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

Black, Charles Leon –

Charles Leon Black passed away suddenly at his home in Creston, la., Monday afternoon, March 8, 1954 at the age of 66 years, 9 months, 1 day. He was the son of Alsiness and Lucy Black and was born at Worth, Mo., June 9, 1887.


Charles came to Clearfield in 1920 and was a rural mail carrier

serving the community for 26 years. On account of poor health he retired in 1944.  He served two years in the first World War and was a member of the American Legion.


He was united in marriage to Cora Ellis in 1914 and to this union n one son was born.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers and 2 sisters-in-law.


In 1939 he was united in marriage to Kathryn Bernice McMath of Clearfield, who survives along with a son Dale and his wife

Louene and two grandchildren Vickie and Ronnie as well nephew and nieces.


The deceased has made Creston his home for the past eight

years.   In earlier years he attended and took part in the activities

of the church. He was kind and a loving husband as well as

father, and was considerate of everyone. He was never too tired

to lend a helping hand in time of need. And he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.


Funeral services were held in the United Presbyterian church

in Clearfield March 10 interment in Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday March 18, 1954



Bolte, Sophia Louise Kock -

Mrs. Sophia Bolte, 75, died Saturday at 1:30 a. m., at her home here. She was born in Germany and came to the United States at the age of 4 years. She has lived in the Lenox vicinity most of her life. Her husband, Will, preceded her in death in 1942.


Funeral services were Monday at 2 p. m., at the Lenox United

Presbyterian church, Rev. Willard M. Morris, officiating.. Burial

was in the Lenox cemetery.



Sophia Louise Kock, daughter of Claus and Sophia Kock, was born May 7, 1878, at Buesum, in the province of Holstein, Germany.  At the age of 4, she came to America with her parents, who settled in Carrol County, Iowa. There, Sophia received her education, and was confirmed in the Lutheran church.


She was united in marriage to William C. Bolte on June 2, 1897.

In 1904, they moved to Wheatland, Wyo., returning to Iowa

nine years later, and coming to Taylor county in 1920, where

they lived 3½ miles south of Lenox, and then moved to Lenox

in 1924.


To this union were born five children, Grover C., of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Daniel, who died in infancy; Roy C., Diagonal, la.; and Mae Krohmer and Alice Lockhart, who lives in Lenox. There are 7 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.


Throughout her life, Mrs. Bolte's chief interests were her family and her church. In Lenox she was a member of the Presbyterian church, and later of the United Presbyterian church.  She loved her garden, and was a thoughtful, kind, and helpful neighbor wherever she lived,

ready always to assist or comfort those in need. She died at her home in Lenox, three days after suffering a stroke, on Feb. 20, 1954, at the age of 75 years, 9 months, 13 days.


Pall bearers at the funeral were Henry Kock, Wm. Kock, George Kock, John Kock, Rudolph Kock, Edward Leeds, Roy Achcraft.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, February 25, 1954


Brubaker, Ida -

Ida Brubaker, sister of Morris Huxtable, passed away Friday morning, Nov. 20, at Redlands, Calif, she was 96 years of age. Mr. Huxtable had been with his sister several weeks. The body was brought to Wellington, Kan., for burial Tuesday afternoon.


Mrs. Warren Eckels, a niece, went Monday to be present at the services.  Mrs. Eckels returned home Wednesday and Mr. Huxtable returned Monday night to Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, December 3, 1953


Bush, Roy E. –

Roy E. Bush, 66 years of age, passed away March 4, 1954, at the hotel in Lenox. He had returned Tuesday from the Creston

hospital where he had been for medical treatment for a heart condition.


Funeral services were at the Bender Funeral Home Sunday

afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Wayne Sheffel with burial

in Stringtown cemetery.


Mr. Bush was born Jan. 7, 1888 in Adams County. He had lived in the Stringtown vicinity all his life and was a member of the Stringtown Federated Church.


He was married to Callie Recknor in 1910. She passed away

Nov. 21, 1942.


