallbearers were George, Claude Charles, Edward, Donald and

Glenn Austin. Interment in Hickory Grove cemetery m Ringgold county.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 29, 1951


Bare, E. A. -

Dr. E. A. Bare, 89, died at the Veterans' hospital in Des Moines on Saturday. He was the father of Dr. D. L. Bare, and was well known in Lenox. A number of Lenox people were among those attending the funeral services and burial which were held Monday afternoon at Pleasantville.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, October 12, 1950


Bassinger , Ida Lamley -

Ida Lemley Bassinger, 78, passed away Thursday morning

at her home 10 miles southeast of Clearfield after a long illness,

the last year being spent in a  chair.  She was preceded in death  by her husband, Perry Bassinger, and their only son John. To survive are one brother. Jas. Lambley, two sisters, Myrtle and Clara of the Maloy vicinity, but who have been in constant care of their ailing

sister. Nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends will cherish her memory. Funeral services were held in the home, Saturday, at 2 P. M. Interment in Mt. Ayr cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, November 23, 1950



Bates, Lucy E. –

Lucy E. Bates, a former Adams county resident, passed away Feb. 13, 1950, at Topeka, Kansas.


She was born near Iola, Kansas February 19, 1888.


She and her family came to Iowa in 1913 and lived near Corning and in Grant township for several years.  They later moved there home to South Dakota, Colorado and Kansas.


About three years ago, she and her husband went to California for health, but returned last summer to Topeka to be near family.


She leaves to mourn her passing her devoted husband, Lyman W. Bates, her daughter, Mary Kirby and husband, a son Clifford and his wife, also one granddaughter, Mary Berniece Kirby, three brothers and one sister.


Services were held Feb. 6, 1950 at 2:00 p.m. at Ramsey Funeral Home at Lawrence, Kansas.  Burial was a Memorial Park cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, February 23, 1950


Beatty, Earl C. -

Earl C. Beatty, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Beatty, was born July 20, 1882, near Polen, Iowa and died March 19, 1951 at the Community

hospital in Creston, age 68 years and 8 months. With the exception of three years he spent all his life in Iowa. 


On March 29, 1911 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary

 Darlington. He was a faithful worker  in the Methodist church, with which he united in 1915.  He was town assessor and secretary of the school board.


He is survived by his wife, two brothers, John of Allerton and Clarence of Prescott.


Services were held Wednesday at the Methodist church and burial was in the Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 29, 1951


Beatty. William –

Word has been received In Clearfield of the death of William

Beatty, 73, a former Clearfield business man. He died on Saturday in Des Moines.   Funeral services were held at the Hamilton funeral home in Des Moines, Monday, and burial also was there.


Mr. Beatty is survived by his widow, the former Annabel Palmer; two sons, Francis and Paul; four daughters, Margery, Pauline, Donna and Gladys; and one sister, Belle Smith of Omaha, Neb.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday May 18, 1950

Beck , William -

William Beck, 58, died Saturday at 3:15 P. M., at his home in Lenox. Death was due to a heart attack. He was a retired farmer having just moved to town this spring from his farm 5 miles east of Lenox.

Surviving are his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Wanda Duncan, Hayward, Calif.; two sons, Cecil of Denver, Colo., and Wayne of Lenox; six grandchildren; three brothers, Adolph and Henry of Lenox and Charles of Clearfield and two sisters, Mrs. Rosa Baker of Clearfield and Mrs. Flora Rogers of Leon. One sister, Mrs. Fred Wurster, preceded him in death.


Funeral services were held on Monday at 2:30 P. M. at the Calvary Church, southeast of Lenox, with Rev. McPherson of Clearfield officiating. Interment in Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, September 7, 1950


Beck, William –

Wm. Beck, son of John and Katherine Beck, was born at Lenox, Iowa, February 4, 1891, and passed from this life at his home in Lenox, September 2, 1950, aged 59 years, 6 months and 29 days.  He lived in or near Lenox all his life, with farming as his life work. He was educated in the rural schools in Taylor county. Mr. Beck was united in marriage to Miss Fanny Baker, December 20, 1917, at the bride's

home, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baker.  They were blessed with three

children, Wanda Mae Duncan, of Hayward, Calif.; Cecil Ivan of Denver, Colo.; and Wayne Edward, of Lenox, Iowa.


