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Monona County Iowa



Joe Aiken

Mapleton, Feb. 1. - Joe Aiken, once a prominent stock dealer, and a long time resident of Mapleton, died at the Mapleton house today, after three weeks' illness. Joe was a familiar character in Sioux City for the past twenty years.

[Sioux City Journal (2 Feb. 1895) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

James Carmody

Blencoe - James Carmody died at Blencoe Tuesday, April 29, aged 69 years. He had resided in Monona county since 1866.

He is survived by two children, Charles E. Carmody of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. William VanScoy, of Monona county. Mrs. Carmody died three years ago.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the Congregational church. James Carmody was a member of the Odd Fellows, Masonic and Grand Army lodges.

[The Carroll Herald, Carroll, Iowa, Published May 14, 1913, submitted by Cathy D.]

Mrs. John Cunningham

Castana, Io., May 5. – Mrs. John Cunningham, wife of the section foreman on the Northwestern line at this place, died early this morning of heart trouble. The deceased leaves ten children, seven of whom live at home. The youngest child is less than 5 months old.

[Sioux City Journal (6 May 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Charles W. Green

Charles W. Green, an elevator operator in the Bolton block, son of W. A. Green, of Onawa, formerly owner of the Onawa Sentinel, shot himself through the head yesterday, dying instantly.

[Sioux City Journal (6 July 1898) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Holbrook Daughter

A little daughter of B. D. Holbrook, of Onawa, died a few days since.

[Sioux City Journal (1 Feb. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Bernard D. Holbrook

Bernard D. Holbrook, aged 76 years, founder of the town of Onawa, Ia., died at Long Beach, Cal., last Thursday. Mr. Holbrook had lived in Long Beach for the past year for the benefit of his health. Death was due to angina pectoris.

Mr. Holbrook, besides having extensive interests in Onawa and through western Iowa, was head of the banking firm of Holbrook & Bro., in Onawa.

Mr. Holbrook was born in Somerset county, Pa., and was married to Miss Mary F. Oliver, eldest daughter of Henry W. Oliver, of Pittsburg, May 13, 1862. Going to Iowa after his marriage, Mr. Holbrook took up large tracts of land in the rich Missouri valley and laid out the town of Onawa in Monona county, now one of the most flourishing in western Iowa. He had lived in Onawa ever since.

Mr. Holbrook leaves his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Edith Kennedy of Albion, Mich., and four sons, Parker K. and George O. Holbrook of Onawa; David O. of No. 2004 Westminster street, North Side, and Evans Holbrook, professor of law in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. David O. and Mrs. Holbrook will leave Pittsburg today for Onawa, where the funeral services will be held.

[Pittsburg Press, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Published August 27, 1910, submitted by Cathy D.]

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Banker of Onawa Dies In California

Bernard D. Holbrook Had Lived in Monona County Since


Onawa, Ia., Aug. 31. - News has been received here of the death of Bernard D. Holbrook, one of the oldest and best known bankers in northwest Iowa.

Death occurred Thursday evening at 9 o'clock at Long Beach, Cal., of heart disease.

He, with his wife, had been in California since last fall in the hopes of recuperation his fast failing health. For a number of years he has been a sufferer from asthma and upon advice of his physicians went west. His real condition has been more serious than thought even by his own family, although they realized that his life could not be prolonged for any great length of time.

Bernard D. Holbrook was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, May 22, 1834, and died at Long Beach, Cal., August 25, 1910, being in his 76th year at the time of his death.

He received his elementary education in the common schools of his native county, finishing with a year at Jefferson college, Canonsburg, Washington county, Pennsylvania. Then a few years were passed in working on the home farm in summer and teaching country schools in winter until March, 1855, when he came to Iowa county, Iowa, where he engaged in surveying and in the study of law. In November, 1856, he returned to the place of his birth, where he remained through the following winter, pursuing his legal studies.

In the spring of 1857 he came to Monona county. He had been here in the summer of 1855 in company with others from Iowa county and invested his earnings in Monona county lands. On his arrival in 1857, he and his brother, C. H. Holbrook, became interested in the Monona Land Company, and surveyed and platted the town of Onawa. During that summer he was engaged in surveying in the neighboring territory of Nebraska and spent the following winter in Omaha.

In the spring of 1858 he returned to Onawa and the spring term of the district court, was admitted to the bar, Judge M. F. Moore being on the bench. He carried on the practice of law, at the same time being engaged in the real estate business in connection with his brother. His law business he sold out in 1867.

In 1865 the firm of Holbrook & Brother had commenced the general banking business in connection with their real estate dealings, and to this Mr. Holbrook devoted his entire attention after giving up his law business.

He has been prominently identified with public affairs, having served as a member of the board of supervisors of Monona county, mayor of Onawa, and many years as one of the board of education of Onawa.

He was married May 13, 1862 to Miss May F. Oliver. He is survived by his wife and five children, Parker K., and George O. Holbrook, of Onawa; Mrs. Kennedy, of Albion, Mich.; David O. Holbrook, of Pittsburg, Pa., Evans Holbrook, of Ann Arbor, Mich.

The body will be brought here for interment and will probably arrive late Wednesday evening, the burial taking place Thursday.

[The Carroll Herald, Carroll, Iowa, Published September 7, 1910, submitted by Cathy D.]

