Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Beal, Ed J. -

Mr. Ed. J. Beal died Monday, of pneumonia at his  home 2½ miles northwest of Bedford.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday, May 4, 1916

Bryant, Lloyd Arthur –

Lloyd Arthur, the baby son of Mr and Mrs Wm Arthur, died Tuesday evening.  While the baby has never appeared strong since its birth last December it appeared to be in about the usual state of health until a few hours preceding death.  The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the parents in their bereavement.  Funeral services will be held at the Church of Christ at 2 pm today.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 23, 1916

Cameron, Raymond Cecil –

Raymond Cecil Cameron was born December 26, 1915, the infant son of Mr and Mrs Ray Cameron, passed away very suddenly Sunday morning,  April 9, 1916aged  three months and thirteen days.  Funeral services were conducted at 10 am at the Catholic church, conducted by Rev J J Troy, and interment was made in Fairview cemetery.  The bereaved parents have the sympany of the community.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 13, 1916

Carter, James T. –

It is with sincere regret we have to announce in this paper, the passing away of James T. Carter.

James T. Carter was born April 4,1840, near Janesville, Ohio. At the age of nineteen, in company with his brother, William, came to Henderson county, III. Mr. Carter was married to Miss S. F. Lovitt.  To this union was born two sons and two .daughters, one daughter, Alta May, having died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his loss his aged wife, two sons and one daughter, many relatives and a host of friends.

He came to Taylor county, Iowa in 1879, where he has since resided until his death. He was a charter member of the Blue Grove Christian church, and with a little band of 13 other members, saw the great need of a church in this locality. The building of a church at that time was a problem of considerable magnitude, owing to the country being sparsely settled, but they, although few in number overcame all difficulties and finally established the present church.  He was ever interested in the welfare of this church and was always in attendance at all services when his health permitted, and it was a great joy to him to see others taking up the work he loved so much.

The work has sustained heavy loss in the death of this strongman hut we rejoice in the great example he has left.  REV. C. SHAW, Pastor

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 6, 1916

Clarey, John –

Word came the latter part of last week that John Clarey had passed away at the home of his son, Elmer, in Guthrie, Okla.  Mr and Mrs Clarey had gone to Oklahoma to spend the holidays with their son.   Mr Clarey was taken ill and died on Thursday, Jan. 13.  The body, accompanied by Elmer Clarey was brought to Clearfield on Friday.  Funeral services were held from the ME Church Saturday afternoon and burial was made at Clearfield.  The deceased was an old Taylor county resident and well past 80 years of age.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 20, 1916

Croissant, Rena Streuwe

After being removed from the [?] hospital Wednesday afternoon, Mrs Fred Croissant, aged 44 years, died of heart failure.  Mrs Croissant, whose home was [?] northwest of Ramona entered the hospital about [?] weeks ago to be treated for [?] trouble.  While it was known that her condition was still bad, it [?] to move her to her [?] Wednesday.  She died while being taken down stairs.  Mr Croissant who had been in the city for several days, was present when [?]

Remains were shipped to Ramona Thursday afternoon and taken to the family home, and on Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock Rev [?] conducted the funeral service.

On Saturday morning [?] accompanied by her husband, Fred Croissant, and her [?] Herbert Streuwe, will be in Lenox for interment of [?] mother.  ]?] Streuwe was born September 13,1872, at Vinton, Benton county, Iowa.  She was married to Fred Croissant on October 27, 1891, and in 1910 they came to South Dakota, settling on their farm in Badus townshipMrs Croissant, in her youth, was confirmed in the Lutheran church, and died in that faith.   Her mother preceded her in death thirteen years ago.  She is survived by her sorrowing husband, her aged father, John Streuwe, who resides near Nunda, and five brothers and three sisters and other relatives. 

We join with the many friends to extend sympathy to the grief stricken relatives.  Ramona, South Dakota Times.

Funeral services were held in the Lenox United Presbyterian church, Sunday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. L. Davidson. The body was laid to

rest in Fairview cemetery. –

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday March 16, 1916

Dalton, Maria Sabrina Barrow -

Maria Sabrina Barrow was born March 13th, 1833, and was married to Richard Dalton in Clay county, Mo, Sept. 22 1851 and afterwards moved to their home near Winterset, Iowa and remained there a few years, then moved to the vicinity of Lenox and continued to live here up to the time of her death. Her husband preceded her in death on Sept. 26th, 1906.

