Taylor County, Iowa: Lorelei Rusco obits Abarr2 file
Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Abarr, Bessie Lillian Harris -

Bessie Lillian Abarr, daughter of Reuben and Esther Harris, was born in Wayne county, Iowa, near Allerton, Iowa, Sept. 6, 1884, and died at the Greater

Community hospital in Creston, Iowa, Jan. 12, 1936.

She was married to Alvin J. Abarr on March 17, 1907. To them were born three children, Ardath, Helen and Leland, who with their father, survive her.

Besides her own children she leaves a niece, Alice Ann Gallagher, who has been a member of the home for the past ten years. She leaves one sister, Mrs. William Nelson of Jefferson, Iowa; three brothers, W. H. Harris of Meade, Kansas; P. A. Harris of Letcher, S. Dak.; and Dr. Harvey Harris of Linesville, Iowa. She also leaves four grandchildren.

At an early age she united with the Christian church at Walnut, Iowa, later affiliating with the Methodist church at Diagonal, Iowa, during her residence

of five years there. Since 1912 her membership has been in the Methodist church at Clearfield, where she has been a faithful worker.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church on Tuesday, and the church was filled to capacity. Pastor Henn spoke from the words in the 21st

Psalm. A mixed quartet sang: Misses Helen Barrans and Mary Swan, E. C. Heaton and Donald Green.

The flowers were wonderful in variety and beauty. Interment was in Clearfield cemetery.

Those attending the funeral of Mrs. Abarr from a distance were: C. E. Abarr, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Abarr and daughter Florence Olive; Dr. and Mrs. Shoemaker;

Mrs. W. H. McFarland; Mrs. Harley Stephens and Mr. and Mrs. Willie Poore, all of Mt. Ayr, Iowa; Supt. and Mrs. Hepley; Beulah Johnson; Mrs. Herman Beemer; Dr. F. A. Hines and Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Parker, all of Gravity, Iowa.

Mrs. Harry Horricks of Mystic Iowa; Mrs. Effie Holland, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Abarr and son William, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Parker,

James Arneal and daughter Mary, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Wright and daughter Alice Bell and Mr. and Mrs. Flavel Maloy, all of Redding.

Dr. and Mrs. Jackson of Kellerton, Dr. McElroy of Lamoni; Dr. and Mrs. D. D. Abarr and Francis Stanley, Rev. Warrior Mrs. Pearl Bowen and Mr. and

Mrs. Frank Bush all of Blockton, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Smith of Danbury, Mo.; W. A. Poore, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Poore, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Poore, all

of Beaconsfield, Iowa.

Dr. and Mrs. T. L. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Carlton and daughter Pauline and Mrs Harry Aitken, all of Bedford; Mrs. Cora Abbott and daughter

Dorothy, Ila Bales and Dr. and Mrs. Keith all of New Market. Mr. and Mrs. Ted Thompson of Hancock, Iowa;  Mrs. J. A. Griffith of Council Bluffs, Iowa; L. W. Gallagher and son Vinton; Mrs. Eunice Butcher and Miss Inez Ricker of Des Moines.

Miss Bessie Abarr of Patterson, Iowa; Dr. and Mrs. Teale of Prescott, Iowa; Dr. and Mrs. Senior, Dr. and Mrs. George Wessels of Creston; Dr. Le Wilcox and Mr. and Mrs. Eva Brannon of Lenox; Mrs. Clarence Ethington, Mr and Mrs John Varner, Mr and Mrs Gene Woods, Adam Woods, Mrs. Boyd Ethington all of Diagonal and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Abarr and family of Albany, Mo.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 23, 1936

Childs, Nellie Jane Brown -

Mrs. A. A. Childs, mother of Fred A. Childs and Mrs. W. K. Madden of Lenox, died at the home of her daughter here early Tuesday morning, January 28. Her age was 80 years, 6 months and 23 days.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon, Jan. 30, at 2 o'clock at the Barber Funeral Home and will be in charge of the Rev. Thomas Kelly. Interment will be made in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 30, 1936

Chllds, Nellie Jane Brown –

Nellie Jane Brown was born in Wyanet, Illinois, on July 5, 1855, and died in Lenox, Iowa on January 28, 1936 at the age of 80 years, six months and

twenty-three days.