He leaves to mourn his departure besides his beloved wife and family, three brothers, Adolf and Henry of Lenox, Iowa; Charles of Clearfield; Iowa; and two sisters, Rosa Baker of Clearfield and Flora Roger of Leon, Iowa; a sister, Lena Wurster, having preceded him five years ago; leaving six grandchildren besides many nieces and nephews.  Mr. Beck never really retired, even when health caused him to move to Lenox last January. After several weeks' visit with

his daughter in California, he returned home and continued to help out on the farm and to make improvements at his home, even up to the moment when his call came.  No doubt his philosophy of life

would be expressed in the poem: "Let me die working- Still tackling

plans unfinished, tasks undone!  Clean to its end, swift may my race be run. No laggard steps, no faltering no shirking: Let me die,  working!" (by S. H. Young.)


Mr. Beck joined the Calvary Methodist church back in 1915 and has lived a very practical Christian life, which had a radiance about it. He was one of those souls everybody liked, and no one was a stranger to him, little children were his friends.  Those who knew him best feel that they could not have asked for a better husband, father or

brother he was always thoughtful of them and others. 

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, September 21, 1950


Bennett, Floreta Fern –

Floreta Fern Bennett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul G. Bennett, was born April 8, 1943 and passed away at the hospital in Glenwood on March 25, 1951 at the age of 2 years, 11 months and 16 days. She is

survived by her parents, little brother David Ray Bennett

grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rowe of Glenwood and Mr. and

Mrs. David Bennett, and great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Baker of Clearfield and Mrs. Rowe of Glenwood. 

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday March 29, 1951


Bennet, George DeForest -

Death came Thursday to one of the prominent pioneer farmers

of the community, George Bennett, who had attained the age

of 88.


George De Forest Bennett, son of James and Mary Bennett,

was born on a farm near Owasso, Michigan, on December 25.

1863.  The family moved as pioneers to Farmington, Illinois, when he was six years of age, and to Iowa when he was 11 years old,

moving to a farm near Lenox. When he was 12 years of age,

the family moved into the present farmhouse, where Mr. Bennett

passed away on Oct. 19, 1950, at the age of 88 years, 0 months and 25 days. This farm was his home during his lifetime, with the exception of three summers when he farmed, away from here.


He was married to Alice Jackson on March 18, 1891, and who

preceded him in death on March, 1, 1922. To this union were born

four children: Flora, Marie, David and Donald, who survive him, as do the two daughters-in-law, 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was the last of his family of 7 children to leave his earthly home. He became a member of the Calvary Methodist church in February of 1915, later transferring his membership to the Clearfield Methodist church. He was a hard worker and a careful

farmer, and was always glad to have his friends and neighbors

visit him. Their calls, as well as those of his pastors, were encouraging and entertaining.  His daughter Marie, was his

devoted homemaker during the 28 years since his wife's death.


Funeral services were conducted at two o'clock on Saturday

afternoon, Oct. 21, at the Lenox Methodist church, with Rev.

Clarence McPherson and Rev. Harold Butts officiating. Interment

in the Lenox cemetery. Pallbearers were six grandsons: Roy Bennett, Arthur Bennett, Ivan Bennett, Paul Bennett, L. L. Siverly and Glen White, with Granville Bennett serving as pallbearer for Mr. White.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, October 26, 1950


Bentley, Maryetta Coddington–

Maryetta Bentley was born in Illinois, July 23, 1868, and died at her home in Blockton, April 13, 1950, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 20 days.


She was the daughter of Chas. and Demaris Coddington and had lived in the Blockton vicinity 30 years prior to her death.


