Genealogy Trails
Pottawattamie County, Iowa


Dr. Carl R. Brandt

Dr. Carl R. Brandt, 82, 725 Fifth Avenue, a retired dentist, died Tuesday at a local hospital after a lenghy illness. Dr. Brandt was born in Germany. He graduated in 1902 from the dental college at Northwestern University. His first practice was in Neola. He came to Council Bluffs in 1907, retired in 1957. He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, the ElksClub, Excelsior Lodge, 259, A.F. and A.M. and the York Rite.

Survivors include: widow, Louise M.; three sons, all captains in the United States Navy, and all practicing dentistry, Max A. of Redding, MA, Conrad of Alameda, CA, and Paul of Norman, OK; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published July 29, 1959, submitted by Ann]

Dr. Elmer O. Bean

A memorial service for former Council Bluffs pediatrician Dr. Elmer O. Bean, 75, of Fort Myers, Flrida, will be held in Florida. Dr. Bean died March 6 at his home. He practiced in Council Bluffs for 38 years before retiring in 1993 and was an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Creighton University Medical Center and the University ofNebraska Medical Center. He was born a Wheelock, ND, attended St. Olaf College at Northfield, MN, and the University of North Dakota and received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Bean served in the U.S. Navy medical corps. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and the Visiting Nurses Association.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of Fort Myers; two daughters, Mrs. Mike (Kris) Dahlke of Kingwood, TX, and Mrs. Craig (Kitty) Erickson of Longmont,CO; two sons, Mark of Longmeadow, Mississippi, and David of Tucson, AZ; two sisters, Mrs. Ray (Elaine) Gerlinger of Overland Park, KS, and Eleanor Cashman of Thousand Oaks, CA; a brother LeRoy of Riverside, CA; and seven grandchildren.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published March 11, 1997, submitted by Ann]

Dr. Wallace E. Borgerson

Dr. Wallace E. Borgerson, 89, died January 2 at Jennie Edmundson Hospital. He was born at Egeland, ND, attended the University of North Dakota and graduated from the Palmer School of Chiropratic at Davenport in 1930. Dr. Borgerson practiced for 65 years at Oakland and had served as Oakland mayor twice. He had lived in Council Bluffs for the past eight years.

Survivors include his wife, Mollie (Schreiber) nieces and nephews. The body was cremated and no services will be held. Cutler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published January 3, 1997, submitted by Ann]

Dr. Harry Lane Donnan

Dr. Harry Lane Donnan, 51, who practiced dentistry in Council Bluffs more than 20 years, died Thurday in a Kansas City hospital. He had moved to Kansas City around the first of the year to set up practice. Following his graduation from Harlan High School, he attended Creighton University one year and was graduated from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1922. Dr. Donnan practiced dentistry at Harlan until 1929 with his father, the late Dr. Henry Donnan. He was in the army dental corps during World War I, belonged to the Eagles Lodge and was a member of the Prostestant church.

Surviving are his widow, formerly Wilma Harold of Glenwood; three sons, Michael, Jerald and Harry; two daughters, Judith and Patricia. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Gus Tuseterl of Kansas City, MO.

Funeral services will be held at Glenwood with the Rev. J.W. Taenzler officiating. Burial will be at Glenwood.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs Iowa, Published March 25, 1951, submitted by Ann]

Dr. William O. Griffith

Dr. William O. Griffith, 86, of Council Bluffs died April 12. He was born in Omaha and had lived in Council Bluffs since 1946. He was a physician at Cogley Clinic, retiring in 1976 after 35 years as a doctor of internal medicine.

Dr. Griffith was a member of the First Christian Church and Kanesville Kiwanis. He was past president of the Southwest Iowa Heart Association and a member of the Pottawattamie and Mills County Medical Society. He was a member of the American Cancer Society and the local cancer society. He was a member of the Mercy Hospital staff and had received the Mercy Western Heritage award. Dr. Griffith served in the army Medical Corps during World War II.

He and his wife, Veta, had been married 60 years. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Patrick O. of Council Bluffs; two daughters, Kathleen Griffith and Christine A. Wiskus both of Council Bluffs; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A private family committal service will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha, followed by a memorial service at the First Christian Church with the Rev. David Erickson officiating.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published April 13, 1996, submitted by Ann]

Dr. Michael S. Kochel

Graveside services will be held Friday in memory of Dr. Michael S. Kochel, a Council Bluffs native. Dr. Kochel, 51, died April 25 at his home in Palm Desert, CA, of cardiac arrest brought on by an asthma attack, said his sister, Maxine Kochel of Omaha. Services were held earlier in California, where his body was cremated. Friday's service will be at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Dr. Kochel graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, where he played football. He graduated from the University of Iowa and then joined the Air Force, rising to captain. He received a degree in dentistry from the University of Iowa and then attended the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and became an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Dr. Kochel's survivors include his wife, Kathy, and sons Michael, Jr., James and Joseph. (Section 14, Row 12, no dates on gravestone)

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published May 9, 1996, submitted by Ann]

Mary Munro

Mrs. MARY MUNRO, 75, died Wednesday morning at 709 Sixth Avenue, from the infirmities of old age.

She is survived by: two brothers, P.J. Moran, Crescent, and J. Moran, Los Angeles, California; one sister, Sister Mary Philomene, Fon du Lac, Wisconsin; two daughters, Mrs. A.J. McCallister, Boulder, Colorado, and Mrs. T.R. Shea, and one son, George E. of this city. The family requests that no flowers be sent.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Wednesday, September 9, 1925, page 7


The funeral of Mrs. Mary Munro will be held Friday morning at 9:30 o'clock from St. Francis Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery. The body was moved today from Beem-Belford Undertaking parlors to the home of her daughter, Mrs. T.R. Shea, 724 South Seventh Street.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Thursday, September 10, 1925
(September 8, 1925, St. Joseph Cemetery, Section A. Row 17)

Catherine Murphy

Catherine Murphy, 84, died Wednesday morning at 5:30 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.E. Krebbs, 1822 Grace Street, Omaha.