On November 14, 1873, in Wyanet, she was married to A. A. Childs, who preceded her in death in March, 1912. Four children were born to them, of

which three survive the mother, Mrs. W. H. Madden of Lenox; Mrs. T. F. McMahon of Kansas City, Mo.; and Fred Childs, also of Lenox.

Besides her children, she is survived by two sisters and one brother, Mrs. L. M. Blacker of Gardner, Kansas; Mrs. W. K. Van Camp of Ottumwa, Iowa; and E. C. Brown of Little Rock, Arkansas. She also leaves three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

After her marriage Mrs Childs lived with her husband, on a farm in Bureau county, Ill. for several years, moving to Iowa then, they settled in the vicinity of Red Oak. In 1881 she came to Lenox where her husband entered the drug business with his brother.

At the time of her death, she was a member of the Lenox M. E. church. In addition she was also a member of the Lenox O.E. S. and the M. F. C., being a

charter member of the latter

Upon the death of her mother, in her early life, she took her mother's place helping to raise her brother and sisters.

Several days before Christmas in 1934, she had a severe fall, spraining her leg. In March of 1935, just when she was able to get about again, she tripped on

the steps breaking a leg. Such an injury made it impossible for her to get around again as she had been in the habit of doing although it did not affect her cheerful and happy disposition.

On Monday evening, in apparently good health, she retired after visiting with friends and members of her family. A sudden illness of a few minutes duration and she responded to the call which bid her come up higher.

Funeral services were held  Thursday, January 30, at the Barber Funeral Home in charge of the Rev. Thomas Kelly. Interment was made in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 6, 1936

Davenport, Nelson Stewart –

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home east of Lenox for Nelson Davenport who died Feb. 1, at the age of 88 years. Services were

in charge of the Rev. Thomas Kelly and burial services were in charge of the Masonic fraternity. Burial was made in the cemetery near the home.

Nelson Stewart Davenport, son of Hugh and Johanna Davenport, was born in DeWitt county, Illinois, on January 23, 1848 and passed away at his home near Lenox, Iowa on Feb. 1, 1936 at the age of 88 years and 9 days.

On January 4, 1872, he was married to Mary Ann Bauman-Nulph, who preceded him in death on Sept. 27, 1926. To them seven children were born, three of whom preceeded him in death. Those who survive their father are Mrs. George Evart Condra, of Lincoln, Nebr.; Mrs Hannah Hayes, John Stewart

and Peter Logan, of near Lenox. He also leaves 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Although his parents had fourteen children he is survived by only one brother, George, of Clinton, Ill.

During the Civil War Mr Davenport served with the  Union forces and then moved to Iowa in 1869.  The last sixty-five years have been spent on the farm where he died.

He was a member of Tremont Lodge No. 343 A. F. &, A. M. of Lenox He was also a member of various other organizations

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 6, 1936

Farris, Susan Ellen -

Mrs. Susan Ellen Farris was born near Cora, in Sullivan county, Missouri, on March 9, 1956, and died at her home in Maryville, Mo., on January 21, 1936.

When her parents moved to Iowa she moved with them, settling in the vicinity of Lacona. On Dec. 7, 1879, she was united in marriage to David Farris who preceded her in death on August 12, 1931.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Laura Beeman of Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Elmer Reynolds of Maryville; four grandchildren, Mrs. Wm. Warner and Mrs. Lloyd Aim of Des Monies; Harold and Theodore Reynolds of Maryville.

When a young woman, Mrs Farris united with the Church of Christ, being baptized in a river. Thirty-five years ago she united with the Methodist church in Iowa and when she moved to Maryville thirty years ago, she transferred her membership to the First M. E. church of Maryville.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 o'clock on Thursday morning at Campbell's funeral home in Maryville by her pastor, the Rev. V. C. Clark. The body was brought to Lenox that afternoon for burial in the Lenox cemetery at which time the Rev. Thomas Kelly conducted the services at the grave.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 30, 1936

Foreman, Henry Lloyd -

Henry Lloyd Foreman was born in the Prairie Gem district, not far from Clearfield, October 2, 1886. He was the son of Johnson and Luella Darlington

Foreman, who were pioneers of Taylor county.

