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Lenox, Taylor County, Iowa obituaries
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Adams, John -

John Adams, 19, was instantly killed about 4:30 Wednesday afternoon when he fell from a bucket in which he was riding out of a coal mine at New Market.

He fell fifty feet and struck on his head and shoulders.


 He was badly crushed.  Adams and Arnold Johnson, had been working in the mine, which was a new one being opened up. They were setting some dynamite which they expected to explode after they had reached the top. Adams started up the shaft first. Another Johnson, a brother to the man

waiting below, was running the engine that operated the bucket.  Gerald Snodderly, another employee, was also on the surface with Johnson when the accident happened.


The shaft is about 90 feet deep and the cage was about half way up the shaft when Johnson felt the engine speed up slightly as though it had been relieved

of a load. He then heard a thud when the body of Adams struck the bottom of the shaft.


Adams was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Adams who live north of New Market. The mine is located on highway No. 3, about a mile and a half southeast of

New Market. The mine is just being opened and has not yet started producing coal. Adams had been working at the mine about four weeks.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 28, 1932


Allen, Thomas -

Elza Jones, 59, has admitted that he killed his son-in-law, Thomas A. Allen at Bedford  Tuesday morning of last week.  Confession was obtained Monday

by state agents working in conjunction with Taylor county officials. Jones was taken to the scene of the killing where he rehearsed the crime.


A bench warrant was issued for Jones' arrest last Saturday, at which time he was charged with the murder of Allen. At that time he could not be found

but his attorney, James R. Locke, stated that although Jones was a "sick man" he would appear when called for arraignment. Jones was in a hospital in Oes Moines where he stayed until Monday when state agents took him to Bedford.


A coroner's jury had been in session most of the week.

Men Quarreled

The slaying came about as a result of a quarrel Jones admitted in his confession. Jones and Allen had started for the field in a wagon to repair a water gap fence. While riding in the wagon they had words over the way Allen was driving a team of mules. Jones criticized Allen for having too much slack in the reins and when Allen took up the slack he was thrown to the floor of the wagon. When he got to his feet he lunged at Jones and Jones struck him with an ax. He then struck him several more times on the head.  Jones then drove to the ravine where he dug a shallow grave and buried the body.


The ax was found near the scene of the crime and it has been sent to Iowa City to have the blood stains analyzed.  James R. Locke, attorney for the Jones family, indicated that it is probable that insanity will be used as a defense plea, although state agents claim they were unable to find traces of insanity.


Jones was examined by State Agents Ray Scgott, Pat Griffin and P. B. Van Wagener and Deputy Sheriff Phil Terry,

Old Trouble

In connection with the insanity defense, friends of Jones revealed that he had been in some trouble a number of years ago which led to suspicion that he was not mentally balanced. Nothing had been done officially until last Friday when Harry Hartzler, his brother-in-law, filed a petition with the clerk of

court asking that he be examined for his sanity.


This petition was later withdrawn and then Hartzler took Jones to Clarinda where he made an attempt to get him into the state hospital for the insane.

Later the two went to Corning where they consulted several doctors and then went on to Des Moines.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 29, 1932


Andrews, Mabel Blanche Blair -

Mrs. Blanche Andrews, 39, drank most of the contents of an eight-ounce bottle of carbolic acid about 10 o'clock last Wednesday while enroute to Dr. L. T. Reed's office in Gravity, says the Bedford Times-Press.  She died in the doctor's office a few minutes later.


Mrs. Andrews had been at the home of her mother, Mrs. Amanda Blair, near Sharpsburg recovering from an operation performed a few days before.  She telephoned the Dr. Reed office Wednesday morning, making an appointment with the doctor to have the wound dressed.  She drank the acid when about a mile and a half from Gravity, while riding to town in the back seat of her son-in-law, Roy Fox's car. Mr. and Mrs. Fox were riding in the front seat of the car.


No reason for the suicide is known other than worry and despondency over ill health. Dr.  P. J, Gustin of Bedford, county coroner, was called, but no inquest was ordered.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 28, 1932


Andrews, Mabel Blanche Blair -

Mabel Blanche Andrews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Blair was born June 26, 1893 in Taylor county, Iowa, and passed away on the morning of July 20,

1932, aged 39 years and 24 days.


