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Obituaries of Monroe County, Iowa


Helen Ascher

Helen Ascher, fifteen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ascher of Curtiss, died at the Memorial Hospital at Wausau Saturday morning at 5:00 A. M., myocarditis being the cause of her departure. The body was brought by F. W. Lulloff, funeral director, to his undertaking parlors in Colby where it remained in state until Monday noon when the funeral services were held there and at the Curtiss Lutheran cemetery and burial took place in the Curtiss cemetery.

Six members of her confirmation class - Edward Tesmer, Graydon Beismer, Raymond Paul, LeRoy Lund, Leland Fredrickson, and Merlin Weigman - were selected as pall bearers, and six girls from the same class were named as flower girls.

The Clover Nook School, which she attended, was closed for the afternoon to permit the pupils to attend the funeral.

Helen Ascher was born Oct. 8, 1916, at Albia, Iowa, and came to Wisconsin with her parents about six years ago, and to the town of Mayville a little over a year ago. Besides her parents she is survived by five sisters: Mrs. Ed. Roewe, Betty, Gladys, Jane and Hannah Ascher, and two brothers, Thomas and Preston.

[COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 24 Sept. 1931; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]


H. L. Bay

H. L. Bay, an old and esteemed citizen of Monroe county, died in Pleasant township on Friday last. He had a bad swelling on his face and throat by which he was choked to death. So says the Albia Union.

[Daily Iowa State Register (10 Sept. 1867) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


Evelyn Brummer

Albia - Mrs. Evelyn Brummer, age 38 years died of consumption at her home Saturday evening. The body was intermented in Oak View Cemetery Monday. She was an earnest Christian being a member of the A.M.E. church for fifteen years. She leaves a mother three brothers and two children to mourn her loss.

[Iowa State Bystander (24 Feb. 1898) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


Rhoda Ellen (McCoy) Caldwell

Rhoda Ellen, daughter of Absalom and Elizabeth McCoy was born near Fredrick, Monroe Co., Ia., January 20, 1856 and departed this life at her home in Blakesburg October 18, 1928 at the age of 72 years, 8 months and 28 days. She was united in marriage to Thomas H. Caldwell in March 1878, to this union eleven children were born, Stella Robinson of Knoxville, Ia., Jack Caldwell of Washington, Eva Palmer and Elizabeth Myers of Hiteman, Margaret Major of Blakesburg, Anna Perry of Ottumwa, Earl Caldwell of Frederick and Ethel at home. Three sons, Fred, Frank and Roy preceded their mother in death.

Besides her companion and children she is survived by four brothers, Lou, Joe and Dan McCoy of Albia and Cass of Colorado Springs, Colo., and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Funk of Covina, Calif., and Mrs. Haley Tyrl (should be Terrell) of Lincoln, Neb., also twenty-four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mrs. Caldwell united with the Baptist church early in life and remained with that faith until God called her home. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at Bethel, in charge of the Rev. Luther W. Childs of the Finley Avenue Baptist church of Ottumwa. Interment was made in the Bethel cemetery.

[Submitted by Della M. Shafer]


Mrs. Carter

Albia News. Mrs. Carter of Hocking, who has been sick for some time, died last Sunday.

[Iowa State Bystander (1 June 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


Mrs. Albert Grayson

Mrs. Albert Grayson, a citizen of Monroe county, and also a member of the M.E. church, recently died at her home and was buried in Oakview cemetery. Rev. Williams of Muchy officiating. N. N. Pharris assisted him in paying their last tribute to a true friend.

[Iowa State Bystander (4 June 1897) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


Raymond Richard "Ray" Hannam

Ray (96), B. Aug. 9, 1889 to Henry & Ella McDonald Hannam in Melrose (farmer), M. Ann Fitzgerald, Feb 20. 1912 in Melrose. D. July 26, l986 in Albia Hosp.

Survivors: a daughter, Helen Sullivan of Albia; 3 sons, Eugene of Keosauqua, Bill Of Ottumwa & Henry of Des Moines; 2 brothers, Charles of Omaha, Neb, & Leo of Arlington, Va.

Buried In St. Patrick's Cemetery, Melrose. Revs. Ernest Braida & M. J. Brothersen officiated.

Monroe Co., Iowa
Submitted By Tim West


Roslina Hoskins

Died - At her home at 121 E. 2nd street last Tuesday June 9th Mrs. Roslina Hoskins age 23 years and 10 months, she formerly lived in Albia and has been here about 18 months, she leaves to mourn her loss a husband two daughters and one son. The funeral services was held at the East Side Baptist church last Thursday conducted by Rev. J. C. Bell and her remains were laid to rest in the Woodland cemetery.

