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Madison County Obituaries

Mary Lu Retta (Imes) Bertholf

Mrs. W. Bertholf Died of Pneumonia Saturday at Dumont

Mrs. W. C. Bertholf of Dumont, died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M. E. Johnson, after a short illness of pneumonia. Services were conducted Monday afternoon at a funeral home in Dumont with the Rev. Milton Charles in charge. The body was taken to Winterset Tuesday where services were conducted at the Ord church. Burial was in the Clark cemetery in Madison County.

Mary Lu Retta Imes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Imes, was born August 27, 1859 at Stark County, Illinois. She was married to Wesley C. Bertholf September 3, 1879, in Madison County.

Surviving are the daughter Mrs. Johnson; a sister Mrs. Elizabeth Cookus of Ottawa, Kansas; a brother, W. H. Imes of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Elizabeth Hickes of Ottawa, Kansas; a granddaughter, Marcella Johnson, and a grandson, Master Sergeant Edward Milton Johnson, stationed at Daniels field, Georgia.

[The Iowa Recorder (Greene, Iowa), published May 3, 1944, submitted by Nancy Piper]

John Brown

John Brown was born December 23, 1821 in Holmes County, Ohio, and departed this life October 9 1901, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Geo. Smith, Van Meter, Iowa. He was 79 years, 9 months and 16 days old and was married to Catherine Shirk February 13, 1844, who preceded him to the better world July 29, 1898. To this union were born five children--one son and four daughters. Two of the children, Joel and Eliza, died in middle age, some years ago. The three surviving daughters are Mrs. Samuel Boyd of Coshocton County, Ohio; Mrs. George Smith and Mrs. Isaac Norman, of Van Meter, Iowa, also twenty grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and other relatives and friends who mourn their loss.

As a private citizen he was taken prisoner during the Civil War and spent twenty-one months in different southern prisons --about one year of this time was spent in the Libby Prison.

He moved to Illinois in 1867 and settled at his home near Van Orin, Illinois, making this place his home until his death. He went to visit his daughters, Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Norman, of Van Meter, Iowa where he was taken suddenly ill and died. He intended to come home next Tuesday. He was converted to God and joined the United Brethren Church over 50 years ago and remained a faithful member until the summons came.

[Newspaper: (clipping) prob. Bureau Co, Illinois, submitted by Dennis Bannon Studer]

Mary Elizabeth Haynes Buchanan

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Haynes Buchanan were held at the Curtiss Congregational church at 9:30 o’clock Thursday morning. Rev. W. P. Powell of Owen held the funeral services.

Mrs. Buchanan passed away July 17, 1934 at 9:30 P.M. at the St. Joseph hospital at Chippewa Falls of diabetes and infection which had set in.

Mrs. Buchanan had been born Mary Elizabeth Haynes in Illinois Nov. 17, 1862. In early childhood she moved with her parents to Madison county, Iowa. She accepted her Christ in early childhood and has remained a sincere Christian her entire life. She was a member of the Curtiss Congregational church and the Helping Hand Society. She was united in marriage Dec. 18, 1884 to George A. Buchanan. To this union was born eight children, seven of whom survive her. Her husband preceded her in death Feb. 26, 1921 and a son Carl April 4, 1915. After the death of her husband she moved to Curtiss with her son Floyd with whom she made her home.

The relatives that survive her are her children, Mrs. Bertha Smiley and Floyd of Curtiss, Glen of Withee, Mrs. Lucy Hall of Medford, Mrs. Mary Grout, Winterset, Iowa; also five sisters, four brothers and eighteen grand-children.

Burial took place Saturday in the Winterset cemetery, Iowa.

[Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 26 July 1934; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Mason Bullock

Mason Bullock, formerly of El Dorado, died Monday at Winterset, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Winterset in the Collins Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Doris, two daughters, Mona and Debbie and three sons, Ronnie, Robert and Lee, all of the home. Local survivors include his parents Mr. and Mrs. V. E. Bullock, Cassoday; two sisters, Mrs. Wilma Young, Cassoday and Mrs. Eva Riggs, Wonsevu, a brother, Maurice Bullock, El Dorado, a daughter, Mrs. David Wardlaw, El Dorado, and a son, Larry Bullock, Santa Ana, Calif.

(El Dorado Times, February 17, 1972 - Submitted by Peggy Thompson)

Aetna May Oldfather Clough

Aetna May Oldfather was born in Madison county, Iowa, May 24, 1864, and died at her home east of Elk Falls, Kansas, January 13, 1924, aged 59 years, 7 months, and 19 days. Her early years were spent in Illinois. She came to Harper county, Kansas, with her parents when she was fourteen years old. She was married to I. P. Clough, January 23, 1882, and to this union were born nine children -- four sons and five daughters. She leaves to mourn her, a husband, two sons, Seth and Day Clough; and two daughters, Ethel DeWitt and Madge O'Quinn; their other children preceding her to her heavenly home. She also leaves three sisters and three brothers.

Funeral services were held at the Christian church in Howard, Monday, January 14th, conducted by the pastor, Rev. S. F. Butler and interment was in Grace Lawn cemetery, Howard.

[Howard (KS) Courant, January 17, 1924 Submitted by L. Morgan]

First Presbyterian Church of Earlham East 1870-1900 Deaths

Mrs. Ruth (nee Harrison) Moffitt

In Madison county, Iowa, Mrs. Ruth Moffitt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Harrison of this place.

