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

Ballard, Tom -

Sunday morning about 1 a. m. an automobile carrying two men who were supposed to be on their way from Kansas City to Des Moines, ran off the grade just at the west end of the bridge beyond the Fred Henderson place, four

miles east of town. The driver was badly injured in the smashup while the other occupant of the car was uninjured. He secured the aid of Hamilton Ferguson and Arthur Donaldson and the injured man was brought to town in

Ferguson's car. He was taken to the Hotel Lenox and Dr. Hamilton was summoned but his injuries were of such a nature that recovery was impossible and he succumbed a short time afterwards without having regained full consciousness.

The man's name was Tom Ballard and his home was in Des Moines. His wife was notified of his death, by telephone, and early the next morning two men arrived from Des Moines.  After remaining a short time they returned to Des Moines taking with them Ballard's companion, whose name is said to have been Bruno Miller.  In the meantime the corpse had been taken the undertaking rooms of O. P. Arnold and prepared for burial. Sunday evening Mrs. Ballard and her sister arrived and returned shortly, leaving a man to accompany the body to Des Moines on Monday. 

There was a good deal of mystery surrounding the accident which probably will never be solved to the satisfaction of people here. It was claimed Ballard met Miller in Kansas City and accepted the offer to return to Des Moines.  Miller while here was reticent and did but little talking. The car was a Nash and the people from Des Moines disclaimed any knowledge as to its owner. There was more or less evidence of whiskey about the vehicle. Ballard was a horse buyer at one time and frequented Corning and other nearby towns.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 11, 1919

Barrans, Sarah Denison –

Mrs. Sarah Barrans, 86 years old died at 4:20 p. m. Tuesday February 1, after having a paralytic stroke at 10 o'clock that morning.  Her death occurred at Clovermead Farm, near Lenox, the home of her son Wm. Barrans, where she had been staying since last July. The body will be brought to her late home in  Lenox and the casket will be opened there at 10:30.

Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church at 2 p. m. Thursday conducted by Rev. W. Barlow. Interment will be made in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 3, 1921

Barrans, Sarah Denison -

Sarah Denison was born August 13, 1834 at West Hardwick, England, and died Feb. 1, 1921 at the home of her son, William, south of Lenox, age 86 years 5

months and 19 days. She was the last of her family of three brothers and two sisters. She was united in marriage on May L 1860 to Thomas Barrans at Poutefract, Yorkshire, England. During the same year Mr. and Mrs. Barrans came to the United States to Henry County, Illinois. They moved to Lenox in 1875, settling on a farm south of town which they improved from the prairie.

In 1900 they moved into Lenox.

Besides her sons and their wives, nine grandchildren and two nieces, Anna and Ada Barrans of Kewanee, Ill., are the only surviving relatives in this country.

Early in life, Mrs. Barrans united with the Episcopal Church of England of which she was a devoted member until she came to America. Since coming to Lenox, she has been a faithful and diligent member of the Presbyterian

Church. During her long years  of residence here Mrs. Barrans been held in the highest esteem of all who knew her for her sterling goodness of character, while to her family she has been a living exemplary pattern of true Christian piety. Ever active in the work of the church, she has  left a cherished memory of a long life spent in the services of God.  She rests from her labor and her work follows after me.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 10, 1921

Beck, Lydia Anna Hucke

Lydia Anna Hucke was born near Kent, Iowa, Jan. 17, 1886, and died at her home near Lenox, Iowa, Feb. 23, 1921, at the middle age of 35 years, one month and 23 days. She was the youngest daughter of Carl and Louise

Hucke and lived on the place she was born until the date of her marriage to Mr. George Beck Oct. 22, 1910.

The mother died when Lydia was a child three years old. The father is still living and was with the daughter at the time of her death. Mrs. Beck is survived by her husband and his children to whom she became a devoted mother whom the children in turn learned to love and honor.