Left to mourn his passing are their two children, Inez Evelyn

Miller of Bettendorf, la., and Lyle D. Bush of Creston; also 3

grandchildren and one brother H. M. Bush of Kent.


Pall bearers at the funeral were Joe Brown, Jesse Ambrose,

Ed Metz, T. C. Buchanan, Geo. McGregor and Harry Reese.

Marcia Bender and Rolland Buxton furnished music for the services.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 11, 1954


Cheese, Mrs. J. L. –

George Cheese received word that his sister-in-law, Mrs. J. L.

Cheese of Evanston, Wyo., died Monday afternoon. Harry Cheese

is a nephew. The family lived north and west of town and left here in 1898.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, February 4, 1954


Ewalt, Florence N. Crew –

Florence, daughter of James and Viola Leonard Crew was born in Taylor County, Ia., May 28, 1896 and departed this life Feb. 11, 1954, after only a few hours Illness at her home in West Clearfield at the age of 63 years, 8 months and 13 days.  The family moved from the farm to Clearfield when she was a child.


She attended the public school, graduating with the class of 1907.  She attended the Drake Conservatory of Music for two years.


On Dec. 16, 1914, she was united in marriage at the home of her parents to Frank M. Ewalt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Ewalt.  They located on a farm east of Clearfield, where they resided until 1949 when they moved to the present home.  To this union was born one son, Millard L.


Mrs. Ewalt was a faithful consistent member of the Christian Church and served as church pianist for many years.  She was also a member of the W.L.C. and Loyal Neighbor Clubs.  Her devotion to her loved ones and cheerful disposition endeared her to all with whom she associated.


To cherish her memory are her husband, Frank and the son

Millard L., and his wife Marjorie, one granddaughter Annabelle

Ewart: one sister, Mrs. Bessie Barrens. Clearfield: three brothers, Ivan L. Crew, Diagonal, J. Ralph Crew. Clearfield and Fred K Crew, Portland, Ore. and three nieces and three nephews, other relatives and many friends.


Funeral services were held at 2 p. m. Saturday, Feb. 13 at the

Clearfield Christian church, the Rev. Wm. Howes officiatirg. Interment was in Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, February 18, 1954


Howard, Alice Quinn –

Mrs. Alice Howard, 48, the former Alice Quinn of Lenox died

at 3:30 a. m. Sunday at her home in Atlantic. She had suffered

a stroke about two hours earlier.


Surviving are her husband, Robert; a daughter, Roberta Jean, 17; four brothers, Chas. Quinn of Clearfield; Bill Quinn of Corning; Ernest Quinn of Lenox and Eddie Quinn of Spencer and one sister, Mrs. Ralph DeVoe of Corning.


Funeral services were held at 2 n. m. Tuesday at the Methodist

church in Atlantic, with burial In Atlantic cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 4, 1954


Hughes, Anson Russell -

Anson Hughes of Clearfield died Sunday in an Iowa City hospital. Mr. Hughes formerly lived in Lenox, moved to Bedford and later to Clearfield. , Funeral services were at  Clearfield Tuesday with burial

in Lenox cemetery.



Anson Russell Hughes, son of Jane and Thomas Hughes, was born Jan. 16, 1888 at Clearfield, Iowa, and passed away at the age of 66 years, 15 days at the University Hospital in Iowa City, Jan. 31, 1954. He had been in ill health for the past six months.


He was united in marriage to Ollie Jones in St. Joseph, Mo. Jan. 6, 1921. They made their home in Lenox. He lived all of his life in Taylor county.


Besides his wife Ollie, he leaves to mourn, 3 children: Anson Eldon Jones of Lenox;  daughters, Twila Wray of Cedar Falls and Charlene Shaffer of Clearfield; and 5 grandchildren: Jeanette Phillips of Corning, Jack Jones, Danny Wray, Karla Jean and Teresa Shaffer and 1 great grandchild, Gail Joanna Phillips.


