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

Baker, Mrs. Joe -

Mrs. Joe Baker, 75, of Creston, died at 5 p. m., Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lyman Bradley at Kent.

Survivors include five sons, Urban of Diagonal, Benno of Tingley, Edmund, Joseph Jr., and Leo of Creston; 4 daughters Mrs Dennis Bradley, Afton, Mrs Hubert Bradley and Mrs Lyman Bradley, Kent; and Mrs. Max Gebhardt, Conway; also 43 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, Mar. 30, at 10 a. m., at St Kalachy's Church, Creston.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Baumann, John Arthur -

John Arthur Baumann, 81, died Mar 15, 1962 at his home, 1335 N. Eugene, Topeka, Kan.  He was born Dec 28, 1880 near Lenox, la., the son of Hiram Mack and Emma Baumann. In 1903 he moved with his parents to a farm near Wellsvllle, Kan.

Later he lived In Kansas City before moving to Topeka in 1934. Before his retirement he was a boiler fireman at Forbes Air Force Base.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs Mary O Baumann, 3 sons, Earl of Vista, Calif.; Lee of Eugene, Ore.; H. Eugene of Newark, N J; a daughter, Mrs Lurene Whitley, Garnett, Kan.; six grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren,4 sisters, Mrs Elsie McManus, Laura B Cole, Lula McDonald, Ada B Seyler, all of Ottawa, Kan. A son, Emery Mac.; two brothers, Ross and Emery, a sister, Mamie preceded him in death.

Services were held at Pentecostal Grace Tabernacle and burial in Topeka cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Besco, Henry Ernest -

Henry Besco, 86, retired farmer, formerly of Bedford, died Sunday night at the Lenox Rest Home.  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs Nadine Becherer and Mrs Orville Stephens of Bedford, also 5 grandchildren.

Services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at the Bender Funeral Home, the Rev David Shaeffer officiating. Burial was in Fairview cemetery at Lenox.


Henry Ernest Besco was born Nov. 15, 1875, near Platteville, la., in Taylor County, and passed away Feb. 25, 1962 at the Thomas Nursing Home in Lenox, at the age of 86 years, 3 months and 15 days.

He spent all his life on farms in Taylor county. Early in life he became a member of the Methodist Church at Platteville, and upon marriage, transferred his membership to the Christian church in Bedford, where he served as an elder for many years.

On June 25, 1921, he was united in marriage to Ethel Deaver Johnston and to this union was born two daughters, Mrs Orville (Verneil) Stephens of Bedford, and Mrs Gene (Nadine) Becherer of Lenox.  His wife preceded him in death August 6, 1936.

Born the twin son of Joseph and Isabel Besco, Henry was the last surviving member of the family. Preceding him in death were his twin brother, George, Jim, Charles, Fred, Lottie Jewitt, Clara, Edna, and twin sisters Lala Wintermute and Lula Harvey.

Survivors include his two daughters, 2 granddaughters, and 3 grandsons.

Henry enjoyed good health until the last few years. He was a loving husband and father and will be missed by friends and relatives.

Funeral services were conducted from the Bender Funeral Home Tuesday, 2:00 p. m., by Rev. David Shaeffer. Burial was Fairview cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 1, 1962


Brightwell, Emma Maude Mercer -

Mrs Maude Brightwell, 87, died at the Lenox Rest Home Sunday evening. Services were Tuesday at Bender Funeral Home, the Rev David Shaeffer officiating. Burial was at the Walnut Grove cemetery.

Survivors include a nephew, J G Leckliter, and a niece, Mrs Mark Sluss.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Brightwell, Emma Maude Mercer -

Emma Maude Brightwell was born Feb 11, 1875 and passed away Sunday, March 25, 1962 at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 14 days.

She was the youngest daughter of John C and Mary Ann Mercer, who preceded her in death, also four sisters, three brothers and one half sister.

She was married Feb 25, 1894 to Perry M Brightwell and to them one son, Ewing was born, they having preceded her in death.

She lived most of her girlhood life in Lucas County, near Chariton, la. Several years after her marriage they moved to Omaha, Neb., where she lived until her  husband's death in 1953. In 1954 she moved to Lenox and entered the Lenox Rest Home where she remained until her death.

She was a member of the North Side Christian church in Omaha, Neb.