[Iowa State Bystander (9 June 1899) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


Daniel Edmund McCoy

Daniel Edmund, son of Absalom and Elizabeth McCoy, was born in Monroe County, Iowa, July 19th, 1857. He passed away at his home in Urbana township, near Brompton, September 7th, 1931 after an illness of several weeks. He was 74 years, one month and 18 days of age.

He was united in marriage to Miss Lydia M. Shafer, November 14th, 1880, by Rev. West, a Baptist minister. To this union nine children were born, seven of whom survive him, Mrs. Josie Sell of Coqulle, Ore., Mrs. Edith Vance of Eddyville, Iowa, Mrs. Nellie Brender of Cashmere, Wash., Mrs. Della Wolf of Jennings, Kans., Mrs. Ona Boardman of Brompton, Iowa, Mrs. Iva Thompson of Moravia, Iowa, Geneva Selman at home. Besides his daughters he is survived by two sisters and one brother, Mrs. Anna Funk of Covina, Calif., Mrs. Hala Terrell of Wauneta, Nebr., and C. L. McCoy of Colorado Springs, Colo., also twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his two sons and his companion, who died in the year of 1915.

As a young man he remembered his Creator and was baptized into the Baptist faith. He was a member of the Pleasant Corners Baptist church at the time of his death. Mr. McCoy was a kind and loving father, a good neighbor and a friend to all. He especially was fond of little children and was happiest when environed by them.

Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon, September 9th, at 2 o'clock conducted by the Rev. Luther W. Childs, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Centerville, Iowa. Interment was made in the Eslinger cemetery.

[Submitted by Della M. Shafer]


Lydia (Shafer) McCoy

Obituary of Mrs. Dan McCoy

A brief mention was made in the Tribune last week of the death of Mrs. Dan McCoy at her home near Blakesburg.

Lydia Marie Shafer, daughter of John P. and Maria Shafer, was born in Monroe County, Iowa, April 29, 1961, and died at her home in Urbana township, Monroe County, July 26, 1915, after an illness of several months. She was 54 year, 2 months and 27 days old.

In 1876 she united with the Pleasant Corners Missionary Baptist church and retained her membership throughout life.

She was married to Daniel Edmund McCoy November 14, 1880, by Rev. West, a Baptist minister, and to this union were born nine children, seven of whom survive her: Nellie Elizabeth Brender, Cashmere, Washington; Josie May Warren, Coquille, Oregon; Edith Rosalia Vance, Eddyville, Iowa; Ona Blanch Boardman, Brompton, Iowa; and Della, Iva and Geneva, who are still at home. Stanley Clifton McCoy died in infancy and George Hilbert Grant McCoy was killed in an accident July 20, 1912. Worry over George's death had much to do in hastening her death.

Besides the husband, children and eight grand-children she leaves five brothers and one sister to mourn her loss. They are A.W Shafter, Leatia, Kansas: J.H. Shafer, Eddyville, Iowa; H.A. Shafer, Ottumwa, Iowa and Mrs. Rosalia Walker, Nevada, Iowa.

Many other relatives and friends unite with these in mourning her departure.

All the children, brothers, and sister except Mrs. Nellie Brender, C.V. and H.A. Shafer were present at the time of her death.

Mrs. McCoy was a woman of quiet gracious demeanor, a beautiful mother, a loving wife, tender and sympathetic, in her helpful ministry of heart and soul, and leaves the world feeling the impress of her strong life.

The funeral was held at the home Wednesday afternoon, July 28th, in the presence of many sympathetic relatives and friends. The services were conducted by Chester A. Snyder, pastor of the Fremont Christian church. Burial in the Eslinger cemetery.

[Submitted by Della M. Shafer]