He was the oldest of 4 brothers, Earl Hughes of Omaha: Ralph Hughes of San Jose, Cal. and John Hughes of Greeley, Colo.; 2 nephews Harold Hughes of Omaha, and Donald Hughes of

Holyoke, Colo., and 1 niece Betty Hughes of San Jose, Calif.; two  sons-in-law, William Wray and Gilbert Shaffer and 1 daughter-in-

law Eva Jones; also a grandson by marriage, Joe Phillips, also unnumbered friends.


Mr. Hughes was a loving and very devoted husband and father,

was always willing to help others in any way he could and was well liked by everyone who knew him.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday February 4, 1953


Kanoff, J. Wilson –

J. Wilson Kanoff, beloved husband of Hazel V. Kanoff, brother

of George W. Kanoff of Sacramento, Calif., John Kanoff of Pomona and Mrs. Tom Cochran of South Gate, Calif.; uncle of Harold F. Kanoff Jr. of South San Francisco, passed away in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 27, 1954. 


He was 55 years of age, a native of Nebraska, and a member of

Capitol Lodge No. 110, A. F. & A.M. of Des Moines.


Funeral services were Friday, Jan. 29, 1954 at Truman's Chapel,

Oakland, Calif., Rev. J. Comfort Smith and Masonic Funeral

Service Commission officiating.


Wilson spent his boyhood on a farm south of Lenox, now known as the Cecil Wilson farm. His mother, Grace Allen Kanoff passed away when he was a small child. His father, Jake N. Kanoff died in 1914. A brother, Harold and a sister, Hazel also preceded him in death. He was a grandson of the late Mrs. J. West Jones of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 11, 1954



Lillie, Richard Lew –

Richard Lew Lillie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Yale Lillie, was born at Lenox, Iowa Nov. 23, 1942, and passed away at Glenwood, Iowa, Jan. 23, 1954 at the age of 11 years and 2 months.


He has lived in and around the Clearfield vicinity most of his life, until March, 1953 when he entered the Glenwood hospital.


He is survived by his parents and one brother, Allen J., his

grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Trost and Mr. and Mrs. John

Lillie and a host of relative and friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, February 4, 1953


Longfellow, Ruth Opal Snyder -

Mrs. Ruth Opal Longfellow, daughter of Glen and Cassie Snyder, was born July 28, 1921, at Bedford, Iowa, and passed away Saturday, Jan. 23, 1954, near her home at Lenox, Iowa.  She was one of four children of Glen and Cassie Snyder, sister of Donald and Paul Snyder

and Lucille McCandles.


Ruth Opal Snyder was united in marriage to Carl A. Longfellow

on April 26, 1938, at Maryville, Mo.  To this union five children

were born, two sons and three daughters. Jerry Dale, Paul

Dean, Linda Louise, Julia Elaine and Alice Ann.


Her mother, Cassie Snyder, passed away April 4, 1926. They have always resided on the farm in Taylor County, Iowa.  Surviving besides her husband Carl and children, are her father, two brothers and sister and her stepmother, 4 half sisters, 3 half brothers, also ten nieces and nephews. A host of other relatives and friends are left

to cherish her memory.


Memorial services were held at the Christian church in Clearfield Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 27 with interment of the deceased at Bedford, la.  Rev. Howes officiated at these services. Approximately 200 to 250 friends paid their last respects at these services.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, February 4, 1953


Longfellow, Ruth Opal Snyder -

Two persons died as a result of a two car collision four miles south and two miles east of Lenox Saturday afternoon about

2 o'clock. The dead are. Mrs. Carl Longfellow, 32, mother of five children, who died before help arrived, and Lawrence Saylor, 37, who died in a Creston hospital at 5:30 p. m. the same afternoon.


Carl Longfellow was treated at the hospital for head injuries and was dismissed Monday. His son Jerry 14, and daughter Alice, 2 1/2 years old, suffered slight injuries. The other three Longfellow children, Paul 12, Linda, 10, and Julia, 6, were riding with their parents, but were not injured.


The Longfellow home is on a farm southeast of Lenox.  Mr. Saylor was alone in his car. He is survived by his widow,

Mildred and two sons, Larry and Wayne.