When Lloyd was about a year old, the family moved to California because of the failing health of the father. This quest for health led them first to Pasadena, then to Compton, where they lived for some time, then out on the desert at Palm Springs, and finally back to Pasadena, where the father waged a brave fight for life but lost.

Later on Merle, Lloyd's older brother, also died, and then he and his mother returned to the old home at Clearfield, where they lived until her death in


Lloyd then went to live with his uncle and aunt, Willits and Ruth Foreman, who also were pioneers of Taylor county, but now resided at West Branch, Iowa. Later Lloyd made his home at Glenwood, Iowa, where he made many warm and sincere friends.

Saturday night, January 18, 1936, he died very quickly and quietly. He is survived by three uncles, Will Darlington of Clearfield, Frank Darlington of Ames, and Jesse Foreman of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, as well as many cousins

and friends.

Services were held at the Crew funeral home in Clearfield on Tuesday at 1:30, Rev. W. C. Henn officiating. Interment was in the family lot In the Conway cemetery.

Those attending the funeral of Lloyd Foreman last Tuesday were: Lee Foreman of Ames, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Mosher of Urbandale, Ill., Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Carlton of Bedford, Mr. and Mrs. Williams of Clarinda, and Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Buchanan of Conway, all cousins of the deceased.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 6, 1936

Godwyn, Eva C. –

Miss Eva C. Godwyn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Godwyn, pioneer residents of Lenox, died at the home of her brother, La Mound C. Godwyn, Monterey

Park, Calif.,  Feb. 1, 1936. Miss Godwyn kept house for her brother arid helped  rear her nephew, Donald Gordon Godwyn, whose mother died at his birth, 8 years ago. Miss Godwyn had been in poor health for several years.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Arthur C. Godwyn, and is survived by her brother La Mound and nephew Donald G., and an

uncle, J. Simpson.

She was a member of the Christian church. Miss Godwyn's parents were

pioneer residents of Lenox at a time when the town consisted only of a postoflice, one or two stores and a depot. Her brother, Arthur, was the first boy born in Lenox.

She left here 21 years ago.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 20, 1936

Haas, Augusta Frank -

Augusta Frank-Haas, was born Nov. 22, 1851, near Bremen, Germany, and died Jan. 22, 1936, aged 84 years and 2 months.

She lived in Germany until 23 years of age, and then migrated to Coal Valley, Ill., in 1873. In 1881 she moved with her family to Lenox, Iowa and located on a farm. They moved into Lenox in 1910 and resided there until death.

She was married Nov. 11, 1873 to Frederick Haas and to them 7 children were born, five of whom are living: Frederick W., Lenox; Mrs. Minnie Johnson of

Speartfish, S. Dak.; William F. of Lenox; John T. of Billings, Mont.; Robert C. of Long Beach, Calif. One son, August, died when four years old, and Frank B. died last year. Her husband preceded her in death 11 years ago.

She was a member of the German Lutheran church of her native land and never moved her membership. She came of thrifty, hardworking German stock, and it remained through life. Her home was the center of her life and work. She kept a neighborly, helpful spirit alive in her heart by kindly neighborly deeds.  Her faith maintained its glow by constant reading of the Bible. The family cherishes the memory of a mother with her full share of those motherly qualities of sympathy, self-sacrifice and love.

Besides the children already mentioned, she is survived by 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held in the Arnold Funeral Home Friday at 2 p. m., Jan. 24, the Rev. I. G. Randels was in charge. Interment was made in Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday January 30, 1936

Horton, Elta Fern Hatchett

Elta Fern Hatchett, daughter of Andrew and Rose Hatchett, was born near Bedford, Iowa, August 23, 1897, and died at her home east of Bedford, Feb. 15,

1936. She grew to womanhood in the vicinity of Conway, Iowa, having lived all her life in Taylor county, with the exception of a short time spent in Creston.

She was married to Floyd Horton, June 1, 1922. There were no children. Besides her husband, she is survived by her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs.

W. A. Hatchett of Lenox; three sisters, Mrs. Claudia Severn and Mrs. Grace Adair of Lenox, and Mrs. Pearl Dotts of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother Manford Hatchett. A brother and sister have preceded her in death.

Elta was of a joyous, sunny disposition and those nearest her will sadly miss her gay laugh and ready smile.

Funeral services were held at the Crew funeral home Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 18, at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W. C. Henn, pastor of the Clearfield Methodist church. Interment was in the Clearfield cemetery.

