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Appanoose County, Iowa


Appanoose County, Iowa

John Biddison

John Biddison died yesterday at his home in Americus. He was born July 6, 1841, in Perry County, Ohio, and moved to Van Buren County, Iowa, with his parents at the age of 13, two years later moving to Appanoose County, Iowa. He enlisted in the army in 1864, but owing to sickness was compelled to return home.

He was married to Miss Sarah A. Rice, September 1, 1870, who died December 8, 1905. To Mr. and Mrs. Biddison were born three children.

(Emporia Gazette, Emporia, KS, Volume. XXVII, Issue 259, page 4, Thursday, March 8, 1917)
Submitted by Peggy Thompson

Holland Child

February 8th, 1875, Joseph Holland, of Independence Township, lost his house by fire, during the absence of himself and wife. On leaving, they had left their four children at home. A neighbor saw the fire, and reached the house in time to rescue three of the children, but the other perished in the flames.

[History of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1878, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

William Hampton

The death of William Hampton, a miner employed in the Watson coal-shaft, occurred June 19, 1874, from injuries received by the hoisting apparatus while attaching a car to be hauled up.

[History of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1878, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Charles Herbst

December 28, 1875, Charles Herbst, of Taylor Township, was killed in an encounter with his own son, James, by name. Two of James' brothers were having a fight about a hound pup, which James undertook to end. The father, seeing the affray, rushed out with a piece of scantling, which James snatched away from him. The father then picked up a hammer, and rushed on the young man. Both struck at the same moment, and both fell. The father rose, went back to the house, took to his bed and died next day.

[History of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1878, submitted by Cathy Danielson

Glen C. Rucker

PITTSVILLE – Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hansen Chapel in Marshfield for Glen C. Rucker, 57, of route 1, Pittsville, who was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, at 3 p.m. Monday after suffering a heart attack while en route to work at the Weyerhaeuser Company in Marshfield.

The Rev. Lloyd L. Makool, Arpin, will officiate and burial will be made in the Mound cemetery at Pittsville. Friends may call at the Hansen Funeral Home in Marshfield beginning this afternoon.

Glen Curtiss Rucker was born July 25, 1912, at Centerville, Iowa, and came to the Pittsville area in 1914. He received his education in Pittsville schools and had lived on a farm on route 1, Pittsville for most of his life. He was married June 27, 1936, in Belvidere, Ill., to the former Bernita Bottcher, who survives him.

For the past 20 years he had been employed at the Weyerhaueser plant.

Survivors include his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Arnold (Phyllis) Premeau, route 1, Pittsville; Linda and Glenda *** Note: The rest of the article was cut off and was not available at the time of transcription.

[Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Tuesday, 26 May 1970; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

W. N. Shaffer

On the 23d, W. N. Shaffer, who resided near Centerville, lost his life from the pressure of carbonic-acid gas in his well.

[History of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1878, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

William Stevens

September 28, 1874, William Stevens, of Washington Township, while attempting to ford the Chariton, at Perdue's Ford, was drowned in sight of two young men, who were unable to give him aid in time.

[History of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1878, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Taylor deaths

Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson, while investigating the condition of Adam Keller's coal-bank, near Numa, August 9, 1874, fell twenty-five feet down the shaft, and was suffocated by "damps" before he could be reached.

[History of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1878, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

S. F. Wadlington, Esq., Death Of A Pioneer.

The death of S. F. Wadlington, Esq., occurred on Monday, November 4, 1878, and a brief personal mention will not be out of place in closing this sketch of the county's history. The deceased was born and reared in Kentucky, and married in that State; but the union was an unhappy one, and, after procuring a divorce from his wife, he removed to Appanoose County in 1847, being then about thirty-five years old. His experience in married life soured his disposition, and he avoided the society of women as much as possible.

The deceased was a good business man, punctual to his engagements, and expected a prompt fulfillment of promises from those he trusted, but did not seem to be anxious to amass a great fortune. He was in many respects a type of the true Kentuckian—truthful and often generous.

One case is mentioned in which he voluntarily abated $500 of interest from a claim he held, where, by waiting, he could have got it. He would do much to oblige a friend, and would sometimes, as in the Murphy case, brave public opinion for the sake of obtaining a fair trial for a man he believed to be guilty.

Mr. Wadlington was a member of the Masonic Order, having taken the degrees before leaving Kentucky. He was a member of Jackson Lodge, No. 42, for many years, and was buried by the members of that Lodge, in a spot prepared by himself several years ago, near his house in Independence Township. His death was caused by taking cold while going home from Centerville, October 19, during a snowstorm. He had been offered the use of an overcoat, but refused it.

Mr. Wadlington will long be remembered as the most eccentric person who has lived in Appanoose County, but yet a trusted, enterprising citizen. His last visit to Centerville was partly to ascertain what was being done toward extending the M., I. & N. Railroad, and to urge the advisability of locating the route so as to make available the coal-beds in the northwest part of the county.

[History of Appanoose County, Iowa, 1878, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

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