She leaves one half sister, Mrs Jess McCarty of Culver City, Calif., several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 5, 1962


Bunn, Glenn -

Glenn Bunn, 69, of Kalamazoo, Mich, died Wednesday, Mar 21. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs Morris (Carrie) Bunn. Mr Bunn grew up on a farm near Kent and was known in this vicinity. He leaves his widow and four married children.

Mrs Carrie Bunn and her son, Donald of Des Moines, attended the funeral, which was Saturday at Kalamazoo.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Butler, Orpha -

Mrs. Charlie Butler, 73, died Thursday afternoon Feb. 15 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Merle Ferguson in Long Beach, Cal. She had been visiting there since November. She leaves her only daughter, Reva, son-in-law Merle, 1 granddaughter, Sheila Ramos and her husband, Tom of Hobart, Ind., a grandson Robert of Long Beach, a sister Edith Thomas of Creston, also nieces and nephews. Her husband died about 7 years ago. A son Kenneth, was killed in WW 2 The funeral and burial were in Long Beach Monday.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 22, 1962


Claiser, Cindy Sue -

Cindy Sue Claiser, 5 year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Clinton Claiser of Kent, died at the Creston hospital Saturday afternoon.  She was injured Friday afternoon, in an auto accident on Highway 2.

Highway patrolman Ronald Piel said Cindy was on the west side of the road and her brother was on the east side as a car driven by Bud Stream approached.  She suddenly started across to where here brother was. The Stream car was driven into a ditch but he could not miss the child.

Cindy Sue was born Jan 22, 1957. She is survived by her parents, two brothers, Roger and  Gary, two sisters, Bonnie and Connie and her grandmother, Mrs Pharrie Claiser.

Services were at the Prairie Star church Tuesday. The families concerned have the sympathy of the entire community.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Donaldson, John William -

John William Donaldson, of David and Ellen Donaldson was born Feb. 19, 1870 and passed away at the Corning Nursing home Feb. 21 at the age of 84 years and 2 days.

John, the last survivor of a family of eight children, lived in Taylor county all except 3 years which he spent in Colorado.

In 1905 he was married to Elizabeth Swindle and to this union were born 3 children.

Preceding him in death were his wife and daughter Evelyn.

He is survived by 2 sons, Robert and his wife Mildred of Sharpsburg, and Harold of Corning with whom he made his home the past 10 years, also 3 grandchildren, Donald of Sharpsburg, Janette Daggett of New York City and Dianna of Lenox; 5 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Services were held at the Roland Funeral home in Corning Friday, the Rev. W. H. Sinning officiating. Interment was in the Lenox cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 1, 1962


Durr, Carrie Belle -

Mrs Carrie Belle Durr, 86, died Thursday at the Taylor county home. She was born in Wisconsin. Relatives here are a niece, Mrs Willie Wurster and a nephew, George Cade. A brother and a sister live in Canada.

The services were Monday at the Bender Funeral home, the Rev A J Clements officiating. Burial was at Blue Grove cemetery.


Carrie Belle Durr, daughter of George P Durr and Ellen Chryst Durr, was born Oct 1, 1875 and passed away Feb 22, 1962, after a short illness.

In early girlhood she became a member of the Hansell, la., Methodist church, having been baptized in the South Ford River near there.

Following her mother's death, Carrie Belle, who was a young girl at that time, maintained a home for her father until 1902, at which time she suffered an illness which affected her for the remainder of her life.

She leaves the following relatives: Her sister, Mrs Stella Henderson Bromhead, Saskatchewan, Canada; her brother, William J Durr, Estevan, Saskatchewan Canada, as well as a number of nephews and niece, including Ruth Cade Wurster and George H Cade of this community.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 1, 1962


Ely, Grover -

Mr. Grover Ely, 74, of Vancouver, Wash., died Monday at 2 a. m. He was a former resident of Lenox and a brother of Mrs. Louie Walter. Services were to be Wednesday at Vancouver.  His widow, Nina, survives, also a son.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 22, 1962


Gordon, Austin Lincoln -

Austin Lincoln Gordon, son of William and Susan Gordon was born December 10, 1864, in Dunlap, Ill. He departed this life March 6, 1902, at the Lenox Rest Home at the age of 97 years, 2 months and 26 days.

In the year 1872 he moved to Iowa with his parents and located in the Blue Grove vicinity.

On October 2, 1889 he was united in marriage to Olivia Carter. Two children came to bless their home: Earl of Lenox, and Vernon of Danville, Illinois.

In 1919 he and his wife and son Vernon moved to Des Moines, to make their home.