Music was in charge of Misses Margaret, Lois and Sue Swan and Elsie Fawcett, accompanied by Mrs. Belle Anderson. Pall bearers were Lawrence Kilby, Dick Pottinger, Dean Brown, George O'Dell, Arthur Lourie and Sam Parrish.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 27, 1936

Howes, Ruth Phelps -

Ruth (Phelps) Howes, daughter of L. W. and Mary Phelps was born at Kokomo, Ind., Sept 12, 1895, and died Feb. 17, 1936 at the General hospital at Kansas

City. She was 40 years old.

She grew to womanhood in this community and attended public school here. She was active in church and Sunday School work. For some time she worked as a compositor in the printing office and then went to work for the telephone

company. She then moved to Des Moines where she continued the telephone work.

She was married to Howard C. Howes, Aug. 27, 1923, at Des Moines. They lived in Des Moines about a year and then went to Dayton, Ohio, where they remained two years before moving o Kansas City, where she spent the rest of her life.

Ruth was favorably known and generally liked. She made friends easily and was a favorite with young people. She is survived by her husband and  daughter, aged 11, her mother, Mrs. Mary Phelps, her aunts, Mrs. Emma Bastow of Mount Ayr, Mrs. C. J. Kirby of Afton, and Mrs. A. A. Lutman of Shenandoah.

Funeral services were held Friday at Hope Evangelical church of Afton at 2:30. The Rev. Walter Cerka was in charge, assisted by the Rev. McMican of the Presbyterian church, the Presbyterian church furnishing the music.  Interment was made in Greenlawn cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 5, 1936 

Parkinson, John Henry -

John Henry Parkinson, son of Anna and George Parkinson, was born in Davenport, Iowa, in 1862, where he lived until nine years old. He then moved

with his parents to Audubon county where he grew to young manhood. In 1888 he married Mary Annabelle Deets and to them were born eight children.

His wife, and two children preceeded him In death.

Mr. Parkinson was engaged in the blacksmith business until failing health forced him to give up the work. He made his home with his daughter Kathryn

for a number of years, then went to Adair where he lived with his son Glenn until 18 months ago when he went to Missouri. He remarried and lived there until death. 

Mr. Parkinson is survived by six children, William of Adair; Mrs. Dolly Armstrong of Blair, Nebr., Glenn of Adair, Mrs. Kathryn Fredericks of Portsmouth, Quinn of Grand Island, Nebr. and Ray of Casper, Wyo. There are also nine grandchildren, four brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Parkinson was a kind and loving father. He was always a church attendant and worker and at various times was a member of the Methodist and

Presbyterian churches.

The body was brought to Lenox and funeral services were held at the Barber funeral home Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, at 2 o'clock, conducted by the Rev.

I. G. Randels. Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 6, 1936

Riley, Frank -

Frank Riley, fourth son of Marten and Eva Riley, was born at Wellsville, Ohio, Feb. 1, 1868 and died Feb. 7, 1936, at the age of 68 years and 6 days. When a small child he came with his parents to Adams county, Iowa, and located in

Mercer township, where he grew to manhood.

He was married to Caroline Emily Oliver on Feb. 28, 1899, after which they settled on the homestead of the bride's parents which they purchased, and

where they have since resided.  Three children were born: Florence Mary, Kenneth Paul, and Frances Genevieve. Their son, Paul, preceded his father

n death Aug. 23, 1919.

In his early life Mr. Riley was converted and united with the Methodist church at Mercer Center, of which he has always been a loyal supporter. He has

served on the church board for a number of years, and was one of the official members at the time of his death.

Besides his devoted companion and two daughters, Mrs. Florence Walter of Prescott and Mrs. Genevieve Rogers, at home, he is survived by three brothers,

William, Charles and Louis; and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Fowler, all of Corning.

Mr. Riley was one of Mercer township's thrifty farmers. He was always willing to be of service and ready to lend a helping hand to his friends and neighbors. The home has lost a devoted and loving husband and father. He was always

ready to grant their every wish if at all possible. He will be sadly missed by his loved ones and the community.

The funeral services were conducted in the Mercer Center church Tuesday, Feb. 11, by the pastor, R. V. Pelt.  Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery,

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 13, 1936

Robinson, Elizabeth -

Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Stephens, Sunday morning, at the age of 78 years.  She had been an invalid for a number of years.