The body was brought to the Crew Funeral Home in Clearfield where it remained until Sunday. The funeral was held at 2 P. M. at the Methodist Church in Blockton with burial in the Bethel cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, April 20, 1950


Bickel, Mildred Dorothy Bramer -

Mildred Dorothy Bramer Bickel was born on November 6, 1919, at the home of her parents Minnie Plambeck Bramer and Louis Bramer. She passed away at Clearview nursing Home on April 27, 2011 at the age of 91.

Mildred graduated from Rockville, Nebraska High School in 1938. Mildred was united in marriage with William Henry Bickel in Maryville, MO on September 15, 1941. Born to this union were Dale William Bickel (wife Marla), Joan Kay Bickel, Roger Louis Bickel (wife Marilyn) Sandra Rae Bickel Khalilinia (husband Shay).
Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Bill in April 1998. Mildred worked hard alongside her husband Bill on the farm from 1941-1969. While in Mount Ayr she was employed at the Cap Factory and the Lorraine factory sewing. Bill and Mildred then moved to Grand Island, NE and lived there by her parents from 1969-1995. While in Grand Island she worked at Delicious Foods and Service Master. In 1995 Bill and Mildred moved back to Mt. Ayr to be close to family. Mildred was a beautiful seamstress and sewed most of Sandy’s clothes as a child and numerous apparel for her grandchildren including doll clothes. When Mildred moved back to Mt. Ayr she offered to mend and iron for Marla. She never complained about repairing items that Dale continually (by accident) tore. Additionally Mildred was an excellent cook. Any visitor was always welcome to stop by and she would always offer some type of baked goods & coffee. Mildred was a member of the Mt. Ayr United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women & her old original neighborhood club.

Left to mourn her passing including her son Dale Bickel (wife Marla) of Clearfield; daughter Joan Bickel of My Ayr; son Roger Bickel (wife Marilyn) of Castle Rock, CO; daughter Sandy Bickel Khalilinia (husband Shay) of Aurora CO; grandchildren Vince (wife Mary) Bickel of Gordon, NE, Brenda Bickel Willis (husband Craig) of Benton, Brian Bickel (wife Robyn) of Clearfield, Sally Khalilinia of Centennial, CO, Katy Khalilinia of Aurora, CO, Roger Bickel Jr. of Denver, CO, Cherie Daicont of Hershey, Penn, Amy Lamke of Portland, OR, step-granddaughter Wendy Smith Virginia Beach, VA. There are 16 great grandchildren.
Memorials are to Clearview Home and the United Methodist Church, both in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Watson Armstrong Funeral Home, Mt. Ayr, Iowa

Biggar, William –

William (Bill) Biggar of Biggar Mercantile Store in Corning, passed way Tuesday March 13.  Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Corning, Friday at 2 p.m.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 15, 1951


Black, Edgar Ross –

Funeral services were held here Tuesday for Edgar Black, 56, who passed away Sunday morning at the Veterans' hospital in Des Moines following a prolonged illness.


Edgar Ross Black, son of Robert and Pearl Black, was born in Northboro, Iowa, August 25, 1893, and passed away in the Veterans hospital, Des Moines, Iowa, May 21, 1950 at the age of 56 years, 8 months and 26 days.


He moved with his parents to the present home at about the age of 14.  He enlisted in the Army July 25, 1918 and served one year with Co. 34 of the 161st Inf. Of the 41st Div. Nine months of this was overseas duty. He received his honorable  discharge on July 19, 1919.


Feb. 15, 1922, he was united in marriage with Etta Recknor of Lenox. To this union four children were born: Betty Weller, Kenneth, Donald and Raymond.


At the age of 14 he united with the Christian Church and later transferred his membership to the Methodist church, where he remained a faithful  member until his death.  He was a charter member of  the American Legion.


Edgar was preceded in death by his father 18 years ago, May 20, 1932, and his mother in June 1947.  He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, Etta, one daughter Betty and three sons, Kennrth, Donald and Raymond, two sisters, Mrs. Edith Brown of Creston, and Mrs. Dan Donahue of Afton; a cousin who was raised from infancy in the family and is like a sister, Mrs. Leora Gutch of Minneapolis, Minn.; one son-in-law, Dean Weller; one grandson, Ronald, a number of other relatives  and a host of friends.