At an early age he united with the Blue Grove Christian Church of which he was an active member until he moved to Des Moines where he placed his membership with the University Place church and continued to be active. He served as an elder in both the Blue Grove Christian Church and University Place church.

His wife passed away April 17, 1931 and he returned to Lenox to make his home. Mr Gordon was the last of six children. He is survived by his two sons, Earl and Vernon, two daughters-in-law, four grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

Services were held Thursday March 8, 1962, at the Bender Funeral home with Rev David Shaeffer conducting the service. Music was by Leo Caskey accompanied by Ruth Boltinghouse. Pall bearers were Roy Key, Wm Nixon, John Drain, Wes J Crouch, Herm Beemer and Walter Boltinghouse.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 15, 1962


Hagee, Joy -

Joy Hagee, 39, of 2117 Lovers Lane, St Joseph, Mo., died Tuesday night. He leaves his widow, Geneva (Nixon) Hagee, and two children, a daughter, Annis Joy and a son, Wm. Harlow; also his parents, Rev and Mrs E F Hagee.

The family formerly lived here and Mrs Hagee is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Wm Nixon.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 15, 1962


Machlan, Mollie Euritt -

Mrs J Howard Machlan of Youngtown, Ariz, died very suddenly Jan 28. She was the wife of a former minister of the Lenox Methodist church who also preached at the Stringtown church. They lived here from 1943-1946.

Mrs Machlan died on Sunday morning at 10:30. The minister was interrupted in the middle of his sermon to hurry to the hospital where she had been taken after suffering a coronary attack.

The husband survives, also three daughters. One daughter, Mrs A J (Kathleen) Booch, would be remembered here, as she lived with her parents while her husband was in service.

Rev Machlan had planned to retire and they had moved from Iowa to Youngtown in July 1961. Then he was called to minister to the Community Church there. A new parsonage had been built and furnished. The same newspaper that carried news of the death, had the story of the open house in the parsonage and a picture of the minister and his wife at the time of the happy event.

Mrs Machlan was the former Mollie Euritt. The home address is 11395 - 114th Dr S, Youngtown, Ariz. Mrs R E Bender received the clipping which told of the death.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 15, 1962


McGrath, Charles -

Dr. Charles McGrath, 67, a veterinarian, died at Truth or Consequences, N Mex Friday morning. He practiced at Lenox a few years, then moved to Lincoln, Nebr., where he lived until retirement in November of 1961. At that time he and his wife moved to New Mexico. He was a veteran of World War I.

He leaves his widow Nellie and three children, Tom in the forestry service in Australia; Bruce, a radio announcer in Colorado, and Sara, a teacher in Minnesota.

Dr. McGrath was a brother-in-law of George Barrans.

Services are at the Bender Funeral home Wednesday, Mar 1, at 1 p. m., the Rev. A. J. Clements officiating.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 1, 1962


Moore, Harold Lynn -

Services for Harold Lynn, infant son of Mr and Mrs Clark E Moore, Jr, of 1101 Kirkwood, Des Moines, born March 21, and departed March 21 were held Saturday March 24, at Arnolds Highland Park Funeral Home.

Graveside services, read by Dr Warner Muir, minister of University Christian Church, were in Glendale cemetery.

Harold is survived by his parents, a sister and brother, Sheryl and Michael, his grandparents Mr and  Mrs Claude Dunbar of Redfield and Mr and Mrs Clark E Moore, Sr of Lenox, his great grandfather, Mr George Gutshall of Dexter, Iowa and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Morley, Frank -

Frank Morley, 93, died, Mar. 22 at a Bedford rest home. The funeral was at Bedford Sunday with burial in Sumitt cemetery north of Yorktown.

Mr. Morley owned the hotel here in Lenox for several years. Survivors include a son Willard of Clarinda; 4 daughters, Mrs. Glenn (Hazel) Lovitt, Bedford; Mrs. Opal Roberts, Omaha; Mrs. Beulah Johnson and Mrs. Claude (Marge) McFarland, Sun City, Ariz.

Mr Morley had also lived at Bedford and at Blanchard. The Orville Buckley family attended the funeral Sunday. They were his neighbors at Blanchard for several years.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Morris, Ray -

Ray Morris of Jefferson, passed away suddenly March 1, after suffering a heart attack.

He was the oldest son of Harvey and Sarah Morris. He was born July 31, 1900 at Yorktown, Iowa, and passed away at the age of 61 years and 7 months.

Most of Ray's early life was spent in Yorktown and Lenox, going to Greene county in 1928 where he has since lived.