 Mrs. Dalton was a member of the Church of Christ and often talked to her friends recognizing she would not recover from her last .sickness and never failed to have a pleasant word for her acquaintances and relatives.  She leaves a large-circle of relatives to mourn her departure.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 10, 1916

Dresher, C. F.  –

Mr. C. F. Dresher died at his home in West Bedford Saturday the 22d. He vas born in Berks county, Penn. in 1838. He had been a resident of Taylor county

58 years and a faithful member of the M. E. church over 50 years. His wife had passed away only recently. Their family consisted of five children, all living.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 4, 1916

Duckett, Earnest –

Earnest Duckett, son of Michael Duckett, died at Ann Arbor, Mich. January 19, 1916..  The body was brought to Lenox, accompanied by the widow and a brother, and services held in the Christian church Sunday, January 23.   Rev McCallon, the local pastor, officiated the burial services.

The deceased was born in Taylor County May 9, 1893, and with his father, moved to Michigan about fifteen years ago.  December 14, 1914 he was used in marriage to Miss Clara Schmitt, who with Michael Duckett, the father and Walter, a brother, are left to mourn his departure.  The deceased was a member of the English Lutheran church.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 3, 1916

Fewson, Elizabeth Blackstone -

Last week we made mention of the sudden and critical illness of Mrs. Geo. Fewson. Mrs. Fewson was stricken with apoplexy on Tuesday evening while she was calling at the home of Harry Rankin.  She remained in the home ot

Mr. Rankin until her death which occurred the following Friday morning, never regaining consciousness.  The children were summoned and all were at the bedside of the stricken mother during the last days of life. Burial services were held from the Church of Christ on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by

the pastor, Rev. F. C. McCallon, assisted by Rev. N. R. Miles of the Presbyterian church. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.

Elizabeth A. Blackstone was born Oct. 4th, 1860, near Circlevine, Ohio. Died March 31, 1916 in Lenox, Iowa, aged 55 years, 5 months and 27 days. In her early girlhood she united with the Christian church.  Came to Iowa in early life and settled in Taylor county, where she resided until the time of her death.  She was united in marriage to George Fewson June 15, 1881 and to this union five children were born; Isabelle Irene, who died in infancy, the husband and four children are left to mourn the death of a loving wife and mother.  The children are Mrs Fannie Rask, Topeka, Kan, P A Fewson of Farley, Mo., Edna E and George B of Lenox, Ia.  A sister, Mrs Hattie Scruby of Washington, Kan. and two grandchildren also survive the deceased. 

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 6, 1916

Finn, Hortense Canny –

The Lenox friends were shocked last Thursday noon, when the word came that Mrs P H Finn, who had been visiting her brother for three of four weeks at Maloy was dead.  While Mrs Finn had not been in the best of health for some time, the condition caused no unusual anxiety to relatives and friends until a day or two before her death.  The husband was called from the Lenox home and remained at the bedside until the end came.  Mrs Finn’s maiden name was Canny and for many years her home was near Maloy.  About three years ago she was united in marriage to P H Finn and after one year spent on a farm moved to Lenox.  During the two years spent here, Mrs Finn made many friends who grieve her sudden death.  The deceased has two brothers, William and Daniel, one residing near Maloy and the other in Clearfield.  Funeral services were held last Saturday and the remains laid to rest in the family burying ground at the cemetery at Maloy. [St. Mary’s Cemetery]  Father Troy, James and Richard Finn, went from here to attend the funeral, the Finn brothers being here visiting relatives at that time.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 17, 1916

Grubb, Clyde –

People of Conway were pained to learn of the death of Clyde Grubb, Tuesday, Feb, 8, at Red Oak, due to scarlet fever. He was the second son of Mrs  Clark Grubb, who, until last fall was a resident of Conway. Elmer, the eldest son, who was working in the country near there, accompanied the body to Conway for burial.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 17, 1916

Hamblin, Eliza McWilliams –

Eliza McWilliams was born in Newtonards, Ireland February 21, 1839. She came with her parents, James and Elizabeth McWilliams in 1849.  They settled in St Charles, Ill. where she resided until the time of her marriage to Dennis Hamblin, March 5, 1863 while he was home on furlough.  He returned to his regiment and remained until his final discharge  on February 7, 1865.  Upon his return from the army service  they moved to Taylor county, Iowa, where they at once engaged in farming.  In the spring of 1866 they moved onto a farm of their own building a home from the raw prairie where they remained until they moved to Sharpsburg in the fall of 1900.   In 1895 Mrs Hamblin with her husband united with the Sharpsburg Presbyterian Church and lived a quiet exemplary life until her decease.

She was the mother of four children: William Winslow, who was called home October 19, 1888, Mrs Laura Smith, Mrs Maggie West, Mrs Clarisa Brown all of Marshall  township and were present at the time that their mother was called Home.  The brother, David McWilliams of St Charles, Ill. also survives. Mrs Hamblin fell asleep March 5,1916 on wedding anniversary, aged 77 years and 13 days.  She was of Scotch-Irish decent, ever firm in her Christian faith, in her home life she was true and faithful to her duties of a wife and mother,  always devoting her energies to true homemaking,  “Blessed are the dead, who die in the Lord.”