She was born Nov. 18th, 1844, in Peoria county, Ill., where she resided until Oct. 1870, when in company with her now bereaved husband, she removed to her late residence in Iowa. She was married Feb. 21, 1866. She had been an acceptable member of the M. E. Church since 1863, when she made a public profession of religion under the preaching of W. J. Beck, the present pastor of the M. E. church of this place. During her last sickness she expressed anxiety for the prosperity of the church; and how if opportunity should serve, she would like to be at religious meetings again. Her mind was deranged most of the time during her last sickness, which was derangement of the spine, terminated upon the brain. Yet her letters to her parents and friends after going to Iowa, and the manner of her life before, give them the best of assurances that she has gone to rest. She leaves to mourn a husband, two children, her aged parents with brothers and sisters. Her parents arrived at her residence in time to see her before her death. Her funeral (which was attended by a very large concourse of people) was preached by Rev. Mr. Miller, of the Missionary Baptist church, whose words of counsel and comfort were very appropriate indeed.

[Henry Republican, Henry, IL, Published Thursday, July 27, 1871]
Contributed by Nancy Piper

Isaac N. Norman


Isaac Norman, 85, former Madison County resident, died Friday at his home in Des Moines. Mr. Norman was born to John W. and Susan (MCCLEARY) NORMAN in Fresno, Ohio, in 1850 and in 1887 came to Johnson County, Iowa. In 1893 he moved to Jefferson Township in Madison county, living here until 1914 where he retired from active work and went to Des Moines where he has since lived.

He was a member of the Commandery and Consistory and a Mason for more than 60 years.

He is survived by three sons, Joe Norman of Houston, Texas, Earl Norman of Van Meter, and Clarence Norman of Des Moines; two sisters Mrs. Charles NICHOLS of Kidder, Missouri, and Mrs. John STEINER of Fresno, Ohio; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His wife Leah (BROWN) died in 1914. His sons Charles and Norwood also preceded.

Funeral services were held Sunday at 1:30 at Dunn's Funeral Home in Des Moines; burial in Union Chapel Cemetery south of Booneville.

[Des Moines (IA) Register, Des Moines, Iowa, Published 10 Oct 1935]
Submitted by Dennis Studer (g-g-son)

Norwood Remley Norman

Word was received here this morning of the death of Norwood Norman at the Fitzsimmons Hospital at Denver. Mr. Norman was a former resident of this county, but more recently had been residing in Des Moines, where he was a deputy in the Polk County Treasurers Office for a number of years. He went to the hospital last March, and an operation was performed on Monday. He regained consciousness, but grew worse.

His brother, Earl Norman, of Jefferson Township, had gone to Denver last Saturday to be with him. He and his brother's wife, and their two daughters, will accompany the body back to Des Moines, where funeral services will be held. Definite arrangements had not been made, however, when the Madisonian went to press last evening.

Mr. Norman was a son of Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Norman. He leaves, in addition to his wife and two daughters, three brothers: Earl, of this county; Clarence, of Des Moines; and Joe, of Houston, Texas

[Madisonian, Winterset (IA), Published Thurs., January 22, 1931, submitted by Dennis Bannon Studer]

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Quite a number from this vicinity attended the funeral of Norwood R. Norman in Des Moines Saturday. He was well known here as he was born on a farm five miles south of Van Meter, August 17, 1897, and lived here until 1914 when he moved to Des Moines, where he has since resided with the exception of the nineteen months he was in the World War and the ten months he was in the hospital at Denver, Colorado.

He passed away Wednesday, January 21, at Denver's Fitzsimons Army Hospital. He was a graduate of East High School and Drake University.

He leaves to mourn: his wife, Marie; two children, Mary and Jeanne; his father, Isaac N. and three brothers, Jody, Clarence, and Earl.

The funeral service was conducted at 12:30 Saturday by the Rev. E.A. Elliot at Dunn's Funeral Parlor in Des Moines. The body was laid to rest at Pine Hill Cemetary north of Des Moines.

Winterset, Iowa Madisonian; Published Thursday, January 29, 1931, Page 8;
Neighborhood News: Van Meter; Submitted by: Dennis Bannon Studer

Bessie (Cook) Shambaugh


Mrs. Lloyd Shambaugh of Winterset, a well-known resident of Jefferson township for most of her life, died at Iowa City last Thursday. She was 66 years of age, and had been in failing health since last summer.

Mrs. Shambaugh was the former Bessie Cook, and most of her life was spent in Jefferson township. She was married in 1909 to Lloyd Shambaugh. In recent years their home had been in Winterset.

She was a graduate of Van Meter High School. She was a member of the Methodist Church and for many years was active in Farm Bureau work.

Surviving are her husband,; a son, Rex Shambaugh of Jefferson township; and three granchildren, Wayne, Linda and Craig.

Funeral Services were held Sunday from the Van Meter Methodist Church. Burial was made in the Winterset cemetary.

[Winterset (IA) Madisonian, Published 1956, submitted by Dennis Bannon Studer]

Hugh L. Short

Minneapolis, Minn., June 20. – Hugh L. Short, 81 years old, a member of the First Iowa cavalry during the Civil war, died Tuesday at his home, 2200 Sixteenth avenue south. Three daughters, Mrs. Benjamin F. Yeates of Minneapolis, Mrs. Trumbull White of New York city and Miss Avy Short of Chinook, Mont., and one son, H. C. Short of Medora, N.D., survive him.

Mr. Short was born in Lawrence, Ind., and at an early age went to Iowa, where he engaged in farming. Mrs. Short died eighteen years ago.

The body was taken to Winterset, Iowa, the family home, for burial.

Grand Forks Herald, N.D. (20 June 1913) transcribed by FoFG MZ

Mrs. Mary Ellen Stapp

DIED.--In Madison, Ia., on the 18th ult., Mrs. Mary Ellen, consort of Howard Stapp, formerly of this county.

[Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Mo.) Published Thursday, February 22, 1855, submitted by Kathy McDaniel]


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