On February 14, 1929, he was united in marriage to Catharine C Oliver.

He was a carpenter by trade and followed that occupation until three years ago when he gave this up due to ill health.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert J Morris. He is survived by his wife, two step-daughters, two brothers, David of Des Moines and Lewis of Winterset; four sisters, Mrs Mildred Strait of 1430 W 3rd, Davenport, Mrs Bertha Stapleton of Burlington, Mrs Dorothy Countryman of Douds and Mrs Eunice Schroeder of Des Moines; other relatives and many friends.

Services were held on March 5, at Jefferson, with Rev Burton Collier officiating. Burial was at Yorktown, Iowa.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Nissen, Thomas N-

Mrs George Trost returned home Friday evening from Sioux City where she had gone to attend the funeral of her brother-in-law, Thomas N Nissen.

Mr Nissen, 58, died Feb 18 in a Sioux City hospital.  He suffered a heart attack earlier in the day after shoveling snow.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 1, 1962


Rutledge, Abe E. -

Abe E. Rutledge, 96, son of Louisa Biggs and William A Rutledge, was born March 26, 1866 on a farm south of Sharpsburg. He passed away at a rest home in Bedford Wednesday, March 14, 1962 after a brief illness.

He was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Fisher of Conway, and to this union 7 children were born.

Mr. Rutledge lived all his life in Taylor County.  He lived on a farm a mile south of Sharpsburg until in 1933 when he retired and moved to town to make his home with his son, Ralph. In 1959 he entered a nursing home.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen (Ella) in 1932, and by his oldest daughter, Eva Jordon of Harrisburg, Ill., also his father, mother, 3 sisters, Mary Frances (Polly) Smith of Sharpsburg, Kate Jones, Sharpsburg and one brother, John Edward Rutledge of Sharpsburg.  He lost two grandsons in World War II,

W Allan Rutledge and Donald Jordan.

He is survived by George F. of Omaha, Ralph A. of Sharpsburg, Harriet Newport, Clarinda, Helen Shum, Omaha and one brother, Tom T. Rutledge of Boise, Idaho.  He had eleven grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Services were conducted by the Rev. James Scheckler, pastor of the Methodist church in Sharpsburg at Bedford Friday, March 16 at 2 pm with burial in Lexington cemetery.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Schmitt, Anthony W.-

Anthony (Tony) Schmitt, 88, died Tuesday morning at a Des Moines hospital. He had been a barber more than 60 years, in Des Moines, first, then for many years in Lenox The family home was on E. Temple street. Mrs. Schmitt died about three years ago and since that time he had lived with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Quinn but had visited other children while Mr. Quinn was sick.

The funeral will be at St. Patrick's Church at 10 a. m. Thursday, the Rev. Reisz officiating. Rosary will be said at the Bender Home Wednesday evening.

Six children survive: Lawrence of Kennewick, Wash., Floyd and Don of Des Moines; Hugh of Omaha; Margaret Shaw, Des Moines, Mrs. Quinn of Lenox, also 10 grandchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Schmitt, Anthony W. -

Anthony W Schmltt, 88, son of Valentine and Barbara Eberle Schmitt, was born March 10, 1874, on a farm near Sedalia, Mo. He passed away at the Des Moines general hospital March 27, after a brief illness.

He was united in marriage to Dora R Trost of Lenox, Feb 14, 1901, and to this union 6 children were born.

Mr Schmitt came to Lenox when quite young and lived here until 1924 when they moved to Des Moines. In 1945 they moved back to Lenox where he lived until his death. Mrs Schmitt died in 1959 and he spent his remaining years with his daughter and her husband, Bernice and Bill Quinn.

He retired in 1959 after barbering for over 60 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora, his father and mother, 5 sisters and 3 brothers.