So soon left again without a mother's care the little orphans have the

sympathy of all who knew them.  Three sisters and one brother are living and were at the funeral.  The brother Henry came all the way from Cortez. Colo. while the sisters lived near by-Mrs. Julia Strey, of Creston, Mrs. Walter Mickey and Mrs. Noah Harpin, of Kent.

The funeral was very largely attended showing the high esteem in which Mrs. Beck was held.  The services were conducted by Rev Davidson in the United Presbyterian church Sabbath afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, The text for, the

short sermon were these suggestive and suitable words: "She hath  given up the ghost. Her sun is gone down while it was yet day.”

While she retired from the activities of life at middle age yet her work was done and well done.  Her life was beautiful and her service dutiful. When 15 years of age she united with the Methodist church of Kent, and after her marriage she was a worthy member of the Church in which the burial services were held and where so many friends paid their tribute of respect to her memory. The casket was covered with beautiful flowers. However in her lifetime she knew the language of flowers which the tongue cannot speak but the heart understands.

So closes the life of one who was very highly regarded by a wide circle of friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 3, 1921

Beeson, R. W. –

R. W. Beeson of Red Oak committed suicide yesterday morning by shooting himself with an automatic revolver.

Mr. Beeson had been in ill health for some time and this coupled with financial difficulties, are thought to have  been the cause of his suicide. On his pillow a note was pinned saying, "My suffering is more than I can bear and I see no relief ahead Good-bye" The note was unsigned and hurriedly written.

Mr. Beeson told his wife yesterday morning about eight-thirty or nine o'clock that he was going to the cellar and build a fire in the furnace. That was the last

she saw of him while living. Alter he had been in the cellar, as she supposed, for more than an hour, his wife became uneasy and went down to see what had happened to him that he did not return.  However, she could not find him, and called in several neighbors to help her search.

0ne of the neighbors, Mr. Robert Reed, looked in the loft of the barn and there found Mr. Beeson lying on the floor dead with a bullet hole just behind and over his right ear, an automatic pistol was lying at his side where it had fallen. The coroner found it a case of suicide. 

Mr Beeson was one of the oldest lawyers in Montgomery county, and one of the most prominent in southwestern Iowa.  He was in his early career elected to the office of County Attorney which he held on several different occasions.  He was one of the attorneys in a number of sensational cases coming before the court and originating in Montgomery county, among which were several cases growing out of the Villisca Ax tragedies of several years ago and which attracted much attention, due to their sensational

Mr Beeson assisted the state in the prosecution of Rev. L C Kelley, and was one of the attorney in the Jones-Wilkerson $50,000 slander suit.  At the time of his death he was the attorney for Fery McCaul, indicted for perjury in connection with evidence in one of the ax murder cases, and who was to be tried in Council Bluffs this week.

He was born in Lessing, Ohio and was about 70 years of age.  He is survived by his wife, a sister in Illinois and a grandson, aged 9, whom he had adopted.  He was admitted to the bar in Red Oak almost fifty years ago, and practiced there continuously until his death. 

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 3, 1921

Crouch, Edith R. Slack –

Edith R. Slack, daughter of Caleb and Elizabeth Slack was born August 24, 1872, in Page county, Iowa where she lived until she was 19 years old. At that time she went to Cambridge, Ill. where she taught school for two terms.  At the age of 21 she was married to James Crouch. They lived at Cambridge five years and then moved to Ringgold county, Iowa in 1899.

In 1908 they moved to Blue Grove vicinity where they resided for thirteen years. In March 1920 they moved to Lenox.

In early girlhood she joined the Congregational church and transferred her membership to Blue Grove church when they moved near there. She taught a class in the Sunday school there and was Secretary of the Ladies' Aid Society,

for some time. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband, six children, Floyd, Mae, Wesley, Francis, Bessie and Ethel, her mother, one sister, Mrs. Mary

Crouch of Ossawattamie, Kansas, one brother, Leslie Slack and a large circle of friends.  Interment was in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 24, 1921

Donaldson, Orville W. –

Orville W. Donaldson, son of George and Lilly Donaldson was born in Greenview, Ill. October 24, 1894 and departed this life at the Unity hospital in Creston, Jan. 27th, 1921 aged 26 years, 3 months and 3 days.

