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Hiram Willits, 1821-1892

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Thu, 09 Dec 1999

Surname: Willits, Johnson

MENDOCINO DISPATCH DEMOCRAT Friday April 1, 1892 Pg. 2 Col. 5

ANOTHER PIONEER GONE
HIRAM WILLITS DIES IN SAN FRANCISCO WHILE ON A VISIT THERE

The citizens of this place as well as of the county at large were considerably shocked last Sunday to learn of the death of Hiram Willits of Willits which occurred at the Russ House, San Francisco, early that morning.

For many years deceased had been a great sufferer from asthma and during the past winter has been afflicted to an unusual degree with it. A couple of weeks ago he went to San Francisco, accompanied by his wife, to try to secure relief by medical treatment. He continued to grow worse and on Sunday morning he breathed his last. Asthma affected his heart very badly, and we are informed that the-immediate cause of his death was heart disease. The body of deceased, accompanied by the suffering widow and a niece, was brought up on Monday's train and taken to Willits, where on Tuesday it was interred in Sawyers cemetery, being followed to its last resting place by his bereaved wife, brother-in-law, two nephews and a large concourse of friends.

Hiram Willits was born in Wayne county, Indiana, February 5, 1821. Accompanied by his wife he came across the plains to California in 1850 and settled at Rough and Ready, near Hang Town, going into the hotel business. In 1854 he moved to Colusa county and began farming and stock raising, remaining there until 1857 when he came to Mendocino and settled in Little Lake Valley, on the ranch he has ever since made his home. He began merchandising in 1865, his store being the nucleus of the little town that bears his name. He was postmaster at Willits for over twenty years. He was elected supervisor in 1860 and held that office for two terms of two years each. He was again elected to the same office in 1872 and served for four years. At the time of his death he was a member of the Willits board of town trustees. He has always been a public spirited citizen and has always given a helping hand to local enterprise. The ranch which he owned in partnership with his brother-in-law, 0. Johnson, is one of the finest in the county. Deceased was an admirer of fine stock, both cattle and horses, and raised some of the fastest thoroughbred stock in the state. He was a man of strict integrity and sterling honesty, considering his word as good as his bond and it was with all who knew him. In his death Mendocino county loses one of its oldest and best pioneers. He was married in 1844 to Margaret J. Johnson who survives him. They had no children. To the aged widow will go out the warmest sympathy of a large circle of friends in the county and elsewhere.


Laura CALVIN- LANCASTER-KRESS

Posted by Pat LANCASTER <emocg52@hotmail.com> on Wed, 08 Dec 1999, in response to James L. Lancaster ~ 10 Nov 1895 - 22 Nov 1967, posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: LANCASTER, KRESS, PINKMAN, HOWELL, CALVIN

I am trying to find the name of my Great Grandpa LANCASTER. My father thinks his name was Delbert and that he had many brothers. He married Laura CALVIN-LANCASTER (SSN: 532-20-7988) born: 28FEB 1878 and died: SEP 1968, Kirkland, Wash. They had two children Hannah LANCASTER-PINKMAN (SSN: 532-24-4528) born: 06APR 1899 Council Bluffs, IA and died: 27AUG 1997 Auburn, Wash. Clarence Edward LANCASTER (SSN: 535-01-3849) born 23JAN 1901 Council Bluffs, IA and died: May 1976 Maple Valley, Wash.
Laura CALVIN-LANCASTER left my G Grandpa shortly after Clarence was born (1902-1910) and Laura moved to St Paul, Minn and eventually settled in Seattle, Wash where she married Ed KRESS. I will provide detailed information on all the afforementioned surnames. If you have any information on a Delbert LANCASTER or Laura CALVIN I would greatly appreciate it


Margaret Jane Johnson Willits d. 11-13-1902

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Wed, 08 Dec 1999

Surname: Johnson, Willits

The death of Mrs. M. J. Willits, a pioneer, a philanthropist and a noble woman, is genuinely regretted. By her death Mendocino [Co. CA] lost one of those grand characters who blazed the trail. She was born in Ohio in 1827, and married Hiram Willits in 1844. They crossed the plains in 1850, and went to the mines of Nevada county. They remained there a year and then went to Colusa county. From Colusa they came to this valley in 1857. Here husband and wife lived and died. Hiram Willits owned the first store and built the first brick building in town. Fifteen years ago Willits was incorporated under the name of its founder. The surviving members of the family are a brother and sister, who reside in Iowa; T. B. Johnson, a brother, who is city marshal of Willits, and who recently accompanied the deceased on a visit to the old home in Iowa. There are three other original heirs to the property of the deceased, which is valued at about $15,000, and is divided share and share alike. T. B. Johnson is the administrator. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of people. Rev. Harry C. Richardson of the M. E. church officiated.
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LITTLE LAKE HERALD - November 19, 1902
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Note: Margaret Jane Johnson dau. of William and Nancy Crain Johnson. Married Hiram Willits 1845 in Van Buren Co. IA


Samuel H. Scott 1819-1909

Posted by Rich Lowe on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Scott, Murry, Murray, Allender

SAMUEL H. SCOTT

Samuel Hiram Scott was born April 5th 1819, in Columbiana county, Ohio, and died at his home in Vernon, Io., September 27th, 1909. He learned the millwright and miller trade in early boyhood. He was married to Miss Matilda Murry, December 18th 1830, in Columbiana county, Ohio. Eleven children, five boys and six girls, were born to them, all of whom are living. The three oldest were born in Ohio, the other eight in Van Buren county, Iowa. He moved with his family to Iowa the spring of 1845, stopping at Franklin, Lee county, remaining there one year, then moving to south Bentonsport (now Vernon), the spring of 1846, and resumed work at his trade in the flouring mill then owned by George C. Allender and brothers, remaining there until the spring of 1865 when he moved to a farm ,on Vernon Prairie, remaining there u ntil the spring of 1869, when he moved to a farm north of Bentonsport, remaining there until the fail of 1870, when he moved to Knoxville, Marion Co., Iowa. The spring of 1873 be returned to Bentonsport, remaining there until the fall of 1876, when he moved to Selma. The spring of 1877 he moved back to Vernon where he ever afterwards lived. There are left to morn his death, tile wife, 11 children, 39 grand children, 57 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at the Vernon M. E. church Tuesday, September 28th by Rev, H. C. Druse, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Bentonsport cemetry [sic]. All of the eleven children were present.
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From Obit Book C, p. 118, Keosauqua Public Library, Genealogical Dept.

Also see obit of wife Matilda at link shown below.


Mrs. Mamie (Folker) Lynch

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Lynch, Folker, Boyer, Walton, VanAuken

MRS. LYNCH DIES IN PEORIA, SUNDAY
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(Gate City Tri-State News)
FARMINGTON, Iowa, Rt. 2, Feb. 25--Word was received by relatives of the death in Peoria, Ill., last Sunday of Mrs. Mamie Folker Lynch.

Mrs. Lynch was the eldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Folker who were prominent farmers of the Flat Rock community west of town.

Mrs. Lynch was preceded in death by her husband and a daughter by a former marriage. Those surviving are one son, Elery Boyer of Hammond, Ind., and several grandchildren; one brother, Irvin Folker, Peoria, and two sisters, Mrs. Ida Walton, Peoria, and Mrs. Stella VanAuken of Farmington, and a number of cousins in and around Farmington.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 40 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Tressie Taylor (Mrs. Harry Bartlow)

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Bartlow, Taylor

MRS. HARRY BARTLOW

Friends here received word of the death of Mrs. Harry Bartlow in a Chicago hospital. Mrs. Bartlow was a former well known Farmington girl during the time that her parents, Rev. and Mrs. John H. Taylor, lived here. Tressie Taylor graduated with the class of 1913 of the Farmington high school.

She is survived by the husband and three small children, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor of New Sharon, a brother, Max, and a sister, Miss Dorothea Taylor of Chicago.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 40 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Handwritten at top of obit is "V. B. Record 6 May 1937.")

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P. E. Walker ~ 04 Oct 1852 - 14 Aug 1911

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Walker, McCullough

OBITUARY

The following obituary of P. E. Walker was handed us last week by Rev. J. W. Carson, but too late for publication in that issue:

P. E. Walker was born Oct. 4, 1852, at Libertyville, Iowa, Jefferson county. He was a strong, robust child until the age of 14, when he jumped from a tree fifteen or twenty feet high and injured himself, from which he never fully recovered and was laid up at this time for some months. After he recovered sufficiently he worked on a farm until a young man, when he commenced to teach school and was a school teacher for ten or more years. Mrs. Walker, his wife, was one of his pupils and it was in the school room that ties were formed that have never been broken.

He and his brother Will studied law together, but he never took the examination. Feb. 15, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Olietta C. McCullough on the old home farm two miles north of Douds. They moved immediately to a farm one mile south of Leando and remained on the farm for four years and left on account of failing health and moved to Leando, after which he went to Shenandoah and took a commercial course. On his return from Shenandoah he was elected recorder of Van Buren county and served for four years, at the expiration of which time he went into the abstract and realty business, and followed that, with the exception of his stay in Burlington, the remainder of his life.

I want to speak now of the most enjoyable part of his life--his christian life. He was converted at the age, or thereabout, of 14, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church and was ever after one of the strong pillars of the church, faithful in every department of church work. He was one of God's great Bible teachers.

Four children came to gladden their home, Erwin of Keokuk, Elda who died in infancy, Floyd of Ottumwa, and Bertha yet at home.

He went to Keokuk June 26 for an operation and was operated on June 27. The operation seemed to be very successful. He recovered nicely and on Friday, July 28, went to the home of his son in Keokuk and was so happy at the thought that he was on the way to his home in Keosauqua, expecting in the next move to go home. On Sunday, Aug. 6, they sang from memory many of the old familiar songs he had learned in his youth, and the neighbors remarked what a sweet voice he had.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. A. Field, assisted by Rev. J. W. Carson, Rev. G. W. Barber and Rev. W. H. Slack.

He departed this life August 14, 199. Peace to his memory.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 40 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Matilda Scott Obit. d. 1915

Posted by Rich Lowe on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Scott, Frazee, Murry, Murray, White, Eaton, Jackson, Corns

Mrs. Scott, Aged 97, Dies

Wednesday evening of last week Mrs. Matilda M. Scott died at the home of her daughter Mrs. N. J. Frazee in Keosauqua, aged 97 years, 2 months and 7 days. She was born in Meggs county, Ohio, and on Dec. 18, 1839, was married to Samuel H. Scott. In 1849 they moved to Vernon, Van Buren county, Iowa, where the husband engaged in milling and continued in that business until the flouring mills at Vernon and Bentonsport discontinued operation. Mr. Scott died in 1909, after which Mrs. Scott made her home in Keosauqua with her daughter. She was the mother of eleven children, all living except Warren, a miller by profession, who died in Bentonsport a few years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. N. J. Frazee, Mrs. Ellen White, Mrs. Carolina Eaton, Mrs. Rebecca Jackson, John Scott, Mrs. Mary Corns, Mrs. Hattie Corns, Frank, George and Winfield. There are 37 grandchildren, 71 great grand children and 22 great great grand children. The funeral and burial were at Vernon, Friday, Nov. 12, 1915, services in charge of Eld. Lewis of the Keosauqua Christian church. Few mothers die, leaving surviving immediate descendents to the number of 140, as is instanced with Mrs. Scott.
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Date of obit. nor newspaper given. This obit. in Obit. book A, p. 319, at the Keosauqua Public Library, Genealogical Dept.

See obit of husband at link shown below.


George Reisner

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Reisner, Von Seggen

GEORGE REISNER IS KILLED WHEN STRUCK BY CAR
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WAS WALKING ON THE RIVER BRIDGE AT FARMINGTON. INQUEST HELD
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George Reisner died early Monday morning in a Keokuk hospital because of a broken back and other injuries received when he was struck by an automobile Saturday night on the river bridge at Farmington.

The car which struck Mr. Reisner was probably driven by Verle Allen of Bonaparte who was accompanied by Ira Warner. The young men say that they did not know of their car hitting anyone, but they do well remember of their eyes being blinded by the lights of a truck to such an extent while crossing the bridge that a part of their car struck the bridge railing. They did not stop.

Mr. Reisner was carried to the Marsh Service Station, and from there was taken to the St. Joseph's hospital in Keokuk by Harold Page and Dr. Coffin. Both legs were broken.

The Farmington bridge is narrow and quite dangerous for night driving. It is especially dangerous for pedestrians if there happens to be much traffic.

Mr. Reisner's age was 63. He is survived by three children. At the time of the accident he was walking across the bridge toward the home of his brother-in-law, Ed Von Seggen, west of town.

Coroner Harold Catcott made an investigation of the accident and called an inquest with jury. Members of the jury were S. O. Satterly, Frank Thews and Elmer Henshaw. W. B. Newbold was the coroner's attorney, and Mrs. Lola McIntosh was clerk. The verdict found that the deceased, George Reisner, came to his death when hit by a car driven by Verle Allen but the opinion of the jury is that said Verle Allen did not see George Reisner or know that he had struck him.

Several witnesses were called, and the inquest continued for about four hours. The evidence showed that Mr. Allen knew he had struck something for the handle was broken from the door of his car and the fender damaged.

Mr. Allen said he had come to Farmington earlier in the evening and had gone to Farmington state park. He was returning from there to Farmington when the accident occurred.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 40 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mary A. (Thompkins) Young McCoy ~ 20 Apr 1841 - 29 Sep 1909

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Thompkins, Young, McCoy, Wise, Edwards, Heady, Reynolds, Langley

OBITUARY-McCOY

Mary A. Thompkins was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, April 20, 1841, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. M. Wise, in Page county, this state, September 29, 1909, aged 68 years, 5 months and 9 days.

She was married to Abram Young in 1860. To this union was born one child, William Young, of Dodgeville, Wisconsin, who was with his mother during her last hours, remaining for the funeral.

Mrs. Young was married to Daniel McCoy June 11, 1867. To this union were born six children, five sons and one daughter. One son, Albert, died about two years ago. The others, Jesse, Fred, Charles and Curtiss and the daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Wise, all live in or near Villisea and were at their mother's bedside when death came.

The deceased united with the Baptist church at the early age of fifteen years, but after moving to Page county in 1869, she united with the Methodist church at North Grove. She was an every-day Christian and impressed all who knew her with the sincerity of her belief.

Besides the children named she leaves five step-children, William, Monroe, and Alva McCoy and Mrs. Ella Edwards, of this vicinity and Mrs. Retta Heady of St. Joseph, Missouri, two sisters, Mrs. O. P. Reynolds and Mrs. J. H. Wise, also of this vicinity, one brother, James Thompkins, who lives in Oregon, two half-brothers, J. E. Langley of Keokuk and C. B. Langley, of Des Moines.

Mrs. McCoy was a patient, kind and loving mother; a loyal friend, and neighbor. In her death the community has lost one whose place cannot be filled in the home, the church or the community.

The funeral was held from North Grove church Friday, October 1, 1909, at eleven o'clock, conducted by Rev. C. A. Carlson and was attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends. Four sons and two step-sons were the pall-bearers. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Smith, Miss Minnie Moore and Henry Weber rendered sweet and appropriate music while Miss Ethel Cook presided at the organ. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful.

Interment was in the North Grove cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 39 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Vallie (Callum) Mitchell ~ 17 Oct 1873 - 13 Jul 1894

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Mitchell, Callum

MITCHELL

At the home of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Mitchell, in Bonaparte, July 13, '94, Mrs. George E. Mitchell.

She was the daughter of William C. and Caroline Callum and was born near Bonaparte, October 17, 1873, married to George E. Mitchell September 14, 1893. She leaves to mourn her loss a father, mother, husband, sister and one brother and a large circle of friends. Although young Vallie had been a faithful worker for the master. She first united with the Presbyterian church and afterwards with the Baptist church of which she was a faithful member at the time of her death.

Vallie was loved by her many friends for her happy disposition and sunny countenance and thoughtfulness in making others happy. To have heard of her was to reverence her; to have seen her was to honor her; and to have known her was to love her.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. M. Cooney, pastor of the Baptist church at Harrisburg.

Opening was a song 210 in Gospel Hymns No, 6, scripture reading and prayer, followed by song No. 373 in Gospel Hymns combined. Sermon from the text I Cor. 15th chapter and 53d verse: "For this corruption must put on incorruption, and this mortal must yut [sic] on immortality."

The profusion of flowers and the many who come to pay their last regards showed to some extent the reverence and confidence Vallie had of the people. The remains were interred in the Bonaparte cemetery Sunday morning and were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 39 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Dr. Hugh Holmes Bradford ~ 30 July 1867 - 04 July 1894

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Bradford, Parker

BRADFORD

Dr. Hugh Holmes Bradford, son of Anthony and Annie E. Bradford, was born in VanBuren county, Iowa, July 30, 1867, died in Dallas, Texas, July 4, 1894, aged 26 years, 11 months and 5 days. He lived a christian life for several years, but never united with any church until in June he was taken into the Baptist church, at Harrisburg, in this county. He has been a patient sufferer for over two years. He was married in June, 1891, to Miss Susie Parker, at Fort Smith, Missouri. He leaves a devoted and ever faithful wife, and one sister to mourn his loss.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 39 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Guy R. Hixon ~ 11 Nov 1870 - 10 Jul 1894

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Hixon

HIXON

Died at the home of his father in Cedar township, Lee county, Iowa, Tuesday, July 10, 1894, Guy R. Hixon.

Deceased was born in Lee county, November 11, 1870, and was 23 years 9 months and 29 days old. He spent his life with his parents. A couple years ago he went west in hopes of regaining his impared [sic] health, but returned to his father's home in June 1893, where he remained until his death. A father, sister and seven brothers survive to mourn his death. The funeral occurred Wednesday and the remains were buried in the Bale's cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 39 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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William Humphryes ~ 14 Dec 1812 - 10 Jul 1894

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Humphryes, Beckingham

OBITUARY

Died--At his home in Bonaparte Iowa July 10th, 1894, William Humphryes aged 81 yrs. 6 mo. 26 days.

Deceased was born in Portsmouth England Dec. 14 1812, moved from there to London England, where in Sept. 1834 he was married to Miss Hannah Beckingham, they came to the United States in May 1845 and settled in Iowa where they resided during the remainder of their lives; his wife died March 10th 1884.

Seven children were born to them four sons and three daughters three of the sons have died leaving three daughters and one son four brothers and one sister to mourn their loss, one brother and the sister reside in England. The funeral took place from the residence in Bonaparte July 12 1894 Rev. G. W. Barber of Eldon conducting the services.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 39 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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George F. Good

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Good, Coulter

OBITUARY

The death of George F. Good at Hoopstown, Ill., and burial here last week ends a sad chapter of human life. The deceased was born in Farmington Dec. 31, 1863 and grew to manhood here among his boyhood associates. Always a musical enthusiast he early turned his attention to the Farmington Band. He remained a member of the organization until his removal to Illinois about two years ago. He married about ten years ago, but his home was broken up and he was left to care for three small children, who now survive him. Leaving Farmington he moved to Chicago taking his children with him. There he worked at his trade of painting and maintained and cared for his little family. Last winter his mother joined him and was in charge of his home when he died. Just a week before his death he went to Hoopstown and accepted a position in a carriage paint shop and arranged to move his family to their new home. He was not feeling well on Sunday, but started to get ready to go to Chicago when he fell forward and was soon dead. His landlady heard him fall and rushed to see what was the matter, but found him half crouched in the corner of the room. She raised him up, he gave one gasp, and all was over. F. E. Coulter, brother-in-law of the deceased repaired to Hoopstown and shipped the remains here for burial. Funeral services were held from the Coulter home on Thursday afternoon, Rev. J. H. Taylor in charge. Besides his three children he leaves his mother, a sister and one brother to mourn his untimely death.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 38 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Sarah Emily (Guess) Mattox ~ 27 Sep 1854 - 25 Oct 1932

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Guess, Mattox, Wells, Findlay, Reisner, Cahill, Thompson

SARAH EMILY MATTOX

Sarah Emily Guess was born near Bonaparte, Iowa Sept. 27th 1854. She married Joseph Mattox in the autumn of 1875. No children were born to this union.

Emily Mattox was a faithful and loving wife. For fifty-seven years she shared the sorrows and joys of the little home.

A woman of few words, she was much appreciated by her friends and neighbors. Her dutiful life needed no words to explain it.

Left to mourn her passing are Joseph Mattox, her huband, two sisters, Mrs. Lydia Wells of Farmington and Mrs. Francis Findlay of Sycamore, Ill. and her brother Oliver Guess of Bonaparte. Four neices [sic], Mrs. Belle Reisner of Centerville, Inez Wells at home, Carol Wells of Detroit, Michigan and Mrs. Myrtle Cahill, two nephews George Wells of Farmington and Seth Thompson of Keokuk and other relatives living at a distance.

Mrs. Mattox has been an invalid for six years, but during the last four months has suffered intensely.

Her death was the result of a complication of diseases, including cancer, heart leakage, dropsy and asthma.

She passed away Tuesday Oct 25 1932 at 4:30 p.m. at her home.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon from the late home of the deceased in charge of Rev. Horace Ireland.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 38 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Sarah Eleanor (Mathias) Woods

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Woods, Mathias, Dupree, Cruikshank, Hyatt

SARAH WOODS CALLED HOME
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DAUGHTER OF MR AND MRS JAMES MATHIAS DIED WED. NOV. 14
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Mrs. Sarah Eleanor Woods, daughter of James and Louisa Mathias, was born near Willett, Iowa, January 17, 1867 and was reared to womanhood on the farm.

She united with the Congregational church at Athens, Mo., in her girlhood under the ministrations of Rev. Wiggen, pastor at that time.

She was married to Mr. William O. Woods, October 5th, 1890, to them was born one son and one daughter, Mr. John Woods of Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Mrs. Rosie Dupree of New Sharon, Iowa, and four step children whom she reared, Mrs. Mattie Druikshank of Bloomfield, Iowa, Mr. Harvey Woods of Amarilla, Texas, Mr. M. L. Woods of Verndale, Minn., and Mrs. Flora Hyatt of Verndale, Minn. Mrs. Woods home was at Oskaloosa, Iowa, but about eight weeks ago she came to visit her father's family here. For the past four years she has been afflicted with internal disease progressive in its nature. And in the hope of a cure she has been under treatment at the Mayo Institution.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 38 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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L. H. Mills

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: Mills, Wright

CALLED HOME

During the past few months death has visited our community many times. Old and young have fallen into his icy grasp, and surviving relatives and friends have been left to mourn and weep. But in no instance has the pallid monster seared more hearts than he did last Monday morning, when he took our beloved brother, friend and citizen, L. H. Mills, from our midst. By the most of us the blow was unexpected, and fell with a force at once sudden and terrific. Almost before we knew our brother was seriously ill he had passed beyond.

H. L. [sic] Mills was born in Henderson county, Ill., March 14th, 1854. When he was fourteen years of age he was converted and united with the Baptist church of Roseita, Illinois; removed to Iowa in 1874, where he united with the church at Bonaparte by letter; in 1882 he removed to Farmington and united with the Baptist church of that place. Returned to Bonaparte in 1885, and again transferred his membership to the Baptist church of the same place.

On the 25th day of June 1879, the deceased was united in marriage with Miss Lucy A. Wright, of Bonaparte, by whom he had three children, two sons and one daughter, one of the sons died in infancy. A wife, two children, one brother, three sisters and an aged mother, are left to mourn their loss.

Bro. Mills was one of the men whom to know was to respect and love, and whose real value is not appreciated until he is taken from us. He was a noble, wise and intelligent christian gentleman. A man who adorned his profession of the pure religion of Christ, and honored his race by his noble character. Words cannot express our loss. In the church he was one of the best, in the Sabbath School he was the leader, in the home, a loving husband and father.

We mourn! but not as those who have no hope. In the home of the blessed and pure, he lives, whom we call dead. There amid the glories of heaven we shall meet him forever. Thus while death robs us of our loved ones now, he must usher us into their presence some future day, and then tearless and deathless we shall enjoy their companionship forever.

The bereaved family have our sincere sympathy and most earnest prayer. May the divine Father so lead us that when we pass beyond it shall be said of us, "he lived pure and true among his dying friends, now he reigns in purity and trust among his immortal brothers."
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Mr. Mills was sick about two weeks with remittent fever with strong typhoid symptoms, which developed into a spinal trouble. As a business man his character was above reproach and he had the love and respect of his associates in all departments of business, and after a period of seven years he had built up a fair trade, having no disposition to gain anything beyond a fair living.

The funeral took place Thursday, April 21st, at the Baptist church, Bonaparte Lodge, I. O. O. F., of which he was an honored member, with several brethren from Farmington and Bentonsport, numbering about fifty, proceeded to the residence where they took charge of the remains. The pall bearers were: C. Hall, J. O. Morris, P. Bradford, C. Henkle, H. Dauber, W. Cornell, George Scott, [?] Farmington, Marshall. After depositing the casket in the hearse the procession proceeded to the Baptist church, which was filled with sympathising friends and citizens. Rev. McMasters conducted the services and delivered an affecting eulogy on the life of the departed, and read a beautiful poem. He preached an eloquent discourse from the 77th Pslam [sic] and 19th verse. The choir sang appropriate selections, and by request, "Am I a Soldier of the cross." After all had taken a last sad view of him they loved and respected as well in life, the pall bearers took up the earthly tabernacle and bore it to the hearse, passing through two lines of brethren with uncovered heads. The procession then wended its sorrowful way to the silent city of the dead. There the brethren formed a circle around the grave, joining hands and with bared heads, while the Chaplain, Rev. D. McMasters, and Thos. Spurgeon, of Farmington, N.C., read the beautiful burial service of the Order. Each brother then deposited a slip of evergreen in the grave, in token that his memory should ever remain green in the hearts of his brethren. Rev. McMasters returned thanks to the people for their kindness and pronounced the benediction, when all returned to their homes to take up the cares of life, that had been laid down by the brother. The floral emblems were handsome and appropriate. This was the first funeral of an Odd Fellow held in Bonaparte for over sixteen years, and it is hoped a longer period may elapse before we shall be called upon to repeat the ceremony, although none can tell who will be the next. "Be ye also ready."
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IN MEMORIAM
by Lee Bishop

Mother weep no more for father
He is with the angels now;
He obeyed God's holy summons,
Went before the throne to bow,
Went to join the angel band,
On the happy heavenly shore;
Clasped his savior by the hand,
We will meet him here no more.

But we'll meet in Heaven above,
Where all cares will there be past;
We'll be free from sin and pain,
Then away all cares we'll cast.
God has called the loved one home,
From the weary trials of earth;
For in golden streets to roam,
But we'll miss him by our hearth.

Gertie dearest, cease your weeping,
Comfort Mamma in her grief;
All your gentle words of comfort,
Will give her poor heart relief.
Baby Arthur calls for Papa,
Though he know death has come;
Wonders why so long he lingers,
"Why my Papa don't come home."

But dear friends now turn to Jesus,
Lean for comfort on his word;
He will heal a heart's that broken,
He will lead you on to God.
He will bring you where your husband
Dwells in peace and glorious light;
And you'll dwell again with father,
In a world where there's no night.
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RESOLUTIONS OF CONDOLENCE

Whereas, It has pleased the Almighty Ruler of the Universe, to remove from our midst our beloved brother, L. H. Mills, be it
RESOLVED, That in his death, Bonaparte Lodge No. 22 I.O.O.F. has sustained the loss of an honored brother, the town an upright and respected citizen, and the family an affectionate and loving husband and father. And, be it further
RESOLVED, That we extend to the bereaved family our warmest sympathy and aid in this their sore hour of affliction.
RESOLVED, That those resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Lodge, a copy presented to the bereaved family, and be published in the BONAPARTE RECORD.

D. T. Sherman,}
W. E. Smith, } COMMITTEE
J. H. Maloney,}

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 37 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given though the BONAPARTE RECORD is referenced. Top of this page is headlined "SUPPLEMENT".)

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O. H. P. Johnson 1823-1894

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Fri, 19 Nov 1999

Surname: JOHNSON, CRANE, CRAIN, WILLITS

Death of O. H. P. Johnson
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Oliver H. P. Johnson of Willits was found dead in an outbuilding of the Ukiah House about 7:15? o'clock on Tuesday, a victim to heart disease. He had not been feeling well of late and came down from his home at Willits and was under the medical care of Dr. W. N. Moore. His friends heard him complaining a little that morning but were surprised to learn of his death within half an hour afterwards. The deceased was one of the earliest settlers at Willits, and was an equal partner of Hiram Willits, now deceased, in a large farming and stock ranch in Little Lake valley.

The deceased was a native of Ohio, and was aged seventy years. He had never married, and the only relative he had in the State is Mrs. Hiram Willits, who is his sister.

The remains of deceased were conveyed to Willits on Tuesday evening and were interred in the Little Lake cemetery on Wednesday.
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Note: Oliver Hazard Perry Johnson was the son of William and Nancy Crain Johnson of Van Buren Co. IA. He would have been in Van Buren Co. from 1837 to about 1850.


Miss Ruth Ella Reisner ~ 27 Oct 1865 - 26 Oct 1932

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Reisner

RUTH ELLA REISNER FOUND DEAD IN BED
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Well Known Farmington Woman Expires in Her Bed. Cause was Heart Trouble
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Ella Reisner, age 67, was found dead in her bed Wednesday afternoon. She is supposed to have died from heart trouble while sleeping.
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Ruth Ella Reisner, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Reisner, was born in Farmington, Iowa October 27, 1865, and died at her home in Farmington, October 26, 1932, at the age of 66 years, 11 months and 29 days.

She has spent her whole life in Farmington, living a quiet home life.

She united with the Christian church of Farmington, along with her mother when she was but a child. She, with her mother, was always found in the house of worship until the church failed to hold service.

She leaves to mourn her departure two brothers, L. H. of Centerville and Henry E. of Webster City, Iowa, a host of friends and relatives.

Her mother preceded her in death in 1922 and her father in 1931.

A short service was held in the home conducted by Rev. J. V. Wright, pastor of the Baptist church. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery beside her father and mother.
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Ella Reisner was an unusual woman, in many ways. Her love for birds and flowers was uunsual [sic]. She gave flowers to the sick and convalescent, the aged people and the shut ins. Her garden was always a delight to those who could see it. Both the Rock Island and the Burlington trains ran past her door, and even the passengers could see and admire her great display of pretty blossoms. She never forgot a friend, and was always pleasant with those whom she met. She stood adamant for her friends and always spoke well of them. In her kindly way she resented any unkindly remarks made about them. She will be greatly missed.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 36 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Bernhard Rhyme died April 4, 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Rhyme, Donnelly

ALBERT BOWLES DIED WEDNESDAY
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DEATH LIST OF FOUR INCLUDES THE FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISOR
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BERNHARD RHYME

Mr. Bernhard Rhyme died about nine o'clock Wednesday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H. G. Donnelly, in Bonaparte. He had been seriously ill for several months.

Funeral services at the Donnelly home on Friday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Droz officiating.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 36 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given. The four people listed in this article are Albert Bowles, BERNHARD RHYME, Mrs. Henry Buchholz and Mrs. Stella Gilbert.)

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Albert Bowles died April 4, 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Bowles

ALBERT BOWLES DIED WEDNESDAY
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DEATH LIST OF FOUR INCLUDES THE FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISOR
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ALBERT BOWLES

Albert Bowles, former county supervisor, died at his home west of Farmington on Wednesday afternoon. Funeral services are to be held at Farmington on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 36 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given. The four people listed in this article are ALBERT BOWLES, Bernhard Rhyme, Mrs. Henry Buchholz and Mrs. Stella Gilbert.)

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Mrs. Stella Gilbert died April 5, 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999, in response to Stella (Creswell) Gilbert ~ 24 Jul 1862 - 05 Apr 1928, posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Gilbert, Cresswell

ALBERT BOWLES DIED WEDNESDAY
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DEATH LIST OF FOUR INCLUDES THE FORMER COUNTY SUPERVISOR
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MRS. STELLA GILBERT

Mrs. Stella Gilbert, who has been seriously ill at her home in Bonaparte for several months, died this morning about four o'clock. She had been making her home for several years with her son, Harry Gilbert, and her brother, Henry Cresswell.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 36 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given. The four people listed in this article are Albert Bowles, Bernhard Rhyme, Mrs. Henry Buchholz and MRS. STELLA GILBERT.)

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Mrs. Henry Buchholz died 05 Apr 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999, in response to Louise Wilhelmine Elizabeth (Woltje) Buchholz ~ 12 Jan 1851 - 05 Apr 1928, posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Buchholz

ALBERT BOWLES DIED WEDNESDAY
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Death List of Four Includes the Former County Supervisor
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MRS. HENRY BUCHHOLZ

Mrs. Henry Buchholz died this morning at her home on a farm south of Bonaparte where she had lived for many years. She had been seriously ill for only a short time.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 36 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given. The four people listed in this article are Albert Bowles, Bernhard Rhyme, MRS. HENRY BUCHHOLZ and Mrs. Stella Gilbert.)

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Claise Mitchell

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Mitchell

HUNTING ACCIDENT
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NINETEEN YEAR OLD YOUTH KILLED SUNDAY
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BODY WAS FOUND IN FIELD
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GUN WAS ACCIDENTLY DISCHARGED AND INFLICTED WOUND IN RIGHT SIDE
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A terrible accident took place about three miles southwest of Bonaparte Sunday evening or night, by which another human life was sacrificed to the propensity so common among people to kill birds and animals either for sport or to rid the country of them.

Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock Claise Mitchell, son of Thos. Mitchell, procured a gun and went out to shoot crows. Supper time came and the young man did not return, and not returning at nightfall, the family became alarmed and had a search instituted for him. A party scoured the vicinity until late into the night until finally about 1.30 [sic] o'clock Monday morning Everett Johnson came upon the young man's corpse. He had been shot in the side, the charge passing through him and coming out under his left arm.

He was lying on his back with his arms folded across his breast and it was evident to those who found him that he had been conscious a little while after receiving the wound, and that he had been conscious a little while after receiving ths [sic] wound [sic].

The gun which had cause [sic] his death was lying by his side. In it was an empty shell.

In the course of his hunting the young man had come upon a corn planter standing in a field on the Jacob Muntz firm [sic]. He had set his gun down by the planter, and in raising it up it had probably been accidentally discharged with the result above stated. After he was shot the young man walked to a plow standing in the field about 100 feet distant where his body was found. He was tracked from the planter to the plow not only by his footprints but by a trail of blood.

Young Mitchell was 19 years of age and was the oldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell. The funeral was held at Story chapel yesterday afternoon, the interment being in the Thompson cemetery. His tragic death was a great shock not only to his parents and near relatives, but to the whole community.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 36 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Abigail P. (Flint) Barber Meek ~ 24 Oct 1822- 22 Apr 1892

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Flint, Barber, Meek, Sanders, Leach, Foster, Kinney

Rest Thee in Peace!

Abigail P. Flint was born in Pottsdam, St. Lawrence county, New York, October 24th, 1822. There she grew to womanhood; and in the summer of 1847 came with her father's family to Iowa and settled at Albia, in Monroe county. There she was married to Dudley C. Barber, on the 21st day of March, 1848. To them were born three children, one daughter and two sons, the daughter dying in infancy. And on November 14th, 1851, her husband died in Monroe county. She came to Bonaparte with her two children, in June, 1853. On October 12th, 1856, she was married to Robert Meek, and to them were born four children, one daughter and three sons. The daughter, Alma Ida, died at the age of 5 years, 9 months and 4 days. Robert Meek died September 4th, 1885. Since then she has made her home with her son, L. C. Meek, at the old homestead in Bonaparte. In early life she embraced the Christian religion and united with the people called New Lights and remained a member of that church until after her removal to Bonaparte. She then united with the Baptist church of this place, and remained a member until her death. She departed this life on Friday, April 22d, 1892, at 4:40 a.m. She leaves to mourn their loss, five children: Geo. W. Barber, of Selma, Io.; D. C. Barber, of Denver, Ill.; L. C. and R. E. Meek, of Bonaparte, and O. L. Meek, of Des Moines, Iowa; and ten grand-children. Also five step-children, Mrs. E. A. Sanders of Bonaparte; Mrs. S. J. Leach, of Milton; Mrs. A. P. Foster, of Cantril; and William and R. F. Meek, who live in the west. One member of her father's family survives her, Mrs. Kinney, of New York. She has been an exemplary christian, an affectionate companion and a loving mother. As a proof of her devoted, affectionate disposition, she has during life, had the care of the children of four different families as it were, most of whom have grown to honored manhood and womanhood.
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While sitting at the breakfast table Sunday morning, April 17th, she was taken with a sinking spell, and in spite of the best medical skill she gradually sank away from earth, although conscious to the last, and bidding those around her bedside farewell.

The funeral services took place at the spacious mansion of the deceased at 2 o'clock p.m., Rev. D. McMasters assisted by Rev. Lee conducting the services, which commenced with the choir singing an Anthem. Rev. Lee read the 36th pslam [sic] and offered an earnest prayer. The choir sang, "Gathering homeward one by one." Rev. McMasters then read a short sketch of the life of the deceased and then preached an eloquent discourse from the 36th Pslam [sic], 5th to 11th verses inclusive. The choir sang, "Nearer my God to thee," when three hundred people passed through the room and gazed for the last time upon the earthly remains of the departed mother and friend. The procession then proceeded to the home of the dead, when gathering around the open sepulchre, the loved one was lowered into her last earthly home, beside her beloved companion, Robert Meek. "Earth to earth, dust to dust." The choir then sang, "It is well with my soul." Rev. Lee thanked the people for their presence and kindness, and pronounced the benediction.

The pall bearers were A. McDonald, Geo. W. Brown, Phil Eich, H. Humphryes, R. G. Rees, John Fry, W. Cates, C.C. Steadman. The casket was metalic and magnificent design, being mounted with gold trimmings. The grave was lined with white, and evergreen partially filled the space above the box containing the casket. Two hundred and thirty-four people were seated in the house. About fifty relatives were present. There were several floral emblems, among them a beautiful pillow inscribed with "At Rest," in blue flowers. The carriages of Farmington were called into requisition, for the relatives, and a number of people were present from that town. Geo. Fahr and Raymond Blackford assisted Undertaker Demple as ushers.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 35 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given; however the heading "SUPPLEMENT" is at the top of this page.)

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Mrs. Harry R. Jones (nee Blackmer)

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Jones, Blackmer, Neafie, Hols

MRS. HARRY R. JONES

Funeral services for Mrs. Harry Jones were held Wednesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church of Bonaparte with interment in Bonaparte cemetery. Mrs. Jones passed away Monday afternoon at her home in Ft. Madison after a lingering illness of several months.

She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Blackmer of Bonaparte and was educated in Bonaparte public schools of which she is a graduate.

Surviving members of the family are her husband, Harry R. Jones, and two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Neafie of Des Moines and Mrs. Edith Hols of Keokuk, and three grandchildren, also by one sister, Miss Benna Blackmer of Chicago.

NOTE: See obit of her mother, Mrs. Malvina Colusa Sturdivant Blackmer also posted on this forum.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 34 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Ernest Beard ~ 16 Jan 1872 - 20 Mar 1935

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Beard, Hogan, Dunlap, Cross, Johnson, Painter, Moore

ERNEST BEARD

Ernest Beard, son of Singleton and Louisiana Hogan Beard was born on a farm near Revere, Mo., Jan. 16, 1872, and passed away at his home in Farmington March 20, 1935, after less than two hours illness.

When he was five years old his father passed away and for the next eight years he made his home with his uncle, Samuel Beard of Revere, Mo. His mother precedd him in death on Jan. 7, 1903. His twin sister, Mrs. Mate Dunlap died in April 1909.

On Sept. 24, 1903, he was united in marriage to Mary Cross, daughter of Dr. Cross of Farmington, and since then they have made their home in Farmington, except for a short time while traveling for Mr. Beard's health.

He loved the farm and has always lived there as that was his loved profession.

He leaves to mourn his departure his devoted wife, three sisters, Mrs. Van Johnson and Mrs. C. S. Johnson of Revere, Mo., and Mrs. Tom Painter of Delmont, Colo., three double cousins, J. B. Beard, Bruce Beard and Mrs. Tom Moore of Revere, with whom he lived the eight years in his uncle's home and who were to him as brothers and sisters. Also a number of other cousins and several nieces and nephews, besides a host of friends. He loved children and was very fond of his nieces and nephews and their children.

He was a believer in Christ but not a professer of religion, nor a member of any church. He was a good neighbor and a good citizen, one who will be missed by all who knew him.

Services were held in the Baptist [cut-off]

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 34 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Leonard Bowles died January 18, 1897

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Bowles

Died, Jan. 18, 1897, Leonard Bowles, aged 11 years and two months, of pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wilkins at Acasto church on the 19th.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 34 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Pearle Frances Simmons ~ 21 Jul 1886 - 16 Oct 1935

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Simmons, Cunningham, Snook, Smith

MRS. CLYDE SIMMONS

Pearle Frances Simmons was born July 21, 1886, at Chillicothe, Mo., and departed this life Oct. 16, 1935, at Albuquerque, N. M., aged 49 years, 2 months and 25 days.

She was married to Clyde G. Simmons of Farmington June 19, 1907, at Chillicothe, Mo., moved to Wichita, Kansas, and later to New Mexico.

Four children were born to this union, three sons, Paul, Wayne and Gerald, and one daughter, Gladys, at home.

She became a member of the Christian church at 18 and lived a faithful Christian life.

She was in poor health for several years, and practically bedfast for the last four months.

The funeral was from the French Mortuary with burial in Sunset Memorial cemetery at Albuquerque.

Those left to mourn besides the husband and children are her mother, Mrs. Fanny Cunningham, and sister, Mrs. Geo. Snook and family of Bushnell, Ill., and a nephew, Verne Smith, of Denver, Colo.

Clyde Simmons, husband of deceased, was a Farmington school boy years ago, and graduated from the Farmington high school.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 34 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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John Hassler died March 22, 1935 (two obits)

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Hassler, Alfrey, Moreland, Housholder, Hossler

JOHN HASSLER
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John Hassler, park custodian of Farmington state park, died Friday afternoon at his home after an illness of several months. His friendly face, his hearty welcome and his helpful services in the performance of his work will be missed by many friends of this state institution. Mr. Hassler was always on the job, looking after the interests of the state in the protection and custody of park property and constantly interested in extending all the assistance in his power to make the visits of the public so satisfactory that they would desire to come again for an outing, for a picnic or a rest.

Mr. Hassler loved this park and tried in every way to help other people enjoy it. He made a brave fight to maintain his health, which had been failing for more than a year, in order that he might continue as its custodian. As his desire to live longer was not granted it is quite certain that his wish would have been that his last resting place might be on one of the wooded hills overlooking the park lake.

Following is the obituary sketch which was read at his funeral on Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. V. Wright pastor of the Baptist church officiating.

John Hassler, son of Joseph and Mary Hassler, was born at Farmington on Oct. 8, 1857. He grew to manhood in Farmington.

On June 28, 1884, he was united in marriage to Maggie Alfrey. To this union six children were born: Leo of Kirby, Ore.; Jay of Farmington; Raymond of Lehigh, Iowa; and Orran of Mansfield, Mo.; Charles died in infancy and Marie in 1913. His wife passed away Oct. 27, 1903.

He was united in marriage to Nancy Moreland on Nov. 25, 1904. To this union were born two sons and two daughters, three of whom survive: Verne and Lynn of Farmington, and Mrs. Stanley Housholder, also of Farmington. One daughter, Christiana, died in 1914.

He was a member of the German Lutheran church.

After many months illness he passed away at his home near Farmington March 22, 1935.

Mr. Hassler was a man who was well known and liked. He had been custodian of the Farmington state park for the past eight years. He took great interest in his work, and his cheerful friendliness to those with whom he came in contact made him many friends.

He was a good husband and a splendid father and will be greatly missed by both his family and the community.

He leaves to mourn his departure his companion and wife, his children as above mentioned, many friends and relatives, in fact all who had known him.

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PASSES AWAY AT HIS HOME IN FARMINGTON

Farmington, Iowa (Special to the Democrat)--John Hassler, 77, died at his home Friday afternoon following an illness of 60 days due to arterio sclerosis. He was born October 8, 1847 [sic] in Farmington and was a life long resident of this community. He was custodian of the state park here, and in that copacity [sic] formed many friendships in countless sections of this part of the state, and also in Missouri and Illinois.

Mr. Hassler was married to Maggie Alfrey in June, 1884. She died in October, 1903. In 1904 he was married to Nancy Moreland. He was a member of the German Lutheran church.

The deceased is survived by his wife, and six sons, Leo Hossler [sic], Kirbey, Ore.; Raymond Hassler, Lehigh, Iowa; Orrin Hassler, Mansfield, Mo.; J. L. Hassler, Lynn Hassler and Verne Hassler, Farmington.

(Photocopies of these obits are located on page 34 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspapers not given.)

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Sarah O. (Kane) Van Dorn ~ 03 Aug 1831 - 04 Jan 1900

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Van Dorn, Kane, Eich

GOOD WOMAN [cut-off]
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AFTER MONTHS OF SUFFERING MRS. VAN DORN PASSES AWAY
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As the months and years pass on, many of the older residents of Bonaparte are joining the "silent majority." Indeed, during the past two years the Grim Messenger has harvested many in fullness of years from the field of this locality. Of these his latest acquisition was our well-known and many-respected resident, Mrs. Van Dorn.

Sarah O. Kane was born in Lincoln Co., Ohio August 3, 1831.

She came to Iowa in 1856 and was united in marriage to William Van Dorn July 3, 1857. To this union was born one child, Mary Anna (Mrs. Philip Eich) who with her father and daughter mourn her loss.

At an early age she united with the Baptist church at Kukersville, Ohio, of which she remained a member until she united with the Presbyterian church of Bonaparte.

She died January 4, 1900, at the age of 68 years, 5 months and 1 day.

Mrs. Van Dorn was a woman of most excellent Christian character and deeds. She was an active Christian worker and will be greatly missed in the church. Her kindness in times of sickness and trouble has been experienced by many. Her family, the church, and the community have been blessed by her life. During her last sickness she frequently expressed her desire "to go home."

Funeral services were conducted at the residence of Mr. Philip Eich, Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9th, by her pastor, Rev. W. H. Scofield. They were largely attended, and many friends also were present at the interment in the Bonaparte cemetery.

The following gentlemen acted as pallbearers: James Bridge, L. C. Meek, D. W. Riggle, A. McDonald, H. H. Meek and J. H. Cresap.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 33 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Eli Wiley (nee Anna Foster) died 15 Jan 1901

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Wiley, Foster

DEATH OF MRS. ELI WILEY

Mrs. Eli Wiley (nee Anna Foster,) died at her home east of Bonaparte, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 1901, aged 39 years. Deceased was an excellent woman, loved and respected by all in the circle of her acquaintanceship.

She has been ill with that dread disease, consumption, for a number of months past; and, while her death was not unlooked-for, the blow falls none the less heavily upon the stricken husband and children.

The funeral services occurred today at Sharon church, conducted by pastor, Rev. Geo. H. Duty, and the remains were laid to rest in that beautiful burying-ground.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 33 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Henry E. Huston ~ 1856-1897

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Huston, Sewell

OBITUARY

Henry E. Huston was born in Columbia, Ann, Co [sic] Ohio, September 2[1 or 4], 1856.

He came to Iowa with his parents in the spring of 1864, and was married to Miss Alma Sewell, of Bonaparte, on the 17th of April, 1889.

Together they went west September 8, 1889. Returning to their home some four years ago, Mr. Huston settled on the farm on which he died Sunday, Nov. 11, 1897.

He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and little son, a mother, four brothers and one sister.

Mr. Huston was a loving husband, father and brother. To know him was to like him, and not only is his loss felt by kindred, but his neighbors and friends join as one family in grief at the loss of a kind and noble friend.

The funeral services occurred at his late home Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 9, 1897, conducted by Rev. G. W. Barber, of Farmington, and the remains were deposited in the Bonaparte cemetery. An unusually large concourse of sympathizing friends followed the remains to their last resting place.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 33 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Albert N. Sturdivant ~ 03 Jana 1858 - 05 Jan 1900

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Sturdivant, Shipley

Albert N. Sturdivant, son of George W. and Elizabeth E. Sturdivant, was born in Deadwood, Calif., Jan. 3, 1858, and died at Bonaparte, Iowa, Jan. 5, 1900, at the age of 42 years and 2 days.

He was married to Mary [E. or F.] Shipley Feb. 21, 1883. Five children were born to them, of whom four have preceded him. His wife, daughter and brother survive and deeply mourn his loss.

The greater part of his life was spent in Van Buren county. For a number of years his health had been failing but he made a brave struggle against disease. He lived in various western cities, Omaha, Denver and Salt Lake City being among them, and was also for a while in Mexico.

He was an upright and highly respected citizen and a man of fine business ability. He was remarkably devoted to his family and solicitous for their welfare.

Funeral services were held at the residence, conducted by Rev. W. H. Scofield. The interment was at the White cemetery where so many of his loved ones repose. The services there as well as at the residence were largely attended by those who love and respect him.

The pallbearers were Benjamin Ketcham, J. H. Cresap, J. W. Brown, W. H. Page, S. H. Sharp and Emil Noske.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 33 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Thomas Hales ~ 18 Aug 1822 - 09 Dec 1904

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Hales, Watson, Blackledge

THOMAS HALES

The buriel [sic] of Thomas Hales took place Sunday afternoon, from the Center Chapel in Vernon township. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. E. Perkins. Mr. Hales was born in Carroll county, Ohio, August 18, 1822. His death occurred on the morning of December 9, after a sickness of several weeks, his age being 82 years, 3 months and 21 days. He had been twice married. His first wife, the mother of his nine children, was Sarah J. Watson, to whom he was married in Ohio, November 23, 1843. She died at the farm home in Vernon township, Nov. 19, 1889. The second marriage was to Elizabeth Blackledge, and was solemnized at Mechanicstown, Ohio, February 5, 1891. Mr. Hales' residence in Van Buren county dates from the spring of 1864, at which time he purchased and settled upon his farm in Vernon township. In May, 1896, he moved to Keosauqua, which has since been his home. Of the nine children born to the first marriage, all but the eldest born are now living, and three were privileged to be with their father when the end came. Mr. Hales in early life joined the Presbyterian church. After his second marriage he and his wife became members of the M. E. church at Center Chapel. On moving to Keosauqua they both united with the Congregational church. Mr. Hales was an honest, upright, christian man. His funeral was attended by a large concourse of old neighbors and friends. He leaves a widow and, as stated above, eight of the nine children that were born to him.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 32 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

I would be interested in finding out the names and details of Thomas Hales' nine children. Is Mary E. Hales, born 01 May 1852 in Carroll Co, OH, who married Alonzo Cox, one of his children?


Mrs. Amelia Sullivan

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Sullivan

--Mrs. Amelia Sullivan, who lived about four miles southwest of Farmington, in Missouri, committed suicide Friday of last week by saturating her clothing with coal oil and setting fire to it. While her husband was at work in the barnyard she prepared for the suicide, went out into the garden, touched a lighted match to her oil-soaked clothes, and when her husband found her all her clothes were burned off, including her shoes, and her body was charred. It is thought that the deed was done in a fit of temporary insanity. The victim's mother has been insane for several years.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 32 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Melissa M. (Kendall) Mathies ~ 07 Apr 1844 - 14 Feb 1908

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Mathies, Kendall, Cartnal, Woods, Ruark, Neally

MRS. MELISSA MATHIES

Melissa M. Kendall was born in Indiana April 7, 1844, and was married Sept. 15, 1864, to James Mathies. They came to Iowa in March 1856, and settled on a farm five miles west of Farmington where they made their home until four years ago, when they purchased a home in this town and fitted it up so they could spend the remainder of their days in comfort. But alas! We know not all the ways of Providence. Little did they think when they came here that their home would be broken up so soon. But last Friday night after many days and nights of anxious, weary watching her spirit took its flight to the bright spirit world and she exchanged her home on earth for a home, where there will be no sickness, pain or death. She would have been 64 years had she lived until the 7th of April.

Mrs. Mathies was the mother of six children, four girls and two boys, all of whom were present at the funeral. The names of the children are as follows: Retie Cartnal of Anson, Mo.; Ella Woods, Maldom, Iowa; Amanda Ruark, Annie Neally, Ernest Mathies, Farmington; Jesse Mathies, Ottumwa, Iowa.

The funeral services were held from the M. E. church Feb. 16, at 2 o'clock p.m., conducted by Rev. G. C. Goodenough, assisted by Rev. J. H. Koch. A large audience was present to pay the last tribute of respect to one who was generally beloved.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 32 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Martha Emeline Fine (Mrs. Benjamin O. Boyer) ~ 27 Apr 1862 - 23 May 1935

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Boyer, Fine

MRS. B. O. BOYER

Martha Emeline Fine, the seventh child of Alfred and Mary E. Fine, was born in northeastern Missouri April 27, 1862, and departed this life at her late home near Brooker, Texas, May 23, 1935, her age being 73 years and 26 days.

At the age of 10 she was deprived of the love and tender care of her mother by death, and some [sic] later occurred the death of her father.

Feb. 22, 1882, she was united in marriage to Benjamin O. Boyer, and to this union were born four children, Orr, Dorr, Beulah and Gladys.

In the year 1901 these parents were converted in the faith of Lord Jesus Christ and affiliated themselves with the Methodist church in which they remained faithful unto the end.

Dec. 17, 1933, this husband and father was called home to his reward at the ripe age of 80, there waiting the coming of the wife and mother. Other than the children there remain to mourn the departure of Grandma Boyer, one sister, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, a host of other relatives, neighbors and friends.

O.J. Boyer of Farmington attended the funeral services which were held on Sunday, May 26, at Brooker, Texas.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 32 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Miss Sylvia Bowles ~ 17 Feb 1908 - 03 Oct 1931

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Bowles

SYLVIA BOWLES

Miss Sylvia Bowles, age 23, died on Saturday, Oct. 3, at St. Joseph hospital in Keokuk where she had been a patient for several weeks.

She was born near Farmington on Feb. 17, 1908, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Riley Bowles, well known and respected residents of that vicinity. Her father and one sister preceded her in death.

Those surviving are the mother, three brothers and two sisters and several relatives more distant. Funeral and interment took place on Monday afternoon.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 32 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Martha Adeline Harr (Mrs. Jacob H. Cartnal) ~ 10 Feb 1856-03 Apr 1934

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Cartnal, Harr, Gares, Murphy, Carter, Purdy, Courtney, Burger

MRS. JACOB H. CARTNAL

Martha Adeline Harr, daughter of Charles and Rachel Gares Harr, was born near Anson, Clark county, Missouri, Feb. 10, 1856, and departed this life on April 3, 1934, aged 78 years, one month and 24 days.

She was the last surviving child in a family of eight children, [sic] On August 13, 1876, she was united in marriage with Jacob H. Cartnal and to this union nine children were born, Mrs. Allie Murphy of near Farmington, Mrs. Bertie Carter of Santa Barbara, Calif., Mrs. Lydia Purdy of Rutledge, Mo., Mrs. Ethel Courtney of Farmington, Miss Nora Cartnal and Mrs. Irma Burger at home, and Charles and Clark Cartnal of near Farmington. One son, Joseph Cartnal, preceded his mother in death on March 3, 1932. On Dec. 28, 1907, the husband and father passed away leaving Mrs. Cartnal a widow.

The last 57 years of her life were spent continuously on the same farm on which she died.

Mrs. Cartnal's last illness has been of ten week's duration during which time she has been a patient sufferer, and one of the comforts of her declining years has been the happy privilege of having most of her children near her and who have ministered to her every wish. She was a kind and loving mother, her home and her children were her greatest interest and she devoted herself to her children and home.

She was a good neighbor and endeared herself to all with whom she came in contact.

Besides the above mentioned children, Mrs. Cartnal is survived by seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held in the Anson church April 5, at 2 p.m., and were conducted by the Rev. Harvey E. Butler of the Farmington M. E. church.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 32 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Malvina Colusa (Sturdivant) Blackmer ~ 14 Apr 1856 - 05 Aug 1897

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Sturdivant, Blackmer

OBITUARY

Malvina Colusa Sturdivant daughter of Dr. R. J. and M. A. Sturdivant, was born in Harrisburg township, April 14, 1856 and died August 5th, 1897, at the age of 41 years, 4 months and 2 days.

She was born of God and united with the Baptist church in the winter of 1886. She was married to Dr. Benjamin P. Blackmer Nov. 3, 1881. She leaves, to mourn her loss, a husband and aged mother, three children, Capitola C., Nola P. and Benna P., two brothers, four sisters and a host of sympathizing friends.

The funeral was preached in the Baptist church, in Bonaparte, Iowa, by Elder W. C. Shepherd, from the text found in Job. 14:14, "If a man die [sic] shall he live again." The object of the speaker was to console the bereaved family by proving that nature, science and the bible are three infallible witnesses of the fact that we shall live beyond the grave. He said in part: "It is natural for man to die, but it is not natural for man to live. We struggle for life, not for death. Our mortal nature seeks the downward course, while our spiritual or living nature, like the stream of water, seeks its fountain head; and at death, the earth having an affinity for our natural bodies, draws them to the dust; but the Christ, who is our life, having affinity for our spiritual or supernatural natures, draws our life upwards, and the result is: Our body returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to the God who gave it." He said that in order to live an eternity of happiness we must accept of the Christ life while we live here; that to reject Jesus Christ as our life is to choose a sphere in which to spend an eternity where there is no God."

In his closing remarks, referring to the deceased, the speaker paused for a moment and then tenderly said: "This loving wife, this dear daughter, and this affectionate mother departed this life [rest is cut-off].

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 31 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Augusta Landeau ~ 26 Oct 1887 - 04 Jun 1899

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Landeau

OBITUARY

Augusta Landeau was born in New York city October 26, 1887, and died at Bonaparte, Iowa June 4, 1899, aged 11 years, 7 months and 8 days. She came with her parents from New York to Chicago when 3 years of age and they lived there till several months ago, when they came to Bonaparte.

She was a bright and cheerful little girl, and her sudden taking away cast a deep sorrow over the parents and her two little sisters and brother, and also all the townspeople.

No time for a last farewell,
No time for the shock of fear,
Scarcely a moment's halt on the shore,
With the guide and the boatman near--
Dear, how surprised you were to go,
With little to suffer, little to know.

Only a moment of dark,
A dream of the fleeting night,
And then the beautiful break of day,
And the quiet peace of the light,
And you found yourself, where you longed to stand,
In the calm repose of the Fatherland.

Did they know you were coming--they
Who has won in the race for home?
Had they heard that the Lord had sent
The message for you to come?
Perhaps to the friends whom you loved was given
The joy to make you at home in heaven.
But I know that you would not wait

So near to the King of grace
Until you had gained your heart's desire--
To look on your Savior's face.
Ah, victor! whose triumphs were nobly won.
There was no delay in His kind "Well done!"

You had learned your lessons in pain,
There was nothing to fear at last,
Dear I, [sic] am very glad for you
That all the trouble is past.
And I would that as swiftly and silenly [sic]
Some day the summons might come to me.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 31 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Josephine (Whitmore) Johnson ~ 08 Sep 1845 - 23 Sep 1894

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Johnson, Whitmore

JOSEPHINE JOHNSON

Josephine Whitmore was born in Jefferson Co. Iowa Sept. 8, 1845. In early life she came to Bonaparte, where she grew to womanhood and by her christian character drew to her many friends. She was married to Thos. B. Johnson March 16, 1882. And was the mother of two children one of them died in infancy. She was for many years a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and an exemplary christian. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, one daughter one step son and one step daughter.

She died on Sunday Sept. 23, 1894 Aged 49 years and 15 days.

The funeral took place from the residence Sept. 25th, Rev. G. W. Barber of Selma conducting the services.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 31 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Cora Bell Sturdivant ~ 14 Aug 1869 - 24 Jun 1898

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Sturdivant

LAID TO REST.
Sad Death and Imposing Funeral of One of Bonaparte's Favorite Daughters.
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"There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
And with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between.

'Shall I have naught that is fair?' saieth he,
'Have naught but the bearded grain?'
Though the breath of these flowere [sic] is sweet to me,
I shall give them all back again.'

And the mother gave in tears and pain
The flowers she most did love;
She knew she would find them all again,
In the Paradise above."

"She is gone" were the sad, significant words whispered last Friday morning from one to another of the many kind neighbors and friends who have so tenderly watched at her bedside and ministered to the wants of Cora Sturdivant during her gradual decline in the past several weeks. Her departure occured not in the manner of one of those sudden calamities that, like a thunder-clap out of a clear sky, suddenly appalls us, for she had long suffered, and those who watched at her bedside knew that Death had placed his seal upon her; but for all this, when the lamp of life went out it was none the less painful to bear.

Cora Bell Sturdivant was born in this community August 14, 1869, resided here all of her life and died here June 24, 1898, having attained to the age of 28 years, 10 months and 10 days.

That is the brief history of our recently-departed friend, as regards the chronological facts. As Rev. Schofield said, in his discourse at the funeral of our mourned friend, we "feel unable" to do justice to the subject. Moreover, we could write nothing in this, the last privilege of ours to do honor to the departed dead, that would be new to the people of her acquaintance. They well know that she was one of those sunny characters, so rare on this terrestrial sphere, that could conceive whatever occured, in a jovial light. She enjoyed this and that little occur[ance?] as they chanced to transpire, and through that sunny accomplishment, so contributive to one's pleasure, she enjoyed more of life than do most people. All who knew her recognized in her that amiable trait. The writer called upon her not long ago, and found her in that hopeful, cheerful mood so characteristic of her. But the good and the pure of earth, all, must leave [ ? ] many in youth's fragrance, as in this case; and, as the poet said: "life's pitiful fever o'er, she sleeps well."

The funeral services occurred from the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. H. Scofield [sic], who spoke feelingly upon the subject so [deser]ving. The choir sang several songs which had been requested by the family of the deceased; and, after a farewell view of all that was mortal [?] this favorite girl of Bonaparte, the remains were tenderly reposed in the White cemetery beside those of her father, brother and sister.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 31 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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J. F. Sewell

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Sewell, Mohler, Houston

J. F. SEWELL DEAD

J. F. Sewell of Sedalia, Mo., formerly of this city, and well known here, dropped dead with heart disease in that city on June 7.

A wife and one child survive him, also two sisters, Mrs. Noah Mohler and Mrs. Henry Houston, residing in Bonaparte. Noah Mohler of Bonaparte attended the funeral at Sedalia.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 30 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Edward Lee Totten ~ 01 Apr 1919 - 06 Aug 1935

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Totten, Behrens

EDWARD LEE TOTTEN

Edward Lee Totten, only child of Mrs. Anna Totten, was born in Farmington April 1, 1919, and departed this life Tuesday, August 6, 1935, at 5:15 at his home in Farmington, at the age of 16 years, 4 months and 6 days.

In January, 1932, Edward was converted and united with the Baptist church, being converted during the Scott and Peterson meeting.

He would have been a senior in high school this year and was a member of the basketball squad.

He was a juvenile in the Royal Neighbor lodge. Edward always took a part in the scout work while it was in active work here, and was always ready for all the activities of the organization, both in doors and out.

Edward was of a cheerful disposition, greeting everyone with a smile; and was always ready to lend a helping hand wherever needed. He was good to help about the house while his mother was trying to make the living.

He leaves to mourn his departure his mother and father, two grandmothers and one grandfather; one uncle, D. J. Behrens of Eldon, Iowa; four aunts, and many more relatives and a host of friends, for he always had friends wherever he was known.
I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead--he is just away;
With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand,
He had wandered into an unknown land.

And left us dreaming how very fair
It needs must be since he is lingering there;
And you--oh you, who the wildest yearn
For the old time step and the glad return

Think of his faring on, as dear
In the love of There, as the love of Here.
Think of him still as the same, I say,
He is not dead--he is just away.

Funeral services were conducted in the home by his pastors, Rev. and Mrs. Wright. Interment at the Farmington cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 30 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Gertrude B. (Locke) Alkire ~ 02 Jul 1874 - 03 Apr 1911

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Locke, Alkire

DAUGHTER OF FORMER FARMINGTON PEOPLE DIES AT MERCY HOSPITAL IN DES MOINES
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Gertrude B., daughter of Joshua and Julia Locke, was born at Mt. Sterling, Iowa, July 2, 1874. When a child she moved to Winterset, Madison county, Iowa, where most of her life was spent.

She was married in January 1909 to Daniel Alkire of Des Moines, where she lived happily until her death which occured April 3, 1911 [HER PHOTO] at Mercy hospital where she underwent an operation. She was converted in her earlier life and united with the Christian church at Winterset, Iowa.

Her funeral was held from her late home in Des Moines on April 6th, and was in charge of the Rev. Van Horn, of east Des Moines. A very large number of people were present and the floral display was most beautiful. Mrs. Alkire is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Locke and her death is a source of great grief to them.