Sheriff Lucas said the Longfellow car was traveling west and the Saylor car was going south at the corner near the Arlo Beggs farm. The cars were almost total wrecks.  The Longfellow car was on the graveled highway after the collision.  The Saylor car came to rest quite a distance away in a corn field.


Saylor suffered spinal injuries, a crushed pelvis and chest injuries.  An emergency call was made by the Creston hospital

for additional blood from the Red Cross center at Omaha for use in treatment. This was taken by plane of the Iowa-Nebraska civil air patrol, but arrived after Mr. Saylor passed away.


Mr. Saylor had lived in Taylor county all of his life and for the past several years had farmed in the Clearfield area. His

home was one and a half miles southwest of Clearfield. Funeral services for him were held Tuesday at the Methodist

church in Clearfield, with burial in Clearfield cemetery.


Services for Mrs. Longfellow were Wednesday afternoon at the Christian Church at Clearfield, conducted by Rev. William

Howes. Burial was in Bedford cemetery. Her brothers, Paul Snyder of Alexandria, Va., and Harold Snyder in the navy at

Norfolk, Va., arrived Monday evening.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 28, 1954



Lyddon, Harry –

Harry Lyddon, son of John and Lydia Ann Lyddon, was born m Warren County in near North Henderson and came to Iowa with his family when he was one year old.  He passed from this life March 9, 1954 at his home in west Clearfield at the age of 72 years 4 months and 13 days.


He was united in marriage to Flora Belle Denton Dec. 6 1904.

To this union were born seven children, all of whom are living. 

His parents and two brothers preceded him in death.


Mr.  Lyddon enjoyed farming in this community until 1930 and since has lived in Clearfield.  He leaves to mourn his departure, and to cherish his memory, his wife Flora one daughter, Mrs. Neva Lightner of Ottumwa; six sons, Donald of Maloy, la.; Daryl of Clearfield;  Bernard Harry of Iowa City, la.; Dale of Minneapolis, Minn.; Ivan of Albuquerque, N. M.. and Doyle who is serving with the Navy at Key West, Fla.; also 9 grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Ella Rood of Clearfield.


Thirty years ago Mr. Lyddon joined the Christian church at Clearfield and was baptized in the name of the Lord by Rev. Weakland. He was an active member until his hearing failed him. Since he has been a faithful and constant reader of the Bible always trying to live in accordance with the word of God.


Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wm Howes from

the Clearfield Christian church March 12. Interment in Lenox

cemetery. Six sons were pall bearers.—Clearfield Correspondent

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 18, 1954


Maloney, Bridget Ryan –

Bridget Maloney, daughter of Patrick and Catherine Ryan, was born In Chateaugay, N. Y., Dec. 15. 1872 and passed away at her home In Mt. Sterling, Ill., Feb. 14. 1954.


She was united in marriage to Wm. Maloney Oct. 18, 1898 and

to this union four children were born, three of whom survive her

Aileen Moran, Albuquerque, N. M,. Dr. Tim Maloney. Mt. Sterling. Ill., and Mrs. Wm. Pendergast, Chicago. Ill. One son, Lt. Wm. R. Maloney, was reported  missing July 22. 1942 in the Aleutian area.

She is also survived by three brothers, Tim of Corning, and Ed and Mike of Chicago; one sister, Mrs. Catherine Graham of Chicago; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Services were held Feb. 17 at 9 a. m. from St. Patrick's Catholic

church in Corning with Rev, Father M. J. Powers officiating. Burial was in the Calvary cemetery.


Mrs. Maloney was a sister-in-law of Mrs. Earl Smith and Mrs. Carrie Magrath of Lenox. They attended the funeral at Corning.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 4, 1954


McCarl, Mrs. Dick –

Mrs. Dick McCarl, 68, of Grand River, sister of Mrs. Fred House,

passed away Nov. 30. The funeral was Wednesday at Grand

River and burial there. Survivors include her husband, 2 children,

7 grandchildren, another sister, Mrs. Chas. South of Decatur

and a brother, Everett Woodard of Murdo, S. Dak.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, December 3, 1953


McGowan, Mrs. Guy -

Mrs. Guy McGowan, daughter of Leonard and Sophia Dady,

was born Feb. 29, 1892 and passed away Dec. 1, 1953 at Bellflower,

Calif. She was one of six children all of whom were born near Mason City, Neb., on the farm their parents homesteaded.