The family moved from Greenview to [?] Mo. when Orville was about 5 years old, and at the age of 7 moved to Taylor county, Iowa where Orville has spent most of his young life.  On February 6, 1918, he was married to Miss Irene Francis Phelan of Conway, Iowa and the same spring started housekeeping on their farm near Philips, Nebr., and spent one year at that place, then returned to their farm near Conway, and because of failing health, moved into Conway

Last October, hoping it would be possible for Orville to regain health, but after months of patient suffering when skill and tender nursing had failed to restore health, without complaining, the patient sufferer said, “God’s will be done, not mine.”  In the month of September 1920, Orville received the sacrament of baptism of the Episcopal minister of St. Joseph, Mo. and in this faith triumphantly claimed victory over death.

Besides a host or relatives and friends, he leaves to mourn his loss, his beloved companion, father, mother and one sister, Mrs Fern Hainey, all of Conway.

Funeral services were conducted at Conway, Sunday January 30th by Rev. F. N. Redingcr and Rev C:. G. Bundy. Ralph Crew of Clearfield was  funeral director.  Interment made in Lenox cemetery, Monday, January 31.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 3, 1921

Heafey, Patrick C. -

Colonel Patrick C. Heafey died at his home in Omaha Friday, January i4th. His widow, Mrs. Margaret Heafey, was formerly Miss Margaret Maloney, an only

daughter of Thomas Maloney, a pioneer resident of Lenox.

The funeral ser vices were conducted Monday, January 17th from St. Cecilia’s. Cathedral in Omaha.

Mr. Heafey was prominent in Omaha civic affairs. He operated  large undertaking parlors and was a prominent member of the Rotary Club, The Elks, The Knights of Columbus and some Irish societies.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 20, 1921

Hogg, W. D. –

(Bedford Times-Republican)  Sunday morning between 8 and 9 o'clock word was sent out over the telephone lines announcing the sad accident which had just taken place at the Hogg's home just north of Blockton in which W. D. Hogg, aged about 65 years lost his life. Mr. Hogg had just brought his gun in the house and was in the act of putting it away in the closet when in some way

the hammer caught and the gun was discharged, the contents entering his stomach, killing him almost instantly. Mr. Hogg was an old resident of the County and had many friends who were shocked when they heard of the accident.

Dr. J. S. Terrill, County Coroner was called over the phone and from the evidence given him, he informed the family that he would not hold an inquest as it was not necessary under the circumstances.

The funeral will be held tomorrow forenoon at the M. E. church in Blockton at 11 o'clock and the body will be laid to rest in the Blockton cemetery. The entire community extends their heart felt sympathy to the bereaved family in their great sorrow.—Times Republican, Bedford

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday December 30, 1920

Kafka, Joseph –

Joseph Kafka was born in Bohemia on May 6, 1842 and died in Diagonal on October 30, 1919, having reached the age of 77 years, 5 months and 24 days.

On August 3, 1868, he was united in marriage to Rose Traitnor.  To this union was born seven children, four of them preceding their father in death. The children living are: Mrs. G. M. Carlisle, of Diagonal; George Kafka, of Spokane, Washington and J. A. Kafka of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Mr. Kafka came to America in 1866 and spent the first seven years here near Mt. Ayr, Iowa, after which he moved to Lenox and lived for twenty-seven years.  Since 1900 be has made his home in Diagonal.