The funeral service was held at the Methodist church Tuesday, May 23, at 2 p.m., in charge of Clarence Richardson.  Music was furnished by Rolland Buxton and Mrs. Norma Paymal.  Pallbearers were Harold Barker, Harry Walter, Robert Chaney, H. Norton, Charles Brokaw and Orval Basett, all members of Edgar’s Sunday School class.  Graveside services were in charge of the local post of the American Legion.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, May 25, 1950

Boltinghouse, Alonzo Leroy “Lonnie”

Lon Boltinghouse, 65, died on Sunday at 8:15 A. M. at his farm home, 10 miles southwest of Lenox. He had suffered a heart attack.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 2:30 P. M. from the Church of Christ, with Rev. Merwin Goad officiating. The Barber Funeral Home was in charge. Interment in the Fairview cemetery.


Alonzo Leroy Boltinghouse, son of Lewis C. and Sarah Freeman

Boltinghouse  was born on May 12, 1884, on a farm in Grove township, Taylor county, Iowa, and passed away on April 16, 1950, at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 6 days.


He spent his entire life, with, the exception of a few months spent in North Dakota, in the same township in which he was born.

When quite a young man he united with the Blue Grove Church of Christ and was interested in the work of the church as long as services were held there.


On March 4, 1908, he was united in marriage to Miss Eva Leonard and to this union three sons were born.


Lonnie, as he was called, was one of seven sons of the Boltinghouse family. His mother and  three brothers, James, Charles and Orval, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Eva; three sons, Lyle, of Washington, D. G., Travis of Creston and Kenneth of Lenox;

his aged father, L. C. Boltinghouse; three brothers, Joe of Ellston, Walter of Clearfield and Floyd of Lenox; his four sisters, Bertha Carter of Sharpsburg, Mae Murray of Edgeley, N, Dak., Eva Armstrong of Lenox, and Ethel Bryant of Des Moines; three grandsons, James Allen, Larry Lyle and Reldon Boltinghouse of Creston and one granddaughter, little Adena Kay Boltinghouse of Lenox.


Always a kind husband and loving father, a friend to all, he will be greatly missed by his family, many other relatives.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, April 20, 1950


Bonebrake, Susan Avis Stephens -

Mrs. W. F. Bonebrake, age 50 years, died at her home in Blockton, April 17. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Stephens and was a teacher in 1922 in the Clearfield school and will be remembered as Avis Stephens.  She is survived by her husband, William Bonebrake, and one daughter, Mrs. R. Roscoe

and a grandson of Perry, Iowa. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church in Blockton and burial in the Geo. Stephens cemetery south of Redding.   The deceased was an aunt of Jack Bonebrake, Clearfield editor.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, April 27, 1950


Boone, Lila Sarah Rhoades -

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock for Mrs. G. A. Boone, who had passed away the previous Thursday at a Denver, Colo., hospital at the age of 57.


Mrs. Boone was visiting a daughter in Denver when she became ill, her own home being at Ogallala, Neb.


Services were in charge of the Rev. Merwin Coad, and interment

was in Lenox cemetery.


Lila Sarah Rhoades, daughter of Newton and Mary Jane Rhoades, was born near Aurora, Neb., on March 19, 1893, and passed away at St. Anthony's hospital in Denver, Colo., on July 20, 1950 at the age of 57 years, 4 months and 1 day.


When a very small child, she moved with her parents to Iowa and in a few years back to Nebraska, where she resided until 1902. In that year the family moved to Bedford, Iowa, and lived there until the following year when a farm was purchased northeast of Lenox. This

was where she spent her school days and grew to womanhood.

At the time of her youth, she united with the Methodist church of Lenox.


In 1917, she was united in marriage to Glen A. Boone. To this union were born four daughters. During her married life, she and her family lived on farms near Lenox until the year 1936. Since then she had lived in Iowa and Nebraska, where family interests were held.