Besides the daughter, Mrs. Krebbs, she leaves one son, John Murphy, 15 South Fourteenth Street, this city. She had been ill for the past six weeks. She had been a resident of Omaha for the past fourteen years, but for about fifty years previous to that time she had lived in this city. She was a member of the St. Francis Order of Omaha.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 o'clock from St. Francis Catholic Church of Council Bluffs, Father Aspinwall officiating. Interment will be in the family lot in St. Joseph's Cemetery. The family requests no flowers. (no gravestone)

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published September 27, 1922, submitted by Ann]


Funeral services for Mrs. Catherine Murphy, who died Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H.E. Krebbs, 1823 Grace Street, Omaha, were held Thursday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Francis Catholic Church, Father Aspinwall in charge. The pallbearers were Pat Caroll, D. Carroll, J. Perkins, Ed Lawter, M. Dowd and J. Leahy. Interment was in the family lot in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published September 28, 1922, submitted by Ann]

Ed P. Murphy

ED P. MURPHY, 65, who until twelve years ago lived in Council Bluffs, died of heart disease Monday in a Kansas City hospital.

He is survived by the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. J.A. Glynn, M.J. Murphy, Mrs. J.C. Kirkpatrick all of Council Bluffs; Anna Murphy of Albuquerque, New Mexico; John S. Murphy of Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Joe Laughrey of Long Beach, California.

The body will be taken to the M.J. Murphy residence, 616 Harrison Street. Woodring Mortuary is in charge of local arrangements.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Tuesday, August 16, 1932, page 7

The body of Edward P. Murphy, formerly of Council Bluffs, who died in Kansas City, August 15, arrived here Wednesday morning over the Burlington and was taken to Woodring's Funeral Home.

Later it was removed to the residence of M.J. Murphy, 616 Harrison Street, a brother. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Rev. Ignatious Stein officiating.

Burial will be in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Wednesday, August 17, 1932, page 7
(August 15, 1932, St. Joseph's Cemetery, Section A, Row 5)

Gertrude Murphy

Gertrude Murphy, the 3 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Murphy, died Tuesday afternoon of influenza and pneumonia at the home at 15 South Fourteenth Street.

The funeral will be held Thursday forenoon at 10 o'clock at Kings Chapel with Rev. Father Powers in charge. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Surviving are the parents, four sisters, Mary, Dorothy, Jane and Elizabeth, and three brothers, John, Carl, and Howard.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published February 19, 1919, submitted by Ann]

Death On The Prairie

A Father And Child Perish In Sunday Night's Storm

One of those appalling circumstances, of late of such frequent recurrence, occurred Sunday night last, about ten miles east of this city, on the Prairie east of Keg Creek.

On Sunday, John Murphy, accompanied by his father, seventy five years, and his own and eldest child--one of four--age six years--came to this city with others attending the funeral obsequies of Mrs. Thomas Fox.

In the evening the trio left this city for home some two miles east of Keg Creek. Nothing more is known to us at this writing of what occurred to the Murphy's Sunday night. Yesterday morning, near home, the wagon of Murphy's was discovered, with team attached to wheels; wagon box bottom side up, and the dead bodies of John and his young son, James Murphy. Mr. Ed Ward came to this city yesterday morning in search for a coroner, but strange to relate, none could be found in this city of coroners, and Mr. Ward returned home, probably apprised of the fact that the nearest Justice could attend to all post mortem arrangements. Mr. Ward stated that at the time he left the scene of death, nothing had been seen or heard of the old gentleman Murphy. Evidently the party found themselves storm bound in this terrible snow crusade; decided to halt and protect themselves as best they could with the scanty means at hand. The boy, we are told, was indifferently clad, and those who were subjected to the inclemency of the raw chilling atmosphere at midnight, on Sunday, will readily discover how it is possible that thoroughly drenched persons could lie down on a bleak prairie and perish. John Murphy, deceased was about forty five years old, a farmer and was until some three years since, a laborer in this city.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published Tuesday, April 21, 1874, submitted by Ann]

The Murphy Dead

Yesterday morning our reporter gave all the facts and rumors connected with the death of the Murphy's obtainable. We are now able to add some additional facts.

The returning funeral escort left this city between four and five o'clock on Sunday night. John Murphy and father, James, indulged somewhat in liquor while in this city. They stopped at a saloon on Pony Creek and further indulged, some difficulty being experienced in getting the old man started. Soon after leaving, the storm set in, and what followed can but be surmised.

About 10 o'clock Monday morning, Messrs Kief and Harrings discovered the Murphy wagon about one fourth of a mile from Silver Creek, near the residence of a German lady named Rattus. The wagon pole was pointing due west, showing that the party had turned around, whether intentionally or otherwise will never be known. The wagon box had been taken off on the north side, one side resting on the ground and the other on the hubs, evidently intended to form a wind break. One horse had been detached from the pole and hitched to a hind wheel. The other horse had not been detached, and was found lying down tangled in the harness. Underneath the wagon, not box, and in under the front bounds of the wagon, lay John Murphy, and two feet distance, his son, a lad of six years. The box had evidently proven a meager defense, as the two bottom boards were found upon the ground.

Justice Warren was summoned, as ex-officio coroner, and Messrs. Albert Wyman, Robert Ingram and James Kirby, were selected as a jury. The coroner and jury visited the spot and having satisfied themselves of the circumstances attending the death of John Murphy and son, placed the bodies in a wagon and conveyed the remains to the residence of Mrs. Rattus, and from thence to the residence of the deceased. The bodies were found but a short distance from the residence of Mrs. R. The verdict of the jury was in substance that the deceased came to their death by reason of exposure. On the body of John Murphy was found a pint bottle filled with whisky.