Mr. Kafka was a cabinet maker in the old country and later spent much of his time as a contractor and builder. He built many fine houses and churches in and around Lenox and also about this community. People often commented,

on his excellent workmanship. He was always industrious and conscientious

in his work. He was a good upright man who made friends wherever be went.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ahrens, pastor of the Presbyterian church, on Sunday morning. A short service was held at the house at 10 o'clock and at 11 o'clock the main services were held at the Bohemian church

southeast of town.

To Mrs. Kafka, the children, and all who mourn with them, we would express our. sincere sympathy in this time of sorrow, and commend them to Him whose comfort alone satisfies.—Diagonal Reporter

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 13, 1919

Kilby, William –

William Kilby who has been making his home with his son of the same name, died Tuesday February 8th, aged 91 years 1 month and 7 days. It is reported

that death was caused by old age there being no other particular cause. Funeral services will be hold today at the Church of Christ at I pm, conducted

by Rev Mc CallonInterment  will be in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 10, 1921

Kilby, William -

William Kilby, son of William and Nora Kilby, was born at Glouchershire Cheltenham Nauntcm, England on Dec. 22,1829.  His boyhood days were spent in the little town of Naunton with the other members of the family.  Betsy, Howard, Edward, George, Thomas and John. John lost his life in an accident. His early schooling was received from the Episcopal Church school where he studied the longer and shorter catechism and learned his letters from the Bible.  This book was for many years was his only reader.  While still a child he was christened in the Episcopal Church.

On reaching the military age, he enlisted in the British Royal Army.  He served eighteen months on the Rock of Gibraltar, eighteen months in Dublin, Ireland,

and a short time in Africa and India. During his army career he served as an assistant to his general and traveled with him in Spain. He also served as

orderly for the Senior Lord Kitchener. In 1859 he married Rhoda Preston. In 1864, with his wife and daughter, Alice, he sailed from Liverpool, England for

America. They crossed in a sailing vessel and landed in New York six months later. From New York they traveled by train to Davenport, la. Their daughter Alice, died the first year after their arrival in America. He found employment m a flour mill in Davenport and continued in this work until the spring of 1869 when the life of a farmer became his. In 1868 to this happy home came a son, Wm, J. The family moved to Lenox in 1875. He purchased a farm west of Lenox but traded this place for what is now known as the Kilby farm and which has been owned by the Kllbys for forty years. In 1871 he joined the Long Grove Church at Long Grove, Iowa. Ten years later he became a charter member of the Blue Grove Church of Christ. During his life on the farm, he was an elder in the church and was Bible School superintendent.  The remainder of

his life was spent in Lenox except six months spent with his wife in California. She died September 1906. Of late years he lived with his son. He died Feb. 8,

1921, age 91 years, 1 month and 16 days.  He leaves to mourn his departure, his only child Wm. J. and wife, 6 grand children and 3 great grand children. The grand children are Leslie J., Rhoda May, Ruth Pearl, Vesta Vera, Bernice

B., and Glen Wm. The great grand children are Pearl, Marjorie and Lucile Kilby.

All were present when he passed away. He had many friends and always had a good word for all.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 17, 1921.

Kinser, William Andrew -

William Andrew Kinser, son of John and Rebecca Kinser, was born in Union county, Iowa, on December 19, 1857. He was married to Susan M. Butler on

October 30, 1884 and to this union four children were born.  Mr. Kinser united with the Church of Christ some 28 years ago, placing his membership with the Lenox church nine years ago. Before his residence in Lenox he resided on the old homestead a few miles east of Kent. He leaves to mourn his departure those of his immediate family, his widow, Susan Kinser; sons, Floyd and Emery of this city; daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Agnew and Wm. Kinser, both residing in Lenox; his aged mother, residing in Des Moines; his brothers,

Henry and Ellsworth, of Lenox; and Merida, of Des Moines. His father and a brother preceded him in death. He leaves three grandchildren. He lived all his

life near his birthplace and was known and loved by a large circle of friends and neighbors.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday October 30, 1919

