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Floyd County, Iowa Obituaries

William Bartz

William Bartz, one of the pioneers of Rockford, died at the home of his son, August, at the age of 82 years. The immediate cause of his death was paralysis, though he had been enfeebled by age for some time.

[Daily Gate City, Keokuk, Iowa, published November 21, 1908; submitted by cddd]

Mrs. Mary (nee Beck) Binger

DIED. BINGER---At residence of her father, in Riverton, Floyd Co., Iowa, June 2d, 1876, of consumption, Mrs. Mary Binger, wife of J. B. Binger, in the 26th year of her age.

Mary's last and only illness was endured with great patience and fortitude. She entertained hopes that she would recover until about a week before she died. When informed that her end was approaching she said she cared not to live only for her husband and children; those she commended to God and resignedly awaited the messenger that should summon her from them. A short time before she died she was heard to exclaim--"My Father, take me to Heaven." She then passed without a struggle over the dark and turbid stream and is at rest with her Maker.

Weep not friends, she has gone to that blissful shore,
Where we all shall meet to part no more.

Note=The above was a daughter of Mr. Jacob Beck, formerly of Gallia county.
S. R. C.

[Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, June 15, 1876, submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Harriet Evelyn Blood

Died in Aberdeen, South Dakota, July 5th, 1889, Harriet Evelyn, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Blood.

The remains will be taken today by the sorrowing parents and relatives to Nora Springs, Iowa, where they will receive burial. The little flower which blossomed only for a brief interval on earth will shed its pure radiance and beauty in heaven above forevermore.

[Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, South Dakota, Published July 06, 1889, submitted by Cathy D.]

Hon. E. J. Bowdoin

Hon. E. J. Bowdoin, of Floyd county, died at his home in Rockford, on the 24th of January last, at the age of 72.

He came to Iowa in 1855, settling in Floyd county. He entered upon the practice of law, and in 1859 was elected on the Republican ticket to represent the district composed of Floyd, Cerro Gordo, Worth, Hancock and Winnebago counties in the lower house of the Eighth General Assembly. He was made chairman of the committee on schools, serving with marked ability. He was re-elected to the House in 1862, and made chairman of the committee on ways and means. In 1860 he was chosen one of the delegates to the Republican National Convention, which met at Chicago and nominated Abraham Lincoln for President.

[Annals of Iowa, April 1893, submitted by Cathy Danielson]

Arthur Gaylord Bryan

Arthur Gaylord Bryan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Bryan was born November 14, 1882 at Nora Springs, Ia. and passed away July 21, 1956 at the Masonic Sanitorium in Bettendorf.

He was preceded in death by all his immediate family, his father in 1897, mother in 1918, a brother in infancy and a sister, Beulah Bryan Chehock in 1938.

His closest relatives are three nephews, Lowell Bryan Chehock of Tulsa, Okla., Donald P. Chehock, of San Marino, Calif. and Robert H. Chehock of Tulsa, Okla.

For many years "Slim" as he was known to his friends, operated a restaurant in Corydon and worked for the Gibbs Battery Co. Because of failing health he moved to Corpus Christi, Texas. Slim was a 32 degree mason.

Funeral services were held Tuesday in Charles City. Interment was in Riverside Cemetery, Charles City.

[Source: unknown newspaper dated 1957, submitted by A Friend of Free Genealogy]

Case Daughter

The 4-year-old daughter of J. A. Case, banker, was buried here today. The little one died suddenly at Sault Ste. Marie, where its parents were visiting.

[The Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minn., August 21, 1905, submitted by KT=fofg]

James Cullen

Special to the Times-Journal Charles City, Jan. 10 - "God have mercy on my soul, I am an innocent man." These were the words to fall from the ashen lips of James Cullen, the brutal murderer of his wife and step-son, who was lynched by a mob of Floyd and Chickasaw county citizens last night. This denial of the crime of which he was unquestionably guilty coming as he stood in the shadow of death stamped Cullen as one of the most hardened criminals of the age and lent energy to the hands which jerked him into eternity.

Last night Charles City was all excitement. Today the tone is silent and voices are hushed when discussion of the first lynching in this county is held. Not that any remorse is shown over the lynching, for general opinion upholds the act, but that the fair name of Floyd county should hereafter bear the stigma of having such an act of lawlessness in its confines. The direct responsibility for the act, however, will not be taken by residents of this county, for it is claimed here that the leaders of the mob that hanged Cullen came from Nashua, Chickasaw county, the former home of the murdered woman and boy.

An inquest over the body of Cullen was commenced this morning and a score or more of witnesses summoned, but it is extremely doubtful if the identity of the actual participants in the lynching will be established. Coroner Dennis is conducting the inquest and the county attorney is present. The attorney has been in communication with Governor Cummins and has received orders to make a full report to Des Moines. It is probable that the governor will then act in the matter and with the local authorities make an effort to punish the ringleaders of the mob.