Yesterday morning search was instituted for the discovery of the old man Murphy, and his dead body was found something over eighty rods from the bodies of his son and grandson. We have not learned as to the coroner's inquest in the latter case, though it could hardly essentially differ from that rendered in the former cases. It is advanced by some that the old man fixed the wagon box defense as best he could with perhaps the assistance of his son, and then went out in that pitiless storm in search of help. Whatever were the real facts will never be known. The entire story, coming to this city to pay the last rites to a departed friend; the return on Sunday night; the cruel storm; the dying boy; the brave struggle of the old man for life and assistance, all of these things conspire to make the sad story simply terrible. John Murphy, as stated yesterday, leaves a wife and three children. Yesterday, friends of the deceased came to this city and secured trimmings for the three coffins, and today the three dead bodies will be brought here and deposited in the Catholic Cemetery.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published Wednesday, April 22, 1874]
Submitted by Ann

The Dead

Yesterday afternoon the bodies of James Murphy, grandsire; John Murphy, son, and James Murphy, grandson, were brought to this city in separate vehicles. The remains were accompanied by a large number of vehicles, bringing relatives and friends of the deceased.

The funeral escort proceeded to the Catholic Church, and the three coffins were carried into the church, and Father McMenomy conducted the ceremonies usual in such cases, occuping about twenty minutes. Immediately thereafter the cortege proceeded up Broadway, and the bodies were consigned to their final resting place in the Catholic Cemetery, the grandson being placed between his sire and grandsire.

The body of the old Murphy was discovered in an outlet or bayou, from which the water had recently subsided, and there were well defined indications going to show that he had struggled to reach the upper ground. His arms exhibited marks caused by constant efforts in attempting to crawl out of the cavity in which he had rushed in the blinding storm.

The party had gone near a mile and a half beyond the residence of John Murphy and were about that distance off the main road. A neighbor met the party about three miles from the point at which the Murphys perished, and asked a question, the only reply being: "We are in a hurry," and that is the last conversation, so far as we can trace, had with the doomed family. Altogether it is one of the most shocking fatalities we have had recent occasion to chronicle.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published April 23, 1874, submitted by Ann]

Louis Francis Murphy

LOUIS FRANCIS MURPHY, 76 years old, died Tuesday morning at 4:30 o'clock at his residence, 356 Sherman Avenue, after a few days' illness.

Mr. Murphy served on the city election board and contracted a cold, which developed into pneumonia. He has been a resident of Council Bluffs 57 years. Mr. Murphy was an expert accountant and for a number of years was connected with the Officer & Pusey Bank.

He was a member of the Broadway M.E. Church, also of Bluffs City Lodge No. 71, A.F. and A.M.

He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Caroline, at home; two sons, Charles O. of Council Bluffs and Fred N. of Omaha; two sisters, Mrs. Mary J. Crosswait of Tacoma, Washington, and Mrs. John Spaulding of Paris, France.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, April 17, 1924
(Burial Fairview Cemetery, Section B, Lot 133)

Maude Murphy

Maude Murphy, 10, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Murphy, 1319 West Broadway, died at 2 a.m. Monday from heart trouble after an illness of nearly a year.

She leaves, besides her parents, four sisters and two brothers. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.

The funeral will be held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published August 14, 1911, submitted by Ann]




Marshal Ralph Myer

MARSHAL RALPH MYER, brother of O.T. Myer, editor of the Afton Star Enterprise died at Creston, April 15 age a brief illness.

Mr. Myer as associated with his two brothers in the printing business at Afton, coming to that city in 1913. He was a skilled machinist and kept the machinery in the Afton Star Enterprise office looking like new, and his workroom was always neat and clean.

Avoca Journal Herald, Thursday, April 29, 1937

Anna Nagle

Nagel Funeral Held (Treynor, IA)

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Nagle were held Friday afternoon at the residence here and at 2 o'clock at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Flower bearers, all grandchildren of the deceased woman, were: Emil Mass, Clarence Mass, Leonard Malskiet, Edwin Malskiet, Leona Malskiet and Elmer Westphal.

Pallbearers were: Cord Hartje, Peter Lubbe, Fritz Freeze, Adolph Hass, Fred Hastens and William Trede.

Burial was in St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Sunday, 10 March 1929

W. Gerald Nason

The funeral of the late W. Gerald Nason will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock from St. Francis Xavier's Church.

The pallbearers will be P.C. DeVol, John Bennett, J.D. DeHaven, John Clauson, Sr., Henry Rishton and William Fitzgerald. James Wickham and J.C. Murphy will officiate as honorary bearers.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Thursday, August 24, 1899, page 4
Interment will be in the Catholic Cemetery. (No stone)

Rev. Longinus Neu, O.S.P.

A telegram has been received by friends in this city announcing the death of Rev. Longinus Neu, O.S.P., which occurred Thursday at 11:15 o'clock at Birmingham, Alabama.

Father Longinus was for nearly six years pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church in this city and did much to build up that church and congregation. He was therefore well known in this city and was also well known throughout this and adjoining states as one of the ablest of the priests of the order of St. Benedict.

The funeral will be held at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison, Kansas, next week, but the exact date has not yet been fixed. Father Thomas of this city will accompany the remains.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, March 4, 1899

Ike New

IKE NEW, 71, for years known in this city as the friend of unfortunate boys, died at his home, 722 Willow Avenue at 11:45 a.m. Friday. Mr. New had remained bedridden for the greater part of nine months after suffering failing in health close to a year ago. Death came quietly while members of his family were at the home.

The body was removed to Cutler's Funeral Home, where it was announced that funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the residence. Rev. J.R. Perkins will have charge of the services. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Surviving Mr. New are: his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Julius Rosenfeld of this city and Mrs. Milton Livingston of Omaha and one son, Lester New of New York City.

Because of his untiring work among unfortunate boys in this city during the years when he enjoyed good health Mr. New became known to juvenile court attaches as one of the best friends that under privileged boys could have. He frequently attended juvenile court and is known to have been instrumental not only in materially assisting juveniles whose home life was not of the best, but in helping them secure an education and in finding the proper walks in life.