In 1911 she was married to Guy McGowan of near Kellerton, la. To this union was born one daughter, now Mrs. Wynona Sheffield of Long Beach, Calif.


The family lived in Clearfield for a number of years, where Mr. McGowan operated a drug store. Mrs. McGowan was a member of the Christian church and enjoyed her church work and social activities. She was a real help mate to her husband in his work.


She was preceded in death by her father 30 years ago, her mother in October, 1952; a sister, Stella Paine, in 1923; and her companion, Guy in 1938 on Mother's Day.


To cherish her memory are her daughter and husband, the two grandsons; also two brothers, Ray Dady of St. Louis, Mo., and Roy Dady of Tallahassee, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Allie Laird of Spencer, la., and Mrs. Elva Gardner of Clearfield; nephews, nieces, other relatives and many friends.


Funeral services and burial were in California Dec. 4.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, December 10, 1953


Moore, Gene –

Dr.  H. C. Moore was called to Joplin. Mo., Sunday by the message

that his son Gene, 22, had been seriously injured in an auto accident Saturday evening.  Gene was taken to Springfield, Mo., hospital and surgery was performed to relieve the concussion but death came at 5 p. m. Tuesday. He had returned from Korean overseas duty in

January and received his discharge from the navy. Dr. Moore spent two weeks at the home in January with Mrs. Moore and the son.


Funeral services were held Saturday, March 13 at Moore Funeral Home in Fayettesville, with burial there. He is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. H C Moore. A sister preceded him in death.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 18, 1954


Morey, Dwight A. -

Dwight A. Morey, son of Russell and Belle Smith Morey was born May 5,1903, south of Clearfield and passed away at sunrise

Dec. 16, 1953, at his home in East Clearfield at the age of 50 years, 7 months, 11 days.


He received his education in the rural schools and the Clearfield

high school.  On Dec. 21, 1934 he was united in marriage to Miss Evelyn McMath, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin McMath and they located on a farm NE of Clearfield, and their entire married life was

spent in the Clearfield  community.


To this union were born three sons, James E., Edward L. and John A., and one daughter, Myra Bell, all at home.


He united with the Baptist church when a young man and remained faithful to his belief.  Besides farming he was a promising auctioneer. He was active in the affairs of the community and his cheerful disposition won him many friends.


He entered the mercantile business Dec. 13, 1953 and with  Mrs.

Morey operated Morey's Store.


To cherish his memory besides his wife Evelyn and the three

sons and one daughter, and 3 brothers, Harry D. of Diagonal;

V. Eugene and Russell L. of Clearfield; two sisters, Mrs. Bernice

Beatty of Seymour, la., and Mrs. Avis Alexander of Gravity; an aunt, Mrs. Ella Fitch of Lorimor and a brother Clyde Morey of Sumner, Wash., other relatives and friends.


Funeral services were held at the United Presbyterian church

Friday, Dec. 18 at 2 p. m. Interment in Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, December 24, 1953



Newby, Lelia Emma Mikesell

Mrs.  Lelia Newby, 76, died Tuesday at 2:30 a. m. at her home in Lenox. She became ill Saturday and suffered a stroke Sunday evening. She was born in Barton County, Mo., and had lived in the Lenox vicinity about 26 years.


The body was taken to Bender Funeral Home. Funeral services

were Thursday at 2 p. m., at the Bender Funeral Home here

with the Rev. Cecil L. Simonton officiating. Burial in the Lenox



Survivors: her husband, Shelby; 3 sons, Emery of Bedford;

Clyde of Ottawa, Kan.: Fred of Nebraska City, Neb.: 3 daughters,

Mrs. Mattie Matheny of Bedford; Mrs. Enid Stice of Corning, Mrs. Edith Sigman of Norwalk, Calif.; 24 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Miss Pearl Mikesell of Kansas City, Mo.; 4 brothers and 3 sisters preceded her in death.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 18, 1954



Newby, Lelia Emma Mikesell

Lelia Emma, daughter of William and Mary Mikesell, was born in Barton County, Mo., April 14, 1877 and passed away March 16, 1954 at her home in Lenox, where she had lived for 17 years. Her age was 76 years, 11 months, 2 days.