He is survived by two daughters, Bernice Quinn of Lenox and Margaret Shaw of Des Moines and 4 sons: Lawrence of Kennewick, Wash, Hugh of Omaha and Floyd and Donald of Des Moines; three sisters, Mrs Tillie O'Dell and Mrs Josephine Honald of Peoria, Ill, and Mrs Mary Bowman of Rensallear, Ind, three brothers Joseph and William of Des Moines and John of Red Bluff, Calif, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held Thursday morning at 10 a m from the St Patricks church with Rev Adam Relsz officiating. Burial was in Memory Gardens.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday April 12, 1962


Spring, Jessie McClelland -

Mrs Jessie Spring, 79, died at the Lenox Rest Home Saturday at 6 a m. The funeral was Tuesday at Mt Zion Presbyterian Church southwest of Corning with the Rev W H Sinning delivering the sermon. Burial was in the Methodist Grove cemetery near Brooks. Survivors include one stepdaughter, Mrs Lowell Wilson.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 15, 1962


Spring, Jessie McClelland -

Jessie, daughter of Paul M. and Laura McClelland was born in Adams Co, lowa on May 18 1882, and passed from this life on Feb. 10, 1962. Most of her life was spent in Adams county where she attended the rural school at Methodist Grove district and later taught school in Adams and Taylor counties.

The mother of the family died in 1898 and it was the lot of Jessie and her sister Montie to rear and mother a large family of younger children. That love was evident throughout the remainder of her life.

At an early age she professed her faith in a Supreme Being and she was a devout Christian throughout her life. She united with the Mt. Zion Presbyterian church and until the time  of moving to Lenox in 1954 was a devoted and active worker in the church.

On Jan. 19, 1915, she was united in marriage with Michael P. Spring who preceded her in death. She is survived by one step daughter, Mrs. Lowell Wilson, Mr. Wilson, three grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, one sister,  Mrs Edwin  J. Paulus of Bethlehem, Pa., and one brother, Frank McClelland of Norfolk, Neb.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday February 22, 1962


Thompson, E L -

Mrs. Claude Reynolds received word of the death of her sister's husband, E, L. Thompson, Monday night at Chadron, Nebr. His widow is the former Jesse Cowan, daughter of Mrs. Ella Cowan of Lenox. Mr. Thompson was a druggist in Chadron.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 29, 1962


Toland, Velma -

Mrs Velma Toland of Kansas City, Mo, died in a hospital there Monday morning. The body was brought to Bender's Funeral Home and services will be held at the home here Friday at 10 a m, with burial in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs Toland leaves a son Jesse Jr, and 2 grandsons. She was a sister-in-law of Mrs Hulda Pearson, Mrs Clark Moore and Branch Toland. Her husband, Jesse, preceded her in death.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 22, 1962


Westlake, Jesse -

Jesse Wesflake, 83, died, at 4 p m Saturday at the home of his nephew, William Westlake northwest of Lenox. He had made his home there for the last seven years.

Funeral services were Monday at Corning. Rev A J Clements officiated. Burial was in the Mount Etna cemetery.

Mr Westlake is survived by a sister, Mrs Ben Hardisty of Corning and four stepchildren.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 22, 1962


Wiand, Pauline McManus -

Mrs Pauline Wiand died Friday evening at a hospital in Illinois. She had been with a sister, Mrs. Elmer Miller at Reynolds, Ill. The body was returned to the Bender Funeral home and services were conducted Monday at 10 a m at St. Patrick church, with burial in the Lenox cemetery.

Mrs Wiand was born July 18, 1907, the daughter of Thomas and Lenore McManus, She was married to Henry Wiand Feb 5, 1930 and lived in the Sharpsburg vicinity. After his death she went to live with her sister. She was a member of St Patrick's church.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa February 22, 1962


Wiand, Pauline McManus -

Mrs Pauline Wiand passed away at 8 p m Friday night, Feb 10 at St Anthonys hospital, Rock Island, Ill. Her body was taken to the Crummy Funeral home in Viola where the Rosary was recited Saturday evening. She was brought to the Bender Funeral home Sunday where the Rosary was recited Sunday evening.

Funeral services were held Monday morning in St Patricks Church at Lenox with Father Reisz officiating. Burial was in Fairview cemetery. Pall bearers were Gene Norton, Charles Wiand, Francis Wiand, Paul Vanderpluym, Donovan McManus and Leo McManus.

Mrs Wiand was born July 18, 1907 in Kent, a daughter of Thomas and Lenora Donovan McManus. She was reared and received her education in the Lenox vicinity. She was married to Henry Wiand in St Patricks Church Feb 5, 1930.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

She was a member of the church and its Altar Society.

They had resided in Sharpsburg and Conway communities until the death of her husband October 16, 1952. She then moved to Lenox where she made her home until illness made it impossible for her to be alone. She then stayed with her sister, Mrs Cleo Miller who survives, also a niece Mrs Eloise Petersen of Milan, Ill, and a nephew Drexel Miller of Reynolds, Ill.

Lenox Time Table, Lenox, Iowa Thursday March 15, 1962