He formerly represented a clothing manufacturing house. Mr. New was a member of the Shrine, the Elks Club and Temple Israel Church, Omaha. He was for years a member of the board of trustees of the Council Bluffs library.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Friday, August 23, 1929, page 1
(Oakhill/Bikhor Cholim Cemetery, December 18, 1858-August 23, 1929)

Ratie New

Mrs. RATIE NEW, 64, 295 South Eighth Street, nee Newman, widow of Ike New, prominent citizen, died at her home Friday at 1:45 p.m. She had been a resident of Council Bluffs for ten years.

Surviving are: one son, Lester New of New York City, and two daughters, Mrs. Julius Rosenfeld, Council Bluffs and Mrs. Milton Livingston of Omaha.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Friday, May 9, 1930, page 20


Funeral services for Mrs. Ratie New will be held Sunday at 4:45 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Julius Rosenfeld, 295 South Eighth Street. Rabbi Frederick Cohn of Temple Israel, Omaha, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Sunday, May 10, 1930, page 3
((Oakhill/Bikhor Cholim Cemetery, January 11, 1866-May 9, 1930)

Mabel A. Nicholson

Mrs. Mabel A. Nicholson, 5, 126 Baughn Avenue, died Monday morning at Iowa City, where she had been taking treatment for four days at the University Hospital. The body will be taken to Woodring's Funeral Home upon its arrival here, and funeral announcements will be made later. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Nicholson was a member of the Security Benefit Association.

Surviving are: a daughter, Mrs. Roy A. Williams, also living at 126 Baughn Avenue; a son, Crayton Nicholson of this city; her mother, Mrs. Maggie Holst of Des Moines; a sister, Mrs. D.C. Keffer of Des Moines; and three brothers, James and Clarence Holst of Council Bluffs and Ed Holst of Omaha.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Monday, August 10, 1931, page 7


Funeral services for Mrs. Mabel A. Nicholson will be held Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Woodring's Funeral Home. Rev. M.B. Pringle of the First Christian Church will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Tuesday, August 11, 1931, page 7
BURIAL LOCATION: Walnut Hill Cemetery, Section 2-Row 1, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA
Death Certificate: Order a death certificate for Mabel Nicholson from the Vital Records Department in Des Moines, because she also died between the years of 1921 to 1941, when all death information was sent to Des Moines.

Note: the son is listed as Clay in William's obit and as Crayton in Mabel's other obit, it could just be a newspaper typo.

William Nicholson


The funeral will be held Thursday from the home for William Nicholson, 53, 1925 Fifth Avenue, who died yesterday afternoon from injuries, which he suffered when he was crushed between two cars in the Northwestern Railroad yards, where he was employed as a switchman. According to reports from fellow employees who rushed to Nicholson's side when they heard him shout, the man was passing between two cars when they came together. The accident occurred shortly after noon. Nicholson was rushed to Jennie Edmundson Hospital where he died less than three hours later. From the time of his admittance to the hospital it was known that he could not recover.

He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Mabel Nicholson; two sons, Charles, Omaha, and Clay, at home, and two daughters, Mrs. Ray Williams of this city and Mrs. Bessie Whitman, South Omaha. A brother H.F. Nicholson of this city; and Mrs. Mary Nicholson, his mother, also living here and six grandchildren also survive.

Nicholson had been employed by the Northwestern Railroad Company for twenty-seven years. He was a member of Council Bluffs Chapter No. 49, I.O.O.F.; Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 104; Security Benefit Association, No. 305; Railway Trainmen, Degree of Honor Lodge, Rebeckahs No. 3 and American Insurance Union.

The body was removed to Wooding's Funeral Home and later to the family home. The time set for the funeral is 3 o'clock, Rev. O.M. Kellison officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Wednesday, September 23, 1925, page 4


The funeral of William Nicholson was held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence, 1925 Fifth Avenue, and was very largely attended.

Rev. Owen M. Kellison of the First Christian Church officiated and music was furnished by Mrs. I.M. Day and Miss Riggs.

Pallbearers were selected from the different organizations to which the deceased belonged. John Nugent and Fred Hunt of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen; Ben Brosius and James Fenn of the Fraternal Order of Eagles; Elmer Smith of the I.O.O.F. Lodge and Fred Lorenz of the Security Benefit Association. Burial was in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Friday, September 25, 1925, page 7
BURIAL LOCATION: Walnut Hill Cemetery, Section 2-Row 1, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie Co., IA
To get a death certificate: Because William Nicholson died during the time frame that all death information was sent directly to the state capital, you need to send to Vital Records Department in Des Moines, Iowa for a copy of his death certificate.

Nels C. Nielsen

Nels C. Nielsen, 52, Neola farmer, died at his home Monday of stomach trouble following an illness of six months. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Boomer. A native of Denmark, he had lived here for forty six years.

Surviving is his widow, Margaret; three daughters, Ruth, Jean and Elna all at home; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Peterson and Mrs. Hans Feller of Neola, Mrs. William Verpoorten of Missouri Valley and Mrs. Frank Gittens of Underwood.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Boomer Lutheran Church. Short services will be held at the home at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Cornielsen Hansen will be in charge. Interment will be in the church cemetery. (1883-1935, St. Pauls Luth Cem., Sec. B, Row 4)

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published Tuesday, October 15, 1935]
Submitted by Darlene Vergamini

Moses Nixon

On Sunday morning, the body of Mr. MOSES NIXON, a well-known farmer in Hazel Dell Township was found hanging in his barn.

The terrible discovery was made by one of his daughters, who at once gave the alarm. Several neighbors were hastily summoned and the body cut down, but it was cold in death, life evidently having been extinct some time. Coroner Faul was notified and proceeded to the place where an inquest was held.

But little was elicited concerning the sad affair save that Mr. Nixon had been despondent for some time, occasioned by sickness and misfortunes in his farm business. The severe hailstorm of last summer completely destroyed his large and promising crops. This visitation was a severe blow to Mr. Nixon, who had a large family to support. Previous to the crop disaster he was laid up for some time with brain fever, from the effects of which he never fully recovered, and it was evident to friends that his mind was somewhat weakened, and after the loss of his crops he became worse.