Lininger, James P. –

James P Lininger was born January 25th, 1846, near Greenville, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, coming to Iowa in the pioneer days at 10 years of age. He has resided all these years in Ringgold county, becoming one of the

large land owners in that county.  On February 2, 1876, he was united in marriage to Matilda Parsons, also of Ringgold county, who survives him. Of this union of hearts, seven children were born, five sons and two daughters:

Frank, Walter, Ralph, Leonard, Mrs D. A. Wareham, Mrs L. C. Wareham, and Austin. Frank, the oldest son entered rest four years ago. The balance of tbe family survive, all of whom were at the funeral services.  Mr Lininger entered life eternal on October 29, at 4:00 p. m. after a lengthy period of failing health

coming to him in the form of a general breakdown. He had attained the age o£ 73 years, 9 months and four days. Nothing but the kindest expressions of appreciation are on the hearts and lips of all who knew him. Always ecognized as a good neighbor, a man of splendid principle and helpful to all who might need him. In his own home he was always a most devoted husband and father.

Funeral services were held at the farm residence in Ringgold county and were largely attended by friends and neighbors. The services were conducted by Rev. David Ferguson, pastor of St. Pauls Episcopal church of Creston, on Friday afternoon, and interment was made in Graceland cemetery at Creston.—-Plaindealer.

Lenox Time table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 6, 1919

Moore, Allie Lucille Waters –

Allie Lucille Waters, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Waters, was born March 21, 1883 on the old home place where she passed away Jan. 23, 1921, at the age of 37 years, 10 months and 2 days.

She was married Sept. 11, 1901, to Albert Moore. To this union were born -three, children, Jean, Blanch  and a son who died in infancy.  She united with the Methodist Church at Calvary when a child and later placed her member-ship with the Christian church at Lenox.

She has been in poor health for a number of years but death came sooner than was expected. She was a cheerful sufferer. Her father and two sisters preceded

her. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband, two daughters, mother,

brother and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral services were held from the Church of Christ at Lenox, Tuesday Jan. 25, at 2:00 p. m. Interment in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 3, 1921

Nixon, Cora Etta Atkins –

Cora Etta Atkins, daughter of Chas. R. and Nancy J. Atkins was born in Lenox, la., Jan. 1, 1883.  She was married on April l6, 1902 near Lenox, Iowa, to John Nixon.  To this happy union were born three children Minnie H., William J and Edith W.

She united with the Christian Church of Lenox at the age of fifteen years and has been a faithful Servant of the Master since that time. She, with her husband und children, united with the Prairie Star Presbyterian Church

in the spring of 1920. Her faith in the master was strong even when the time for her departure came, she feared no evil. Her journey of this mortal life ended at the Greater Community Hospital, Creston, Iowa, on January 19, 1921 at the age of 38 years and18 days.

She leaves to mourn her loss a father and a mother, C. B. and Nancy J. Atkins of near Lenox; her husband John Nixon and three children; her three brothers, Grover of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Otto of Clarinda, la., and Charles of Clearfield, la. and her five sisters, Mrs J. S. Kilgore of Diagonal, la., Mrs. J. F. Scott of Valley

Junction, la., Mrs F. A. Stoker of Lenox, la., Mrs. H. F. Schroder of Sheridan, Wyoming, Mildred Atkins of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and a host of friends.


The funeral services were held Jan. 22, 1921.  Interment in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 27, 1921

Otis, Jane –

At an early hour of the morning on Tuesday of this week, the citizens of Gravity were awakened by a bright flame in the skies, and the startling cry of fire by those first on the scene. The fire proved to be the home of Miss Jane Otis, a maiden lady aged 79 years, who resided in her home located in the south part of town just back of the Chandler Lumber Co. Yard.

Those first on the scene found he house a perfect sheet of fire with no chance whatever to save anything or even get close to the fire. At the time it was not

known that Miss Otis was a victim of the flames, she having on numerous occasions when not feeling well, stopped at the home of nearby neighbors for the night, but when an investigation was made, and no trace of her found

among the neighbors, then it became apparent that the aged lady had become a victim of the fire demon that had destroyed her home.