She spent her girlhood days near Sharpsburg where she also grew to womanhood. In her early girlhood she gave her life to Christ and was united with the Christian church a t Blue Grove.


On January 20, 1913 she was united in marriage with Frank Andrews of Plattsmouth, Neb. To this union one daughter, Ruby, was born.


She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Roy Fox, her mother, Mrs. William Blair, two sisters, Mrs. Harry Schlitz and Mrs. Chester Welch, four brothers, Wilbur, Robert Walter and Charlie, one niece and two nephews.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 4, 1932


Connor, Mary A. -

Miss Mary A. Connor, daughter of Patrick and Johanna Connor, was born at Wapella, Illinois, March 3, 1866 , and passed away July 10, 1932, at her

home east of Lenox. She came with her parents to Lenox in 1879.


Miss Connor is survived by her two brothers, J. D. Connor of Bedford and M. S. Connor of Lenox, one brother, David, having preceded her in death.


Funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church in Lenox Saturday, July 11, at 9 a. m. and burial was made in the Catholic cemetery at Lenox,

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 21, 1932



Davis, Nancy S. -

Miss Nancy S. Davis, a pioneer of the Kent neighborhood, passed away at her home at 11:30 Tuesday night, after a lingering illness of almost a year. She

came to Iowa with her parents from Indiana in 1853, settling in Lucas county. The family moved to Union county in 1864, settling then in what was known

as Madden's grove. From there she moved with her parents to Adams county but in 1866 the family moved back to Madden's grove and in 1868 to the present home.


Miss Davis was the daughter of Matthias and Sarah A. Davis.  She was born in Franklin county, Indiana, October 15, 1846.  At about the age 16 she was baptized by McFuffy Jones, a Christian minister.  To this profession of faith she continued faithful through the years of her life.


She had five brothers and one sister.  The father, mother, sister and four brothers have passed on to their reward.  She is survived by one brother, Matthias Davis, whose home is at Gotebo, Oklahoma,  and who has been constantly with her for almost three years.


Funeral services will be held at the farm home, 1½ miles south of Kent, Thursday afternoon, July 14, at 2 o’clock.  The deceased, at the time of her passing,  was 85 years, 8 months and 27 days of age.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 14, 1932


Ethington, Hezekiah Alexander –

H. A. Ethington, died at the Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines Monday, September 5. Mr. Ethington was a retired carpenter.


The body was brought to Lenox where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. F. L. Shepherd. Music

was furnished by Mrs. W. H. Madden and Miss Adah Butler with Miss Audrey Gaines at the piano. Burial was made at the Lenox cemetery and was in

charge of the Masonic order.


Hezekiah Alexander Ethington son of Joseph H. and Mary Ethington, was born in Worth county, Missouri, March 28, 1872, and departed this life in Des Moines September 5, 1932, at the age of 59 years, 5 months and 7 days.


At the age of 14 he came with his parents to Taylor county, Iowa, where he resided until 1900.


He was married to Lou Nelle Deaver, November 27, 1900 and to this union was born one daughter, Hilda.


Mr. Ethington is survived by his wife and daughter, a brother, D. W. of Edgar, Nebraska, one sister, Mrs. H. A. Hogue of Superior, Nebraska, and a brother,

Chas. F. of Des Moines.


Mr. Ethington was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and also of the Masonic order, the Modern Woodmen and of the Royal Neighbors.

The family has resided in Des Moines since 1918.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 8, 1932


Fender, John Edward -

John Fender, father of Mrs. Joe Stevenson, south of Clearfield, died at the Stevenson home Tuesday afternoon of last week. He had just arrived from

Kansas that morning for a visit with his daughter and family.


John Edward Fender, oldest son of Andrew and Amanda Fender, was born August 24, 1865, near Edgewood, Illinois, coming with his parents, brothers, and sisters to Iowa in 1877, and settling on a farm near Beaconsfield.


In 1880 he was married to Miss Ella May Mathany of Beaconsfield. To this union were born five children; Josie Mae Stevenson of Clearfield; Andrew

A. of Beaconsfield; Samuel E. and Edward J. of Osage. City, Kansas; and Marzetta Hillebran of Beanconsfield, with whom he made his home since the death of his wife in 1914 until the last few years which he spent in visiting among his children.