Francis J. Miller

Jacksonville, FL-- Francis (Frank) J. Miller was born in Monroe Co., IA, near Eddyville on June 3, 1914. He passed away November 3, 2005 at the age of 91. He graduated from Albia High School and attended Capitol City Commercial College in Des Moines, IA. He was employed by Exide Battery Corp, in sales and battery mfg. management positions in Des Moines, Sioux Falls, SD, Warsaw, IL and Logansport, IN for over 44 years. While in Sioux Falls, he met and married the former Marian V. Peterson of Garretson, SD and they were happily married for 59 years. Marian passed away in March, 2000. He served nearly 3 years in the U.S. Army in World War II and was honorably discharged with the rank of platoon sergeant, Infantry. After retiring from Exide, he and Marian were affiliated with Frank's sister, Gertrude J. Peters, in owning and operating the Tall Corn Motel, Shenandoah, IA, for 18 years, retiring to Jacksonville Beach, FL in 1995. He was a 57 year member of Masonic Lodge No. 257, Warsaw, IL and was a member of the Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville Beach. Survivors include his caring daughter, Linda Hurt and husband Ken Hurt, Ponte Vedra, FL, 2 grandsons, Cleigh (Suzette) Carson, Ponte Vedra, Christopher (Becky) Carson, Alpharetta , GA, 1 granddaughter, Cami (Greg) Giberson, Salisbury, MD, 7 great grandchildren , Sebastian, Isabella , Scarlett, Katelyn, Mac, Cleigh and Tommy. A Celebration of His Life will be held at Beach United Methodist Church on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 at 3:00 PM. Burial will follow at Chapel Hills Memory Gardens, Jacksonville. Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 1701 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach.

[Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville, FL) - November 6, 2005,
contributed by A. Newell.]


William Naughton

Mar. 11, 1920--William Naughton died at Salt Lake City, Utah, March 8. He was buried at Melrose March 12, from the home of his sister, Mrs. T. P. Murray. Buried St. Patrick's cemetery at Georgetown, by his parents.

Surviving are his wife, two brothers, John of Melrose and James in Missouri, and sister, Mrs. T. P. Murray.

Newspaper: Melrose Bell, Monroe Co., IA
Submitters Name: Tim West


W. Richardson

W. Richardson, a highly respected citizen of Monroe County, died recently at the age of 84 years. We glean from the Eddyville Independent.

[Daily Iowa State Register (20 May 1866) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


Alonzo Wallace Shafer

A. W. Shafer, pioneer Kansan of Milan, Kas., who was laid to rest in Milan cemetery Thursday afternoon, May 17, following an impressive service in the Baptist Church at :30 o'clock. Conducting the service was Rev. A. B. Kirk of Wichita, pastor of the Conway Springs Baptist Church. Good old-fashioned hymns, which Mr. Shafer loved, were used in this service.

Miss Nellie Hussey, Miss Thompson, Dr. Gillis and Rev. Mordy sang a quartet arrangement of "Where We Will Never Grow Old," "Death Is Only a Dream," "The City Four-Square." Miss Dola Hussey was at the piano. Friends of long standing carried him to his last resting place. Theo. Sappenfield, Claude Smith, W. J. Wood, I. B. Zook, Elmer Hussey and Chas. Jeffries were the pall-bearers.

Alonzo Wallace Shafer was born in Monroe County, Iowa, November 1, 1851, and died May 15, 1928, at the age of 76 years, six months and 14 days. He was married to Lozina Elizabeth Watkins, November 11, 1875. To this union were born seven children, three having passed away in childhood.

Mr. Shafer was converted and united with the Pleasant Corners, Iowa, Baptist Church in 1876.

They came to Kansas in the spring of 1878, settling on the farm east of Milan, although at that time there was no town here and the closest railroad town was Wichita. The lumber for their first house was hauled from Wichita. In the early days, Mr. Shafer carried mail by horseback from Caldwell to Milan. Vivid impressions of the grasshopper year and Indian raids and signs of the buffaloes formed part of his memories. His friends often heard him tell of these things and certainly enjoyed it too, hearing of these early events.

The Milan Baptist Church was organized at Mr. and Mrs. Shafer's home and they were charter members. The following relatives survive: his wife, Lozina Elizabeth Shafer; his children: Mrs. Eva M. Holman, Sharon, Kas.; Joseph Elmer of Conway Springs; Clifton Edgar of near Milan; Miss Emma at home; eight grandchildren: Alden Shafer, Conway Springs; Lloyd Shafer, Milan; Lozina, Josephine, Victor, Vernon and Vade Holman and Mrs. Lena Holman Rucker of Sharon; and two brothers, George of Leoti, Kas., Joseph of Vernon Center, New York, and a sister, Mrs. Rose Walker, Turlock, Calif.

[Submitted by Della M. Shafer]


George Washington Shafer

George Washington Shafer, son of John and Maria Shafer was born in Monroe county, Iowa on May 3, 1864 and departed this life May 30, 1942 at the age of 78 years and 27 days.

He was one of the oldest residents of Wichita county, coming here from Monroe county, Iowa in November 1885, and filed on a homestead north of Marienthal. He was united in marriage to Katharine Elizabeth Biel on Jan. 5, 1904 at Leoti, Kansas and started housekeeping on the homestead. Later they moved to their present home which is one of the nicest ranch homes in the county. Here they labored together as only pioneering souls do labor and raised their six children to maturity.