After the fire had succeeded in its ghostly way, and things had cooled a little a hasty search of the ruins was made, with the result that the charred remains of Miss Otis were discovered where a small storage room was kept in the north part of the house.

The bed room occupied by Miss Otis was in the southeast corner of the house, and she was in the habit of continually burning a coal oil lamp all night, and the supposition is that either the lamp exploded or that Miss Otis had arisen to replenish the fire, and becoming dizzy, had stumbled and fell with the lamp in hand into this junk or storage room, and from this cause started the fire.

The true facts will be a mystery until judgment day for no earthly person can tell the story any plainer, and the mute victim of the flames carried the secret

with her to the grave.

Jane Otis was born in Ohio in the year 1842, and removed with her parents, Rev. and Mrs. Otis to Taylor county in 1856 and was counted among the pioneer settlers in this section of the state.  She leaves to mourn her loss, four

living sisters, one by the name of Freeman residing at Clarinda, and the where abouts of the others are as yet not learned locally.

Miss Otis was a full cousin to Attorney Richard Burrell's father, and an old schoolmate of his mother. The aged spinster was getting eccentric of late as well as subject to dizzy spells. Sometime ago it is stated Miss Otis withdrew a snug sum of money from the bank and for months carried the same in a woman's hiding place—her stocking, but it is stated that only a day before

her tragic death she had visited the bank and deposited her money with them again. In other words, it seems that a sort of premonition had come over her, and that it was dangerous to have much money on hand.

Miss Otis was highly spoken of by all who knew here and her sad ending cast a pall of gloom over the entire community. The funeral will take place Thursday and the body in all probability will be laid to its eternal peace in the cemetery at Holt beside the remains of her parents.

Thus ends another dark page in life's book of mysteries, and a secret that will remain sealed until Gabriel sounds his trumpet on the resurrection day, when the Good Book tells us everything will be made clear, and the shadows lifted from our eyes.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 6, 1921

Pegg, Thomas -

Tom Pegg, sixty-three years old, died at his home in m Lenox, Tuesday, March first, at 6:30 p. m.  He retired Sunday night apparently in good health, after attending the evening cervices at the Church of Christ, of which he was a member.

Monday at about 5:30 a. m. he had a paralytic stroke and another

Tuesday morning at about the same time. Death came that evening. Funeral arrangements have not been made at this writing.

Tom Pegg was well and favorably known in this vicinity having lived in or near Lenox nearly thirty years.  He leaves to mourn his loss, two brothers, Tom [William] Pegg and John Pegg, and one sister, Mrs. Chas. Donaldson who lives in Montana.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 3,  1921

Pegg, Thomas -

Thomas Pegg, son of John and Sarah Pcgg, was born at Neponset, Illinois March 16, 1858. His early education was received at that place. In March 1879 he moved with his parents to Grove township, Iowa. In his youth he united with the Blue Grove Church of Christ and was ever a faithful member, giving it such support as he was able.

In 1918 he moved to Lenox were he has made his home with his brother John.

He was stricken with paralysis Monday morning, Feb. 28 and passed away Tuesday evening March 1st at the age of 61 years,11 months and 15 days.

He was a great reader of the Bible and was very fond of children.  He was a great lover of flowers, which he planted and was always pleased to exhibit.