Funeral services were held at the Crew funeral home Tuesday at 2:00 o'clock, Rev. H. B. Hutchman, pastor of the United Presbyterian church had charge

of the services. The body was then taken to Lakewood, Mo. for interment.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 27, 1936

Seller, Columbus S. –

Columbus S. Seller, eldest son of Milton and Sarah Seller, was born in Greencastle, Ind., Sept. 21, 1853, and died at the home of his daughter in Lenox, Iowa, Feb. 20, 1936, at the age of 82 years, 4 months and 29 days.

On Dec. 8, 1880 he was married to Anna Mary Whyte, who preceded him in death on Nov 10, 1935. Ten children were born, three having preceded the

father in death, two dying in infancy, and Virgil, who died Feb. 23, 1920.

He is survived by four daughters and three sons, Mrs. Vena Saunders of Beresford, S. D. Mrs. Bertha Toland of Lenox Mrs. Edith Johnson of Chicago,

Ill., Mrs. Anna Murphy of Sherman, Texas, Lester of Marceline, Mo., Oscar L. of Pierson, la., and Cederic N. of Lenox.  Mr. Seller also leaves two sisters and five brothers, Mrs. Florence Corsline of Garden Grove, la., Mrs. Una McGrew of

Lenox, William H. of Summer, Wash., John F. of Harlan, Ore;on, Albert M. and Cresley R. of Lenox .and Edwin R. of Kanoka Mo.

His early days were spent in Greencastle, Ind., where he attended school and graduated from the high school of that place. At the age of twenty he came to Iowa, living for a while in Ringgold county, then moving later to Taylor county. In 1913 he moved to Macon, Mo., and later to Marceline.

When a young man he united with the M. E. church and at time of his death he was a member of the M. E. church of Marceline, Mo.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon, Feb. 22, at the Barber funeral home in Lenox conducted by the Rev. Thomas Kelly. Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 27, 1936

Weatherman, Vera Margaret Rogers -

Vera Margaret, youngest daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Rogers, was born near Lenox, Iowa, February 28, 1908, and died Feb. 14, 1936, at her home

in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 27 years, 11 months and 14 days.

She was graduated from the Lenox high school in 1925. That fall she entered the nurses’s training school in Creston and graduated from there in 1928. In September 1929, she went to Chicago, Ill., and was a supervisor in the Passavant hospital for 3 years.

While in Chicago she was married to Dr. Harold Weatherman on May 31, 1931. Later she and her husband went to California, where they made their

home for 3 years. In 1935 they moved to Salt Lake City, their present home.

At the age of 10 years she united with the Methodist church of which she remained a member.

She is survived by her husband, father and mother, four brothers, Ernest of Prescott, Alpha of Lenox, Robert of Leon, and Orville of Hamburg; two sisters, Mrs. Mary McGregor and Mrs. Faye Hockett, both of Prescott. A brother, Ray, and a sister, Effie, preceded her in death. Ray died in 1919 at the age of 28; Effie, the wife of Van Gibson, died in 1920.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Feb. 18, from the Arnold funeral home in Lenox by the Rev. R. V. Felt of Prescott.  Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 20, 1936

Wilt, Cassius M. -

Cassius M. Wilt was born Jan. 31, 1858, near Osceola, Iowa, and moved with his parents to Taylor county, Iowa, in 1861, where he made his home until 1900 when he took his family to the farm home east of Atlanta, Mo., which remained his home until about four months before his death on Feb. 13, 1936. He was 78 years old.

He was married to Lucinda May Shepard, Fen. 9, 1888. To them were born five children. Of these three sons and one daughter survive. They are: Ralph Wilt of Borger, Texas; Dale and Roy Wilt of Atlanta, Mo, and Mrs. Lucille Morton

of East St. Louis, Ill.

Besides his wife, and four children he is survived by five brothers, Porter, Eli, Harry and Frank Wilt, all of Lenox, and a sister, Dora Wilt of Los Angeles, Calif.

There are also ten grandchildren. Mr. Wilt was a member of the Plainview church of near Atlanta.

Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 16, at Mount Tabor church, near Atlanta, and burial was made in the Mount Tabor cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 27, 1936