On Sunday morning he proceeded to the barn as usual to do some work, and some time afterwards his dead body was discovered suspended by a large halter strap, which he had secured to a beam. In one of his vest pockets was found a small piece of paper on which was written the words: "This is my own act." This was all that was found or learned regarding the rash act. Several witnesses were examined, but nothing elicited bearing on the case, save Nixon's despondency for some time past, and a verdict was rendered to the effect that "the deceased came to his death by his own hands, by hanging, as shown by the car found on his person." The coroner's jury was Chas. O. Musser, O.S. Barrett and Thos. Valier.

Mr. Nixon was about 47 years of age, and had been a resident of Iowa for the past thirty years. He was a hard working, honest citizen, and an old soldier, bearing the marks of his bravery on the field of battle. He enlisted in Company A, 29th Iowa infantry in 1862 under Capt. Williams, Mayor Lyman being major of the regiment. In the battle of Helena, July 4, 1863, he received a wound in his right arm, and amputation was found necessary in order to save his life. He is spoken of by comrades as a brave soldier at all times and was ever ready for duty. He was a member of Abe Lincoln Post, No. 29, G.A.R., of this city, and was buried yesterday afternoon from Hazel Dell Church under the auspices of the post, some thirty members of which attended the funeral.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Tuesday, November 27, 1883
Burial Location: Hazel Dell Cemetery, Section A, Row 6
Moses Nixon-February 1, 1838 - November 25, 1883

Michael O'Brien

MICHAEL O'BRIEN died Sunday noon at his home, 623 Eighth Avenue. He is survived by two daughters, Misses Ella and Mary O'Brien; three sons, Michael, Jr. and Patrick of Council Bluffs and Jack of Chicago.

Beem Belford Funeral Home has charge of the funeral arrangements, which will be announced later. (Section D, Row 14)

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Monday, November 1, 1926, page 7


Funeral services for MICHAEL O'BRIEN will be held Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock at St. Peter's Church with burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Tuesday, November 2, 1926, page 7

Michael G. O'Connor

Funeral services for MICHAEL G. O'CONNOR, 79, who died Friday at his home, 718 Bluff Street, will be held Monday at 9 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier's Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mr. O'Connor was born in London, England, and became a resident of Council Bluffs in 1868. For many years he was employed as a clerk at the Union Pacific Railroad. He was a member of the Old Timers' Club of the railroad.

Surviving him are: one son, Christopher J. O'Connor of Sioux City, and one daughter, Mary O'Connor, at home.

Beem-Belford mortuary is in charge. The body will remain at home until the hour of the service.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Saturday, June 18, 1932, page 3
Burial Location: St. Joseph Cemetery, Section D, Row 4, 1853-June 17, 1932

Dr. Mathew E. O'Keefe, Jr.

Dr. Mathew E.O'Keefe, Jr., 65, a Council Bluffs native, died in Denver, CO Wednesday. Dr. O'Keefe was a 1941 graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School. He was a retired radilogist and a graduate of Washington And Lee University and the Virginia Medical School. He held a residency at the University of Minnesota and a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. O'Keefe was a former longtime resident of Whittier, CA, and was a member of the Catholic Church.

Survivors include two sons, Mathew E., III, of Mammoth Lakes, CA, and Michael of Long Beach, CA; two daughters, Marsha Dodson of Evergreen, CO, and Jennifer Lebbert of Carmel, CA; mother Ann O'Keefe of Denver, CO; sister Suzanne Paunie of Denver, CO; five grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Monday at St. Joseph's Cemetery. The Rev. Don Bruck of st. Patrick's Catholic Church will officiate. Family and friends will be at Cutler Chapel to proceed in a cortege to the cemetery.

(Section E, Row 18, 1923-August 17, 1988)

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published August 19, 1988, submitted by Ann]

Mary Jane Page

Funeral services for MARY JANE PAGE, 67, who died at Sioux City last Sunday, were held Tuesday afternoon at Cutler's Chapel, Rev. Father Haggerty officiating. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. (Section A, Row 58)

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Wednesday, November 3, 1926, page 7

Clara E. Papst

Mrs. CLARA E. PAPST, 49, 2801 Avenue A, widow of Charles E. Papst, died of heart trouble at a local hospital, Tuesday following an illness of six weeks. Mrs. Papst was born in Council Bluffs and had lived here all of her life. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W.E. Knight of Omaha; three sons, Charles of Sioux City and Joseph and Lawrence of Los Angeles; her father, J.A. Cramer of Buffalo, NY, two sisters in Buffalo and one brother in Bremerton, Washington, and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Family Church Friday at 9 a.m., Rev. William Coughlin officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery. (Section D, Row 14)

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, August 20, 1936, page 7


Funeral services for Mrs. CLARA E. PAPST were held Friday at 9 a.m. at the Holy family Catholic Church. Rev. William Coughlan conducted requiem mass.

Pallbearers were William Brandy, Milton Breaden, William Carter, Otto Kucharo, John Olson and Al Schromer.

Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Cutler's Funeral Home was in charge.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, August 21, 1936, page 7

Amanda M. Racich Pavelich

Amanda M. Pavelich, 93, of Omaha, died Monday at a hospital there after a long illness. She was a native of Austria, resided 70 years in Council Bluffs and moved to Omaha 20 years ago. She was a member of the local St. Peter's Church and St. Bridgets in Omaha, and their Altar Societies. She and her husband, Paul marked their 70th wedding anniversary May 15, 1977.

Survivors include her husband, Paul; son, John of Hemet, Calif.; six daughters Mrs. Arthur Anderson and Mrs Bert Brewer, both of Omaha, Mrs Frank Slobidnik of Council Bluffs, Mrs Howard H Hamilton of Hawthorne, Calif., Mrs Bernie Arnold of Palo Alto, Calif. and Mrs Jack Hamilton of Auburn, Wash., a sister Mrs. Mildred Stelovich of Council Bluffs; 14 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services are pending at the Beem Belford Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Peter's Church with the Rev. James F. Kleffman as celebrant. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Rosary recitation will be 8 p.m. Thursday at the Beem Belford Chapel.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published 4 Jan 1978, p. 11, submitted by Maddock]

Paul Pavelich

Paul Pavelich, 98, of Omaha, died at a hospital there Thursday after a brief illness. He was born in Austria and farmed in the Lake Manawa area until his retirement in 1955 when he moved to Omaha. He had been in the United States since he was 15 years of age. He was a member of St. Bridgets Church and Holy Name Society in Omaha.