He took pleasure in his home where he spent a large part of his time.  He leaves to regret his departure, two brothers John H. and William who reside in Lenox and one sister, Mrs. Anna Donaldson whose home is in Montana. Mr.

and Mrs. Donaldson came from Montana to the funeral.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Christ Sunday, March 6 at 2:30

p. m. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 10, 1921

Pigott, Katherine –

Katherine Pigott age 39 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel  Pigott of' Spokane, Wash., died Oct. 28 in Los Angeles, Cal. of pneumonia tuberculosis. The body was shipped to Spokane for burial, the funeral services taking place Oct.29 from St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 6, 1919

Riley, Kenneth Paul -

One of the saddest accidents we have had to chronicle for some time was one which befell Kenneth Paul Riley on Friday, Aug. 15. He was standing on a picket fence trying to climb up on a horse and accidently fell, catching his pants on the pickets and striking his back causing an injury from which he died on Saturday August 23. He was 10 years, 4 months and 8 days old at the

time of his death.

Kenneth is a son of Mr and Mrs Frank Riley and while his life here was short his departure will leave a great vacancy both in the home and in the

community in which he lived.  He possessed a sweet Christian character, as he learned to know Jesus as his personal savior.  He leaves to mourn his departure, his father and mother and two sisters, Florence and Genevieve and many relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday at 1:30 , conducted by Rev H F Caskey, assisted by Rev [?] of Prescott, and interment was made in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 28, 1919

Slattery, Helen Harnon

Mrs. Helen Slattery, a former resident of Lenox, died , on Wednesday, October 29, at her borne 16 miles northeast of Chappell, Nebr., after a short illness.

Mrs Slattery had been in poor health for a number of years but did not give up until the end, having done her work without complaint.  She was a very devoted worker in the church and a kind and loving mother to her large family. Mrs. Slattery and her family moved to Nebraska a few years ago from Colorado  and have since been located on a farm in Duel county where she made many friends .and was loved by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held on last Friday morning at 10 o'clock at the Catholic church in Chappell and the remains were brought to Lenox, arriving on Saturday afternoon and were laid to rest in the Lenox cemetery on Sunday

afternoon beside her husband and child who preceded her in death.

Helen Slattery was born at Brimfield, Illinois, April; 13, 1859 and departed this life at her home in Duel county on October 29th, 1919 age 60 years, 6 months and 16 days.  She leaves to mourn her loss nine sons, Frank,

Benedict, Bernard, William, Florian, Raphael, Paul, and Louis, and one daughter, Mrs, Mary Jackman, who resides in California.  Eight brothers and sisters: James Harnon of Cody, Nebr., William Harnon of Lake, Nebr., John Harnon of Long Pine, Nebr., Louis Harnon of Montana, Mrs. Thos. Langan of Wood River, Nebr., Mrs. Bell Brett of Casper, Wyo., Mrs. Fannie Costello,of

Omaha and Mrs. John Colgan of Orleans, Nebr.

The remains were accompanied to Lenox by two sons, Ben and Frank; Will Slattery of Peoria, Ill. and Frank Slattery of Kansas City, brothers of the deceased husband; Mrs. Ellen Weeks, of Brimfield, Ill., a sister of the deceased

husband and Mrs. Frank Oteal  and son, Frank, of Creston , cousins of Mr. Slattery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday November 6, 1919

Stapleton, Catherin Josephine Schmitt -

Mrs. Will Stapleton died Sunday, Decenber 5th at her home in south Lenox Funeral services were held at St Patrick’s church Tuesday December 7, conducted by Father Tracy.  Interment in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday December 9, 1920

Stapleton, Catherin Josephine Schmitt -

Catherin Josephine Schmitt was born in Tolono, Champaign Co., Ill., February 10th, 1876 and died at her home in South Lenox, Dec. 5, 1920, aged 44 years, 9 months and 25 days.

When about 4 years of age she moved with her parents, to Sedalia, Mo. They moved to the Lenox vicinity in 1890 where she had spent the remainder of her


She was united in marriage to Wm. Stapleton on January 24, 1899 and to this union seven children were born, Valentine Richard; Alice Ellen; Walter Anthony; Thomas; Herman Charles; Mary, who1 died in infancy and

Martha Catherine.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband; six children; a father and mother; three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Honald and Mrs. Mary Janssen of Peoria, Ill., and Mrs. Matilda Odell of Des Moines; and five brothers, Joseph, Charles and

Anthony of Lenox; John of Creston and William of near Kent.