On July 7, 1897 she was married to Shelby R. Newby. To this union six children were born. She is survived by her husband, 3 daughters and 3 sons: Mrs Jim Matheny, Bedford; Mrs Eldon Stice, Corning;

Mrs Edith Sigman, Norwalk, Calif.; Emory of Bedford; Clyde of Ottawa, Kan.; Fred of Nebraska City, Neb.; 24 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren.


She was one of nine children, all of whom with her parents,

preceded her in death, except one sister, Pearl Mikesell of

Kansas City, Mo.


She was a member of the Christian Church since childhood.

She was an invalid for 36 years but was always cheerful and patient until the end. Everything with love and care was done to make her life happy.  She will be greatly missed by relatives and friends.


Funeral services were March 18 at the Bender Funeral Home

with burial in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, April 1, 1954


Owens, Adella Griffon “Della” -

Mrs. Delia Owens, 84, long time Taylor county resident, died Monday, Dec. 7, at 8 p. m., at her home here, she had not been well for a year and had been bedfast the past week.


Funeral services were Wednesday at the Lenox United Presbyterian church with Rev. W. W. Morris officiating. Burial in the Clearfield cemetery. Survivors: her husband, Ed; 1 son, Mark Owens of Ellston; 1 daughter, Mrs. John Knox of Clearfield; 5 grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Page of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, December 10, 1953


Owens, Adella Griffon “Della”

Adella Griffin, daughter of Walter and Elizabeth Griffin was born in Peoria, Ill., May 3l, 1869, and died at her home in Lenox, at the age of 84 years 6 months and 7 days. She moved with her parents to a farm near Lenox at the age of 6 months.


She attended a country school near her home and then went to Lenox High School, where in 1888 she was a member of the second graduating class of the school. She taught school in and around Lenox for 25 years, during which time she furthered her education with a summer term at Cedar Falls, la.


She served as Taylor County Supt. of Schools for two years.  She was united in marriage with Ed L. Owens Nov. 28, 1911.  They lived in or near Clearfield for several years, and later moved to Lenox, where they made their home until her death.


Mrs. Owens leaves to remember her kind and loving ways, her husband, Ed Owens, a son Mark Owens of Ellston; a daughter, Mrs. John Knox, of Clearfield; 3 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 nieces, Mrs. Eula Beach of Lenox, and Mrs. Stella Clarke of Kansas

City, a sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Page of Lenox and a host of relatives and friends.


Preceding her in death were her parents, one sister and one brother.

She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Lenox, a charter member of the Lenox chapter of the Order of Eastern star, and a former member of the L. F. C. Club.  She was a devout Christian, and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.


Funeral services were Wednesday, Dec. 9 at her home church,

Rev. W. W. Morris officiating.  Burial in Clearfield Cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, December 17, 1953


Randecker, Wm. –

Wm. Randecker, 81, a farmer living 3 miles northwest of Lenox,

died at 2 p. m. Tuesday, Mar. 9, at Mercy Hospital in Des

Moines. Mr.  Randecker was a bachelor. His only immediate

surviving  relative is his brother John who lived with him on the

farm,   Services were this afternoon, Thursday, at Bender Funeral

home, Rev. Chas. Colyn officiating. Burial in Lenox cemetery

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 11, 1954


Ridgeway, Lulu Frances McNeal –

Mrs. L. F. Ridgeway, 94, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 27

at a hospital in Corpus Christie, Tex., where she had been spending

the winter at the home of her grandson, Phil W. Ridgeway.


Her body arrived Wednesday evening and was taken to the Bender Funeral home. Funeral services are being held today, Thursday, March 4, at the Methodist church in Lenox, with the Rev. Harold Butts officiating. Burial will be in Fairview cemetery.