She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, Daniel Alkire, her father and mother Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Locke, and three brothers Harvey, John and Buren Locke.

There is no death. What seems so is transition.
This life of mortal breath, is but
a suburb of the life Elisian
Whose portals we call death.

There is no death but angel forms
walk o'er the earth with silent tread;
They bear our best beloved things away,
[cut-off]

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 30 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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George Bruce Flood ~ 14 Jan 1832 - 22 Feb 1902

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Flood, Good, Woodworth, Jenkins

OBITUARY

Mr. George Bruce Flood was born near Indianapolis, Indiana, January 14th, 1832, and left the scenes of this world and passed on to the spirit world February 22, 1902, aged seventy years, one month and eight days. When only eight years of age he came with his father's family to Farmington, arriving here in the year 1840 and settling on the farm a short distance below Farmington, where he has lived and where his home has been up to the time of his death, with the exception of a few years that he spent in California. In the year 1856 he was married to Miss Elizabeth Good, of Farmington, and became the father of eight children, four sons and four daughters, only three of whom are living, viz; Mrs. Estella Woodworth, Mrs. Lucretia Jenkins and Wm. Flood, all of Farmington. He has also left eight grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He was the last living member of his father's family; the last one preceding him being Mr. Stephen Flood who died just two months ago to the very day and hour. Mr. Flood's health has been failing for several years, but he was able to be around and look after his business until the last nine months, during which time he has been a great sufferer, particularly during the last two months of his life. He has endured his suffering with a great deal of patience and awaited the end with fortitude. With a full knowledge that his earthly life was drawing to a close, he selected for his pall-bearers as many of the men as possible who crossed the plains with him to California in that early day. But some of the number have crossed the river of death before him, while others have moved away leaving only one of the number who could be obtained. He also requested that Rev. G. C. Goodenough should preach his funeral sermon, which request was complied with and the funeral took place at the home residence on Monday, February 24th, at 2 o'clock p.m. and remains were taken to the cemetery on the hill for interment. A large number of relatives and friends were present to sympathize with the afflicted and to look for the last time upon the face of one whom they loved. Thus another of the pioneers of the country has left our midst. One by one they bid adieu to friends. One by one they cross the river of death. One by one they greet their friends on the silvery strand of eternity, and one by one they take their places among that vast multitude who come up from the profound depths of the universe to perform the behests of the Almighty.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 30 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Maria Isabelle (Boyer) Perkins ~ 07 Nov 1856 - 28 Jul 1900

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Boyer, Perkins

OBITUARY

Maria Isabelle Boyer, daughter of D. W. and Maria Boyer was born near Big Mound, Lee County, Iowa, November 7, 1856. With her parents she moved in 1866 to Bonaparte township, the[?] settling upon the farm southeast of Bonaparte, known as the Boyer homestead. Deceased came to Bonaparte in 1878, residing here and in this immediate vicinity until her demise. She was married October 14, 1880, to Allen Perkins, and to this union were born four children, three sons and one daughter. The husband and two sons survive.

Mrs. Perkins was the youngest of a family of sixteen children, four daughters and twelve sons. The aged mother, one daughter and nine sons are still living.

The subject of this notice took her departure early Saturday morning, July 28, 1900, having attained the age of 43 years, 8 months and 21 days.

The funeral services occurred from the Presbyterian church of which she was a member, Sunday afternoon, the services being conducted by the pastor, Rev. George Duty. A large concourse of relatives and friends were in attendance to pay their last tribute of respect.

The burial services were under the auspices of Friendship Camp. No. 134, Royal Neighbors of America, to which order deceased belonged. The following-named Modern Woodmen acted as pallbearers: Phil Eich, L. C. Meek, Chas. Hall, C.S. Percival, J. L. Young and W. C. Page.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 29 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mary Ann Pinkstone (Mrs. James Bennett)

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Pinkstone, Bennett, Winters, Rees

MARY ANN PINKSTONE

Mary Ann Pinkstone was born in Barnstable England May 16th 1854. In early life she came to Utica N. Y. where she grew to womanhood and by her christian character drew to her many friends. She was married to James Bennett March 28, 1874, and was the mother of seven children two having died in infancy.

She became a member of the Episcopal Church at Tiffin Ohio, in 1889. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband three daughters and two sons. Also two sisters one living in South Bend Ind., Mrs. John Winters; the other Mrs. Grace Rees, Utica N. Y. Six brothers living in Utica N. Y.

The funeral occured Sunday afternoon from the Presbyterian church, Rev. Belknap of Farmington officiating, and the remains were followed to their last resting place in Bonaparte, [sic] cemetery by a large concourse of sympathizing friends.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 29 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. James Bennett

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Bennett

SUDDEN DEATH

Friday morning Mrs. James Bennett rose at her usual hour in apparently as good health as usual and began the prepartion [sic] of the mornings meal. About five o'clock Mr. Bennett went to a neighbors for water, and Mrs. Bennett went to the cistern at their own house for a pail of soft water, and while drawing the water she was stricken with appoplexy and fell into the cistern, a corpse.

Shortly afterward, Mr. Bennett returned with his pail of water and missed his wife. He called her and received no answer and went to the cistern and discovered her lifeless body in the water. He jumped down into the cistern which contained only about four feet of water and held her up and called for help. When she was taken from the well life was extinct there being no signs of life about her. Medical aid was summoned and the physician pronounced the cause of her death appoplexy.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 29 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Helen Juanita Davis ~ 20 Nov 1893 - 25 Jan 1899

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Davis

A CHILD'S DEATH

In the death of Helen Juanita Davis, daughter of Clarence and Amanda Davis, which occurred at Bonaparte, Jan. 25, at 11:15 p.m., there passed from this world a brief but noteworthy life.

She was born Nov. 20, 1893, being at the time of her death five years, two months and five days of age, yet in that brief time she lived a comparatively long life. If we measure length of life by its fullness of noble experiences and its happy impressions left on its surroundings, instead of by mere number of days, then this brief life so obedient, so full of sunshine, love and melody was long indeed.

The funeral occurred from the M.E. church, Friday, Jan. 27, conducted by Rev. E. J. Smith

We would not call you back, dear Helen,
But we will go to thee;
With our baby and Redeemer,
We ever more shall be.

Methinks I see thy glad sweet face
Aglow with heaven's own light
Walking and talking with Jesus,
Enraptured with the glorious sight.

No more thy little feet grow weary,
As when they trod this path of Life.
No more shall thy baby heart be dreary,
As in this world of strife.

Yes, we'll meet you darling Helen,
One by one we're gathering home.
There we'll sing and praise forever,
Our Redeemer on His throne.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 29 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Lelia Fontell Davis ~ 30 Jan 1892 - 09 Jan 1902

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Davis

Lelia Fontell Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Davis, was born in Mt. Sterling, Iowa, January 30, 1892, and died at her home in Bonaparte, Iowa, at noon Thursday, January 9, 1902, of typhoid fever.

Funeral services were held Saturday from the Methodist church the Sunday school of which Lelia had regularly attended for several years. Rev. Collier expressed the sympathy and sorrow of the large audience in a sermon which was replete with comforting words.

A company of Lelia's playmates accompanied the casket as it was carried from the church by girl pallbearers. The casket itself was covered with beautiful floral offerings, largely gifts of Lelia's schoolmates and friends of the bereaved family. The body was interred in the Bonaparte cemetery beside the grave of her little sister, Helen, who died three years ago.

The bereaved parents have the tenderest sympathy of a host of people.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 29 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Winfield S. Collins

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Collins, Jamison, Robers, Clark

WINFIELD S. COLLINS

The older residents well remember Winfield S. Collins, who died recently at his home, 1217 South Eighteenth street, in St. Joseph, Mo., [sic] He had made his home in that city for 23 years and had for some time been an elevator operator for the Western Tablet Co. His age was 70.

He was a native of Iowa and he and his family made there [sic] home for seven years in Bonaparte where he was employed in the woolen mills.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertie May Collins; a son, Albert D. Collins of St. Joseph; and three daughters, Mrs. Oletha Jamison of St. Joseph, Miss Beatrice Collins at home, and Mrs. Edna Robers of Kansas City. Also by a sister, Mrs. Leota Clark of Des Moines; and a half brother, Herman Collins of Portland, Oregon.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 28 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Edward Thero ~ 11 Jun 1860 - 15 Jul 1932

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Thero, Hassman, Lohr, DePew, Boyer

ED THERO DEAD

A clipping from a Greely Co Republican was handed to us yesterday by Mrs. Lizzie Thero giving an account of the death of Ed Thero at his home in Kansas. His death was due to a stroke of paralysis. The clipping said, in part,

"Edward Thero was born in Farmington, Iowa, June 11, 1860, and passed away at his home, here in Tribune, July, 15, 1932, at the age of 72 years, 1 month and 4 days. He came to Greeley county in 1894, and endured the hardships incident to a pioneer life.

"On March 21, 1916, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Ada Hassman at Davenport, Iowa who survives him. Carl Thero of Tribune is his only child by a former marriage. There are two brothers Charles and Fred of Idaho Springs, Colo., and two sisters Mr. Hannah Lohr of Bartley, Nebr., and Mrs. Ella De Pew of Chicago, also surviving."

The deceased was an uncle of H. O. Thero, and was for many years a resident of Farmington. His surviving widow was prior to her first marriage, Ada Boyer, a daughter of Basil Boyer. In our early youth he was a school mate of the editor of the News-Republican.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 28 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Helen May (Snyder) Bostock ~ 07 Apr 1902 - 04 Apr 1933

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Bostock, Snyder

HELEN BOSTOCK

Helen May, only daughter of Duras and Ida Snyder, was born near Bentonsport, Iowa, April 7, 1902; and passed away at the Ottumwa hospital Tuesday evening April 4, 1933, after five hours of suffering from a fatal accident at the age of 30 years, 11 months and 27 days. She lived all her life near Bentonsport.

Helen graduated from the Keosauqua high school with the class of '21, then taught school for two years.

She was united in marriage with W. O. Bostock on March 31; [sic]1923. Three children came to bless this home, Mary Ida, age 8, Betty Joan age 6, and Charles Otto age 4.

Helen united with the M. E. church in Vernon when about 14 years of age and remained a faithful member until death.

She leaves a heart broken husband and children, father, mother and one brother, Howard, and a host of other relatives and friends, for to know her was to love her. Truly a good wife, mother and friend has gone.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon at the late home, Rev. F. M. James of Birmingham, a former pastor at Bentonsport officiating.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 28 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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William Hartrick

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Hartrick, Black, Kelley, Nehans

FORMER RESIDENT DEAD

William Hartrick, age 82, died at his home in Bushnell, Ill., Sunday, and was buried there Tuesday. He is survived by his widow, a son Gus and daughter, Miss Cora, of Bushnell, another son, Dr. Fred Hartrick, at Carthage, Ill. and ano her [sic] daughter, Mrs. Lula Black, of Chicago, one brother, Henry Hartrick, of Farmington' [sic] besides nephews and nieces livng [sic] at Farmington and Bushnell.

He came from Germany at the age of 22, and located in Farmington, where he worked for his rother [sic] until fifteen years ago, when the family joined his son Gus, at Bushnell. He and his wife celebrated their golden wedding last spring. During this half century' [sic] there had never been a death in their family.

Sam Hartrick and family, Mrs. Alma Kelley, Henry Hartrick, Ed Hartrick and Mr. and Mrs. Gus Nehans and family all attended the funeral.

Mr. Hartrick was always a kindly man. He attended to his own affairs, and never had a word of ill to say of any one.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 28 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Kate Johnson

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Johnson, Simmons

MRS. KATE JOHNSON

Mrs. Kate Johnson died this morning at her home in Bonaparte after a serious illness of only a few days.

She is survived by three children, Mrs. Mike Simmons, Leslie Johnson and Miss Alice Johnson of Bonaparte.

The Johnson family are old residents of this vicinity having made their home for years on a farm southeast of Bonaparte, moving to this town on their retirement from the farm.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 28 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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William Brady

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Brady, Muntz

WILLIAM BRADY KILLED IN TRUCK ACCIDENT ON NO. 1
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FEW DETAILS AVAILABLE AS TO CAUSE OF ACCIDENT LATE WEDNESDAY
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William Brady, son of John Brady of Bonaparte, was killed instantly about 6:15 Wednesday evening by a fall from a Wahrer truck on highway number one near the Watkins farm south of Keosauqua.

Leslie McVeigh and Harol Boyd, driving back of the Wahrer truck in a pickup, saw him fall. It was evident that he was killed instantly.

Sheriff Bostock was called for an investigation of the accident. The body was taken to the Page funeral home at Farmington.

The driver of the merchandise truck was Mr. Derr of Charleston. He did not know that he had a passenger and did not know of the accident until he was brought back to the scene of same to give his evidence as to the cause of the death.

The victim of the unfortunate accident is survived by his father, John Brady, and two sisters, Mrs. Irwin Muntz of Bonaparte and Miss Betty Brady of Des Moines.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 28 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Jessie Ethel Glasscock ~ 14 Nov 1883 - 21 Jun 1899

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Glasscock

OBITUARIES
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GLASSCOCK

Jessie Ethel Glasscock was born November 14, 1883, and died at her home northwest of Bonaparte, Iowa, June 21, 1899, being 15 years, 7 months and 7 days of age. She leaves a father, mother, three brothers and three sisters, besides many other relatives and friends to mourn her early death.

The burial occured Friday morning at the Bonaparte cemetary where the services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Schofield.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 27 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mary Elvah (Stratton) Chapman ~ 31 Aug 1879 - 13 Feb 1901

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 15 Nov 1999

Surname: Stratton, Chapman

OBITUARY

Mary Elvah Stratton was born in Clark county, Illinois, August 31, 1879, and died February 13, 1901, aged 21 years, 5 months and 21 days. Her mother died when she was four years old, and from the age of 13 years until her marriage, she was the mistress of her father's home. She removed from Illinois with her father, brother, and sister, January 14, 1897, and has resided in Van Buren county most of the time since.

She was united in marriage with Will Allen Chapman, December 25, 1897, and was the mother of two children, the eldest of which died July 24, 1899, aged 9 months.

She leaves to mourn her loss, her father, brother, husband, and wee babe, other relatives and numerous friends. She was baptized and united with the Mt. Zion Baptist church, of Bonaparte, August 22, 189[?can't read], and was a member in good standing at the time of her death.

Her Christian life has been fruitful and her witness clear. She has been an active worker in the church, so far as health would permit. She has ever maintained prayerful intercourse with the father of all, throughout her married life and has manifested earnest solicitations for the conversion of her loved ones. The happiness and comfort of the inmates of the homes over which she has presided has ever been her chief concern, she never having marred the domestic happiness and peace of her married life by angry words. Her relations with her friends have been such that they will ever cherish the memory of Mrs. Chapman. Her last illness was brief--so brief that her loved ones can scarcely realize she is gone. She was conscious until the last, conversed with her friends, and expressed hopes of soon being well. She did not realize she was dying and quietly went to sleep. It is with thankful hearts we can hope she is asleep in Jesus.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 27 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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John Wyer/Weyer ~ 22 Jul 1830-10 May 1908

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 09 Nov 1999

Surname: Wyer, Weyer, Miller, Baber, Warner, Simmons

JOHN WEYER

John Wyer was born July 22, 1830, in Warren Co., New York, and died at Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, May 10, 1908, 77 years, 9 months and 18 days of age.

His parents moved to Licking Co., Ohio, thence to Van Buren Co., Iowa, in 1852.

He was married on Nov. 15, 1855, to Mary Miller; who passed to her reward Feb. 5, 1902; to this union six children were born, four daughters and two sons, one daughter dying in infancy.

Three daughters and two sons are left to mourn his loss; Mary Ann Baber, Henrietta Warner, and Emma Simmons, all of Bonaparte; Wm. Wyer of Montanan and Frank of Humeston, Ia.

The deceased united with the Mt. Zion Baptist church in 1855 and always lived a true and consistent christian life. His many and noble traits of character will long be remembered by those who knew him.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon, Alfred [Brub]erry, the pastor, preaching the sermon. The remains were laid to rest in the White cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 27 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Date and name of newspaper not given.)

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Lewis Lumb ~ 16 Aug 1829-22 Apr 1903

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 09 Nov 1999

Surname: Lumb, Wing

DEATH OF LEWIS LUMB
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Born in England August 16, 1829 And Died At Dale, Iowa, April 22, 1903
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OBITUARY SKETCH

During the afternoon of Wednesday, April 22, 1903, the telephone brought to Bonaparte from Dale, Iowa, a message that the body of Lewis Lumb had been found in the river at that town. For thirty-two years Mr. Lumb had been a citizen of Bonaparte, and this message brought sadness to the hearts of many people.

For three years he has held a responsible position in the woolen factory at Dale, Iowa. During the forenoon of Wednesday, April 22, the employees of that factory had noticed nothing unusual in the habits or actions of Mr. Lumb. He seemed in good health and in a comparatively happy frame of mind. During the noon hour he had been observed standing in a doorway of the mill which overlooked the river.

At one o'clock the factory started as usual but Mr. Lumb did not appear. The managers of the mill made inquiry concerning him and becoming alarmed, stopped the factory and instigated a search.

Dale is a small town and it took but a short time to find that he was not there. Next they thought of the river and the dead body of Mr. Lumb was found in the water not far from the mill.

He was subject to heart trouble and had evidently fallen into the river when seized by an attack of this nature for the condition of his body showed that death had claimed him before he touched the water.

The body was at once shipped to Bonaparte and the funeral took place at the Presbyterian church on Sunday, April 26, 1903, Rev. G. W. Barber of Libertyville, Iowa, assisted by the Bonaparte pastors, conducting the service.

The kind words of Rev. Barber, the singing of the quartette and the beautiful floral offerings made the service a most impressive one to the audience which filled every part of the large church.

The pall bearers were James Bridge, Wm. Siyil, Christian Schmidt, A. McDonald, H. H. Meek, and Henry Grimsley, honorary, and Jas. Bennett, Henry Humphryes, Harry Jones, Chas. Hall, Wm. Cates and Wm. McCausland.

Lewis Lumb, the second of a family of twelve children, was born in Saylandtown, Yorkshire, England, August 16, 1829. When 22 years of age he came to America and for several years lived in New York State where he was married July 29, 1860, to Miss Olive Marilla Wing of Utica, New York. In 1866 they moved to Lacon, Ill., and in 1868, to Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

March, 1871, Mr. Lumb came to Bonaparte, but his family did not arrive until August, 1872. This has been their home continuously since that time.

For almost thirty years Mr. Lumb was employed in the Bonaparte Woolen Mills as foreman of the card room. During these years he became so closely allied with the people of the town that the fiber of his life seemed interwoven in the lives of his friends and in whatever good thing has been done for Bonaparte.

Mrs. Lumb died August 13, 1900. There still remain to mourn their loss an adopted daughter, Sadie Taylor Lumb, who lives at the old home, and a brother in England.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 27 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Date and name of newspaper not given.)

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Katherine (Maikowski) Thews ~ 14 Oct 1860-24 Jan 1933

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 09 Nov 1999

Surname: Thews, Maikowski

MRS. FRANK THEWS

Katherine Maikowski Thews, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Maikowski, was born in Province Pasin, Germany, Oct. 14, 1860. She was baptized in Germany in infancy. On Nov. 1, 1886, she was married to Frank Thews. They arrived in Primrose, Iowa, from Germany on March 14, 1888, in which vicinity she spent the rest of her days. She passed away at her home Jan. 24, 1933, at the age of 72 years, 3 months and 10 days. To the above union, five children were born, one daughter, Mary Anne, and two brothers preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, one daughter, Theressa Thews of San Francisco; three sons, Otto of Keokuk, Theodore of Ft. Madison and Albert of Pendleton, Ore., and six grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers and one sister in Germany, and one sister in Valeo, Calif.

Until recent years she was a regular attendant of the Evangelical church of Primrose and was for several years a member and attendant of the Ladies Aid. She was a good mother and loyal wife. She will be sadly missed by her relatives, friends and neighbors.

Funeral services were held at the Evangelical church at Primrose on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26, at 2:00 o'clock, conducted by the pastor, Rev. G. O. Martensen. The body was laid to rest in the Evangelical cemetery south of Primrose.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 26 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Date and name of newspaper not given.)

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William Harold Marshall ~ 06 Jan 1899 - 07 Sep 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 09 Nov 1999

Surname: Marshall

WILLIAM HAROLD MARSHALL

On last Sunday occurred the funeral of William Harold Marshall. There was a large attendance who showed their respect and sympathy for the bereaved mother. Elder A. C. Anderson of the L.D.S. church preached the funeral sermon.

William Harold Marshall was born Jan. 6, 1899, and died Sept. 7, 1907, of diabetes, being aged 8 years, 8 months and 1 day.

Harold, darling, gone and left us
Here on earth alone to mourn,
Gone we know to live with Jesus
In that bright and glorious home.

Father, dear, and little sister,
They have gone on just before,
But we hope again to meet then
On that bright and glorious shore.
--BY MOTHER

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 26 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Date and name of newspaper not given.)

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Rev. Francis Marion Green

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 09 Nov 1999

Surname: Green, Krenmeyre, Darr, Larrabee, Holtzclaw, Coulter

F. M. GREEN

Rev. Francis Marion Green of Macon Mo., came to Farmington some two weeks ago, and, although an invalid, he was intent on renewing the ties of his boyhood friendships. We had never met him before, though we had heard of him often. We met Mr. Green and wife the day after their arrival, and the first thing the Rev. Green said to us was, "Yes, well do I remember Uncle Billie Knott." Then and there was founded a tie of friendship. Had Mr. Green said "I knew your grandfather" little would have been thought of it--but he said "I remember Uncle Billie" and forthwith we strangers were friends.

Upon the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Green they repaired to the home of R. W. Coulter, [ ? ] nearby neighbor. There we met him every day and talked with him and never before had we met one who seemed so near on such a short acquaintance.

For a few days Mr. Green improved and daily sat upon his brother-in-law's front porch, after that he began to fail and soon took to his bed. Although fully conscious that consumption was slowly but surely driving him to a premature grace, Rev. Green was unaware that Bright's disease had long been his greatest enemy. For a few days the invalid lingered--then came the last. Before his death two of his daughters, Mrs. Darr of Milan, Mo., acccompanied by her husband, and Mrs. Larrabee of Macon, Mo., arrived and attended their father during his last hours.

Mr. Green was born March 9, 1845 in Farmington, Iowa, and grew to manhood here. He received his education in the Farmington and Keokuk schools and at the Iowa Weslyan [sic] University and later taught school for nine years. During the civil war he enlisted in the 45th Iowa Infantry and served for the full period of his time. Returning home he was married to Miss Harriet Krenmeyre, April 24th, 1866. During this same year he was converted at Flat Rock school house under the preaching of J. W. Davidson and began preaching the following year. He joined the Missouri M. E. conference in 1872. Later he was Presiding Elder of the Hannibal district, serving in that capacity four years, after which he was superanuated on account of failing health. Although very feeble, his one wish was to visit his boyhood home. His wish was gratified only to end with his death Saturday last at 1:30 p.m.

Short funeral services were held at the home of Mr. Coulter early Monday morning conducted by Rev. Wehn of the M. E. church, after which the remains were transferred to the K. C. depot for transportation to Macon, Mo. where the final obsequ[?]es will take place.

Besides the daughters who attended Mr. Green during his final illness, one, Mrs. Richard Holtzclaw of Macon, was unable to be at her father's bedside.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 26 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999.
Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Lecta M. (Lamm) Hallowell ~ 17 Sep 1880 - 28 Nov 1960

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 09 Nov 1999

Surname: Hallowell, Lamm, Endersby

MRS. LECTA HALLOWELL

Funeral services for Mrs. Lecta M. Hallowell, 80, who had lived in the Salem community for 55 years, will be held today (Thursday) at the Salem Congregational church at 2 p.m. Burial will be in South Salem cemetery. Rev. Charles Grooms of Hillsboro will be in charge, Rev. Robert Penrod of Salem will assist.

Mrs. Hallowell was born Sept. 17, 1880 at Denova and died Monday, Nov. 28 in the Memorial hospital at Mt. Pleasant.

She was the daughter of Albert and Martha Lamm. She was married to C. J. Hallowell Aug. 24, 1899, he died July 14, 1960.

She was a member of the Woman's Society of the Salem Congregational church and of the Salem Women's Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Betty Endersby of Hillsboro. Two brothers preceded her.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 26 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in November 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "Rec-Rep 8 Dec 1960.")

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Esther Mary (Slonaker) Hagler ~ 16 Nov 1896 - 23 Nov 1960

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 09 Nov 1999

Surname: Hagler, Slonaker, Ummell, Ryan, Foster, Cowles, Clayton

ESTHER M. HAGLER

Esther Mary Hagler went to her heavenly home Nov. 23, 1960 at the age of 64 years and 7 days. She was the daughter of Louis R. and Mary Ummell Slonaker; was born Nov. 16, 1896 five miles southwest of Milton, received her schooling in Davis county and later became a resident of the Milton community.

She was united in marriage to Roulette Hagler June 15, 1919. To this union was born one daughter, Mrs. E. W. Ryan of Muscatine.

She was a member of the Grace Methodist church of Milton which was her joy and comfort, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Friendship club.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father and one sister, Mrs. Addie Foster.

Surviving are her beloved husband, Roulette; a devoted daughter, Mrs. E. W. Ryan; three dear sisters, Mrs. D. C. Cowles, Mrs. E. M. Cowles of Pulaski and Mrs. W. C. Clayton of Douds; and one dear brother, E. H. Slonaker of Bloomfield; two grandchildren, Michael J. and Sheila Jane Ryan, who gave her many hours of enjoyment; a wonderful son-in-law E. W. Ryan of Muscatine; and a number of loved nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Grace Methodist church in Milton on Friday, Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Harold Harryman officiating. Interment was in Sunnyside cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 26 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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WARE, Ida 1849-1919

Posted by Patti Bulick Sherrill <gramapati@webtv.com> on Wed, 03 Nov 1999

Surname: Ware, Bulick, Stains


Death of Ida Ware

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Miss Ida Ware passed away at her home in the southwest part of town last Sunday, death following a long illness from a complication of deseases.
Decedent was nearly 70 years of age, being born in Van Buren county, Iowa, October 29, 1849. At the age of nine years she moved with her parents to Missouri, where she resided for 43 years, coming then to Oklahoma and filing a homestead in Beaver county, where she lived until about a year ago when she moved to Beaver and made her home with her neice, Mrs. H.M. Bulick. She had been in poor health practically all the time of her residence here, until death put an end to her suffering. About four years ago she was converted and baptised and lived a true christian life to the end. She was a woman of good qualities and it was with her that Mrs. Bulick made her home and was raised to womanhood.
She is survived by two brothers, D.M. Ware of Sumner, Mo., and Lewis H. Ware of Kansas City, Mo., and two neices, Mrs. H.M. Bulick and Mrs. J.A. Stains of Beaver.
Funeral services were conducted Monday and interment was in the Beaver cemetery, Rev. J.E. Perkins of the M.E. church officiating.
___________________________________
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank our dear friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness and for the beautiful floral offerings during the illness and death of our dear aunt and sister.
MRS. H. M. BULICK
MRS. J. A. STAINS
DAVID M. WARE
___________________________________
source: Beaver, OK newspaper, aprox.1919.


Margaret Jane Wolfe 1846-1912

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Wed, 03 Nov 1999

Surname: Ward, Wolfe, Crain, Blackburn

Margaret Jane, second daughter of John and Eliza Ward, was born Sept. 14, 1846 on Vernon Prairie, Van Buren Co., Iowa and departed this life May 5, 1912, at her home in Bonaparte, aged 65 years, 7 months and 21 days. She grew to womanhood on the home farm, attending the district school just across the highway from her home and bearing her father's name.

On Nov. 1, 1866, she was united in marriage with Alfred Wolfe. To this union three children were born, Harry W., who died May 4, 1902; Mary, now Mrs. William Blackburn of Hillsboro, Ore., and one child who died in infancy.

Mrs. Wolfe was the youngest of a family of seven children, who grew to manhood and womanhood. One sister and four brothers have preceeded her to the great beyond, leaving one brother, Calvin W. Ward of Vernon Prairie, to mourn the loss of an affectionate sister. After their marriage in 1866 Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe commenced the voyage of life in a log cabin just north of his father's farm on Vernon Prairie. In 1870 they purchased a small farm, adjoining his father's farm which Mr. Wolfe still owns. In April 1903 they moved to the present home in Bonaparte.

Besides her brother mentioned above, she leaves a devoted husband, one daughter and five grandchildren, to mourn the loss of a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

The subject of this obituary united with the Methodist church at Center Chapel, December 1886 under the pastorate of Rev. Wm. Potter. Mrs. Wolfe was of a cheerful nature and, having lived all her life within five miles of the place of her birth, she enjoyed a very extensive acquaintance who will hear with deep sorrow of her sudden passing away.
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Obit from Book Obit. book in Keosauqua Public Library, Keosauqua, IA

(Her mother was Eliza Crain Ward, dau. of William Crain, her sister was Nancy Crain Johnson Rabb whose obit. is listed elsewhere on this board)


Mrs. Mary (Sedgwick) Proper died 30 Sep 1898

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Proper, Sedgwick

OBITUARY

Mrs. Mary Proper (Nee Sedgwick) died at her home in Harrisburg Township, Van Buren County, Iowa, September 30th, 1898. She was born in Perry, Hector Township, T[?]upheris county, N. Y., Aug. 4th, [ ? ]. She was married to L. W. Proper, [in] Trunirnsburg, N. Y., April 26, [ ?]. They then came to Iowa, arriving [in] Harrisburg Tp. Oct. 2nd. Thus [it] was just 55 years, to the day, from arrival in the state, until the day [of] her burial.

She was Baptized at Bonaparte, Iowa in 1854, by Rev. Milton Sutton [ ? ] united with the Baptist church [in] that place. But when the Harrisburg church was organized she united [with] it, being one of the charter members. She was still a member of this church at the time of her death.

She leaves to mourn her absence [ ? ] husband, L. W. Proper, and two sons, D. D., Milton. Her son Willi[?] died in 1878, and daughter Carrie in 1886.

She was a devoted wife and lo[ving] faithful mother and was respected [by] all who knew her. She had been [in] poor health for several years, [she] had failed very noticably during [the] last few months. She was ready [and] anxious to go to her eternal home [ ? ] death had no horrors for her. In [her] last illness she was surrounded by [ ? ]near relatives and many kind friends who ministered to her wants. [The] funeral services were held in [the] Harrisburg Baptist church, Sunday Oct. 2 1898, at 11 o'clock A. M. [ ? ] W. J. McCollum preached the farewell sermon, from 1st Corinthians. There was a large attendance of friends at the services [ ? ] many followed the remains [to] their last resting place [in] Harrisburg Cemetry [sic]. The choir, [with] Mr. Duane Cass at the organ, so[rest cut-off]

[NOTE: The last three or four letters of the right-hand side of each line has been cut-off as well as the final few lines of the obit]

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 25 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Mary (Lichty) Miller ~ 27 Oct 1808 - 23 Mar 1892

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Miller, Lichty, Lidolph

OBITUARY

Died at the residence of Earnest Lidolph, March 23, 1892, Mrs. Mary Miller, aged 83 years, 4 months and 27 days. Her maiden name was Mary Lichty. She was born in Somerset county, Pa., Oct. 27, 1808, and was married to Peter Miller in 1825, who preceded her nineteen years. Their union was blessed with twelve children, six sons and six daughters, eleven of whom survive them; one died while in the army. They came to Iowa in 1854, and settled near Bonaparte, where they had lived ever since. She had sixty-seven grand children, fifty-three of whom are living, and seventeen great-grand-children. She was a member of the church for fifty years. The funeral sermon was preached at the residence March 24, by Rev. M. Masters, when she was laid to rest in the White cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 25 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Kern Addison Sturdivant ~ 04 Sep 1887 - 29 Dec 1898

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Sturdivant, Watts

SAD ACCIDENT.
BRIGHT BONAPARTE BOY MEETS UNTIMELY DEATH BY DROWNING

One of the most deplorable accidents that ever happened in our little city shocked the residents last Thursday morning. While skating on Honey Creek, Kern, the eleven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. N. Sturdivant, unfortunately broke through the ice. The little boys who were with him ran for help and soon a large number of citizens were at the scene. Milt Cox jumped into the icy water and brought out the poor boy, and energetic efforts were made by Dr's. Bogle and Blackmer, assisted by other people, but all efforts were in vain. He was dead. The body was taken to the home of his great grandmother, Mrs. Isaac Watts, and later to the home of his grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Sturdivant.

It must have been a terrible shock to the mother and to the absent father, who was at once telegraphed, to learn thus of the sudden taking away of their older child. All Bonaparte's people were deeply moved by the sad occurrence and sympathize most earnestly with them.

Kern Addison Sturdivant was born in Bonaparte, Iowa, Sept. 4, 1887, and died there Dec. 29, 1898, aged 11 years, 3 months and 25 days.

Such is the brief story of that little life that went out on that fateful morning. We all know that he was a model little boy, and whom we could ill afford to spare; But Providence so decreed.

The funeral occurred from the Presbyterian church Sunday at 10 o'clock, a. m., conducted by Rev. Scofield, and the remains were tenderly laid to rest in the White cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 25 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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William Huber ~ 30 Mar 1807 - 01 Feb 1895

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Huber, Elliott

DEATH OF WILLIAM HUBER

William Huber was born in Johnstown, Pa., March 30, 1807, and died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Elliott, near Winchester, Iowa, on the first day of February, 1895, aged 87 years, 10 months and 1 day.

We may safely say that Father Huber's years have exceeded by far the average length of time allotted to man. Father Huber left his native State and removed with his family to Iowa in the year 1851, the entire distance from Pittsburg, Pa., to Keokuk, Iowa, being traveled by steamboat, almost the only mode at that time, of reaching this country. From Keokuk to Winchester the only conveyance was by wagon, and the journey was at length ended April 22d, 1851, where himself and a portion of his family have resided continuously up to the present time. Almost half a century of unbroken residence in one community, and in the same house that first sheltered himself and family at the end of a long and tiresome journey, a record that speaks for itself.

During this long term of years Father Huber's circle of acquaintance continued to extend and widen until we may softly say, that he was well and favorably known and spoken of not only in the community in which he lived, but all over the county and in different parts of the State, having held positions of honor and trust not only in his own community, but in the county and State of his adoption. He possessed many peculiar and strong traits of character that gave him an individuality and standing among his friends and neighbors to such a degree as to hold him in the highest esteem, and to regard him with feelings of respect and honor. His reputation for honesty, integrity, industry and undisguised expression of thoughts was so well known all over the county by every person, that no one even for a moment thought of placing any different construction on his life than that which he lived.

At the time of his arrival at Winchester and for some years afterward he held membership in the Lutheran church, but upon the disorganization of that society he united with the M. E. church, with which he has been identified to the time of his death.

His family consisted of four sons and eight daughters, of whom one son and seven daughters survive him, the son and three daughters being present at his funeral. Mother Huber preceded her husband to their long home [sic] nearly three years. Had she lived until now, it would be almost sixty years of married life.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Wilkins, of Pulaski, assisted by Rev. Fraker, of Birmingham.

Rev. Wilkins delivered a very appropriate and feeling sermon, paying a glowing tribute to the memory of Father and Mother Huber, with whom he had been associated in former years as pastor on this charge. He spoke of Father Huber's unswerving devotion to what he conceived to be right and just, and of his good example and noble work in the cause of temperance, even in the face of financial losses. Had we more such temperance workers in our land, the withering, blasting curse of intemperance would go down, crushed and defeated, never again to show its head to spread sorrow, misery and poverty over this fair land.

He spoke of Mother Huber's kindly "God bless you," on his visits to this good home, of her pure christian character, and of her noble example, whose influence for good can only be told when the assembled nations of the earth shall stand befor the Judge of all. Father and Mother Huber are gone, but their lives will live after them in the pure and spotless characters of their children, and in the honest and sincere regrets of those who were befriended and aided in their struggles through life by the advice and counsel and noble example of this good and worthy couple.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 24 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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William Anderson Barker ~ 03 Jul 1833 - 26 Jul 1899

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Barker, True

DEATH OF WILLIAM A. BARKER.
From the State Line Democrat.

William A. Barker, of Mt. Zion, died at 12 m. [sic] Wednesday, July 26, 1899, after an illness of 14 weeks. He was first seized with pneumonia, and after that seemed to have run its course, typhoid pneumonia set in, and he has been in a critical condition ever since, having lung trouble complicated with frequent chills, with nervous prostration and heart weakness. Dr. W. P. Norris of Birmingham gave him the most skillful treatment and faithful attention, and no one could do more. Since Saturday all had been utterly without hope.

William Anderson Barker was born in Carroll county, Ohio, July 3, 1833, being at the time of his death a little past 66 years old. He was the son of Joseph and Anna Barker and was the sixth of a family of 17 children, nine of whom are still living. The father of this family, Joseph Barker, came to Van Buren county in 1839 and took up 160 acres of government land and improved it. He was a prominent citizen and was known through the county. He died in 1882, aged 83 years.

William A. Barker, coming to this county at the age of 7 years, worked on the farm in the summer and attended school in the winter until 1854, when he went to California to seek his fortune. He remained on the Pacific slope until 1859, engaging in mining and farming. Not meeting with the success he anticipated, he returned and engaged in farming here. His first land purchased was an 80 acre tract only partially improved. Since then he had increased his holding of land to nearly 1000 acres, with one of the costliest and best farm residences and out building in the county, and with personal property and moneys and credits running up in many thousands. His home, with the half dozen or dozen out buildings looks like one of the old southern plantation mansions surrounded with its numerous slave quarters as seen before the war. Mr. Barker had an uncommonly large stock of common sense so that his judment in regard to business matters was almost unerring. His management of his farm, and his live stock operaitons were in the highest degree successful.

Mr. Barker's influence and example were wholly good. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church at Mt. Zion, he was more or less active in politics, but was not hide-bound or intolerant, or a party slave. He voted and acted independently when the occassion [sic] seemed to him to require it, and he set an example of active intelligent industry and frugality that was inspiring and beneficial to all who came in contact with him.

Mr. Barker was an active member of the farmers' county institutes. He was a member of the board of trustees of this township. He was instrumental in getting up the trustees convention that was held last winter, and was the chairman of it. He was one those [sic] active, vigorous, level-headed men whose departure is always felt as a public loss.

Mr. Barker was married in 1860 to Miss Rebecca E. True, who with seven children survive him. The funeral was held from the late residence Friday at 2 o'clock.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 24 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

I would be interested in knowing more about William's siblings and parents.


Ethel McElroy ~ 29 Mar 1887 - 09 Aug 1888

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: McElroy

Little Ethel McElroy, daughter of Emma McElroy, died August 9, 1888, and was buried from the house August 10, Rev. G. C. Goodenough officiating. Little Ethel was born March 29, 1887, being one year, four months and eleven days old. He said: "Suffer the little ones to come unto me."

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 23 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Henrietta Wendt ~ 1820 - 1888

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Wendt, Smith, Banks, Podeyn

DIED.

WENDT--At the home of her son-in-law in Farmington, August 17, at 9 a.m., Mrs. Henrietta Wendt, in the 68th year of her age.

Mrs. Wendt was born in Sildi, Hanover, Germany, in 1820. Was married to John Henry Wendt August 17, 1842. In 1854 she removed with her husband to America, and resided one year near Primrose when they removed to the vicinity of Hillsboro and resided 21 years. In 1876 they removed to a farm purchased near Primrose and resided there until Mr. Wendt's death, which was just two months to the day and hour before his wife. She was the mother of ten children, six of whom are now living. Henry in McPherson county, Kan.; Henrietta, wife of Christ Smith, in Primrose; Christ Wendt west of Farmington; Mina, wife of August Banks, at Warren; Sophia, wife of Louis Podeyn, in Farmington; and William Wendt who lives on the home place.

After the death of her husband Mrs. Wendt visited the children, coming to her daughter's Mrs. Louis Podeyn's about a month ago. She took sick a week later and after three weeks suffering passed away. Although nominally dying from catarrh in the stomach and cholera morbus, the real trouble was the death of her husband, after which she began to sink and did not care to live longer.

She was buried at Primrose from the Evangelical Lutheran church, Rev. A. Pfister, officiating. Ceremony at 10 a.m. last Sunday. A large concourse followed the remains.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 23 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given; however the next article under this obit refers to 09 Aug 1888.)

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Elizabeth Jane Lowery ~ 29 Jan 1840 - 28 Jul 1894

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Lowery, Crown

DIED.

Elizabeth Jane Lowery was born January 29, 1840, near Roseville, Muskingdom county, Ohio. Died at the home of her sister, Amanda Crown, in Farmington, Iowa, July 28, 1894, aged 54 years, 5 months and 29 days. At the age of 3 years she had scarlet fever, which destroyed her hearing and voice, shutting her up for life from the inestimable pleasure to be derived from the use of these two senses, yet she was a cheerful and faithful child in the home. Her late sickness was of about six weeks duration, through which she was patient and peaceful. She was conscious till within four hours of her death. She leaves an aged father, three sisters and six brothers to mourn the loss.

At 2 p.m., the 29th, appropriate funeral services were conducted in the M. E. church, Farmington, in the presence of a large congregation. Thence her remains were taken to the family's burying place, three miles west of Farmington, and laid to rest to await the resurrection call.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 23 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Miss Margaret Jobe died at 81 years of age

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Jobe

FROM FARMINGTON TP.

Miss Margaret Jobe, an old settler, died of palsy. She was 81 years of age.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 23 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mr. Winslow

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Winslow

FROM FARMINGTON TP.

Mr. Winslow met with quite a severe accident while chopping a tree, it fell and bounced back and knocked him down and broke his leg at the thigh, and the bone protruded through the flesh. We learn since that Mr. Winslow has died.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 23 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Otto Earl Coulter ~ 16 Jun 1881 - 30 Sep 1888

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Coulter

DEATHS.

Otto Earl Coulter was born June 16, 1881 and died of membraneous croup, at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Coulter, Sept. 30, '88 aged 7 yrs. 3 mo. 14 da.

The funeral services were held in the M. E. church, conducted by the pastor Rev. B. M. Boydston. The breaved [sic] parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in this sad affliction.

Brief was the little life below,
But well his mission was done,
Above he walks in garments white as snow
And there through Christ the crown he won.
--B. M. B.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 23 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Willie T. Twombly died 28 Dec 1887 aged 17 years old

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Twombly

WILLIE TWOMBLY

Wednesday morning of last week at [?] o'clock, Willie T., only son of State Treasurer Twombly, died at their home in Des Moines. The Des Moines Leader says:

He had been sick but a few days, and his sudden death was a surprise to all. He attended the toboggan slide one evening and contracted a severe cold, and on his return complained of feeling unwell. In the morning he was confined to his bed and the disease developed into inflammation of the bowels. The funeral was held Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. , and the solemn services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Friebi[?]. Deceased was seventeen years of age, [?] for three years had been a resident of Des Moines and a pupil of the East Side high school, being a member of the junior class. In Februery [sic] next he was to have entered the Agricultural college for a four year course, preparatory to the study of medicine.

The remains were brough to Keosauqua last Friday and interred near his former home. The many friends of the deceased and his parents in the county will be greatly shocked and grieved.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 23 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given; however handwritten at the bottom of the obit is "Died 28 Dec 1887.")

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Glen Otto White ~ 28 Feb 1883 - 02 Aug 1890

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: White

Glen Otto White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry White died at the home of his parents, of tonsilitis, in his eighth year. He was born February 28, 1883, and died, Aug. 2, 1890, at his home near Anson. Little Glen was a faithful obedient child, unusually bright and sunny in his temperament, loving and affectionate in his nature so that he won all hearts at once and was the pride and light of the home. He suffered intensely during the whole time of his sickness of 5 or 6 days and even till the last moment. His mind was clear and he realized he was going to die. He kissed papa, and mama and all the rest present and told them he was going home to be with Jesus to whom every night he had been accustomed to lift up his heart and voice in prayer. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. B. M. Boydston Sunday afternoon at 3 P. M.

Dear little hands I loved them so!
And now they are lying under the snow;
Under the snow, so cold and white,
I cannot see them or touch them tonight.
They are quiet and still at last, ah me!
How busy and restless they used to be!
But now they can never reach up through the snow;
Dear little hands, I loved them so.

Dear little hands, I miss them so!
All through the day, wherever I go
All through the night how lonely it seems,
For no little hands wake me out of my dreams.
I miss them all through the weary hours,
I miss them as others miss sunshine and flowers;
Day-time or night-time, wherever I go,
Dear little hands, I miss them so!

Dear little hands, they have gone from me now,
Never again will they rest on my brow,
Never again smooth my sorrowful face,
Never more clasp me in childish embrace
And now my forehead grows wrinkled with care,
Thinking of the little hands once resting there;
But I know, in a happier, heavenly clime,
Dear little hands, I will clasp you sometime.

Dear little hands, when the master shall call,
I'll welcome the summons that comes to us all;
When my feet touch the waters so dark and so cold,
And I catch my first glimpse of the city of gold,
If I keep my eye fixed on the heavenly gate
Over the tide where the white robed once wait.
Shall I know you, I wonder, among the bright hands?
Will you beckon me over, oh! dear little hands?

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 23 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Mary E. (Mowie) Cowan ~ 08 Jan 1840 - 30 Mar 1924

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Cowan, Wilkinson, Mowie, Taylor, Murphy, Halsell, Murphy

MRS. MARY E. COWAN

Mrs. Mary E. Cowan died Sunday March 30th, 1924, 9:25 o'clock a.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. C. Wilkinson, aged 84 years, 2 months and 22 days.

Mary E. Cowan, daughter of John and Lucinda Mowie, was born in Decatur county, Indiana, Jan. 8th, 1840. She came with her parents to Iowa in 1847 and settled near Lebanon, Van Buren County, Iowa. They later moved to Davis county and there was married to Samuel Cowan, May 11, 1858. To this union were born five children, two of whom died in infancy. Her husband died Oct. 19, 1912 in Ottumwa, which place they had made their home for a long time.

Three daughters, Mrs. Nettie Taylor, Oakland, Calif.; Mrs. Annie Murphy, Ottumwa, Iowa; Mrs. Mattie Wilkinson, and her husband, Charles Wilkinson of Bonaparte, Iowa; also 2 grand children, Mrs. Ruth Halsell of Livermore, Calif.; Miss Marie Murphy of Ottumwa, Iowa are left to feel the loss of mother.

She was a life long member of the Methodist church, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for 45 years or more being made a member before a charter was granted in Iowa. A host of friends will mourn her.

Funeral services were held at the Wilkinson home on Tuesday evening. The body was taken to Ottumwa Wednesday for interment.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 22 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Ida Adeline (Chaplin) Emrie ~ 27 Apr 1871 - 03 Jan 1926

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Emrie, Chaplin, Thomas, Harman, Workman, Milligan

OBITUARY OF IDA A. EMRIE

Ida Adaline, second daughter of Sylvester and Harriet Chaplin, was born in Van Buren county, Iowa on April 27, 1871, and departed this life at the Asbury Hospital in Salina, Kansas, on Jan. 3rd, 1926, aged 54 years, 8 months and 6 days.

When a small child she moved with her parents to Kansa where she lived until 1890, when the family returned to Iowa and located on a farm near Keosauqua, here she resided until January 13, 1910, when she was united in marriage to W. S. Emrie, and again went to Kansas, living there until death called her to her Heavenly home.

Early in life she accepted Christ as her Savior and has ever since lived true to her faith, being a member of the Christian church at St. John, Kansas.

She was a true and loving wife and forgetting self, her first thoughts were always for the loved ones, every ready to scatter sunshine and love to all her friends.

She leaves to mourn for her, the husband, her aged mother, three sisters, Clara J., Nellie S., and Edna P., two brothers-in-law Chas. W. Thomas and Thomas Harman, and one sister-in-law, Mrs. N. I. Workman, one niece, Mrs. Bessie D. Milligan, two nephews, Roy M. and Rexford T. Thomas, also her husband's children and grandchildren to whom she gave a true mother's love and care, they are Myrtle, now deceased, Lelah, Harold, Fred and Clara all of whom live in Kansas.

One grandson, Earl Emrie, was cared for in the home for a number of years, and will mourn as if for his own mother.

She also leaves many other relatives and friends.

Her father, one sister Mary E., one brother C. Wilber preceded her in death.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 22 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Don A. Wellborn ~ died 06 Jul 1914 aged 28 years 5 months and 2 days

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Wellborn, Cassady

DEATH OF DON WELLBORN

July 6, 1914, Don A. Wellborn died at Cantril, Iowa, aged 28 years, 5 months and 2 days. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Wellborn of that place. He was born and grew to manhood there. About four years ago, while holding a position in Irwin Phillips wholesale house at Keokuk, his health failed. He came home and later went west, stopping for some time at Pueblo, Colo., and not being benefitted there he went south and spent one winter in New Orleans with no better results than before. Last fall he went to the Oakdale sanitarium and remained there three or four months, but returned home without any improvement. About 10 days before his death he went to visit his sister, Mrs. Alfred Cassady. It was there he passed away. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church Wednesday conducted by Rev. C. E. Perkins of Keosauqua, after which he was laid to rest in the Maple Grove cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 22 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mary Elizabeth (Hays) Wolf ~ 15 Apr 1851 - 27 May 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Wolf, Hays, Lancaster, Parsons, Buckles, Wilson

OBITUARY

Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Levi and Hannah Hays, was born April 15, 1851 and departed this life May 27, 1928 at the age of seventy-seven years, one month and twelve days.

On December 23, 1870, she was united in marriage to John W. Wolf. To this union were born ten children, two dying in infacy [sic] and one son, Frank, passed away June 12, 1908. The husband and father departed this life, February 15, 1913.

Four daughters, Mrs. Dave Lancaster and Mrs. Parsons, of Mount Sterling, Iowa; Mrs. Charles Buckles of Bloomfield and Mrs. Thane Wilson of Memphis, Mo., and three sons, Curtis and George of Mount Sterling and Guy of Halstead, Kans., are left to mourn their loss. They [creased paper-missing text].

She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dave Lancaster, where she was tenderly cared for by all of her children.

Sister Wolf was a good Christian.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 21 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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John E. Foster ~ 04 Sep 1889 - 12 Dec 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Foster, Pittman, McLane, McManis, Saar

OBITUARY

John E. Foster, youngest child of Estes and Pamela Foster, passed away Dec. 12, 1925, after a week's illness with pneumonia. He was born Sept. 4, 1889, near Cantril, Ia., where he lived most of his life. Five years ago he moved to the [sic] Yakima Valley, Wash., and three years later to Aberdeen Wash., where he was an employee of the State Transfer Company. He was a member of the Aberdeen Lodge of the Moose.

His father, mother, one sister, Mrs. Effie Pittman, and two infant brothers preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Georgia, a daughter, Alinda, two sons, William and Samuel, all of Aberdeen, and three sisters, Myrtle McLane of Yakima, Wash.; Nannie McManis of Cantril, Ia., and Kate Saar, of Henderson, Ia., besides many other relatives and friends. He was laid away at Aberdeen, Wash.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 21 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Warren Rosswell Keeler ~ 31 Jul 1864 - 31 May 1927

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Keeler, Poling, Buckles, Leathers, Steeples, Boyer

WARREN KEELER

Warren Keeler, for many years a farmer residing in the Valley school district south of Mt. Sterling, died at his home early Tuesday morning, May 31. Mr. Keeler was 62 years of age. He was a highly esteemed member of his community.

Funeral services were held at Mt. Sterling Christian church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock [sic].

Warren Rosswell Keeler, son of George and Margrette Keeler, was born July 31, 1864, in Columbiana county, Ohio, and departed this life May 31, 1927, at Mt. Sterling, Iowa at the age of 62 years and 10 months.

He resided in Ohio until the early age of 15 years, when with his parents he moved to Kansas, then to Van Buren county, Iowa, in the same year. In this community he spent the remainder of his life.

He was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Poling Feb. 19, 1893. To this union were born five children, three sons and two daughters: Rex of Cortez, Colo.; Ross of Ottumwa; and Ralph, who is still at home; Mrs. Rena Buckles of Davenport; and Mrs. Rebecca Leathers of Fairfield.

Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his death three grandchildren, two brothers, John of Bonaparte and William of Mt. Sterling, and a host of friends and relatives. Two sisters, Mrs. Anna Steeples and Mrs. Alice Boyer preceded him in death.

His religious interests were in the Christian church at Mt. Sterling.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 21 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Crete Morris died at two years old

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Morris

CRETE MORRIS

Crete Morris, the little two year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Morris, died at the family home at Stockport, Tuesday morning, (faded, can't read) membraneous croup after an illness lasting only two days. Funeral services over the remains of the little girl were held last Wednesday and interment was made at Spencer cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 20 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given; however, the other two obits on this page are Feb and Dec 1906.)

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Maude Lenore (Stokes) Arnold ~ 05 Nov 1878 - 21 Feb 1906

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Stokes, Arnold, Hubbart

MORTUARY RECORD
MAUD STOKES ARNOLD

Maud Lenore Stokes Arnold, daughter of Samuel and Kerelia Stokes, was born in Davis county, Iowa, Nov. 5, 1878, and died at her home near Keosauqua, Feb. 21, 1906, aged 27 years, 3 months and 16 days.

The subject of this sketch was married to J. H. Arnold Sept. 28, 1897, and to this union were born five children, two sons and three daughters; one infant daughter departing this life a few days prior to the death of the mother.

The deceased leaves to mourn her death a father and mother, one brother and three sisters, a husband and four children, young in years, also a host of friends who will miss her much. Her father and mother, brother and two sisters having recently left for Colorado, not knowing of Sister Arnold's illness, were not present with her in her last hours, it being impossible to locate them in time for their arrival at the funeral. One sister, Mrs. Alma Hubbart, was present at the time of her death and burial. During most of Mrs. Arnold's life she had lived in and near this locality. She united with the M. E. church of Bloomfield in the winter of 1895 and 1896. After her marriage she united with the Christian church at Keosauqua where she continued a faithful member.

The funeral services were held at Bethel M. E. church in charge of Elder Charles L. Wheeler assisted by Rev. [J?] W. Carson of the M. E. church. The remains were laid to rest in the Purdom cemetery, Keosauqua.

Sister Arnold was a kind and affectionate wife and mother, a true friend and neighbor and a faithful follower of Christ. Happy be her lot and sweet be her rest.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 20 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Orpha F. (Stanard) Bonney ~ 16 Sep 1822 - 05 Dec 1906

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Stanard, Bonney, Baldwin, Stidger, Linsley, Walker

A PIONEER MOTHER GONE

Orpha F. Stanard was born at Newport, N. H., Sept. 16, 1822, and died in Keosauqua, Iowa, Dec. 5, 1906, at the ripe age of 84 yrs., 2 months and 19 days.

In 1836 her father moved with his large family to what was then the far "West", making the journey by wagon, and experiencing many hardships on the way. They lived for one year in Illinois, then came to Iowa, where they settled at the town of Rochester, three miles below Keosauqua. They found much to discourage them in the new country, fever, ague, uncomfortable and crowded quarters, often ten or more in a one-room log house, and they longed for their comfortable New England home.

At the age of 18, Orpha Stanard was married to Josiah H. Bonney and moved to Keosauqua. For 46 years they were happy together, blessed with a family of seven daughters and one son. Two of the children died in infancy, and nineteen years ago Capt. Bonney passed away. Mrs. Bonney lived on in the old home, and was hapily [sic] situated in having her children near her in recent years, and took great pleasure in the family gatherings on anniversaries and holidays, but, the last three and a half years has seen one after another pass away. In 1903 Mrs. Arma Baldwin was taken. In 1904 the eldest daughter, Mrs. Mary B. Stidger, and in 1905, the only son, Charles Hinman--and now in 1906 the mother has gone to join the dear ones gone before. She lived to see all her brothers and sisters pass on before her to the other world. There remain three daughters, Mrs. Anna B. Linsley, Miss Orpha Bonney and Mrs. W. M. Walker, all of Keosauqua; eight grand-children and four great grand-children.

Patience, quietness, devotion to her family, bravery, and contentment were her characteristics. She bore her sorrows with uncomplaining patience, as she had the hardships of her early days. To the last she was busy, active and useful; in perfect possession of her faculties, and came to her grave in "full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in his season". Her life work is ended, she rests from her labors, and "her children rise up and call her blessed".

Funeral services conducted by Rev. P. H. Hawk, were held at the home Friday afternoon, and the body was laid to rest beside her husband in the Oak Lawn cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 20 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Samuel Work Rankin ~ 24 Feb 1836 - 23 Apr 1906

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Rankin, Ball

S. W. RANKIN

Mr. S. W. Rankin of Vernon township died Monday of last week. Mr. Rankin was 70 years of age.

Samuel Work Rankin was born near Connellsville, Fayette county, Pa., February 24, 1836. When a young man he moved to Hendrysburg, Ohio, where he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Ball in 1862. To this union were born three sons, Robert E, James W., Leslie C., who are left with the mother, and three grand children to mourn the loss of a kind and loving husband and father. He moved with his family to Iowa, in 1884, where he continued to reside until he was called home April 23, 1906, making his age 70 years, one month 29 days. His last sickness dated from in January. Although his suffering was great he bore it patiently, and was always cheerful to the close of his life. A good citizen loved by all his neighbors, has gone to his reward. Funeral services were held in Story Chapel, conducted by Rev. J. W. Carson. He was followed to his last resting place by a host of friends.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 19 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Abner Boston died 06 Nov 1907 aged about 67

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Boston, Burkett

OBITUARY OF ABNER BOSTON

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1907, Abner Boston died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Burkett in Des Moines township, aged about 67. About all his life he resided in this county and for many years his home was on an 80-acre farm he owned in the northern part of Des Moines township, where he lived alone until enfeebled by sickness about six months previous to his death. He was never married and, we understand, leaves only distant relatives. He was a quiet and kind hearted man and a good citizen. He served during the war as a member of Co. G, Third Iowa Cavalry. His funeral was held Nov. 7, Rev. Charles E. Perkins of Keosauqua in charge of the services. The burial was in the cemetery near his home and was under the direction of the G.A. R, of which order he was a member.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 19 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Margaret (Barr) Moore Wainscott ~ 19 Mar 1819 - 14 May 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Wainscott, Barr, Moore, Forbes, Ryan, Rambo

OBITUARY OF MARGARET WAINSCOTT

Margaret Wainscott, whose maiden name was Barr, was born March 19, 1819, in County Antrim, Ireland, and died May 14, 1907, at the home of her son Jas. Wainscott in Village township, Van Buren county, Iowa, aged 88 years, 2 months and 2 days. Interment was in the Leando cemetery. When a young girl she united with the Presbyterian church and although conditions prevented her from being an active worker, she remained faithful to the sacred vows. She was married to Alex. Moore in 1843, who died in Sept. 1859. To this union six children were born, two sons and four daughters, four of whom are now living, Mrs. E. J. Forbes of Saguache, Colo., Demp A. Moore and Ellen Ryan of Logan, Mont. and Mary A. Rambo of Douds-Leando. She was married to Greenville Wainscott, April 27, 1863. To this union was born one son, James Wainscott. She came with her husband and family to America in 1848 and to Van Buren county in 1852, removing two years later to the farm where she died. Like so many of the pioneers of this country, she was endowed with many sterling qualities. On account of her long residence here she had a large circle of acquaintances and many warm friends. She was a devoted mother, a good, kind neighbor and a true friend.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 19 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Ann Watkins (Mrs. John Watkins) ~ 10 Dec 1839 - 20 May 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Watkins

DEATH OF MRS. JOHN WATKINS

Monday night, May 20, at her home in Vernon township, Van Buren county, Iowa, Mrs. John Watkins died after over a year of intense suffering with dropsy, the burial being Wednesday of this week in the Center Chapel cemetery, services being at the church at 11 a. m., in charge of Rev. Blagg of Mt. Sterling. She was a good woman. Her age, we are informed, was about 72. An obituary will likely appear later.

NOTE: Center Chapel Church & Cemetery transcript from 1973 shows: WATKINS, John March 7, 1836 - May 7, 1917 & WATKINS, Ann December 10, 1839 - May 20, 1907 among other Watkins buried there.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 19 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Dr. Gustavus Adolphus Thieme ~ 14 Jan 1869 - 16 Jan 1926

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Thieme, Kuebler, Hines, Casady, Simmons, Schieble

DR. G. A. THIEME

Gustavus Adolphus Thieme, son of Michael and Christina Thieme was born at Keokuk, Iowa, January 14, 1869, and died at his home in Cantril, Iowa, January 16, 1926, aged 57 years and 1 day.

He spent his boyhood days at Keokuk, being graduated at the Keokuk Medical College in 1893. He came to Cantril in 1895 and for thirty-one years he has endured bravely and patiently the hardships that come to a practicing physician.

On June 30, 1895, he was united in marriage with Christina Kuebler of Keokuk. To this union five children were born, Gustavus Adolphus, Helen Sophia, Florence Christina, Ruth Augusta and Clara Eva.

Dr. Thieme confessed Christ in 1909 during an evangelistic meeting held by Paul E. Wright, uniting with the Cantril Christian church and remaining a member of this church until death.

He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity, being raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason, February 15, 1900.

He leaves to mourn his departure, his loving campanion [sic], Mrs. G. A. Thieme of Cantril; five children, Gustavus, of Sterling, Colorado; Mrs. Helen Hines of Keokuk, Iowa; Mrs. Florence Casady of Cantril; Mrs. Ruth Simmons of Burlington, Iowa and Miss Clara Thieme of Keokuk, Iowa; three brothers and one sister, Carl of Greely, Colorado; Henry of Keokuk, Iowa; Otto, Grass Valley, California; and Christina Schieble, of Keokuk. also five grandchildren, many other relatives and a host of friends.

Dr. Thieme is gone but he will not soon be forgotten in the community where he has practiced for more than three decades. Coming from sturdy German stock, he possessed an excellent mind and a strong individuality, being a diligent reader he was well versed in many subjects. He was naturally of a kind and cheerful disposition and his quaint philosophy of life will not soon be forgotten by those who knew him. His passing has cast a gloom over many homes and the community at large joins in sympathy with the bereaved family.

Funeral services were held at his home in Cantril, Monday afternoon, January 18th, Elder H. C. Shaw officiating, assisted by Rev. A. M. Smith, pastor of M. E. church. Short services were also held Tuesday afternoon at the home of his sister, Mrs. Christina Schiebel of 520 S. 13th St., Keokuk. Elder O'Herron, pastor of Keokuk Christian church, officiating assisted by Elder Shaw. Burial in Oakland cemetery at Keokuk.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 18 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Charles Beard ~ 19 Jan 1860 - 17 Aug 1926

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Beard, Bristow, Pease, Shelberg, Samson, Green, Dick, Stephenson, Hilman

CHARLES BEARD

Charles Beard was born in Cedar township, near Big Mound Jan. 19, 1860, passed away at Sacred Heart hospital in Ft. Madison Tuesday, August 17, 1926, after an illness of two weeks. He was the son of William and Mary Bristow Beard. Mr. Beard's parents were natives of England, coming here in 1848, and settling with an English colony in Lee county.

It was here that Mr. Beard, with his seven brothers and eight sisters grew to manhood.

Oct. 14, 1886, he was married to Miss Emma Pease, who with five children survive him--Boyd of Rock Island, Ill.; Mrs. Margaret Shelberg who lives on the home farm near Big Mound; Harriett Ada of Chicago; Mrs. Mary Samson and Raymond of Ft. Madison; five grand children; two brothers, Fremont of Memphis, Mo., and Thomas of Bonaparte, and four sisters, Mrs. Mary Green of Donnellson, Mrs. Anna Dick of Cedar Falls, Mrs. Rose Stephenson of Ottumwa and Mrs. Lizzie Hilman of Oregon. Two brothers preceded him in death less than three months ago, William of Bonaparte and Arnold of Montrose.

Mr. Beard retired from active farm life six years ago and moved to Ft. Madison, whee [sic] he lived at the time of his death. He had been a guard of the Iowa State prison for five years and was a valued and trusted employe of the institution.

He was a faithful and consistent christian and a member of the Presbyterian church at Sharon and always gave liberally toward its support.

For a number of years Mr. Beard had been a member of Masonic fraternity, having his Blue Lodge membership at Bonaparte and being a member of the Shrine at Davenport. He had taken 32 degrees in Masonry.

Mr. Beard was an honest and upright citizen, a helpful and considerate neighbor and a kind husband and father. The many beautiful floral offerings gave mute testimony of the esteem of his friends.