Mr. Shafer, who had been in failing health for several months, passed away at his home Saturday evening at 8:00 o'clock. His death, though somewhat expected, was a shock to his family, to the neighborhood and his wide acquaintance, for he had friends everywhere he was known.

His passing leaves his invalid wife; four daughters, Mrs. Susie White and Mrs. Iva Plottner of Marienthal, Mrs. Edith Ray of Canon City, Colo.; Mrs. Maudie Knaus, of Denver, Colo.; his two sons, Putman of Denver, Colo., and Hilbert of Marienthal; and four grandchildren.

He leaves, also, a brother, Joe, of Vernon Center, New York, who visited him a year ago after a separation of 23 years; and a brother, Hiram, of Eddyville, Iowa.

Mr. Shafer had engaged in farming and stock raising and was a citizen to whom great credit can be given for the advancement made in the county from a virgin plain to its present state.

In November, 1941, he was baptized by Father Joseph and united with the Catholic church.

[Old clipping, unspecified Wichita Co., KS, newspaper; submitted by Della M. Shafer]


Hiram Shafer

Shafer Services

ALBIA --The funeral for Hiram A. Shafer, 84, of near Eddyville, a retired farmer who died Thursday at Mahaska County Hospital, Oskaloosa, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Corners Church conducted by the Rev. Asa Popp of Ottumwa.

Burial will be in Pleasant Corners Cemetery with the Geyer-Lewis Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Long a resident of the Albia area, Mr. Shafer graduated from William Penn College, Oskaloosa, in 1909. He was a leader in soil conservation and in 1963 received the district's outstanding award for conservation service. Since 1922 he had been a reporter for the U.S.D.A. crop reporting service.

He was born in Monroe County Nov. 11, 1882 to John P. and Hulda Ann Shafer. He married Marie Berry in Midland, S.D., in 1911. She preceded him in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Michael J. Galer of near Albia and Mrs. Marvin Thompson, River Falls, Wis., and three grandchildren.

[Newspaper unknown, maybe Eddyville? Death date, 26 October 1967; sub. by Della M. Shafer]


Lozina E (Watkins) Shafer

"I hear a voice you cannot hear
Which says I must not stay;
I see a hand you cannot see
Which beckons me away."

Mrs. Lozina E. Shafer of Milan Kans., wife of A. W. Shafer, deceased, died at her home near Milan, Kans., September 17, 1929. She was born near Eddyville, Iowa, April 2, 1859. She accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of sixteen years and united with the Pleasant Corners Baptist Church, living a devoted Christian life, a wonderful mother, gentle, patient, loving and kind; a devoted wife and a friend to all.

On November 11, 1875, she was united in marriage to Alonzo Wallace Shafer. To this union seven children were born, three having passed away in childhood: Cora, aged 14; John, 2; and an infant baby.

She leaves to mourn her loss two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Eva M. Holman, Sharon, Kans., Miss Emma at home; Joseph E. of Wichita, Kans.; and Clifton E. of Milan, Kans.; eight grandchildren, Mrs. Lena Rucker, Lozina, Josephine, Victor, Vernon and Vade Holman of Sharon; Alden Shafer, Wichita, Kans.; Lloyd Shafer, Milan, Kans. Mrs. Shafer has four brothers and two sisters living near Eddyville, Iowa, also some cousins at Medicine Lodge.

Mr. and Mrs. Shafer were among the early pioneers of Sumner county having moved here with their infant daughter in the spring of 1878.

"Not lost, not dead, not gone,
Not even sleeping
Tho, we have laid them in
The grave with weeping;
No sharp despair our
Chastened hearts can fill
For they are with us still."

[Obituary excerpt; Submitted by Della M. Shafer]

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Relatives and friends from a distance who attended funeral services for Mrs. Shafer at Milan Thursday, Sept. 19, were: George Shafer of Leoti, Kans., a brother-in-law; Mr. Will Watkins, Mrs. Jennie Tibbetts and Mrs. Edith Louthan, cousins, of Medicine Lodge; Rev. T. R. Mordy, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Hussey, Mrs. T. L. Guest, Mrs. Warner Pfaff, Mrs. Jennie Myers, Mrs. William Prilliman, of Conway Springs; Mrs. T. Derrington, Miss Muriel Derrington, Mrs. C. A. Skaer, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Wiley, Mrs. Verne Dunlap, T. O. Brown, Evan Jones and Mrs. Joe Hoyt, of Wichita; Mr. and Mrs. McCarty, of Attica; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Lindsay and two daughters, cousins, of Mayfield; Mr. Dick Lindsay of Wellington; Mr. and Mrs. Ira Holman, and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Holman, of Oxford.