Surviving are her loving husband, Glen A. Boone, and four

daughters: Mrs. Robert Kitchell of Omaha, Nebr., Mrs. Duane Pitt of Council Bluffs, Mrs. Stanley Binkholder of Golden, Colo., and Louise

Boone, at home; also two grandsons, two granddaughters, one brother, Admiral Rhoades of Lenox, and one sister, Bertha Rhoades of Glenwood, besides a number of close relatives and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, July 27, 1950


Boyden, Charles B. –

Charles Boyden, for many years a farmer near Sharpsburg and resident of that place, died in Omaha Monday, where he had been hospitalized for several weeks. He was past 91 years of age.


Since the death of his wife some time ago he had made his home with his children, and lately with a daughter in Omaha.


Funeral services are being held this Thursday in Sharpsburg at the Presbyterian church and interment in Grove Center cemetery. Rev. Watkins will preside

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, July 6, 1950


Boyden, Charles B. –

Charles B. Boyden, son of Wm. and Susan Boyden, was born January 8, 1859 at Newark, New York, and passed away in an Omaha hospital July 3rd 1950 at the age of 91 years and 6 months.


He moved with his parents when a small boy from their home in New York to a farm north of Sharpsburg, Iowa, in the Blue Grove neighborhood in the early sixties. His parents were pioneer settlers of Grove township and it was on this farm Charles grew to manhood.


On August 21, 1878 he was united in marriage to Lettie Wilcox. To this union were born four daughters, Nellie Hamilton, of Des Moines, Allie E. Potts of Fowler, Colorado, Two daughters, Verna Irons and Myrtle Bassett preceded him in death.


His wife Lettie passed away September 9, 1894, leaving him with his four young daughters. He then made his home with his parents. On June 23, 1896, he was united in marriage to Anna E. Blood, and to this union were born two daughters and two sons, Pearl Dice and Glenna Nicholson of Omaha, Herman of Post Falls, Idaho and Howard of Denver, Colorado. In 1920, he moved to Sharpsburg. His wife Anna passed away September. 22, 1935. After Anna's death, he lived for some time with his sister, Mrs. Ella Knott, in Sharpsburg. While living  in Sharpsburg, he suffered a stroke that left him with loss of speech but he bore his loss with the greatest of courage and fortitude.  He lived for some time with his daughter Nellie in Des Moines, but for the last several years he had made his home with his daughter Pearl in Omaha.


On his 89th birthday, he received almost one hundred letters

and cards from old friends, neighbors and relatives and in his last sunset years, spent much time reading and re-reading those cards and letters. He is survived by his four daughters and two sons and one stepson, Fred Blood of Sharpsburg, 16 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and friends, who will miss him greatly and be saddened by the passing of Charles B. Boyden

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, July 13, 1950


Boylen, Leo Patrick –

Leo Patrick Boylen, son of Francis and Bridget Boylen, was born in Jo Davis county, Illinois, on April 20, 1871. He suffered a stroke on April 14, 1950, and passed away at the Lenox Rest Home three days

later, April 17, 1950.


He moved to Adams county with his family in 1878, and lived the remainder of his life in this vicinity, with the exception of two years spent in Des Moines.  He was united in marriage to Ellen McQuaid in

Chicago on February 3, 1913. To this union three daughters were

born, one of whom preceded her father in death on June 19, 1933.


Mr. Boylen was the youngest of 12 children, all of whom have

preceded him in death. Survivors include his widow, Ellen, at home in Lenox; two daughters, Mrs. Manford A. Carpenter of Lock Springs, Mo. and Mrs. Glen L. Tesdall of 4011 Grand Ave., Des Moines; 10 grandchildren also survive.


Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 19 at 10 A. M.

at St. Patrick's church in Lenox.  Msgr. W. J. McMahon officiated

at the Requiem High Mass. Interment was in Calvary Cemetery at



Mr. Boylen was a loving husband and father, and he will greatly missed by his family and many friends. 

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, April 27, 1950