Funeral services were held at St. Patrick’s church December 7th at 9 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Father Tracy. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday December 16, 1920

Tuttle, Mary E. Ferguson –

Mrs. Glen Tuttle died at her late home near Lenox Sunday, January 30, 1921, aged 39 years, 3 months and 11 days.  The funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Wednesday Feb.  2nd at 2 pm, conducted by Rev. W. Barlow.  Interment in Fairview cemetery.  Obituary will be published next week.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 3, 1921

Walker, William F. -

William F. Walker died at his home in Omaha Jan. I, 1921, 79 years, 2 months and 14 days.  The body was brought to Lenox and funeral services were held at the Church of Christ, Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 3:30 pm conducted by Rev C McCallonInterment in Fairview cemetery.

Mr. Walker was for many years a resident of Lenox. At one time he owned a livery barn here. Of recent years he has made his home with his son Frank nf Omaha. 

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 6,1921

White, Baby –

A child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank White Thursday Feb. 17.  It was a sad occasion however, for the little one died a few hours later. The babe was  buried In Fairview cemetery on Friday, Feb. 18.  Mr and Mrs White recently moved to their farm one and one-half miles north of Kent where Emery Kinser had been living.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 24, 1921

Williams, Joanna Brown Pherson

Miss Joanna Brown was born at Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois, July 31, 1849  where she grew to womanhood. She was married in 1865 to Joseph Pherson. To this union was born one child, Minnie, now Mrs. Curts of Carson, Iowa.

In Dec. 22, 1870, she was married to Squire K. Williams. To this union were born seven children, Arthur , Edgar and Herman who live in Carrol County, Missouri, Ethel Fitzgerald of Tingley, la., Herbert, Joanna and John of Lenox and Logan who died November 9, 1898.

The family moved from Aledo, Ill. to Chariton County, Missouri, and from there to Lenox in 1908 where they have lived since.

She united with the Church of Christ when 13 years of age. She has always been a faithful member and has set a good example before her children. Death was caused by old age and she said she was prepared to go. She was able to bid them all goodbye. She leaves to mourn her loss seven children, 26 grand children and 16 great grand children.

The funeral services were held at the Church of Christ Tuesday, March 8 at 2:3O p. m. conducted by Rev. F. C. McCallon. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 10, 1921

Woodward, W. B. –

RED OAK, la., Feb. 4.—Despondent because of a failure in a real estate venture, W. B. Woodward, 50 years old, a prominent real estate dealer of Villisca,, la.,

ended his life a mile east of here by hanging himself to a tree yesterday.  The body was found along the Burlington right of way.

He arrived here yesterday afternoon after stopping in Council Bluffs on his way home from Nebraska.  In Council Bluffs he wrote a note to his wife, telling

her that she could find his body hanging to a tree a mile east of Red Oak along the Burlington right of way.  "1 can't stand it any longer. You will find my body along the railroad between Red Oak and Stanton. Forgive me," read the note which he sent his wife.

Arriving in Red Oak, Woodward went into a store where he was well known and bought a rope with which he hung himself. He did not indicate while

in the store or while in Red Oak in talking with friends that he was not in possession of his entire faculties. He is said to have been a picture of good health.

Mr. Woodward was born and raised in Villisca.  He was known by his fine domestic qualities and for his loyalty and good citizenship, and the Woodward home in Villisca is one of the finest and most homelike in the city. His father is now a resident of Los Angeles. He leaves a widow and four children, two sons and two daughters. One brother resides in Lincoln, two brothers live in Des Moines and one brother lives here.

Until recently Mr. Woodward had been regarded as comfortably fixed financially. But he was apparently carried away on the wave of real estate speculation and investment of the past year.  And being unable to complete all his deals became despondent.

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Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 10, 1921