Short funeral services were held at the Clements chapel Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock and at Sharon at 3 p.m., Rev. Mitchell, chaplain of the I.S.P., preaching the sermon. The services at the grave were in charge of the Blue Lodge of Bonaparte, assisted by Masons from Hillsboro, Salem and Donnellson. Interment in the Sharon cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 18 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Laura Bell (Wollam) Hull ~ 06 Aug 1865 - 14 Jun 1934

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Hull, Wollam, Gove, Barker, McCoy, Hickman, Dyke

OBITUARY

LAURA BELLE HULL

Laura Belle Hull, daughter of Charles W. and Latisha A. Wollam, was born August 6, 1865, at Clarkson, O., and passed away, at her home in Cantril, Iowa, June 14, 1934, at 8:40 p.m., aged 68 years, 10 months and 8 days. At the age of 12 years she joined the Presbyterian church, at Clarkson, Ohio. She was a true Christian, devoting her life to her family and friends. When a young woman, she and her brother, E. H. Wollam came to near Mt. Sterling, Iowa, to make their home with relatives, their father having died when she was 11 years old.

She was united in marriage to John H. Hull, February 1, 1891, at Milton, Iowa. To this union was born three sons, Jesse Glen, who died in infancy, Charles Leo and William Earl, one daughter, Nannie, and they reared a foster daughter, Addie Wollam. She underwent an operation at the St. Joseph hospital in Ottumwa, May 4, and was brought to her home in Cantril on May 13 All that medical aid and a devoted family could do was done but to no avail.

Her husband preceded her in death March 3, 1932.

She leaves to mourn her departure, two sons, Charles Leo and William Earl, one daughter, Mrs. Nannie Gove, one foster daughter, Mrs. Addie Barker, eight grandchildren, Charles Earl and Laura May Hull, Jesse and Dorothy Hull, Kathryn and Helen Gove, and Hollis and Harold Barker; one brother, E. H. Wollam, Sheridan Lake, Colo; three half brothers, Garfield and George McCoy, Negley, O.; Richard H. McCoy, Cantril, Iowa; two half-sisters, Mrs. Lula Hickman, Mingo Junction, Ohio, and Mrs. Janie Dyke, Columbiana, Ohio, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 17 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Mary E. (Daggs) Kilmer ~ 04 Jan 1835 - 10 Jan 1911

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Kilmer, Daggs, Perry, Alexander, Teter

OBITUARIES
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MRS. MARY E. KILMER

Mary E. Daggs was born in Scotland county, Missouri, Jan. 4, 1835, where she grew to womanhood. In 1857 she was married to Austin Kilmer. Six children were born to them, the living being Mrs. Sarilda Perry of Madison, Iowa; Mrs. Martha Alexander and Mrs. Laura Teter, both of Oklahoma, and Hezakiah Kilmer of Kahoka, Mo. Soon after their marriage they moved to a farm in the vicinity of Granger, Missouri, where the husband died June 26, 1906. Mrs. Kilmer remained on the farm until last summer when she moved to Mt. Sterling, Iowa. She was an industrious, thrifty women [sic], never quite satisfied with ease, though her age and disease demanded rest. The end came Tuesday, Jan. 10, 1911, at the age of 76 years and 6 days. Funeral services were held at Mt. Moriah church on Wednesday afternoon by Rev. W. J. Hamilton. The remains were interred by the side of the husband in the church yard.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 17 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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John Coard Holland ~ 18 Nov 1837 - 22 Dec 1929

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Holland, Robbins, Edmondson, Marsan, Wilson, Hargrove, Hoskins

JOHN C. HOLLAND CAME TO IOWA TERRITORY WHEN ONLY FOUR YEARS OLD

John Coard Holland, eldest son of W. W. and Sarah Robbins Holland, was born on a farm near Milton, Delaware, on November 18, 1837, and departed this life on December 22, 1929, having attained to the age of 92 years, 1 month and 4 days. He came, with his parents, to the territory of Iowa, when four years of age, and with the family settled northeast of where Milton now stands, where he grew to manhood under pioneer conditions that were calculated to develope [sic] the sterling qualities he had inherited from his ancestors. His schooling was begun in the community's first school house--made of logs, with fireplace of sticks daubed with mud, and with greased paper for windows. Benches were of slabs, with no desks, and the learning was largely of the "Three Rs.". His tales of these, and succeedings [sic] days in the new country were most interesting, and were published in the Milton Herald just a year ago tomorrow.

Uncle John was married to Mary J. Edmondson, on November 9, 1859, and they went to housekeeping on land now owned by H. L. Atkins, later moving to the old John Holland farm, north of Fox River, which was their home for many years. Here, the three children were born, viz: W. C. Holland, of Sunnyside, Wash.; Metta Holland Marsan, of Portland, Oregon; and Dr. Belle Holland Wilson, of Van Couver, B. C., all of whom survive. Also one brother, Mr. E. C. Holland and one sister, Mrs. Hannah Hargrove.

Aunt Mary was called home on June 29, 1905. After that they rented the farm and had moved to Milton, into the home that has been his residence the remainder of his days.

On December 18, 1907, he was married to Mrs. Rebecca Hoskins, which union proved a most happy one, until terminated by her death on March 10, 1918.

During the last years of his life, he [rest of obit cut-off of page].

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 17 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Deborah (Wollam) Huston

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Huston, Wollam, Boyer

OBITUARY

Mrs. Deborah Huston, whose home has been near Mt. Sterling for over 40 years, died at the home of her only daughter, Mrs. J. O. Boyer near Leando, Thursday, Oct. 21. Mrs. Huston came upon a visit, as was her custom in years past, and intended spending the winter there, but was taken sick and died after a short illness.

Mrs. Deborah Wollam Hustou [sic] was a native of Ohio, but came to this state in 1864. She was the mother of six sons and one daughter. Her husband died Sept. 1, 1894. Wooster, her oldest son, lives on the old home place; Edward died in infancy; Jacob lives near Mt. Sterling; Henry was killed by a horse kicking him on his farm near Bonaparte some 12 years ago; Harmer lives in Sparks, Nev., Sparrh [sic] in Scotland county, Mo., and Mrs. Ruth Boyer, the only daughter and youngest of the family, whose privilege it was to minister to the wants of her mother in her last days. Besides the immediate family she leaves 15 grand children and 8 great grand children.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 16 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Christena Isabella (Teter) McLeland ~ 01 Oct 1852 - 25 Dec 1923

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: McLeland, Teter, Madden, Silvers

OBITUARY

Christena Isabella McLeland was born near Upton, Van Buren county, Iowa, Oct. 1, 1852, and died at her home in Milton, Iowa, at five o'clock Christmas morning, December 25, 1923 at the age of seventy-one years, two months and twenty-four days.

She was a daughter of Adam and Mary A. Teter and was united in marriage to William E. McLeland, Oct. 26, 1872. To this union were born eight children, seven sons and one daughter. She was bereft of her husband, who passed away Feb. [13th or 18th], 1918, and a few months after the death of the husband her son Leon was called.

With the exception of a short time that she lived in Unionville, Mo., her life has been spent in Van Buren county and her home has been in Milton since 1906.

Early in life she was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church and continued a member of the same until her death.

The surviving children are Harvey L., George, Frank, Harry and Blanche Madden all of Milton, Iowa; Clarence E. of Mt. Sterling, Iowa and Ray of Brule, Nebr. There are also four brothers and one sister, Will, George and Hugh of Cantril, Ed of Milton and Addie Silvers of Cantril.

These, with a large company of other relatives and friends remain to mourn her loss.

The funeral was held from the M. E. church in Milton on Friday December 28, conducted by the pastor, Rev. H. F. Gilbert, after which the remains wre laid to rest in the Milton Sunnside [sic] cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 16 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mr. and Mrs. William Overholt both died December 28th

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Overholt

HUSBAND AND WIFE DIE ON SAME DAY

Last Friday, December 28th, both Mr. and Mrs. William Overholt died at their home at Granger. They had not been well, and owing to their advanced age, neighbors had been assisting them. On Friday when no one saw them about, Judge C. E. B. Selby, whose produce house is near their residence went to their home and found them both dead.

Mr. Overholt was lying on a bed and it is thought he passed away about three o'clock Friday morning. Mrs. Overholt's body was found on the floor and it is believed she died about six o'clock that morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Overholt have lived in Granger for many years. Mr. Overholt was a carpenter by trade, and worked at that trade for several years. Later he had a mill at Granger and started a small electric light plant there several years ago, giving Granger the first electric lights of any town of that size in northeast Missouri.

The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon and burial was in the new cemetery, east of Granger. Mr. Overholt has one sister who lives at Des Moines. She was notified and came to take charge of the double funeral.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 16 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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James Abernathy aged about 45 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Abernathy, Reck

SUICIDE NEAR UPTON

James Abernathy, age about 45, who resided with his sister, Mrs. Reck, at Upton, in the south part of Des Moines township, committed suicide by shooting Wednesday afternoon. He had suffered much from ill health in recent years and was at times very despondent.

The deceased is survived by a wife, but left no children.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 16 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Henry Peacock ~ 15 Mar 1852 - 17 Nov 1933

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Peacock, Bonar, Kirkendall, Warner, Pittman, DeHart

HENRY PEACOCK

Henry, son of Clark and Esther Peacock, was born March 15, 1852, in Laancster [sic] county, Pa., and died at his home near Lebanon, Iowa, Nov. 17, 1933, at the age of 81 years, 8 months and 2 days.

In 1855, he moved with his parents to Van Buren county, Iowa, and located near Pittsburg, where they made a home for themselves. His father died in 1871 when Henry was 19 years old, leaving much of the care of the mother and younger children to him. He was a kind and affectionate son. His mother died in 1916. Of the nine children, three survive him, Mrs. Anna Bonar of Milton, Mrs. Lizzie Kirkendall of Burlington and E. W. of Stone City.

June 6, 1889, he was married to Miss Minnie A. Warner of Cantril, and began housekeeping near his old home where they have since resided. To this union were born eight children, 6 sons and 2 daughters: Lynn, Rex, Bates, William, Bion, Mrs. Claude Pittman, Mrs. Dwight DeHart and Paul. Lynn and Paul died in infancy. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 6 children, 13 grandchildren, 1 brother and 2 sisters, besides a number of other relatives and friends.

He was a man of good judgment and wide acquaintance. His pride was in his home and family and he was always glad to welcome visitors in his friendly, cheery way which won for him many friends who familiarly knew him as Henry. He gladly did many things for enjoyment. He was an extensive land owner, a successful farmer and stockman and was always keenly alive to the interests of the community. He was a good neighbor, a loving husband and a kind and indulgent father.

Funeral services were conducted in the home on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, by the Rev. Geo. H. Smith, M. E. pastor of Lebanon church. Appropriate songs were sung by Mr. and Mrs. Claire Muir, Florence Brown and LaRue Wilson. Keith Gaston sang a solo. The floral remembrances were profuse. Interment was made in the Lebanon cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 16 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Ann (Gale) Ellis ~ 18 Jan 1830 - 09 Feb 1912

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Ellis, Gale

MRS. ANN ELLIS

Mrs. Ann Ellis died at her home in Moulton last Saturday and after services held in that city, the remains being brought to Keosauqua Monday and interred in Purdem [sic]. The body was taken to Hotel Russell and there the casket was opened and the loved face viewed for the last time by old-time friends.

Mrs. Ellis moved to this county in 1836 with the husband and located on Vernon Prairie where they resided for many years, later removing to this city where the husband died some two years ago.

NOTE: Maiden name of Gale, birth & death dates contributed to this obit by Rich Lowe. Also note cemetery is Purdom which is located in Keosauqua.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 15 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Richard Simms Beck ~ 02 Apr 1827 - 02 Mar 1913

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Beck, Lea

DEATH OF RICHARD S. BECK

"Died, March 2, 1913, Richard Simms Beck, aged 85 years and 11 months. Born at Romes Point, near Wheeling, Va., April 2, 1827. Survived by his widow, Henrietta S. Beck, Ocean Park; and sons Wm. D. Beck, El Monte, Cal., and John M. of Pasadena, Cal. Funeral March 4. Interment in Inglewood cemetery."

Last week mention was made in the REPUBLICAN of Mr. Beck's serious sickness and the foregoing announcement of his death is taken from the Los Angeles, Cal., Times, published in his home city. As was said last week, Mr. Beck was married to Miss Henrietta Lea in Keosauqua, who survives, and many residents of this and Jefferson county will remember him and hear with sorrow of this good man's death. Mr. and Mrs. Beck were united in marriage at Keosauqua, May 13, 1874, Rev. John W. Windsor, pastor of the Congregational church, officiating, and while this was not their home thereafter, they often visited here and greatly enjoyed coming back to the old town.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 15 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Henry Porter Frazey ~ 20 Feb 1842 - 23 Mar 1915

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 02 Nov 1999

Surname: Frazey, Cretcher, Short

OBITUARY OF H. P. FRAZEY

Henry Porter Frazey, son of Samuel and Frances Frazey, was born near Cherrey Grove, Bedford,[sic] Co., Pennsylvania, Feb. 20th, 1842, where he grew to manhood on his father's farm, and died March 23, 1915, at his home in Cantril, Iowa. At the age of 20 years, on the 8th day of Sept., 1861, he enlisited [sic] in the Union Army in Co. A, Eleventh Penn., volunteers, for a period of three years. On Jan. 1, 1864, he reinlisted [sic] at Cedar Mountain, Va., under Capt. James Noble. Feb. 6th, 1865, he was wounded and carried to the hospital where he lay for several weeks, returning to the field as soon as he was able. He fought in some of the hottest engagements of the war, such as the second battle of Bull Run and the battle of Gettysburg, being honorably discharged at Harrisburg, Penn., on July 8th, 1865. After the war he came to Scotland, [sic] Co. Mo., and settled on a farm near Upton where he resided until July 3, 1913, when he moved to Cantril, Iowa, where he has since lived. When a young man he united with the Lutheran church and remained in that faith until the year 1883 when he joined the Methodist church at Upton, Ia. May 28, 1874 he was united in marriage to Nancy Elizabeth Cretcher. To this union 7 children were born (six sons and one daughter). Four of the sons preceded him to the spirit land. He leaves to mourn his death an aged wife, two sons and one daughter: Fred W. of Arbela, Mo., Gertrude Short and Charles L. of near Cantril, six grandchildren besides a host of neighbors and friends. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church, March [can't read], at 2 p. m., conducted by Rev. W. I. N. Densmore. Interment in the Maple Grove cemetery. Members of G. A. R. [can't read] acting as pall bearers were M. [I. or T.] Burkett, Keosauqua; T. B. Smith, Mt. Sterling; J. R. Armstrong, B. R. Grinstead, A. Carns, Geo. Boyd, S. H. Bennett and J. H. DeFord of Cantril.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 15 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Cecil B. Leaverton ~ 30 Sep 1898 - 21 Feb 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Leaverton, Hoskin

OBITUARY

Cecil B. Leaverton, youngest son of Alvin and Lucinda Jane Leaverton, was born September 30, 1898, and entered his eternal rest at 3:30 a. m., February 21, 1925, at the home of his parents in Cantril, Iowa.

Cecil enlisted in the United States Army April 17, 1917, and was assigned to the Seventh Field Signal Battalion of the 15th Division of the Regular Army and was honorably discharged August 1st, 1919.

His devotion and service to his country, which he served so faithfully, was secondly only to his love and sincere devotion to his father and mother who ministered so tenderly in his last days of suffering. The dreaded disease of tuberculosis fastened itself upon him while he was so faithfully serving his country, but he fought with fortitude and perseverence to regain his health that he might longer administer to the comfort of his loved parents who waited as the taps were sounded calling him from the pain and strife of life's battle to the calm and peace of eternal life.

He leaves to mourn their loss his aged father and mother, loving sister, Mrs. C. C. Hoskin of Fort Dodge, Iowa, who was unable to be with him during his last hours owing to her serious illness, two brothers, J. J. Leaverton of Macon, Mo., and Lee Leaverton of Burlington, Iowa.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 14 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Samuel Harbin ~ 07 Dec 1848 - 19 Mar 1924

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Harbin, Duncan, Thomas, Bradley

SAMUEL HARBIN

Samuel Harbin was born at Rushville, Indiana, December 7, 1848, and departed this life at his home in Mt. Sterling, Iowa, March 19th, 1924, aged 75 years, 3 months and 12 days.

He was united in marriage to Florence Duncan, January 22, 1874. The first few years of their married life was spent near Milton, later removing to Nebraska where they resided five years, then coming to Mt. Sterling in 1902 where he had since made his home.

For the past two years he had been in failing health but bore his suffering patiently and without complaint.

Mr. Harbin was of a kindly and retiring disposition, congenial and energetic and was held in high esteem in the community where he has so long resided. He is survived by his devoted wife, two sons, Orie, of Gideon, Mo.; Glen, of Lena, Ill.; and one daughter, Mrs. Chloe Thomas, of Keosauqua, Iowa; and four grandchildren, one half sister, Mrs. F. E. Bradley, and one half brother, Mr. Willis Harbin, both of Milton, Iowa, who with a host of friends mourn his passing.

Funeral services in charge of Rev. Sawtell, were held at the M. E. church Friday afternoon. Burial in Harness cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 14 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Elias C. Duley ~ 30 Jul 1849 - 04 Dec 1924

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Duley, Johnson, Davis, Bell

ELIAS C. DULEY

Elias C. Duley, eldest son of John W. and Mary A. Duley, was born July 30, 1849, near Corydon, Ind., and died Dec. 4, 1924, at the home of his sister, Mrs. James Johnson of Roseville, Ill., aged 75 years, 4 months and 4 days.

When a small boy he came with his parents from Indiana and located near Mt. Sterling, Iowa, where he married to Susan A. Davis. To this happy union one daughter was born, who died Nov. 28, 1898. His wife passed away May 15, 1906. He was a member of the Christian church at Cantril, also a member of the Mt. Sterling I.O.O.F. Lodge.

He leaves to mourn his death three sisters and one brother: Martha M. Bell of Iola, Kansas; Sarah C. Davis of Benedict, Kansas; Jane Johnson of Roseville, Ill.; and Wm. Duley of Farmington, Iowa, also a host of other friends and relatives.

Funeral services were held at the Mt. Sterling Christian church Saturday morning, Dec. 6th, Rev. Herbert C. Shaw, pastor of the Cantril Christian church, officiating. His brethren [cut-off].

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 14 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Hon. George W. Wilson

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Wilson, Stone, Smith

HON. GEO. W. WILSON DIED FRIDAY NIGHT

Hon. George W. Wilson, who represented Scotland county in the 49th and 51st General Assemblies, died at his home near Cantril, Iowa in the northeast part of Scotland county [sic], Friday night, May 27th, at eleven o'clock.

Mr. Wilson was well known in the county, having made the campaign and was elected to the Legislature in November, 1916, and in 1920. He was an honorable, upright man, and a man who had many splendid traits of character. He was a friendly and sociable man who would go out of his way to greet a friend, whether rich or poor.

Mr. Wilson was born near Ft. Madison, in Lee county, Iowa, July 4, 1860. He was educated in the public schools of Scotland county and was married August 24, 1884, to Miss Anna Stone.

For most of his life, Mr. Wilson lived on his farm, but about three years ago he moved to Memphis where the family lived about a year, returning to the farm home in 1926, where he lived until [cut-off]

The funeral was conducted at his home by Rev. G. C. Schurmann, a former pastor of the Christian church here, and burial was in the Memphis cemetery.

He was a son of Robert and Mary Wilson, and came to this county with his parents when twelve years of age.

He leaves the widow, Mrs. Geo. W. Wilson, and seven children, five sons and two daughters, his being the first death in the family. The children are: Thane S. Wilson, Arlie L. Wilson, Don U. Wilson, Mrs. Earl Smith, Miss Bernice Wilson, Ward [ ] Wilson, and Byron R. Wilson.

He united with the Mt. Olive M. E. church when a young man, and on moving to Memphis three years ago, placed his membership in the Christian church here, so as to be with his family in church affiliations.

In addition to the [cut-off].

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 14 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Lena (Arnold) Keller (Mrs. Franz Keller) ~ 02 Jun 1888 - 13 Mar 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Keller, Arnold, Bishop, Wells, Stonebraker

MRS. FRANZ KELLER

Lena Arnold Keller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Arnold, was born June 2, 1888 and departed this life, March 13, 1925, at 2:30 a.m., age 36 years, 9 months and eleven days. Early in life she confessed her Saviour and united with the Christian church, remaining faithful to the end. She lived most of her life on the family homestead, near Keosauqua, where she was born, with the exception of one year in Colorado, and five years, after marriage, in Missouri.

On January 15, 1913, at the home of her parents, she was united in marriage to Franz Keller. To this union five children were born all of whom she leaves to mourn her death, Joseph age 11, Marie, 9, Emma, 6, Ila May,3 and an infant, Arleta. Besides her bereaved husband and children, she leaves her mother Mrs. W. H. Arnold of Cantril, five brothers and sisters, Lee Arnold and Mrs. Anna Bishop, of Keosauqua; Vern Arnold of Alexis, Illinois; Mrs. Grace Wells, of Cantril and Mrs. Edith Stonebraker of Arebla, Missouri. Her father, one brother and three sisters preceded her in death.

She was a kind and loving wife, mother and sister.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 16th at 1:30 p. m. from her home conducted by Elder Herbert C. Shaw, pastor of the Cantril Christian church. A part of the fourteenth chapter of John was used as the scripture lesson and the subject of the sermon was "Scenes from the Life of the Master." A mixed quartet sang, beautifully, the following songs: "Going Down the Valley," "There's a Land of Pure Delight," "It is Well With My Soul." Burial in Purden [sic] cemetery.

NOTE: The cemetery is probably Purdom Cemetery in Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 13 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Rondwa Elma (Chaplin) Taylor (Mrs. James H. Taylor) ~ 21 Jun 1893 - 17 Jan 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Taylor, Chaplin, Vale, Wilcoxson, Tone

MRS. JAMES H. TAYLOR

Rondwa Elma Chaplin was born in Cantril, Iowa, June 21, 1893, and departed this life at the Jefferson county hospital Fairfield, Iowa, January 17, 1925.

On December 29, 1912, she was united in marriage to James H. Taylor. To this union were born five children Demar age 11, Hazel, 9, Howard, 7, Willa Mae, 4, and Ray Marsell, 2. She came to Fairfield about 5 years ago.

At the age of 14 years she united with the Christian church at Pulaski and in 1920 transferred her membership to the Christian church in Fairfield. Unable, because of home duties and the care of the children, to attend church very often, she yet found time with her husband's help to train her children in the nature and admonition of the Lord.

Besides her husband and children she is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Chaplin of Cantril, Iowa, four brothers and their families, B. G. Chaplin, Mt. Sterling; E. O. and J. F. Chaplin, Troy and L. E. Chaplin of Waterloo. Two sisters, Ella and Mrs. J. M. Vale and two brothers Willie and Charlie preceeded her in death.

Brother-in-law and sisters-in-law of the deceased are Garfield, Everett and Glen Taylor of Bloomfield, Mrs. J. E. Wilcoxson of Natchez, Miss., and Mrs. H. E. Tone of Los Angeles, Calif.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 13 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Amanda Francis (Sheets) Sparks ~ 22 Apr 1857 - 05 May 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Sparks, Sheets

AMANDA F. SPARKS

Amanda Francis [sic], daughter of Moses and Nancy Sheets, was born April 22, 1857, in Scotland county, Mo.

Here in the the rural school she received her education. She grew to womanhood and was united in marriage to Fleming Martin Sparks on August 1, 1875. To this union four children were born. Nancy Viola, Rosa Lee, William Taylor and Mary Isabel. Her companion and daughters have proceded [sic] her in death.

She united with the M. E. church at the age of 33. She was a kind and loving mother, a neighbor that was ever ready to lend a helping hand.

The son, eight grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters and other relatives are left to mourn their loss.

She passed away May 5, 1925, age 68 years and 13 days, at the home of her son, ner [sic] Mt. Sterling, Iowa, where she had made her home since the death of her husband about 14 months ago.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church at Mt. Sterling Thursday afternoon, May 7, Rev. Paul Sawtelle, officiating. Interment at Blackledge cemetery.
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We wish to express our appreciation for the many acts of kindness and the sympathy of our neighbors and friends in our bereavement.
Wm. Sparks and Family

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 13 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mary Tegler Pundt ~ 10 Jul 1842 - 04 Dec 1924

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Tegler, Pundt

MARY TEGLER PUNDT

Mary Tegler Pundt was born in North Germany July 10, 1842, and passed away at her home in Cantril, Iowa, Dec. 4, 1924, aged eighty-two years, four months and twenty-four days.

Shortly after coming to America she was united in marriage, in New York City, in February, 1868, to Fred Pundt.

The then young couple came immediately to Iowa and settled on a farm four miles south of Cantril, Iowa. They continued to live there until they removed to Cantril more than twenty years ago.

Of the seven children born to them, all have passed on except one son, Frank Pundt, who lives on a farm southwest of Cantril.

Years ago Mother Pundt united with the Methodist church at Cantril. For several years she has been in poor health and has come to a well earned crowning of her life.

There remain to mourn her loss, the aged husband, one son, two grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church at Cantril, Iowa, at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, by the Rev. H. F. Gilbert.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 13 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Eliza Jane Torrence Calhoun ~ 1(6) Aug 1859 - 21 Dec 1892

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Calhoun, Torrence

DIED--At her home in Birmingham, Thursday, Dec. 21st, at 7 p.m. Eliza J., wife of Newton L. Calhoun, aged 33 years, 4 months and 11 days.

Eliza Jane Torrence was born in Lick Creek township, Van Buren county, Iowa, August, 1(6)th, 1859, and her entire life except four years was spent in this neighborhood. The visited [sic] in Pennsylvania two years, and two years was spent with her sister in Jamestown, Kansas.

She was married to her now bereaved husband November 14th, 1889, and after a short time spent on the farm southeast of town, moved to Birmingham, where they have resided since.

During the union protracted meeting held in Birmingham about eighteen years ago by Rev.'s Bergen and Prather, when over seventy conversions were professed, she was among the number, and united with the Presbyterian church and has ever since been a zealous christian and earnest worker in the church. She has not been in good health for over a year, and when the Foote Brothers, evangelists, visited this place, she became deeply interested in their work, and the excitement and strain on her nerves became so great, that Monday evening, Nov. 11th, her mind gave way, and not until a few hours before her death did she regain consciousness sufficient to recognize her husband, mother and sister. But even that short time was a great relief to the sorrowing ones around her.

During her illness everything possible was done to make her suffering as light as possible, both by her physician and husband, mother and sisters, and the end came as peaceful and quiet as a beautiful May morning.

She was a woman of many noble qualities and was greatly loved and esteemed by all who knew her. The church has lost a faithful christian worker, the husband a fond and affectionate wife, the mother an obedient and loving daughter, the sisters a devoted sister, the community a noble and true citizen.

She leaves a husband, mother, three sisters and a host of friends to mourn her death.

The funeral occurred from the family residence, Saturday at 10 a.m., Rev. McNary, her pastor, having charge of the services, assisted by Rev.'s Pool and Richie, and was attended by a large number of our citizens.

The family have the sincere sympathy of all in their sad bereavement, [ ] in return desire us to express their sincere thanks for the many kind deeds and expressions during her sickness and their bereavement.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 12 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Anna Leota Hanan Sheets ~ 26 Feb 1873 - 11 Jul 1926

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Sheets, Hanan, DeHart

MRS. C. W. SHEETS

Anna Leota Hanan, second daughter of G. T. and Mary DeHart Hanan, was born Feb. 26, 1873, near Mt. Sterling, and died July 11, 1926, at her home near Keosauqua, aged 53 years, 4 months and 15 days.

On March 15, 1899, she became the wife of C. W. Sheets and to this union were born seven children, six sons and one daughter, all of whom were present at the time of her going, except Ray of Milwaukee, Wis.

She leaves to mourn their loss, besides her husband and children, her father, three sisters and one brother. Her mother and one brother preceded her to the Eternal Home.

In her girlhood days she united with the M. E. church and later with the Christian church of Keosauqua.

Always quiet and unassuming and with her heart and hands full of home duties she will be sadly missed in the family circle as well as among her many friends.

"God's finger touched her, and she slept."

Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at Center Chapel, Rev. E. L. Nickle conducting the services.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 12 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Additional Notes: Center Chapel Church & Cemetery list (also found in the Keosauqua Public Library) includes a number of DeHarts, Hanan and Sheets buried near each other including the above-named.
Page 20:
Granville T. Hanan 1846-1926 60 G. 3rd Iowa Vol. Cav. (GAR)
Mary E., his wife, 1848-1896
Edward G. Hanan, son of G. T. & Mary Hanan 23 Feb 1883-16 Jan 1915
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Charles W. Sheets 1873-1961
Anna L., his wife, 1873-1926
Mary I. Sheets born 1913 died (blank)


Manson L. Bennett ~ 17 Oct 1862 - 05 Oct 1895

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Bennett, Shaw, Crum

OBITUARY

Manson L. Bennett was born in Crawford county, Penn., Oct. 17, 1862, and died at Aspen Junction, Col., October 5, 1895, aged 32 years, 11 months and 20 days.

Our citizens were greatly shocked by the dispatch announcing the death of Manson. But a few weeks previous he left here a robust man, going to Springfield, Mo., for a short visit with his wife's parents Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Shaw. While there one of his children was taken sick with malarial fever, and he assisted in nursing and caring for it until its recovery. His entire system became impregnated with the germs of the same disease. Although feeling poorly himself and family started for Aspen Junction to visit his brother Otto and look for a location. In a few days he was taken down and physicians were summoned. They succeeded in getting the fever under control when stomach trouble developed, which baffled their skill and caused his death. He had been subject to attacks of the latter disease for several years, but never in so virulent form, and although of rugged constitution he could not get relief, and death resulted in a few hours.

During the winter of 1884 he was converted and united with the M. E. church, of which he remained a consistent member until death.

Nov. ( )th, 1888, he was united in marriage to Miss Fannie Shaw, who with two children are left to mourn the death of a kind and loving husband and father. He also leaves a father and mother Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Bennett, living north of town, a sister Mrs. Alta Crum living near Fairfield, and two brothers, Almer, of Ida Grove, Iowa, and Otto of Aspen Junction, Col., all of whom were present at the funeral, to mourn his death.

His remains were brought to this place, arriving the 9th, for burial. The funeral was held from the M. E. church Wednesday at 2 p. m., Rev. Fraker, his pastor, conducting the services in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing relatives and and [sic] friends.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 12 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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O. W. Creath ~ 01 May 1863 - 05 Dec 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Creath, Reed, Jones, Teter

O. W. CREATH

O. W. Creath, son of John W. and Josephine Creath, was born near Cantril May 1, 1863, and departed this life Dec. 5, 1928, age 65 years, 7 months and 4 days.

On Sept. 8, 1886, he was married to Mattie Reed, to which union two children were born--Clara Mabel Jones, who preceded him in death Nov. 14, 1924, and Chauncy Lee Creath of Cantril.

Besides his wife, Mrs. Mattie Creath, he leaves to mourn one sister, Mrs. Jennie Teter of Moberly, Mo., and five grandchildren. Mr. Creath joined the M. E. church early in life and lived a consistent Christian life until the end.

He was a member of the I. O. O. F., Rebekah and Modern Woodmen of America lodges.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 11 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Benjamin Rex Vale

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Vale, Rex, Leffler, Downie, Biddle, Tedford, Todford, Roberts

BENJAMIN REX VALE

Benjamin Rex Vale, son of Jacob G. and Anne Rex Vale, was born in Smithfield, Ohio, June 4, 1848. He came with his parents to Iowa, in 1850, first locating in Lee county, then moving to Harrisburg township, Van Buren county, in 1856, and locating on the farm which was his home until he moved to Bonaparte in the autumn of 1914.

Jacob G. and Anne Rex Vale were also the parents of George Hussey Vale and Mary Jane Vale, who died in infancy; Mrs. Lydia Ann Leffler of Ames, Ia., and Mrs. Martha Margaret Downie, who died April 13, 1908, at Beaver Falls, Penn.

He was educated at the Birmingham academy and at Monmouth college, Monmouth, Ill. While in school there he met Miss Julia Biddle, whom he married February 12, 1874. Their children are Mrs. Regina T(e or o)dford of Mt. Ayr, Iowa; Mary B. Vale, Mrs. Margaret Emma Roberts, and Bruce Rex Vale of Bonaparte. There are two grandchildren, Vale and Rex Roberts.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 11 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Willa Eugenia Masson Clemens Lazenby ~ 15 Apr 1881 - 21 Aug 1923

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 29 Oct 1999

Surname: Lazenby, Masson, Clemens, Whitney, Prall, Addison

MRS. A. G. LAZENBY

Willa Eugenia Masson, youngest child of Mrs. Eliza Masson and the late Eugene Masson, was born on April 15th, 1881, on the home farm near Keosauqua, Iowa. On October 18, 1903, she was married to John W. Clemens, who died May 9, 1911. On the 26th of March, 1919, Mrs. Clemens was married to Albert G. Lazenby. About three weeks ago Mrs. Lazenby became ill, but her sickness was not considered serious until near noon, Monday, August 20, when she suddenly became worse and at 1:30 Tuesday morning, Aug. 21, 1923, her spirit quietly slipped away at the home of her mother, to which she had been moved during her illness, where she was lovingly cared for.

Mrs. Lazenby received her education in the public schools and was a good musician. All her life was spent in the same neighborhood, where her sunny, happy disposition won her hosts of friends. She had been a member of the Congregational church at Keosauqua since early girlhood.

She leaves to mourn their loss, her husband, her aged mother, her brother Edward and wife on the home farm; two sisters, Mrs. C. P. Whitney and Mrs. George A. Prall, of Keosauqua; one niece, Mrs. James H. Addison of Omaha, Nebraska, four stepchildren and other distant relatives and many, many friends.

Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me,
And may there be no mourning at the ba[?]
When I put out to sea.
Twilight and evening bell[?]
And, after that, the dark,
And may there be no sadness of farewell
When I embark. ----Tennyson

Funeral services were held at the home of her mother, Mrs. Masson, Wednesday, August 22, at 2 p. m., Rev. J. C. Caughlan, pastor of the M. E. church at Keosauqua, officiating. Burial at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

We wish to express our thanks to our neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy for the loss of our dear wife, daughter and sister.

A. G. Lazenby and Mrs.
E. Masson and [cut-off, is family?]

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 11 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, Iowa Genealocial Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in October 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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CHANNEL OBITUARY

Posted by Joyce Gehringer <joycewva@webtv.netormountaineer79@hotmail.com> on Wed, 27 Oct 1999

Surname: CHANNEL, WHORTON, DALE, COOK, CAUGHLAN, AUSTIN

The following obituary was found by the submitter in the Obit Collection at the VanBuren County Genealogical Library in Keosauqua, Iowa; Obit. Book A, p. 253. It was originally published in the Keosauqua Republican newspaper on November 17, 1921. (Please read the Note following the obit) It reads:

Death of Wm. J. Channel

_______________

WILLIAM J. CHANNEL, son of JOSEPH and wife, was born in
Buford, Highland County, Ohio, August 31, 1839, and died
at the home of his son P.E. CHANNEL in Keosauqua, Io.,
November 12, 1921, aged 82 years, 2 months, and 12 days.
He moved with his parents to Ban Buren county, Iowa, when
he was 12 years old and settled near Cantril, Iowa, where
most of his life was spent. February 2, 1865, he and
SARAH E. WHORTON were united in marriage at Birmingham,
Iowa. His wife was a daughter of REV. JOHN WESLEY
WHORTON. He leaves to mourn his departure three sons and
one daughter, namely: W.H. and L.H., of near Pittssburg,
this county; P.E. of Keosauqua, and MRS. MARGARET DALE of
Sacramento, Cal. One daughter LENA MAY COOK preceeded him
in death 12 years. He also leaves with us 19
grandchildren and many other relatives and friends who
lived in his memory. At the age of 45 he united with the
Methodist church at Cantril, under the ministry of JOHN
WESLEY WHORTON, and remained a member of that church the
rest of his life. He was a lover of his home and
children. He home was always first in his thought and
plan, and such a love made him a devoted father to his
family. After a lingering decline in health for about a
year he acefully closed his eyes and passed awayi. to the
question, asked by a son, "Are you trusting in Jesus
Christ?" he relplied, "Yes." Funeral services were held
at the Pittsburg M.E. church, Tuesday forenoon, Nov.15,
conducted by his pastor REV. J.C. CAUGHLAN and REV.
AUSTIN, a long time friend. Burial was in the Pittsburg
cemetary.

_________

The families of the deceased wish to thank all friends for
their help and kindness during their sorrow, and
especially the Woman's Relief Corps.

NOTE: In the above obit the marriage date for WILLIAM J.
and SARAH E. is incorrect according to the marriage record
I located at the VBCo. Court Recorders Office. For
further information contact me at my listed email
addresses.


Robert Harrison Johnston (1831-1914)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Tue, 19 Oct 1999

Surname: Johnston, Shepler, Lowrie, Lowry

Robert H. Johnston was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., Dec. 14th 1831, and died at his home 1 ½ miles north of Birmingham, Thursday, Aug 13, 1914, at 8 p.m., aged 82 years and 7 months, after an illness of several months with a complication of diseases incident to old age and army service.

Sept. 16th, 1852, he was united in marriage at Birmingham, Penn., to Hannah Shepler, who passed to her reward Feb. 22, 1912.

In the fall of 1854 they came to Iowa, residing for one year near Davenport. In 1855 they moved to Van Buren County, and for more than twenty years resided in the village of Utica. In 1875 he moved to Jefferson county on a farm on county-line road, 1 ½ miles north of Birmingham, where he resided nearly thirty seven years.

August 21st, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, nineteenth Iowa infantry under J.S. Ragsdale, recruiting officer, afterward captain of the company, and served until the close of war as base drummer of the regiment, and giving the drum he carried all the time to his grandson, Robert H., it containing one of the original heads, of which he is justly proud.

……in Van Buren and Jefferson counties than “Uncle Bobby”, and he was always ready and willing to go wherever called with the old drum and cheer the boys with his martial music, and on Memorial day was always loyal to his old comrades in this neighborhood, never having missed until May 30, 1914, when illness prevented.

He united with Presbyterian church of Birmingham in February 1892, and was a consistent member and regular attendant, sickness alone preventing.
In politics, he was a stalwart republican, voting that ticket from the formation of the party, and the weather was never too bad for him to go to the polls.

Of his children, five are left to mourn his death, Carrie, dying at the age of 9 years; two sons, William H. and Reuben reside in this vicinity; Mrs. Margaret Kirkhart near Cantrill, Mrs. A.C. Parker of Derby, Iowa, and Miss Mary who resides on the home place and for many years has faithfully and tenderly cared for the mother and father who have gone to their heavenly home.

There are twenty-three grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church Saturday at 2 p.m., in charge of Rev. Cassat, assisted by Rev. McNary, and a large attendance of his old comrades, neighbors and friends were present to pay their last respects. Six grandchildren acted as pallbearers and he was laid to rest in the Birmingham cemetery beside his wife, who had been a true helpmate and companion for more than sixty years.

Birmingham Enterprise.


Nannie B. Johnson Ward (1850-1914)

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: JOHNSON, WARD, MILLER, EASTMAN, SMITH

Mrs. Geo. T. Ward

Mrs Nannie B. Johnson Ward, wife of Geo. T. Ward of Chicago and sister of Mrs. Geo. F. Smith of Keosauqua, passed away at Lakeside Hospital, Chicago, Saturday, June 6, at 7:35 a.m. after a long illness.

Mrs. Ward, who was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Johnson, was born at Bonaparte Oct. 29, 1850, being aged 63 years, 8 months and 8 days. She attended the schools of Bonaparte and was one of the most popular young ladies of that place.

April 12, 1877, she was united in marriage to Geo. T. Ward, a live stock commission merchant of Chicago, and henceforth her home was in that city. Two children were born to them, Mrs. T. H. Miller and Mrs. C. N. Eastman, both of Chicago. The latter was a resident of Keosauqua a number of years, where Mr. Eastman was engaged in the lumber business.

Mr. and Mrs. Ward had planned to move to Bucklin, Mo., near Mr. Ward's stock farm and had shipped their household goods to that place, when Mrs. Ward suffered a stroke of paralysis and in falling one of her limbs was fractured. Her limb healed, but the shock and confinement were too much for her enfeebled system, and she passed away Saturday, her immediate family and Mrs. Smith of this place and Mr. George B. Johnson, a brother of Ft. Worth, Texas, being at her side.

The burial was at Monmouth, Ill., where Mr. Ward's people are buried, Monday afternoon, J. A. Johnson of Bonaparte, a brother, joining the funeral party there.


Nellie Barker Workman died at age 22 years

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Barker, Workman

Nellie Barker Workman died at her home southwest of town, Wednesday last at the age of 22 years. The funeral was held at Miller's chapel Friday. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Barker, and this is the first death in their family. She leaves a husband, a babe five days old and a large number of relatives and friends to mourn her death.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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George W. Carnes

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Carnes, Barnett, Houk, Lear, Rucks

OBITUARY OF GEORGE W. CARNES

George W. Carnes was born September 24, 1852, in Iowa. He was married to Martha Jane Barnett of Upton, Iowa, in 1870. To this union nine children were born, one departing this life in infancy. Mr. Carnes was called from this life, after a lingering illness, at 3 o'clock Thursday, March 20. He is survived by his wife, 5 sons and 3 daughters, as follows: Mrs. A. M. Houk of Des Moines, Iowa; John Hopkins Carnes of DeWitt, Ark.; George A. Carnes of Winthrop, Minn.; William H. Carnes of DeWitt, Ark.; James A. Carnes of Duncan, Okla.; Mrs. Maude Lear of LaMoille, Ariz.; Mrs. Bertha Rucks of Warren, Ark.; Grover C. Carnes of DeWitt, Ark. The deceased made a profession of his faith in Christ, May 15, 1915, uniting with the Christian church, of which he was a loyal and devoted member through these closing years of his life. In 1897 he and his family moved to Arkansas county, Arkansas; for a number of years was farming, but in recent years has been living in deWitt. The deceased was a brother of A. Carnes and a brother-in-law of W. H. Barnett, both of Cantril, Iowa. Funeral and burial were held at Prairie View, Mo., Monday p. m., March 24, conducted by Rev. Warren at Cantril, Iowa.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Jesse Franklin Cavitt ~ 24 Jul 1919 - 21 Mar 1924

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Cavitt, Roush

JESSE FRANKLIN CAVITT

Jesse Franklin Cavitt was born July 24, 1919, at the home of his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Roush, at Lebanon, Iowa, and died March 21, 1924, aged 4 years, 8 months and 21 days. His sunny disposition made him a favorite among all who knew him.

While at play Thursday, March 20th, he was seriously injured by a horse. He was taken to the hospital at Keokuk for treatment and all that loving hands and medical skill could do, was done for him. But his precious life could not be restored for God had called him for his own. Lo! the voice of an Angel was heard: "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for, of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Little Franklin answered the call. The Angel clasped him in his arms and his spirit was quietly carried from earth to Heaven.

He leaves to mourn his death the mother, the father, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cavitt; a baby brother, John William; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Roush of Lebanon, and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cavitt of Keosauqua, and many other relatives and friends.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 9 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Valentine Cupp ~ 24 Sep 1849 - 22 Oct 1898

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Cupp, Glandoh

OBITUARY

VALENTINE CUPP was born near Winchester, Van Buren county, Iowa, September 24, 1849. He died at his home one half mile north of the place of his birth October 22, 1898.

He was married to Mrs. Mary C. Glandoh on [black blob-can't read day and month] 1872. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cupp, two of whom have preceeded the father to the better land. Mr. Cupp joined the Presbyterian church of Mount Zion about four years ago. He [can't read] a [can't read] well known and highly respected throughout the community. He lived an humble Christian life and endeavored to bring up his children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. He was an officer in the church and was faithful to all his duties. Never of very robust health, he was uniformally cheerful and companionable. On his sick bed he was never heard to murmur or complain, but bore his sufferings with resignation and patience to the last. Had it been God's will, he would have liked to lived to see his younger children grown, but was content to depart, known that "He doeth all things well", and that to depart and be with Christ is far better. It was a matter of thankfullness to him that he had been born and raised amid such surroundings as those in which his lot was cast, and he felt in his last sickness the deepest gratitude to his friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness and love.

The funeral exercises were held on Sabbath afternoon, October 23. A great company gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to a beloved friend and neighbor. After brief exercises at the home, the services were held at Miller's chappel [sic]. [A] great congreation [sic] assembled on this occasion which more than filled the large house of worship. Rev. C. S. McElhinny, pastor of Mount Zion Presbyterian church, conducted the services and preached from Psalm 90:12; "So teach us [and?] number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." The interment took place in the adjoining burial ground.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Orin C. "O.C." Hellwig ~ 04 Oct 1872 - 07 Mar 1926

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Hellwig, Conwell, McElroy, Work, Shaw, Larson, Milligan, Wishard, Hall, Davis

OBITUARY

Orin C. Hellwig, the only son of J. H. and Adeline Hellwig, was born at Mt. Sterling, Iowa, Oct. 4, 1872, and passed away at two on Sunday mornin [sic], March 7, 1926, at the age of 53 years, five months and three days.

When he was but seven years of age his parents moved to Boomfield [sic], Iowa, where they lived for four years, then removed to Belknap where they continued to reside until they came to Milton in 1894. During the years he lived in Milton he had been engaged in the shoe business except for a short time spent in Oklahoma and Kansas.

On Dec. 24, 1904, he was united in marriage to Miss Delpha Conwell of Milton, Iowa.

He was a member of the K. P. lodge of Milton, Iowa, the Masonic Blue lodge Siroc Chapter No. 133 of Milton, Iowa., the Kaaba Shrine Templers of Davenport, Iowa.

For many months the deceased has been in failing health. Every effort was made to throw off the clutches of the disease. Twice he went to Rochester, Minn., to consult specialists. He fought persistently and with wonderful courage. Everything was done that medical skill and careful care could do but for a number of weeks he grew weaker and weaker until he slipped away to the other world.

O. C., as he was commonly called, will be missed by our people, young and old, for he was always able to adapt himself to all classes and ages. He seemed always reluctant to say anything but good of his fellowmen [sic].

The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereft wife who has so bravely borne up during the weeks of his illness and so nobly assisted him by every possible encouragement and assistance.

He leaves beside the stricken wife, one sister, Mrs. H. B. McElroy, of Burlington, Iowa, four nephews, Orin C., Paul H., Thomas H. and Earl McElroy of Burlington, Iowa, and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral ervices [sic] were held at the Christian church in Milton, Tuesday afternoon, March 9th, conducted by Rev. H. F. Gilbert, and El Channan Commandry, Knight Templars, of Keosauqua and Milton. Burial in the Milton [cut off].

ATTENDS FUNERAL

The following out of town people attended the funeral of O. C. Hellwig at this place Tuesday: Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Work, of Des Moines; H. B. McElroy, wife and sons Orin C., Paul H., Thomas H., J. Earl, Miss Ruth Shaw, of Burlington; Alf C. Larson, of Keokuk; J. C. Milligan and wife, of Ottumwa; Henry Wishard and S. D. Hall, of Bloomfield; Mrs. Emma Davis, of Tonkewana, Oklahoma; many from Keosauqua and Cantril.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 9 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Miss Pearl Elizabeth Syfert ~ 06 Feb 1889 - 14 Mar 1897

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Syfert

PEARL ELIZABETH SYFERT, daughter of T. E. and Mary Syfert, was born Feb. 6th, 1889, and died near Winchester, March 14, 1897, aged 8 years, 1 month and 9 days.

She was a bright, cheerful, amiable child, commanding the warmest love and esteem of all her relatives. She made friends of all with whom she met, and was a favorite among her schoolmates. During her brief but painful illness she was patient and cheerful to the last, and with a smiling face breathed her redeemed spirit out of the body to go into the presence of the Savior who says "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Her father, mother and one little brother, with many loving relatives and friends are left to mourn the loss of her to them so dear. Her funeral took place the 16th at 2 p.m., at Winchester, in the presence of a large congregation of sympathizing friends and neighbors, Rev. Fraker officiating. Thence her remains were laid in the Winchester cemetery to await the resurrection morn.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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George D. Barker

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999, in response to George D. Barker, posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Barker, Work

The portion of George D. Barker's obituary that is missing is remarkably similar to part of the obituary of Mr. Hugh Nelson (1830-1901) also found on this forum. You may want to compare the two obituaries to help you fill in the missing words of George D. Barker's obit as some of my "best guesses" shown in brackets may be in error.


Hugh Nelson ~ 1830 - 1901

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Nelson, Coulter

DEATH OF HUGH NELSON

HUGH NELSON, of Union township, whose death occurred at his residence one-half mile south of Birmingham, Tuesday morning at 5 o'clock, March 12, 1901, in the 71st year of his age, was born in Wayne county, Ohio in 1830, [sic] When five years of age his father moved to Richland county, near Savannah, where they resided until 1845, when he with his father's family moved to Iowa and located in this county.

In 1865 he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Coulter, an estimable lady of Washington county. To them was born three sons, all grown to manhood, and are left with his wife to mourn his departure.

As a citizen and neighbor, Mr. Nelson was quiet, accommodating and ready to oblige. As a husband and father he was a model, affectionate, kind and considerate of the wants of others. Socially he was full of life and enjoyed the society of his friends. He was an active member of the United Presbyterian church since a young man, and for the past thirty years was a ruling elder in that organization, and was extremely liberal for the advancement of its cause. In family religion, in observance of the Sabbath, and attendance on church ordinances he was a faithful servant of the Master. Physically he was a man of good constitution, having had but little sickness during his life-time.

His work is done. In obedience to his Master's call, he bide adieu to earth and has gone to receive his reward. May his mantle rest on those he leaves behind.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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William Hootman ~ 25 Dec 1818 - 09 Dec 1892

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Hootman, Nelson

WILLIAM HOOTMAN was born Dec. 25th, 1818 and died Dec. 9th, 1892. Had he lived to Christmas day he wo'd [sic] have been 74 years of age.

His native place was Carroll county, Ohio. He came to this county when a youth, and has resided here ever since. In 1846 he was married to Miss Margaret Nelson, a most excellent help-meet and companion, who died in 1878. To them were born ten children--seven sons and three daughters--all but two of whom survive, [sic] As a citizen and neighbor Mr. Hootman was quiet, inoffensive, and always ready to oblige. He leaves perhaps not a single enemy. As a husband and father he was a model; very affectionate and considerate of the wants of others. Sociaily [sic], he was full of life and en [at this point of the obituary, the left side is gone, making the first word or so of each line missing] the society of his friends. He [was a?] member of the U. P. church [he joined as?] a young man, and in the home, [ ? ] [fa?]mily religion, in the observance [of the] Sabbath, and in attendance [ ? ] the church ordinances he was a [ ? ]ful servant of the Master. He [was a?] man of powerful physical condition, but the strong as well as [the] weak must at last yield. His [ ? ] is done and we have good reason [to be]lieve has gone to his reward. [May] his mantle rest on those he leaves [behin]d.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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George D. Barker

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Barker, Work

A TERRIBLE ACCIDENT

GEORGE BARKER SAWED NEARLY IN TWO IN A SAW-MILL

HE DIES IN TWO HOURS AFTER BEING TAKEN HOME

In the last two or three weeks Van Buren county has had its full share of accidents, but the one occurring near Mt. Zion, Wednesday forenoon of last week was the saddest of all, as by it George D. Barker, an old citizen of the county lost his life, and a wife and large family of children are bereaved with scarcely a moments warning.

He was engaged in building himself a new house on his farm about two miles east of Mt. Zion, and was having the lumber sawed at a portable sawmill owned and operated by Bordie Sherod and another gentleman about one mile distant from his home. He was needing some 2x4 scantling, and taking a log to the mill and finding them short of help volunteered to assist. He was setting the rachet and Sherod running the saw. They had made the required number of cuts and were ready to turn the log on the carriage. As Sherod started the log back after making the last cut Barker stepped on the carriage to ride, something he had not been in the habit of doing, when the lever either struck him or he slipped and his left hand fell on the log and it was cut nearly across, commencing at the outside near the wrist and extending diagonally across to the thumb, and he was whirled half way round and sat on the log leaning backward the saw striking him two or three inches above the lower end of the backbone and cut him nearly in two, sawing through the hips and lacking about ten inches, measured across the front of the abdomen, of completing the work. About four inches of the saw extended above the log, and his bowels were terribly lacerated. One man said he could lay his hand in the wound. He was taken to his home, about one mile distant, and physicians summoned, but there was no help for him. With the terrible wound he lived about two hours and was conscious to the last. After the accident he was anxious for them to get him home that he might see his family. He talked with the attendants and family, and until a few moments before death would nod his head when spoken to.

The mill was what is known as a portable saw-mill, run by a traction engine. It was located near Henry Hootman's for the purpose of sawing out some timber and was operated by Bordie Sherod, through whom the above account of the accident is learned. Mr. Sherod saw the whole thing, but is unable to tell what threw Barker. He may have reversed the carriage a little more rapid that usual or the lever that is used to move the log may have struck him as he stepped on the carriage.

George D. Barker was born in Carroll county, Ohio, in the spring of 1842, and the following fall his father Mathew Barker moved to Iowa and settled south of town near the neighborhood where the accident occurred. He was twice married, his second wife being a daughter of Joseph Work. He leaves a wife and ten children, nine of them unmarried, to mourn his terrible death. The funeral was held Friday at 11 a. m., from the Mt. Zion Presbyterian church, Rev. Breeden, the pastor, conducting the services, and his remains were buried in the Miller chapel cemetery. There was an immense attendance at the services.

He was an industrious good citizen, and will be sorely missed not only by the bereaved family, but by the entire community in which he had resided so long.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Austin Sylvester Crown ~ 09 Oct 1851 - 27 Jan [year unknown]

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Crown, Wescott, Slee, Locke

AUSTIN SYLVESTER CROWN

Died Jan. 27th at his home in Farmington from a long and distressing illness brought on by an abscess [sic] in his side, for which he had to undergo a surgical operation some years ago. The wound thus made never fully healed and later became a runing [sic] sore.

Though he had the best treatment that medical skill could supply, yet it persisted in saping [sic] his vitality and life force until death came to his relief. He was born three miles west of Farmington, Oct. 9th 1851. Was married to Luella Wescott Feb. 25th 1875, to them were born four children, Mrs. Nellie Slee, Mrs. Sadie Slee, Lester and Fred Crown; who survive them.

The wife and mother died Jan. [10 or 16], 1892 at the age of 41 and left to the father the care of four children; a charge that he tried faithfully to perform. He was industrious and continued his labor at filling the coal schutes [sic] for the C.B. & K.C. railroad long after his affliction was so severe that every motion produced keen pain and his side was a source of constant suffering. He was the youngest of a family of six brothers and six sisters, five of whom survive, Solomon, Julia, (Locke) Joseph, John and Samantha. He was converted at a revival held several years ago by Rev. Shepard by whom he was baptized united with the Baptist Church.

Funeral at the home of Millard Slee, Tuesday Jan. 29, 2 p m, Elder James MciKernan [sic] in charge.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 7 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Christy (Ruark) Krenmyre died 21 Dec 1880 aged about 30 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Krenmyre, Ruark

--With great regret we note the death of Mrs. Christy Krenmyre, living one mile west of Boyer's Station. The deceased was about thirty years of age. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband and one little girl, also a large number of relatives and a host of sympathyzing [sic] friends.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 7 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.
NOTE: Mrs. Martha A. Ruark's obit [Christie's mother] is on this same page which is where Mrs. Christie [sic] Krenmyre is mentioned as dying 21 Dec 1880.)

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Mrs. Martha A. (Crown) Ruark ~ 14 Aug 1828 - 29 Dec 1902

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Ruark, Crown, Krenmyre, Lowery, Bowles

OBITUARIES

MRS. MARTHA A. RUARK

Died at her home four miles west of Farmington, Dec. 29, 1902, at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 15 days, Mrs. Ruark, whose maiden name was Mary Ann Crown. She was born in Zanesville, Muskingum county, Ohio, August 14, 1828. She came with her parents to Farmington at the age of 14. In 1849 she was married to Timothy Ruark. To this union were born four children, Mrs. Christie A. Krenmyre, Mrs. Lavina E. Lowery, Seth W. Ruark and Mrs. Mary H. Bowles. The husband of the deceased took his departure for the better world Nov. 16, 1855. Their eldest daughter, Christie, followed her father on Decmeber 21, 1880. She leaves to mourn her loss 3 children, 2 sisters, 5 brothers, 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchldren, besides a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. She was taken sick with lung fever Dec. 22 and was sick only eight days when she was called to join her husband and daughter, who preceded her to the better world. She realized her condition and bid farewell to her children, who were gathered around her bedside. She had made peace with her God and was ready to go. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Dec. 31, 1902, conducted by Revs. G. C. Goodenough and Taylor of Farmington. The remains were laid to rest in the old cemetery east of town:

Dear mother you have no need of our prayers,
Thou hast gone where the summer is bright,
Thou hast passed through the valley of shadow,
To the beautiful city of light.

We are kneeling alone with our sorrow,
Alone on this sorrowful shore.
We weep when we think your footsteps
Will never come back any more.

Yes, Dear Mother, from us you have gone,
Your voice we loved is stilled.
A place is vacant in our homes
Which never can be filled.

ELSIE MAY BOWLES

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 7 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Lucy (Sheets) Crown ~ 08 Aug 1833-24 Jul 1893

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Crown, Sheets

DIED

At her home near Farmington, Iowa, July 24th, 1893, at 4 o'clock a. m. Mrs. Lucy Crown, wife of Mr. W. H. Crown, aged 59 years 9 months and 16 days.

Mrs. Crown, whose maiden name was Lucy Sheets, was born in Virginia August 8th, 1833. In April 1856, she was married to Mr. W. H. Crown, who, after a married life of nearly forty years is left to mourn her departure. She was the mother of ten children. Three are dead. The other children, except one son now in Nebraska, were present at her funeral.

The cause of her death was dropsy, complicated with Asthma. From this latter disease she has been a great sufferer for years and during the last eighteen months it has confined her to the house, during which period she had been compelled to sit in a chair day and night. All that loving care and medical skill could do has been done for her, but no work nor means could shake off the disease, and death came to her relief on last Tuesday [morning] when she quietly passed away surrounded by her family and friends.

The funeral took place from her [ ] home on Tuesday afternoon at [2 or 3] o'clock. It was conducted by the pastor of the Baptist church. There was a [huge or large?] gathering of the neighbors and friends of the family present, who also followed the remains to the cemetery, showing by their acts and manner the esteem in which she was held by them.

The family have the sympathy of many friends in their day of trial and sorrow.

She was buried in the cemetery east of this city, there to rest until the last great day. Her work is done and she is at rest. GEO. HOUGTON

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 7 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Mrs. Mary Magdalene (Burrier) Crown ~ 27 Aug 1806- 31 Aug 1887

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 14 Oct 1999

Surname: Crown, Burrier

Crown--At her home near Farmington, Wednesday, August 31, 1887, Mrs. Mary M. Crown, aged 81 years and 3 days.

Mary Magdalene Burrier was born in Maryland August 27, 1806, and removed with her parents to Ohio where she married Wm. Crown October 27, 1827. They removed to Iowa in 1841, and when Mr. Crown died some eleven years ago she moved to Farmington.

She was a faithful wife and mother, never tiring in her duties for those she loved. She had just celebrated her 81st birthday by a gathering of friends and children, each of whom remembered "grandma" with a birthday present.

Mrs. Crown was the mother of twelve children, of whom nine survive her as follows: Solomon, Martha, Male[?]the last letter of this name is unreadable], Wm. Henry, Julia, Joseph, John, Samantha and Austin. Soloman [sic] is in Salt Lake, Joseph in Kansas and Julia near Des Moines. The others reside in and about Farmington.

The funeral occurred at 2 p. m., Thursday, from the M. E. church, Rev. J. F. Barnett officiating, a large concourse following the remains to the cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 7 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in September 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Looking for a link

Posted by Gayle Woodruff <giwood@earthlink.net> on Thu, 14 Oct 1999, in response to Mrs. Mary (Ewing) Jemison ~ 30 May 1883 - 29 Oct 1964, posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Woodruff, Corbin, Ewing

Do you know if you are related to Ella Ewing, 1872-1913? I have been trying to find info on my family and Bertha Corbin (my GreatGrandmother) was Ella's cousin and lived with Ella's family in Lewis or Scotland County, Missouri. Ella was the one that is known as the tallest woman to ever live. She was 8 feet 4inches tall. I am trying to find a link through Ella to my family line. Bertha married George Woodruff, they were my Great Grandparents.


Carey Wilkin

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Wilkin, Sloan

CAREY WILKIN DEAD

A telegram came to H. B. Sloan here Monday announcing the death of Carey Wilkin at Ontario, Oregon. No particulars of the death are known. It seems that the telegram was sent out from Ontario by Carey's attending physician to Carey's wife, who lives at Santa Ana, Calif., and forwarded by her to this place. Besides conveying the news of his death, the telegram made inquiry as to interment. From here word was sent to Carey's uncles at Burlington, Al. and Neil Wilkin, and they directed that the body be buried at Ontario, at least for the present.

Carey was the only son of the late Capt. A. Wilkin and was born here and here grew to manhood. For some years he was official court reporter for Judge Robert Sloan.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 6 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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Joe Harrison

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Muir, Harrison, Bonner

Mrs. Susie Muir of this place received the sad news last week that her brother Joe Harrison died on Friday, Jan. 3, at the home of his sister Mrs. Fannie Bonner of Omaha, Nebr., of pneumonia. Mrs. Muir left for Omaha at once to attend the funeral. Joe was a former resident of Keosauqua and vicinity, where he had many friends who will hear with sorrow of his death.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 6 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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B. F. Sheets

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Sheets

DEATH OF B. F. SHEETS

B. F. Sheets, a former resident of Des Moines township, this county, who several years ago moved to Memphis, Mo., where his home had since been, died with the out-going of the old year. He was a splendid citizen, and hence was held in high esteem by all who knew him. We will probably be furnished an obituary for next week. The Memphis Reveille, date of January 2, said of him:

B. F. Sheets, an aged and respected citizen of our city, died of bowel trouble at the family home on Tuesday, December 31, at 6 o'clock p.m. The announcement of his demise came as a shock to friends who were unaware of his serious condition. He was taken ill after Christmas, but his condition did not become alarming until Monday of this week, since which time he was most critically ill. Despite skilled medical treatment and careful nursing on the part of the family death came and claimed a most worthy citizen as its own. Mr. Sheets was a man of splendid character--honest and upright in all the walks of life. He had resided in this city for a number of years, and was honored and respected by all who knew him. Funeral serices will be held today (Thursday) at the family home at 2:30 o'clock p.m.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 6 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth (Pope) Ward

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Ward, Pope, Ham

DEATH CAME RATHER SUDDENLY AT 1 O'CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON

Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Ward, wife of the late G. F. M. Ward, passed away at 1 o'clock this afternoon at her home at the corner of Maple and Ninth avenue.

Mrs. Ward has been ill for some time, but her health failed rapidly after the death of her husband, which occurred November 16, 1926. Her death, however, came rather suddenly her condition growing worse towards noon today.

Before her marriage to Mr. Ward on June 2, 1880, Mrs. Ward was Miss Sarah Elizabeth Pope, and resided in DuQuoin. Immediately after the marriage, she came to Mt. Vernon and has since resided here.

She is survived by three children, Dr. Todd P. Ward, Henry Ben Ward and Mrs. Leota Pope Ham.

Funeral arrangements will be made later and announced tomorrow.

Mrs. Ward was well known and highly esteemed throughout this city. Her husband was a leading business man of Mt. Vernon for many years, remaining actively connected with his firm, The Mammoth Clothing Company, until a few months before his death in November.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 6 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given. NOTE: Her husband, George F. M. Ward's obituary found elsewhere on this Forum.)

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George F. M. Ward ~ 01 Oct 1854 - 16 Nov 1926

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Ward, Pope, Ham

George F. M. Ward for nearly fifty years a leading business man of Mt. Vernon died at 11:30 last night at his home on Maple street.

Mr. Ward who was 72 years of age, had been in failing health for nearly a year, and in recent months his condition had grown steadily worse. For several days his condition had been so critical, that little hope was felt for his recovery.

All the members of his family were present when the end came last night.

The funeral services will be held at three o'clock Thursday afternoon at the First Christian church of which Mr. Ward was a member. The body will lie in state at the home on Maple street from ten until one Thursday.

George F. M. Ward was born in Harwinton, Conn., October 1, 1854, and was four years old, when he came with his parents to Southern Illinois.

He was the son of Henry Ward, a member of an old Connecticut family who came to Illinois with his family in 1858.

On June 2, 1880 Mr. Ward was married to Miss Sarah Elizabeth daughter of Dr. Benjamin W. and Emeline Pope of Du Quoin, Ill.