His wife, Amanda, died in 1978.

Surviving are a son John P. Pavelich of Marble Falls, Texas, six daughters, Mrs. Arthur A. Anderson and Mrs. Mildred Brewer, both of Omaha, Mrs. Frank Slobodnik of Council Bluffs, Mrs. Howard Hamilton of Hawthorne, Calif., Mrs. Bernice L. Arnold of Palo Alto, Calif., and Mrs Frances Hamilton of Seattle, Wash., 14 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are pending at the Beem Belford Funeral Home.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published 31 Dec 1982, p. 8, submitted by Maddock]

Richard A. Peters

OAKLAND - Funeral services for Richard A. Peters, 39, Oakland, will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Vieth Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry Lambert of the Macedonia Assembly of God Church officiating. Inurnment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha. Peters died Sunday at his home of an apparent heart attacked. He was a native of Detroit, Michigan, and had lived in Oakland for about a year. He was a truck driver and a veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include: his widow, Carolan; two daughters, Zerelda and Nancy, both at home; son Richard A., Jr., at home; two brothers, Charles A. of Wayne, Michigan and Joseph A. of Alpena, Michigan; and sister Mary Alice Wagner of Ypsilanti, Michigan.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Monday October 28, 1974, page 5

Anna M. Peterson

Word has been received by relatives here of the death of Mrs. ANNA M. PETERSON, 67, at Spokane, Washington, where she had lived since leaving Council Bluffs Six years ago. Mrs. Peterson came to Council Bluffs in 1878 and was well known by many of the earlier residents here. She is survived by one son, A.M. Peterson, Kansas City, and two daughters, Mrs. George Linden of this city and Mrs. C.R. Ingram of Spokane, with whom she made her home during recent years. Burial will be in Spokane.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, August 19, 1926

Frances O. Phillips

Mrs. Frances O. Phillips, 73, 1521 Third Avenue, died Monday at a local hospital following a short illness. She was born at Crescent and had resided most of her life in Council Bluffs. Mrs. Phillips was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Harmony Chapter 25, Order of Eastern Star, Council Bluffs Rebekah Lodge 3, IOOF and Lily Camp 1, Royal Neighbors of America. Mr. and Mrs. Phillips marked their 55th wedding anniversary on March 7.

Survivors include: husband, Elmer E.; daughter, Mrs. Betty J. Gibler of Council Bluffs; three sons, Walter L. and Elmer F. both of Council Bluffs, and Leo G. of Omaha; two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Shipley of Council Bluffs and Ms. Annie Boren of Crescent; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Meyer Chapel. Robert A. Wood, elder of the Central RLDS Church will officiate. Interment will be at Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, June 29, 1971

Nancy Ann 'Anna' Pierce

Mrs. ANNA PIERCE DIED AT THE HOME OF HER DAUGHTER, Mrs. Nellye Nelson, Saturday, August 24, aged 89 years, one month and 21 days.

Funeral services were held Monday from her late home. Rev. Sloan officiating.

Mrs. Pierce was born at Terre Haute, Indiana, July 3, 1840. She came with her parents to Iowa and settled in the eastern part of the state. When she was ten years old her parents moved to Pottawattamie County, coming here in a covered wagon, drawn by an ox team. The family settled on a farm near Avoca. At that time there were but few settlers in this section of Iowa. Kanesville, now Council Bluffs, was their nearest trading point. The family lived in a log house for several years, which was heated by a huge fireplace. They cooked in a brick oven, and the home was lighted by tallow candles manufactured at home.

Mrs. Pierce was one of the real pioneer women of Iowa who lived to see marvelous changes take place, from traveling from the tedious ox team to horses, then by train on down to the present day of luxurious auto and airplanes, from candle light to the oil lamps and later electric lights; to watch the spot where Avoca now stands change from a treeless prairie land, to a small trading post, with no railroad, on to a modern little city with its paved streets, electric lights and all modern improvements.

Mrs. Pierce was a lady loved and esteemed by all who knew her, a lover of her home and children. Since the death of her husband she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Nellye Nelson, who has seen to it that her mother had every care and attention during her declining years.

She leaves her six children: Mrs. Dave Nichols of Oakland; Mrs. J.A. Buckingham of Omaha; Mrs. Lillie Carter of San Francisco; Frank Pierce of Denver, Colorado; Fred Pierce of Moorcroft, Wyoming, and Mrs. Nellye Nelson of Avoca, also 19 grandchildren and about 25 great grandchildren.

Out of town relatives who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. David Nichols of Oakland; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Buckingham an daughter, Vera, of Omaha, Mr. Pearl Taylor and Earl Pierce of Omaha; Frank Pierce, Jr., and Donald Danford of Mapleton; Mr. and Mrs. Will Nelson, Mrs. Charles Nelson and Mrs. N.S. Oberfield of Harlan.

Avoca Journal Herald, Thursday, August 29, 1929, page 1
(Nancy Ann Pierce, Graceland Cemetery, Section 5, Row 8, July 3, 1840-August 24, 1929)

Gertrude Meier Pingel

Mrs. GERTRUDE MEIER PINGEL passed away at the Harlan hospital Monday, July 27, 1926, aged 66 years and seven months.

Funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church at Shelby today (Thursday) at 2 o'clock p.m.

Gertrude Meier was born in Germany and came to America with her parents in 1867.

She married Peter J. Pingel, November 7, 1877. To this union fifteen children were born, all but one survives her. Mrs. Pingel was one of the pioneer women of Shelby County. Their home being in Fairview Township, where she spent the greater part of her life. She was an ideal wife and mother, a kind neighbor and friend. Her home was the scene of many happy gatherings of neighbors during the pioneer days. Mrs. Pingel was a lady whom all loved for her many good qualities - a real mother to all. In her death the family has lost a good wife and mother, the neighbors a kind friend.