[Submitted by Della M. Shafer]

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The following from here attended the Shafer funeral at Milan last Thursday: Mrs. T. I. Guest, Mrs. F. C. Myers, Mrs. Warner Pfaff, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Hussey, Mr. and Mrs. A. McMulin, Rev. T. R. Mordy; also Miss Louise Mueser of Anson and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Forbes of Mayfield.

[Submitted by Della M. Shafer]


Jesse E. "Smitty" Smith

Smitty passed away Nov. 27, 2011 at his home in Kalispell, Mt. He was born Oct. 19, 1924 on the family farm in Urbana Township, Monroe County to Jesse Earnest and Bulah Elswick Smith. He graduated from Moravia High School and enlisted in the navy, and became a gunners mate on the oil tanker the USS Mattole. He was discharged in 1946, married Eileen Culver. From this union two children were born.

In 1949 he enlisted in the army and became a motor pool sergeant. His unit was one of the first to be dispatched to Incheon, Korea. Smitty received nine honorary medals. He serve 22 years in the Naval Reserve.

When he was 17 years old he learned to fly and it became a lifelong compassion.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years,daughter Kathy of Bigfork, MT, and son Kerry of Colorado Springs,CO, grandchildren, great grandchildren and a brother C.D.Smith of Waverly, IA.

[Submitted by C. D. Smith]


Pearl Eugene Smith

Pearl Eugene Smith, born Nov. 18, 1931 to Jesse and Beulah Elswick Smith on the family farm in Urbana Township, Monroe County. He enlisted in the army and served in Korea.

He married Mary Vandekieft of Tracy. To this union two sons, Brian Keith and Todd Richard were born. Pearl and Mary were divorced and Pearl married Peggy Ann Long at Oskaloosa.They had a daughter Denise Marie who resides in Colorado. Brian passed away in 1997 at Iowa City. Pearl passed away in Denver, Colorado, December 24, 1999.

[Submitted by C. D. Smith]


Don Stewart

Don Stewart, a farmer 30 years of age residing near Albia, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. He had been brooding over imaginary troubles and recently was adjudged insane. The commissioner withdrew the information and the mother of the deceased had been entrusted with his care. Stewart leaves a wife and several small children.

[Iowa State Bystander (9 Mar. 1900) transcribed by FoFG MZ]


William Warner

William Warner was born in Hancock Co., Ohio, Jan. 20, 1820 and died at his late home in Monroe county, Iowa February 27, 1908, aged 88 years and 28 days. He was married to Sarah Sines may 27, 1838 and to this union twelve children were born, three of whom are living; namely: Lorenzo who resides at Hot Springs, Arkansas; Charles, living in Urbana twp.; and Ebb, who lives at Avery, Iowa.

He started from Ohio by the overland route, destined for Missouri in 1838. He arrived in Illinois when the Mormon excitement was at its height and while journeying through Missouri the party was halted by a detachment of citizens whose purpose was to eradicate the Mormons. One of the party was somewhat favorable to the Mormons and when search was made he was found in possession of a Mormon bible. They were then invited to leave the country, which they did immediately and headed for Iowa, arriving in the vicinity of Dudley, as far as the white man was allowed west of the Des Moines river. It was always interesting to hear him talk of his early experience in pioneer life when he went to Bonaparte to mill and sometimes the meal would not be in the best condition when they arrived home. He went as far as Jefferson county to get work by which to support the family.

He was married to Sarah Ann Bennett, March 16, 1865. This union was blessed with six daughters, 5 of whom are living, married and reside within the county. He acquired the title of father to four children in his second marriage, so that he has been the father of twenty-two children, of whom eleven are now living. He had 52 grandchildren, of whom 37 are living; 43 great grandchildren, 41 living; 5 great great grandchildren, the latter all living. He became a member of the Dunker Brethren church in 1861 and has done much to establish the church in this county. He was always ready to provide for the wants of the destitute and succor the unfortunate. The mother lost a son by death at 6 o'clock in the morning, and a husband, the subject of this sketch at 9 o'clock in the evening. Both were buried in the same graveyard on Feb. 19, 1908. (Cuba cem.)

[Albia Republican, Thursday, published February 27 1908, submitted by Della M. Shafer]


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