The widow and three children all of Mt. Vernon survive together with four grand children.

The children are Dr. Todd P. Ward, Mrs. Leota P. Ham, and H. B. P. Ward, all of this city.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 6 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given. NOTE: His death date taken from wife Sarah Elizabeth Pope Ward's obit found elsewhere on this Forum.)

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Joseph Harvey Barr ~ 06 Mar 1868 - 15 Jul 1936

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Barr, Dillen

JOSEPH HARVEY BARR

Joseph Harvey, son of Marion and Elizabeth Barr, was born at Circelville, Ill., March 6, 1868, and died at his home northeast of Cantril July 15, 1936, at the age of 68 years, 4 months and 4 days.

Mr. Barr grew to manhood in his native state and on Feb. 9, 1904, was united in marriage with Miss Carrie Dillen of Circelville, Ill. After four years he and his wife came to Iowa and purchased a farm north of Cantril. Mrs. Barr died May 23, 1925, and the husband lived alone on the farm where he passed away Wednesday, July 15. His lifeless body was discovered last Thursday evening by a boy passing his house and saw him lying dead upon his porch. It is supposed he suffered a heart attack which caused his death.

Mr. Barr was a good neighbor, honest and upright in his dealings, loved and respected by all who knew him. His sudden death casts a gloom over the community where he lived. One sister, Miss Minnie Barr of Pekin, Ill., one brother, Newton Barr of Kansas City, Mo., several nieces and nephews and a host of friends survive.

Funeral services were held in the Cantril M. E. church Saturday at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. F. M. James. Three songs were sung by Mr. and Mrs. Jud Hootman, with Mrs. Thomas Wellborn at the piano. Pall bearers were six of his neighbors. Interment was in Maple Grove cemetery by the side of his wife.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 5 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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William Dwight Ward

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999, in response to W. D. Ward ~ 19? Jan 1848 - 11 Jan 1908, posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Ward, Snider

See wife Mrs. Elizabeth Snider Ward's obituary elsewhere on the Van Buren County, IA Obit Forum for further information on W.D. or William Dwight Ward.


Mrs. Elizabeth Snider Ward ~ 24 Dec 1862 - 27? May 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Snider, Ward, Bouchier, Croessmann

Mrs. Elizabeth Snider Ward, widow of the late William Dwight Ward, died at the family residence 345 East Main street, at shortly after 11 o'clock last night, after an illness of about one year, and after being bedfast for seventeen weeks.

weeks. [sic] She was 62 years, 5 mnths [sic] and 3 days of age.

Mrs. Ward was born near Carbondale on December 24, 1862. Her parents were Miles Jefferson Snider and Anna Bouchier Snider. Left motherless at the age of three years she was reared by her four grand parents and lived in that vicinity until the time of her marriage to William Dwight Ward of Du Quoin on June 3, 1880. After her marriage she took up her residence here and spent her life a resident of Du Qouin [sic].

Mr. Ward was engaged in the livery and stock business at that time and continued for some years, later going into the coal business. He was one of the promoters of the Majestic Coal Co. here. He departed this life January 11, 1908, after a long illness, during which he was nursed with patient and loving devotion by his wife, whose whole life has been marked by her gentleness to her family, neighbors and friends. A woman of fine character and sweet personality, she was highly esteemed by all who knew her and while the news of her death is not unexpected, after so long an illness, it comes nevertheless as a great sorrow to her relatives and to her many friends.

Mrs. Ward is survived by two children, a son, Snider B. Ward of St. Louis, and a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Croessmann, who lived with her. Also there are two grandchildren, Elizabeth Ward and Dwight Ward Croessmann, who will sadly miss their beloved grandmother; a sister and a brother; Miss Nellie Snider and Manning Snider, both of California, and a host of other relatives and friends. Miss Snider came east about two months ago called by the illness of Mrs. Ward, and has been at her bedside constantly since.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 5 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given. NOTE: Her death date in the heading was calculated by her birthdate and death age. Also note there is a transcript of her husband's funeral notice elsewhere in the Van Buren County Forum)

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W. D. Ward ~ 19? Jan 1848 - 11 Jan 1908

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Ward

FUNERAL NOTICE

W. D. WARD, born in Harrington, Conn., Jan 19?, 1848; died at Du Quoin, Ill., Jan. 11, 1908, at 3 P. M., aged 59 years, 11 months and 22 days.
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FUNERAL SERVICES

will be conducted at the First M. E. Church on Monday, Jan. 13, at 3 o'clock P. M.

Friends respectfully invited.

Casket open at residence, Monday, 10 to 12 A. M.

(Photocopy is located on page 5 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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William H. Woodin

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Woodin

DIES IN NEW YORK

(his photograph)

WILLIAM H. WOODIN

(Photocopy is located on page 5 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

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Daniel Graves

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Graves, Loomer, Koon, Clark, Kelhier, Baldwin

DANIEL GRAVES LAID TO REST

YORK, Neb., July 31.--The funeral of Daniel Graves, York county pioneer, who died in Lincoln Saturday, was held this afternoon. The body lay in state from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and the funeral was held at 2:30 from the old farm home at Arborville. A friend pays the following tribute to Mr. Graves:

Daniel Graves was a man; simple, quiet, unostentatious, but his genuine kindness of heart and sterling character could be seen in his face and it showed in all his life. He was born at Wells, Rutland county, among the Vermont hills, June 22, 1844, but his youth and young manhood were spent on a farm near Marengo, Ill., where he made a home for his parents and cared for them in their declining years.

At the age of twenty-eight he was married to Martha H. Loomer of Marengo, Ill.

The larger opportunities of the western country appealed to his spirit of enterprise and in 1876 he bought land and made a new home in York county, Nebraska, near the village of Arborville, where he lived for thirty-two years, moving to York in 1909. He also owned a home in Florida, where he spent eleven winters. Habits of industry and frugality combined with good business judgment bore their fruit in a material prosperity to an unusual degree. His word was always as good as his bond and was worth one hundred cents to the dollar.

He took an active part in the religious life of his community; was one of the incorporators of the First Congregational church of Arborville, where he taught a Sunday school class for many years. Later in life he and his wife were confirmed by his brother, Bishop Graves, and they were united with the Episcopal church. His wife and five children survive him: Mrs. Myra Koon of York, Mrs. Nora Clark of Lincoln, Daniel Graves, jr., of Bradshaw, Mrs. M. H. Kelhier of Bradshaw, and Henry C. Graves of York; also Mrs. F. H. Baldwin of York, an adopted daughter. There are ten living grandchildren.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 4 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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Allen Russell ~ 02 Jun 1829 - 31 Jan 1917

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Russell, Perry, Brent, Gardner

OBITUARY OF ALLEN RUSSELL

Allen Russell was born June 2nd, 1829, in Venango county, Penn., moved to Iowa in 1861, and died at Pittsburg, Iowa, Jan. 31st, 1917, aged 87 years, 7 months and 24 days. He was married July 4th, 1853, to Louisa Perry, who died April 2nd, 1859. To that union two children were born, Perry, who resided in Vancouver, Wash., and Wilson A., who died about two years ago. June 26th, 1859, he was united in marriage with Nancy E. Brent, who departed this life Jan. 7th, 1916. To this union were born five children, Elizabeth, who died in 1902; Sarah L. Gardner of Ottumwa, Iowa; Aaron of Montana; Simon G. and Allen of Pittsburg, Iowa. Mr. Russell united with the M. E. church at Lebanon, and gave his services to the building and repairing of several churches of the county. About a year ago he was badly hurt by a fall on the ice, and from that time was a constant sufferer, until his release came on the evening of Jan. 31st, when he passed to his reward. Uncle Allen was a good neighbor and his removal will be felt by a number of friends. The funeral services were held in the Pittsburg church and the interment was in the Pittsburg cemetery, Rev. J. J. Brabbs officiating.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 4 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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David O. Brill ~ 16 Jun 1836 - 02 Feb 1917

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Brill, Patterson

OBITUARY OF D. O. BRILL

David O. Brill was born in Louden county, Penn., June 16, 1836. He enlisted in Co. G, 78th Regiment of Ohio Infantry on August 20th, 1862. After serving his country 14 months he was honorably discharged on October 29, 1863. After a few years residence in Illinois he came to Iowa, which state has ever since been his home. He was united in marriage Sept. 10, 1872, with Miss Jane Patterson. To this union were born six children two sons and four daughters, all of whom are left to mourn the loss of a loving father. His widow, one brother and one sister also survive. Mr. Brill had been afflicted several years but was able to be up and about the house until a few weeks before his death, which occurred at 2 o'clock Friday morning, Feb. 2, 1917, his age being 80 years, 8 months and 14 days. He was a good neighbor, ever ready to assist the needy, and his passing will be felt by many. Having lived more than the alloted time he often expressed his readiness to go to meet the loved ones who had gone before. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. J. J. Brabbs, at Bethel Monday afternoon, Feb. 5, and burial at Bethel cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 4 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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David Warner

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Warner, Work

DEATH OF DAVID WARNER

David Warner, an old and highly respected citizen of this county, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Henry Work of Lebanon, where he had lived since the death of his wife a year or more ago, about 7 o'clock Wednesday morning of this week. His age was almost 79 and he had been a resident of Van Buren county for many years.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 3 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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Mrs. Mary Ann (Dille) Roberts ~ 17 Aug 1843 - 20 Dec 1922

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Roberts, Dille, Hoskin, Piper

OBITUARY

Mary Ann Roberts, wife of Oscar Roberts, departed this life December 20, 1922, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. R. Hoskin, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mrs. Roberts was born in Morgan county, Ohio, August 17, 1843, and came with her mother, Mrs. Rebecca Dille, to Iowa in 1848, where she has since continuously resided except occasional visits with her children.

On October 10, 1861, she was united in marriage to Oscar Roberts who preceded her in death Janurry [sic] 1912. To this union was born eight children, Mrs. Castilla Hoskin, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mrs. Alice Piper of Douglas, Okla., B. Frank, of Washington state, Charles H. and M.T. of Cantril, Ia., Willis L. of Alttmont [sic], Mo., Roy L., of Bonaparte, Ia., Lester of Des Moines, Ia., all except one son, B. F., of Washington are present today. Besides the eight children she leaves to mourn her departure 24 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Roberts was a faithful member of the Methodist Protestant church, holding her membership in the Mt. Zion church northeast of Cantril. She loved her Bible, believed in its promises and endeavored to follow its teachings. A loving mother, a kind neighbor, a faithful Christian friend. She will be missed by all who knew her, and of her can be truly said, "She has done what she could."

How blest the righteous when they die,
When sinks a weary soul to rest,
How mildly beams the closing eyes,
How gently heaves the expiring breast,
Life's labor done, as sinks the clay,
Light from its load the spirit flies,
While heaven and earth combine to say,
How blest the righteous when they die.

Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist church at Cantril Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment in the Hoskin cemetery.

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all the friends who rendered aid and sympathy during the sickness and at the death and burial of our mother.

The Children.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 3 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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Oscar Roberts ~ 01 Jul 1836 - 05 Jan 1912

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 07 Oct 1999

Surname: Roberts, Dille, Hoskins, Piper

OBITUARY

Oscar Roberts, youngest son of Benjamin and Lois Roberts was born in Morgan county, Ohio, July 1, 1836. He came to Iowa with his parents in 1843, and settled in Van Buren county, where J. K. Clark now lives. Here he grew to manhood and October 10, 1861, at the age of twenty-five was united in marriage to Mary Ann Dille of the same county, who had come with her parents to Iowa, some few years after the Roberts family. For about three years this young couple lived at the home of the Mt. Zion church, where Carpenter now lives. And this was the home until just a few years ago making for a period of forty years, a continuous residence on one farm.

Here their family grew up about them, a family of two girls and six boys, as follows: Mrs. Castilla Hoskins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Alice Piper, Douglas, Oklahoma; B. F., Bentonsport, Iowa; C. H., Cantril, Iowa, W. L., Altemont, Missouri; M. T., Cantril, Iowa; R. E., Cantril, Iowa; and A. L. of Mt. Sterling, Iowa. They were all able to be present at the funeral.

Eight years ago Brother Roberts moved to Cantril from the farm, and with the exception of a few weeks have made their home in the house just south of the school-house. The deceased united with the Protestant Methodist church at Mt. Zion appointment near his old homestead northeast of Cantril during the pastorate of Rev. Noble. This was about twenty years ago. Since this time he has been faithful to all the interests of his church as far as able and for years he was an official in the church. Brother Roberts has been in failing health for the past ten years, but was able to be about most of the time, altho at times worse than others. On last Wednesday at four in the afternoon he took a chill and grew worse rapidly and slipped peacefully away Friday, January 5, at 11:30 p.m. being 75 years, 6 months and 4 days old. He was the last of the Benjamin and Lois Roberts family of nine children, and was one of Van Buren county's highly respected and pioneer families.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 3 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in Sept 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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William W. Nelson (1834 - 1926)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Mon, 04 Oct 1999

Surname: Nelson, Matthews

Dr. Wm. W. Nelson, son of Wm. and Elizabeth (Wilson) Nelson, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, Nov. 30 1834, and passed away at his home in Birmingham, Feb. 27, 1926, aged 91 years, 2 months and 27 days. He came to Iowa with his parents by ox team in 1845, locating in Washington township, Van Buren county, Iowa where he grew to manhood. He taught school and by his own resources acquired means by which he was enabled to attend Washington College for two years. He decided to take up the study of medicine, and in 1857 went to Wooster, Ohio, where he read medicine with Drs. Day and Wilson. During the winter of 1858-9 he attended a course of lectures in the medical department of the Iowa State University, then located at Keokuk and the following year completed a course of study in the Jefferson College of Philadelphia, Penn., graduating March 12, 1860.

Soon after graduation he was united in marriage to Miss Almira Matthews of Lawrence county, Penn. Immediately after they came to Van Buren county, Iowa, locating in Pierceville, where he began the practice of medicine.

On the 19th of Aug., 1862, he was commissioned by Gov. Kirkwood as First Asst. Surgeon of the 15th Iowa Infantry and mustered into service Sept. 14, 1862, at Keokuk, Iowa. He participated in the battles of Corinth, Vicksburg, Bentonsville and Atlanta, going with Sherman on his March to the Sea. He was in the Grand Review at Washington, DC, May 24, 1865, and was mustered out with his regiment t Louisville, KY., July 24, 1865, at close of the war. He was the last surviving Field Officer of Crocker’s Iowa Brigade. On his return from the war he located in Birmingham, and with the exception of a year spent in California he resided there continuously ever since. Dr. Nelson was a member of the United Presbyterian church of Birmingham for many years. In 1901 he joined the Presbyterian church, and was elected an elder the next year. He was always a altar attendant at all services...........bible class.

Was twice elected mayor of Birmingham and sought to faithfully carry the burdens that came to him as a loyal soldier and citizen. He was the youngest of 9 children. All have preceded him in death, as has his faithful wife, who was called home just one week before his summons. Unto himself and his wife were born 7 children, two dying in infancy. The remaining are Meldon W. Nelson, Birmingham, Iowa; Nettie X. Nelson at home and who has faithfully cared for her aged parents; Mrs. A.B. Adams, Selma, Iowa; Mrs. B.E. Skinner, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; also 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends.

The funeral was held at his late residence conducted by his pastor Rev. Irvine. A quartet of singers from the Presbyterian choir beautifully sang “Lead Kindly Light.” Six of his grandchildren acted as pall-bearers, and he was laid to rest besides his wife in Maple Hill Cemetery.


Paul Hugh Nelson (1912 - 1993)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Mon, 04 Oct 1999

Surname: Davis, Nelson

Paul Hugh Nelson of Huntsville died here Sept. 18. He was 81 years old. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the Adickes Addition of Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Keith Brister officiating. Mr Nelson was born July 11, 1912, in Mt Zion, Iowa. A graduate of the University of Iowa, he received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1937 and a master’s degree in Geology in 1939. A retired consultant, he traveled the world as a geologist. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, AAPG, and HGA.

He is survived by his wife, Eloyce Nelson of Huntsville.

The Huntsville Item, Tuesday, September 28, 1993 page 3a


John Wilson Nelson (1832-1889)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Mon, 04 Oct 1999

Surname: Nelson, Boner, Bonar

Following is a sketch of the life of John W. Nelson, Washington Township, this county, whose death on lung fever, April 1, 1889, at age 57, was previously announced in the REPUBLICAN.

The deceased was born in wayne county, Ohio, in 1832. In 1834 his father and family moved to Richland County near Savannah, where they remained till 1845. During this year they moved to Iowa, making the trip in a covered wagon. In 1854, the deceased went to California, going by way of New York and Panama. In California, by earnest industry, he saved a competency sufficient to give him a start in real estate and so returned to Iowa in 1857. He gradually accumulated property till at the time of his death, he possessed over 600 acres of land and a large amount of personal property. In January 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza D. Boner (Bonar), at the residence of her parents Mr. and Mrs. James Boner (Bonar), near Utica, Van Buren County, Iowa, who with six children, five daughters and one son, are left to mourn the loss. Three children died in infancy. He never made a public profession of his faith but was dedicated to the Lord, in his youth through the ordinance of baptism and was a regular attendant at the place of worship, giving liberally to the support of the gospel. He often engaged in prayer with his family. He was a kind and affectionate husband, a tender father and a loving brother. After his death the body is placed in a metallic coffin where it kept in good condition, looking quite natural after waiting ten days for the arrival of a daughter from Montana. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Pool of Winchester, pastor of the M.C. Church of Bentonsport, assisted by Rev. Jones of Winchester. The large attendance of acquaintances who followed his remains to their last resting place, was evidence of his worth in the community and showed their respect for him as a friend and neighbor.

Source; Iowa paper


Hugh Nelson (1830 - 1901)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Mon, 04 Oct 1999

Surname: Coulter, Nelson

Hugh Nelson, of Union township, whose death occurred at his residence one half mile south of Birmingham, Tuesday morning at 5 o’clock, March 12, 1901, in the 71st year of his age, was born in Wayne county, Ohio, in 1830. When five years of age his father moved to Richland county, near Savannah, where the resided until 1845, when he with his father’s family moved to Iowa and located in this county.

In 1865 he united in marriage to Miss Hannah Coulter, an estimable lady of Washington county. To them was born three sons, all grown to manhood and are left with his wife to mourn his departure.

As a citizen and neighbor Mr. Nelson was quiet, accommodating, and ready to oblige. As a husband and father he was a model, affectionate, kind and considerate of the........ts of others. Socially he was full of life and enjoyed the society of his friends. He was an active member of the United Presbyterian church since a young man, and for the past thirty years was a ruling elder in that organization, and was extremely liberal for the advancement of its cause in family religion, in observance of the Sabbath, and attendance on church ordinances, he was a faithful servant of the Master. Physically he was a man of good constitution ......ing had little sickness during his life-time.

His work is done. In obedience to his Master’s call he bide adieu to earth and has gone to receive his reward. May his mantle rest on those he leaves behind.


Eliza Dorrel Bonar (1838 - 1921)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Mon, 04 Oct 1999

Surname: Nelson, Bonar

The earthly career of one of Iowa’s pioneer citizens came to an end on the morning of May 6, 1921. In the death of Mrs. Eliza D. Nelson, which occurred in this city at 7:30 o’clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.F. Murphy No. 715 East Tahle uah Avenue.

Deceased was born in Sangamon County, not far from Springfield, Ill., and emigrated to Iowa Territory with her parents and seven brothers and sisters when she was about four years of age, and settled near what is now the little village of Utica in Van Buren County, that state, and where she grew to womanhood as one of the sturdy pioneers of Iowa which owes its present advancement and high state of civilization to such characters as Mrs. Nelson.

Her maiden name was Bonar, she is the last of the family to be called to her rich reward. She lived this life to the full. Full of work and industry, full of christian fortitude, full of benevolence, full of successful effort for the uplift of humanity, all of which was rewarded by happiness and prosperity, physical and spiritual. She was truly one of the great and noble wives and mothers of this land.

She was educated in the common schools of Iowa and at the Wesleyan University at Mt. Pleasant, that state, and was married to Mr. John W. Nelson, one of the young pioneers of that state, who had spent a few years in the gold fields of California and had been reasonably successful, June 12, 1860, and as a bride moved to the home place on which the major portion of her physical life was spent as only useful citizens can devote themselves to advancement, industry and enterprise. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Mt. Zion, Iowa, when the masters call came.

Surviving members of the family are Mrs. Murphy of this city, MRS. L.J. Perkins, of Lewiston, Idaho; Mrs. O.S. Calhoun of Birmingham, Iowa; Mrs. Todd Hootman of Santa Rosa, Cal.; and Mrs. Webb Barker of Des Moines, Iowa; John E. Nelson of Mt. Zion, Iowa. Mrs. Nelson came to Vinita on a visit about two months ago and had been bedfast the greater portion of this time. All of her children had been here during her illness, and Mrs. Murphy, Mrs., Perkins and Mrs. Hootman were at her bedside when the peaceful end came.

A short funeral service will be held in the home this afternoon at 4:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Charles Curtis McIntire, pastor of the Presbyterian Church and members of the choir of that church. At 12:25 Saturday morning the body will be shipped to Fairfield, Iowa, accompanied by Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Perkins and Mrs. Hootman, for burial in the cemetery at Millers Chapel, a short distance from where this noble women passed her earthly days.

Source: Vinita, Oklahoma paper


Eliza Dorrel Boner (1838 - 1921)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Mon, 04 Oct 1999

Surname: Nelson, Boner, Bonar

ELIZA DORREL BONER

Eliza Dorrel Boner was born in Sangamon County, near Springfield, Ill., Nov. 27, 1838. She came to Iowa territory with her parents when four years of age, and settled near Utica, Van Buren County, attending school at that place, and later entering Wesleyan College at Mt. Pleasant. Jan 12, 1860 she was married to John W. Nelson, and came, when a bride to the farm, 3 miles west of Utica, where she has continually resided. To this union were born nine children, three dying in infancy. Those living are Mrs. J.F. Murphy of Vinita, Okla.; Mrs. L.J. Perkins of Lewiston, Idaho; Mrs. O.S. Calhoun of Birmingham, Iowa; Mrs. Todd Hootman of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Mrs. Webb Barker of Des Moines, Iowa and John E. Nelson of near Mt. Zion. Al so 25 grandchildren and xx great-grandchildren. The husband and the father died April 1, 1889, at the age of 56 years. Her nephew J.R. Gilchrist of Keosauqua, and John Denton of Mt. Zion vicinity, being members of the family through boyhood. In early life she was converted and joined the Methodist Church at Utica, later being a member at Miller’s Chapel, and in 1xx9 transferred her membership to the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church, at which place she had been regular attendant, taking interest in all the work of the church. About March 1 she accompanied her daughter, Mrs. J.F. Murphy, to Vinita, Okla., her last illness dating from March 16, and she grew gradually weaker, until the end came at 7:30, Friday a.m., May 6, 1921, at the age of 82 years, 5 months and 9 days, all her children being present at her last illness, assisting with loving care one who had lived a life of work, industry, christian fortitude, benevolence, and successful effort for the uplift of humanity. All of which was rewarded by physical and spiritual happiness. She was one of the great and noble wives and mothers of this land of ours. Truly her children shall rise up and call her blessed. The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon May 8, at Miller’s Chapel, conducted by Rev. Wiley and Rev. Mitchell, former pastors, and she was tenderly laid to rest near the old home.

Source: Iowa paper

Note: The family name is correctly spelled BONAR.


John Ernest Nelson (1878-1936)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Sun, 03 Oct 1999

Surname: NELSON, BARKER

John E. Nelson, well-known Van Buren County resident, died at his home east of Mt. Zion at 6:15 o’clock Monday evening, Mr. Nelson was an elder of the Mt. Zion Presbyterian church, had served several terms on the board of directors of the Van Buren County Fair Association and was an inspector for a production credit corporation.

Mr. Nelson was born on the Nelson homestead, 2 1/2 miles east of Mt. Zion, on May 19, 1878. He was married in 1905 to Miss Grace Barker, who died in 1933.

He is survived by five children, Jean, Paul, Roberta; two grandchildren and four sisters, Mrs. J.F. Murphy of Vinita, OK., Mrs. L.J. Perkins of Lewiston, ID., Mrs. O.S. Calhoun of Birmingham and Mrs. Todd Hootman of San Diego, CA. His parents, two sisters and two brothers preceded him in death.

The funeral will be held a 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church. The Rev. H.C. Irvine will be in charge and burial will be at Miller Chapel cemetery.
Date of death was 1 June 1936.


Naomi Roberta Johnston (1912-1997)

Posted by Larry Nelson <llncall@cs.com> on Sun, 03 Oct 1999

Surname: JOHNSTON, NELSON, MAHON

Naomi Roberta Johnston was born 16 September 1912 to Rueben S. Johnston and his wife Dessie Roberts Johnston. Her birth took place at the family home north west of Birmingham, in Jefferson County, Iowa. She attended country school, first at Crum (2 years) and then at Eagle (Liberty township) (6 years). She went to Birmingham High School, where she graduated in June of 1930. On 25 December 1930, she and Merle E. Nelson wed. This union produced five children, Robert Merle, Desda Grace, Carol Ann, Richard Van and Larry Lynn. Roberta and Merle separated in 1940 and for the next ten years she farmed and provided for her family with the help of her sister Mary Elson, Aunt Ethel and Uncle Glenn Williams.

In 1949 she married Harry Emmett Mahon. They had one son, Alan Lee.
They continued to operate a farm south west of Stockport until 1963, when they move to a farm just south of Birmingham, Iowa.
After retiring from farming she and Harry resided in Fairfield until Roberta’s health declined and she went to stay with her son Richard, in West Memphis, AR.

Roberta is survived by her husband, Harry, and sons, Robert, Richard, Larry, Alan and sister Mary.

Roberta passed away on 11 December 1997 in West Memphis, AR. Viewing was at the Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua, Iowa from 5pm to 9pm Saturday, 13 Dec 97. Services were held at the Pedrick Funeral Home at 2pm on 14 Dec 97. Interment was in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Birmingham, Iowa.


William J. Johnson (1821 - 1909)

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Sun, 03 Oct 1999

Surname: JOHNSON, CHRISTY, SMITH, WARD, MEEK, BOGLE

William J. Johnson was born near Springbore [sic], Warren County, Ohio, on the 1st day of December A. D. 1821. When he was six years of age his father's family moved to Fountain County, Indiana, where he was educated in the schools that these pioneer times afforded. In the year 1836 the family moved to Monmouth, Illinois, and in the fall of that year with his father he came to Van Buren County, Iowa, where they purchased a farm about one mile south of Bonaparte and built a log cabin, and in the following spring the family came to make their permanent home.

Mr. Johnson spent two years on the farm and then came to Bonaparte where he assisted in the construction of the first "Dam" across the Des Moines river, afterwards a mill was erected and entering the same he was employed their 17 years. The last year he was in the mill he received a fall and was seriously injured and from that time was unable to do manual labor.

In 1856 he engaged in the mercantile business at this place in company with his brother-in-law (Thomas Christy) and for a quarter of a century the partnership continued. He was widely known and a friend of everybody.

In 1846 near Douds, this county he was married to Mary J. Christy and to this union were born nine (9) children; Mrs. Geo. F. Smith of Keosauqua, Mrs. Geo. T. Ward of Chicago, Mrs. William Meek of Denver, Colo., J. A. Johnson of Bonaparte, and George B. Johnson of Fort Worth, Texas, are the children still living. James W. the eldest child died Jan. 24th 1865, Mary Ellen died May 1894, and Thomas H. in September 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson celebrated their "Golden Wedding" in March 1896, his wife of fifty years died the following December on Mr. Johnson's birthday, at the age of 75 years.

After the death of his wife he made his home with his grand daughter, Mrs. W. I. Bogle, for several at the old home place, and for the past five or six years he has lived with the family of his son, J. A. Johnson, where all that loving hands could do for his was done and where he died Sunday, April 25th, 1909, at the age of 87 years, 4 months and 24 days. He leaves to mourn their loss three (3) daughters, and two (2) sons, 13 grand-children, one sister, Mrs. Sarah Christy, of Bonaparte, and one brother, T. B. Johnson of California.

Mr. Johnson was always a supporter of "Democratic principles" and was elected Clerk of the Courts of Van Buren County and also held many local offices of trust. In many was he was connected with the early history of the County and was identified with not a few of its early projects and enterprises, and was always willing to do anything for the upbuilding and good of the town and community. "Uncle Billy," as he was familiarly known by everyone, has gone, but his good word for every one and his aid to many less fortunate than himself will be remembered by the people of this community, his children will always have the remembrance of a kind of loving Father, who has gone never to return.

Mr. Johnson was honored by being elected President of the Old Settlers Association of Van Buren County and was present at the last meeting of the Pioneers in August of last year.

Funeral services were held at the home of J. A. Johnson Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock Rev. Jas. Clark of the Presbyterian church officiating. The remains were place in the Bonaparte cemetery beside those of his wife.

The pall bearers were Benj. Ketcham, Thos. Hanback, B. R. Vale, Jno Fitzgerald, W. E. Smith, and W. P. L. Muir, long time friends of the deceased.

Obit. likely from Bonaparte Record - copy found in the Entler scrapbook, Iowa State Historical Society Library, Iowa City, IA


McIntosh-Luke

Posted by Faye Muller <muller@byelectric.com> on Sun, 03 Oct 1999, in response to Dr. F. W. McIntosh ~ 22 Jul 1896 - 12 Jul 1961, posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Luke


I have info this connection given me in 1972 by a Mr. F. W. McIntosh, 939 E. Francis St., Corona, CA. If you are interested contact me.


Mrs. Lenora (Toops) Teeters Steeples ~ 14 Jun 1896 - 24 Nov 1960

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: Steeples, Toops, Teeters, Horter, Brewster, Lorton, Gandy, Boone, Howell, Irvin

LENORA STEEPLES

Lenora Steeples, daughter of Stephen A. and Ada Toops, was born June 14, 1896 near Chambersburg, in Clark County, Mo., and passed away at the Davis County hospital in Bloomfield on Nov. 24, 1960 after a lingering illness at the age of 64 years, 5 months and 10 days.

The early years of her life were spent at Chambersburg where she educated in the schools of Clark county, Missouri.

In October, 1912, she was united in marriage to Roy Teeters. To this union was born one daughter, Winifred. On July 4, 1925, she was married to Earnest Steeples at Kahoka, Missouri.

Her entire life was spent in Clark county, Missouri and in Van Buren and Davis counties in Iowa, where she cared for those in her own home. For the past fifteen years, she has tenderly ministered to the needs of others as a nurses aid.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Matthew Toops; two half sisters, Mrs. Retta Horter and Mrs. Jane Brewster.

Surviving are her husband, Earnest; her daughter and son-in-law, Winifred and William Lorton of Des Moines, Iowa; one granddaughter, Mrs. Shirley Gandy of Altoona, Iowa; one grandson, Gary Lorton of Ottumwa; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Elvin Toops; a sister, Mrs. Mae Boone; a half-brother, Frenchie Howell; a half-sister, Mrs. Lottie Irvin, all of Kahoka, Missouri; nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Bethlehem Baptist church near Kahoka, Missouri on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2 p. m. with the Rev. Harold Harryman of Milton officiating. Interment was in the cemetery there.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 2 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however, handwritten on the obit is "Rec Rep. 8 Dec 1960.")

I am NOT related and am posting this obit for those who may find this person in their family history. However, I would like to know what BREWSTER her half-sister Jane married.


Mrs. Lillian Wray McKee ~ died 1967 aged 85 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: McKee, Wray

MRS. ALBERT McKEE

Mrs. Albert McKee, 85, Kahoka, Mo., died Friday in Graham Hospital, Keokuk. She was Mrs. Lillian Wray and was a resident of Cantril several years before she married Mr. McKee and went to Kahoka to make her home. Mr. McKee survives as do two of her sisters, who live in California. Funeral services were at Kahoka Monday with burial in Maple Grove cemetery at Cantril.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 2 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however, handwritten on the obit is "1967 Rec-Rep.")

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James L. Lancaster ~ 10 Nov 1895 - 22 Nov 1967

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: Lancaster, Hardman, Tysor, Ford, Bever

JAMES L. LANCASTER

James L. Lancaster, 72, died very suddenly Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 22 at his home, west of Milton.

He was born Nov. 10, 1895, the son of John and Mina Hardman Lancaster. On June 2, 1921 he married Golda Tysor.

He was a barber in Ottumwa for many years and a member of the American Legion in Ottumwa.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, Donald Leroy and a daughter, Clarice Rosemary Ford, all of Milton; three brothers, Dewey, Wesley and Leslie, all of Oskaloosa; one sister, Elsie Bever of Hedrick; three grandchildren, Nick Lancaster and Debra Sue and Marty Ford.

Services were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Milton Christian Church with H. Harold Bray officiating, assisted by Kenneth Campbell of Memphis. Burial was in the Sunnyside cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 2 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however handwritten on the obit is "1967 Rec-Rep.")

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Karl J. Swygard ~ 05 Aug 1889 - 29 Apr 1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: Swygard, Berges, Van Nice, Dunbar, Luckenbill, Joy

KARL J. SWYGARD

Mr. Karl J. Swygard, 73, died after a long illness at his home in Birmingham Monday, April 29. He had been a resident of Birmingham for about 16 years.

Mr. Swygard was born at Burlington on Aug. 5, 1889, the son of William H. and Mary M. Berges Swygard. On Aug. 4, 1915, he was married to Ruth Van Nice. She survives as do two sons and a daughter, William Swygard, Hialeah, Fla., Jerry Swygard, Fairfield, and Mrs. Nancy Dunbar, Buffalo, N. Y. and nine grandchildren.

Two brothers and two sisters also survive: William Swygard, Des Moines, John Swygard and Mrs. Minnie Luckenbill, both of Mediapolis and Mrs. Viola Joy, West Burlington.

Two sons, a daughter and a brother died previously.

Funeral services will be held at the Burch funeral home, Birmingham at 11 a. m. Thursday in charge of the Rev. Wayne Hoehns, pastor of the Birmingham Methodist church and Walter Vander Linden, pastor of the Birmingham Free Methodist church. Burial will be in Kossuth cemetery near Mediapolis.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 2 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however handwritten on the obit is "1963 Rec-Rep.")

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Mrs. Iona (Holler) Ross ~ 27 Feb 1867 - 22 Jan 1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: Ross, Slocum, Holler, Bales, Warren

MRS. IONA ROSS

Funeral service for Mrs. Iona Ross, 95, of Oswego, N. Y., will be held May 4 at 2 p. m. in Anson Community church with the Rev. Leroy Moore of the Farmington Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in the Anson, Mo. cemetery.

Mrs. Ross, daughter of the late Arthur and Lucetta Slocum Holler and wife of the late Charles E. Ross, died Jan. 22. Services were held at Oswego, N. Y. on Jan. 25 and the body placed in a receiving vault.

Mrs. Ross was born Feb. 27, 1867 in Marshall County, Ill., but moved with her parents to Akron, Iowa at an early age. Previous to her marriage in 1888, she taught school in Iowa. She lived in Kansas for 25 years and then moved to Niles, Mich., where her husband died in 1940.

Mrs. Ross has made her home with her daughter Mrs. Alice Bales in Oswego since 1942. She is a member of the Oswego County Home Bureau and the Church of Christ, Niles, Mich., and Eastern Star.

In addition to Mrs. Bales she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. P. L. (Esther) Warren, Stuart, Fla. A son, Arthur S. Ross, was killed in action in France during world war I. Also surviving are four grandsons, Dr. Harold Bales and Dr. Charles Bales, both of Rochester, N. Y. and Joseph Ross and James L. Warren, both of Chicago, Ill., eight great grandchildren.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 2 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however handwritten on the obit is "1963 Rec-Rep.")

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James McMillen ~ 28 Feb 1874 - 15 Jan 1959

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: McMillen, Jones, Moore, Barnes, Anthony

JAMES McMILLEN

James Ewing McMillen, 85, of Keokuk, died Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7:25 p.m. in the St. Joseph hospital in Keokuk, after a long illness. Funeral service was held Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2:00 p.m., from the Miller Funeral Parlor in Farmington with the Rev. Gordon L. Shipp officiating. Burial was in the Farmington cemetery.

He was born February 28, 1874, in Farmington, the son of Hiram and Nannie Jones McMillen. He lived at Eighth and Missouri streets in Keokuk. He had been a resident of Keokuk for the past 30 years and was employed by Union Carbide for 20 years.

He was married to Edith McMillen, who preceded him in death. Surviving are one brother, L. H. McMillen, of Revere; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Moore, Ft. Madison, and Mrs. Mary Barnes, Donnellson; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded also by one brother, George, and one sister, Mrs. Grace Anthony.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 2 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however handwritten on the obit is "1959 Rec-Rep.")

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Alice M. (Burrier) Wolf ~ 20 Nov 1875 - 08 Jan 1898

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: Burrier, Wolf, Neff, Sturdivant, Hall

WOLF

That was, indeed, a sad occasion when the friends and kinsfolk assembled last Monday to witness the solemn ceremony of laying to rest all that was mortal of a fair young wife and mother, that flower nipped so early by "fell Death untimely frost." In the enjoyment of happiness and in the promise of a long life of joy and usefulness to those with whom she was associated, her voice was suddenly stilled. Sad, sad was that separation!

OBITUARY

Alice M. Burrier was born at Chambersburg, Mo., November 20, 1875, and moved with her parents to Anson, Mo., when two years of age. In the spring of 1890, she with her parents, came to Bonaparte, Iowa, where she spent the remainder of her days. She was married October 27, 1892, to William M. Wolf; and to this happy union was born one child, Beulah V. now four years of age. After a brief illness, her death occurred at 6 o'clock on Saturday evening, Jan. 8, 1898, having attained the short existence of 22 years, 1 month and 18 days.

She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband and a daughter, father and mother, Mr. J.M. Burrier and Mrs. M.J. Burrier, of Anson, Mo., one brother, Webster, at home, and four sisters, Mrs. Abbie Neff, in Colorado, Mrs. Flora Sturdivant, Mrs. Julia Hall, and Miss Nora Burrier, all residing in Bonaparte, besides a host of friends wherever she was known. She was devotedly attached to her husband and daughter, and her chief regret was that her daughter would be deprived of her care.

On Friday evening she seemed to fully realize that she could not recover, and kissed her husband an affectionate farewell.

The funeral services were held at the Baptist church Monday afternoon, Jan. 10th, Rev. W. J. McCollom officiating, after which her remains were laid to rest in the Bonaparte cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 1 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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Claude C. Ryland ~ 23 Mar 1877 - 17 Jan 1910

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: Ryland, Morris, Bonalog, Hogue

CLAUDE C. RYLAND

Claude C. Ryland was born at Bonaparte, Van Buren Co., Iowa, March 23, 1877, and died at the home of his mother, Mrs. John O. Morris, Jan. 17, 1910, at Bonaparte, aged 32 years, 9 months and 25 days.

His parents, Curtis V. and Clara S. Ryland, resided at Bonaparte until 188(3?) when they moved to Kansas City, Kan., where they resided until the death of his father in 1888 after which he returned with his mother and sister Dorothy to Bonaparte where he lived until 1899, when he enlisted in the Government Service, Troop A, 7th Cavalry, Havana, Cuba, returning in 1900 after an honorable discharge.

In 1901 he found employment with the John Deere Implement Company, Moline, Ill. Being an excellent scribe this rare accomplishment, together with his upright conduct, won several promotions from the firm, and he was at the time of his death a valued employee as shipping clerk.

July 18, 1903, he was married to Miss Gertrude Bon(a)log of Moline; here the home was made and all his interests centered there; his leisure moments being used in beautifying and making it attractive.

In October 1909, he returned to Bonaparte in failing health. All that loving and willing hands could do was done to alleviate his sufferings and prolong his life, but Death suddenly terminated a promising life of usefulness.

His mother, wife and sister, with other relatives and many true friends are left to mourn for the "dear one" whose life was so brief.

Funeral services conducted by Rev. Druse of the M.E. church, were held Jan. 19, at the home of Jno. O. Morris and interment made in the Bonaparte cemetery.

Among the many and beautiful floral offerings was the "Fallen Leaf" from his fellow workmen of Moline, Ill.

The kindness and sympathy shown us by friends and relatives during the illness and death of our dear one shall always be thankfully remembered.

Mrs. Ryland
Mrs. Morris
Mrs. Hogue

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 1 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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Laard Charles Foster ~ 29 Jun 1864 - 11 Mar 1894

Posted by Karen DaPra on Sat, 02 Oct 1999

Surname: Foster, Kelly, Wiley, Goodin, Lichty

OBITUARY

Laard Charles Foster was born in Bonaparte Township, Van Buren County, Iowa, June 29, 1864, and died at the family residence two miles south of Big Mound, in Lee county, Iowa, March 11, 1894, aged 29 years, 8 months and 12 days. He was the only son and youngest child of William and Sarah Foster.

His father died January 3rd, 1891, when the responsibilities of the farm rested upon him, which he discharged with ability for one of his age, as his health permitted, he always being a delicate child, and if it had not been for his mother's tender nursing, he would not have grown to manhood.

At the age of twenty-one he united with the Presbyterian church at Sharon during a series of meetings conducted by the Rev. James Welch. He was a Sabbath school teacher and a faithful member, as his death bed gave evidence of his undying faith.

He was married May 20th, 1891, to Miss Ada Kelly, daughter of Horton Kelly, of Farmington, Iowa, a highly respected citizen. He is survived by his wife and infant daughter Grace, mother and two sisters, Mrs. Eli Wiley, of Big Mound, Iowa, and Mrs. Elwin Goodin, of Derby, Kansas, the latter not being present for the funeral services.

The funeral services were conducted from the church of which he was a member, by the Rev. Bruce, of Primrose, Iowa, reading from his favorite portion of scripture, the 23rd Psalm, and taking the text from the 14th chapter and 22nd verse of Proverbs. The music was rendered by the Congregational choir, of Farmington, Iowa, which was led by A. E. Townsend, singing "Pass under the rod," "Rock of Ages," and his favorite, "In the Sweet Bye and Bye." The pall bearerr [sic] were, Messrs. Sherman Taylor, Chas. Beard, Bruce Miller, Willis Barton, Dave Alexander and Joe Ketcham.

He was a dutiful son and brother, and a kind, affectionate husband and father. He was laid to rest by the side of his father and Grandfather Lichty.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 1 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

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Harry McCarty ~ 04 Jul 1888 - 04 Oct 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: McCarty, Franklin

HARRY McCARTY

Harry McCarty, a former Van Buren County resident, died October 4, 1974, in Sulphur Springs, Texas. Burial was in Russellville, Arkansas.

Mr. McCarty, son of Thomas and Luara [sic] McCarty, was born July 4, 1888, at Farmington, Iowa. He was married to Stella Franklin, on July 5, 1916, at Keosauqua, Iowa.

He is survived by the widow and three sons; Paul, of Wichita, Kansas; Errol, of Sulphur Springs, Texas; and Warren, of Clearmont, Oklahoma.

A son, Wallace, died in 1942, while serving in World War II.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 270 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "17 Oct 1974.")

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Keith Lawrence McCrary ~ 07 Jul 1899 - 05 Jul 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: McCrary, Guthrie, Bowles, Stewart, Flake, Smith, Ferguson, Wiedner

KEITH L. MCCRARY

Keith Lawrence McCrary died unexpectedly Friday, July 5, in Van Buren county hospital at Keosauqua.

Mr. McCrary was born July 7, 1899, in Bonaparte township, the son of Clarence and Sarah Guthrie McCrary. He farmed most of his life in the Bonaparte vicinity. He married Lulu M. Bowles in 1954; she died in 1966. In 1968 he married Marian Stewart Flake in Keosauqua.

Mr. McCrary was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was acting president of Pioneer Historical society of Farmington.

Surviving are the wife; step-children, Raymond and David Smith, Mrs. Kay Ferguson and Mrs. Sandra Smith, all of Dallas, Tex., and Mrs. Ardath Wiedner of San Diego, Calif.; 25 step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 8, at 10:00 a.m. at the Miller-Hofbauer funeral home, Farmington. President Ford Gano of the LDS church officiated. Burial was in Greenglade cemetery. A memorial to Greenglade Cemetery Assn. has been established.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 270 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "11 July 1974.")

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Donald Lee Mills ~ 23 Jun 1916 - 15 Aug 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Mills, West, Giberson, Roberts

DONALD L. MILLS

Donald Lee Mills, 58, rural Hillsboro, died in Van Buren county hospital, Keosauqua, at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.

He was born June 23, 1916 in Van Buren county, the son of Gus and Edna West Mills. He married Edith Giberson Aug. 15, 1937, in Kahoka, Mo. He was a farmer and life resident of the Hillsboro area.

Surviving: The wife; son Donald, rural Mt. Pleasant; a sister, Mrs. NeElma Roberts, Fairfield; one stepbrother and two stepsisters, all of California; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the Hillsboro Baptist church, Rev. L. H. Smith Hillsboro cemetery [sic]. Beatty-Jennings chapel, Salem, was in charge of arrangements.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 270 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "22 Aug 1974.")

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Mrs. Madge (Surrena) Meinhardt ~ 03 Nov 1896 - 17 Jun 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Meinhardt, Surrena, McVay, Dunley, Stout, Smith, McCarty

MRS. MADGE MEINHARDT

Mrs. Madge Meinhardt, 77, Farmington, died in Graham hospital, Keokuk, at 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 17, after a long illness.

A native of Lee county, she was born November 3, 1896, the daughter of Sylvester and Minnie McVay Surrena. She married the late Orris Meinhardt December 26, 1927. Mrs. Meinhardt was a member of Embury United Methodist church.

Surviving are a son, Robert Meinhardt, Mendota, Ill.; daughters Lois Dunley, in Germany, and Vera Stout, Oskaloosa; sisters, Mrs. Taylor Smith, Argyle, and Mrs. Mable McCarty, Keokuk; seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were at Miller-Hofbauer funeral home, Donnellson at 2:00 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Clarence Lautt officiating. Burial was in Embury cemetery. A memorial for the Embury cemetery fund has been established at the funeral home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 270 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "27 Sep 1974.")

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Charles Homer Miller AKA Homer Miller ~ 10 Dec 1906 - 31 May 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Miller, Kunzman

HOMER MILLER

Homer Miller, lifelong resident of the Douds community, died at 8:25 p.m. Friday at Van Buren Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua after an illness of two months.

Last rites were Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds with the Rev. Gerald Caughron officiating. Burial was in the Leando Cemetery.

Charles Homer Miller was born December 10, 1906, on the same farm where he spent his entire life. He was the son of Clyde and Mary Kunzman Miller who preceded him in death.

Miller was a member of Celestial Lodge No. 413, AF and AM and Twin City Chapter No. 258 OES at Douds.

He is survived by his widow, one daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren.

Memorials to the Cancer Fund may be left at the Pedrick Funeral Home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 270 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "06 Jun 1974.")

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Mrs. Evelyn (Krouse) Michelson ~ 10 Jul 1932 - 16 Apr 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Michelson, Mickelson, Krouse

MRS. EVELYN MICHELSON

Evelyn Michelson, 41, a life resident of Farmington, died Tuesday, April 16, at 6:05 p.m. in Sacred Heart hospital, Ft. Madison, after a two-month illness.

She was born July 10, 1932, in Farmington, the daughter of Harold and Laura Krouse. She married Leroy Mickelson, August 11, 1961.

Surviving are the husband; one daughter, Rhonda, at home; and her parents.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Messiah Lutheran church, Keokuk with the Rev. Gilbert Cross officiating. Burial was in Greenglade cemetery, Farmington.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 270 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "24 Apr 1974.")

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Dirk W. Miller ~ 05 Jun 1908 - 04 Oct 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Miller, Gaas, Nelson, Monger

DIRK W. MILLER

Dirk W. Miller, son of George and Lucia Gaas Miller was born June 5, 1908, near Bonaparte, Ia. He grew to manhood near his birthplace and attended rural grade school. He graduated from Bonaparte High School with the class of 1925.

On June 6, 1938, he married Jean Nelson at Corning, Iowa. They are the parents of two children, Michael and Jane.

Soon after graduating from Iowa State University the couple moved to Jefferson, where Mr. Miller taught vocational agriculture until his retirement from the Jefferson Community School system on May, 1974.

During W. W. II, Dirk served his country as an officer in the United States Navy.

At the time of his death, he was teaching vocational agriculture at Carroll and Kuemper High School in Carroll.

Dirk was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson, where he taught Sunday School for ten years and was an Elder of the church. He was also a member of Jefferson Rotary Club and Past President of the Iowa Vocational Teachers Association.

Mr. Miller died Friday, October 4, 1974, in Omaha, Nebr. Services were October 8, burial was in the Jefferson Cemetery. He is survided [sic] by his wife, Jean, his son, Michael and daughter-in-law Rita of Anchorage, Alaska, his daughter, Jane of Ann Arbor, Michigan, a granddaughter, Heather Miller, one brother, Louis Miller of Davenport, one sister, Mrs. Edith Monger of Omaha, an uncle, Edward S. Gaas, Prairie City, and other relatives and friends.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 270 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "10 Oct 1974.")

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Leonard K. (Jim) Wolfe ~ 30 Jun 1908 - 25 Oct 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Wolfe, Keeler, Evans, Thomas, Cole, Martin, Glaha

LEONARD K. (JIM) WOLFE

Leonard K. Wolfe, son of Harry and Allie Keeler Wolfe, was born June 30, 1908, near Mt. Sterling and departed this life Friday, October 25, 1974, at University Hospital in Iowa City at the age of 66, following a three week illness.

In 1927 he was married to Dorotha Evans who passed away in 1952. In 1955 he married Berniece Thomas, who died in 1971. A brother, Harold, also preceded him in death.

In 1972 he married Verla Cole Martin, who remains to cherish his memory. Also surviving are two sons, Dean Wolfe of Bonaparte, and Billy Wolfe of Keosauqua, a daughter, Mrs. Harold Glaha, a stepson, Ted Thomas of Wheaton, Ill. and two brothers, William of Mt. Sterling and Floyd of Cantril. In addition he is survived by 12 grandchildren, who were his special pride and joy. They are Russell and Dorotha Wolfe; Kimberly, Teddy, Billy, Kevin, Trisha, Tracey and Mark Glaha; and Desiree, Barry and Dannielle Thomas.

Mr. Wolfe farmed in his early life and for many years was a self-employed painter. In recent years he had ben [sic] employed as custodian of the Farmers State Bank in Keosauqua.

He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandad and as a good friend and neighbor to all who knew him.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 27, 1974, at 2 p.m. at the Keosauqua Congregational Church, with the Rev. Harold Schnedler, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery at Cantril. Arrangements were in charge of Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 253 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. VAN BUREN COUNTY REGISTER, Keosauqua, Iowa, Thursday, October 31, 1974.)

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Stacy E. (Tom) Wellborn ~ 20 Jan 1896 - 27 Jun 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Wellborn, Snyder

OBITUARIES

S. E. (TOM) WELLBORN

Stacy E. (Tom) Wellborn, was born January 20, 1896 in Cantril, Iowa. He passed away at the Van Buren County Memorial Hospital at Keosauqua, Iowa on June 27, 1974 at the age of 78 years, five months and seven days. Richard and Rosa Wellborn, his parents, six brothers, five sisters and a grandson preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Ferol, four sons and their wives; Bert and Martha of Donnellson, Iowa, Beryl and Dorothy of Grinnell, Iowa, Paul and Carolyn of New Orleans, La. and Max and Carolyn of Cantril; seven grandchildren, a sister, Pauline Snyder of St. Louis, Mo., several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

He grew to manhood in Cantril and lived most of his life in this area. He and Ferol would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary on November 16, having been united in marriage in the Methodist Parsonage at Memphis, Mo. on November 16, 1921.

Tom and Ferol farmed on this area from 1921 until 1931. They established Wellborn's Grocery in Azen, Mo. in October 1931 and lived there until 1936, at which time they moved to Cantril and with the exception of two years, operated a grocery store from 1936 to 1961, retiring in June.

Tom served his country in France during World War I. He was a member of the Cantril Methodist Church. He was serving his 33rd consecutive year on the Van Buren County Commission of Veteran's Affairs. He was a member of Apollo Lodge, AF&AM No. 461, Order of the Eastern Star No. 437, Robert E. Tadlock Post of the American Legion; a member of Veterans of World War I Barracks at Keosauqua and Veterans of Foreign Wars of Memphis, Mo. No. 4958.

During his active years, he served as a member of the Town Council of Cantril, he was on the Official Board of the United Methodist Church, Master of the Masonic Lodge, Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star, and local and County Commander of the American Legion.

A loving and faithful husband and father, Community worker and friend. Tom's memory is a gift to all who knew him.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 253 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "25 July 1974 Register".)

I am NOT related to S.E. (Tom) Wellborn and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Chester P. Barker died 04 Jan 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Barker

Two Column Photograph captioned CHESTER P. BARKER

"Chet" Barker, one of Van Buren County's best known citizens passed away, Friday, Jan. 4. Chet's many years of active life with the public as a member of the board of supervisors, and in other areas of official work and service carried him into all areas of the county. And even after his retirement from active participation in these groups, his advice and counsel was valued. His circle of acquaintances was large and his friends were numbered by his acquaintances. He will long be remembered. At this office one of our remembrances of him will be our visit with him, when he posed for this picture in our office a few years ago.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 253 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "10 Jan 1974 Register".)

I am NOT related to Chester P. Barker and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Edna C. (Gulick) McIntosh ~ 15 Dec 1891 - 16 May 1974 (Two Obits)

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Gulick, Davis, Boecker

EDNA C. MCINTOSH

Mrs. Edna C. McIntosh, daughter of Jacob and Ida Davis Gulick, was born December 15, 1891, at Stuttgart, Arkansas, and departed this life Thursday, May 16, 1974, at Van Buren Co. Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua at the age of 82. In 1905, she moved with her parents to Van Buren County.

On February 16, 1916, she was married to Harry L. McIntosh, who preceded her in death in 1970. An infant son, a brother and a sister also preceded her in death.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her daughter, Mrs. Lealin Boecker and son-in-law Marvin Boecker, three grandchildren, Emily, Sara and Allen Boecker, a brother, Van-Cleaf Gulick of Laramie, Wyo., nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Mrs. McIntosh was an active member of the Center Chapel United Methodist Church and a charter member of its United Methodist Women's group, was active in the work of the Farm Bureau Women, her husband having been a charter member of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau, was Chaplain of Beer-Barker Unit, American Legion Auxiliary and a member of the Golder Agers.

She will be remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother and as one who did her part in the betterment of her community and mankind through the work of her church and various organizations.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 18, 1974 at 2 P. M. at Center Chapel United Methodist Church south of Keosauqua, with the Rev. John Cornish, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Center Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements wree in charge of Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, Iowa.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 253 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. VAN BUREN COUNTY REGISTER Thursday, May 23, 1974)

MRS. HARRY MCINTOSH

Mrs. Harry McIntosh, 82, Keosauqua, died at 2:18 p.m. Thursday at the Van Buren County Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua where she had been a patient since March 30.

Funeral services were held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Center Chapel United Methodist Church of which she was a member. The services were conducted by the Rev. John Cornish and burial was in Center Chapel Cemetery.

The Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua was in charge of arrangements.

Edna McIntosh was born December 15, 1891, at Stuttgart, Arkansas, the daughter of Jacob and Ida Davis Gulick. In 1905 she moved with her family to Van Buren County.

She was married February 16, 1916, to Harry L. McIntosh. He died in 1970.

Mrs. McIntosh was a charter member of the United Methodist Women, chaplain of Beer-Barker Legion auxiliary, she was a member of the Golden Agers and active in the Farm Bureau Women's organization.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Lealin Boecker, Keosauqua; three grandchildren; and a brother, VanCleaf Gulick, Laramie, Wyoming.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. McIntosh was preceded in death by an infant son, one brother and a sister.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 270 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "23 May 1974".)

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Mrs. Edith Mae (DeHart) Smith ~ 06 Mar 1898 - 16 Nov 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Smith, DeHart, Henry, Sampair, Lee, Beall, Watkins, Lepore, Gove

EDITH MAE SMITH

Edith Mae Smith, daughter of Marian H. and Winifred Henry DeHart, was born March 6, 1898, on the family farm near Vernon and departed this life Saturday, November 16, 1974 at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua at the age of 76. She had lived most of her life in Van Buren County and had attended the Vernon School.

Remaining to cherish her memory are a daughter, Mrs. Miriam Sampair of Garden Grove, Calif., four grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Nina Lee of Keosauqua and Mrs. Hazel Beall of Long Beach, Calif., two nieces, Mrs. Willis Watkins of Keosauqua and Mrs. Charles Lepore of Denver, Colo., a brother-in-law, Gordon Gove of Keosauqua, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by one sister.

Mrs. Smith was a member of the Keosauqua United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women's organization and was active in all phases of church work.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 19, 1974 at 3 p.m. at the Keosauqua United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Cornish, pastor, officiating. Interment was in Purdom Cemetery at Keosauqua. Arrangements were in charge of Pedrick Funeral Home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 280 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Edith Mae (DeHart) Smith and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their
family history.


Mrs. Adaline (Chipman) Brewster ~ 09 Jan 1880 - 25 Mar 1969

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Brewster, Chipman, Roberts

MRS. HARVEY BREWSTER

KEOSAUQUA--Mrs. Adaline Brewster, 89, died about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient a short time.

Born Jan. 9, 1880, near Tennessee, Ill., she was the daughter of H. A. and Alice Roberts Chipman. She was married Feb. 22, 1900, to Harvey Brewster. He died May 18, 1942. They farmed near Keosauqua and later moved into Keosauqua. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of Lynds Chapter of Order of Eastern Star, a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary and active in the Royal Neighbors of America.

Survivors include several nephews.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Keosauqua United Methodist Church with the Rev. Hubert Phillips of Milton officiating. Burial will be in Center Chapel Cemetery, near Keosauqua. The body is at Catcott Funeral Home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 280 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "Mch 1969".)

Her birth & death dates also taken from her headstone at Center Chapel. I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Mr. P. O. Martin died 06 Oct 1970 aged 81 or 84

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Martin, Metier, Ingram

OBITUARIES

P. O. MARTIN (with photograph of him)

P. O. Martin, 81 [could be 84], of 1433 Wilson Ave., died at the Iowa Soldiers' Home in Marshalltown of a heart attack Tuesday after a three year illness.

Born at Union, Neb., he lived in Des Moines 53 years and previously, at Keosauqua. He was a graduate of Keosauqua High School and had retired as an employe at the Iowa State Historical Building. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Baldwin Patterson Post, American Legion. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Ambrose Cathedral, with burial at Highland Memory Gardens. A rosary will be recited at 7 o'clock tonight at Caldwell Brien-Robbins Funeral Home.

Survivors are his wife, Ruth; a brother, William of Des Moines, and two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Metier and Mrs. Helen Ingram, both of Des Moines.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 280 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "10-7-70". Also handwritten is "Bk 1 pg 40" and "10-6" is written next to death day of Tuesday.)

I am NOT related to Mr. P. O. Martin and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Joe N. Regur ~ 05 Sep 1882 - 15 Dec 1969

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Regur, Huffty, Disbrow, Hervey

JOE N. REGUR (also has photo of him)

KEOSAUQUA--Joe N. Regur, 87, died at 1:20 a.m. today at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital, where he was taken Thursday. He had been a Keosauqua barber since 1900.

The son of Joe G. and Agnes Huffty Regur, he was born Sept. 5, 1882, at Delavan, Ill. On March 6, 1904, he married Mary Disbrow, who died in 1939. On July 14, 1942, he was married to Bernice Hervey at Memphis, Mo.

Survivors include his widow; three sons, Donald of Sarasota, Fla., Dan of Milwaukee, Wis., and Gene of Gulport, Ill.; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Catcott Funeral Home with the Rev. Millard Marshall in charge. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 280 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "12-15-1969.")

I am NOT related to Joe N. Regur and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Maude (Heald) McElroy 07 Apr 1888 - 09 Apr 1970

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 30 Sep 1999

Surname: Heald, McElroy, Rowland, Boggess, Reed, Dowling, Sullivan

MRS. R. T. MCELROY

Mrs. Maude Heald McElroy, 82, of 214 Oakwood died at 5 a.m. today at the Sunnyslope Extended Care Center. She had been in failing health for the last several months.

The daughter of Charles B. and Ida May Rowland Heald was born in Scotland County Mo., April 7, 1888 and lived in Ottumwa most of her life. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a 50-year member of the DAR, a member of the HQ Chapter of PEO, the What-So-Ever Chapter of King's Daughters and the LL Club. She was married to Ralph T. McElroy Oct. 11, 1911 at Mt. Sterling.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. T.S. Boggess Jr. of Griffin, Ga., and Mrs. George H. Reed of Ottumwa; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. John Dowling of Pinellas Park, Fla., and Mrs. James Sullivan of Downers Grove, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1950, four brothers and one sister.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Louis Woltenburg officiating. Burial will be in Ottumwa Cemetery.

The body is at Jay funeral home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 280 of Obit Bk #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "April 9 - 1970".)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Maude Heald McElroy and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Albert Gallatin Troutman ~ 1867-1911

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Wed, 22 Sep 1999

Surname: Troutman, McCabe, Morris

A. G. Troutman

Albert Gallatin Troutman was born in Bonaparte, Iowa, June 26, 1867, and died at his home in Troy, Iowa, Jan. 15, 1911 aged 43 years 6 months and 19 days. He was married Nov. 11, 1891, to Miss Luella McCabe and to them was born one son Lev Troutman. He leaves to sincerely mourn his loss besides these two, wife and son, an aged mother, Mrs. C. A. Troutman of Bonaparte, a brother, Scott Troutman and sister, Mrs. Jack Morris, all of Bonaparte. Mr. Troutman united with the Presbyterian church of Troy in the winter 1895 under the pastorate of the Rev. Pliny Smith, to which church he remained a faithful and loyal member until he was called to the church up higher. For several years he has been in very poor health but was a patient uncomplaining sufferer. As long as health permitted he was a regular attendant at all church services. He was church trustee for several years and filled well the office. He was teacher in Sunday school of the boys class numbering 15 or twenty, for years and the attendance and interest were never better than during that time. Mr. Troutman seemed to have a talent for making warm friends of acquaintances and once his friend always a friend. His many endearing qualities of mind and disposition make it easy to say of him as you will hear many of his friends say "I always though a great deal of Albert." He will be greatly missed by his immediate relatives and far beyond the family circles.

From Book ? Obituaries, Van Buren Co. Genealogical Collection, Keosauqua Public Library - Keosauqua, IA


Stephen Scott Troutman~1860-1939

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Wed, 22 Sep 1999

Surname: Troutman, Scott, Crooks, Beard, Hinish, Smith, Morris

S. Scott Troutman

Stephen Scott Troutman, well known southeastern Iowa merchant, died about seven o'clock Tuesday morning at his home in
Bonaparte at the age of 78, after an illness of several months. Funeral services are to be held at the late home on Thursday
afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. L. E. Winfrey officiating.

Mr. Troutman was a son of George W. and Cynthia Ann Scott Troutman and was born Dec. 20, 1860, on a farm north of
Bonaparte.

He was united in marriage with Miss Minnie Hinish Dec. 29, 1881, and they started housekeeping in a three room house on site
of and part of the present home in Bonaparte.

Surviving members of his immediate family are two daughters, Mrs. Clare Beard of Bonaparte, who has made her home with
her father for about two years, since the death of her mother, and Mrs. Georgiana Smith of Keokuk; three sons, Joseph S.,
James E. and Frank M. of Bonaparte. There are 21 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, and
one sister, Mrs. Clara Morris of Eldon.

Mrs. Troutman preceded her husband in death on May 21, 1937. A daughter, Mrs. Dolores Crooks, passed away on March
24, 1925.

Mr. Troutman spent most of his life in Bonaparte and vicinity, always an industrious, trustworthy citizen. He has been engaged
in farming, merchandising and was also a contractor and builder. As a partner of the late John Young he built the stone wall
around Sharon cemetery, also foundation for Presbyterian church and other buildings.

About the time of the world war he operated what is known as the Ferguson farm near Mt. Sterling. Returning to Bonaparte he
engaged in the hardware business and was so employed when he became fatally ill.

While a young man he united with the Methodist church and the Odd Fellows lodge of Bonaparte.

Bonaparte stores will be closed Thursday afternoon during the funeral services.

The Bonaparte Record - May 11, 1939


James Earl Troutman ~ 1891-1961

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Wed, 22 Sep 1999

Surname: Troutman, Totten, Hinish, Steeples, Adams, Lamborn, Grove, Davis

James Troutman Dies Suddenly

James E. Troutman, 70, died Tuesday, Dec. 26 while buying stock at a farm southwest of Keosauqua.