The lynching of Cullen was carried out with precision and determination. During the day there had been considerable talk of lynching on the streets, but they were regarded as empty threats and no apprehension was felt at the jail. Sheriff Schmerhorn had locked Cullen in a stout cell and barred the front doors.

About 10 o'clock last night a crowd of men from Nashua arrived here and soon the word was passed around town that an effort would be made to take Cullen from jail and hang him. In less than ten minutes a crowd of about 300 men gathered in front of the jail and tried to tear the bars off by hand. The same battering ram that crushed the jail door down was brought into play and the bars were pryed off. Cullen was found cowering in his cell and immediately three or four men entered and grasped him. The terrible temper that made Cullen a dangerous man for years again asserted itself and he fought like a madman. "Leave me go, leave me go, I tell you." shouted Cullen as he vainly tried to wrest himself from the grasp of the men.

He was soon subdued and a rope placed about his neck. The half-mad, half-dazed murderer was then led or dragged to the bridge which spans the Cedar River, two blocks from the jail. The cries and muttered curses of Cullen and the imprecations of the mob rang out in the still night air as Cullen was being led to his doom and the mob was soon reinforced. When the bridge was reached it is estimated that nearly a thousand people were there. It is said that there were women and even some of the local ministers among the spectators, but the confusion was so great that this cannot be definitely stated.

After the mob with their victim reached the bridge the spectators stood with bated breath for a while and then out of the crowd came Ensign Roper of the Salvation Army. He pressed his way to the front and attempted to address the mob. "For God's sake men don't take the law into their own hands," he said. "Lynching is murder and you should take him back to the jail."

The words of the Salvation Army man fell on deaf ears and Roper made no further appeal. Then a tall young man from Nashua came out of the crowd and yelled to the men who were holding Cullen:

"String him up boys, that is the only thing to do with a fiend like him." The rope was thrown over a cross bar on the bridge and a dozen men grabbed hold of the other end, anxious to pull Cullen into eternity. Just then Ensign Roper asked Cullen to pray, as he was surely going to his death. "God have mercy on my soul," came from the trembling lips of the doomed man. "I am an innocent man. I did not know she was dead. They attacked me and I was forced to kill them in self-defense."

The denial of the crime and his claim to innocence further incensed the mob and again the command to "string him up" was given. A score of stout arms grasped the rope and pulled Cullen to his doom.

[Dubuque Times-Journal, published January 10, 1907; submitted by Ken Wright]

Charles Gates

Charles Gates was born at Marble Rock, Iowa, April 2, 1856; he died in Des Moines, January 31, 1913, while in attendance as a senator from the Thirty-ninth district in the Thirty-fifth General Assembly. He graduated from Marble Rock high school and engaged in farming for several years, afterwards becoming interested in the lumber, implement and banking business. He served as mayor of Greene for three terms and later as alderman. He was elected State Senator in 1908, and served throughout the Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth and the beginning of the Thirty-fifth General Assemblies. His remains were conveyed to his home in Greene for burial by a committee from the Senate and House.

[Annals of Iowa, 1915; cddd]

George Goddard

One of the suicides that marked the opening of the new year at Charles City, George Goddard, a farmer living east of there, a man well along in life.

George Goddard, the farmer, who died by his own hand, leaves a wife and several children. He was prosperous, but his health has been poor for three years, and it probably was that which led to his death.

[Clinton Mirror, Published January 18, 1908, submitted by Cathy D.]

Mrs. J. S. Grover

Former Resident Dead

Mrs. J. S. Grover, formerly of the West End, died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Cannon, Nora Springs, Iowa.

She was 66 years old and during her residence in Duluth was prominently identified with lodge work. Mrs. Cannon is the only child to survive her.

[Duluth News-Tribune, Published September 07, 1911, submitted by Cathy D.]

Anton Karl Hindricks

On of the suicides that marked the opening of the new year at Charles City, Anton Karl Hindricks was a young college student.

A note was left by the boy addressed to his roommate, named Cook. It read: "If there is such a place as hell people are just as well there as on earth." The tragic note was found lying by the side of the young man.

As the young man had just come from Pierre, S. D., to enter the Charles City college, not much is known of him. He had just proved up on a claim and had come to Charles City to work his way through school. Work was hard to find, and it is supposed that this fact drove him to commit his rash act, which has plunged the whole institution into sorrow.

[Clinton Mirror, Published January 18, 1908, submitted by Cathy D.]

Earl E. Houdek

Funeral services are pending at Rockford, Iowa, for Earl E. Houdek, 76, former Muscatine resident, who died Monday afternoon at the Rockford Convalescent Home.Born Dec 24, 1892 at Muscatine, a son of Charles and Grace Wirtz Houdek, he received his elementary education in the Muscatine schools.

Earl E. Houdek married the former Louise Hoffman. He was active in the Rockford Methodist church; a veteran of World War I, having served with the 339th Field Artillery; a past master of the Rockford Masonic Lodge and a member of the American Legion. He was a former editor of the Rockford Register.