The funeral was conducted from the late home by the Rev. McClelland,

Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock.  Interment took place at Conway where she was laid to rest by the side of her husband who died just a few weeks ago.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 16, 1916

Hepburn, W. P. –

Colonel W. P. Hepburn, who had been ill since last November, but so improved in health the past few weeks as to be able to be up and about, died very suddenly at his home Monday noon. The members of his family were at

dinner leaving Mr. Hepburn alone as he was able to care for himself.  When they returned to the room they found he had passed away. His widow, a daughter and a son survive him and all were at the home at the time of the death.

The deceased was born in Columbia county, Ohio, November 4, 1833. He represented the Eighth district in congress for about twenty years and was a notable figure at the National Capitol.  His greatest fame was won by the

passage of the Hepburn bill which prohibits rebates and discrimination

by the railroads. His home was in Clarinda.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 10, 1916

Jackson, James S. -

OMAHA. March 24— James S. Jackson, who was formerly a resident of Villisca, Iowa, was found dead Thursday at his home, 1624 Wirt Street. He was accidentally asphyxiated by gas. He had been in failing, health for some months.  He was formerly engaged in the real estate business in this city, but for several months had been unable to appear at his office.  According to the family, Mr. Jackson had planned a trip to Clarinda, Iowa, yesterday. He was

in the habit of rising early in the morning and preparing his own coffee on the gas range in the kitchen. Apparently he had been seized with a fainting spell just as he had prepared the percolator and was ready to light the gas. He sank down upon the gas range with his face over one of the burners, and the jet was turned on by catching upon his clothes.  His son, William, found him there about 8 o'clock, but life was already extinct. Coroner Crosby was summoned and took charge of the remains. The body was shipped to his oM home in Villisca, today. –Council Bluffs Nonpareil

Mr Jackson is a cousin of C H and Ed Copeland of this place.  He was about 60 years of age.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 30, 1916

Jones, S. M. –

S. M. Jones, who for the past three years has made his home with his brother, J. West Jones, passed away at the Municipal hospital at Clarinda, Sunday evening, March 12. The deceased was born in Indiana in 1844, making him 72

years of age at the time of his  death.  The greater part of Mr Jones' life was spent in Iowa and the past 28 years in Prescott and Lenox. He had been failing in health for the past three years and about two years ago he was stricken with paralysis since which time he has required constant care.  During the past year his mind had been affected and he was taken to the hospital at Clarinda, about eight weeks ago, where he might have the best of professional treatment and care. He continued to lose strength until death relieved him from his infirmities. Since impaired health made it impossible for him to work, Mr. Jones made his home with his brother, J. West Jones, where every care was given to provide comfort in his declining days. The deceased never married,

was an honest, hard-working man and respected by all who knew him. The body was brought to Lenox Tuesday afternoon, a short burial service held and interment made in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 16, 1916

Martin, Christina –

After an illness of but a few days, Mrs. Christina Martin, who with her daughter, Miss Mary Martin, occupied rooms at the Mrs. Jennie Richard home, passed away last Saturday morning. The daughter has been teaching in the

Lenox schools for many years, and during the school year the mother, whose home was in Bedford, stayed with the daughter in Lenox.. The deceased had not been in the best of health for some time but was in usual health until less than a week previous to her death which was caused by hardening of the

arteries. Miss Lizzie Martin, who is a teacher in the schools in El Reno, Okla,, and Miss Mary Martin, teacher in the Lenox schools, are the only children of the deceased and, both were with her at the time of her death. Funeral

services were held from St. Patrick's church, Monday  morning, April 3, conducted by Father Troy and the body laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Ireland, April 17, 1835, and at the time of her death was almost 81 years of age.  During the last 35 years she has made her home in Bedford and Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 6, 1916

Matthews, Frank -

Frank Mathews, well known to the Lenox people as he formerly made his home here, died very suddenly at Villisca last Friday evening. Mr. Mathews has made his home in Villisca since leaving here about ten years ago. He was a

bachelor, 59 years of age and was a painter. S. A. Mathews, a brother of the deceased, formerly owned the Hoover farm south of Lenox but now lives on a farm north of Villisca.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 16, 1916

Metcalf, Harrison –

Harrison Metcalf, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Metcalf was born June 12, 1915, and died March 16, 1916. Brief service was held at the Church of Christ by the pastor. 