He was the son of Scott S. and Minnie Himish [sic] Troutman and was born Sept. 17, 1891, at Bonaparte. He was a livestock
dealer, operating the Bonaparte Sale Barn for many years.

He was married Dec. 21, 1911, to Mary L. Totton [sic]. He was married Nov. 15, 1949 to Grace Grove, who survives. He
was a member of the Modern Woodmen.

Surviving besides his widow are two sons, Elmer of Bonaparte and Joe of Wever, Iowa; four daughters, Mrs. Pauline Steeples
of Bonaparte, Mrs. Esther Lamborn of Farmington, Mrs. Wanda Adams of Burlington and Mrs. Mary Maxine Davis of
Anoka, Minn.; a brother Frank of Bonaparte; 27 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. A brother, Joe, three sisters,
Clara, Delores and Georgia, and son Edgar preceded him in death.

The services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church at Bonaparte, Rev Leroy Moore will officiate. Burial will be in
the Bonaparte Cemetery. The body is at the Miller Funeral Home in Farmington.

The Record-Republican - December 28, 1961


Raymond F. Murphy ~ 09 Aug 1905 - 29 Dec 1973

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 20 Sep 1999

Surname: Murphy, Cox, Griffith, Carlson

RAYMOND F. MURPHY

Raymond F. Murphy, 68, died Saturday, Dec. 29 at p.m. [sic] at Bloomfield Manor. He was a painter and interior decorator.

He was born in Van Buren County on Aug. 9, 1905, to Charlie and Carrie Cox Murphy. A Bloomfield resident four years, he previously lived in Des Moines. He was affiliated with the Pulaski United Methodist Church. He married Mabel Ancell.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Joan Griffith of Altoona; one son, Jerry of Des Moines; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dale of Pualski [sic] and Leo of Keokuk; and one sister, Clarissa Carlson of Bloomfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son and two brothers.

The service was Wednesday, January 2, 1974 at the Wagler Funeral Home, with the Rev. J. E. McClellan officiating. Burial was in the Pulaski Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 245 of Obit Book #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "10 Jan 1974 Register."

I would like to correspond with anyone researching the COX or related MURPHY lines.


Silas A. McDaniel ~ 02 May 1917 - 19 Nov 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 20 Sep 1999

Surname: McDaniel, Smith, Johnston, Kenison

SILAS A. MCDANIEL

Silas a. Mc Daniel, 57, formerly of Bridgton, Maine, died Tuesday, November 19th, 1974, at a Rockville, Connecticut, hospital following a long illness.

He was born here, May 2, 1917, son of Harold and Elfreda Smith McDaniel. He attended Bridgton schools.

Mr. McDaniel left Bridgton in 1950 and was employed by Amerville Corp. of Rockville, Conn., until his retirement in 1967. He was a member of El Bethel Fellowship Church in Rockville, Connecticut, and was a World War II veteran.

He is survived by his wfe, the former Irma Johnston of Rockville, Connecticut; a sister, Mrs. Geneva Kenison of Bridgton; an uncle, two aunts, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Advent Christian Church of Bridgton. Interment was in Forest Hills Cemetery, Bridgton.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 245 of Obit Book #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "12 Dec 1974 Rec-Rep."

I am NOT related to Silas A. McDaniel and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Arch (Anna) McIntosh died 01 Jan 1974 aged 81

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 20 Sep 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Poling, Kelmeyer, Hamberg, Strait, Else

MRS. ARCH (ANNA) MCINTOSH

Mrs. Arch (Anna) McIntosh passed away New Years at a nursing home in Monmouth, Ill. at the age of 81. She and her first husband Otto Poling raised their four children in this community. He died in 1932. The children are Kenneth Poling of Ottumwa, Harold Poling of Kirkwood, Ill., Craig Poling of LaCrosse, Wisc. and Ilene Kelmeyer of Waterloo. Her second husband had passed away 10 years ago. The step children, Archie McIntosh and Gene of Kirkwood, Ill. and daughters Edna and Nova of near Waterloo. Two other step sons had preceded her in death, Marion and Thereee. All of the children except Edna attended the funeral held in Kirkwood before the body was brought here for graveside services on Thursday afternoon. Many of the grandchildren were also present. One was Mrs. Charles Hamberg and husband from Farmington. Mrs. McIntosh, Mrs. Ethel Strait of Keosauqua were unable to attend but her son, Stanley Strait and wife did come for the graveside service. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Else of Stockport were here also. The ladies of the Methodist Church served coffee and cookies after the service here.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 245 of Obit Book #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "10 Jan 1974."

I would like to correspond with anyone researching the above families.


Charles Homer Miller AKA Homer Miller ~ 10 Dec 1906 - 31 May 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 20 Sep 1999

Surname: Miller, Kunzman

OBITUARY

HOMER MILLER

Charles Homer Miller, 67, died Friday, May 31 at 8:25 p.m. at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua. He had been ill for two months.

The son of Clyde and Mary Kunzman Miller, he was born Dec. 10, 1906 on a farm southeast of Douds and lived there all his life.

He was a member of Celestial Lodge No. 413 A.F. & A.M. and Twin Chapter No. 258 O.E.S., both of Douds.

Survivors include his widow, a daughter, two sons and seven grandchildren.

The service was Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds, with the Rev. Gerald Caughron of Milton officiating. Burial was in the Leando Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Memorial contributions to the Cancer Fund may be made at the funeral home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 245 of Obit Book #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "06 Jun 1974 Register."

I am NOT related to Charles Homer Miller and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


George Schirch ~ 06 Apr 1881 - 03 Dec 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 20 Sep 1999

Surname: Schirch, Miller, Rugh

OBITUARIES

GEORGE SCHIRCH

George Schirch, 93, 1815 Jackson St., Burlington, died at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Burlington Memorial Hospital. He had been a patient for six days.

A retired farmer, Mr. Schirch was born in Scotland Co., Mo., April 6, 1881, the son of Joseph and Margaret Miller Schirch. He married Maude Rugh Sept. 3, 1905. She died June 23, 1942. He was the last member of his family.

After his son-in-law's death, the daughter Marie and he made their home together in Burlington. His daughter and one niece survive besides several nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all. He was a kind father and neighbor and always willing to help his friends as long as his health permitted.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 245 of Obit Book #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "26 Dec 1974 Register."

I am NOT related to George Schirch and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Bert Johnston Sr. ~ 25 Mar 1888 - 19 Jul 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 20 Sep 1999

Surname: Johnston, Sharrar, McKeehan, Ferrel, Floyd

OBITUARIES

BERT JOHNSTON SR.

Bert Johnston Sr., son of Joseph and Margaret Sharrar Johnston, was born March 25, 1888, at Audubon, Iowa, and departed this life Friday, July 19, 1974, at the Ottumwa Hospital at the age of 86.

He lived in western Iowa and for a number of years in Minnesota and near Polk City, Iowa, and in his present farm home near Libertyville for the past two years.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his widow, Helen, four sons, Lloyd of Sumner, Wayne of Exira, Bert, Jr. of Des Moines, and Joseph of Polk City, three daughters, Mrs. Bertella McKeehan of Des Moines, Mrs. Helen Ferrel of Libertyville, and Mrs. Phronsie Floyd of Des Moines. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, a great grandchild, a brother, Cameron Johnston of Hudson, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by three wives, two sons, four brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Johnston was a self-employed electrician and farmer.

He had served as chairman of the board of trustees of the Hopkins Grove United Methodist Church near Polk City and was a member of the Eagles Lodge at Des Moines.

He will be remembered as a devoted husband and father, a good citizen and friend.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 23, 1974, at 2 P. M. at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church near Libertyville, with the Rev. Wayne Bartruff officiating. Interment was in the Fell Cemetery near Libertyville. Arrangements were in charge of Pedrick Funeral Home, Douds.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 245 of Obit Book #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "01 Aug 1974 Register."

I am NOT related to Bert Johnston Sr. and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Harold H. Wells ~ 23 Aug 1907 - 27 May 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 20 Sep 1999

Surname: Wells, Wells, Bingaman, Mildenstein, Mildenstien, Ewoldt, Hendricks, Chaplin

HAROLD H. WELLS

Harold H. Wells, 66, died of a heart attack Monday, May 27, at his home in Traer, Iowa. He was born in Van Buren County on August 23, 1907 to N. C. and Sylvia Bingaman Wells. He was raised and attended school in the Milton and Troy area. On August 23, 1934 he was married to Gladys Mildenstien [sic] at Hudson, Iowa. She survives. Also surviving are his daughter, Faye Ewoldt of Dysart, Iowa; his mother, Sylvia Wells; a son-in-law; three grandsons; three brothers, Fern of Marshalltown, Clarence, Milton; Hollis, Douds; two sisters, Elizabeth Hendricks, Bloomfield, Mary Chaplin, Milton. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 29 at the Traer Methodist Church. Burial was in the Buckingham Cemetery at Traer, Iowa.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 245 of Obit Book #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "Register 13 June 1974."

I am NOT related to Harold H. Wells and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Fanny Alice (Sell) Kennedy ~ 12 Jun 1888 - 09 Dec 1974

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 20 Sep 1999

Surname: Kennedy, Miller, Sell, Greenleaf, Hervey

FANNY A. KENNEDY

Mrs. Fanny Alice Kennedy, daughter of Barnabus and Polly Jane Miller Sell, was born June 12, 1888, in Schuyler Co., Ill. and departed this life Monday, December 9, 1974 at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua at the age of 86.

In 1892 she moved with her parents by covered wagon to Mt. Sterling, Iowa. On June 14, 1920, she married Elmer C. Kennedy who preceded her in death on December 13, 1954. Two sisters, Mrs. Nona Greenleaf and Mrs. Grace Hervey also preceded her in death.

Remaining to cherish her memory are a number of nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

As a young lady, Mrs. Kennedy worked at the Manning Hotel and in a millinery shop in Keosauqua. She and Mr. Kennedy made their home in Keosauqua throughout their married life and she continued to live in her own home until suffering a broken hip on October 28, 1974.

As a girl she joined the Mt. Sterling Christian Church and remained true to her faith throughout her life. So long as she was able she attended the Keosauqua Christian Church and for a number of years was a Sunday School teacher.

She was a loving wife, a good friend and neighbor, thoughtful to those in need and will be remembered by her relatives and friends for her many kind deeds.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 12, 1974 at 2 p.m. at Pedrick Funeral Homein Keosauqua with the Rev. Dan Mast of the Christian Church officiating. Interment was in Fellows Cemetery, Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua was in charge of arrangements.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 245 of Obit Book #1 1963-1974 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "26 Dec 1974 Register."

I am NOT related to Mrs. Fanny Alice Kennedy and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Curtis Wiley McIntosh ~ 09 Aug 1887 - 18 Jul 1972

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Wiley, Lineaweaver, Evans

CURTIS W. McINTOSH

Curtis Wiley McIntosh, 84, of rural Keosauqua died at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 in the Holden Nursing Home in Keosauqua where he had been for 12 days.

He was born August 9, 1887 near Keosauqua, the son of John W. and Lizzie Wiley McIntosh. He married Amanda Lineaweaver March 15, 1910 near Keosauqua.

Mr. McIntosh was a retired farmer and a member of the Center Chapel United Methodist Church where a memorial fund has been established. He was a 50-year member of the Bonaparte Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Evans of Terrell, Tex.; a son, John C. of rural Mt. Sterling; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Clara; three brothers, Harry, Floyd and Arthur.

The funeral was held at Center Chapel United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, with the Rev. James M. Ford officiating. Burial was in Wolfe Cemetery. Catcott Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "20 July 1972.")

I would like to correspond with anyone researching the McIntosh or Lineaweaver lines.


Leo Edward McCurdy ~ 02 Jan 1917 - 30 Sep 1972

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: McCurdy, Wolf, Bayless, Peterson, Laughlin, Gire

LEO EDWARD McCURDY

Leo Edward McCurdy, the son of James Christopher McCurdy and Emma Wolf McCurdy was born in Bloomfield, Iowa on January 2, 1917. He grew up near Douds, and graduated from High School there. He attended college at Iowa City.

He was married to Bonnie Bayless after serving in the Second World War. To this union was born four children, James Christopher II of Frankfort, Germany, Mrs. Sandy Peterson, (Karen), Nan, a senior in High School and Clay who is eleven years old.

He was a Ford car dealer in Jacksonville, Ill. and lived there most of his married life. Three years ago he moved, with his family to Chesterfield, Mo. He was a stock broker in St. Louis, Mo.

He passed away on September 30, 1972 in a hospital in St. Louis after undergoing a heart operation.

He leaves besides his wife and children two sisters, Mrs. Harold Laughlin of Batavia, Iowa, Mrs. Stanley E. Gire of Douds, Iowa. Three brothers also survive. They are Troy of Springfield, Va., Harold of San Jose, Calif. and Billie of San Gabriel, Calif.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "26 Oct 1972.")

I am NOT related to Leo Edward McCury and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Thomas C. McCarty ~ 23 Feb 1904 - 23 Nov 1972

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: McCarty, Poole, Slutz, Duncan, Coleman, Blue, Gaskell

THOMAS C. McCARTY

The funeral for Thomas C. McCarty, 68, was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27 in the Keosauqua United Methodist Church with the Rev. James M. Ford officiating. Burial was in Forbes Cemetery.

Mr. McCarty, who was employed at the Brass Rail in Keosauqua, was found dead in his home Friday morning, Nov. 24. Death occurred late Thursday afternoon, according to Dr. Kiyoshi Furumoto, Van Buren Co. medical examiner.

He was born Feb. 23, 1904 at Mt. Zion to John and Rhoda Poole McCarty. He married Madeline Slutz in Ottumwa on Sept. 30, 1922 and spent most of his life in the Mt. Zion area, moving to Keosauqua six years ago. Mrs. McCarty died Dec. 5, 1957.

He is survived by 11 children, Robert and James of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mrs. Lovenia Duncan, Mrs. Verne Coleman and Richard of Bonaparte, Arthur of Council Bluffs, Mrs. Audrey Blue of Glenwood Springs, Colo., Mrs. Carolyn Gaskell of Keosauqua, Leslie of Douds, Gary who is with the U.S. Army at Ft. Carson, Colo., Donald of Oskaloosa and by several brothers and sisters.

Catcott Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "30 Nov 1972.")

I am NOT related to Thomas C. McCarty and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Vera W. (Woods) McCracken ~ 09 May 1905 - 02 Jun 1972

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: McCracken, Woods, Dawson

VERA McCRACKEN

Mrs. Vera W. McCracken, 67, rural Keosauqua, died Friday afternoon, June 2, 1972, at the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield after a long illness.

Services were held Sunday, June 4, at 3:30 p.m. at the Bonaparte Baptist Church with the Rev. Millard Marshall in charge. Burial was in Bonaparte Cemetery.

Mrs. McCracken was born on May 9, 1905 near Bonaparte, the daughter of Otto and Ada Dawson Woods. She was married to Ray McCracken in 1939. He survives.

Mrs. McCracken was a member of the Rebekah Lodge and Woods Club of Bonaparte.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "08 June 1972.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Vera W. (Woods) McCracken and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Edward McMillan died June 1, 1972 aged 92

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: McMillan, Calhoun, Miller, Nelson

EDWARD MCMILLAN

Edward McMillan, age 92, a former Van Buren County resident, passed away Thursday, June 1, at Upland, Calif., where he had lived for many years.

He was married to Rose Calhoun of Birmingham, who passed away. He married Mary June Miller of Birmingham who survives.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a sister, Grace Nelson and several nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 6 at Upland.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "08 Jun 1972.")

I am NOT related to Edward McMillan and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Edna Ann (Hogue) Logan ~ 22 Aug 1884 - 27 Jul 1972

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: Logan, Potter, Hogue, Barker

EDNA A. LOGAN

Edna Ann Logan, daughter of Samuel C. and Frances Potter Hogue, was born August 22, 1884 near Keosauqua, Iowa, and passed away on July 27, 1972 at Van Buren Memorial Hospital where she had been five days, at the age of 87 years, 11 months and 5 days. She had resided at Holden Nursing Home the past 18 months.

She was married on February 25, 1914 to Emmett Logan and they resided in Iowa and Illinois until 1935 when they went to Idaho, later moving to Nevada, and returning to Iowa in 1957. Her husband passed away in 1959. They had no children.

She was a member of the Keosauqua Congregational Church and Women's Fellowship, and of the Women's Society of Christian Service of the Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, four brothers and two sisters. She was the last of her generation.

Survivors are nieces and nephews, including Mrs. Arnold J. Barker of Keosauqua.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 29 at Catcott Funeral Home with Rev. Millard Marshall in charge. Burial was in Fellows Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "03 Aug 1972.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Edna Ann (Hogue) Logan and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Glen H. Loomis ~ 01 Mar 1906 - 06 Feb 1972

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: Loomis, Schlotter, Groves, Boyer

GLEN H. LOOMIS

Glen H. Loomis, son of John and Mae Schlotter Loomis, was born March 1, 1906, near Selma and departed this life Sunday, Feb. 6, 1972, at his farm home between Douds and Keosauqua at the age of 65. His life was spent farming in Van Buren County, and he had served for many years as Van Buren Township Clerk.

On July 21, 1926, he was married to Mabel Groves. She remains to cherish his memory along with their two sons, Lloyd and Dean, both of Mt. Vernon, their daughter, Mrs. Betty Boyer of Cedar Rapids, eleven grandchildren, and a brother Stanley of Fairfield, other relatives and many friends.

Glen will be remembered as a devoted husband and father, loved by his family and respected by his neighbors as a good citizen and a true friend.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1972, at 2 p.m. at the Pedrick Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gerald Caughron, pastor of the Christ United Methodist Church officiating. Interment was in the Pittsburg Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "02 Mar 1972.")

I am NOT related to Mr. Glen H. Loomis and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Arthur Ralph Lepper ~ 19 May 1904 - 27 Jul 1972

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: Lepper, Hart, Dooley, Horton

ARTHUR RALPH LEPPER

Arthur Ralph Lepper, son of Joseph and Lillie Hart Lepper, was born May 19, 1904, in Eldon and departed this life Thursday, July 27, 1972, at the age of 68.

As a youth, he lived in several western states.

On April 2, 1928, he was married to Gwendolyn Dooley at Ottumwa. She remains to cherish his memory along with their two daughters, Miss Evelyn Lepper of Waterloo and Mrs. Donald Horton of Fairfield; son-in-law, Donald Horton; two grandchildren, J. D. and Jolene Horton; his mother, Mrs. Lillie Lepper and a brother, Willis Lepper, both of Galesburg, Ill.; other relatives and many friends.

Ralph attended barber school in Des Moines and began barbering in Milton. He had operated the barber shop in Selma since 1926. He was a member of Van Buren Lodge No. 350, Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Selma.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds, with the Rev. Gerald Caughron and the Rev. Earl Kelly officating [sic]. Interment was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, with graveside rites by Van Buren Lodge No. 350, I. O. O. F.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "03 Aug 1972.")

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Mrs. Leona S. (Brown) Lagle ~ 23 Jun 1885 - 18 Mar 1972

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: Lagle, Brown, Holcomb, Perry

LEONA S. LAGLE

Mrs. Leona S. Lagle, daughter of Frank and Olive Brown, was born June 23, 1885 and departed this life Saturday, March 18, 1972 at her home, south of Selma, at the age of 86. Her entire life was lived in the same neighborhood.

In 1903, she was married to Harry Lagle, who preceded her in death in 1963. A son, Kenneth, three brothers and four great-grandchildren also preceded her in death.

Remaining to cherish her memory are four sons, Paul of Mesa, Ariz., Glen of Selma, Vern of Eldon, Keith of Floris; two daughters, Mrs. Olive Holcomb of Douds, Mrs. Edna Perry of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Estel Lagle of Ponca City, Okla.; a brother, Harold Brown of Selma; other relatives and many friends.

Mrs. Lagle attended the Bethel Free Methodist Church.

Funeral services were held Monday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church in Douds with the Rev. Everett Day of the Bethel Church and the Rev. Gerald Caughron of Christ Church officating. Interment was in Leano [sic] Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 186 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "06 Apr 1972.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Leona S. (Brown) Lagle and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Harry L. McIntosh ~ 02 Nov 1890 - 23 Nov 1970

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Wiley, Gulick, Boecker

HARRY MCINTOSH DIES NOV. 23

Funeral services for Harry L. McIntosh, 80, prominent Van Buren County farmer who died at his home near Keosauqua at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 23, were held at Center Chapel United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25. The Rev. James M. Ford, pastor conducted the service, with burial at Center Chapel Cemetery. Military rites were in charge of Beer-Barker Post, American Legion, Keosauqua. A memorial fund payable to the church has been established.

The son of John and Lizzie Wiley McIntosh, he was born Nov. 2, 1890 near Mt. Sterling. At the age of two months he moved with his parents to the present home southeast of Keosauqua and lived his entire life there.

On Feb. 1916 he married Edna Gulick, who survives. Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Marvin Boecker of Keosauqua; a grandaughter; a brother, Curtis McIntosh of Keosauqua; three nephews and one niece, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

An infant son, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

Mr. McIntosh served in the U.S. Army during World War I and was a charter member of the Beer-Barker American Legion Post in Keosauqua.

He was a lifetime member of the Center Chapel United Methodist Church and served on its official board many years. He was also a charter member of the Van Buren County Farm Bureau and a director of the former Keosauqua Cooperative Creamery Association. For a number of years he was an ASCS fieldman and served on the Henry Township election board for half a century.

The casket was taken from Pedrick Funeral Home at Douds to Center Chapel Church at noon on Wednesday.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "VB Reg 3 Dec 1970.")

I would like to correspond with anyone researching the family names shown here.


Mrs. Alice E. Mathies ~ 1888-1970

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: Mathes, Mathies, Ramsey, Taylor, Woodrow, Mercer

MRS. ROY MATHIES

Mrs. Alice E. Mathes [sic], 81, widow of A. Roy Mathies, died Sunday evening at the home of her daughter northwest of Birmingham.

She was born Feb. 11, 1888, near Birmingham, the daughter of David and Laura Taylor Ramsey. She married Mr. Mathies on Dec. 18, 1909. He died April 30, 1931.

Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Margaret Woodrow of Birmingham; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Iva Mercer of Packwood. One son and three brothers also preceded her in death.

The services were Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Burch Funeral Home with the Rev. Millard Marshall officiating. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "VB Reg [can't read] Jan 1970.")

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C. Fred Miller died November 2, 1970 aged 68

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: Miller, Michael, Towner, Johnson

C. FRED MILLER

C. Fred Miller, 68, of 3018 E. 18th St. Davenport, was pronounced dead on arrival on Monday, Nov. 2, at St. Luke's Hospital.

The body was donated to the University of Iowa Department of Anatomy for scientific study. The Runge Mortuary was in charge of the local arrangements.

Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in the First Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Miller was associated with Edward Hines Lumber Co., Chicago, 40 years, retiring three years ago.

He was born in Davis County, Iowa. He married Josephine Michael in 1926 in Ottumwa.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Mrs. W. Sibley (Jane) Towner, Oxford, England and Mrs. Merle C. (Carol) Johnson, Estherville, Iowa; four grandchildren and a brother, John Sherm of Selma.

Attending the services from Selma wre Mr. and Mrs. Sherm Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Michael and Lloyd Miller of Bloomfield.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten on the obit is "VB Reg 17 Nov '70.")

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James Archibald Morrow ~ 05 Oct 1888 - 13 Jul 1970

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: Morrow, Richardson, Patterson, Comstock, Harryman

OBITUARIES
JAMES MORROW

James Archibald Morrow, 81, of rural Keosauqua died at 5 p.m. July 13 in VaVn [sic] Buren County Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient since July 6.

The son of Alexander and Jane Richardson Morrow, he was born Oct. 5, 1888 in County Donegal, Ireland. He came to Ia. in 1913 and to Van Buren County in 1935. On Dec. 22, 1922 he married Emily Patterson Comstock at Fort Madison.

He served overseas in World War I and was a 50-year member of the American Legion and a member of Beer-Barker American Legion Post in Keosauqua. He was a member of the Keosauqua United Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife; two sons, Robert of Sturgis, Mich. and Richard of East Moline, Ill.; one daughter Mrs. Ethel (Bruce) Harryman of Douds; 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 1970 at the United Methodist Church in Keosauqua, with the Rev. Herbert Phillips of Milton officiating. Burial with military rites was held in Fairview Cemetery near Fort Madison. Catcott Funeral Home in Keosauqua was in charge of arrangements.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "VB Reg 23 July '70.")

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William H. Miller ~ 05 Nov 1894 - 27 Dec 1969

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 17 Sep 1999

Surname: Miller, Hoyt, Shaw, Miller, Keller

WILLIAM H. MILLER

William H. Miller, 75, died Dec. 27 at 8 p.m. at Veterans Administration Hospital in Knoxville, following a lengthy illness.

Born in Farmington Nov. 5, 1894, he was the son of Albert and Mary Hoyt Miller. He married Ethel Shaw at Kansas City, Kan. on Jan. 6, 1944. She survives. He was a life-long resident of Farmington except for the time he served with the Armed Forces during World War I. He was an electrician.

Mr. Miller was a member of German Lutheran Church in New Mexico and the American Legion Post at Farmington.

In addition to his widow, he is survived by one daughter, Maxine Miller of Keosauqua; a stepson, Harold Ellis Shaw of Farmington; one brother Aaron of Wichita, Kan.; one sister, Laura Keller of Farmington; and three grandchildren.

The funeral was Tuesday, Dec. 30 at 1:30 p.m. at Keosauqua Christian Church with Rev. Howard McPeak of Keosauqua officiating. Interment was in National Cemetery at Keokuk.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book #1 (1963-1974) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's Collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however handwritten at the top of the obit is "VB Reg 01 Jan 1970.")

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Stella (Workman) Archibald ~ 24 Aug 1884 - 07 Jan 1979

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Archibald, Workman, Huber, Storm

STELLA ARCHIBALD

Former Birmingham area resident Stella Archibald, 94, of Chugwater, Wyo., died Jan. 7 in Torrington, Wyo.

She was born Aug. 24, 1884 at Stockport to Girard and Emma Huber Workman. She married Ray Archibald October 28, 1903, at Winchester. He is dead. She moved to Los Angeles in 1940 and was a licensed practical nurse until moving to Chugwater in 1954.

Survivors: a daughter, Eva Storm of Chugwater, Wyo., and five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

The body is being returned to Burch Funeral Home in Birmingham where there will be visitation from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Graveside services at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Maple Hill Cemetery, the Rev. David Kennedy officiating.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 165 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "11 Jan 1979 VB Co Reg.")

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Margaret E. (Ferrell) Clemenson ~ 24 Jun 1899 - 26 Mar 1979

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Clemenson, Ferrell, Mize, Denly

MARGARET E. CLEMENSON

Margaret E. Clemenson, 79, of Farmington died Monday March 26 at 3:30 a.m. in Van Buren County Memorial Hospital, Keosauqua.

She was the daughter of John and Minevuina [sic] Mize Ferrell born June 24, 1899 at Montrose.

She married Walter Clemenson on March 10, 1920 at Keokuk. He preceded her in death.

Mrs. Clemenson was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Farmington and its Altar and Rosary Society, and the American Legion Auxiliary at Donnellson.

She is survived by one son, Raymond, of Farmington; and one daughter, Mrs. Dean (Garnet) Denly of Valdosta, Georgia; two brothers, Thomas Ferrell of Burlington, and Lester Ferrell of Montrose; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

The funeral service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Farmington, with Father Dennis Martin officiating. Burial will be in Greenglade Cemetery, Farmington. The Hofbauer Funeral Home, Farmington, was in charge of arrangements. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 165 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "Rec-Rep 3-29-79.")


Carl E. Meredith ~ 02 Jan 1953 - 14 Jan 1979

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Meredith, Huff, Kurtz, Hackard, Twigg, Dorothy

CARL E. MEREDITH

Carl E. Meredith, 26, of 206 1/2 N. Washington St., Bloomfiell [sic], Iowa died Sunday, January 14, 1979 at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Meredith, 1 Mile North of Troy, Iowa.

He was employed at C & T Manufacturing of Bloomfield Lumber Co.

He was the son of Merle and Edith Huff Meredith, born in Van Buren County, Iowa on January 2, 1953 and has been a resident of Bloomfield the last eight months.

He was married to Teresa Kurtz on February 22, 1975 at Bonaparte, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa, one daughter, Heather and one son, Joshua, at home, also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Meredith of Troy, three sisters, Ruth Ann Hackard of Bentonsport, Iowa, Meridith Twigg of Davenport, Iowa and Marjorie Dorothy in Germany.

Services Wednesday, January 17, 1979 at 2 p.m. at Wagler Funeral Home, Bloomfield, Ia., conducted by Rev. Borton. Interment in Sunnyside Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 165 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "18 Jan 1979.")

I am NOT related to Mr. Carl E. Meredith and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mr. Clare Wiley ~ 28 Nov 1896 - 09 Jan 1979

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Wiley, Williams, Martin, Johns, Parrott, Whorton

CLARE WILEY

Clare Wiley, 82, former Birmingham area resident died January 9, 1979 with cancer in a hospital at Beloit, Kansas, where he had been a patient since last November. Memorial services and burial were held January 13, 1979 at Jewell, Kansas.

Wiley was born November 28, 1896 on a farm west of Birmingham. He served in World War I, after returning home he went to California and was employed there for several years. Returning to the Birmingham area, he married Amber Williams Martin of Birmingham. After living in Missouri for several years, he moved to Kansas and later married Bernice Wiley. They lived on a farm near Jewell, Kansas until his retirement when they moved to the town of Jewell.

His wife Bernice preceded him in death July 13, 1975 and his son Robert about 10 years ago.

Wiley is survived by a stepson, Harold Martin and a sister, Mable Johns of Tulsa, Okla. He had two sisters that are deceased, Lura Parrott and Lea Whorton, a brother Lester Wiley who passed away Sept. 20, 1978 and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Will Wiley.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 165 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "18 Jan 1979 VB Co Reg.")

I am NOT related to Mr. Clare Wiley and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Orville L. Butts ~ 05 May 1894 - 05 Jan 1979

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Butts, Hayes, Potts, Archibald, Noftsger

ORVILLE L. BUTTS

Orville L. Butts, son of Anthony and Mary Hayes Butts, was born May 5, 1894, in Montezuma and departed this life Friday, January 5, 1979, at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua at the age of 84.

On November 19, 1913, he married Beulah Potts, who died in 1976. Also preceding him in death were a daughter and two sons.

Remaining to cherish his memory are a daughter, Marie Archibald of Keosauqua;; [sic] four sons, Robert and Kenneth, both of ElCajon, Calif.; Charles of El Segundo, Calif.; and Paul of LaPalma, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Mildred Noftsger of Des Moines and a brother, Earl Butts of Ottumwa, other relatives and friends.

Mr. Butts operated a used car business in Ottumwa before moving to Agency, where he was in the well-drilling business until his retirement. He had resided the past two years at Van Buren Good Samaritan Center in Keosauqua. He will be remembered as a devoted husband and father, a good citizen and friend.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 9, 1979, at 11 A. M. at the Agency United Methodist Church, with Rev. Gerald McGee officiating. Interment was in Shaul Cemetery at Ottumwa. A memorial was established for the Agency United Methodist Church. Arrangements were in charge of Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 165 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "11 Jan 1979 VB Co Reg.")

I am NOT related to Orville L. Butts and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Hollis Regur ~ 25 Apr 1905 - 06 Jan 1979

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Regur, Perkins, Walker

HOLLIS REGUR

Hollis Regur, son of James and Pearl Perkins Regur, was born April 25, 1905, at Keosauqua and departed this life Saturday, January 6, 1979 at Hawkinsville, Georgia at the age of 73.

On August 19, 1925 he married Margaret Walker, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Billie of Hawkinsville, Georgia, grandchildren and two great grandchildren, his mother and a brother, Frank, both of Hemet, California, other relatives and friends.

He was a race horse owner, trainer and driver, and resided in the Keosauqua community until moving to Georgia about 25 years ago.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 9, 1979 at 3 p.m. at Pedrick Funeral Home in Keosauqua with the Rev. John Cornish officiating. Mary Muir was the soloist, and Gloria Weirbach the organist. Pallbearers were David Griffiths, Marvin Boecker, Gary Muir, Robert Roush, Joe DeHart and Lester Matheson. Interment was in Center Chapel Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 165 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "11 Jan 1979 Rec-Rep.")

I would like to correspond with anyone researching the REGUR surname.


Merlin A. Walker ~ 10 Dec 1907 - 28 Jan 1979

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Walker, Madden, Gardner, Vos, Regur, Rehkoph

MERLIN WALKER

Merlin A. Walker, 71, of 1305 Locust, Ottumwa, Iowa, died the morning of January 28 at Ottumwa Hospital.

He was born December 10, 1907, near Stockport to Ed and Catherine Madden Walker. He was a federal meat inspector for 38 years and retired in 1968. He married Grace Gardner on May 29, 1934, in Bonaparte. He was a graduate of Stockport High School and attended Parsons College. He taught in schools in Van Buren County before becoming a meat inspector. He was a member of East End Presbyterian Church and a lifetime member of Elks Lodge No. 347.

Survivors: his wife; sons John of Monroeville, Ala., and Dennis, Carter Lake;; [sic] a daughter, Carolyn Vos of New Sharon; a brother, Edwin of Keosauqua; sisters, Margaret Regur of Keosauqua and Mytrle [sic] Rehkoph of Ottumwa; and five grandchildren.

Services: 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 1979 at Shrine of Memories Funeral Home, the Rev. Stanley Petts of East End Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial: Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

A memorial has been established.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 165 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "1 Feb 1979 - V.B. Co Reg.")

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Mrs. Susan Jane (Harbison) Green ~ 07 Feb 1949 - 23 Jul 1978

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Green, Harbison, Babel, Gilchrist

SUSAN JANE GREEN

Susan Jane Green, daughter of John F. and Jane Babel Harbison, was born February 7, 1949, in Fairfield, and departed this life Sunday, July 23, 1978, at University Hospital in Iowa City following a lengthy illness.

She was raised in Keosauqua, graduated from Van Buren Community High School and from the State University of Iowa at Ames, and taught school five years in Slater, Iowa.

On August 31, 1969, she was married in Keosauqua to Stanley J. Green, and their home was presently in Adel, Iowa. They were the parents of one son, Andrew Curtis, four years old.

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by her parents; a sister, Ann Gilchrist of Park Forest, Illinois; a brother, Dr. John W. Harbison of Richmond, Virginia; an uncle, Dr. John S. Babel of Monterey Park, California; four nieces, three nephews, three cousins; other relatives and many friends. Susan's life was rich with experiences; she loved to do things for others and had many dear friends.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, joining as a young girl and always a faithful member. She belonged also to the Van Buren County Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; Lynds Chapter No. 27, Order of Eastern Star; and Beer-Barker Unit, American Legion Auxiliary, all at Keosauqua; DK Chapter of the National T.T.T. Society in Ames and Omicron Nu Sorority.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 26, 1978, at 2 p.m. at the Keosauqua United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Cornish and the Rev. Mervin Nelson of Adel offiaciating [sic]. Mrs. Fred Parsons was the soloist and Mrs. Harold Jamison the organist. Pallbearers were Don Clark, Steve Webber, Gary Kingsbury, Wayne Miller, Gene Stout, and Jim Turner. Interment was in Fellows Cemetery at Keosauqua. Arrnagements were in charge of Pedrick Funeral Home. Memorials were established for the Keosauqua Methodist Church and the American Cancer Society.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 142 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "Rec. Rep. 3 Aug. 1978")

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Mrs. Faye Evelyn (McManis) Wells ~ 09 May 1911 - 29 Jun 1978

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Wells, Foster, McManis, Reyes

FAYE E. WELLS

Faye Evelyn Wells, daughter of Carl and Nancy Foster McManis, was born May 9, 1911, near Cantril and departed this life Thursday, June 29, 1978, at her home in Eldon at the age of 67.

On June 12, 1929 she married Leonard E. Wells at Milton. They farmed near Cantril, several years near Rose Hill, and moved to the Selma community in 1942. They moved to Eldon in 1964, where Leonard was cashier of the First National Bank.

Faye was employed a number of years as a nurse's aide and ward clerk at Ottumwa Hospital. She was a member of the Eldon Christian Church, and Chapter CG, P.E.O. at Eldon.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her husband, two sons, Ross of Brunswick, Missouri and his wife, Alice, and Carl of Shafter, California and his wife Janet. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Mike, Allen, Pamela, Kimberly, and Steven Wells and Debbie Reyes, a brother Col. Thayne McManis of San Antonio, Texas, other relatives and many friends.

Her parents and a brother, Ford, preceded her in death.

Faye will be remembered as a devoted wife and mother, a kindly aide to those she cared for in the hospital and a good neighbor and friend.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 2, 1978 at 2 p.m. at the Eldon Christian Church with the Rev. Earl Menning, pastor, officiating. Pallbearers were John Hoy, Martin Cox, Dean Dooley, Lex Miller, Gene Bitner, and Pete Stribling. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery at Cantril. Pedrick Funeral Home, Douds, was in charge of the arrangements. A memorial was established for her church.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 142 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "06 July 1978 Rec Rep.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Faye Evelyn (McManis) Wells and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Ralph R. Wiley ~ 21 Mar 1911 - 22 Sep 1978

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Wiley, Starr, Grimes, Short, Hamburg, Burchett, Matheson

RALPH R. WILEY

Ralph R. Wiley, son of Wesley and Julia Starr Wiley, was born March 21, 1911, near Keosauqua, and departed this life Friday, September 22, 1978, at his home in Cantril at the age of 67.

On February 20, 1933, he was married to Anna Pearl Grimes at Memphis, Missouri. They farmed in Van Buren County until retiring to Cantril in 1974.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his faithful wife, Anna; three daughters, Barbara Short and Helen Hamburg, both of Cantril and Sue Burchett of Milton; one son, Jim Wiley of Keosauqua; 15 grandchildren and a great granddaughter. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. May Matheson of Keosauqua, a brother, Stan of Cantril, other relatives and many friends.

Ralph will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, whose primary interests were his home and family.

Funeral services were held Sunday, September 24, 1978 at 2 p.m. at the Cantril United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Edward Kail, pastor, and the Rev. Gerald Caughron officiating. Mrs. Merle McDonald was the organist. Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Bennett, Fred Burkett, Craig Van Auken, Earl Keller, and Clyde Kerr. Active bearers were Bernard Beggs, William Sullivan, Ronald Robinson, Jerry Smith, Larry Archer, and Roy Roberts. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery at Cantril. Pedricks Funeral Home, Keosauqua was in charge of arrangements. A memorial was established.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 142 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "5 Oct 1978 Rec - Rep.")

I am NOT related to Mr. Ralph R. Wiley and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Charles G. Wiley died 28 Jun 1978 at age of 84

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Wiley

CHARLES G. WILEY

Word has come of the death
of Charles G. Wiley of Phoenix,
Arizona on June 28, 1978 at the
age of 84. Mr. Wiley was a
former Bonaparte resident and
also a former postmaster of
Bonaparte. Burial was July 1,
1978 at Scottsdale, Arizona.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 142 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "20 July 1978 Rec Rep.")

I am NOT related to Mr. Charles G. Wiley and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Clyde R. Perkins ~ 26 Feb 1895 - 16 Jul 1978

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Perkins, Tompkins, Ruark, Mercier

CLYDE R. PERKINS

Clyde R. Perkins, 83, of Bonaparte died Sunday, July 16, at 8:15 p.m. at Keokuk Convalescent Center after a length illness.

The son of Frank and Emma Tompkins Perkins, he was born February 26, 1895 at Bonaparte.

He married Retta Ruark on June 4, 1916 at Keosauqua. She preceded him in death.

He lived at Keokuk and rural Bonaparte. A retired farmer, he served as custodian of Keokuk Senior High School for 15 years. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Howard (Beulah) Mercier of Keokuk and one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Annadeen Perkins of Bonaparte; and two grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons, two brothers, and three sisters.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 19, at 10 a.m. in the Miller-Hofbauer Funeral Home, Farmington, with the Rev. Scott Holmes officiating. Burial was in Greenglade Cemetery, Farmington. Visitation at the funeral home was Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 142 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top of the obit is "20 July 1978 Rec Rep.")

I am NOT related to Mr. Clyde R. Perkins and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


W. W. "Buzz" McIntosh ~ 27 Jan 1895 - 01 Jul 1978

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Huff, Smith, Anderson, Orr, Casady, Sprouse, Hamlet, Kirchner, Sprouse

W. W. "BUZZ" McINTOSH

Wyatt W. McIntosh, son of William and Dora Smith McIntosh, was born January 27, 1895 at Pittsburg and departed this life at his home in Keosauqua early Saturday, July 1, 1978 at the age of 83.

On September 27, 1930, he married Lenora May Huff. She remains to cherish his memory along with their son, William, of Keosauqua, their daughter Mary Ann Anderson and her husband Steve of Ainsworth, a grandson, Corey Anderson; a sister, Dorothy McIntosh of Keosauqua, other relatives and many friends. His parents, three brothers, two sisters, and a son Jimmy Dale preceded him in death.

"Buzz" as he was known to his friends, worked for Van Buren County for 18 years, for Iowa Electric Co. for 11 years, and was a self-employed electrician until his retirement.

He was a long-time member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He will be remembered as a devoted husband and father, a good neighbor and friend.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 3, 1978, at 2 p.m. at Pedrick Funeral Home, Keosauqua, with Rev. Harold Schnedler officiating. Pallbearers were John Orr, Richard Casady, Clyde Sprouse, Joe Hamlet, Walter Casady, and Roger Kirchner. Interment was in Center Chapel Cemetery. A memorial was established for the Easter Seal Society or Center Chapel Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 142 of Obit Book #2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, handwritten at the top is "6 July 1978 Rec Rep."

I would like to correspond with anyone researching the MCINTOSH name.


Keziah (Brinkly) Carter ~ 22 Feb 1820 - 01 May 1901

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 15 Sep 1999

Surname: Carter, Brinkly

Keziah Brinkly was born in Bath Co., Va., Feb. 22, 1820. She was married to Robert S. Carter, May 10, 1838. Of the five children born to this union two, a son and daughter, died in infancy. The family moved to Bentonsport, Iowa, May 16, 1850, where they afterwards resided. Her husband died April 12, 1896. For eight years she had been an invalid from a stroke of paralysis. This finally was the cause of her death, which occurred May 1, 1901, at the home of her son Alexander Carter. Mrs. Carter united with the M. E. church at Beverly, Va., in the early forties, under the preaching of Rev. Henry Clay Dean, who was pastor of that church at that time. She became a charter member of the Bentonsport Methodist Episcopal church, and, so far as is known, is the last of the charter members to enter the eternal home. She was an active member of the church until she became an invalid. Her home was ever open to receive the new pastor as he came to his new field of labor. Here she arranged for pastor and people to meet and get acquainted with each other. In the early days, when persons from all parts of the circuit, and adjoining circuits, came to the quarterly meetings, her home was ever open to receive guests and welcome them. She died in the faith, trusting in the care and love of her Heavenly Father. Thus a light has been removed from earth to shine more brightly in the heavenly kingdom.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Keziah Brinkly Carter and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


VanBuren Co. Ia Obituaries

Posted by Rebecca Couture <jcouture@imaxx.net> on Tue, 14 Sep 1999, in response to Hannah Brewster Madden ~ 14 Jun 1834 - 02 Dec 1925, posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Boler, Forgrave, Kneeland

OBIT FARMINGTON NEWS 15 DEC 1925

Susan (Boler) died Tues afternoon 10 Dec 1925 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.S. Forgrave in Farmington. Daughter of Abner Kneeland who moved to Van Buren Co. about 89 yrs ago and established a community at Salubria, a mile south of Farmington. Susan inherited her father's keen intellect and throughout her had been respected and revered by all who knew her. She was an ardent christian and member of the Farmington Congregational Church. until her eyesight became impaired a few years before her death she was a conscientious student of all public questions and was an able and entertaining conversationalist. To know her was considered a privilege.


Harvey T. Brewster ~ 1875-1942

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Brewster, Chipman, Finn, Harryman

HARVEY BREWSTER
------------
Harvey Brewster, well known Van Buren county citizen, died about three o'clock Monday morning at Jefferson county hospital where he had been taken Sunday morning after an illness of about a week.

Funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Keosauqua on Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Orf, assisted by a former pastor, Rev. Hayes of Keokuk. Burial in Center Chapel cemetery.

His age was 66 years. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hardin Brewster, and is survived by his wife, Addie Chipman Brewster; five brothers, Oscar of Bonaparte, Clyde of Mt. Sterling, Arthur of Fairfield, Orrin of Ft. Collins, Colo., and Howard of Boulder, Colo.; and one sister, Mrs. Chas. Finn of Mt. Pleasant

[photograph captioned Harvey T. Brewster]

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Otto, and one sister, Mrs. Lucy Harryman.

For 27 years he represented the Standard Oil Co., as agent in Keosauqua territory, having retired from this work about two years ago.

He was tyler of the Keosauqua chapter of Royal Arch Masons and the local commandery of Knights Templar, was also worthy patron of the O.E.S. at the time of his death and was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors.

The Brewster homestead where his father was well known for years as a farmer and dealer in livestock is on highway No. 2 about four miles southeast of Keosauqua.

Taken from The Record-Republican dated Thursday, 21 May 1942 page 1 column 2.

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family. My records show Harvey Thomas Brewster was born 11 Jul 1875 and died 18 May 1942.


Hardin Brewster ~ 18 Jul 1848 - 19 Jul 1922 (2 obits)

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Brewster, Kingsbury, Haryrman, Finn, Madden

OBITUARY OF HARDIN BREWSTER

Hardin Brewster, youngest child of Thomas and Mary Brewster, was born July 18, 1848, on the farm in Vernon township, Van Buren county, Iowa, where he passed away July 19, 1922, and all of his 74 years of earthly existence was spent on this farm. In 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Frances Kingsbury, who preceded him in death about ten months. To this union were born nine children, two girls and seven boys namely: Mrs. Lucy Harryman of Douds-Leando; Oscar of Bentonsport; Harvey and Arthur of Keosauqua; Otto, who passed away at his home near Mt. Sterling May 4 of this year; Orin of Ft. Collins, Colo.; one pair of twins Clyde of Keosauqua and Mrs. Crete Finn of Bonaparte, and Howard of Boulder, Colo.

Mr. Brewster is survived by one sister Mrs. Hannah Madden of Mt. Sterling, 8 children, 12 grandchildren, besides many other relatives and friends in Davis and Van Buren counties.

He was converted and joined the church at Center Chapel about thirty years ago, Rev. P. C. Hagle being pastor.

He had been in failing health for two years, but growing worse about three months ago was later taken to the Mayo hospital at Rochester, Minn. He could get no relief and returned home about eight weeks ago.

Mr. Brewster had been a great cattle and hog raiser and feeder all his life. He loved the farm. His father entered this farm many years ago and it has never been in any other family's name. Mr. Brewster's whole life was centered in his work. At one time he was probably the leading farmer of the county and was a hard worker and good manager.

He will be greatly missed in his home. Everyone speaks well of Hardin Brewster. His policy was always to be fair and open and frank with everybody. He sought no place of ease, and he spurned all political preferments. He was a plain man of business affairs and aimed to give value received for every dollar acquired. Such man come to be known for their real worth.

After his long life of service he was ready to go to his reward. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved family in this their third hour of sadness in less than a year.

He was [paper torn] rest in the cemetery at [paper torn but should read Center Chapel] beside his [paper torn].

Taken from the Keosauqua Republican dated Thursday, July 27, 1922 page 2 column 5.

Another notice taken from the Bonaparte Record dated 25 Jul 1922 page 2 column 4 as follows:

Harden Brewster, one of the best known citizens of Van Buren county died at his home a few miles south east of Bonaparte last Wednesday morning, after an illness of several months duration. His age was 74 years. He recently went to Mayo Bros. hospital for an operation, but on account of a weak heart the operation could not at the time be performed. Mr. Brewster was one of the largest stock feeders in this county and for many years fed hundreds of cattle and hogs on his farm. He is survived by six sons and two daughters.

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Boliver C. Morgan ~ 1816-1922

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Morgan

B. C. MORGAN

Boliver C. Morgan was born Dec. 15, 1816, at his fathers' new home near Bloomfield, just five weeks after his parents arrived in Iowa from their home in Ohio. He was one of a large family of children. His [rest is cut-off, not copied]

Taken from the Bonaparte Record dated 25 Jul 1922 page 2 col. 4.


Mrs. Flora (Holiday) Beer ~ 01 Jul 1864 - 10 Sep 1921

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Beer, Holiday

OBITUARY OF MRS. FLORA BEER
-----------------
Flora Holiday was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, near Hillsboro, July 1, 1864, and passed away at her home in Keosauqua, Io., September 10, 1921, at the age of 57 years, 2 months and 9 days. Dec. 2, 1891, she was married to F. L. Beer, and to this union were born two sons--Glen and Clyde. Mr. Beer preceded his wife in death about 20 years, his death accuring [sic] in November, 1901. She was also bereaved in the death of her son Clyde, who was a World War hen and gave his life as a sacrifice on the altar of his country. He was killed in action Sept. 18, 191[?-can't read]. Those who survive are her son Glen, two brothers, Aaron of Keosauqua and Harvey of Hygiene, Colo., also other relatives and friends. A number of years ago Mrs. Beer confessed faith in Christ as her Lord, and was baptised, thus becoming his disciple. She made her home in Keosauqua and vicinity most all her life, and was well known and loved by all who knew her. She was a member of the Relief Corps, of the Rebekah Lodge, also an honored member of the Ladies' Relief Corps of the American Legion, Clyde Beer [cont'd in next column-cut off]

We wish to thank our good neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy in our great bereavement.

Glen Beer and Relatives

(Photocopied from the Keosauqua Republican dated Thursday, 15 Sep 1921 page 2 col 2-3.)

I am not related to Mrs. Flora Beer and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Mary Frances (Kingsbury) Brewster ~ 15 Feb 1849 - 07 Sep 1921

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Brewster, Kingsbury, Harryman, Finn, Wollam

OBITUARY OF MRS. HARDIN BREWSTER

Mary Frances Kingsbury was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, Feb. 15, 1849, and died at her home in Vernon township Sept. 7, 1921, aged 72 years, 6 months, and 20 days.

She was married on the 23rd of March, 1870, to Mr. Hardin Brewster. Their 51 years of married life were spent in the neighorhood [sic] where they were born and married. Nine children came to bless their home, seven boys and two girls: Mrs. Lucy Harryman, Oscar, Harvey, Arthur, Otto, Oran, Clyde and Mrs. Crete Finn, who were twins, and Howard. All of the children were present when the mother died. She was the first to go. Besides the children, she leaves her husband, twelve grandchildren, and two brothers and one sister: Deming Kingsbury, Butler Kingsbury of Joplin, Mo., and Mrs. Amelia Wollam of Cantril.

Mrs. Brewster united with the Center Chapel Methodist church in 1892. She came from a Christian family. Her grandfather was a missionary to the Choctaw Indians, and Mrs. Brewster lived with them for a while when she was a girl.

Mrs. Brewster will be greatly missed in the home and community where she lived so many years. The beautiful, quiet country home has always been a scene of sociability [sic] and life. A year ago last March they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Since then Mrs. Brewster had been gradually failing in health until her death. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the husband and relatives in their bereavement.

Funeral services were held at [cut off].

(Photocopied from the KEOSAUQUA REPUBLICAN dated Thursday, 15 Sep 1921 page 2 col 3.)

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Mrs. Wealtha Bowles ~ 1895-1965

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Bowles, McQuittey, Garrett

MRS. JAMES BOWLES

KEOSAUQUA.--The funeral for Mrs. Wealtha Bowles, 70, was today at 2 p.m. at Prugh's Funeral Chapel in Burlington. Burial was in Purdom Cemetery at Keosauqua.

She died Tuesday at Mercy Hospital in Burlington.

Born in Keosauqua Feb. 22, 1895, she was the daughter of James S. and Mary Alice McQuittey Garrett. In June 1921 she married James D. Bowles.

The couple had resided in Burlington 45 years.

Survivors besides the widower include a sister, Miss Sarah Garrett, and a brother, James, both of Keosauqua.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 179 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given but handwritten at the top of the obit is "April 1965.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Wealtha Bowles and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


CRAIG F. "TODDY" MCINTOSH ~ 15 May 1886 - 14 Nov 1963

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Pate, Umphrey, Strait

"TODDY" MCINTOSH

KEOSAUQUA.--C.F. "Toddy" McIntosh, 77, former Keosauqua resident, died Thursday about 4 p.m. at his home in Titusville, Fla. He had been in ill health.

Son of Cyrus Francis and Sarah Pate McIntosh, he was born May 15, 1886, in Keosauqua. He was a former Van Buren County employe and also had worked at Green Bay Lumber Co. in Keosauqua. He was a member of the Keosauqua Masonic Lodge.

He was married June 20, 1923, to Mrs. Lola Maude Umphrey of Keosauqua, who survives.

Also surviving are a stepson, George Umphrey of Keosauqua; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Strait of Keosauqua. He was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers.

The casket is to be brought to Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 179 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but handwritten on the obit is "Nov. 1963".)

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Edward Joseph Cheney ~ 29 Jun 1881 - 08 Jan 1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Cheney, Mead, Fetherolf

EDWARD JOSEPH CHENEY

Edward Joseph Cheney was born in Keosauqua, Iowa on June 29, 1881 and died at Greenwich, Conn. on Jan. 8, 1963. He was the son of Rev. Joseph Warren and Lavinia Rachel Cheney. He was graduated from Keosauqua High School in 1898 and later from the University of Minnesota. He was an electrical engineer and his professional life was spent in New York State.

He was a member of the Congregational Church and for some years was active on the YMCA Board of White Plains, New York.

Mr. Cheney married Lillian Mead in 1907 and after her death in 1939 made his home with his only daughter, Eloise Cheney Fetherolf. He is survived by his daughter, her husband, James M. Fetherolf, their two children, Edward and Martha and a sister, Alice Cheney of Pasadena, Calif.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 179 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

I am NOT related to Edward Joseph Cheney and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Mary (Ewing) Jemison ~ 30 May 1883 - 29 Oct 1964

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Jemison, Rupe, Ewing, Stegelman

MRS. MARY JEMISON

KEOSAUQUA.--The funeral of Mrs. Mary Jemison, 81, who died Thursday in Memorial Hospital, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Keosauqua Christian Church, Pastor Jack Armstrong will officiate. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery.

Mrs. Jemison was the daughter of William and Nancy Rupe Ewing and was born near Mount Sterling May 30, 1883. She was married on April 8, 1903, to Albert E. Jemison of Keosauqua, who died Feb. 5, 1947. She was a member of the Christian Church.

Survivors are one son, Dr. H. G. Jemison, of Independence, Mo.; a daughter, Mrs. John Stegelman of Keosauqua; four grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She also leaves four brothers, Ben Ewing of Mount Zion, Clarence Ewing of Pittsburg, Martin Ewing of Garden City, Kan., and Emmett Ewing of Bonaparte, and a sister, Iva Ewing of Mount Zion. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, three brothers and three sisters.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 179 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but handwritten at the bottom of the obit is "d. 29 Oct. 1964".)

I am interested in corresponding with anyone with more info on EWING and JEMISON as I may be related.


Cornelius M. "Neil" Roberts ~ 19 Aug 1885 - 17 Aug 1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Roberts, Haven, Bowen, Overman, Hill, McClug

CORNELIUS M. ROBERTS

Cornelius Maitland Roberts was born in Keosauqua, Iowa on Aug. 19, 1885 and passed away in Pasadena, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 17. [1963 is handwritten in]

He was the son of Aaron Wilkin and Carolie Haven Roberts. Neil, as he was known to his family and friends, attended the Keosauqua schools, graduating in 1905. After finishing his education at Highland Park college in Des Moines, he served as secretary of the Chief Engineer of the Santa Fe Railroad in Los Angeles until his retirement.

On March 15, 1914, he was united in marriage to Edith Rosella Bowen of Los Angeles, who survives.

He is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Roberts Overman of Blair, Nebr.; two brothers, Frank Wilkin Roberts and Ralph S. Roberts of San Diego; a niece, Mrs. Ronald C. Hill of Omaha; a nephew, Dr. Frank Haven McClurg of Fairfield; many cousins and a host of friends.

Last rites and interment were held in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 20.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 179 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

I am NOT related to Cornelius M. Roberts and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Percy Paul Davidson died 1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Davidson, Morris

PERCY P. DAVIDSON

KEOSAUQUA. (AP) -- Percy Paul Davidson, 66, former Keosauqua resident, died last week of a heart attack at his home in Anaheim, Calif.

The son of Will and Dove Davidson, he was born and reared in Keosauqua. He was married to the former Janet Morris, who survives. A son, George of California, also survives.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 179 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but a date of Dec. 1963 is handwritten at bottom of the obit.)

I am NOT related to Percy Paul Davidson and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Melissa (Doud) Harwood ~ 1867-1964

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Harwood, Whitten, Doud

MRS. MELISSA HARWOOD

KEOSAUQUA.--Mrs. Melissa Harwood, 97, died about 3 p.m. Thursday at the Masonic Sanatorium at Bettendorf, where she had been a patient the past year.

A daughter of Eliab [sic] and Mary Jane Whitten Doud she was born at Douds April 14, 1867.

She was married to James W. Harwood, a long-time attorney in Keosauqua. He preceded her in death more than 30 years ago.

Survivors include a son, Rollo J. Harwood of Texarkana, Tex.

The service will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Keosauqua Methodist Church with the Rev. E. S. Teschetter officiating.

Burial will be in the Purdom Cemetery at Keosauqua.

The body is at the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 179 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but a date of Friday, June 26, 1964 is pasted to the top of the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Melissa Harwood and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Craig Fleming ~ 1879-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Fleming, Price, Kent

CRAIG FLEMING

KEOSAUQUA.--The funeral for Craig Fleming, 83, of Keosauqua will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home. The Rev. R. M. Carpenter of the Congregational Church will be in charge. Burial will be in New York State, his former home.

Mr. Fleming died Sunday about 8 p.m. in the Masonic Home at Bettendorf, where he had lived since the spring of 1962. He had been in ill health eight years. After the death of his wife in New York he came to Keosauqua to live with his sister, Mrs. Ethel Price.

He was born at Keosauqua Dec. 12, 1879, the son of William and Florence Kent Fleming.

Survivors are his sister, Mrs. Price and her son Watkins Price and family of Ann Arbor Mich. A brother Carl Fleming preceded him in death.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 179 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but a date of Aug 18 - 1963 is handwritten at the top of the obit.)

I am NOT related to Craig Fleming and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Myrtle M. (Rowe) Glascock

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Glascock, Warner, Rowe, Pence

MRS. ALEX GLASCOCK

STOCKPORT.--Mrs. Myrtle M. Glascock, 76, died Saturday noon at Memorial hospital in Keosauqua. She had been in failing health.

She was born October 11, 1882, near Utica, the daughter of Oliver and Melinda Warner Rowe. In 1912 she was married to Alex Glascock, who survives. She also leaves a daughter Mrs. Mildred Pence of south of Utica, and a granddaughter. She was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister. She was a member of the Rebekah lodge and the W.S.C.S.

The service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church. The Rev. E. E. Neiderhuth, and the Rev. Carrol Newquist, pastor, will be in charge. Burial will be in Dibble cemetery. The body is at the Burch funeral home in Birmingham.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 215 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Myrtle Glascock and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Olive Wolf

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Wolf

BURNS FATAL TO WOMAN, 89
(The Register's Iowa News Service)

MOUNT STERLING, IA. - Mrs. Olive Wolf, 89, died late Saturday evening of burns suffered when her clothing caught fire while she was preparing a meal.

She was cooking lunch Saturday when the clothing caught fire. She lived alone and her son-in-law Willie Wolf, noticed her only after she ran from her home with her clothes ablaze.

After being given emergency treatment at a Keosauqua hospital, she was taken to University Hospitals [sic] in Iowa City where she died.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mt. Sterling Methodist Church. She is survived by a son, 12 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 215 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but other obits on this page are from the 1960's.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Olive Wolf and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Miss Dora Elizabeth Hanan ~ 1871-1964

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Hanan, DeHart, Kingsbury

MISS DORA HANAN

KEOSAUQUA.-- Miss Dora Elizabeth Hanan, 92, died Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Davis Nursing Home, where she had resided since July, 1963. She had been in failing health about five years.

The daughter of Granville T. and Mary DeHart Hanan, she was born near Mount Sterling Nov. 17, 1871. She moved to Keosauqua in 1904. She was a member of the Keosauqua Christian Church.

Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Mary Kingsbury of Keosauqua; several nieces and nephews. Three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.

The body is at Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home where the funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jack Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Center Chapel Cemetery.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 215 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but a cemetery transcript shows a "Lora" E. Hanan 1871-1964 buried next to Granville & Mary Hanan.)

I am NOT related to Miss Dora Elizabeth Hanan and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Orville (Lee) Weller

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Weller, Moffett, Lee, Enke, Del Zell, Zell, Anderson, Smith, Morrow, Gaston, Sullivan

STROKE FATAL TO MRS. ORVILLE WELLER
Funeral Services This Afternoon At The Acasto Cemetery South Of Mt. Sterling
--------------------------------
Funeral services for Mrs. Orville Weller, 46, of Douds will be held Tuesday, September 18, at the Acasto church, south of Mt. Sterling. Services will be in charge of the Rev. Treverton Warren. Music will be by Keith Gaston assisted by Mrs. Gaston at the piano. Bearers are Lee Del Zell, Frank Anderson, Craig Smith, Dale Morrow, Clyde Gaston and Harve Sullivan. Burial will be in the Acasto cemetery.

She died at her home in Douds Saturday afternoon after suffering a stroke that morning.

She had been in ill health for several months. The family formerly lived east of Fairfield but moved to a new home in Douds last February.

She is survived by her husband and seven children, Robert of Ft. Madison; Wilbur with the army in Germany; Mrs. Wilma Moffett, Darrell and William of Douds and Dorothy and Joe at home; her father, Albert Lee of Cantril; one sister, Mrs. Walter Enke of Burlington and two brothers, Ivan Lee of Bevier, Mo., and Orville Lee of Cantril.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 215 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but other obits on this page are from the 1960's.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Orville Weller and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Minnie Lorton

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: Lorton, Newcomb, Lewandowski

MRS. MINNIE LORTON

DOUDS.--Mrs. Minnie Lorton of Mt. Sterling, 68, died Sunday evening at the Van Buren county Memorial hospital at Keosauqua, where she had been a patient since the previous Tuesday. She has been in ill health the past year and since that time has lived with her son, Thomas Lorton, his wife and daughter, near Selma.

She had lived in Mt. Sterling all her life and was a member of the Christian church there since her girlhood.

She is survived by three sons, Thomas Lorton of Selma, William Lorton of Bloomfield, and Lawrence Lorton of Wyandotte, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Alice Newcomb and Mrs. Margaret Lewandowski, both of Wyandotte, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband, Jacob Otto Lorton, died in 1935. An infant daughter, Ruth Ione, died in 1921.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Methodist Church at Mt. Sterling, in charge of the Rev. Harold Harryman of Milton. Burial will be at the Wolfe cemetery. The body is at the Pedrick funeral home at Douds.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 215 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given, but other obits on this page are from the 1960's.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Minnie Lorton and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Henrietta (Lea) McBeth ~ 1875-1961

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: McBeth, Henry, Lea, Stong, Arnold, Bell

MRS. ROBERT MCBETH

KEOSAUQUA.--Mrs. Henrietta McBeth, 86, of Keosauqua died today about 5:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Hospital at Ottumwa. She had been in failing health for some time and had entered the hospital Monday.

She was born May 11, 1875, at Keosauqua, the daughter of Rutledge and Victoria Henry Lea. She was married May 23, 1900, to Robert R. McBeth of Keosauqua. He died July 23, 1954.

She was a member of the Congregational Church and of Chapter I, PEO.

She was also preceded in death by one son in infancy and two daughters. Mrs. Jo. S. Stong and Mrs. Hollis Arnold of Keosauqua and Mrs. Josephine Bell of Cedar Rapids are nieces.

The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home. The Rev. R. M. Carpenter will officiate. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery.

(A photocopy of this obit is located on page 215 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Henrietta (Lea) McBeth and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family
history.


Dr. F. W. McIntosh ~ 22 Jul 1896 - 12 Jul 1961

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 08 Sep 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Luke, Scott, Gilbert, Gray

DR. F. W. MCINTOSH

KEOSAUQUA.--Dr. Francis w. McIntosh, 64, of Burlington a former osteopath in Keosauqua, died Wednesday at Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital in Kirksvile, Mo., after a lengthy illness.

He was born July 22, 1896, in Keosauqua, son of John W. and Minnie Dell Luke McIntosh.

He was married Dec. 8, 1935, in Fairfield, to Judith Marie Scott, who survives.