H. L. Holbrook

H. L. Holbrook, father of the Holbrook Brothers, bankers at Onawa, died at the latter place a few days since.

[Sioux City Journal (17 Feb. 1874) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Catherine Kinser

At her residence in Soldier, Monona County, Iowa, November 5, 1875, Mrs. Catherine Kinser, aged 70 years and 10 months.

Mrs. Kinser was the mother of Mrs. John Reed of Bellevue, and for eighteen years was a resident of Tet des Morts Township, Jackson County, where our boyhood days were passed. She was an intelligent and kindly old lady, and often, when a boy, have we partaken of her generous hospitality in her own house, with her many lively children, now scattered as it were, all over the broad earth.

[Bellevue Leader, Published November 17, 1875, submitted by Ken Wright]

Gwen Hochstrasser Reher

Funeral Brochure

Birth: April 4, 1906 (Monona Co., IA).
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hochstrasser.
Marriage: Arthur Reher (Aug. 12, 1940; Murdo, SD).
Death: Aug. 19, 1989 (Hand County Memorial Hospital, Miller, SD).
Age: 83 yrs 4 mos 15 ds.
Funeral: August 22, 1989 (United Methodist Church, Highmore, SD).
Burial: Highmore City Cemetery (Highmore, SD).
Education: Highmore High School.
Occupation: rural school teacher in Hyde County, SD; Sterling Watch Company in Highmore).
Organizations/Civic: United Methodist Church; United Methodist Women.
Preceded in death by: parents, infant sister.

[Survivor information omitted for privacy]

[Funeral brochure memorial leaflet contributed by Jacque McDonnell]

Frederick Roundsberg

Castana, Io., July 16. – Frederick Roundsberg, a farmer living about four miles from town, died last Saturday evening of cancer of the stomach. He had lived in Monona county for several years, and was quite well known in this vicinity.

[Sioux City Journal (17 July 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

Elder Josiah Sumner

DIED. At his residence near Onawa, Monona Co., Iowa, Elder Josiah Sumner, aged about 58 years. The deceased came to liis death by being accidentally crushed between a load of wood and a bar post.

His wife and a large family of children, with a numerous circle of relatives and friends are left to mourn his sudden call to the paradise of God.

He united with the Latter Day Saints at a very early day, and emigrated to the vicinity of Independence, Mo. When the saints were driven from that place, he was among the first to suffer at the hands of a barbarous mob. He was taken and whipped, kicked, beaten and bruised by these fiends in human shape, until he was, to all appearance, dead. A Bro. Leonard finding him, near two hours after, administered to him by the the laying on of hands, and prayer, and by the blessing of God he fully recovered.

He united with the Reorganized Church about two years since. He died as he had lived, a devoted disciple of Christ, and a faithful witness of the dispensation founded through the martyred prophet, Joseph Smith. By faith we see him now associated with the Spirits of the just, hopefully and joyfully waiting the appointed time of his Divine Master, when he shall be clothed upon with Immortality, in the likeness of Christ Jesus our Lord, who is our life.


[The True Latter Day Saints Herald, Plano, ILL., Published June 01, 1864]
Submitted by Cathy Danielson

Arnold K. Tillis, Jr.

Onawa, Iowa--Special funeral services for Arnold K Tillis, Jr, 20, seaman second class, who was killed off Leyete island in 1944 and whose body will arrive here Saturday morning, will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the Pearson Funeral Home.

Seaman Tillis was born here in 1924 and lived here until his enlistment in the navy.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Tillis, Sr., and four sisters, Betty, Jean, Ardelle and Mrs. William Clemmons all of Sioux City, and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. S.P. Tillis of Onawa.

NOTE: Arnold Kelly Tillis, Jr., died on November 24, 1944, from wounds he received during World War II. In 1948 his remains were returned to the United States for burial in the Onawa Cemetery, Monona County, Iowa.

[Unknown Newspaper, Published 1948, submitted by Dusting Trails]

J. A. Wedmore

Mapleton, Ia., Aug. 12 - J. A. Wedmore, one of Monona county's oldest settlers, died here today from cancer. He had suffered from this dread disease for a long time and his death had been hourly expected for some weeks. Mr. Wedmore leaves an aged wife and a large family of grown up sons and daughters. He was past 80 years of age.

[The Bayard Advocate (Bayard, IA), published Thursday, August 17, 1911; submitted by Jim Dezotell]

Chauncey Welton

Mapleton, May 15, Chauncey Welton died at the soldiers' home at Marshalltown this morning, where he went from Mapleton about a month ago. Mr. Welton lived in Mapleton for the past ten years and for many years kept a hotel. Prior to his residence here he kept a hotel at Nevada, Io. He was a member of a New York regiment in the late war, and also a member of the local G.A.R. post. He will be brought here for burial beside his wife, who died some years ago. Mr. Welton was born in New York about 70 years ago.

[Sioux City Journal (16 May 1896) transcribed by FoFG MZ]

John Woodhead

Onawa, Io., April 17, John Woodhead, aged 83 years, died last night at the home of Mrs. J. C. Vincent. Mr. Woodhead has been a noted character in Onawa for the past thirty years. He has been a habitual user of tobacco for sixty-eight years, and has always claimed that it lengthened his life. He leaves two daughters, Mrs. J. C. Vincent, of Onawa, and Mrs. W. L. Farrington, of Council Bluffs; also one son, John Woodhead, jr., of Butte, Mont.

[Sioux City Journal (18 Apr. 1899) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


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