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 23, 1916

Moser, Mrs Joe -

Mrs. Joe Moser, aged 67 years, died very suddenly on Thursday evening at 6:45 of heart trouble, at the home of her son, Charles E. Moser of Grant township. The lady had been troubled with rheumatism for some time but was

about as usual on Thursday.  The husband died about six years ago in Pennsylvania and the lady came in March to make her home with her sou. There will be short funeral services held at the home today [Saturday] at 2 o'clock and the remains will be taken to her former home at Masontown, Penn., for interment-Adams County Free Press.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 11, 1916

Nolan, James -

James Nolan was born in Ireland, March 6, 1849. He came to America, with his parents, in 1864 and settled in Wisconsin. Removed to Illinois in 1870, where he lived a number of years. In 1887 he was married to Miss Elizabeth

Mitchell, and with the exception of a few years spent in Omaha and Council Bluffs he had been a resident of Taylor county, until the time of his death which occurred Friday, April 21, 1916. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances.

Funeral services were held at St. Patrick's Church, Monday, April 24, Rev. Father Troy officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery in Lenox.  Mr. Nolan left a host of friends who extend sympathy to his widow in her bereavement.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 27, 1916

Oshle, Emma Hewitt –

Mrs Ed Oshle, whose home has been near Orient the last six years,  died Thursday morning of this week.  Burial will be made today (Thursday) in the Morgan cemetery.   The deceased was formerly Miss Emma Hewitt, a niece of W M Hewitt of this place.  The old homestead where the deceased spent her girlhood, is located five and one half miles north of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 27, 1916

Shaffer, F. B. –

A telegram received last Friday evening conveyed the intelligence that F. B. Shaffer had died at his home in Sturgis, Mich., Thursday, February 10th. J. D. and A. L. Shaffer, sons of the deceased, left Saturday to be present at the funeral which was probably held Sunday afternoon. Mr. Shaffer is well

known to many of our readers as he resided in this vicinity about 12 years.  Last spring he went with his son E E Shaffer, when he moved to Michigan.  The sons here did not know of the father’s illness and think he died very suddenly.

The deceased was born in Ohio about 70 years ago.  From there he moved to Illinois and resided there for many years.  From Illinois the family moved here, and the deceased made this his home until last spring when he went to Michigan.  Mrs. Schaffer died about three years ago.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 17, 1916

Tuttle, Jane Tipton –

Mrs Jane Turtle, an old Saybrook resident, died at the home of her son, 'Frank, in Anderson, Ind. Monday morning. The remains will arrive here this evening and will be taken to the home of Mrs. Kate Simpson.  Tomorrow morning,,

at 10 o'clock, the funeral will be held at the Methodist church, Rev. R. L. Steed, officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in the South cemetery, Saybrook,  Ill.

Jane Tipton was born .February 8, 1842, in Ohio, ,and emigrated with her parents to Illinois when she was three years of age, locating in Money Creek township, McLean county. The trip to Illinois was made in a covered wagon. At the age of sixteen she was united in marriage to William Tuttle, who died about thirty-one years ago. Nine children were born as a result of this union, two dying in infancy and two later. The five surviving are as follows: Tipton, of

Lafayette, Ind.; Frank, of Anderson, Ind.; Mrs. Lillie, Margerum, of Lenox, Iowa; Lewis, of Willow City, S. Dak.; and William, of Yuton, Ill. She came to Saybrook

about forty years ago and made it her home ever since, although during the past seventeen years she spent considerable time with her son, Frank, and daughter, Lillie.

Her death was the result of a stroke of paralysis, although she had been suffering with a attack of the grip during a part of the winter.  The deceased had been a member of the Methodist church for many years and was a devoted wife and mother. Her many friends feel, a severe loss in her death. Saybrook paper

The deceased is the mother of Mrs. Will Margerurn, who lives southeast of town. She made her home here with her daughter for a number of years.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday May 11, 1916

Willits, Maria Shields –

Maria Shields was born in Mercer county, III., April  9th, 1852 and died at her home in Lenox, la., on, March 3rd, 1916, aged 63 years, 10 months and 24 days. Her death was not sudden but came after an illness lasting many

months. Mrs. Willits received her early education in the common schools of the community in which she lived and was at home with her parents up until the time of her marriage to Levi P. Willits, who was also of Mercer County,

Ill., in the spring of 1871. In the fall of that year they migrated by wagon to Iowa, settling on a farm three miles northeast of Lenox.  This farm was the family home for twenty years when they changed their location, moving a short distance south of town. Here they remained until retiring about

twelve years ago, since which time their home has been in Lenox. To

this union were born six children Victor, of Clifton, Arizona; Britt, of Prescott, Iowa; Dott, of Tulsa, Okla.; Glenn, who preceded his mother in death; Elaine, of Rolla, North Dak.; and Burr, of this city.

Early in life Mrs. Willits professed the Christian faith and became a member of the Methodist church, to which faith and organization she remained loyal up to the time of her death. She was a member of several social organizations

among which she had many warm and loyal friends.

Funeral services were held from the M E Church on Saturday, March 5th at 2:30 pm conducted by Rev Walter A Morgan and interment was in Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 9, 1916