Avoca Journal Herald, July 29, 1926
(1859-1926, Shelby Cemetery, Section 8, Row 7)

Dr. Charles H. Pinney

The wreck on the Rock Island road near Lincoln early Thurday evening was one of the worst that has ever occurred in this vicinity. As soon as the news of the accident became known here yesterday morning the friends of Dr. C.H. Pinney and the officials of the road here became alarmed for his safety, as it was known that he had been in Lincoln and was probably on the way home on the train that met with the mishap.

Agent Elwell at once sent a telegram to Lincoln directing inquiries be made as to the doctor's whereabouts and early in the afternoon a reply came confirming the worst fears of his friends. There was left no room for doubt as to the identity of the body, as the superintendent was a friend of many years standing of the doctor's and as has been his custom for many years to carry a great many letters and papers in his pockets, these only made the truth more certain. The body was found under the mass of wreckage, and was burned beyond recognition, being only a mass of flesh when it was discovered, and had it not been for the bundle of papers which he had in his pcket identification would have been almost impossible. As soon as the news become known here expressions of sorrow over the death of such an estimable gentleman as Dr. Pinney were general and sympathy for the bereaved and grief stricken family was tendered on every hand. The train leaving for Lincoln at 8 o'clock carried with it Judge J. E.F. McGee, N.M. Pusey and Undertaker W.C. Estep to the scene of the accident to take charge of the body and bring it home.

Dr. Pinney was one of the best known and highly respected men in Council Bluffs. A man of wide reputation as a physician and surgeon, courteous and gential as a citizen and neighbor, a model husband and father, he always bore without reproach the grand old name of gentleman, and one whom the city cannot replace and can ill afford to lose.

Dr. Charles H. Pinney was born in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, August 30, 1842, and was of Scotch origin, his great grandfather, John Pinney, emigrating to this country before the revolution and he, with two brothers participated in the struggle for independence. Dr. Pinney was brought up on the home farm until the age of 14, when he entered the Clarkson (Michigan) academy and afterward entered the scientific department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, ultimately entering the medical department of the same institution, and graduated in March 1864. He immediately entered the army as a surgeon in the 9th Ohio Cavalry, where he served until the close of the war, being mustered out in September 1865 at Camp Dennison, Ohio.

After a short visit to his old Ohio home, and with his uncle in Michigan, with whom he had studied medicine, he went, in the fall of the same year to Philadelphia and continued his studies in the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania, graduating there the following spring. In March of the same year he came west to locate in Omaha and grow up with the town, where he remained until 1875. In that year he removed to Council Bluffs where he has since lived and practiced his profession.

September 15, 1870, Dr. Pinney married Miss Ella O. Pusey, daughter of the Hon. W.H.M. Pusey. Four children were born to them as a result of this union: William Henry, the eldest, who died at the age of 4, Hurlburt H., Lucille and Frank L.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published August 11, 1894, submitted by Ann]

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The last rites over the late Dr. C.H. Pinney were held yesterday afternoon at the family residence on Pearl Street. An hour before the appointed time for the final services, friends of the deceased began to gather at the residence to pay the tribute of the living to the dead by their presence, and by 5 o'clock the thoroughfares in the vicinity of the house were crowded with such a concourse of people, in every station in life, as has not been seen in Council Bluffs on a similar occasion for many years.

Services were held by Rev. T.J. Mackey of Omaha, assisted by Rev. John Askin, pastor of the Congregational Church in this city. On the conclusion of the impressive services, the body was borne to the hearse by Drs. Bowers, Macrae, Sr., Robertson, Barstow, Lacy and Jennings, who acted as pall bearers and all that was mortal of Dr. Pinney was then taken to its final resting place in Walnut Hill Cemetery, followed by hundreds of sorrowing friends. (no gravestone)

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published August 15, 1894, submitted by Ann]

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Iowa State Medical Society
By Rebecca Hanna, M. D.

CHARLES H. PINNEY was born August 30, 1842, in Elyria, Lorain county, Ohio. His great grandfather, John Pinney, came from Scotland long before the revolution and fought in the war for independence. Dr. Pinney was the fourth child of Hurlbert Pinney, of Hartford, Connecticut, and Malina Abby, of the state of New York. Two sisters and three brothers are still living: Carrie M., wife of Hon. R. Y. Horr, late of Michigan ; Laura M., wife of Rev. S. Alexander, of Kansas; Allen W., a fruit grower near Council Bluffs, Iowa ; and next in order of birth the subject of our sketch; Anson E., a hardware merchant in Ithica, Michigan; and John H., farmer near Ithica, Michigan.

Dr. Pinney was brought up on the farm where he was born, until he was fourteen years old when he went to live with an uncle, Dr. Abby, of Clarkson, Michigan, with whom he began the study of medicine. His literary education was obtained in the Clarkson academy and scientific department of the University of Michigan, where he graduated. He then entered the medical department of the Michigan University and took his degree in 1864. He immediately after, when just past twenty-one years of age, entered the army as a surgeon in the Ninth Ohio cavalry, joining his regiment at Decatur, Alabama, and served until the close of the war. (This regiment was engaged in many hard fought battles, first with Chalmer's and Wheeler's cavalry, then did scouting duty. It was next transferred to General Rosseau's command, then with General Sherman to the sea and back through the Carolinas and finally it participated in the very last battle of the war east of the Mississippi on Hope Creek, near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, after the surrender of Gen. Joseph E. Johnson. Then Dr. Pinney's regiment was retained in the south to aid in the reconstruction of the state.) He was mustered out of the service September, 1865.

The same fall he went to Philadelphia and continued his medical studies, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1866.