Dr. McIntosh attended Iowa Wesleyan College and was graduated from Still School of Osteopathy in Des Moines. He practiced in Keosauqua for 34 years before moving to Burlington in 1954.

Surviving beside his widow, are two sons in the Navy, Francis W. McIntosh stationed at the Naval Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., and Jene L. McIntosh, with the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md.; his mother; two brothers, Dr. J. A. McIntosh of Keosauqua and Tech. Sgt. Harrell E. McIntosh of Fairfield, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Lola Gilbert and Mrs. Lloyd Gray of Keosauqua; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers.

Funeral arrangements are tentatively set for Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home.

A memorial fund has been established to be given to the Kirksville Osteopathic Hospital.

(A photocopy of this obit is located in Obit Book B on page 215 found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name and date of newspaper not given.)

I would like to correspond with anyone with connections to this family.


Reinhard Ritz ~ 14 Sep 1844 - 02 Feb 1934

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 06 Sep 1999

Surname: Ritz, Newcomb, Neukomm, McIntosh, Peacock, Brindell, Meier, Rogers, Johnson, Cully, White

OBITUARY OF REINHARD RITZ

Reinhard Ritz was born September 14, 1844, on the shores of one of the most beautiful lakes, among the snow-clad mountains of Switzerland, in the city of Zurich. His parents were Jno Ulrich Ritz and Anna Nee Newcomb (Neukomm).

In the year 1850 his parents came to this county; Richard at that time being only six years old. They first chose Xenia, O.; for their settlement, but later on travelled by way of St. Louis and Keokuk to the state of Iowa.

In Bloomfield, Selma, Leando and lastly Eldon, Reinhard following successful operations of mercantile nature. Many Eldon people may remember him as having a grist mill which he built and operated. His aged parents also chose Eldon as their residence.

In 1867 Reinhard married Margaret McIntosh and for sixty-three years this worthy couple was privileged to live in close companionship. This marriage was blessed with the birth of six children and of thse the following are survivors: Clarence of Ogden, Utah, at present in Phoenix, Ariz.; Henry, an esteemed fellow citizen of Eldon; Mrs. Ethel Peacock of Jefferson, Okla.; Mrs. Cora Brindell of Spokane, Wash.

Two other children have preceded their parents to yonder shore; Lulubelle in 1878 and Ira in 1923. In 1931 our brother sustained the great loss of his helpmate and life companion, Mrs. Ritz died January 9th, 1931, and was buried from the Congregational church where she and her family loved to worship and attend.

Two sisters and one brother of Reinhard Ritz are still living: Mrs. Anna Meier of Bloomfield, and Mrs. Louise Rogers of Colorado Springs, Colo. He also has one brother, Henry W. Ritz of Selma.

Mr. Ritz had eleven grandchildren: Margaret, Franklin and Frances Brindell of Spokane, Wash., Milo and Rex Peacock; Mrs. Harriett Johnson of Oklahoma; Mrs. Lulu Cully, Arnold, Kenneth and Ray Ritz and Mrs. Edith White, all of Oklahoma.

After having lived about twenty years in Eldon and vicinity, Reinhard left Eldon eighteen years ago and chose to live in the southeastern part of the U. S., lastly in Phoenix, where he breathed his last February 2nd, having lived a life of surprising vigor and activity, to the age of 89 years, 4 months and 19 days.

Many sympathizing friends surrounded the mourning sons and daughters with their families at the bier of this beloved pilgrim and testified by their presence old and fond memories of friendship.

Services were held at Campbell Funeral Home Thursday afternoon, February 8th, conducted by Rev. O. W. Lauxmann, pastor of the Congregational church.

Interment in the Eldon cemetery.

(Date and name of newspaper not known but sounds like it is a newspaper covering Eldon, IA. Other sources state he died 02 Feb 1934 and age stated in above obit reinforces that.)
Reinhart's wife Margaret McIntosh was born in Van Buren Co., IA and she & Reinhart were married there. They moved alot but also resided in Van Buren Co., IA.


Further data

Posted by Ralph Slutz <RalphS@bouldernews.infi.net> on Sun, 05 Sep 1999, in response to Sarah Jane Barker (1836-1910), posted by Tony Daniel on Fri, 12 Feb 1999

Surname: Slutz, Slutts

I have that Sarah Barker was married to Ephraim John Slutts
(=Slutz), they had 8 children, 5 of whom had further
children.

Would you like to receive some of my data, ar send me some
of yours?

Ralph


Dora Brown - 2 Jan 1862-10 Aug 1927

Posted by Jolene <jhoffman@revealed.net> on Sat, 04 Sep 1999

Surname: Hewitt, Brown, Stewart

Obituary of Dora Hewitt

Dora Brown was born in Leando, Jan 2, 1862 and died Aug. 10, 1927, at her home three miles west of Leando, following a brief Illness. She spent most of her married life, with the exception of two years in Missouri, at her
parental home. She was married to Ephriam Hewitt, of Van Buren county. Oct 1880. To this union were born three children, Harley Ray, of Ottumwa; William Afton, of Leando, and Lousetta Minerva who preceded her in death, July 26,
1901 at the age of 18 yrs, 6 months, and 21 days.

She was converted at the age of 16 years under the labors of Rev. S. S. Stewart. She has ever believed in the Christian faith. She is survived by her husband and two sons to whom she was a loving and devoted wife and mother,
eight grandchildren, three sisters, Lucy, Castilla, and Emma, and two brothers, Frank and Edward and a host of friends.

We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness during our
recent bereavement.
Ephriam Hewitt
Atton Hewitt and family
Harley Hewitt and family.

I don't have the name of the paper or date this was published. The text of this obit was e-mailed to me.


Shrilda Brown - 3 Dec 1851-29 Jul 1931

Posted by Jolene <jhoffman@revealed.net> on Sat, 04 Sep 1999

Surname: Loomis, Brown, Haney, Byers, Moore, Phillips, McDonna

Mrs. John V. Loomis

Shrilda Brown was born December 3, 1851 in what was then known as Portland, Van Buren county, and passed away at her home in Leando, July 29, 1931, aged 80 years.

On June 7, 1870, she was united in marriage to John V. Loomis, who preceded her in death eleven years ago. To this union eleven children were born, four of whom have also preceded her to the "Great Beyond."

She had enjoyed good health up to several months ago, when she had the flu after which she never seemed to regain her former health, although she did not become bedfast until five days before her death.

She leaves to mourn her loss, seven children, John T. Loomis of Douds, Mrs. Emma Haney of Selma, George Loomis of Eldon, Mrs. Nora Byers of Douds, Jesse Loomis of Douds, Mrs. Lucy Moore of Fairfield, Mrs. Myrtle Byers of Clatcaknia, Oregon, two step-sons, James Loomis of Douds, Loira Loomis of Troy; three brothers, Dan Brown of Bidwell, Iowa, Sam and Oliver Brown of Ottumwa, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Phillips of Canada, and Mrs. Margaret McDonna of Ottumwa, thirteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren and a host of friends. She was a loving and devoted mother, a good neighbor and will be sadly missed by all who knew her. All the children were permitted to attend the funeral but Myrtle Byers.

The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the Leando church conducted by Rev. (rest is illegible).

I don't have the name of the paper or date of this obit. A photocopy was sent to me.


John VD Loomis - 18 Apr 1838 - 12 May 1920

Posted by Jolene <jhoffman@revealed.net> on Sat, 04 Sep 1999

Surname: Loomis, Patterson, Brown, Ellis

Obituary of John Loomis

John V.D. Loomis was born in the state of New York, April 18, 1838, and died at this home at Douds-Leando, Iowa, May 12, 1920, aged 82 years and 24 days. He was united in marriage to Anna Patterson in Ohio, Sept. 20, 1863. To this union were born 2 sons, James and Loira. After his marriage to Miss Patterson Mr. Loomis moved to Van Buren county, Iowa, where he has made his home most of the time since. His wife died in 1865. He was again united in marriage to Miss Crilda (sic) Brown, June 7, 1870. To this union were born 11 children, 5 sons, 3 of whom are living, John, George and Jesse, and 6 daughters, 4 of whom are living, Emma, Nora, Lucy and Myrtle. Besides his children he leaves his wife, 12 grandchildren, one brother and one sister. Funeral services were held in the M.E. church in Leando, conducted by Rev. Chas. L. Ellis, at 2:00 o'clock Friday, May 14, 1920. The remains were buried in the cemetery near Leando.

I don't have the name of the paper or date that this was published. Photocopy was sent to me.


Black, Lyons,Turners

Posted by Kandice Kimball <kim54@msn.com> on Sat, 04 Sep 1999, in response to Mrs. Inez Ford Lyons ~ 07 Dec 1864 - 21 Dec 1929, posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Black, Lyons, Bagshaw, Hefner

I noticed you have Black,Lyons and Turners in you Surnames.
I also have these names. I'd be interested to know what
Blacks and Lyons you have. Maybe we could exchange info
if it relates. Thanks
Kandice


Stella A. (Stewart) Harrison ~ 1878-1976

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 02 Sep 1999

Surname: Harrison, Stewart

HARRISON SERVICE

PULASKI--The service for Stella A. Harrison, 97, who died Thursday, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Wagler Funeral Home in Bloomfield, with the Rev. J. E. McClellan officiating. Burial will be in the Cantril, Iowa, Cemetery.

Visitation will be tonight from 7:30 to 8:30. The casket will be closed at the beginning of the funeral.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's favorite charity or church.

Mrs. Harrison was born March 27, 1878, in Cantril to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Stewart. A resident of Van Buren and Davis counties for the past 40 years, she was a member of the Christian Church.

She married James E. Harrison on Feb. 20, 1901, at Cantril. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are one son, Craig E. of Harlingen, Tex.; one daughter, Mabelle Harrison of Bloomfield; and one grandson.

(A photocopy of this obit is located in Obit Book 2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "Register 1 April 1976.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Stella A. (Stewart) Harrison and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Ida (McIntosh) Boyd ~ 19 Aug 1887 - 25 Apr 1976

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 02 Sep 1999

Surname: Boyd, McIntosh, McGee, Regur

OBITUARY
IDA BOYD

Ida Boyd, daughter of William and Dora McIntosh, was born August 19, 1887, in Memphis, Mo., and passed away April 25, 1976, in the Scotland County Memorial Nursing Home. She was 88 years, 8 months, and 6 days of age.

She was united in marriage to George Boyd, December 18, 1904, in Cantril, Iowa, and to this union four children were born.

Surviving are two sons, Howard of Davenport, Iowa, Hollis of Memphis; one daughter, Mrs. Glen (Flossie) McGee of Memphis; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Regur; a brother, Wyatt McIntosh, both of Keosauqua, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a daughter, three brothers and one sister, and two great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Boyd was a member of the Christian Church of Cantril, Iowa.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 28, at 1:30 P. M. in the Gerth & Baskett Chapel, Memphis, Mo. The Rev. Kenneth Campbell officiated, [sic] Burial was in the Maple Grove Cemetery at Cantril.

(A photocopy of this obit is located in Obit Book 2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "V.B. Register 06 May 1976.")

I would like to correspond with anyone that has Ida McIntosh Boyd in their family tree.


Doyle V. Ruble Sr. died 25 March 1976 aged 61 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 02 Sep 1999

Surname: Ruble

OBITUARY
DOYLE V. RUBLE, SR.

Doyle V. Ruble, Sr. passed
away, March 25, 1976 at the age
of 61 years. Services were held
at Prugh Chapel at Burlington,
at 10:00 a.m. March 27, 1976.
Interment was in the Benton-
sport Cemetery.

(A photocopy of this obit is located in Obit Book 2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "V.B. Register 1 April 1976.")

I am NOT related to Mr. Doyle V. Ruble, Sr. and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


E. V. (Gene) Sullivan died April 1976 aged 77 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 02 Sep 1999

Surname: Sullivan

E. V. [GENE] SULLIVAN

Services for E. V. (Gene) Sullivan, 77, of Oskaloosa, who died Saturday, were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oskaloosa. He was the father of Tom Sullivan, Keosauqua pharmacist.

He was a former member of the Iowa Conservation Commision and chairman of the Mahaska county Democratic party. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, two sons, 21 grandchildren, a great-grandchild and a sister.

(A photocopy of this obit is located in Obit Book 2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "Record 08 April 1976.")

I am NOT related to Mr. E. V. (Gene) Sullivan and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Esther (Coffman) Dorothy died 31 Mar 1976 aged 76 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 02 Sep 1999

Surname: Dorothy, Coffman, Abrahams

MRS. A. T. DOROTHY

Funeral services for Mrs. A. T. Dorothy, 76, of Ottumwa, who died March 31, were held at the Jay Funeral Home in Ottumwa Saturday morning. She was the mother of James A. Dorothy, Keosauqua attorney.

The former Esther Coffman of Fairfield, she was formerly employed at the Jefferson County clerk's office and later worked at the Ottumwa Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Christian Science Church and the P.E.O. Sisterhood.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur, son James, and daughter Catherine Abrahams of Palo Alto, California, and three grandchildren.

(A photocopy of this obit is located in Obit Book 2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "Record 08 April 1976.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Esther Coffman Dorothy and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Everett Melvin Ross ~ 25 Nov 1917 - 04 Apr 1976

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 02 Sep 1999

Surname: Ross, Byer, Laughlin, Black, Snyder

EVERETT MELVIN ROSS

Everett Melvin Ross, son of Guy and Elsie Byer Ross, was born November 25, 1917, at Deep River, Iowa, and departed this life Sunday, April 4, 1976, at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua at the age of 58.

He graduated from Richland High School in 1937, and on September 28, 1945, was maried to Esther Laughlin in Libertyville. They lived most of their married life in the Douds community. Mel was employed as weighmaster for Douds Stone Inc. until ill health forced his retirement in 1969.

Remaining to cherish his memory are his widow, four sons, John of Blue Springs, Missouri; Harold of Douds; and Russell and Tom at home; three daughters, Shirley of Independence, Missouri, Donna of Douds, and Gail at home, and three grandchildren.

Also surviving are two sisters, Mildred Black of Oakdale, California, and Louise Snyder of Rockville, Maryland, and a brother, Allen, of Lenexa, Kansas, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by an infant brother and a son, Robert, who lost his life in an auto accident September 16, 1975.

Mel was an active member of Starlight Lodge No. 350, Knights of Pythias, having served as Chancellor Commander, and presently serving as Financial Secretary. He was also a member of Douds Temple No. 104, Pythia Sisters, and El Zira Lodge No. 23, D.O.K.K. in Ottumwa. He served a number of years as Scoutmaster of Troop 93, Boy Scouts of America, in Douds, and will be remembered as a devoted husband and father, as good neighbor and friend who did his best in all things even in the face of much adversity.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 7, 1976, at 2 p.m. at Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds, with the Rev. Donald Strauch officiating. Mrs. Keith A. Smith and Mrs. Robert Pedrick were the vocalists, accompanied by Jon Finney. Knights of Pythias served as pallbearers, and conducted fraternal graveside rites. Interment was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery north of Douds. A memorial was established with gifts being left at the funeral home.

(A photocopy of this obit is located in Obit Book 2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "Record 08 April 1976.")

I am NOT related to Everett Melvin Ross and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Ruby Esther (Nedrow) Knecht ~ 27 Nov 1917 - 03 Apr 1976

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 02 Sep 1999

Surname: Knecht, Manbeck, Nedrow, Gates, Taube, Kisling, Smith, Bates, Caves, Loeffler, Wilson, Benge

RUBY E. KNECHT

Ruby Esther Knecht, daughter of Irvin and Anna Belle Manbeck Nedrow, was born November 27, 1917, on the Nedrow family farm northeast of Douds, and departed this life Saturday, April 3, 1976, at Jefferson County Hospital in Fairfield at the age of 58.

She graduated from Douds High School in 1936 and on February 25, 1939, was married to Kenneth Knecht. They established their home near the Nedrow homestead, and spent their married life on the same farm, also being engaged in the trucking business.

Remaining to cherish her memory are her widower, three daughters, Mrs. Dixie Gates of Douds, Mrs. Donna Taube of Jackson, Michigan, and Mrs. Doris Kisling of Birmingham; sons-in-law Duane Gates, Daniel Taube, and Charles Kisling; ten grandchildren; and a brother, Lehr Nedrow of Douds; nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. Her parents and a sister, Ruth Smith preceded her in death.

Ruby was an active member of the Zion Bible Church, having served in numerous church offices.

She will be remembered as a a [sic] devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, and as one who did her best to serve her Lord in her daily life, even throughout her long and trying illness.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 6, 1976, at 2 p.m. at the Zion Bible Church near Douds with the Rev. Walter Shuka, pastor, officiating. Houston Sears was the soloist, and Phyllis Caves the pianist. Pall bearers were Ernest Bates, Frank Caves, Ralph Caves, Elza Loeffler, Kenneth Wilson, and Lawrence Benge. Interment was in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. A memorial was established for the Cancer Fund or [sic] her church. Arrangements were in charge of Pedrick Funeral Home, Douds.

A photocopy of this obit is located in Obit Book 2 (1975-1980) found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "Record-Republican 08 April 1976."

I am NOT related to Mrs. Ruby Esther Nedrow Knecht and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Obituary Record of Old Settlers for the past year starting 28 Aug 1935

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 02 Sep 1999

Surname: Arnold, Bales, Beck, Bennett, Beswick, Blanchard, Boley, Bonnett, Bowers, Brady, Brooks, Brown, Bucey, Campbell, Carruthers, Cavitt, Clark, Clayton, Connell, Coolidge, Corns, Craig, Cresswel, Cumings, Dodds, Donaho, Drummond, Easter, Edmondson, Featherstone, Fordyce, Foster, Freeman, Greenfield, Guernsey, Guess, Haney, Hawk, Hecker, Hegur, Hendricks, Hewitt, Hogan, Hootman, Hull, Hunter, Jacobs, James, Jamison, Jeffrey, John, Johnson, Johnston, Jones, Jool, Keler, Kisling, Kittle, Lane, Leavitt, Logan, Loomis, Manning, Matheson, Mathias, McCracken, McGaffrey, McIntosh, Miller, Mitchell, Nason, Nelson, Nicklin, Parks, Parsons, Patrick, Ploss, Rail, Reahl, Ream, Reisner, Ritz, Roberts, Roush, Rowe, Rowland, Sadler, Scheyli, Seward, Sherod, Shott, Smith, Standley, Starr, Sterner, Stewart, Stotsberry, Syfert, Talbott, Thero, Thompson, Tod, Trimble, Varner, Wiley, Wilson, Winslow, Wireman, Wollam, Woltze, Workman

ANNOUNCE OBITUARY RECORD OF OLD SETTLERS IN COUNTY
-------------
109 Veteran Residents of County Die During Year
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Following is the Old Settler's Obituary Record as compiled by officials of the Van Buren County Fair and announced during the Old Settler's Reunion, at the fair. The list was compiled, starting August 28, 1935. It is intended that the death of all Old Settlers of Van Buren county, during the past year, be recorded. The list follows:

Mary Sherod Syfert, Birmingham
John F. Loomis, Douds
Roger Kittle, Keosauqua
Loyd Nicklin, Selma
Joseph Bowers, Farmington
Harriett Talbott Bucey, Douds
Jennie Wiley Cavitt, Mt. Sterling
Myrtle Campbell Patrick, Keosauqua
Sherman Logan, Hillsboro
Sena John Jamison, Keosauqua
John J. Hootman, Birmingham
Jane McCracken Boley, Hillsboro
Lulu Haney Trimble, Bonaparte
Elmer E. Rowe, Stockport
David Craig, Keosauqua
Mrs. Lou Stewart Johnson, Keosauqua
John Featherstone, Keosauqua
Evangeline Mitchell (96), Mt. Sterling
Wm. Haney, Selma
Martha Fordyce Workman, Stockport
Geo. Clayton, Selma
Mrs. Mary Drummond, Pittsburg
Mrs. Nelson Hunter, Bonaparte
Mrs. Louella Guernsey, Milton
Geo. Hendricks, Birmingham
Mrs. Ella Sterner, Bonaparte
Louis Cumings, Bonaparte
Mrs. W. F. Edmondson, Milton
Jas. Wireman, Cantril
Mrs. Lou Tod, Mt. Sterling
Henry Ritz, Selma
Michael W. Sadler, Lebanon
Mrs. Jennie Wilson Brooks, Keosauqua
Mrs. Elousha Clark Leavitt, Mt. Zion
John L. Arnold, Stockport
Mrs. Armenta Wollam Parsons, Mt. Sterling
Sydnor C. Ream, Keosauqua
David Bales, Bentonsport
Mrs. Hattie Roush, Keosauqua
B. J. Rowland, Milton
Robert Johnston, Hillsboro
Anrum Kisling, Stockport
Ruth Jool James, Douds
Daniel Hecker, Farmington
Mrs. Sarah McIntosh, Keosauqua [wife of Cyrus F., nee PATE, Purdom Cem. rec. state 1853-1936]
Mrs. Viola Beswick, Stockport
Mrs. J. H. Bennett, Bonaparte
Mrs. Wm. J. Smith, Mt. Sterling
Owen Dale Mathias, Keosauqua
Chester Hootman, Mt. Zion
Samuel Rail, Birmingham
Henry Cresswel, Bonaparte
Alvin Winslow, Birmingham
Jesse Bonnett, Birmingham
HM. Gus Varner, Keosauqua
Sarah Coolidge, Bonaparte
Mrs. Florence Donaho, Mt. Sterling
Mrs. Louie Starr Matheson, Keosauqua
Mrs. Susie Jeffrey, Birmingham
Mrs. Elizabeth Thero, Farmington
John Brady, Bonaparte
Martin H. Corns, Bentonsport
Daniel Hull, Milton
Frank Hawk, Bonaparte
Mrs. Addie Stotsberry, Keosauqua
Sarah Jane Keler, Cantril
Caroline Reisner, Farmington
Anthony Ploss, Selma
Ephriam Hewitt, Douds
Jacob C. Hootman, Mt. Zion
Wm. Carruthers, Pittsburg
John F. Dodds, Bonaparte
Anley Roberts, Bonaparte
Mary Ann Hogan, Bonaparte
Samuel M. Reahl, Birmingham
John E. Nelson, Mt. Zion
Elizabeth Shott, Birmingham
Mae Foster, Milton
Chas. McGaffrey, Pittsburg
Mary E. Miller, Bonaparte
Wm. Hegur, Selma
Laura A. Rail, Birmingham
W. John Hootman, Mt. Zion
Edward Seward, Bentonsport
Sarah L. Edmondson, Bonaparte
Hyson Miller, Douds
Daniel J. Thompson, Milton
John F. Haney, Selma
Elis Smith, Kilbourne
Mrs. Mary Greenfield, Douds
Elmer Nason, Douds
John Q. Beck, Bonaparte
John B. Rail, Birmingham
Geo. A. Matheson, Keosauqua [Center Chapel Cem. rec. show George A. Matheson Nov. 28, 1865 - Jan. 31, 1936]
Ollie Freeman Guess, Bonaparte [Center Chapel Cem. rec. show Ollie Carribelle Guess August 5, 1864 - August 21, 1936]
H. J. Easter, Bonaparte
Mary Lane Brown, Mt. Zion
Frank P. Blanchard, Milton
Mrs. Roger Jacobs, Stockport
Wm. H. Woltze, Farmington
Geo. S. Standley, Stockport
Mrs. Clara Connell, Milton
Joe Scheyli, Milton
Mrs. Edna Manning, Keosauqua
Thos. W. Haney, Keosauqua
Mrs. Harry A. Jones, Farmington

A photocopy of this article can be found in Obit Book A on page 269 in the Van Buren Co., IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of article not given.
NOTE: My notes are in brackets


Earl Ross Shriver ~ 29 May 1918 - 14 Feb 1931

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Shriver, Clark

OBITUARY
---------
EARL ROSS SHRIVER
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Earl Ross, son of Wesley Shriver, of Mt. Sterling, was born May 29, 1918, and departed this life February 14, 1931. Aged 12 years, 8 mos. and 10 days.

He leaves to mourn his early departure, his father, grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Clark of Monroe, Iowa, several uncles, aunts and cousins, besides a host of friends. His mother and sister preceded him in death.

His life so short is just begun,
To be finished in heaven above,
Where mother and sister await him
Where all is Peace and Love.

Funeral services were held at Center Chapel Church, Monday afternoon, Elder H. C. Shaw of Cantril officiating, assisted by Rev. C. C. Goltry. The Center Chapel male quartet sang three songs beautifully. Burial in Center Chapel cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 334 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten at the bottom of the obit is "Keo. Rep. 26 Feb. 1931 p.1 col. 6.")

I am NOT related to Earl Ross Shriver and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


David Sullivan died April 1931 aged 71 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Sullivan, Vornkahl, Weller, Coffin, Folker

FARMINGTON
DEATH OF DAVID SULLIVAN.

Word came to relatives Wednesday that David Sullivan, aged 71 years, had died at the Graham hospital in Keokuk Tuesday morning. He had been sick for one week and on Monday was taken to the hospital and underwent an operation from which he failed to rally. He was a well known west of town farmer, where he lived most of his life until several years ago. He had been making his home with his son Walter. In December 1880, he was united in marriage with Miss Amelia Vornkahl, who died in July, 1900 three children were born to this union, two passing away in infancy. Those surviving are the son Walter of Keokuk and three grandchildren, two brothers, Chas. Sullivan of Augusta, Kansas, and Harvey Sullivan of near Mt. Sterling, and three sisters, Mrs. Belle Weller of near Bentonsport, Mrs. Cynthia Coffin and Mrs. Fred Folker, both of near Farmington and several more distant relatives and a large circle of friends. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at the rural Acasto Chapel west of here Rt 3. Interment was in the family lot at the Acasto-Christy cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 334 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten at the top of the obit is "Keo. Rep. 16 April 1931 p.3 col.3.")

I am NOT related to Mr. David Sullivan and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Inez Ford Lyons ~ 07 Dec 1864 - 21 Dec 1929

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Ford, Lyons, Black, Willis, Horn, Dorothy, Ringland, Turner

LOCAL WOMAN DIED AT FAIRFIELD

Mrs. Inez Ford Lyons was born in Wayne county, Ohio, December 7, 1864, and passed away at the Jefferson county hospital in Fairfield Saturday, December 21, at the age of 65 years. The following children survive: Mrs. Zenith Black, Fairfield, Mrs. Stella Willis, Kenoshoea, Ill., Mrs. Mabel Horn, and Harry Lyons of Ottumwa, Mrs. Lola Dorothy, Ft. Madison, Mrs. Helen Ringland, Chicago, Mrs. Mina Turner and Sam Lyons of Birmingham also 28 grand children and two great grand children. The funeral was held in the Methodist Episcopal church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the pastor, Rev. R. V. Pike in charge. Miss Mary Hootman, Mrs. Stanley Watts, Merle Countryman and John Wilson sang the selections. Burial was made in the Winchester cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 334 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten at top of the obit is "Keo. Rep. 2 Jan 1930 p.7 col. 2.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Inez Ford Lyons and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Mary Ellen (Fellows) Bachelor ~ 19 Nov 1863 - 17 Dec 1929

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Bachelor, Fellows

OBITUARY
MRS. JAMES W. BACHELOR
-------------------
Mary Ellen Fellows, daughter of Gavit and Josephine Fellows, was born, Nov. 19, 1863, near Keosauqua, Iowa, and passed away at her home in Bonaparte, Iowa, Dec. 17, 1929, aged 66 years and 28 days.

She grew to womanhood in her home community and taught school in Van Buren county for 10 years. On Nov. 12, 1891, she was united in marriage to James W. Bachelor of Bonaparte. They went to housekeeping on the farm near Bonaparte and lived there for 17 years, thence moving to Keosauqua for a short time when they moved to Bonaparte, which place has since been their home. Mrs. Bachelor was conscientious in all her thinking and doing and identified herself with the church of the Latter Day Saints. She was a member of Magnolia Chapter, No. 276, O.E.S., and also of the Royal Neighbors.

She had been in frail health for some time yet bore her affliction with a Christian spirit. Death came peacefully and unexpectedely [sic] on the morning of December 17th.

She leaves to mourn her going her faithful husband, J. W. Bachelor and one brother, Omer Fellows of Mesa, Arizona.

Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, Dec. 19, 1929, from the M. E. church at Bonaparte, by Rev. M. D. Cox, of Keosauqua. Interment in the Thompson cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 334 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten at the top of the obit is "Keo. Rep. 2 Jan 1930 p.3 col.3.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Mary Ellen Fellows Bachelor and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Roy Brewster died 30 January 1930 aged 37 years

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Brewster, Beeson

FARMINGTON

MRS ROY BREWSTER BURIED SUNDAY

Funeral for Mrs. Roy Brewster, aged 37, was held Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p. m. at the Acasto community church. Mrs. Brewster died on Thursday evening, Jan. 30, at the Graham hospital in Keokuk. She was united in marriage to Roy Brewster, on February 2, 1913, and she was buried on the 17th anniversary of her wedding day. The present home was near Luray, Mo. She is survived by the husband and two sons, Howard and Harold, her mother, Mrs. Mary Beeson, of Ashton, Mo., and two brothers, Clyde of Ashton, and Hiram Beeson of Oklahoma. The funeral was very largely attended with interment in the Christy Acasto cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 334 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however handwritten at top of obit is "Keo. Rep. 13? Feb 1930 p.6 col. 4.")

I am trying to identify Roy Brewster and wife. If you have any information on this family, please contact me.


Jessie Keller died April 1931 aged 29 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Keller, Stever, Stephenson, Droze, Walker

JESSIE KELLER ENDS OWN LIFE
-------------------
the divorced wife of Frank B. Stev- [sic] Jessie Keller, 29 years old and er, widely known local cattle dealer, took her own life at about 8 o'clock Monday evening in her apartments on the square, where she lived with her father, Ed Keller, in Fairfield.

Dr. J. S. Gaumer, county coroner, said that no inquest will be held since the note left by Miss Keller, explained her act. She said in this note that she was despondent and tired of living. She ended her life by taking poison and a quantity of this preparation was found in her rooms. Her body was found on the floor of the room by her father when he came home last evening.

Miss Keller is survived by her father and two sisters, Mrs. Kenneth Stephenson of Waverly and Mrs. Gaston Droze who lives on a farm near Fairfield. She is also survived by her grandmother, Mrs. Martin Walker.

She was a graduate of the Birmingham high school and of Parsons college, and has many friends in Van Buren county.

Miss Keller and Stever were divorced about one year ago. Her former husband gained wide publicity recently as a defendant in alleged irregular cattle transactions, though his father has been acquitted of such charges.

NOTE: It looks like the first and second lines of this obit were transposed and the first three lines of this obit should read "Jessie Keller, 29 years old and the divorced wife of Frank B. Stever, widely-known local cattle dealer,....."

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 334 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. At top of obit is lightly written Keo. Rep. [16?] April 1930 p [1?] col. 5)

I am NOT related to Miss Jessie Keller and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Lewis McDonald ~ 20 Dec 1884 - 29 Apr 1965

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: McDonald, Dowell, Lee, Glen, Nelson, Elliott, Slutts

LEWIS MCDONALD

KEOSAUQUA--Lewis McDonald, 80, died today about 1:30 a.m. at Memorial Hospital. He had sustained a stroke April 12.

Born at West Branch Dec. 20, 1884, he was the son of Frank and Josephine Dowell McDonald. When he was a small boy, the family moved to Keosauqua and for 57 years he had been the local drayman. On July 18, 1906, he married Sadie Elizabeth Dowell, who survives.

Besides the widow, survivors include two sons, Clyde of Detroit, Mich., and Duward of Keosauqua; two daughters, Mrs. Ralph Lee of Ottumwa and Mrs. James Glen of Detroit; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Rena Nelson of Las Vegas, Nev., Mrs. Harold Elliott of Aurora, Ill., and Mrs. Goldie Slutts of Ottumwa.

The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Methodist Church with the Rev. E. S. Tschetter officiating. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 169 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of April 29-1965 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mr. Lewis McDonald and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Catherine Agnes (Madden) Walker ~ 1879-1965

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Walker, Madden, Colligan, Regur, Rehkopf, Rogers

MRS. EDWARD H. WALKER

KEOSAUQUA -- Mrs. Catherine Agnes Walker, 86, of Keosauqua, died at 2:40 a.m. today in Memorial Hospital. She had suffered a broken hip on Oct. 19.

Born near Earlville, Ill., on Nov. 3, 1879, she was the daughter of Patrick and Margaret Colligan Madden. Her marriage to Edward W. Walker of Stockport took place Sept. 11, 1902. He died Jan. 1, 1944. They had moved to Keosauqua in 1943.

Mrs. Walker was a teacher in Illinois rural schools prior to coming to Van Buren County in 1900, where she continued to teach.

Survivors include three sons, Melvin and Merlin Walker of Ottumwa and Edwin Walker of Keosauqua; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Regur of Keosauqua and Mrs. Myrtle Rehkopf of Cedar Rapids; ten grandchldren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Ennis Rogers of Blue Island, Ill. Four sisters and a brother preceded her in death.

The service is tentatively set for Saturday at 2 p.m. with burial in Smith Cemetery east of Birmingham. The body is at Catcott Funeral Home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 169 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of Nov 11, 1965 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Catherine Agnes (Madden) Walker and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Clyde H. Brewster ~ 24 Jan 1885 - 22 Dec 1962

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Brewster, Kingsbury, Beer, Finn

CLYDE BREWSTER

KEOSAUQUA. -- Funeral services for Clyde H. Brewster, 77, of near Keosauqua, a farmer, who died Saturday at his home following a heart attack, were held today at 2 p.m. at the Center Chapel Methodist Church. Elder Herbert C. Shaw of Cantril officiated. Burial was in Center Chapel Cemetery.

He was the son of Hardin and Mary Frances Kingsbury Brewster and was born near Keosauqua Jan. 24, 1885. He was married Oct. 28, 1906, to Retta Beer of Keosauqua, who survives. A brother, Howard Brewster of Boulder, Colo., and one sister, Mrs. Charley Finn of Mount Pleasant, also survive. He was preceded in death by six brothers and one sister.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 169 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of 1962 is written on the obit.)

I am interested in corresponding with anyone researching this line.


Miss Zaida Rigsby died Nov? 1963 aged 76 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Rigsby, Beatty, Parsons

MISS ZAIDA RIGSBY

KEOSAUQUA.--Miss Zaida Rigsby, 76, of Keosauqua, died about 5:15 p.m. Thursday at Van Buren County Memorial Hospital where she entered Wednesday.

She was born near Keosauqua, the daughter of Isaac and Mary Beatty Rigsby. After the death of her parents, she made her home with her brother, Clark Rigsby and his wife Olive. They survive as also does a niece, Mrs. Marjorie Parsons of Keosauqua, who was reared in their home.

The service will be Sunday at 2 p. m. at the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Armstrong of the Christian Church in charge. Burial will be in Center Chapel Cemetery near Keosauqua.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 169 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of "Nov. 7 - 63" is written on the obit.) Note: Zaida M. is buried with parents and her headstone reads 1878-1963.

I am NOT related to Miss Zaida Rigsby and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Luther B. McDaniel ~ 1883-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: McDaniel, Flick, Gipson, Hiles, Mustard

LUTHER B. MCDANIEL

KEOSAUQUA. -- Luther B. McDaniel, 80, retired Keosauqua farmer, died Wednesday at the home of his son, Alfred and family, where he lived.

Born July 11, 1883, in Missouri he was the son of Thornton and Cassie Flick McDaniel. He was married to Nellie Gipson in 1908.

Survivors include two sons, Alfred of Keosauqua and Glen of Lake Zurich, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. Catherine Hiles of Estherville and Mrs. Adalie Mustard of Terrell; and two brothers, James of Memphis, Mo., and Everett of Oshkosh, Wis. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home with the Rev. E. S. Tschetter officiating. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 169 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of Nov. 13 - 1963 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mr. Luther B. McDaniel and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


J. Fred Cubberly died 23 Nov 1965 aged 80 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Cubberley, Cubberly, Sullivan

J. FRED CUBBERLEY [sic]

Mr. J. Fred Cubberly, 80, of Santa Monica, Calif. passed away at his home on Nov. 23. Burial was in Santa Monica.

He had been ill for several months. He was the son of Jesse and Anna Cubberly and was born in Keosauqua and graduated from Keosauqua High School. For a number of years he was the midwest distributor for Warner Bros. pictures from Minneapolis, later moving to California where his first wife, Dorothy, died in 1940. He was married to Miss Margaret Sullivan of Minneapolis in 1945 who is left to mourn his loss.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 169 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of 1965 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mr. J. Fred Cubberley/Cubberly and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Grace O. (Cresap) Friend ~ 1876-1962

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Friend, Cresap, Brown

MRS. WILLIAM FRIEND

ELDON. -- Mrs. Grace O. Friend, 86, a former resident of Eldon, has died in Long Beach, Calif.

She was born June 8, 1876, in Bonaparte, the daughter of John and Mary Brown Cresap. She had lived in Eldon for many years, moving to California in 1945.

She was a 50-year member of Grand Hope Chapter of Eastern Star. She was married to William W. Friend who died in 1944.

The funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at the Campbell Funeral Home with the Rev. John Falconer officiating. Burial will be in Eldon Cemetery.

The body will arrive at the funeral home early Thursday morning.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 169 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of
1962 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Grace O. (Cresap) Friend and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Colin Craig died 02 May 1962 aged 67 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Craig, Pierce, Pendarvis, Bloomquist, Boley

COLIN CRAIG

Colin Craig, 67, farmer six miles northwest of Keosauqua, died at 5:30 a.m. May 2, in the Van Buren County Memorial hospital.

He had been brought to the hospital only a few minutes earlier.

He became ill Tuesday at his home. Death was attributed to a heart attack.

Son of John and Florence Pierce Craig, he was born on a farm near Keosauqua, Sept. 26, 1894.

He and Mabel Pendarvis of Keosauqua were married Aug. 22, 1916. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Robert of Keosauqua and John of Milton; two brothers, Harold Craig of Keosauqua and Kenneth of Appleton, Wisc.; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Bloomquist of Burlington and Mrs. Russell Boley of Bloomfield. There are five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Kilbourn Methodist church with Rev. K. Wayne Hoehns in charge, assisted by Rev. J. C. Austin. Burial was in the Pittsburg cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 169 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

I am NOT related to Mr. Colin Craig and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Andrew Lorton ~ 14 Aug 1846 - 07 May 1908

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Lorton, Schuyler

ANDREW LORTON

Andrew Lorton, the subject of this memoir, was born in Van Buren Co, Iowa, Aug. 14, 1846. He was one of ten children born to John and Sarah Lorton, both of whom have preceded him to the home beyond. Three brothers and two sisters were all waiting to greet him there. His boyhood and young manhood days were spent upon the farm, but several years ago the family removed to Vernon where he has since made his home making many friends by his cheerful upright life. For some time he has been in failing health and for the past seven weeks has been a constant sufferer, and the end came not unexpectedly. Everything that the loving forethought of relatives and friends could suggest, was done to alleviate his sufferings and to restore him to health but all was in vain, the Death Angel had entered the home to waft his spirit into the Great Unknown.

Throughout his sickness he manifested a cheerful hopefulness and Christlike patience at all times, always having for those who entered his sick room a ready smile and appreciative words for their kindly interest.

Very quietly the end came very early Thursday morning, God in his mercy permitting his body to be at ease for several hours before his death. Gently as a tired child sinks to sleep in a mother's protecting arms, just so quietly and did Andy, as he was familiarly called by all of his friends, fall asleep, peacefully closing his eyes and then all was over; he was at rest. He passed away May 7, 1908, being at the time of his death 61 yrs, 8 mos. and 21 days of age.

He will be sadly missed in the community, but most of all will be missed in the home and by those who knew him and loved him best. He leaves to mourn their loss two brothers, Thomas Lorton of Mt. Sterling, and Charlie Lorton of Bentonsport, and two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Schuyler of San Louis Obispo, Cal. and Miss Mary of Vernon, all of whom were present at the funeral except Mrs. Schuyler. Besides these he leaves many other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Vernon M. E. church Saturday, May 9, at two o'clock conducted by Rev. Blagg of Mt. Sterling, after which his body was laid to rest in the Vernon cemetery beside the dear old mother he loved so well; there to await the resurrection morn.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 263 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten at bottom of obit is "1908 May Record."

I am NOT related to Mr. Andrew Lorton and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Charles A. Bowman died June? 1903

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Bowman, French, Lapsley

MT. STERLING.
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DEATH OF MRS. CHAS. A. BOWMAN--LIVELY BUSINESS
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Our town was overrun during the high water with customers coming from other places on account of high water. Parties from near Keosauqua came for supplies of provisions and got lumber at our yard with which to make a boat to rescue a valuable hog which was rescued in a hay mow. Fox river did not reach its past high water mark...The funeral of Mrs. C. A. Bowman occurred at the late residence at 1 o'clock Tuesday. Mrs. Bowman died Monday morning having been sick for several months. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Paul Wright. Interment was in the Harness cemetery east of town. Besides the friends and neighbors there were present a brother and sister of the deceased from Farmington, W. H. Bowman of Keokuk, Mrs. French and Mrs. Lapsley of Farmington sisters of Mr. Bowman.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 263 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten at bottom of obit is "1903 JE 18 State Line Dem.")

I am NOT related to Mrs. Charles A. Bowman and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Joanna Casady died June? 1903

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Casady

MILTON.
------
SUDDEN DEATH OF MRS. JOANNA CASA-
DY-WAS MUCH RESPECTED.
------
Several days since while Mrs. Joan-
na Casady and a number of others
were at the Egypt cemetery, which is
the Casady family place of interment,
Mrs. Casady without any previous no-
tice of illness, suddenly dropped dead.
The remains were brought to her home
at Milton, and the interment took
place Tuesday. Mrs. Casady was a
woman universally respected......J.C.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 263 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten at bottom of obit is "1903 JE 18 State Line Dem."

I am NOT related to Mrs. Joanna Casady and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Burton Earl Kerr died in 1939 aged 13 years

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Kerr

BURTON EARL KERR OF CANTRIL DIES

Burton Earl Kerr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Kerr of Upton, south of Cantril, died at an Ottumwa hospital about 5:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. He had been in the hospital several weeks following an operation for ruptured appendix.

The boy, 13 years old, is survived by his parents, two brothers, Stanley and Carl Edward.

Funeral services will be conducted at Upton today.

singing by the congregation, led by Glenn Williams. [sic]

Keith Gaston sang a solo, -- "Trees."

The Rev. Orf led the audience in a dedication of the marker, closed with prayer by the Rev. H. C. Irvine.

The men's Centennial Chorus, a bearded group, sang.

The Rev. S. P. Williamson, Fairfield Presbyterian pastor, delivered the address of the day.

There was a hymn by the congregation and the Rev. Benjamin Hollis of the Christian church pronounced the benediction.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 263 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten on the obit is "1939 JL 31 Co Reg" which is probably July 31, 1939 in the Van Buren County Register)

I am NOT related to Burton Earl Kerr and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Henrietta (Lea) McBeth ~ 1875-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: McBeth, Henry, Lea, Stong, Arnold, Bell

MRS. ROBERT MCBETH

KEOSAUQUA.--Mrs. Henrietta McBeth, 86, of Keosauqua died today about 5:45 a.m. at St. Joseph Hospital at Ottumwa. She had been in failing health for some time and had entered the hospital Monday.

She was born May 11, 1875, at Keosauqua, the daughter of Rutledge and Victoria Henry Lea. She was married May 23, 1900, to Robert R. McBeth of Keosauqua. He died July 23, 1954.

She was a member of the Congregational Church and of Chapter I, PEO.

She was also preceded in death by one son in infancy and two daughters. Mrs. Jo. S. Stong and Mrs. Hollis Arnold of Keosauqua and Mrs. Josephine Bell of Cedar Rapids are nieces.

The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home. The Rev. R. M. Carpenter will officiate. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 170 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of Jun or Jan 1963 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Henrietta (Lea) McBeth and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Lucy (McDole) Chafer ~ 1881-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Chafer, McDole, Canfield, Workhozen

MRS. JOHN CHAFER

KEOSAUQUA.-- Mrs. Lucy Chafer, 82, died today at 6 a.m. at Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since Oct. 6. She had fractured a hip in a fall and later sustained a stroke.

Born in Sabula July 8, 1881, she was the daughter of Albert and Jennie Canfield McDole. She was married July 1, 1901, to John Chafer, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Chafer was a member of the Methodist Church, WSCS and Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Workhozen of Sioux City; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Bert.

The funeral tentatively is scheduled Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Keosauqua Methodist Church with the Rev. E. S. Tschetter, pastor, officiating. Burial will be on Friday in a Sabula Cemetery. The body is at Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 170 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of
1963 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mrs. Lucy (McDole) Chafer and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


George W. Hogue ~ 1887-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Hogue, Potter, Logan, Clark

GEORGE W. HOGUE

KEOSAUQUA.--George W. Hogue, 76, who farmed near Bonaparte, died Thursday about 11 p.m. at Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua, where he had been a patient two months.

The son of Samuel C. and Frances Potter Hogue, he was born May 19, 1887, at Keosauqua. He was a lifelong resident of the rural Keosauqua and Bonaparte communities.

He was married Oct. 29, 1913, to Virginia Logan of Keosauqua, who preceded him in death in February, 1963.

Survivors include five sons, Paul of Geneseo, Ill.; Thaine of Cherokee, Richard of Oakfield, N. Y.; Glen of Iowa City and Harold of East Moline, Ill.; two sisters, Mrs. Catherine Clark and Mrs. Edna Logan, both of Keosauqua; a brother, Ralph of Eldon; and 20 grandchildren. Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by a son.

The body is at Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 170 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however, a handwritten date of Nov. 1963 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to George W. Hogue and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Miss Mabel Wiley ~ 1883-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Wiley, Bowles

MISS MABEL WILEY

KEOSAUQUA. -- Miss Mabel Wiley, 80, of near Mount Sterling, died Saturday about 1:15 p.m. at Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua. She had been ill two years.

Born Feb. 14, 1883, near Mount Sterling, she was the daughter of John and Eliza Bowles Wiley. At the age of three she went to live with her grandparents on the farm where she had lived since.

One of four children, she was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Survivors include cousins.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Eis of Milton officiating. Burial will be in Prall Cemetery, southeast of Keosauqua.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 170 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of Mch 9 - 1963 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Miss Mabel Wiley and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Clyde Cavitt died January? 1965 aged about 75

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Cavitt, Wiley

CLYDE CAVITT

KEOSAUQUA. -- Clyde Cav-
itt, about 75, died Monday
morning at Los Angeles, Calif.

He was born near Mount
Sterling, the son of William and
Mary Jane Wiley Cavitt and
grew to manhood on the farm.
He has been in California for a
number of years and served on
the police force in the Los An-
geles area.

Survivors include the widow
and three daughters.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 170 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of Jan 1965 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mr. Clyde Cavitt and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Bates M. Manning ~ 1889-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Manning, Miller, Landis, Friedmeyer, Morgan

BATES M. MANNING

KEOSAUQUA -- Bates M. Manning, 74, died unexpectedly Friday about 1 p.m. while sitting in a chair in front of Hotel Manning. He lived at the hotel built by his grandfather.

A retired insurance man and magazine salesman, Mr. Manning had lived in Keosauqua most of his life, spending a few years at Kirksville, Mo.

The only child of Albert and Maude Miller Manning, he was born in Keosauqua March 3, 1889. He was married in 1913 to Madge Landis of Keosauqua, who preceded him in death in 1956.

Mr. Manning was a member of the Masons in Keosauqua, including Blue Lodge No. 10, Moore Chapter 23, and El Chanan Commandery.

Survivors include a son, John A. of Keosauqua; two daughters, Mrs. George Friedmeyer of Ankeny and Mrs. Paul Morgan of Ames; and 10 grandchildren.

The funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Keosauqua Congregational Church with the Rev. Richard M. Carpenter, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery. The body is at Burnett-Cattcott [sic] Funeral Home.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 170 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, however a handwritten date of Oct 4 - 1963 is written on the obit.)

I am NOT related to Mr. Bates M. Manning and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mary Margrattie "Retta" (Beer) Brewster ~ 1887-1964

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Tue, 31 Aug 1999

Surname: Brewster, Beer, Stevens, Aylor

Two obits found:

OBITUARY

MRS. CLYDE BREWSTER

Mrs. Clyde (Retta) Brewster, 77, of Keosauqua died Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Van Buren County Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for a day. She had been in failing health for over a year.

Born in Van Buren County Jan. 6, 1887, she was Mary Margrattie Beer, the daughter of A. J. and Emma Stevens Beer. Her marriage to Clyde Brewster took place Oct. 28, 1906. He preceded her in death Dec. 22, 1962. Mrs. Brewster spent her entire life in Van Buren County. She was a member of Center Chapel Methodist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Miss Ora Beer, who had mode [sic] her home with Mrs. Brewster since Mr. Brewster's death; two brothers, Willis Beer of Keosauqua and Kenneth Beer of Chicago, and several nieces and nephews.

A sister, Minnie Aylor, also preceded her in death.

Services were held Feb. 1 at the Center Chapel Methodist Church, with the Rev. E. S. Tschetter officiating. Burial was in the Center Chapel Cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 263 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren Co., IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.)

MRS. CLYDE BREWSTER

KEOSAUQUA. -- Mrs. Retta Brewster, 77, died Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient one day. She had been in failing health over one year.

Born in Van Buren County Jan. 6, 1887, she was Mary Margrattie Beer, the daughter of A. J. and Emma Stevens Beer. Her marriage to Clyde Brewster took place Oct. 28, 1906, and he died Dec. 22, 1962.

She was a lifelong resident of Van Buren County.

She was a member of Center Chapel Methodist Church near Keosauqua.

Survivors include a sister, Miss Ora Beer, who lived with her since Mr. Brewster's death; two brothers, Willis Beer of Keosauqua and Kenneth Beer of Chicago; several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister.

The body is at Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home. The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Center Chapel Methodist Church with the Rev. E. S. Tschetter officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

(Photocopy of this obit is located on page 170 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren Co., IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however a handwritten date of 11-29-64 [sic] is written on obit, which does not correspond with first obit's death date of Jan. 30. Headstone shows 1877-1964.)

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this line.


Mrs. Myrtle M. (Moore) Ruggles ~ 1878-1960

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Ruggles, Hope, Moore, Bell, Meyer

MYRTLE M. RUGGLES

BIRMINGHAM. -- Mrs. Myrtle M. Ruggles, 82, died Thursday afternoon at a nursing home at Wilton Junction, where she had been about six months. Her home was in Birmingham, where she was born February 9, 1878, the daughter of Nathan and Mary Ann Hope Moore. On November 29, 1905, she was married to Lee R. Ruggles, who died February 2, 1954. He was a Birmingham druggist. She was a member of the Methodist church and the P. E. O. sisterhood at Keosauqua.

Surviving are three daughters, Miss Dorothy Ruggles of Iowa City, Mrs. Annabel Bell of Davenport, and Mrs. Mildred Meyer of Clarence, Iowa; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.

The service will be Sunday at [torn]:30 p.m. (DST) at the Methodist church, in charge of the Rev. A. R. McMurrin, pastor. Burial will be in Maple Hill cemetery. The body is at the Burch furneral [sic] home.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 180 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, a handwritten date of 1960 is on the obit.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Myrtle M. (Moore) Ruggles and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family
history.


Mrs. Anna (Ewing) Jemison ~ 1885-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Jemison, Ewing, Rupe, Koonts, Jemison

MRS. O. N. JEMISON

KEOSAUQUA. -- Mrs. O. N. Jemison, 77, died Sunday about noon at her home in Keosauqua. She had been in failing health for several years and was seriously ill the past week.

The former Anna Ewing, she was the daughter of William and Nancy Rupe Ewing and was born April 26, 1885, near Mount Sterling. She was married Dec. 24, 1902, to O. N. Jemison of Keosauqua, who survives. They lived in and near Keosauqua.

Mrs. Jemison was a member of the Christian Church.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Maurice Jemison of Oskaloosa and Harold Jemison of Keosauqua; one daughter, Mrs. Irma Koonts of Keosauqua; four grandchildren; 18 great-grandchldren; four brothers, Clarence Ewing of Pittsburg, Ben Ewing of Mount Zion, Martin Ewing of Garden City, Kan., and Emmett Ewing of Bonaparte; and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jemison of Stockport and Iva Ewing of Mount Zion.

She was preceded in death by two sons, Phillip and Carl Jemison; three brothers and two sisters.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Christian Church with the Rev. John G. Ballensky of Sigourney officiating. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery. The body is at the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 180 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, a handwritten date of Mch [3?], 1963 is on the obit.

I would like to correspond with anyone researching the Ewing name.


Mrs. Mabel (Linn) Gilchrist ~ 1896-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Gilchrist, White, Linn, Burgess, Blackburn

MRS. MABEL GILCHRIST

KEOSAUQUA -- Mrs. Mabel Gilchrist, 67, died Wednesday about 3 p.m. at Memorial Hospital. She had suffered a stroke in January.

The daughter of George and Alma White Linn, she was born at Cantril Jan. 25, 1896. She was married Oct. 10, 1929, to Ward Gilchrist of Keosauqua, who died March 8, 1935.

She was a member of the Methodist Church and was active in the American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors include three brothers, Clarence Linn of Keosauqua, Harley Linn of Glen Cove, Long Island, N. Y.; and Ward Linn of Fairmont, Minn.; and two sisters, Mrs. Glen Burgess of Keokuk and Mrs. Hugh Blackburn of Keosauqua.

The body is at Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home with the funeral tentatively planned Saturday at the Methodist Church. Burial will be in Purdom Cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 180 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, a handwritten date of Mch 1963 is on the obit.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Mabel (Linn) Gilchrist and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family
history.


Mrs. Nora A. (Ellis) Barker ~ 1879-1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Barker, Ellis, Drennan, Miller

MRS. BARKER RITES

DOUDS -- The funeral for Mrs. Nora A. Barker, 84, of Selma, who died Monday at 8 a.m. at Memorial Hospital in Keosauqua, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Christ Methodist Church in Douds.

The Rev. G. Basil Tadlock, pastor, will officiate. The casket will be taken to the church from Pedrick Funeral Home in Douds at noon. Burial will be in Boston Cemetery south of Keosauqua.

The daughter of William and Angeline Drennen Ellis, she was born Aug. 3, 1879, near Keosauqua. Except for 10 years spent in Oklahoma and Missouri, her life was spent in Van Buren County.

Mrs. Barker graduated from Keosauqua High School in 1900 and was a rural school teacher for several years. On Feb. 14, 1906, she was married to Mernice H. Barker at Keosauqua, and he survives.

Also surviving are three sons, William and Ellis, both of Selma; and Joe of Mechanicsville, two daughters, Miss Hazel Barker of Muscatine and Mrs. Maurice Miller of Birmingham; a brother, Charles Ellis of Keosauqua; and five grandchildren. A daughter Jennie Elnora died in early childhood. A brother and three sisters also preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Keosauqua Methodist Church and Twin City Chapter No. 258 OES at Douds. She had been a member of the Keosauqua Rebekah Lodge.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 180 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, a handwritten date of Sept. [2 or 9], 1963 is on the obit.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Nora A. (Ellis) Barker and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family
history.


Miss Alice Cheney died 15 March 1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Cheney

MISS ALICE CHENEY DIES IN CALIFORNIA

Word has been received by friends in Keosauqua of the death of Miss Alice Cheney at Pasadena, Calif. on Friday, March 15. Death was attributed to a heart attack as she started up her porch steps, upon returning from a PEO meeting.

She was bron [sic] at Keosauqua, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Cheney. Her father was minister of the Keosauqua Methodist church many years ago. She graduated from the Keosauqua school and Iowa Wesleyan college at Mt. Pleasant. Following her college graduation, she spent more than 20 years as a Missionary in Japan.

She is survived by a sister-in-law and a niece in Connecticut and cousins.

Services were held at Pasadena on Wednesday, March 20.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 180 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, a handwritten date of 1963 is on the obit.

I am NOT related to Alice Cheney and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Lena Dell (Ellis) Daughrity Regur ~ 06 Dec 1893 - 29 March 1963

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Regur, Daughrity, Ellis, Drennen, Daughrity

MRS. HAL C. REGUR

Mrs. Hal C. Regur, 69, of Keosauqua died Friday, March 29, about 9:45 p.m. at the Van Buren County Memorial hospital. she had sustained a stroke earlier in the week.

Lena Dell Regur was the daughter of William Bradford and Angeline Drennen Ellis and was born near Keosauqua on Dec. 6, 1893. She attended school in this area and graduated from Keosauqua high school. Following graduation, she studied Art in Lincoln, Nebr. She was an active substitute teacher in the Keosauqua Independent school.

She was married to Paul C. Daughrity, who preceded her in death on May 10, 1960. To this union two daughters were born, Pauline Janet and Josephine Virginia.

On Jan. 15, 1962, she was married to Hal C. Regur, who survives.

Mrs. Reguar was active in community work and was a member of the Congregational church; Chapter 1, P. E. O.; Lynds Chapter Order of Eastern Stars and a charter member of the Delphian Study club.

Survivors are her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Norwood (Pauline) Teal of Keosauqua and Mrs. Charles (Josephine) Morris of Cantril; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Nora Barker of Douds and one brother, Charles Ellis of Keosauqua.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 1, at 2 p.m. in the Keosauqua Congregational church with R. M. Carpenter, pastor, officiating, assisted by Jack Armstrong, pastor of the Keosauqua Christian church. Burial was in Purdom cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 180 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given, a handwritten date of 1963 is on the obit.

I am NOT related to Lena Dell Ellis Daughrity Reguar and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Thomas Benton Murphy ~ 05 Feb 1821 - 16 Apr 1912

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Murphy, Carter, McIntosh, Strickling, Dannels

OBITUARY OF THOS. B. MURPHY
------------------------
Thomas Benton Murphy was born Feb. 5, 1821, in New Orleans, La. He was the eldest child of John and Margaret Murphy. He came to Iowa in an early day and on Sept. 4, 1846, the year Iowa became a state, he was united in marriage with Martha Jane Carter. To them were born ten children, all of whom are living with the exception of John and Thomas Benton. After over sixty-two years of life together his wife was taken away, and he was left to mourn. He missed her and mourned as only those can who are permitted to travel "life's highway" together many years. But not for long as it has only been three years last January since she left him. Since his wife's death he had made his home with his sons William, Frederick and allan. He was taken seriously ill at the home of his son Fred in Des Moines township, last Wednesday, April 10. At no time did he complain of being in any pain. It was just a slipping from this life to the life beyond, and he passed away as peacefully as a child going to sleep, on Tuesday morning, April 16, 1912, being at the time of his death 91 years, 2 months and 11 days old. He leaves to mourn, children, William H. of Vernon; Cornelius, of Kansas; Charles and Mrs. Alice McIntosh, of Des Moines; Mrs. Mary Strickling, Portland, Oregon; Frederick P. of Keosauqua; Joseph A, of Harrison, Neb.; Allan G., of Brookpark, Minn; also one other, [can't read-C.?] W. Dannels, who was as near as a son, having made his home with them for many years; also thirty grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. He was reared in the Catholic faith, but six years ago he and his wife united with the Methodist Episcopal church of Vernon. The funeral was held from the Vernon M. E. church, Wednesday, April 17, in charge of his pastor, Rev. J. H. Taylor. The body was laid to rest in Vernon cemetery beside that of his wife.

NOTE: Vernon cemetery is actually Center Chapel Church & Cemetery located in Vernon township, Van Buren Co., IA.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 81 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone that has more information, especially daughter Alice who married Henry M. McIntosh.


Mrs. Martha Wood Wilson ~ 11 Mar 1832 - 15 Sep 1912

Posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Wilson, Wood, Meredith, Bell, Saunders, Sturdivant

MRS. WM. C. WILSON

Mrs. Martha Wilson, an old resident of Bonaparte, Iowa, died at her home Sunday, Sept. 15, 1912, after an illness extending over a period of several years, her age being 80 years, 6 months and 4 days. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Jane Wood, and was born at Carroll county, Ohio, March 11, 1832. In 1844, at the age of twelve, she with her parents, came to Bonaparte, Iowa, where she had since resided. She was united in marriage to William C. Wilson, July 5, 1854, and to this union were born three sons and three daughters. In 1872 she united with the Baptist church where she retained her membership until death. she was a faithful christian, her religion proving itself in her never failing goodness to the family of children, grandchildren, neighbors and friends, always indeed a "mother to them all." She leaves to mourn her death, her husband, Walter R., Mrs. Alice Meredith, and Frank of Bonaparte, Iowa, Mrs. Kate Bell and William of Keokuk, Iowa, and Mrs. Hanah Saunders of Bonaparte, along with nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Besides the husband and children she also leaves one sister Mrs. Elizabeth Sturdivant of Centerville, Iowa, all of whom were present at the bedside when she peacefully passed away. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Smith, pastor of the Baptist church, were held at 2 p. m., Sept. 18, after which interment was made in the Bonaparte cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 81 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Martha Wood Wilson and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


William Rinabarger ~ 31 May 1846 - 28 Apr 1912

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Rinabarger, Brewster

WILLIAM RINABARGER

The youngest of eight children born to Henry and Eva Rinabarget [sic], began life's voyage near Milton, Iowa, May 31, 1846, and passed from the portal into the great Unknown Sunday, April 28, 1912, having spent 65 years, 10 months and 27 days on earth. All of his father's family preceded him across the Great Divide except the oldest, John Rinabarger, who lives in Dover, Okla., and is the last of the four sisters and four brothers to tarry amid the struggles of this mortal coil. The subject of this sketch was nothing of a rover. Just two neighborhoods can claim him. His boyhood days were spent in the home of his nativity and when eighteeen [sic] years of age he accompanied his parents to their new home south of Keosauqua. Although he moved three times he did not leave one neighborhood and so to the people who have lived in this vicinity his life is an open book read and known of men. While living at his father's home he met and loved Miss Ellen Brewster, who became his bride in 1871. To this union three sons were born, all of whom survive and were present at the funeral to give the solace only children can to the suffering widow. They are Harvey, who reside [sic] at Red Oak, Io, Arthur and Dr. J. Warren of Keosauqua. The deceased was public spirited. He kept abreast with things of nation, state and county interest; being decided although unostentatious in his opinions. He also loved the place of worship, not that he made any demonstration or "took part" in the services in any way, but he was present and a thoughtful listener. When I say thougheful [sic], I do so having considered deeply. The records of the Methodist Episcopal church, Keosauqua, show that Wm. Rinabarger professed conversion, joined the church and was baptized in 1894, during the pastorate of the Rev. C. L. Tennant. For reasons of his own, which he would not reveal, although the writer had a personal interview with him on the subject, he abstained from receiving the "full connection" vows. He came from that sturdy German stock that can stand untold endurance and it would seem that to such an one old age is inevitable; but that was not to be his lot. His health broke something like a year ago and from that on suffering was intense. The nature of his illness was such that the loved ones were entirely broken down by their tireless vigil. Considering all these things the bereft dear ones may find comfort in the fact that he is now at rest. Besides the members of the family mentioned above he leaves many other relatives and a host of friends who mourn his loss. The remains were placed to rest in the beautiful cemetery at Center chapel where a large number of friends had gathered to pay their last respects, Wednesday afternoon, May 1, 1912. Rev. Field had charge of the service, a quartette with Miss Saunderson at the instrument furnished the music and six brothers, cousins of the widow, acted as pall bearers.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 81 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone related to William Rinabarger or his wife.


MRS. GLADYS HIGDON GRIFFITHS ~ 1899-1964

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 30 Aug 1999

Surname: Griffiths, Higdon, Lazenby, Regur, Jensen, Workman

MRS. FERN GRIFFITHS

Keosauqua-- Mrs. Gladys Griffiths, 65, died Friday about 6 p.m. at Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since July 7.

She was born near Keosauqua May 18, 1899, the daughter of Grant and Stella Lazenby Higdon. She married Fern Griffiths Nov. 29, 1917, and he died in July 1957.

She was a member of the Christian Church and past matron of the Order of Eastern Star. For several years she had been employed at Brothers Drug Store.

Survivors include a son, David of Keosauqua; one grandson, two brothers, Lee Higdon of Greenwood, Ind., and Edward Higdon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sisters, Mrs. George Regur of Keosauqua, Mrs. Ken Jensen of South San Bernardino, Calif.; and Mrs. John Workman of Ashland, Va.