Mrs. Ridgeway was well known here and was active in church, lodge and club affairs.  She was an active member and worker in the Methodist church.  She was the first worthy matron of Salome Chapter, O. E. S., which she helped to organize in 1899. The order presented her with a 50 year pin in 1949. She introduced the May Day party which became an annual affair.  In 1891 she helped organize the Mayflower club, first woman's club in Taylor county and served as the president from its beginning until 1897.


The deceased was also a member of chapter FW of the P. E.

O. Sisterhood.  She loved to travel and during the life of her husband, Phil Ridgeway, they made trips which included every state in

the union and a number of trips to California and Mexico City.

Mr. Ridgeway died in 1912.


Their last surviving son, Harry, died Feb. 4, 1953, in Texas. Left

to mourn her passing are a granddaughter, Jean Ridgeway

of Chicago, Ill., a grandson Phil of Corpus Christi, Texas, and 4

great grandchildren. Also a half sister, Mrs. Winnie E. Beason of

Thedford, Neb.


The following facts about Mrs. Ridgeway's early life were written

in her own hand under date of Dec. 8, 1936:


Lulu Frances McNeal, daughter of Mary Elizabeth Rector and Archibald McNeal was born in Warsaw, Coshocton County,

Ohio March 22, 1859. When quite small she came with her parents

to Washington, Iowa and in 1878 to the vicinity of Lenox where she has resided ever since.


Was married May 29, 1879 to Philomen Ridgeway. To this union

five children were born.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 4, 1954’


Sayler, Lawrence Lyle -

Lawrence Lyle Sayler. son of Isaac N. and Lucy Sayler was bom Oct. 27, 1915 near Benton. la., and passed away Jan. 23, 1954 at the Greater Community Hospital in Creston, la., at the age of 38 years. 2 months and 26 days.


He was united in marriage to Mildred Bruner May 22, 1940 at

her parental home near Clearfield, Iowa. To this union were

born two children. Larry Dean, and Wayne Lee, both at home Lawrence always lived a Christian life, was a member of the Clearfield Methodist church and the Masonic Lodge.


He look an active part in the boys 4-H work.  His strict sense of right and wrong was an outstanding part of him. By his kind and sympathetic actions, he endeared himself to his family and friends, who remember him with great love and respect.


Lawrence was next to the youngest member in a family of eight children. He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother, Lucy Saylor, who is an invalid and had spent the past week in their home; three brothers, Ernest of Bedford, la.; Ralph of Los Angeles, Calif.; John of Baltimore, Maryland; and four sister: Margaret Pine

of Diagonal, la.: Helen Smith of Gobies, Mich.; Stella Barlowe of

Weslaco, Texas; and Rowena Sexton of Bedford, la.; an uncle,

Archie Deweese of Clearfield, la.; and many nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends.


Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church, Clearfield,

Jan. 26, Rev. C. E. McPherson officiating. The Masonic service was conducted at the close. Interment was in the Clearfield cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, February 4, 1954


Struwe, Sam –

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist

church for Sam Struwe, 74, who died at his home here Saturday, Feb. 27. Services were conducted by the Rev. Harold Butts, with burial in the Lenox cemetery.


Mr. Struwe, who had been in failing health for five years, suffered

a severe heart attack about three weeks ago. He had lived in Lenox since he retired from farming in 1949.



Sam Struwe, the son of John and Martha Struwe, was born

Sept. 4, 1879, near Massena in Cass County, la., and passed away

Feb. 27, 1954  at his home in Lenox, aged 74 years, 5 months

and 23 days.


He was one of 9 children, 4 girls and 5 boys.  In early life he joined the Lutheran church, became a member of the Calvary Methodist

church in 1914, from which he transferred to the Lenox Methodist church in 1951.


Nov. 25, 1903, he was united in marriage to Carrie Eckels,

daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Eckels, and immediately began

housekeeping on a farm northeast of Lenox.