He leaves to mourn his death besides his children, four sisters, Mrs. Kate Hayes of Bedford; Mrs. Liddie Ames and Mrs. Elizabeth Hayes of Ration, New

Mexico; and Mrs. Belle Munyun of Alva, Oklahoma. One sister, Mrs. Mattle Sloan passed on before; two brothers, Lincoln Fender of Silver City, Washington; Samuel Fender of Colorado; sixteen grandchildren;  two great grandchildren, Huston and Delia Mae Siverly of Clearfield.


Since coming to Iowa he has made his home continually in the vicinity of Beacansfield except the few years  spent in Kansas and Oklahoma.


About1890 he was converted and became a member of the United Brethern church at Beaconsfield and has been a good Christian, a kind and loving father, devoting all his time the last few years with his children. He has been in poor health for four years, and was always a patient sufferer. He passed away July 12, 1932 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Stevenson, at the age of 75 years, 10 months. Funeral services were held in Beaconsfield Thursday

afternoon with interment in  the Oliver cemetery nearby.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 21, 1932


Ferris, Lenore Genevieve -

Lenore Genevieve Ferris, the little nine year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ferris of Des Moines died at her home there Friday, July 8th, after an illness of but a few days with diptheria. Funeral services were held at the Lilly Undertaking Home in Des Moines with Rev. Cole officiating, after which her

body was brought to Clearfield cemetery for burial. She leaves to mourn her early death, her parents, two brothers and one sister, her grandparents,

Mr. and Mrs. John Reed of Clearfield and her great grandfather, Mr. Ferris

who makes his home with his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Beatty, south of Clearfield, and a large number of other relatives.


Mr. and Mrs. John Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reed went to Des Moines Friday, called there by the death of Lenore Ferris.


Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reed of Red Oak, Mr. and Mrs. Charley Reed and two children, Mr. and Mrs. Will Ferris and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Dean Ferris of Des Moines attended the burial of Lenore Ferris Saturday afternoon.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 14, 1932


James, Ira I. -

Ira I. James, 70, passed away at 11 o'clock Thursday, June 30, 1932, at his home, 720 South 28th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.  Funeral services were held at the home at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, July 2, with Rev. West of the

Methodist church in charge.  Burial was made in Wyuka cemetery.


Mr. James is survived by his wife, Nettie C.; two daughters, Mrs. John H. Wurster of Lenox, and Vivian of Lincoln; two sons, H. R. and W. E., both of Lincoln, and eight grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 14, 1932


Lake, W. H. –

W. H. Lake, 54, Bedford postmaster, was stricken with a heart attack playing golf on the Bedford course Thursday evening of last week. Other players

rushed to his assistance when they saw him fall, but he died shortly afterward. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for a number of years.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Bedford and burial was made in Conway,


Mr. Lake had been postmaster at Bedford since 1922.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 11, 1932


Largent, Gabriel –

Gabriel Largent was born September 12, 1844, in Peoria county, Illinois, and passed away July 15th, 1932 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Randolph in Clearfield, aged 87 years, 10 months. He was married on March 5th, 1871, to Eliza Petty and to this union were born four children, only one of whom is living, Mrs. Charlotte Wineland of Des Moines, Iowa.


On February 2nd, 1862, he enlisted in Company 2, 57th Regiment of Illinois Infantry under Captain George Barr. He was with Sherman on his "March to

the Sea", and was honorably discharged from the army on the first day of February, 1865, in the Field Georgia by reason of expiration of his term of service. On July 27th, 1866, he reenlisted in the Army of the United States and served another three years. He was honorably discharged July 27, 1869.


Those who have cared for him and learned to love him in recent years will miss him greatly. Today no reveille can arouse him, for his battles here have been fought and victories won. Funeral services were held from the Crew Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. C. Turner, pastor of the Methodist church officiating, assisted by Rev. Hutchman, pastor of the

United Presbyterian church; interment in Clearfield cemetery.


The girls' quartette, Misses Helen Abarr, Margaret Swan, Marguerite Bush, and Pauline Carlton sang at the funeral.