The funeral will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Keosauqua Christian Church with H.C. Shaw, elder of Cantril, officiating with the assistance of Jack Armstrong, pastor. Burial will be in Center Chapel Cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 173 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given but a handwritten date of 8-7-64 shown.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Gladys Higdon Griffiths and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Carl R. Boyd 1891 - 1929

Posted by Debra Schnabel <schnabel@southwind.net> on Sun, 22 Aug 1999

Surname: Boyd, Nicely, Edington

Carl R. Boyd, youngest son of Enos F. and Nancy Ellen Boyd was born in Milton, Iowa, December 29, 1891, and departed this life February 20, 1929, at Los Angeles, California, after a lingering illness of five months' duration at the age of 37 years, one month and 23 days. When yet a small boy he united with the Methodist church. He grew to manhood in this locality and was one of the first to enlist to the call of his country and served 14 months overseas. And in his service was cited by General Pershing for his untiring efforts to mankind. After he returned from overseas he went to California where he was united in marriage to Sarah A. Nicely, April 4, 1920. They returned to Iowa to make their future home. To this union one child was born, Helen Faye. After remaining a period of two years decided to return to California where they resided until his death. He is survived by his wife and daughter, two nieces, Mrs. Minnie Edgington of Milton, Iowa and Ruby Ellen Boyd of Los Angeles, California, besides other relatives and a host of friends. His mother, father, sister and two brothers preceded him in death.
Funeral services was held in the chapel of J. H. Redieman, conducted by the Rev. Edward Evemeyer of the First Reformed Church, Saturday, February 23, 1929, at 2 p. m. Interment in Inglewood Park cemetery.


Fred Franklin Boyd 1878 - 1924

Posted by Debra Schnabel <schnabel@southwind.net> on Sun, 22 Aug 1999

Surname: Boyd, Barker, Edgington

Fred Franklin Boyd, eldest son of Enos and Ella Boyd, was born March 7, 1878, in Milton, Iowa. Departed this life March 18, 1924, at the age of 46 years and 11 days at Sunnyslope Sanitorium, Ottumwa, Ia.
All of his life was spent in and around Milton, except three years at Keokuk, Iowa and the last three months at Ottumwa, Ia.
He leaves to mourn his departure an aged father, two brothers, Glenn, of Milton, and Carl of Los Angeles, Calif.; three neices, besides other relatives and friends. The mother and sister, Minnie, preceded him in death.
He was married to Effie Barker in 1900. She departed this life in 1903.
A few weeks before his death he was converted by the Salvation Army and anxiously awaited the call to depart from this earth.
The last three years he has made his home with his neice, Mrs. H.A. Edington, now of Ottumwa, Iowa.
The funeral was held Thrusday morning, March 20, at the M.E. church conducted by Rev. Gilbert. Interment was made in the Troy cemetery beside his wife.

CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thak out neighbors and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown us at the time of our bereavement.

Enos F. Boyd.
Glen Boyd and family.


Enos Boyd 1834 - 1928

Posted by Debra Schnabel <schnabel@southwind.net> on Sun, 22 Aug 1999

Surname: Murphey, Boyd, Harrell, Edgington

Enos F. Boyd, son of Mr. and Mrs. Iram Boyd, was born in Madison County, Indiana, April 28, 1834, and departed this life August 29th, 1928, at the age of 94 years, 4 months and 1 day.
When 19 years of age, he moved with his parents to Milton, Iowa in the year of 1853, and resided there over a period of 71 years, when he moved with his son Glen to Weldona, Colorado and remained there until the death of his son Glenn when he came to make his home with his son Carl where he has since resided.
He was united in marriage to Nancy Ellen Murphey. To this union four children were blessed, namely, Carrie Minnie, Fred F., Glen H., and Carl R. Boyd. His wife and three children have preceded him in death.
He was many years a member of the Grace Methodist Church of Milton, Iowa.
He leaves to mourn his departure, one son Carl R. Boyd of Los Angeles, three granddaughters, Mrs. Minnie Edgington, of Milton, Iowa, Ruby Ellen and Helen Faye Boyd of Los Angeles, one brother W.H. Boyd of Guthrie, Oklahoma, and one sister, Mrs. Julia Harrell, of Pratt, Kansas, besides other relatives and friends.
Funeral servies were conducted by Rev. L.M. Guilford of the Church of God, at Riedeman's Chapel, Los Angeles, at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, September 1, 1928. Interment, Inglewood Park Cemetery.


Nancy Ellen Murphey Boyd

Posted by Debra Schnabel <schnabel@southwind.net> on Sun, 22 Aug 1999

Surname: Murphey, Boyd

Nancy Ellen Murphey Boyd was born in Taylor County, Va., June 26, 1852 and died Dec. 27, 1905, aged 53 years, 6 months and 1 day. She came with her parents to Missouri in 1865. At the age of seventeen she was united with the Baptist Church and ever lived a faithful member. She was united in marriage September 22, 1874 to Enos F. Boyd. To this union four children were born, 1 girl, Minnie who preceded her mother to the better land, and 3 boys, Fred, Glen and Carl still living. She with her husband united with the Methodist Church about 1875 and remained true to her vows until death took her to reward.
She leaves a husband, three children, one grand-daughter, mother, three sisters and one brother with a large circle of friends to mourn their loss. Funeral services were held at the home Thursday, Dec. 28th, at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. D.R. Martin, after which the remains were interred in the new cemetery.

(Note: She made her home in Milton, Ia all of her life and the new cemetery that is referred to is the Milton Cemetery.)


Glen Howard Boyd 1882 - 1925

Posted by Debra Schnabel <schnabel@southwind.net> on Sun, 22 Aug 1999

Surname: Boyd, Salmon

Glen H. Boyd, son of Enos and Ella Boyd, was born Oct. 11th, 1882, at Milton, Iowa, and departed this life at his home near Weldona, Colorado, Oct. 17, aged 43 years and 6 days.
He was united in marriage to Mae Salmon Feb. 27, 1907. To this union was born one daughter, Ruby, who with her mother are left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. His mother, one sister, one brother having preceded him in death. Besides a devoted wife and daughter he leaves to mourn his death his father, one brother Carl R. Boyd of Los Angeles, Calif., also other relatives and friends. He was a member of the M.E. Church of Milton, Iowa. also a member of the Modern Woodman and K. of P. lodges.
The funeral services were held from the home at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct 19, 1925, conducted by Rev. Kingsley of the M.E. Church of Ft. Morgan, assited by Rev. C.R. Gregory of the Presbyterian church of Weldona, Colo. The remains were laid to rest in Riverside cemetery, Ft. Morgan, Colo.

Glen, Mae & Ruby moved from the Milton area in 1925.


Sidney Fowler ~ 1894-1964

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Fowler, Heminger, Matterson, Dickson, Houston, Ruebel

SIDNEY FOWLER

KEOSAUQUA -- Sidney Fowler, 68, of Lake Mary, Fla., a native of Van Buren County, died in a Winter Park Hospital early Monday.

The casket will be brought to the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home in Keosauqua. Services will be held at the Center Chapel near here, Friday at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. E. S. Tschetter will be in charge. Burial will be in the Center Chapel Cemetery.

Mr. Fowler was born May 22, 1895, in the Center Chapel community, the son of Lewis and Emma Heminger Fowler. He was married to Letha Matterson of Keosauqua. She survives.

Other survivors are two brothers, Lewis Jr., and Marius of near Keosauqua; three sisters, Mrs. Leslie Dickson of Keosauqua; Mrs. Fannie Houston of San Bernardino, Calif.; and Mrs. Meribah Ruebel of Council Bluffs.

Mr. Fowler had the distinction of owning the first airplane in this area and took his plane to the county fairs where people paid for rides. He was a veteran of World War I, and later was employed in airplane work in Chicago and Florida. He held a pilot's license until reaching retirement age.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 173 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given; however there is a handwritten date of May 1964.

I am interested in corresponding with anyone researching this family.


Bertha Camblin Rambo Sparks ~ 1890-1964

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Sparks, Rambo, Camblin, Nickle, Wendell, Beatty, Lawson, Parks, Hartzer

MRS. WILLIAM SPARKS

KEOSAUQUA. -- Mrs. Bertha Rambo Sparks, 73, died Thursday morning at Good Samaritan Home in Ottumwa, where she had been since May.

She was born Aug. 7, 1890, at Leando, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Camblin. She was married in 1908 to Rex Rambo, who died May 27, 1939. She was married Feb. 14, 1957 to William T. Sparks, who survives.

Mrs. Sparks was a member of the Christian Church, OES, American Legion Auxiliary.

Survivors besides the widower include two sons, Vinton of near Philadelphia, Pa., and Lawrence of St. Louis; four daughters, Mrs. George Nickle of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. Roland Wendell of Elkader, Mrs. Harlan Beatty of Trenton, Ill.; Mrs. Eugene Lawson of Congerville, Ill.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Via Parks of Ottumwa, and Mrs. Earl Hartzer of Des Moines.

The body is at Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 173 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given; however there is a handwritten date of 7-2(3)-64.

I do have Sparks of NC and VA in my line. If someone can tell me if this William fits in, please contact me.


Maud Barker McIntosh ~ 1875-1964

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Barker, Van Eman, Borders, Ellsworth, Sanders

MRS. MAUD MCINTOSH

KEOSAUQUA -- Mrs. Maud McIntosh, 88, died today at 5 a.m. at Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient four weeks.

She was born July 31, 1875, at Mount Zion, the daughter of Arnold C. and Martha Van Eman Barker. Her marriage to Thomas Addison McIntosh took place Jan. 11, 1900, in Mount Zion. They lived in Bakersfield, Calif., for several years. Following her husband's death in 1912, Mrs. McIntosh returned to Mount Zion where she lived for the rest of her life.

She was a member of the Mount Zion Presbyterion [sic] Church.

Survivors include a son, Addison of Mount Zion; three daughters, Mrs. Bernice Borders of Keosauqua, Mrs. Ruth Ellsworth of Lincoln, Neb., and Mabel Sanders of Santa Clara, Calif.; two brothers, Chester P. Barker of Mount Zion and A. C. Barker of Lewiston, Idaho; one sister, Josephine E. Barker of Mount Zion; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

One son, Russell of Keosauqua died in 1959. Four brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.

The body is at the Burnett-Catcott Funeral Home. The service will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Mount Zion Presbyterian Church with the Rev. R. M. Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Miller's Chapel Cemetery near Mount Zion.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 173 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given; however there is a handwritten date of 1964.

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Gene B. and Julia Day Landes died in 1964

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Landes

LANDES RITES

KEOSAUQUA. -- Interment
services for Gene B. and Julia
Day Landes, formerly of Keo-
sauqua, will be held at Purdom
Cemetery at Keosauqua at 2
p.m. Sunday, July 5. Mr. and
Mrs. Landes moved from Keo-
sauqua to New York a number
of years ago.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 173 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given; however there is a handwritten date of 1964.

I am NOT related to the LANDES family and am posting this obit for those who may find them in their family history.


Fred Ziegler died May 1964 aged about 93

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Ziegler, Rice, Anderson

FRED ZIEGLER

KEOSAUQUA--Fred Zieg-
ler, about 93, died Friday about
8:10 p.m. at St. Francis Hos-
pital in Burlington.

A former long time Keosau-
qua resident, he operated a
meat market for years.

Mr. and Mrs. Ziegler moved
to Burlington in January to be
near a nephew, Albert Ander-
son and family, and a niece,
Mrs. Earl Rice.

Survivors include the widow,
Mamie.

The funeral will be Tuesday
at 2 p.m. at Burnett-Catcott
Funeral Home in Keosauqua.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 173 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given; however there is a handwritten date of 5-29-1964.

I am NOT related to Fred Ziegler and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Robert R. Dorothy ~ 1894-1964

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Dorothy, Sturges, Burch, Barker

RETIRED GROCER AT KEOSAUQUA DIES SUNDAY

KEOSAUQUA--The service for Robert R. Dorothy, 69, retired Keosauqua businessman, will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Keosauqua Methodist Church. The Rev. C. H. Orf of Des Moines will be in charge, assisted by the pastor, the Rev. E. S. Tschetter. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery at Birmingham.

Mr. Dorothy died Sunday about 3 a.m. in Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born at Stockport Nov. 20, 1894, the son of Robert M. and Anna Sturges Dorothy.

On Jan. 1, 1915, he was married to Mabel Burch of Birmingham, who survives.

In 1924 they came to Keosauqua and together with his late brother, E. C. Dorothy, went into the grocery business. After 38 consecutive years in the store, he retired in the fall of 1962.

He was a member of the Keosauqua Masonic Order and of the Commercial Club.

In addition to his widow, he is survived by three sons, Maj. R. W. Dorothy of Lincoln, Neb., Bill Dorothy of Keosauqua and Jack Dorothy of Cantril; one brother, Arthur Dorothy of Ottumwa and a sister, Mrs. Bertha Barker of Douds.

His parents and four brothers preceded him in death.

The body is at the Burch Funeral Home in Birmingham.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 173 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper not given; however there is a handwritten date of April 5, 1964.

I am NOT related to Robert R. Dorothy and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Otto Calvin Brewster ~ 20 Feb 1880 - 04 May 1922

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Brewster, Willetts, Harryman, Finn

OBITUARY OF OTTO BREWSTER
---------------
Otto Calvin Brewster, son of Hardin and Mary Francis Brewster, was born on a farm in Vernon township, Van Buren county, Iowa, Feb. 20, 1880, and after a brief illness passed away at the St. Joseph hospital in Keokuk, Iowa, May 4, 1922, at the age of 42 years, 2 months and 14 days.

The first break in this family circle was caused by the death of the mother, Sept. 7, 1921, Otto being the next--the first of the large family of nine children to pass to the great beyond. He grew to manhood on the farm near Center Chapel, with which church he united when a boy. He was united in marriage to Miss Edna Willetts Dec. 22, 1909, at Mt. Sterling, by L. G. Cummins. This union was blessed by the birth of twin sons, Oct 26, 1912. These sons, Howard and Harold, have been the pride of the father's heart. After marriage he lived for a time on a farm near Willet Station, later purchasing the farm which is now the home. While living on this farm in northern Missouri he has made many friends in the locality, being ever ready and willing to lend a helping hand whenever there was need of assistance. In connection with his farm, he operated a blacksmith shop, having much experience in that line also.

He leaves to sorrow, the wife, two little boys, his aged father, six brothers, two sisters, several nieces and nephews, and a large number of more distant relatives. The brothers are Oscar, Clyde, Harvey and Arthur, of Keosauqua, and Oran and Howard, of Colorado. The sisters are Mrs. Lucy Harryman, of near Douds-Leando, and Mrs. Crete Finn, of near Bentonsport.

Funeral services were held at the Mt. Sterling M. E. church at one o'clock May 7, in charge of his pastor, James R. Shultz, of Granger, Mo. The pallbearers were chosen from the many kind friends and neighbors.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 89 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Mary Brown Sloan ~ 11 Jan 1838 - 26 Aug 1908

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Sloan, Brown, Therme, Whitney, Duffield, Walker

DEATH OF MRS. ROBERT SLOAN
--------------------
Mary Brown Sloan died at her home in Keosauqua, Iowa, on the 26th day of August, 1908, after a lingering illness of some years. She was born in the parish of Tillucan, West Mead county, Ireland, on the 11th day of January, 1838, and was married at Keosauqua on the 15th day of July, 1863, to Robert Sloan, who survives her. Ever since her marriage her home had been at Keosauqua. She was the mother of seven children, of whom five survive her: Stella, Hugh B., Robert E. Sloan and Iowa Sloan Therme, all of Keosauqua, and Mary E. Whitney of Paonia, Colorada [sic]. Della died Nov. 28, 1878, and Elizabeth Sloan Duffield, July 16, 1897.

Mrs. Sloan united with the Presbyterian church here when she was about twenty years of age, but later, in 1878, she joined the Congregational church of this place by letter, the reason of the change being the discontinuance of services in the Presbyterian church. She loved her church and was a helpful member and a regular attendant as long as her health permitted.

She was a noble woman, an exemplary wife, mother and neighbor. While she was preeminently a home-maker yet her sympathy and help was ever extended to the sick, the distressed and the needy. Truly is it said of her, "Her good works live after her."

Besides her husband and children she leaves two sisters and one brother: Mrs. Sarah Walker and John Brown, of Keosauqua, and Lizzie Brown, of Douds.

The funeral was held at the home at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, the short but approriate discourse being by Rev. C. S. Cooper. The casket was beautifully decorated with flowers--a loving tribute of relatives and friends. The burial was at the Purdom cemetry [sic].

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 89 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mary Brown Sloan and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Lydia Margaret Moore Taylor Stewart 25 Dec 1839 - 16 Oct 1930

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Moore, Taylor, Stewart

OBITUARY

Lydia Margaret Moore, daughter of John and Abigail Moore, was born December 25, 1839, in Columbia, Ohio, and passed away, October 16, 1930, aged 90 years, 9 months and 21 days. She and her parents came to Iowa at an early age, and lived near Houghten, Iowa. She was married to Hiram Taylor, and went to Kansas, to make their home. Several years after his death she was married to Morgan Stewart, and they later came to Milton to make their home. After his death, she and her sister continued to make Milton their home. The sister preceded her in death in 1926.
[there is more but whoever clipped this obit out cut it off]

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 172 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Lydia Margaret Moore Taylor Stewart and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. George McIntosh

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Moberg

MRS. MCINTOSH DIES

Mrs. George McIntosh died at her home in Memphis, Mo., Sunday, the funeral being held on Tuesday. She had been a resident of Scotland county all of her life, her age being 57 years. She leaves her husband, father and mother, two sisters, one brother, one nephew, two step-daughters, Nellie at home, and Mrs. Esther Moberg, of Hammond, Indiana.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 172 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however another obit on this page is dated October 1930, but since each obit is cut out and copied, this date may not be correct.

I am researching the McIntosh name and would like to know who this is. Please contact me if you have information.


John Schlarbaum

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Schlarbaum

COMMITS SUICIDE

John Schlarbaum, of Drakesville, Davis county, committed suicide Wednesday of last week by shooting himself with a rifle. Members of the family were not at home at the time, but upon returning found him. He was immediately taken to the hospital at Ottumwa where he passed away. Poor health is given by the family as the cause of the act.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 172 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however another obit on this page was dated Oct 1930 but each obit is cut out and copied so this is no guarantee of the correct date.

I am NOT related to John Schlarbaum and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Hannah A. Park

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Park, Davidson, Clayton, Inns, Hall, Evans

HANNAH PARK FUNERAL HELD
----------------
MT. STERLING WOMAN, 6 [sic], IS SURVIVED BY FOUR SONS, TWO DAUGHTERS
----------------
Funeral services for Mrs. Hannah A. Park, who died at the home of her daughter in Cincinnati Saturday, were held at the Christian church in Cantril at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mrs. Park, a former resident of Mt. Sterling, was 86 years old and had been in declining health for the past two years. She had sold her household goods last fall and went to Cincinnati.

The Rev. A. M. Hadley of Cantril officiated at the funeral and music was provided by Junior Wellborn and Mrs. Linn Jones. Burial was at the Cantril cemetery, the bearers being William Davidson, Willard Clayton, Paul Park, Fred Park, Sherman Inns and Melvin Hall.

Mrs. Park is survived by four sons and two daughters, William Park and Ira Park of Mt. Sterling, Dennis Park of Des Moines, John Park of Cantril, Mrs. Sadie Inns of Cincinnati and Mrs. Mary Evans of Douds.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 172 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however another obit on this page was dated Oct 1930 but each obit is cut out and copied so this is no guarantee of the correct date.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Hannah A. Park and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rogers

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Rogers

MR. AND MRS. SAM ROGERS ARE BURNED TO DEATH
---------------------------
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Rogers were burned to death by the explosion of a gasoline stove at their home in California. Particulars are lacking but it is reported that Mr. Rogers was burned while trying to extinguish the flames which were taking the life of his wife.

The body of the wife was brought to her former home in Texas for interment and the body of Mr. Rogers was brought to family burying ground at Mt. Sterling where funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon at the Christian church with Rev. Rogers officiating.

He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Rogers and grew to manhood on the farm near Mt. Sterling, being familiarly known as "Sammy." His age was thirty-two. The accident in California occurred Sunday, Sept. 21.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 172 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given; however another obit on this page is dated October 1930, but this is no guarantee that this obit is also from 1930. Right below this article is "Advertise your public sales in the Van Buren Record."

I am NOT related to the Rogers family and am posting this obit for those who may find them in their family history.


E.L., Daisey Bell & Virginia Jane Shreve and Janet Winifred Fellows

Posted by Karen DaPra on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: Shreve, Fellows

VICTIMS WERE MR. AND MRS. SHREVE, THEIR DAUGHTER, AND JANET FELLOWS
------------------------------------
Farmington people were almost rendered speechless with horror when they learned early Monday morning that four residents of the town had been killed in an automobile accident about 8:40 Sunday evening near Montrose, on a Burlington grade crossing, when their car was struck by a train.

The dead are:
E. L. Shreve 52, rural mail carrier
Daisy Bell Shreve, his wife, 50.
Virginia Jane Shreve, daughter, 12.
Janet Winifred Fellows, 13.

The tragic accident, which wiped out all of the Shreve family save one, and the little Fellows girl, was with one exception, the most horrible automobile accident that has happened to Van Buren county people, and in loss of life equals the accident at Niles crossing near Cantril, a few years ago when four young men lost their lives when the car in which they were riding collided with a Burlington route train.
HAD BEEN TO FT. MADISON
Just what caused the car to be on the tracks when the train came hurtling along will probably never be known, as onlookers differ in their versions of the affair.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 172 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however one obit on this page is dated October 1930.

I am NOT related to the Shreves or Fellows and am posting this obit for those who may find them in their family history.


Mary Roseborough McIntosh died 02 Dec 1918 aged 91 years 10 months 6 days

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Fri, 20 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Roseborough

Mrs. Mary Roseborough McIntosh
one of the oldest residents of Keo-
sauqua, died at 10 o'clock Monday
morning, Dec. 2, at the Mt. Pleas-
ant hospital The body was brought
to Keosauqua Tuesday, and short
funeral services were held at the
grave in Center Chapel cemetery at
11 o'clock Wednesday morning.

Mrs. McIntosh was a native of
Scotland county, Mo., and was 91
years, 10 months and 6 days of age.
She was the wife of George McIn-
tosh, deceased, and spent practical-
ly all her married life in Keosauqua.
She was the mother of nine children,
seven of whom survive her. Two
sons, George and Ocie McIntosh,
and their wives, of Memphis, Mo.,
attended the funeral services.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 239 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Verne E. Roberts ~ 17 Apr 1889 - 05 Mar 1921

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Roberts, Isenhour

OBITUARY

Verne E. Roberts, son of Lawson and Etta M. Roberts was born April 17, 1889, two and a half miles north of Cantril, Jackson township, Van Buren county, Iowa.

On November 24, 1909, he was united in marriage to Miss Vera Lee Isenhour, of Jackson township. He and the girl of his choice lived in the same immediate community and were intimately acquainted from childhood.

They spent the first two years after marriage in Cantril, where he had business interests. The following two years they were on a farm in the community, then one year was spent on a farm near Bentonsport.

Their married life was blessed by having two children born unto them. However, the first child, Freedah Lee, was not permitted to remain with them but a short time, for God wanted her, and took her to his home above. Mildred Irene, a bright, darling child of seven years, is left an orphan, as the mother, the companion of the deceased, preceded them to the better world, having passed away, January 25, 1916.

Four years ago, realizing that his health was failing him, he went to Colorado, thinking that the western climate would be beneficial. After spending several moths [sic] there, he returned, apparently much improved. Last year he was more conscious that disease was gnawing away at his physical strength, he again made a trip to Colorado; but of no avail. He returned to the old home, lovingly cared for by his loved ones, to await the final summons, which came Saturday afternoon, March 5, 1921, at 2:30 of the clock. Age 31 years, 10 months, 18 days.

He was a younug [sic] man of clean habits, a graduate of the Cantril High School, and greatly beloved by all who knew him.

In his closing hours he expressed his faith in his Lord; and with a look of satisfaction on his countenance, he peacefully fell asleep.

He leaves besides the father and mother, one sister, Elva Marie, one child, Mildred Irene, a large circle of more distant relatives, and a multitude of friends.

Appropriate services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Cantril, Monday afternoon conducted by the pastor, Rev. C. W. Cochran. Interment in Cantril cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 239 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Verne E. Roberts and am posting his obit for those who may find his in their family history.


James E. Marshall ~ 09 May 1826 - 11 Nov 1903

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Marshall, Godley, Chandler, Roush

OBITUARY
--------
James E. Marshall was born in Monroe county, Virginia, May 9, 1826. He came to Iowa in 1850. His first marriage was to Martha Ann Godley and to this union were born two children, Charles and Walter, the mother dying in 1856. June 20, 1860, he was married to Nancy Chandler, and to this union four children were born, Irvin, Martha, Mary and Emma, all of whom have passed away except one, who with her mother and one step-brother is left to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. He was a member of the M. E. church from early boyhood until the year 1878, when he united with the Christian denomination at Selma, of which he remained a member to the end. He died of paralysis at the home of his daughter Mrs. Emma Roush, Nov. 11, 1903, in his seventy-eighth year. We pray that the christian comfort of hope and faith may abide with the wife and daughter and all his relatives. Funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Leando, Nov. 12, 1903, by Rev. A. W. Davis, after which the body was tenderly laid away in the Leando cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 239 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to James E. Marshall and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family
history.


Hannah Pender Payne Delaney ~ 28 Dec 1849 - 02 Sep 1920

Posted by Karen DaPra on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Delaney, Pender, Payne, Beucler

MRS. HANNAH DELANEY

Hannah Pender, daughter of Richard and Maria Pender, was born near Keosauqua, Iowa, Dec. 28, 1849, and passed away at her home in Bonaparte, Iowa, Sept. 2, 1920, at the age of 70 years, 8 months and 4 days.

On Oct. 22, 1883, she was united in marriage to Mr. Lewis Payne, with whom she lived for nearly 11 years, he being called to his reward in February, 1894. After nine years of widowhood she was married to Robert Delaney, who passed away August 7, 1911. During most of her married life she lived in or near Cantril, Iowa. After the death of Mr. Delaney, she made her home with her brother, Thos. Pender, in Bonaparte, until he was called home August 14, 1918. Since that time she had lived alone in the home whence she was called.

In her early womanhood Mrs. Delaney professed faith in the Redeemed, and at her death was a member of the Bonaparte Baptist church.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one brother, Ellsworth Pender of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Mrs. Oletha Beucler, of Denver, Colo.; Captain Chas. Payne, of San Diego, Calif., William H. Delaney, of Centralia, Mo., and Albert Delaney of Cantril, Iowa, all of whom she loved as her own. She also leaves a number of nephews and nieces who were very dear to her.

She was a woman of splendid character, and had many friends wherever she lived.

Funeral services were held at the home at [punched hole in way] o'clock Saturday afternoon, Se[punched hole in way] with Rev. J. S. Coppoc in charge. The remains were laid to rest in the Fellows cemetery near Keosauqua.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 239 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Hannah Pender Payne Delaney and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


George Arthur Davis AKA Arthur Davis

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Davis, Gray, Russell

DEATH OF ARTHUR DAVIS
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The subject of the following mortuary notice, which we take from the San Jose, California, Mercury-Herald, date of March 30, was a half-brother of Wash Davis, now of Des Moines and his widow is a sister of Herbert Gray of Milton:

George Arthur Davis, aged 60, an old and trusted employe of a local lumber company, passed away last evening after a long illness at his home on Broadway avenue near Coe. He had been a semi-invalid for several months, after a very active life, and his condition improved at times up to a couple of weeks ago, when he took a turn for the worse. The end came peacefully last evening with all of the members of his family at his bedside.

George A. Davis, better known as Arthur Davis, was born in Keosauqua, Van Buren county, Iowa, and there married Jennie Gray, sister of Frank Gray, engineer at Alum Rock park, this city. He followed farming in Van Buren county for several years, then disposed of her property there and came to this city more than 20 years ago. San Jose had been his home ever since.

Besides a widow he is survived by several children--Asa G., Roy C., Maud, Ethel and Eva Davis and Mrs. Della Russell.

The funeral arrangements have not been completed as yet, but will probably be held under the auspices of the Masonic order of which the deceased had been a member for many years.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 158 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given. The print is the same as another obit from September 1915, however, actual date unknown.

I am NOT related to George Arthur Davis and am posting his obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mary Frazee Kirkendall died 23 Sep 1915 aged about 81 years

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Kirkendall, Frazee

MRS. E. B. KIRKENDALL
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About 9 o'clock the evening of Sept. 23, 1915, Mrs. E. B. Kirkendall, one of the good women of the county, died at her home in Douds, aged about 81. She had been in declining health for some time. It will be remembered by the people of the county that her husband died nearly two years ago. Her maiden name was Mary Frazee and she became the wife of E. B. Kirkendall over fifty years ago. She is survived by two sons and two daughters, all of the children having been born in this county. Funeral services wre held in the M. E. church at Douds, at 2 p. m. Saturday, Sept. 25, in charge of her pastor, Rev. Hehner. Burial was in the Leando cemetery.

P.S. Since the foregoing was put in type we received an obituary of Mrs. Kirkendall from her pastor, which will be published next week.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 158 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Mary Frazee Kirkendall and am posting her obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Chris Miller died September 1915

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Miller

SUDDEN DEATH AT MILTON
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As we make up our forms this Wednesday, we have word that Chris Miller, over 80 years of age and a long time resident of Milton, was found dead in bed this morning We have no particulars.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 158 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given, however a death of Sept. 23, 1915 was directly below this one.

I am NOT related to Chris Miller and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Hannah Brewster Madden ~ 14 Jun 1834 - 02 Dec 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Madden, Brewster, Wilcoxen, Boler

MRS MADDEN AND MRS. BOLER WERE EACH 90 YEARS OLD OR BETTER
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Two of the pioneer mothers of Van Buren county passed to their final reward within the past week--Mrs. Hannah B. Madden of Mt. Sterling, and Mrs. Susan Boler of Farmington. Both had attained a very advanced age, Mrs. Maden [sic] having been 91 years old last June, and Mrs. Boler would have been 90 had she lived until Dec. 16. And both were life-long leaders in the spheres in which they moved.
HANNAH BREWSTER MADDEN
Hannah Brewster, daughter of Thomas and Mary Brewster, was born in Taswell [sic] County, Virginia, June 14, 1834. At the age of five years she was brought to Iowa by her parents. She was united in marriage with Thomas Madden in 1854, whose death occurred July 16, 1887. Both united with the Christian church in 1875. Eight children were born to bless his [sic] union, six sons and two daughters. They are as follows: John R., Henry, Elizabeth, Mary; Harvey, William, Charley and Frank. Mary Wilcoxen died in October, 1918. Harvey died Jan. 3, 1919. She also had fourteen grand children and thirty two great grandchildren.

Grandma, as everyone called her, passed quietly away at the home of her son, Wm. Madden of Mt. Sterling, on Dec. 2, 1925; aged 91 years, 4 months and 19 days. She was a loving and devoted mother, a kind friend and good neighbor. She will be greatly missed by her loved ones and many friends.

Funeral services were held at the Mt. Sterling Christian church Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Elder Herbert C. Shaw of Cantril officiating. Burial in Center Chapel cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 158 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given. NOTE: If there is an obit for Mrs. Susan Boler, it was not found on this page I copied.

I am interested in corresponding with anyone researching the Brewster/Madden families.


Mrs. Josiah Wollam died in 1925 or 1926??

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Wollam, Park

MRS. JOSIAH WOLLAM

Mrs. Josiah Wollam died at her
home in this city Sunday evening, at
6 o'clock, after a lingering illness of
cancer of the liver, and the departure
of this loving spirit leaves gloom in
the home and a large circle of mourn-
ing friends.

Her age was 67 years, the greater
part of the long life being spent in the
county, and here the vacant tenement
will rest until the end, burial taking
place in the Blackledge cemetery yes-
terday, after an impressive ceremony
conducted by Rev. McQueen at Mt.
Sterling at 2 p. m.

The husband, Josiah Wollam, and
three children of the immediate fam-
ily are left to mourn: Mrs. O. D. Park,
E. A. and Clifford Wollam, all of this
county.

Obituary next week.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 175 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given. The other two obits on this page are from Sept. 1925 & June 1926.

I have a Sara Wollam, daughter of Edward & Elizabeth Wollam, in my lineage. If anyone can connect Mrs. Josiah Wollam to this family, please contact me.


Sara Allen (Wollam) Madden ~ 25 Jan 1867 - 02 Jun 1926

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Madden, Wollam, Bennett

SARA A. MADDEN

Sara Allen Wollam, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Wollam, was born in Van Buren county, Iowa, Jan. 25, 1867 at her home near Mt. Sterling, Iowa, and left her home so dear to her June 2, 1926; aged 59 years, 4 months and 7 days.

She was united in marriage to Thomas Harve Madden in March 1886, to this union four children were born: Willie Brook, who died in infancy, Mrs. Allena Bennett, who lives near the old home; Joe B. of Torrington, Wyoming; and Jessie Mae who lives on the old home.

Mrs. Madden lived in Vernon township all her life. After her marriage ship all her life. [sic] After her marriage she lived on a farm given them by (Daddy) Thos. Madden, 1 mile north of Mt. Sterling. After the death of her husband seven years ago, she still continued to live on the farm and with her children until Dec. 1925, when she was removed to her new home in Mt. Sterling, where she lived for four short months, then giving up to be taken back to the old home, where Jess now lives, to be cared for by her loved ones.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 175 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone researching the Madden name.


Ann (Bowen) Fellows ~ 28 Mar 1842 - 05 Sep 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Surname: Fellows, Bowen, Starr, Brown, Jenkins, Campbell, Marriott, Kennedy

MRS. S. D. FELLOWS
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Ann Bowen was born in Wales on March 28, 1842, and at the age of five years was brought with her father's family to America. The voyage was made in a sailing vessel and 45 days were used in crossing the Atlantic. The family made its first home in Pennsylvania but in 1852 emigrated to Iowa.

On August 22, 1861, she was married at Keosauqua to Stephen D. Fellows and to this union there were born eight children, seven of whom grew to maturity, and of the seven, two, Allen D. and Grant preceded their mother in death. The children surviving are George A. of Mitchell, S. Dak., Thos. H. of Des Moines, Chloe F. Starr of Fairfield, Lee of Keosauqua and Keo. [sic] F. Brown of Portland, Oregon.

Mrs. Fellows was the eldest of a family of fourteen children and she is survived by two brothers and three sisters: John W. of San Diego, Cal.; Edwin D. of Galesburg, Ill.; Mary Jenkins of Oskaloosa; Elizabeth Campbell of Omaha, Neb.; and Winnie Marriott of Galesburg, Ill.

Mr. and Mrs. Fellows made their home on a farm adjoining Keosauqua where their children were born and reared, until advancing years made necessary a retirement from active work, and in March, 1909, they sold the farm and removed to Fairfield to be near their eldest daughter.

Mr. Fellows departed this life in January, 1916, and since that time Mother Fellows continued her home in the residence on West Hempstead St. until her death, the morning of Sept. 5, 1925.

For many years Mary Kennedy was her kind and faithful housekeeper and companion and only severe illness prevented her from remaining in the home and giving that faithful service and companionship which she so much desired to give.

Mrs. Fellows became a Christian in early girlhood and during all the years of her life at the old home she was an active and earnest worker in the church and bible school. On their removal to Fairfield Mr. and Mrs. Fellows at once transferred their membership to the Christian church of that city. She enjoyed above all else the service and fellowship of the church and bible school and whenever her health permitted she was found in her accustomed place in the congregation.

Her living children were all present at the funeral services which wre held in the church at Fairfield at 2:30 o'clock, Sept. 7, 1925, and the body was laid to rest beside that of the husband in the Fellows cemetery at Keosauqua.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 175 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Ann Bowen Fellows and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Edward R. Mason ~ 18 Dec 1846 - 30 Jan 1928 or 1929

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Mason, Stewart

(Des Moines Register)

Edward R. Mason, 82, pioneer automobile manufacturer and one of the oldest practicing attorneys in Des Moines, died at 5 p. m. Wednesday Jan. 30, at his home, 3722 Grand Avenue as a result of injuries suffered when he fell on the icy sidewalks in front of his home Tuesday.

Mrs. Mason discovered her husband on the walk and the aged attorney was carried into the house in an unconscious condition. Suffering from concussion of the brain, he never fully regained consciousness and died late Wednesday.

Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, E. W. Mason of Des Moines, a daughter, Mrs. James A. Stewar[?] of Kansas City; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

With the death of Mr. Mason, Des Moines loses another of its pioneers whose achievements figure in the progress of the state.

He is credited with being one of the first to manufacture cotton goods, barbed wire, tin ware and automobiles. In 1906 he became associated with Fred Duesenberg and financed the building of Duesenberg's first automobile called the Mason.

The factory, located at East Fift[h?] and Vine streets, was sold to F. [?]. Maytag in 1910 and moved to Waterloo.

WAS CLERK IN U.S. COURT

Mr. Mason had been practicing law in Des Moines for the last fifty six years; forty years of that time he officiated as clerk of the United States court, and also served as United States Ctmmissioner [sic].

FOUGHT IN CIVIL WAR

He was born Dec. 18, 1846, Franklinville, N. Y., and came to Bentonsport, Iowa, at the age of 13. He was the eleventh of fourteen children, all of whom are now dead. He enlisted in company K, Forty fifth Iowa volunteers during the civil war.

At the close of the war Mr. Mason studied medicine at the Keokuk Medical college and came to Des Moines in 1869. However, he lacked funds to pursue his career as practicing physician, and turned his attention to manufacturing, meeting with success in all his ventures. At the same time he was studying law and was admitted to the Iowa bar in 1872.

WAS PREPARING CASE

Since that time he has maintained an active practice in the city, and was preparing a case for court at the time of his death.

The residence at 3722 Grand avenue has been his home for more than fifty years.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 87 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given. My photocopy was faded on the right-hand side and the brackets above show when a letter or two are unknown.

I am NOT related to Edward R. Mason and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Leon A. Pettit ~ 1893 - 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Pettit, Peterson

Leon A. Pettit, 35, well known life-long resident of this city and Hupmobile dealer in this territory, succumbed to a three months' illness yesterday morning at 9 o'clock at his home, 1707 Madison avenue.

Mr. Pettit was born in Burlington, January 11, 1893 and was married May 11, 1918 to Miss Mabel Peterson, who survives. He was a member of the Grace Methodist church, Malta lodge No. 318, A. F. and A. M. Murad Grotto, and the United Commercial Travelers.

Mr. Pettit was an accomplished musician and played in both the Municipal and Murad Grotto bands. His cheerful disposition and likeable personality won for him a place in the hearts of scores of friends and aided him much in attaining the prestige he commanded among business associates, all of whom feel a great loss in his passing.

Besides his widow, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Pettit of Burlington, and one brother, Harry Pettit of Clinton, Ia. He was preceded in death by an infant son and one sister.

Funeral services will be conducted from the residence, 1707 Madison avenue, Thursday afternoon at a time to be announced later, with Rev. Loyd Tennant in charge. His body will remain at Prugh's chapel until definite arrangements for the funeral are made.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 87 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Leon A. Pettit and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Pearl May (Dake) Cox Brewster ~ 16 Jun 1876 - 18 Feb 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Brewster, Dake, Cox

MRS. OSCAR BREWSTER
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Pearl May, daughter of Frederick and Caroline Dake, was born June 16, 1876 in Johnson county, Ind. Her parents moved to Mountain Grove, Mo., when she was a child and a few years later to the Center Chapel neighborhood where she lived her life except for the last few years which were spent in Iowa City, Iowa.

On April 15, 1896, she was united in marriage to Edward W. Cox. To this union were born one daughter and three sons. Her daughter, Augusta May, died in infancy and her husband on April 30, 1904.

On August 18, 1908, she was united in marriage to Oscar M. Brewster. Mrs. Brewster had been in failing health for three years, courageously and cheerfully bearing her affliction. She passed from this life on Feb. 18, 1928, at Iowa City.

She is survived by her husband and three sons, Harold, Leslie and Glen, by her brother and four sisters, Margaret and Charles of Washington, Laura of Colorado, Jeretta of California, and Zeda of Texas, and by many other more distant relatives and friends.

She was a member and faithful worker in the Center Chapel M. E. church during her whole life.

Funeral services were held at the Center Chapel, near Keosauqua, Iowa on Feb. 21, 1928, and were conducted by Rev. Gilbert of Milton. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 87 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone that has further information on this family.


Louise Wilhelmine Elizabeth (Woltje) Buchholz ~ 12 Jan 1851 - 05 Apr 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Woltje, Buchholz, Schau

Louise Wilhelmine Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Woltje, was born Jan. 12, 1851, near Farmington, Iowa.

She was baptised at Farmington, Iowa, July 13, 1853, and on April 9, 1865, she was confirmed at Farmington in the Evangelical faith.

She was united in marriage to Henry Buchholz Dec. 2, 1869, at Keosauqua, Iowa. To this union were born five children, Carrie, who died in infancy, Minnie, Chris and John at home, and Mrs. Henry Schau of Bonaparte, Iowa.

Mrs. Buchholz passed to the great beyond Thursday, April 5, 1928, being 77 years, 2 months and 24 days of age. She leaves to mourn their loss her husband, four children, one son-in-law, one grand daughter, one brother and three sisters, besides other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted at the home by her pastor, Rev. Wuebben of Franklin, Iowa, at 2 o'clock on Easter Sunday, April 8. Burial in Steinmeyer cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 87 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Louise Wilhelmine Elizabeth Woltje Buchholz and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Stella (Creswell) Gilbert ~ 24 Jul 1862 - 05 Apr 1928

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Creswell, Milligan, Gilbert, Colton, Von Seggan, King, Allen, McNamar, Thompson

Stella Creswell, daughter of John and Elizabeth Milligan Creswell, was born at Bonaparte, Iowa, July 24, 1862. Here she spent her entire life which came peacefully to a close in the early morning of April 5, 1928. Failing health for several months had warned her family and friends that she would not have much longer to remain in this world, although she was acutely ill only a short time.

August 16, 1882, she was united in marriage with Mr. William Gilbert. To this union were born two children, a daughter, Zoe, who died in infancy; and a son, Harry C. Gilbert, who survives her. She is also survived by one brother, Henry C. Creswell of Bonaparte; two nephews, Edward Colton of Danville, Ill., and James Colton of Farmington, Iowa; four nieces, Lelia Von Seggan of Bonaparte, Ethel King of Des Moines; Virgie Allen of Mt. Sterling, and Grace McNamar of Keosauqua; and a brother and sister-in-law, Eratus Colton of Farmington and Mrs. W. O. Thompson of Bonaparte. Her husband died August 2, 1887.

Mrs. Gilbert was a member and Past Matron of Magnolia Chapter No. 276, O. E. S. She was also a charter member of the Clair Sargeant Post 563, American Legion Auxiliary.

At an early age she united with the Presbyterian church of Bonaparte, and was especially devoted to the work of the Ladies Aid of that church. She was of a kindly, quiet disposition, finding her greatest enjoyment in her home. She will be sadly missed by her family and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held at the Presbterian [sic] church on Friday afternoon at four o'clock, Rev. A. C. Droz officiating. Interment in Bonaparte cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 87 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Stella Creswell Gilbert and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Thomas Robb ~ 16 Jan 1849 - 06 Nov 1913

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Robb, Van Zant, Hagelstange

THOMAS ROBB

Thomas Robb died at Mt. Pleasant Thursday morning, Nov. 6, 1913, aged sixty-four years, nine months and twenty days. The remains were brought to Van Buren county and funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Farmington with interment in the Farmington cemetery.

Deceased was a son of Harvey and Rachel Robb and was born in Henry township, Van Buren county, Iowa, Jan. 16, 1849. For most of his life he was a farmer and stock dealer, and on retiring from the farm moved to Farmington. His health has been failing for a number of years.

Mr. Robb was kind and generous hearted, of lively disposition, and was well known in this section.

He leaves to mourn, a widow, two daughters, Mrs. Ellis Van Zant of Bentonsport and Mrs. George Hagelstange of Farmington, and two sons, Harry and Clarence.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 88 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone with further information on this family.


Mrs. Agnes (Lane) Snider died 26 Apr 1913 aged about 40 years

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Snider, Lane, DeFord, Wright, Bennett

Mrs. Agnes Snider died at her home in Billings, Mont., after a lingering illness, April 26, 1913, burial being on Tuesday of this week. She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Lane, and was born in Henry township, this county, about forty years ago. Some ten or twelve years ago she was married to Rev. W. E. Snider, son of Geo. W. Snider of Cedar township. Most of their married life was spent in Montana. Her mother Mrs. A. H. Lane, of Keosauqua, and sister Mrs. Ora DeFord of Des Moines township, were at the bedside during the last weeks of Agnes' sickness and were present when the final summons came, as was a brother Alvis Lane, of Billings. Besides those named above she leaves to mourn their loss a husband, two daughters aged about 8 and 10 respectively, two brothers Edgar Lane, of Keosauqua, and George Lane, of New York City, and two sisters, Mrs. John Wright, of Keosauqua and Mrs. Lena Bennett of Kansas. An obituary will be published later.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 88 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Agnes (Lane) Snider and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Miss Pearl May Rowe ~ 04 May 1890 - 07 Aug 1913

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Rowe

PEARL MAY ROWE.

Pearl May, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer E. Rowe was born in Keosauqua, Iowa, May 4, 1890, died Aug. 7, 1913, aged 23 years 3 months and 3 days.

The early life of Miss Rowe was spent in Keosauqua where the family then resided. She attended the public schools of that place until 1899 when with her parents and younger sister she removed to their present country home four and one half miles south of Stockport.

For three years she attended the Bonaparte High School, at the end of which time she left school to take up millinery work as a chosen occupation. She spent two seasons in Hillsboro, going from there to Keokuk where she became head trimmer in one of the large millinery establishments of that place.

She later came to Bonaparte where she remained until her last illness compelled her to give up the work and return home.

After a lingering illness and acute bodily suffering which she bore with great patience and fortitude, the gentle suffering spirit was lifted from its tenement of clay and carried on angel pinions to the peaceful shelter and abiding rest of that house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.

Of cheerful, sunny temperament, like the song bird whose morning note brings cheer for the burden and toil of the day, or like the tender flower whose fragrant beauty makes glad alike the peaceful valley and the cheerless plain, she lived a life that endeared her to all who knew her, and her going leaves a sweet, fond memory in the hearts of those who mourn her untimely death.

In spite of all that could be done to save her she went from us, and today our hearts are sad. But underlying the heartache and sadness is the sweet hope of some day joining her in a world where parting is no more.

She leaves to mourn her death a father, mother, sister Wealtha, and baby brother, besides a host of other near relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted from the home by Rev. C. S. Carroll assisted by a double quartet from the Hillsboro and Utica churches, Sunday morning Aug. 10. Intetrment [sic] in the Dibble Cemetery south of Utica.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 88 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Miss Pearl May Rowe and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Eliza (Monroe) Coolidge ~ 20 Aug 1856 - 08 Nov 1913

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Monroe, Coolidge, Miller, Vass, Sappington, Sturdivant, Detwiler, Nicklin

MRS. O. J. COOLIDGE

Mrs. Eliza Monroe Coolidge was born August 20, 1856, at London, England, and came to America when two years old.

In Bonaparte, Iowa, March 10, 1874, she and Orlando Judd Coolidge were united in marriage and to them were born five children, four of whom survive, viz., Mrs. Minnie Alice Miller of Chicago, Edmund Glenn of Des Moines, Mrs. Blanche Anne Vass of Valley Junction, and Ivan Donald of Des Moines. Oscar, the oldest child died in infancy.

Mrs. Coolidge passed away Nov. 8, 1913, after an illness of six and a half months, aged 57 years, 2 months, and nineteen days.

Her husband preceded her to the Great Beyond three years ago, Nov. 21, after which she continued to reside at her old home in Bonaparte. When her health failed she went to Des Moines to make her home with her children.

Besides the four children above mentioned she leaves to mourn their loss four grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Felix Sappington of Anson, Mo., and Mrs. Jennie Sturdivant of San Diego, California; and two brothers, John Monroe of New Orleans, and Alex. Monroe of Carlton, Minn.

The floral offerings were unusually numerous and beautiful, two exceptionally beautiful pieces being sent by the Register and Leader and Des Moines Capital.

The remains were brought to Bonaparte Monday and a funeral service was held at the M. E. church Monday afternoon with Rev. T. K. Holliday officiating. Interment in the Bonaparte cemetery.

The children and their husbands and wives accompanied the remains to Bonaparte Monday for the funeral service.

John Detwiler of Des Moines, and Mrs. Henry Vass and Mrs. J. D. Nicklin of Eldon, sisters of Frank Vass, also attended the services here.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 88 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Eliza Monroe Coolidge and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Luther Sargeant ~ 09 Apr 1821 - 25 Feb 1904

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Sargeant, Brown, DeHart, Connor, Wilson, Doughty, Forbes, Smith

Luther Sargeant was born at Danville, Caladonia county, Vermont, April 9th 1821 and died at his home near Vernon Feb. 25, 1904. His age was 82 years, 10 month [sic] and 15 days; he was the oldest living settler in this part of the country [sic].

He was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Brown of Burlington, Iowa, at that place June 18, 1843. To this union ten children were born. Seven of whom servive [sic] him, viz.-Mrs. Mary DeHart of Chualar, Cal., Mrs. Emeline Connor, of Des Moines, Ia.; Oliver of Van Buren county, Iowa; Mrs. Cornelia Wilson, of Bonaparte, Iowa; Mrs. Harriet Doughty, of Van Buren County, Ella Forbes, of Milton, Iowa; and Melvin, who resides at the old homestead. Two children died in infancy, and a daughter Mrs. Laura Smith died Dec. 5, 1895.

There are 12 grand children and 5 great grand children living. All of his children except Mrs. DeHart were present at the funeral.

Mr. Sargeant came to Van Buren county Sept. 20, 1839.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 22 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Luther Sargeant and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


William M. Burns ~ 11 May 1834 - 08 Feb 1904

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Burns

---Died at his home in [cut-off could be Pain or Park] township, Sedgwick county, Kansas, February 8, 1904, in his 70th year, William M. Burns, of Bright's disease. He was born in or near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, May 11, 1834, and with his parents came west in the early spring of 1837, to Farmington, Van Buren county, Iowa. Here they lived for two years when they removed to the old homestead six miles west and north of Farmington on Vernon Prairie. In April, 1852, William, in company with his two elder brothers, crossed the western plains to California. Returning to Iowa in 1864, he remained here until 1871, when he removed to Butler county, Kansas. Two years later he removed to Sedgwick county where he made his final home and where he died. He leaves a wife, an adopted son, one sister and two brothers to mourn their loss. One of the brothers is John W. Burns, of Keosauqua, who was present at the funeral.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 22 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to William M. Burns and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


George Anson ~ 18 Jan 1815 - 31 Jan 1904

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Anson

THE OLDEST PIONEER AND ONE OF THE FIRST SETTLERS OF VAN BUREN CO. PASSES AWAY
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George Anson died at his home near Keosauqua, Iowa, at the ripe age of 90 years and 13 days. The end came early Sunday morning January 31, 1904. He was born in Logan county, Ohio, January 18, 1815. He was the sixth of a family of twelve children and is survived by only one, Thomas, with whom he has made his home for the last few years, that is since his return from California, where he went from Van Buren county in 1850. He was, at the time of his death, the oldest settler or pioneer of this county. From his birthplace in Kentucky he emigrated with his parents to Pike county, Mo., and in October, 1834, he and his father came to Van Buren county, which was before the government land here was on the market, and began to make a home for the rest of the family on the land on the right bank of the Des Moines river, a short distance below Keosauqua, now owned by his brother Thomas Anson, the rest of the family coming here in the spring of 1835. What a virgin country this was at that time. Few, if any, white people for many miles distant. Indians, wild game and ague were the things then mostly in evidence. But then they had the beauties of undisturbed nature to balance the discomforts of pioneer life. Wonderful has been the change in the appearance of this part of Iowa since the days the Ansons settled here. But it came so gradually that the family hardly realized it. All are now gone of these good people except Thomas, and he is in poor health. George, the subject of this sketch, like his brother Thomas, was never married. He was of a retiring disposition and scarcely ever came to town or left the farm. The funeral was held at the Center Chapel at 11 o'clock Monday of this week in the presence of a large concourse of friends, the sermon being by Eld. Everett of the Keosauqua Christian church, after which the remains were buried in the Chapel cemetery where repose the bodies of his parents and brothers and sisters.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 22 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone that has information on the Anson family.


Lizzie A. (Wiley) McIntosh ~ 05 Nov 1862 - 21 Jan 1904

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Wiley, McIntosh

LIZZIE A. MCINTOSH

Lizzie A., daughter of James and Mary Wiley, was born Nov. 5, 1862, in Des Moines township, and died of heart failure caused by lung fever Jan. 21, 1904, at her home in Henry township, aged 41 years, 2 months and 16 days. She lived with her parents at the place of her birth until her marriage to John W. McIntosh, Nov. 30, 1884, since which time she lived in this county except one year spent in California. To this union were born five children: Curtis W., Harry L., Arthur W., and Floyd D., all of whom are living, and Clara B. who died May 3, 1901. In 1879, the deceased united with the M. E. church at Home Prairie. She leaves a husband, four sons, mother, one sister and two brothers to mourn their loss. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Carson at Center Chapel, Jan. 24, 1904, and although a very cold day a large number of friends and neighbors gathered to pay their last tribute of love and respect to the earthly remains of a faithful friend and neighbor.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 22 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone with additional information on this family.


Clara Frances (Corns) Leffler ~ 17 Jun 1878 - 20 Feb 1904

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Corns, Leffler

Clara Frances Corns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.H. Corns, was born in Bentonsport, Iowa, June 17th, 1878. Married to Mr. Ohmer Leffler, Dec. 17, 19[torn]. Died, Feb. 20, 1904. Deceased had always lived in Bentonsport where she was loved and respected by all who knew her. Her friends were numbered among both old and young--"to know her was to love her." She was of a loving disposition and was the light of her parental home. She had been a bride but two short weeks when she was stricken with typhoid fever, of which she had always had a dread. But when informed by her physician that she was a victim of that dread disease, she said she had no fear even of death. She was a patient sufferer through all her lingering illness, and seemed more thoughtful of her mother's burdens than of her own illness. God called her home and death has plucked another flower from earth to sparkle as a jewel in Heaven. The young bride of a few weeks has passed from earth and left her husband, father, mother, three brothers and a sister to mourn their loss. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Duty, were held at the Presbyterian church and her body was laid to rest in the Bentonsport cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 22 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Clara Frances Corns Leffler and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Lettie (Brown) Sargeant Blount ~ 15 May 1828 - 25 Mar 1902

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Brown, Sargeant, Blount

---Lettie Brown was born in Ohio,
May 15, 1828, and died at her home
in Ottumwa, Iowa, March 25, 1902,
aged 73. In October, 1842, she was
married to N. Sargeant and to this
Union three children were born, only
one now living. In 1850 this hus-
band and father died. In 1853 she
was married to Urastus Blount and
to them two children were born, who
survive. The remains were brought
from Ottumwa to Vernon, Wednes-
day of last week and buried, after
services in the M.E. church con-
ducted by Rev. Harley Marriott.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Lettie Brown Sargeant Blount and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mary Margaret (Ritter) Rigler ~ 14 Feb 1842-24 Mar 1902

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Ritter, Rigler, King, Mitchell, Radestock, Ward, Pickard, Miller, Cackley

AT REST.

Mary Margaret Ritter was born at Ca[one letter can't be deciphered]sel, Bavaria, Germany, on Feb. 14th, 1842, and died at her home two and onehalf miles west of Bonaparte, Iowa, on Monday morning March 24, 1902, being sixty years one month and ten days old.

She came to America with her parents arriving at Farmington, Iowa, in the month of July 1860. On September 30th of the same year, she was married, at Farmington, to Fredric G. Rigler, and from which place they came to their present home. To this union was born six children: August, who died March 25th, 1876, Max of Valdez, Alaska, Mrs. Rosa King, who resides a few miles from the paternal home, Anna M., Charles and George who are still at home. Besides the five children there are left to mourn her untimely departure her husband, one brother, one sister and two grand children besides a large circle of sympathizing friends.

Mrs. Rigler was a member of the Roman Cotholic [sic] church and lived a devoted Christian life, always ready to do for others, always wanting to make others happy. Nothing ever being too much trouble for her willing hands to do.

Her sickness was only of about 40 hours duration and the news of her death was a great skock [sic] to all her friends and neighbors.

"The pang--
The cruel pang, the never-ceasing pang
That turns the sweets of life to bitterness,
All zephyrs unto tempests, and each breeze
That pits rebellious life against itself.
When the strong cord, the golden love-charged cord,
That holds a wife and mother to her own,
Severs and falls in ruins at our feet,
And mocks us with brightness 'mid the dust,
There is no loss, except the loss of heaven,
Like that which fills a wife and mother's shroud;
There is no love except the love of God,
Like that which fill a wife and mother's heart."

The funeral services were held at the family residence at 10 o'clock a.m. on Wednesday the 26, by Father Daly of Farmington. Interrment [sic] at the Bonaparte Cemetery.

Many and beautiful were the florial [sic] offerings by friends of the deceased, presented as tokens of love and esteem for the dead.

The pall bearers were: Benj. Mitchell, Frederick Radestock, Albert F. Ward, Chas. Pickard, George Miller and Walter Cackley.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Mary Margaret (Ritter) Rigler and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Mrs. Lydia A. Stronk

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Stronk, Hislop, Myers, Nedrey

Mrs. C.A. Carter received the sad news Friday of the death of Mrs. Lydia A. Stronk at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Hislop of Omaha, Nebraska, where she had gone less than a year ago. Mrs. Stronk was one of the early pioneer residents of Bentonsport, was highly esteemed and enjoyed the humble home and the companionship of her life long friends here more than the luxuries of a palace did it remove her from the old home. She is survivid [sic] by three daughters whose education was finished at the Bentonsport public school and later became popular educators in Van Buren county. They are Mrs. Ida Hislop of Omaha, Nebr., Mrs. Anna Myers of Memphis, Mo., and Mrs. Mrs. [sic] Clara Nedrey of Denver, Colo. Her husband died several years ago at the soldiers home in Grand Island, Nebr.

Interment was make [sic] at Omaha.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given. The other obits on page 10 are from 1901 & 1902.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Lydia A. Stronk and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Clara B. McIntosh ~ 27 Aug 1885-03 May 1901

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh

Clara B. McIntosh, eldest child of John McIntosh, was born Aug. 27, 1885, and departed this life May 3, 1901, aged 15 years, 8 months and 6 days. Her entire life was spent in her native county, Van Buren, except one year with her parents in California. In her 13th year she united with the M.E. church at Center Chapel, of which she was a faithful member and follower of Christ at her death. Clara was one whom to know was to love, having a kind, loving disposition and a willing heart, She leaves a father, mother and four brothers, besides a host of friends to mourn her death. She will ever be remembered as an example of christian l'ving. She attended the Keosauqua high school and was a member of the junior class. In her studies she was ambitious to excel and being a close student stood high in the estimation of her teachers. A number of her friends gathered to pay their last respects, quite a number of A.O.U.W.'s being present. The funeral was held at Center Chapel by her pastor, who spoke to her friends and schoolmates from Eccl. 12-1. Though with hearts burdened with grief we laid her "at rest," yet we know that our loss is her gain. Her soul unstained by sin is with her Redeemer and as we, through tear-dimmed eyes, look upon the place we laid her, by faith we see her clad in white robes with a crown of glory upon her brow, a golden harp in her hand, beckoning us home. Gone, but not forgotten, thy death shall not be in vain. The beautiful example of love and trust shall not be lost but patiently waiting and earnestly endeavoring, we will meet the upon that happy shore where parting shall be no more.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone researching this family.


Daniel Crawford ~ 02 Feb 1826-08 Jan 1902

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Crawford, Hart

DANIEL CRAWFORD.

Daniel Crawford was born in Carl county, Ohio, February 2, 1826, and died at Bentonsport on January 8, 1902. Mr. Crawford was married to Celesta Hart in 1847. To this union eleven children were born. Seven of them are living. Mr. Crawford moved from Ohio to Van Buren county in 1847 where he resided until 1859. From here he moved to Missouri and back again to Iowa. In 1861 he enlisted in the 36th regiment of Iowa Infantry. After giving three years of faithful service to his country he was discharged, since which time he resided alternately in Missouri and Iowa, until 1882 when he finally located in Bentonsport until he died. Mr. Crawford was painfully afflicted. He suffered greatly. He was a good citizen, much beloved by his relatives and friends, and highly respected by the citizens of Bentonsport and the community at large. His funeral took place January 10. Services were conducted at the home of Rev. R. Collier and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Bentonsport.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 10 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Daniel Crawford and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Josephine (Jacques) Acklan died 25 Feb 1931 aged 74 yrs

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Acklan, Jacques, Burk

LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS FROM FARMINGTON
Death of Josephine Acklan and......
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Funeral for Mrs. Josephine Acklan was held at the St. Boniface catholic church here on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. After a lingering illness of several months her death occurred on Wednesday, February 25, at the Wm and sister Louise Jacques home, where Mrs. Acklan had resided with her brother and sister. She was 74 years of age and was one of the well known pioneer farm women, whose home for fifty years was several miles northeast of town. The husband, the late John F. Acklan preceded her in death more than forty years ago. Those surviving are the son, John Acklan of Monmouth, Ill.; two brothers, William and Louie Jacques of Farmington and two sisters, Mrs. James Burk of near here and Louise Jacques of Farmington and several more distant relatives and a large circle of friends. Interment took place in the rural Acklan cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 261 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten is Keo[sauqua] Rep[ublican] 05 March 1931.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Josephine (Jacques) Acklan and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Elta A. (Fitzgerald) McIntosh ~ 26 Dec 1873-07 Aug 1925

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Fitzgerald, Alexander

OBITUARY OF MRS. J.W. MCINTOSH
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Elta A., daughter of Hubert and Clara H. Fitzgerald, was born on Dec. 26th, 1873, near Center Chapel in Van Buren county, Iowa, and was called to her eternal home in the early morning hours of Friday, August 7th, 1925, aged 51 years, 7 months and 12 days. One sister Ida, died when a young girl. She was converted when only 11 years old in a Baptist church but afterwards united with the M.E. church in Bentonsport, Iowa, and subsequently transferred her membership to Center Chapel. She was an active and devoted christian. For many years she taught the primary class in the Sunday school. She was president of the Ladies' Aid for years and held that position until her death. She was a teacher in the schools for fifteen years, some of them in rural schools and also in Bentonsport school and in the Bonaparte high school. She was a very efficient and successful teacher and many got their educational start in life under her tuition.

She was a member of the Daughters of Rebekah and manifested great interest in the work and progress of that sisterhood. On Feb. 6, 1906, she was united in marriage to John W. McIntosh. She leaves to mourn her loss, her loving husband and four step-sons, Curtis and his wife, Harry and his wife, Arthur and Floyd, and two grandchildren. One brother survives, Elvin, who lives at Walnut Ridge, Ark., and two half-sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Alexander of Rochester, Wash., and Mrs. Bertha McIntosh of San Miguel, Cal., three uncles C.P. McIntosh of Milton, W.M. McIntosh of Farmington and S.M. Fitzgerald of Gardner, Mont. She will be sorely missed in her home and by the membership of Center Chapel and the Sisters of the Rebekah lodge of Keosauqua and a great host of friends.

"Servant of God, well done;
Rest from thy loved employ;
The battle fought, the victory won,
Enter thy Master's joy."

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. G.H. Smith (former pastor,) assisted by Dr. W.R. Keesey, on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 9th, at Center Chapel. Appropriate selections were sung by the choir and by request of the deceased Rev. Smith sang one piece. The floral rememberances were very profuse. Interment was made in Center Chapel cemetery. The Daughters of Rebekah performed their rites at the graveside.
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We wish to express our sincere thanks to the many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy extended during the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother.

J.W. McIntosh and Children.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 261 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Handwritten at bottom: Keo[sauqua] Rep[ublican] 16 Jul 1925.

I would be interested in corresponding with anyone that has more information regarding this family.


Isaac Davis ~ 09 Mar 1833-04 Jul 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Davis

ISAAC DAVIS.

Isaac Davis was born in Rockcastle Co., Kentucky, March 9, 1833, and died the night of July 4, 1907. In 1836 he came with his parents to Iowa and settled on a farm near Vernon where he ever after resided. In 1854 he crossed the plains to California, returned in 1855. He was honest and lived in peace with his neighbors and acquaintances. He minded his own business. He never married. He was esteemed by all who knew him. The funeral services were at the church in Vernon, Sunday, July 7 at 2 o'clock p.m., Eld. C.L. Wheeler of Keosauqua preaching the serman. The burial was in the Vernon cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 38 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Isaac Davis and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


John T. Israel ~ 30 Jun 1857-24 Oct 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Israel, Young

JOHN T. ISRAEL.