All of his life was spent in farming in Adams and Ringgold

counties until November of 1949 when he moved to the

present home in Lenox where they celebrated their golden

wedding anniversary Nov. 25, 1953.


To this union 2 daughters were born, Iva Pugh and Martha

Roudybush, both of Lenox.  Surviving are his wife, Carrie,

the two daughters, 2 sons-in-law to whom he was devoted, 4

grandchildren, Kathlyn Brown, Marilyn Barker, Carolyn and

Marlene Pugh, 5 great grandchildren; 1 brother John Struwe of Madison, S. Dak.; besides nieces, nephews, other relatives

and a host of friends who mourn his passing.


Preceding him in death were his parents, 4 sisters, 3 brothers

and one infant grandson, Dean Edwin Pugh.


He was a kind, thoughtful, loving husband and father, always

thinking of others first and lending a helping hand to those

in need. He never complained about anything even to the last.


A number of boys were either taken into his home or helped

in other ways. Some of these Roy Noerrlinger, Clarence Baker,

Ora Van Heeswyck, Jack Notz and Gene Roe.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 4, 1954


Taylor, Ella R. McMahill

Ella R. Taylor, daughter of T. J. and Maria McMahill was born

near Kirkwood, Ill., Jan. 23, 1859 and departed from this life Feb.

22, 1954, at the age of 95 years and 29 days. She was one of

eight children.


She came to Bedford, la , with her parents in 1881. She was

united in marriage to J. W Taylor Sept. 12, 1894 at Bedford.

To this union two children were born, a son, Granville, who died

May 6, 1918, while serving in the army during World War I,

and a daughter, Nella McMahill, with whom she has made her

home for several years. Her husband preceded her in death.

April 30, 1938.


In addition to her daughter she is survived by her son-in-law,

nine grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and a host of friends and neighbors.


She joined the Seventh Day Adventist church in 1908 and

remained a faithful member until her death.


Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 24

in the Presbyterian church in Sharpsburg with Rev. George

Stone of Osceola and Rev. Donald Watkins of Sharpsburg officiating.

Burial was in Clearfield cemetery. Grandsons of Mrs. Taylor were casket bearers.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, March 4, 1954


Whipple, Clyde M. -

Clyde M. Whipple, son of Orville and Adrienne Whipple, was

born near Finley, Ohio, Feb 3, 1867 and passed from this life

Dec. 2, 1953 at the age of 88 years, 9 months and 29 days.

He was the oldest son of a family of eleven children, of which only three survive.


When  a small child his parents moved to Missouri, where he grew to manhood. On March 3, 1889 he was united in marriage to Minerva Martin near Eagleville, Mo.  Following their marriage they

came to Iowa, settling on a farm near Emerson, in Mills County.

In 1896 the family moved to Taylor County where he has since made his home.


Four daughters .were born to this union. The mother and three of the daughters preceded him in death. Mrs. Whipple passed away Oct. 15, 1941; Lucy, who passed away in infancy; Clara Mae Boltinghouse, who passed away May 27, 1915; and Hazel Probasco, who passed away August 12, 1951.


Oct. 28, 1942, he was united in marriage to Bertha Nims of

Sharpsburg. Mr. Whipple became a member of the Blue Grove Christian Church about 1904. Later he transferred his

membership to the Christian Church in Lenox, where he attended

services as long as his health permitted.


He is survived by his widow Bertha; one daughter, Mrs. Jessie Beemer and her husband George of Gravity; five grandchildren,

Cleo W. Boltinghouse Sewal, la.; Edith Munshower of Denver, Colo.; Melvln R. Beemer, Corning; Dorothy Rainforth, Sharpsburg; and Kenneth Probasco, Des Moines; and ten great grandchildren, two brothers, A. C. Whipple, Sharpsburg, and Harry L. Whipple, Long

Beach, Calif., and one sister Mrs. Gertrude Swain, Osceola, la., and a host of other relatives and friends.


Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Dec. 6, in the

Christian church at Lenox with the Rev. Donald Watkins of

Sharpsburg, officiating. Burial was in the Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa, Thursday, December 10, 1953\