Survivors are the widow, Mrs. Louise Houdek, who resides at the Rockford Convalescent home; one son, Charles Edward Houdek of Minneapolis, Minn. and one brother, Carl Houdek of Muscatine.

[The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune, 21 Oct 1969 Tue Pg 14; sub. by Mary Weigandt]

Joseph Kelly

CHARLES CITY, Ia., Jan,. 15 - [special]

Mr. Joseph Kelly died here today of old age, being over 80. He was the first settler and preempted the land where Charles City now stands in 1853. His wife died last September.

We clip the above telegram from the Chicago Tribune of Jan,. 17th.

Mr. Kelly was an old citizen of this county and a brother of Mordica Kelly of this city. Mr. Joseph Kelly settled in Green County in 1836, on what is now known as the Clark farm, and was the first hotel keeper in Monroe. He was County Commissioner in the early forties and one of the board who located and built the court house that now stands in the public square in this city. The old settlers will all remember Mr. Joseph Kelly and read with regret the announcement of his death.

[The Daily Independent, Monroe, Wisconsin, Jan. 22, 1889, Transcribed by Linda Rodriguez]

Annie Koebrick

Mason City, Iowa, April 26 - The remains of Mrs. Annie Koebrick, who suddenly disappeared from her home in Charles City April 13, were found today in the Cedar River, two miles north of Charles City, lodged in a wire fence. She leaves two children, one a babe but a few weeks old. It was a case of premeditated and determined suicide.

[Daily Angus News, Crawfordsville, Indiana, Published April 27, 1888, submitted by Cathy D.]

Mrs. Edith Ramker

Mrs. John Ramker died at her home in the town of Green Grove Tuesday afternoon at 5:30, a heart attack being the cause of her death. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 at St. Mary's Catholic church, Rev. John B. Pinion officiating, and internment will be made in the Colby cemetery. The body is reposing in the Lulloff Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ramker was born in Fergus Falls, Minn., on February 18, 1888 and married John Ramker in Charles City, Iowa, in November, 1906. They moved to Neillsville in 1929 and to this community in 1937 and engaged in farming.

Surviving are seven children, Maxine Ramker of Shawano, Mrs. Velma Becherer of Wisconsin Rapids, Mrs. Clarence (Bernice) Koesner of Ripon, Mrs. Floyd (Betty) Peterson of Spencer, Virgil Ramker of Medford, Merlin Ramker of Colby and Max Ramker of Colby; two sisters, Mrs. Stella Fods of Charles City, Iowa, and Mrs. Sue Malloy of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 25 grand children and two great grand children.

One son, Melvin, and her husband died in 1946 in an auto accident.

[Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 4 Sept. 1958; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

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Funeral services were held for Mrs. Edith Ramker September 6th at 9:30 A.M. in St. Mary's Catholic church in Colby, Rev. Hugo Diers officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. Pall bearers were Marc Foster, Ben Apfelbeck, Andrew Arends, Alfred Svoboda, Herbert Firnstahl and Alois Gabriel. The children's choir sang the mass.

Out-of-town people here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller of Menasha, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Ramker of Medford, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Peterson of Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Korner of Ripon, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Schuh and Patsy Bechiner of Stevens Point, Theodore Ramker of Green, Iowa, and Sera Peterson of Owen.

[Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Sept. 1958, sub. by fofg mz]

Mrs. Rosa Rugger Dies

Mrs. Rosa Rugger, 87 years old, died Friday at the home of her son, E. W. Rugger of the Carrville community. Mrs. Rugger was born in Germany.

The body was brought to Lundt's funeral parlors, and on Monday it was taken to Maquoketa, Iowa, where funeral services were held in the Baptist church and she was buried by the side of her husband, who preceded her in death.

Mrs. Rugger had been in poor health for some time, having been confined to her bed for the past year.

[The Nashua Reporter, Published 10 October 1934, submitted by Cathy D.]

Mrs. Sarah (nee Beck) Scofield

DIED. SCOFIELD---At her residence, in Riverton, Floyd Co., Iowa, on the 27th day of February, 1876, Mrs. Sarah Scofield, wife of A. B. Scofield, in the 35th year of her age.

Note=The above was a daughter of Mr. Jacob Beck, formerly of Gallia county.
S. R. C.

[Gallipolis Journal, Gallipolis, Ohio, published Thursday, June 15, 1876, submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Rev. Frank H. Wellmeyer


Rev. Frank H. Wellmeyer Succumbs to Attack of Heart Disease

Charles City, la., July, 5.

Rev. Frank H. Wellmeyer was found dead in bed at Rudd. Heart failure is supposed to be the cause. He had been a minister of the German Methodist Episcopal church for thirty-three years. He came to Iowa in 1879 and is survived by four sons and three daughters. One of his sons is principal of the schools at Gladbrooke and a daughter teaches music in Marshalltown.

[The Alliance Herald Alliance, Box Butte County, Neb., Published July 08, 1909]
Submitted by Terry Dicken

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