Mr. Largent has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Randolph for the past two years. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Randolph.  Mr. and Mrs. Earl Simpson and daughter and Mr. and Mrs. Wineland of Des Moines attended

the funeral of Mr. Largent Sunday. Mrs. Simpson was a niece and Mrs. Wineland a daughter of the deceased.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday July 21, 1932


Lemon, Jane Baxter -

Jane Baxter, daughter of William and Alice Baxter, was born in Lockford, England, December 20, 1850. She moved to this country at the age of two years and made her home in Lenox for more than 60 years.


She was married to Dolph Lemon in 1875.


Mrs. Lemon passed away at her home in Lenox, Wednesday evening, July 27, at 5:30, following an illness of several months. Her age was 81 years 7 months

and 7 days. She is survived by one son, Clyde B. Lemon.


Funeral services were held at the home Friday afternoon, July 29, conducted by Rev. L .V. Freeman, assisted by Thomas Beaumont of Creston. Music was furnished by Mrs. Wilma Lewis who sang two numbers.  Burial was made in Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 4, 1932


McGinnis, Martha Jane –

Mrs. Wm. J. McGinnis of Adel died suddenly about one o'clock Wednesday morning, according to word received here by her daughter, Fayola McGinnis,

commercial teacher in the, Lenox school. A brother of Miss McGinnis came down early Wednesday morning to take her home.


Mr. and Mrs. McGinnis drove to Lenox Sunday bringing their daughter, and on their way out of town stopped at the home of the Time Table publishers for

a short visit. At that time Mrs. McGinnis was apparently in good health and was looking well. Her death was said to be due to a stroke of paralysis.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 9, 1932


Spring, Anna Minnie Ritter -

Mrs. J. H. Spring died Monday evening, August 8, at the Greater Community hospital in Creston, where she had been taken that day expecting to have

an operation. The operation was not performed. Mrs. Spring was 53 years of age and, although she had been poor health for some time, she was not taken

seriously ill until Saturday night.


Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. I. R. Mills of Adair, a former pastor. Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 11, 1932


Spring, Anna Minnie Ritter -

Anna Minnie Ritter Spring, daughter of Simon and Eva Ritter, was born in Bayern, German, February 10, 1879, and departed this life August 8, 1932 at 11p.m. at the Greater Community hospital, at Creston, Iowa, at the age of 53 years, 5 months and 28 days.


She came with her parents to Iowa at four years of age and made her home near Prescott, Iowa until 1908,


September 30th, 1908, she was united in marriage to John Henry Spring. To this union were born four children, Earnest Harold, Ruth Elizabeth; Harry Melvin, and Carl Floyd, all of whom were with her In her last illness except Earnest who was in Grand Island, Nebraska.


In March, 1918, she with her family moved to their farm near Lenox, Iowa in Taylor county, where they have since resided.


She became a member of the United Presbyterian church at Stringtown in November, 1896 at the age of 17 years. She united with the Methodist

church at Mercer Center in August 1915 and in 1923 transferred her membership to the Lenox Methodist church where she remained a faithful member until her death.


She leaves to mourn her departure; her husband and four children, one half-sister, Mrs D. R. Moser of near Sharpsburg, Iowa and a host of loving friends and relatives. Her parents and a half-brother preceded her in death. She was a kind and loving wife and mother.


Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Lenox Wednesday, at 2:30 p. m. and were conducted by the Rev. Ivan R. Mills of Adair, Iowa, former pastor.  Burial was made in the Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday August 18, 1932


Wallace, Samuel Thomas -

Mrs. Claude Dixon received word Wednesday' afternoon of the death of her father, S. A. Wallace who passed away very suddenly at his home near Benton,

Iowa. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Benton, Dr. Jesse Johnson of Mt. Ayr having charge of the services.


Mr. Wallace was a prominent farmer and stock raiser near Ben ton. He enlisted in the 18th infantry of the Ohio volunteers in 1864 at the age of 15. He

saw service in the Atlanta campaign under General Sherman and took part in the defensive battle against General Hood's army, fighting in the battles of

Franklin and Nashville.


He was head of the music department of Muskingum college at New Concord, Ohio for twelve years. He was author of many songs for Sunday school and

public schools. He leaves a wife and a son Chester, on the homestead, and three daughters, Mrs. John Penhart and Mrs. Glen Dixon of Mt. Ayr, and Mrs. Claude Dixon of Lenox.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday September 8, 1932