John T. Israel, eldest son of J.D. and Juliet Israel, was born in Harrisburg township, Van Buren county, Iowa, June 30, 1857. Departed this life Oct. 24, 1907, aged 50 years, 3 months and 24 days. He was converted and united with the Harrisburg Baptist church in 1876, and continued a faithful member of that organization until he answered his Master's call to a higher service. He was married Mch. 7, 1886, to Miss Bess Young, who with the one son Kenneth survives him. His was the religion that spoke not so much in words as in the actions of his every-day life. He was one of the most exemplar in his attendance at church and Sabbath school. He was not only at peace with his Maker but with all mankind as well. It is doubtful that he ever gave cause for breach of friendship. Entrusted by his fellow citizens with positions of honor and responsibility he always proved faithful to the trust imposed. A genial companion, a thoughtful and considerate neighbor, loyal to every instinct of duty, he will be greatly missed in every relation of life. Truly may it be said that a tender, loving and faithful husband and father has gone to his reward. Funeral services were conducted at the Harrisburg church on the 26th inst. by Rev. Jonathan Lee of Rome, a former pastor, assisted by the present pastor, Rev. Ericson. A very large concourse of relatives and sympathizing friends attended and followed the remains to the burial at the Sharon cemetery near LaCrew, Lee county.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 38 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to John T. Israel and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Alice May Wolf (Mrs. Geo. McIntosh) ~ 29 Jun 1861-16 Jun 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Wolf, McIntosh

Memphis, Mo., Reveille: Mrs. Geo. McIntosh died Sunday afternoon, June 16, 1907, of cancer, at the family home in this city. For many long months she had been a patient and constant sufferer. An operation was performed but it failed to prolong her life. Her maiden name was Alice May Wolf. She was born on Vernon Prairie, Van Buren county, Iowa, June 29, 1861, and died June 16, 1907, aged 45 years, 11 months and 13 days. She was united in marriage with Geo. McIntosh, Oct. 26, 1884. To this union were born five children--three of whom survive--viz: Harry, Nellie May and Leo, two having passed to the other side in infancy. Six years ago she suffered the loss of one sister and four years ago she lost a devoted mother, and leaves to mourn her departure the husband, three children, a devoted father and three sisters, all of whom were present at the funeral. At the early age of 15 she became a member of the Christian church and ever since she was a devoted christian. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Christian church, Rev. J.T. Shreve, pastor, officiating, after which a long column of vehicles following the body to the cemetery [paper torn] tenderly laid to [paper torn].

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 38 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone that has more information regarding this family. What cemetery is Alice buried in?


A.H. Lane ~ 24 Feb 1845-10 Jun 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Lane, Snare

A. H. Lane was born in Logan county, Ohio, Feb. 24, 1845, and departed this life at his home in Keosauqua, Iowa, June 10, 1907, aged 62 yrs., 3 mos. and 16 days. At the age of 9 years he came with his parents to Iowa and this has been his home most of his life. He was well known throughout this county as a first class mechanic, builder and contractor. At Troy, Iowa, under the pastorage of Rev. Friend, in 1862, he was converted and joined the M.E. church and to his death he was faithful to God and his Master's business. Most of his life he was class leader in the church being leader of this, Keosauqua church, at the time of his death. His longest period of service in this capacity was perhaps at Center Chapel. There he was both leader and chorister for many years. He took great delight in the old hymns of the church and when the congregation struck one of his favorites you could hear his tenor voice ring out strong and clear. Brother Lane had a christian experience. You would not long be in his company until you would find this out. He had fellowship with God and you knew it. This experience was very evident in his last days. On Saturday last he told me that a mansion awaited him in his Father's house. He only hated to leave the loved ones for they would miss him. He was kind in his home life almost to a fault. This is testified to by those in the home and those outside the home. The love of God that passeth knowledge was his rich inheritance, and by this he was rich indeed. By his death the community has lost one of its most substantial citizens, the church one of its devoted worshipers, and the home a kind and exemplary father. So the world is poorer because of his death but richer because of his life. In 1863 he answered the call of his country and enlisted in the Third Iowa Cavalry, Company G. But a year of hard service proved too much for his physical condition so his brother secured his discharge at Memphis, Tennessee, and he returned home not able to re-enlist. He came home as they all supposed to die but outlived all expectations. So in the call of country he was true to God as well as the service he gave to him in the church. Oct. 29, 1866, he was united in marriage to Catharine Snare and to this union were born nine children, eight of whom survive with the wife and mother to mourn their loss. The wife will miss his companionship, the sons will miss his council, the daughters will miss his love, and Anna, the one left at home, will miss him most for he was to her the source of great sympathy. The children are all present today. A good man has gone. And we do not have to force words to say this. His life was an open book and spake for itself. For in the construction of buildings he left his monument in honest workmanship, would lose money on a building before he would slight his work. So we have said he was faithful in the church, and the world says he was faithful to the right as he toiled in the world so then his is that of the blessed. So when the Sunday life and the week day life of a man correspond to the will of God we have a right to call him blessed. We will miss him at church, at home, in business, but in our Father's house we will know where to find him. He is [cut-off].

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 38 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to A.H. Lane and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Esther May (Marriott) McIntosh ~ 30 Jul 1870-07 Feb 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Marriott, McIntosh

OBITUARY.

Esther May Marriott was born near
Vernon, July 30, 1870, died near Mem
phis, Mo., Feb. 7, 1907, aged 30 years
6 months and 8 days.

She united with the M.E. church at
Vernon at the age of 16 years under
the ministry of Rev. R.L. Paterson
of which she has ever since been a
faithful member; for several years she
was a teacher in the public schools.

In August 1890 she became the wife
of Ocy McIntosh. To this union was
born six children, two sons and four
daughters. The oldest son preceed
ing her to the better land.

Her's was a busy life; a loving
daughter, a faithful sister, a devoted
wife and a noble mother.

She leaves to mourn a husband and
five children, a father and two broth
ers.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's
collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would like to correspond with anyone who has information on this family.


Bruce Boyer Perkins ~ 14 Dec 1889-04 Feb 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Perkins

BRUCE BOYER PERKINS

Bruce Boyer Perkins, son of Al[?] and Isabel Perkins was born in Bonaparte township, Van Buren county, Iowa, December 14, 1889, and died Little Rock, Arkansas, Monday, Feb. 4, 1907, aged seventeen years, 1 month, and twenty-one days.

He was working for the Rock Island and contracted a severe case of swamp fever. He went to a hospital at Little Rock where he died a few days later, none of his relatives being present.

He leaves to mourn their loss a father and one brother, Charles A[?]ter 4-1/2 months old, a brother two years old, and his mother preceded him in death.

The remains were shipped to Bonaparte and a funeral service held at the Presbyterian church Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 o'clock P.M., Rev. Jas. Clark officiating, with interrment [sic] in the Bonaparte cemetery.

He was educated in the public schools of Bonaparte and for several months worked in the printing office of same town. He left here during the sun mer [sic] to seek employment elsewhere. His many young friends here sympathize with the father and brother in their bereavement.

The funeral service was very largely attended, the church being too small to accommodate those who desired to attend. Rev. Clark used as a text [?] words: "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth."

The Royal Neighbors lodge attended the funeral services in a body taking seats immediately behind the mourners.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given. NOTE: This copy was faded and a few letters at the end of each column was not readable, therefore I interpreted to the best of my knowledge.

I am NOT related to Bruce Boyer Perkins and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


George Batchelor ~ 18 Apr 1820-28 Feb 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Batchelor, Ramsey, Hornbaker, Simmons, Reith, Wilson

OBITUARY OF GEORGE BATCHELOR.

George Batchelor was born in Boston, Massachusetts, April 18th, 1820. At the age of eighteen months he with his parents crossed the ocean to Scotland, where he remained until thirteen years of age when he was apprenticed to a sailor, remaining on the ocean about eighteen years. He was married to Miss Catharine Ramsey April 18th, 1841, at Newcastle, England. In 1844 they moved to New York City, remaining there seven years, when they removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they resided ten months, coming to Van Buren county, Iowa, in 1852, and locating on a farm on Vernon Prairie. To them were born eight children, three boys and five girls, five of whom survive: Mrs. Mary Hornbaker, Mrs. Agnes Simmons and James Batchelor being present at the funeral. Mrs. Emma Reith and Mrs. Catharine Wilson residing in Oregon were unable to be present. The other three, John Batchelor, George Batchelor and Mrs. Margaret Simmons have passed to the better land. Mr. Batchelor enlisted in Co. I, 19th Iowa Infantry, August 14th, 1862, and on account of disability was discharged Feb. 23, 1863, returning to his home and family. His first wife died Jan. 5, 1891. He was married July 20th, 1895, to Mrs. Jane Reith who still survives. He was confined to the house for several months with that dreadful disease cancer, and departed this life Feb. 28, 1907, at 6 o'clock. He had been a member of the Presbyterian church for a number of years. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church in Bentonsport the following Sunday conducted by Rev. McElhinny, assisted by Rev. Lewis of Kansas. The remains were in charge of the G.A.R., he being a member of that order, and were laid to rest by the side of his first wife in the Thompson cemetery last Sunday. An obituary will appear next week.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to George Batchelor and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Elizabeth Selma (Morris) Fleming ~ 31 Oct 1879-14 Apr 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Fleming, Morris

OBITUARY.
---------
ELIZABETH SELMA FLEMING.

Elizabeth Selma Morris was born near Stockport, Iowa, Oct. 31, 1879, and died April 14, 1907. She was married to Fred A. Fleming Nov. 13, 1902, who mourns the loss of a loving wife. Besides the husband she leaves two children, a daughter Myra, an infant son Morris, three sisters, six brothers and a host of friends. All that loving hands and medical skill could do was done. The last hour of her life she talked with her husband and little daughter, sisters and brothers, who were at her bedside asking the brothers to act as pall bearers, selecting hymns, bidding all farewell, then, with a radiant countenance she said, "The Gates" and "I see Mother" and fell asleep. Selma was converted in the year 1890, under the pastorate of Rev. Pool and united with the M. E. church of which she was a faithful member. Having spent nearly all her life near Stockport, she was well known in the schools where she had many friends. All the brothers and sisters were present at the funeral except Delbert of Kansas. Services were held in the Cedar M. E. church by the pastor Rev. J.E. Starr and interment was in the Spencer cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Elizabeth Selma Morris Fleming and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Elizabeth Ann (Mobley) Dunn ~ 22 Nov 1815-13 Mar 1907

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 18 Aug 1999

Surname: Dunn, Mobley, Lyons

MRS. AURUSTUS DUNN

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann (Mobley) Dunn was born near Baltimore, Maryland, November 22, 1815. She was married to Aurustus Dunn, Feb. 18, 1836. She professed christianity during early youth, and joined the United Brethren church in 1844. In 1842 they moved from Indiana to Iowa, and about the year 1844 moved to Harrisburg township, Van Buren county, where they lived for many years. She joined the Harrisburg Baptist church in 1869 and remained a member until her death, March 13th, 1907. Her husband died June 7th, 1897. She was the mother of seven children, three of whom are living. viz. Mrs. Sarah Lyons of Des Moines, Iowa, Henry Dunn of Van Buren county, Iowa, and George Dunn of Lawton, Oklahoma. At her death she was 91 years, 3 months and 22 days old. Brief funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, March 14th, at the home in Des Moines, Rev. D.D. Proper officiating. The remains were taken to Bentonsport, Iowa, Friday, March 15, for burial at that place, where funeral services were held. A good woman has gone to her reward.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 41 of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Mobley Dunn and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


GEO V.BARKER ancestry

Posted by Larry Jon Davis <Ldavis8475@aol.com> on Fri, 13 Aug 1999, in response to Rebecca Ellen (Fitzgerald) McIntosh ~ 1831-1910, posted by Karen DaPra on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: BARKER, ENGLISH, MCINTOSH

I am seeking contact with anyone researching the ancestry of Geo. Van Eman BARKER husband of Catherine MCINTOSH (Mrs. Geo.V) mentioned in the accompanying obit. George V. was son of Arnold BARKER II, who was son of Arnold BARKER I (my ancestor) d.1859 in Mt.Zion, IA. mar.1798 Elizabeth ENGLISH.


John W. McIntosh ~ 20 May 1859 - 28 Nov 1929

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 11 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Wiley, Fitzgerald, Newman, Anson, Matheson, Barker

JOHN W. MCINTOSH

John Wesley McIntosh, third child of the family of eight children of Thomas and Rebecca McIntosh, was born in a log house on the pioneer farm in Vernon township, Van Buren county, on May 20, 1859, and lived with his parents on the farm until young manhood.

On Nov. 30, 1884, he was united in marriage with Lizzie A. Wiley of Des Moines township and to this union were born one daughter and four sons. The daughter, Clara, departed this life May 4, 1901. The wife and mother was taken Jan. 21, 1904.

He was again united in marriage with Elta A. Fitzgerald of Harrisburg township of Feb. 6, 1906. She departed this life August 7, 1925. He and his son, Arthur, lived on the farm since that date.

He united with the Center Chapel M.E. church in the summer of 1904 and ever strived to live up to the vows taken at that time. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and A.O.U.W. lodge.

He spent his entire life in Van Buren county except one year in California. He passed away on the early morning of Nov. 28, 1929, after an illness of about three months.

He leaves to mourn his passing four sons, Curtis, Harry and Arthur near the old home place, and Floyd of Coshocton, Ohio, and two grandchildren, Ruth and John Curtis McIntosh who will miss his kindly face and wise council.

He also leaves four sisters, Mrs. Mary Newman and Mrs. Rose Anson of California; Mrs. Jane Matheson of Keosauqua, and Mrs. Catherine Barker of Mt. Zion; and two brothers, James and George. One brother, T. A. McIntosh, passed away in California Dec. 8, 1912.

He was always public spirited and lent his assistance for the things for the upbuilding of his church and community. A host of neighbors and friends will miss him.

Funeral services were held at Center Chapel on Saturday, Nov. 30, at two o'clock conducted by Rev. M. D. Cox, pastor of the M. E. church of Keosauqua.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 202 of Obit Book A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I would be interested in corresponding with anyone with further information on this family.


Chandler E. Bull ~ 1852-1927

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 11 Aug 1999

Surname: Bull, Billups, Westbrook, Storer, Teter, Seton

OBITUARY OF C.E. BULL

Chandler E. Bull, eldest son of Hezekiah and Abigail Bull, was born in Scotland county, Missouri, October, 1852, and departed this life September 13, 1927, at Melba, Idaho.

He was married to Miss Ida Billups, December 1, 1875. To this union one daughter, Minnie Mae, was born, who departed this life July 1897.

Surviving Mr. Bull are his wife, Mrs. C. E. Bull, his grandson Edgar Westbrook, and great grandchild all of Melba, Idaho; two brothers, H. A. Bull, Vancouver, B.C. and E.G. Bull of Memphis, Mo.; his sister [sic], Mrs. Emily Storer of Memphis; Mrs. Effie B. Teter and Mrs. Lorena Seton of Cantril, Iowa.

Mr. Bull spend his early life on a large farm near Milton, Iowa, where he engaged in stock business. He was prominent in all circles. A good community leader, he was elected to represent Van Buren county in the state legislature.

Their first move was to Oklahoma where he became prominent in business and political circles.

Later they settled at Melba, Idaho, and spent the remainder of his life there. Due to his kind and gentle nature, he made friends every where he went.

His last ten years have been spent in invalidism, which he bore with the same gentle uncomplaining spirit that has been an outstanding trait of his character.

Always thoughtful of others, on the day of his death he urged his devoted wife to leave him to inquire about the granddaughter-in-law, who was not well. Upon Mrs. Bull's return he beckoned her to move him to the kitchen where he loved to sit. She moved him to his couch and then assisted him to turn his head. With a slight gasp he passed peacefully and quietly to greet his creator.

Although frail in health, Mrs. Bull, has heroically cared for him through the long ten years vigil. She prayed that strength be given her that she might fulfill the privilege of loving devotion. Her prayer was answered.

Services were held in the Baptist church at Melba, Idaho, and the many friends who paid their respects testified to the high esteem in which Mr. Bull was held. The I.O.O.F. Order of which he has been a member many years took charge of the burial services at Caldwell, Idaho. "Immortal life is something to be earned by slow self conquest, comradeship with pain and patient seeking after high truth."

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 202 of Obit Bk A found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.

I am NOT related to Mr. Chandler E. Bull and am posting this obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Mrs. Irma (Smith) Cachley ~ 1884-1963?

Posted by Karen DaPra on Wed, 11 Aug 1999

Surname: Cachley, Cackley, Smith, Holmes, Wilson

MRS. IRMA CACHLEY

CENTERVILLE-- Mrs. Irma Cachley, 79, former resident of Cantril, died Friday at 8:45 p.m. in the Golden Age Manor.

She was born in Scotland County, Missouri, Feb. 27, 1884, the daughter of William J. and Ida B. Holmes Smith. Her husband, George O. Cachley, died in 1932. A son William E. Cachley died in 1960. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bernard Wilson of Centerville; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She had lived in Centerville 12 years and was a Methodist.

The service will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. DeWitt Foster officating. Burial will be in Cantril Cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 216 of Obit Bk B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Libary in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

[Note: A grandson states that correct spelling of name was Cackley. His contact info follows:]

George W. "Bill" Cackley
30 N. Lakeshore Drive
Hanna City, IL 61536
gwcackley@il.freei.net
---------
I am NOT related to Mrs. Irma Smith Cachley / Cackley and am posting this obit for those who may find her in their family history.


Lester LeRoy Jones ~ died August 12 (year unk) aged 24

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 11 Aug 1999

Surname: Jones

MILITARY SERVICES FOR L. LeROY JONES
Service Man Died Saturday at Hospital
in New York; Burial Will Be at Douds

Military services for Lester LeRoy Jones, 24, who died in hospital Saturday, will be held Friday, August 18, at the Methodist church in Cantril. Services will be in charge of the Rev. J. C. Clark, pastor.

Music will be by Mrs. Frank Woodin, J. L. McIntosh, the Rev. J. C. Clark and Mrs. E. J. Hootman, accompanied by Mrs. George Cretcher at the piano. Pallbearers will be Stanley Barker, Walter Hootman, Lester Bennett, Logan Sadler, Weldon Hissem and Delber Plowman.

A military cortege from the Ottumwa Naval Air Station will accompany the body to Cantril and then to the Mt. Moriah cemetery near Douds.

The young man died at New York City following an illness of several months contracted about the time he returned home on furlough from overseas service. The body was brought to the Pedrick funeral home in Douds.

Young Jones was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Jones of Chicago. The family lived in Van Buren county until a few years ago. His wife lives at Farmington.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 216 of Obit Bk B found in the Van Buren Co., IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999. Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Lester LeRoy Jones and am posting the obit for those who may find him in their family history.


Joyce (Hamlett) Thomas died 1956 aged 19

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Wed, 11 Aug 1999

Surname: Thomas, Hamlett

THOMAS SERVICES

KEOSAUQUA--Funeral ser-
vices will be held Thursday at 2
p.m. at the Methodist church in
Mt. Sterling for Mrs. Ted L.
Thomas, the former Joyce Hamlett
of Mt. Sterling. The Rev. Harold
Harryman of Milton will be in
charge. Burial will be in the Har-
ness cemetery at Mt. Sterling.

Mrs. Thomas, 19, died in her
sleep early Sunday morning of a
heart ailment.

She was living at Hyattsville,
Md., while her husband was at-
tending navy law school at New-
port, R.I. They expected to move
to Boston soon.

The body arrived today at the
Burnett-Catcott funeral home
here.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 216 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren Co., IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given but 1956 is handwritten near the top.

I am NOT related to Joyce Hamlett Thomas (that I know of) and am posting it for those who may find her in their family history.


Marion Edward McIntosh ~ 1914 - 1945 (3 obits)

Posted by Karen DaPra <dapra@home.com> on Wed, 11 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Thompson, Reish, Reick, Degelan, Dagilio, Kohlmyer, Poling, Heald, Carlson, Sparks

Three different obits are found, note different spellings:

MARION EDWARD MCINTOSH

Marion Edward McIntosh was born Feb. 19, 1714 [sic] near Cantril, Ia., and departed this life after a prolonged illness July 26, 1945 at the age of 31 years, 5 months and 7 days.

He was confirmed in St. Johns' Lutheran church of Madrid, Ia., on April 21, 1935.

On April 17, 1937 he was united in marriage to Edith Beatrice Thompson. To this union was born three chldren, John Benton, 7, Jo Elaine 5, and Patricia Luise, 6 months.

His mother having preceded him in death he leaves to mourn besides his wife and children: his fother [sic], Archie B. McIntosh, and step-mother, Anna; two sisters and four brothers, Mrs. Lorenz Reish of Prole, Ia., Mrs. William Degelan of Madrid, Ia., Therman of Farmington, Dale of Westgate, Ia., Archie, who is serving overseas, and Gene of Granger, Mo. He also leaves one step-sister and three step-brothers: Mrs. Clarence Kohlmyer of Waterloo, Kenneth Poling of Granger, Mo., Harold of Gulaw, Ill., and Craig of Waterloo and numerous other relatives and a host of friends.

He was a kind and loving husband and father and will always be remembered by those who knew him by his cheerful smile.

Services were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church at Mt. Sterling, Ia. Interment was at Center Chapel.

The Rev. J. E. Clark of Cantril officiated and the music was furnished by Keith Gaston of Mt. Sterling. Songs selected were: "Good Night and Good Morning" and "Someday We'll Understand."

Pallbearers were Messers Russel Heald, Charles Carlson, Sidney Sparks, and the three step-brothers, Kenneth, Harold and Craig Poling.

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for the kindness received during the illness and death of our loving husband and father.

Mrs. Edith McIntosh
John Benton
Jo Elaine
Patricia Luise

RITES SUNDAY FOR
MARION E. MCINTOSH
Died Thursday After a Prolong-
ed Illness; Survived by Wife,
Three Children.

Funeral services for Marion Edward McIntosh, 31, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Mt. Sterling Methodist church in charge of the Rev. J. C. Clark. Burial was in the Center Chapel Cemetery.

He died Thursday at his home about two miles southwest of Mt. Sterling, following a prolonged illnes [sic]. He was born near Cantril.

Surviving is his wife, Edith, and their three children, John Benton, 7, Jo Elaine, 5, and Patricia Louise, 6 months; his father, Archie B. McIntosh; two sisters and four brothers.

MARION E. MCINTOSH

Marion E. McIntosh, 31, died at his home near Mt. Sterling, Wednesday, July 25. He had been ill about eighteen months.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Mt. Sterling Methodist church, the pastor, Rev. Clark officiating. Interment in Center Chapel cemetery.

He was born on a farm near Cantril and has lived in Van Buren county most of his life. Surviving are his wife, Edith; three children; his father, Archie McIntosh, and his stepmother at Granger, Mo.; four brothers, Thurman of Mt. Sterling, Dale of Oelwein, Iowa, Archie, Jr., in service overseas, and Gene, at home in Granger, and two sisters, Mrs. Edna Reick of near Des Moines and Mrs. Nova Dagilio of Madrid, Iowa.

Photocopies of these obits are located on page 216 of Obit Book B found in the Van Buren County, IA Genealogical Society's collection at the Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.

I would be interested in information pertaining to this family.


Rebecca (McIntosh) Glasscock ~ 14 Feb 1823 - 11 Mar 1901

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Glasscock

Rebecca McIntosh was born Feb.
14th, 1823, in Barber Co., West Vir-
ginia. She was married to Chapin
Glasscock, Dec. 31, 1844. To this
union were born nine children, six
of whom are still living. Mary lives
in California, Jennie in Warren Co.,
Iowa, and Clay in Des Moines, Iowa.
Eugene, Gideon and Ella live in this
county. The family moved to Iowa
in 1854 and settled in Vernon, and
this has been the family home ever
since. Mrs. Glasscock united with
the M. E. church 54 years ago. Her
attendance on the means of grace
was regular until the condition of
her health became such as she could
not attend the house of God. She
died March 11, 1901, at the home
of her daughter Ella, aged 78 years
and 25 days. This mother left a
great legacy to her children, a
christian character, and an example
of trust in her God. Her fifty-four
years of christian living has had its
influence for good in the community
in which she lived. The funeral
took place from the Vernon M. E.
church Wednesday, March 13, con-
ducted by the pastor W. R. Roling-
son.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I may be related to this Rebecca McIntosh and welcome
contact with anyone who finds her in their family history.


Mrs. Sarah Marriott ~ 12 May 1818 - 25 May 1901

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: Marriott, McCrary

MRS. SARAH MARRIOTT

Died at her home in Vernon, Van
Buren county, Iowa, May 25, 1901,
Mrs. Sarah Marriott, after a very
brief illnes [sic], aged 83 years and 13
days. An exceeding large number
of old friends and neighbors from
various parts of the county, gathered
to pay their last respects to the dead;
who was known and loved by all the
old settlers of Van Buren. The
services which were held in the M. E.
church of Vernon, were conducted
by Eld. Clark Bateman, pastor of
the Christian church in Keosauqua.
Sarah Marriott was born in Phila-
delphia, Penn, May 12, 1818. When
she was 12 years of age she moved
from Pennsylvania to Hamilton coun-
ty, Ohio, and in 1836 was united in
marriage with Wm. Marriott. In com-
pany with her husband she moved
to Van Buren county in 1840, where
she ever afterwards resided. She
was the mother of 8 children, 7 sons
and 1 daughter. The husband and
two sons preceded the wife and
mother to the grave. The husband
and one son died here in Vernon,
another son having died in infancy
in Ohio. There are thus left to
mourn the death of the mother, one
daughter, Emeline McCrary, and 5
sons: John S., William Iowa, James
L., George C. and Edwin E. Mrs.
Marriott united with the church in
her youth and learned to serve Him
by serving her fellow-beings, thus
winning the love and respect of all.
She departed this life to be with God
and her husband, May 25, 1901.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mrs. Sarah Marriott and am
posting this obit for those who may find her in
their family history.


Mary Elizabeth (Ware) Trigg ~ born 14 Dec 1842, died ??

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: Ware, Trigg, Stewart

MARY ELIZABETH TRIGG

Mary Elizabeth Ware was born in
Van Buren county, Iowa, December
14, 1842. In August, 1861, she was
married to W. A. Trigg, to which
union there were born six children,
four of whom are now living, as fol-
lows: Thomas Elsworth, Clarence
J., Fred Clyde and Anna Stewart.
In 1878 with her husband and fam-
ily she came to Kansas, locating first
in Linn county. In 1887 she came
to Garnett, where she resided until
last Tuesday evening at 6:30 o'clock,
when she departed this life. For 15
years she had been a sufferer during
a greater part of the time. In 15
weary years the days free from pain
could be counted by a single figure;
but in that time her patient endur-
ance, her fervent submission and her
unchanging love revealed the process
by which God makes and molds
into perfection His beloved saints,
through suffering and affliction. The
bereaved family have the sympathy
of their many Van Buren county
friends.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.
[NOTE: The other five obits on this page are dated
from 1899 to 1901]

I am NOT related to Mary Elizabeth Ware Trigg and am
posting this obit for those who may find her in their
family history.


Daniel Murphy ~ 25 Dec 1832 - 12 Nov 1900

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: Murphy, Black, Martin

Daniel Murphy died at his home
in Keosauqua Monday, November
12, 1900 and was buried the follow-
ing day in the Purdom cemetery.
The funeral services were held at
the house and were in charge of
the Masonic and G. A. R. orders,
Rev. Chas. E. Perkins preaching
the sermon, and were attended by
many friends and neighbors. He
was born in Cork, Ireland, Dec. 25,
1832 and came to Keosauqus in 1857.
In 1862 he enlisted as a member
of Co. H., Nineteenth Iowa Infantry,
and served as an excellent soldier
with that regiment until it was
mustered out in 1865. On Sept. 28,
1865, at the home of Joshua S. Sloan
in Keosauqua he was united in
marriaged with Miss Mary Black,
his old army chaplain, Rev J. D.
Sands, performing the ceremony,
and they lived happily together
until January 30, 1896, when disease
took the loved wife to the world be-
yond. No children were born to
them. After the death of his wife
his niece, Miss Lizzie Martin, kept
house and tenderly cared for him
until death called him away. Every-
body liked "Uncle Dan," as he was
familiarly called by all our town
people. He was kind hearted and
thoroughly honest, and we don't
know that we ever heard him speak
anything but charitable and kind
words of anyone. Since he located
at Keosauqua in 1857, except while
in the army, his face has been
familiar on our streets, and he will
be sadly missed. The community
sorrows with his relatives because of
the death of Uncle Dan.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Daniel Murphy and am posting
this obit for those who may find him in their
family history.


Nettie Bulah (Ward) Henry~ 1879-1900 & infant daughter

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: Ward, Henry

Nettie Bulah Ward, daughter of
W. W. and S. A. Ward, was born
Nov. 26, 1879, near Bentonsport,
Iowa, where she grew to womanhood.
She was married to S. R. Henry,
April 26, 1899. To them was born
a lovely litter [sic] daughter, Feb. 24th,
1900, which passed to the Better
Land, Sunday morning March 11th.
Nettie possessed a kind and loving
disposition which endeared her to
all with whom she became ac-
quainted, bearing her sickness with
remarkable patience, never murmur-
ing, following the example of her
Savior, and her long afflicted mother,
who just four short weeks before was
laid to rest. In the fall of 1898
she united with the Presbyterian
church, at Bonaparte, remaining a
faithful member until she was
called home March, 14, 1900. She
leaves to mourn her untimely de-
parture a husband, an aged father,
four sisters and two brothers, be-
sides many friends and acquaintaces [sic].

"She's gone, her work on earth is done,

The battle fought, the victory won,

Blest was the path she trod,

For she espoused the Glorious Cause,

In prompt obedience to the laws

Of the Eternal God."
The funeral was held at the Pres-
byterian church, Bentonsport, Fri-
day morning; sservices [sic] conducted by
her pastor, Rev. W. H. Scofield.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Nettie Bulah Ward and am
posting this obit for those who may find her in their
family history.


Frank O. Clark died 23 Dec 1899 about 70 yrs of age

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: Clark, Mason

Frank O. Clark was born in Cat-
taraugus county, New York, and at
the time of his death was about 70
years of age. He was united in
marriage to Miss Mary Mason, of
Franklinville, New York, in 1853,
and moved to Bentonsport, Van
Buren county, Iowa, in 1857. In
1867 Mr. Clark and wife moved to
Des Moines where they conducted
a large and successful millinery
business which in 1883 they sold to
their brother James L. Mason, of
Des Moines, who still owns the store.
Later they returned to Bentonsport,
refitted and furnished the "Phoenix
Hotel" and for a few years enjoyed
life among their old time friends.
Returning again to their city home
in Des Moines in 1894, they re-
mained until October 12, 1899, when
they moved to Washington, D. C.,
for a few years, as Mr. Clark had
secured a position in the office of
Public Printer Palmer, formerly
publisher of the State Register.

Mr. Clark had not been in robust
health for some time and an acute
attack of indigestion caused his
sudden death, at 1:30 o'clock Satur-
day, December 23, 1899. Mrs.
Clark was so completely prostrated
by the sudden shock, that the
westward trip for burial was de-
ferred until spring. It is the inten-
tion to bring the remains to Benton-
sport for interment beside those of
an infant daughter and other rela-
tives.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 8
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Frank O. Clark and am
posting this obit for those who may find him
in their family history.


John R. Bell ~ 1836 - 1908

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: Bell, Bridell, Kimmel, Miller

On October 15, 1908, John R.
Bell died at his home in Keosau
qua, aged 71 years 11 months
and 1 day. He was born in Han
cock county, Ill., Nov. 14, 1836
and in the spring of 1837 he
came with his parents to this
county, settling near Mt. Zion
where he lived until he moved
to Keosauqua, about two years
ago. His first marriage was in
1859 to Sarah A. Bridell who
died March 11, 1871. In January
1872, he married Almira Kimmel
Bell who died Sept. 16, 1876. On
Oct. 3, 1877, he married Mary C.
Miller, who survives. Three
children, Marietta, Harriet F.
and Addie B. were born to the
first union; one, John S. to the
second union, and one, Car-
rie, to the last marriage. Mr.
Bell was an upright and highly
respected citizen and he will be
greatly missed in this commu-
nity. The funeral was held at the
M. E. church in Keosauqua at 1
o'clock p. m. Oct. 19, Rev. Thorn,
his last pastor, in charge of the
services. The burial was in the
Purdom cemetery.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 61
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to John R. Bell and am posting
this obit for those who may find him in their
family history.


Mary L. McCutchen Tussey

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: McCutchen, Tussey, Tusser, Heaton, Hiliker

Mary L. McCutchen

Mary L. McCutchen, one of six chil-
dren in her father's family, was born
near Bentonsport, Van Buren Co.,
Iowa, April 17th, 1859, and departed
this life at Allen, Nebraska, Oct. 14,
1910, at the age 51 years, 5 months
and 27 days. She was married Nov.
8th, 1882, to Albert I. Tussey [sic] with
whom she shortly removed to Nebras-
ka where they have since resided.

In the course of years 5 children
were born to them, one dying in infan-
cy. The others are Robert, Mrs. R.
Hiliker, Katie and Curtis.

Mrs. Tusser [sic] joined the Seventh Day
Adventist Church many years ago and
has tried according to her light, to
live a consistent christian life.
Through her illness she trusted in the
Savior and when death came it found
her ready to be released and only
waiting for the summons.

Her fatal illness dates from four
years ago when she had her first ser-
ious attack. Two years of compara-
tive health intervened, then three
months ago came the beginning of the
end in a recurrence of painful suffer-
ing.

Her relatives except one sister, Mrs.
Allan H. Heaton of Hillsboro, Ia
were out of calling distance for the
occasion but the sympathy of the en-
tire community is with Mr. Tusser [sic] and
his children in their bereavement.
Services were conduted [sic] in the M. E.
Church of Allen Sunday Oct. 16th at
2 P.M.

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 61
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mary L. McCutchen Tusser/Tussey
and am posting this obit for those who may find her in
their family history.


Mary Jane Fox ~ 1825 - 1908

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: Fox, Hill

Mary Jane Fox was born October 3,
1826, near McConnelsville, Morgan co.
Ohio. She died at Bentonsport, Iowa
June 29, 1908, having lived nearly
eighty-two years.

She was one of a family of three
children. A sister, Maria Hill of Ohio
survives her.

She was married to Wm. Jack Dec.
[2]5, 1854. To this union three sons
were born: Wm. Franklin, Prentice
Burdette and George Washington.
The second son is the only surviving
member of the family.

The family came to Iowa about 25
years ago and bought a home in Oak-
[can't read] where they have since resided.

Funeral services were held at the
home of John Seward June 30, Rev.
[can't read]erry of Bonaparte officiating.
Interrment was made in the Bentons-
[cut-off-probably Bentonsport Cemetery]

Photocopy of this obit is located on page 61
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.

I am NOT related to Mary Jane Fox (that I know of)
and am posting it for those who may find her
in their family history.


Rose Mae (Hill) Henry ~ 1882 - 1910

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: Henry, Hill

Obituary of Mrs. S. R. Henry.

Rose Mae Hill, the beloved and
only daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Eli Hill, was born near Ashton,
Clark county, Mo, and passed
away at Bentonsport, Iowa, Sat-
urday, Oct. 29th, 1910, at the age
of 28 years, 3 months and 25
days. She was united in mar-
riage to S. Russell Henry, Sept 14,
1902, continuing their residence
here. Four bright children, June,
Mildred, Stanley, and Mabel,
blessed the home that was sad-
dened in December last by the
death of the father, and now the
faithful young wife and mother
has answered the summons, hav-
ing contracted the disease, con-
sumption, while nursing her be-
loved companion. As a wife and
mother Mae's devotion to her
family and home was the com
ment of her friends. Their mar-
ried life was ideal. No harsh
words ever passed between them,
no clouds marred the perfect love
they cherished for one another.
All through her husband's sick-
ness and the trials of moth-
erhood no murmer escaped her
lips, and with the beautiful smile
that always illuminated her face
she met every duty witn chris-
tian fortitude, and so it is but
natural that two lives so beauti-
fully blended in harmony and
love should be reunited in that
home where parting is unknown.
Returning in August from a visit
to her brother in Valley Junc-
tion, it became apparent to her
loved ones that Mae was in the
decline, the knowledge of her
condition being carefully con-
cealed lest it grieve her parents,
and from that time she failed
rapidly, not suffering, but just
slipping away like a blighted
rose, and, surrounded by loving
relatives and the most tender
care, she passed away in the full
enjoyment of His wonderous love
and the knowledge of a rich in-
heritance. She is survived by her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eli Hill,
four children, one brother, Harry
Hill of Valley Junction, and in-
numerable friends who mourn her
death. Funeral services were held
in the Presbyterian church at
Bentonsport on Monday at 2 p.m.,
conducted by the Rev. Herbert J.
Taylor and the remains were laid
to rest in the Bentonsport ceme-
tery.

Photocopy of this undated obit in unnamed
newspaper found in the Van Buren County, IA
Genealogical Society Obit Book C on page 61,
located at the Keosauqua Public Library.

I am NOT related to Rose Mae (Hill) Henry and
am posting it for those who may find her in
their family history.


Rebecca Ellen (Fitzgerald) McIntosh ~ 1831-1910

Posted by Karen DaPra <ddapra@home.com> on Mon, 09 Aug 1999

Surname: McIntosh, Fitzgerald, Anson, Newman, Matheson, Barker, Harden, Roseberry

REBECCA E. MCINTOSH

Rebecca Ellen Fitzgerald was
born May 4, 1831, and passed
away October 5, 1910. She was
born in Ohio and when quite
young moved with her parents to
Michigan, and in 1837 came to
this county and lived in or near
Keosauqua for a number of years,
and then in Harrisburg township
until she was married to Thomas
B. McIntosh, June 13, 1852, who
departed this life 13 years ago.
To them were born eight chil-
dren, all of whom are living: Jas.
M., Addison, and Mrs. Curtis An-
son of Bakersfield, Cal.; Geo. S.
of San Miguel, Cal.; Mrs. P.D.
Newman, Mountain View, Cal.;
John W. and Mrs. Geo. Mathe-
son of Keosauqua; Mrs. Geo. V.
Barker of Mt. Zion. Besides her
children she leaves three broth-
ers: S.M. Fitzgerald of Nye,
Idaho; John W. of Bonaparte;
A. H. Fitzgerald of Mountain
View, Cal.; also two sisters, Mrs.
Louisa A. Harden of San Miguel,
Cal, and Mrs. Susan Roseberry
of Nye, Idaho. Coming to this
county in an early day school
privileges were very limited and
no one worked harder to make
the most of opportunities offered.
She accepted Christ when young
and lived by faith through all
her years. Her thoughts were
always for those around her and
not self. Many and beautiful
were the flowers brought by
friends as a tribute of love. The
funeral was at Center Chapel on
October 7, at 2 p.m.; conducted
by Rev. J. H. Hamilton.

Photocopy of this obit located on page 61
of Obit Book C found in the Van Buren County,
IA Genealogical Society's collection at the
Keosauqua Public Library in July 1999.
Name of newspaper and date of obit not given.


Elizabeth Harris Grages ~ 9/26/1842 - 11/5/1923

Posted by rl on Wed, 04 Aug 1999

Surname: Harris, Grages, Malony, Huston, DeWalt, Princess, Knecht

Bonaparte Record
November 13, 1923 - Bonaparte, Iowa
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Mrs. Elizabeth Grages

Elizabeth Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Harris, was born Sept. 26, 1842, in Terre Haute, Ind. While she was yet young she came to Iowa.

On April 19, 1863, she was married to Henry W. Grages at Pulaski. Of this union were born ten children, two of whom, Jennie and Carrie, preceded their mother in death. The living are Lewis H. of Mt. Pleasant; Mrs. Elizabeth Malony of Bentonsport; Mrs. Amanda Huston of Davenport; C. Wesley of Marinette, Wis.; Mrs. J. H. DeWalt of Cedar Rapids; George of Keokuk; Mrs. W. M. Princess of Los Angeles, Calif., and Martha Alice Knecht of Davenport.

Mrs. Grages spent almost her whole married life in Van Buren county living more than fifty years on what they still call the old home place four miles southeast of Keosauqua. Here her children grew up and her husband died. About four years ago she came to her little home in Bonaparte from whence she departed to the other world at 2:30 o'clock the morning of Novermber 5, 1923, at the good age of 81 years, one month and thirteen days.

Besides the children named above she leaves in fond remembrance seven grandchildren and a large number of friends. She was a kind, loving mother and a friend to everyone.

Funeral services were held in the Baptist church at Bonaparte at ten o'clock Tuesday morning, November 6th, Rev. J. S. Coppoe in charge. Burial was in the Bonaparte cemetery.

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Her husband's obit. is linked below.


Henry (Heinrich) B. Grages ~ 5/8/1839 - 2/28/1898

Posted by rl on Wed, 04 Aug 1999

Surname: Grages, Harris, Roby

Keosauqua Republican newspaper
Keosauqua, Iowa - March 10, 1898
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Henry B. Grages is dead. This word we did not receive last week until after we were at press. For many years he resided near Keosauqua, which was his postoffice, until he moved to Pulaski, Davis county, three or four years ago. He died February 28, at the last named place, aged 58 years, 9 months, and 28 days, and was taken to the German cemetery near Farmington for burial, Rev. G. W. Barber conducting the funeral services. He was born in Germany and came to the United States when a boy and settled in this county. He served during the war in Co. G, Third Iowa Cavelry. His first wife's maiden name was Elizabeth Harris, and to them ten children were born. He married Ann E. Roby in 1894 at Pulaski, where he afterwards lived until he died of cancer with which he had been afflicted for several years. No children were born to them.
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He is buried at Steinmeyer Cemetery, Farmington Township, Van Buren Co. Iowa

See obit. of wife per link below.


Levi M. Rhodes

Posted by Gene H. Rhodes <GRhodes@AOL.COM> on Fri, 09 Jul 1999

Surname: Rhodes


I am looking for the ancesters, burial location and wife's family information on Levi M. Rhodes(Roads) born about 1794 and was one of the first pioneers of this area.


Mary Ann Hoskins Roberts

Posted by Jean Kimble <JJOKim@aol.com> on Thu, 08 Jul 1999

Surname: Hoskins, Roberts, Jones, Nichols, Gabelman, Hoskin

Obit...Mary Ann Hoskins was born Jan. 27,1833 in Morgan Co. Ohio and died JAN. 21, 1910 at the age of 76 years, 11 mos. and 24 das. She came to this county with her parents at the age of seven. She was married to Benjamin Roberts, May 25, 1855. To this union were born six children, three of whom survive. Those living are Henry, of Plainfield, Wis., Mrs. Clara Jones, of Cando, North Dakota, and Mrs. Ella Nichols, of this place. She was converted and joined the Methodist church at Mt. Zion at the age of seventeen. She has been a faithful member of her church until death called her home.
It may be said of Grandma Roberts she was not only a mother to her own children but has always gien a home to orphan children. Besides the immediate family she lives to moun their loss a brother Omar Hoskin of Idaho, one sister Mrs. Rhoda Gabelman of West Grove Iows, two half brothers Neri and Jasper Hoskin of near Ca tril, and fourteen grand-children. The children and only one sister were present to assist in caring for her in her last sickness. Everything was done that loving hands could do but her life's work was done and she was bid to come up higher and she quietly went to sleep to wake on the other shore. The funeral was conducted by her pastor Rev. Worrell, at her late home in the west part of town and the remains quietly laid away in the Mt. Zion cemetery, thereto await the resurrection morn.


Hugh Johnson 1872 - 1917

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Tue, 08 Jun 1999

Surname: JOHNSON

Hugh Johnson, eldest son of Joseph A. an Kate Johnson, was born near Bonaparte, Iowa, Feb. 12, 1872, and died very suddenly on Feb. 9, 1917, at the age of 44 years, 11 months and 25 days.

He labored very industriously on the farm until about twenty-one years of age when he unfortunately met with a severe accident which afflicted him until death. Before this accident he was a great reader, trying by this method to assimilate as much knowledge as possible. He made the best of every opportunity which presented itself to him. He was kindhearted and tried to do his duty to the best of his ability. He bore his affliction very bravely but has now found a happy release from same.

He leaves to mourn their loss his mother, two brothers, two sisters, five nephews, two nieces, and many friends. May the God of consolation console those who are bereaved.


Joseph Everett Johnson 1873-1930

Posted by Rich Lowe <richlowe@web-iowa.com> on Tue, 08 Jun 1999

Surname: JOHNSON, SIMMONS

Joseph Everett Johnson, son of Joseph A. and Kate Johnson, was born near Bonaparte, Iowa, August 2, 1873, and died in Bonaparte, June 4th, 1930, aged 56 years, 10 months and 2 days.

Bereft of his father at an early age, Everett through his industry and faithfulness soon became the mainstay of the home and through all the years has been his mother's constant companion; living on the farm until fourteen years ago and since that time in Bonaparte. His death leaves a vacancy in his mother's life which at her age she cannot hope to overcome, only to learn to endure.

Here in the community where Everett spent his whole life it is needless to speak words of eulogy. We have the record of his life which is enough. This being so it is hard to understand why he should have been afflicted with so strange and fatal a malady, one against which the sympathy, hopes and toil of friends and family who would have kept him with us, was of no avail. Truly, the ways of life are past understanding.

Of Everett's immediate family his father and one brother have gone before. There remain to mourn, his mother, Mrs. Kate Johnson, one brother, Leslie Johnson, and two sisters, Mrs. Della Simmons and Miss Alice Johnson. Besides these are numerous other relatives and countless friends.

Funeral services were held at the late home at three o'clock on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Melvin Pearce. Interment in Bonaparte Cemetery.


Mrs. Julia A. Varner Deceased

Posted by Georgia Ann Varner <kgvarner@clinton.net> on Tue, 11 May 1999

Surname: Varner, Burrier, Overman

Mrs. Julia A. Varner Deceased----
Julia Ann, daughter of John and Pricilla Burrier, was born in Muskingdom county, Ohio, June 26, 1834. She was the third child of a family of twelve, all of whom preceded her in death. At the age of five she came overland with her parents to Farmington, Iowa, where she lived until her marriage to John Varner on Oct. 25, 1855, her age being 21. They came direct to Keosauqua where she ever since resided. Her husband died many years ago.

She was the mother of three children, namely: Marion Augustus, at home; Calvin Owen, of Great Bend, Kan., and Carrie Ellen, wife of W. C. Overman, of Ottumwa. These, with ten grandchildren survive her, on grandson having been killed in the World War.

Mrs. Varner united with the M. E. Church under the labors of Rev. Dr. Spaulding and remained in that relation until her death and translation to the Church Triumphant.

Funeral services were held at the Keosauqua M. E. Church at 2 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in charge of the pastor Rev. J. C. Caughlan. Burial was in the Purdom Cemetery.


Wm. H. Monroe 1886-1946

Posted by Ina <ollieina@aol.com> on Mon, 10 May 1999

Surname: Chapman, Sargeant, Miner, Monroe, Elerick, McCormick

William H. Monroe, the son of George W. and Ida (Miner) Monroe, was born at Keosauqua, Iowa Sept. 1, 1886 and passed away at the Wesley Hospital in Wichita, Ks. Sept. 24, 1946 at the age of 60 years and 24 days.
Funeral services for Wm. H. Monroe of Strong City, Ks. who passed away in Wesley Hospital at Wichita, Ks. Sept. 24, 1946 were held in the McKenzie Funeral Home in Cottonwood Falls Saturday afternoon, Sept. 28, 1946 at two o'clock with Rev. David McCleave, DD in charge. Mrs. James Bell sang: accompanied by Miss Marjorie Fisk. The pall bearers were Henry Glese, D. M. Smith, Robert Simmons, Russell Cahoone, W.F. Kieferle and Emmett Roberts. Interment was made in Prairie Grove cemetery.
In 1903 he, with his parents, came to Chase County and later moved to Cottonwood Falls which was his home until 1941. He then moved to his small farm west of Strong City, where he devoted his time to quarry work.
On May 28, 1906, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Pettit. To this union was born four children: Ethel Maureen, who died in infancy, Mrs. H. Nelson Simmons of Strong City, Mrs. Russell Hebenthal of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Wm. D. Monroe of Granby, Colorado.
His wife and children were with him at the time of his death. Thirty-one years ago he joined the Presbyterian Church at Cottonwood Falls and at the time of his death he was teacher of the Intermediate and Junior boys class in the Sunday School. He had taught this class periodically for the last 23 years.
Besides his immediate family, he leaves five brothers and one sister, Mrs. Ina Haley of California; Fred Monroe of Hutchinson; Don Monroe of Strong City; Charles and Frank Monroe of Wichita; Leo Monroe of San Bernadino, Calif. He also leaves seven grandsons, one granddaughter and several nieces and nephews, besides a host of friends.

Taken from Chase County Leader


Donald Albert Monroe 1897-1978

Posted by Ina (Monroe) Atchison <ollieina@aol.com> on Wed, 17 Mar 1999

Surname: Chapman, Sargeant, Miner, Monroe, McCormick, Elerick

Donald Albert Monroe was born April 13, 1897 in Keosauqua, Ia son of George and Ida (Miner) Monroe. Don had five brothers and one sister. He grew up in Cottonwood Falls, Ks.
On July 21, 1920, he was united in marriage to Ruth Phillips at Lyndon, Kansas. To this union were born four sons and four daughters; Donald Phillip of Tularosa, New Mexico, Bernadine Caley of Council Grove,Kansas, Herbert of Salina, Kansas, Ina Atchison of Campbell, Ca; Leo of Council Grove, Ks.; James of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Ruth Cottrell of Overland Park, Ks. and Linda Estes of Ketterbach, West Germany.
Don and Ruth farmed in the Canning Creek district for thirteen years before having to move to make way for the Council Grove Lake. He maintained the old highway 13 between Council Grove and Strong City for 16 years. Don also worked in construction at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Don was a charter member of World War 1 Barricks no. 3432.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth, all sons and daughters, and one brother, Charles, of Salina, Ks.; sixteen grandchildren and six great gramdchildren and a host of friends.
He was very devoted to his family.

Scripture Reference used at Funeral Ecc.3:1-11.
Solos: In the Garden

Old Rugged Cross


William H. Monroe 1837-1919

Posted by Ina (Monroe) Atchison <ollieina@aol.com> on Wed, 17 Mar 1999

Surname: Chapman, Sargeant, Miner, Monroe, McCormick, Elerick

William H. Monroe died at his home in Keokuk, Iowa, 14 Aug. 1919 of apoplexy. He was born in New Jersey, 20Feb. 1837 his age when death called him being 82 y. 5m. 20 d. He was married to Anna McCormick, 4 May, 1862 in Fairfield, Ia. where they resided until the opening of the Civil War.
4 Jan. 1864, he enlisted in Co. F third Iowa Cavalry and was discharged at Atlanta, Georgia, 9Aut. 1865. Following the war he engaged in his trade at Keosauqua as wagon maker.
His wife died in Sept. 1892. To them were born five children, George of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, Mollie, Mrs. M. E. Leach of Iron Mountain, Michigan; Nellie, Mrs. S. J. Green of Jacksonville, Florida, who preceded him in death; Laura, Mrs. Arthur Childs of Chicago, Illinois; Norma, Mrs. Chas. Cocherell of Keosauqua, Iowa; a brother Joe in Pennsylvania, and a number of grandchildren.
He was a member of the G. A. R. that order holding services at Keokuk before the body was brought to Keosauqua, for burial, where he was laid to rest by the side of his wife in Purdom Cemetery, services at the grave being by the G.A.R. and singing by Mr. Miller and Mr. Neafie. The pall bearers were soldiers of the late war, members of the A.E.F. viz:James Wilson, Paul Brownlee, H.E. Rees, Thad Sherod, Bryan Parrott and Albert McIntosh.

We wish to thank the friends, especially the soldiers, for their kindness in the burial of our father.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cocherell and Children

Keosauqua Republican Thurs. 21Aug. 1919 p.2 col. 4


Ida (Miner) Monroe 1867-1918

Posted by Ina (Monroe) Atchison <ollieina@aol.com> on Wed, 17 Mar 1999

Surname: Chapman, Sargeant, Miner, Monroe, McCormick, Elerick

Mrs. Ida a. Monroe was born at Vernon, Ia.(Van Buren Co) March 18, 1867 and died at Cottonwood Falls, Ks. November 2, 1918; age 51 years 7 months and 15 days.
She was married to George W. Monroe in Keosauqua, Ia. Oct. 13, 1884. To this union eight children were born all of whom survive her. Three brothers and one sister are also left to mourn her departure.
The husband and childrren will all miss her most for she lived and labored for her own home and was an ideal wife and mother.
Her life was given without a thought of self to her children and her home. Such mothers are the kind that rule the world and make possible a better day for humanity.
She joined the Methodist Church when but a girl and was a faithful member all her life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Taken from chase County Leader
Cottonwood Falls, Ks.


JAMES A. DAVIS (1822-1897)

Posted by Jennifer Hale <Lds1975@aol.com> on Sat, 13 Mar 1999

Surname: DAVIS, PHILLIPS, BELL, LUNN, BUSARD, MCCOLLOCH, MCCULLOCH, SHEPHERD, ZANE


THE WEEKLY GATE CITY Oct. 7, 1897...
James A. Davis died at hs home, three and one-half miles east of Farmington, Sept. 30. The deceased was born in Virginia Aug. 11, 1822. He has been living in Lee county fo twenty-six years. He was married March 22, 1855. To their union was born twelve children, six of whom with his wife survive him. He was a member of the 151st Illinois infantry, in which he served one year...


Rebecca Griffitts Venosdel (1847-1918)

Posted by Laura Campbell <lenscap@pacbell.net> on Sat, 13 Mar 1999

Surname: GRIFFITTS, VENOSDEL, PFLEIDER, REED, MCCORMICK

Rebecca Jane Griffitts was born January 19th, 1847 in Van Buren Co., Iowa, and departed this life Feb 16, 1918, aged 70 years and 25 days. She was the daughter of Isaac and Rebecca Griffitts.

She was united in marriage to Mr. Hugh Venosdel, April 29, 1875. To this union 5 children were born, three of whom survive her, namely: Mrs. Myrtle Pfleider and Mr. Isaac Venosdel and Mrs. May Reed of Alva.

She leaves one sister, Miss Juda Griffitts of Iowa.

Sister Venosdel lived in Iowa until after her marriage. She united with the M.E. Church at the age of 42.

She moved onto the homestead where she died, about 20 years ago, her husband having departed this life some 12 years ago. She was a kind and good neighbor and loved by all who knew her as everyone could see by the large concourse of friends who followed her to her last resting place.

God alone knows how she will be missed in the home but mother's good teachings will remain always with her children.

Friends from far and near did all in their power to aid and comfort the stricken children.

The elaborate floral offerings were beautiful and comforting. After a touching sermon to an overflowing house by Rev. McCormick of the Christian church in Alva, the remains were laid to rest in the beautiful City of the Dead west of town at 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.

There will be to the loved ones at home "A light at the river and beautiful beckoning hands pointing them home." The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community, but we can only turn to God and say, "Thou knowest best. Thy will be done."

A Friend.

---------------

Renfrew's Record, Alva, Oklahoma, February 22, 1918.


Ware Obit

Posted by rel on Fri, 05 Mar 1999

Surname: Ware

Mrs. Ware, widow of the late Isaac Ware, died at home two miles south of town Sunday, Jan. 30. A short funeral service will be held at the house Wednesday morning by Rev. J. C. Shipp, after which the remains will be taken to Sharon for burial where the regular sermon will be preached.

The Keosauqua Republican
(listed under Farmington News)
Feb. 3, 1910


Sarah J. McMickle 1838-1922

Posted by Dore' Sutton <dsutton@voyager.net> on Sun, 28 Feb 1999

Surname: Clendenen, McMickle

Sarah J. McMickle was born near Quincy, Illinois May 18, 1838, and departed this life at the home of her son L.E. Clendenen, northwest of Milton Thursday morning March 9, 1922 at 8:15 a.m. When but 9 years of age she moved with her parents to Davis County, Iowa, and since that time has resided in Davis and Van Buren Counties. On December 14, 1854, she was united in marriage to James Clendenen, who preceded her in death about 15 years ago.

To this union six children were born, all of whom survive her. One daughter, Mrs. Zella Boget of Montezuma, 5 sons, Robert M. of Oregon: Charles W. of Los Angeles, California; Frances M.: George W. and Lewis E., all of near Milton. She also leaves thirteen grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren. There has not been a death among the children, grandchildren or great grandchildren. She also leaves three brothers and two sisters.

At the age of 15 years she untied with the Methodist Episcopal church and has been a faithful and worthy memer of the same all these years. She was one of the pioneer women of this vicinity, and a faithful wife and kind and loving mother, and will be missed by friends and relatives.

The funeral was held from the M.E. Church in Milton, Saturday morning March 11th, conducted by Rev. W.W. Whitman, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Milton Sunnyside Cemetery.

Another good woman has gone, another chair is vacant. She will be missed in the home, neighborhood and community.


JAMES CLENDENEN

Posted by Dore' Sutton <dsutton@voyager.net> on Sun, 28 Feb 1999

Surname:

James Clendenen was born in Morgan County, Ohio, October 3, 1826, died at his home in Milton, September 24, 1905, being 78 years, 11 months and 21 days of age. He was married to Mary Phillis in 1849. To this union two children were born, John who died in Andersonville prison and Mary Smith, of Ohio. His wife died in 1852. He was married to Sarah Jane McMICKLE December 14, 1854. To them six children were born: Robert M. of Idaho, Frances M. of Davis County, Zella Bogget of Powshiek County, George W. of Davis County, Charles W. of Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis E. of Milton. Last December he and his present wife had spent 50 years together in wedded life. Early this year he was converted and united with the New Light Church. Those who have been closest to him testify that his life has been a consistent Christian life. He lived in Prairie Township, Davis County for 38 years. Fourteen years ago he moved to Milton where he has since resided till called to his eternal home. In his later years though his mind was feeble he seemed to have a wonderful clear vision of the eternal, one of his favorite expressions was "I know that my Redeemer liveth." The funeral was held at the home Monday at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. D.R. Martin after which the remains were interred in the new cememtery.


Sarah Jane Barker (1836-1910)

Posted by Tony Daniel <tdaniel@isunet.net> on Fri, 12 Feb 1999

Surname: Barker, Slutz

From "Keosauqua Republican", April 28, 1910:

Mrs. Ephraim Slutts, an aged lady of Mt. Zion, died at her home Saturday night. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Taylor Monday afternoon and the internment was made in the Forbes cemetery.


Ephraim Slutz (1834-1923)

Posted by Tony Daniel <tdaniel@isunet.net> on Fri, 12 Feb 1999

Surname: Slutz, Barker

From "Keosauqua Republican", March 22, 1923:
Ephraim Slutts:

Ephraim Slutts, son of Noah and Hannah Yant Slutts, was born in Seneca county, Ohio, September 1, 1834, and departed this life at his home in Keosauqua, Iowa, March 12, 1923, at the age of 88 years, 6 months, and 11 days. He was united in marriage with Sarah Jane Barker in 1853, who preceded him in death. To this union were born eight children, all of whom are living except Frank, who died at the age of three years. The living are: James of Mt. Zion, Iowa; John of Mt. Zion; Sarah Miles of Corydon, Iowa; Ephraim Slutts of Hood River, Oregon; Mrs. Mary Jamison of Keosauqua; Bert of Mt. Zion, and Ed of Chicago.
Mr Slutts was a good citizen, a kind neighbor, a faithful husband, and a kind and loving father. He will be greatly missed by those with whom he was associated. He was gone, at a ripe old age, to join the innumerable hosts on their journey to that country from whose bourne no traveler returns.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday afternoon, the 15th of March at 2 o'clock, at the residence by Rev. James M. Hedges, pastor of the Congregational church. Burial in Forbes cemetery.


John Slutz (1860-1939)

Posted by Tony Daniel <tdaniel@isunet.net> on Fri, 12 Feb 1999

Surname: Slutz, Johnston

From "Keosauqua Republican", June 22, 1939:
John Slutts

John Slutts, 79, living on a farm about five miles west of Birmingham took his own life Tuesday night, June 20, at about ten o'clock. No reason is known for the act.

He was born in Winchester and for many years operated a blacksmith shop at Mt. Zion.

He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Mrs. H. J. Hughes of Fort Madison; Mrs. Helen Beil of Davenport; and Mrs. Noel Priddy of Chicago, and a son Bethel Slutts of Fort Madison.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Mt. Zion Presbyterian church. Burial will be in the Forbes cemetery.


Clara Johnston (1858-1945)

Posted by Tony Daniel <tdaniel@isunet.net> on Fri, 12 Feb 1999

Surname: Slutz, Johnston

From "Van Buren County Register", Sept. 27, 1945:
Clara Slutz Dies in Hospital:
Funeral Services Will Be Held Saturday At The Mt. Zion Church; Rev. Irvine Officiating

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Slutz, 86, of Birmingham, will be held Saturday at the Presbyterian church at Mt. Zion. The services will be held at 2:30 in the afternoon in charge of the Rev. Howard C. Irvine.
Mrs. Slutz died Wednesday evening at the hospital in Ft. Madison where she was taken two weeks ago for treatment. She had made her home in the Mt. Zion community until about 15 years ago, when they moved west to Birmingham. She was the widow of John Slutz, who operated a blacksmith shop in Mt. Zion for many years.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Henry Hughes of Ft. Madison, Mrs. Helen Brandt of Davenport, and Mrs. Bird Priddy of Chicago; one son, Bethel Slutz of Ft. Madison; one brother, Harley Johnston of Birmingham and two sisters, Mrs. Mattie Smith of Des Moines and Mrs. Lidia Portlock of New London.


Salina Brown (1840-1895)

Posted by Tony Daniel <tdaniel@isunet.net> on Fri, 12 Feb 1999

Surname: Brown, Johnston

From "Birmingham Enterprise", March 28, 1895:
Obituary:

Salina Brown was born in Newtown, Hamilton county, Ohio, March 19th, 1840, and died at her home in Birmingham March 23d, 1895, aged 55 years and 4 days.

July 28th, 1857, deceased was united in marriage in the town of her birth to Mahlon B. Johnston, and continued to reside there until 1867, when in company with her husband, started to Iowa, arriving in Van Buren county Oct. 11th of that year, and has since made this her home. She was the mother of thirteen children, eight of whom survive her. A son and daughter reside in Des Moines, a daughter in Fort Madison, a daughter near Hillsboro, and two daughters and two sons in Birmingham, and all were present to pay the last sad tribute of respect to a kind and loving mother, who will be sadly missed in the home circle. Five children had preceded her to the better-land - one while they resided in Ohio and four after coming to Iowa.

Her last illness was of about seventeen months duration. During the sickness of her son Samuel, deceased, she contracted a severe cold and had an attack of the la gripe, which affected her lungs and caused consumption, from which she died. The past six months her decline has been rapid, and for most of the time was confined to her bed, receiving every care and attention possible for loving hands to bestow. A woman of retiring disposition, she had the respect and friendship of all who knew her, and she will be sadly missed in the home circle.
The funeral occurred from her late residence in the east part of town, Monday at 2 p.m., Rev. Fraker conducting the services. All her family with a large number of relatives and friends were present to pay their respects to the memory of the deceased.


Johnston obituary

Posted by Tony Daniel <tdaniel@isunet.net> on Fri, 12 Feb 1999

Surname: Johnston, Brown

From "Birmingham Enterprise", Thursday, Nov. 30, 1916:
Obituary of Mahlon B. Johnston:

Mahlon B. Johnston was born in Newtown, Hamilton county, Ohio November 4th, 1885, and departed this life at his home in Birmingham, November 25, 1916 aged 81 years and 21 days.

He was united in marriage to Miss Salina Brown in Ohio in the year 1856. To this union were born thirteen children, seven having preceded him in death - George M., Elizabeth, Charles, John, Samuel, Mrs. Anna Byers, and Mrs. Alice Murray, the death of the latter occurring the 2nd of November.

The children living are Mrs. John Slutts of Mt. Zion, Iowa; Stephen D. Johnston and Mrs. J. A. Smith of Des Moines; Mrs. Lidia Baldwin of New London; Harley of Birmingham, and Mahlon of Los Angeles, Cal., all being present at the funeral but the son Mahlon.

After his marriage he was engaged in the grocery business in Ohio for a number of years, and in 1867 came to Iowa and located on a farm near Utica, Van Buren county. He then moved to Birmingham and engaged for a number of years in the butcher business, but for the past few years has led a retired life.
His wife died in 1895, at the home where he resided at the time of his death.
Mahlon was a man that made many friends, was always of cheerful nature and looked on the bright side of life, was truthful and strictly honest in all his dealings.

The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon, the 28th, at 1 p.m., in charge of Rev Peter Bock and the body laid to rest in the cemetery east of town. The pall bearers were six nephews.


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