Dr. Pinney commenced the practice of medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, in March 1866. He built up a good practice and held various positions of trust, among them the office of coroner. He was married September 15, 1870, to Miss Ella J. Pusey, daughter of Hon. W. H. M. Pusey, of Council Bluffs. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They had born unto them three sons and a daughter: Hurlbert H., Lucile K., and Frank D. Their eldest son, William Henry, died at the age of four and a half years.

Dr. Pinney located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1875, in compliance with his wife's desire, where he was very sucessful in his chosen profession.

He was medical examiner and referee for the Mutual Life Insurance Company, of New York, since 1880, also local surgeon of the Union Pacific Railroad resigned, and at the time of his death he was local surgeon of the Rock Island Railroad. He held the position fourteen years. He was a member of the Council Bluffs Medical Society, at one time being its president, a member of the Iowa State Medical Society and a member of the Missouri Valley Medical Society.

He was professor of Practice of Medicine in the Council Bluffs Medical College and one of its trustees. He was an active member of the microscopical society, member of St. Andrew's Society at Council Bluffs and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a Mason when a resident of Omaha but later became ancient.

He was a staunch republican but not an active politician. Socially he made hosts of friends and was generous to a fault. He gave liberally to all religious denominations; in belief he was a Unitarian, or more strictly speaking, a deist in the true meaning of that term. His advice to all was do right for right's sake. He saw an Almighty Power in every thing, God was everywhere with him, in every flower and blade of grass.

Dr. Pinney was extensively interested in stock-raising and fruit growing, he was a member of the Grape Growers' Shipping Association.

Dr. Pinney lost his life in a wreck near Lincoln, Neb., on the Rock Island Railroad. He left his home at noon, August 9, 1894, for Nebraska to purchase grain for his stock. Grain merchants near Lincoln told him there was no corn in the country and he started home on the ill-fated train.

His friend, Rev. T. W. Crofts, of Beatrice, Neb., says:

The wreckage of the awful disaster passed through our city two weeks ago, and I secured a piece of iron as a memento and had it gilded and adorned with forget-me-nots. It is beautiful and very significant of the memory of one I truly loved.

Helen Plahn

AVOCA - The funeral for Helen Plahn, 83, of Avoca Lodge Assisted Living in Avoca will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Avoca with the Rev. Lou Hoger and Lay Assistant Wayne Paulsen officiating.

Mrs. Plahn died March 18 at Avoca Lodge Assisted Living.

She was born in rural Hancock. She previously lived in Avoca. She moved to Avoca Lodge two years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a 4-H leader for 10 years and on the County Extension Council for four years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Newtown-Avoca Historical Society and Knox Project Club.

Mrs. Plahn was preceded in death by her husband, Bert, on Dec. 13, 1994. They were married 52 years.

Survivors include three daughters, Marlene Secrest and husband, Robert, of Lakewood, Colo., Kathleen Knudsen and husband, Larry, of Council Bluffs and Carolyn Spencer and husband, Harley, of Avoca; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Visitation with the family will be Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Pauley Knutson Funeral Home in Avoca. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery in Avoca.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, March 20, 2003

Effie Jane Poffenbarger

Mrs. EFFIE JANE POFFENBARGER, widow of Harry Poffenbarger, died at her home at 8:55 p.m. Tuesday after two weeks' illness of liver trouble.

Born April 6, 1878, in Iowa, she has been a Council Bluffs resident for thirty-eight years. She is a member of Pentecostal Church.

Burial will be at Van Meter, Thursday.

Surviving are two sons: Leonard of Burlington and Deuward of Mount Pleasant; one daughter, Mrs. Ivan Caskey of Council Bluffs; three sisters, Mrs. Lucy L. Day of Onaga, Kansas; Mrs. Anna Clearwater of Van Meter, and Mrs. Fannie Johnson of Earlham; three brothers, Otis Earp of West Des Moines, Joe of Booneville and Charles of Waukee; and four grandchildren.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Wednesday, October 2, 1940, page 7

Alice Points

Mrs. ALICE POINTS, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Karl Kehrer in Cedar Rapids, Tuesday. A former resident of Council Bluffs, she will be remembered here as Alice Stork.

She is survived by: her husband, Douglas; one daughter, Mrs. Kehrer of Cedar Rapids; two sisters, Mrs. F.W. Inden of St. Paul and Mrs. E.L. Cook of Van Nuys, California and two grandchildren.

The body will be brought to the Cutler Funeral Home. Burial will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Wednesday, September 18, 1935, page 7
(Walnut Hill Cemetery, Section 10)

Irvin Points

Irvin Points, 72, 2114 S. 13th St., died Wednesday at a Council Bluffs hospital.

Born in Honey Creek, Mr. Points moved to Council Bluffs several years ago from Honey Creek. He had farmed with his father.

Survivors include three sisters, Lucille Rhoades and Florence Cook of Council Bluffs and Sophie Anthony of Lipton, CO; three brothers, Lloyd of Honey Creek, Ross of Ames and Elmer of San Lorenzo, CA.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Meyer Funeral Home. Tim Arnold, an elder with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Riverside Congregtion will officiate, with burial in Allen Cemetery near Honey Creek.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published December 28, 1989]
Submitted by Darlene Vergamini

Rose Potter

Mrs. ROSE POTTER, 85, Des Moines, died at a local hospital Thursday after several months' illness. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage.

Surviving are three daughters: Mrs. Henry Fisher and Mrs. Ed Curran, both of Los Angeles and Mrs. Fred Boyer of Des Moines, and one son, Joseph Potter of Los Angeles. The body was removed to the Beem-Belford Mortuary.

Services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. Bernard's Chapel. Requiem Mass will be celebrated by Father Patrick Owens. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Friday, July 8, 1932, page 7
Burial Location: St. Joseph Cemetery-No Stone

George W. Price

Word was received here yesterday from Mrs. Sara Price announcing the death in Denver, Colo., of her husband, George W. Price, and that the remains have been taken to his old home, Jacksonville, Ill., where they were buried Sunday.

Mr. Price was formerly assistant principal of the high school here and had many friends in Council Bluffs.

The news of his death now comes as a shock to the many friends of the family.

Mr. Price leaves a wife and one little son.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Tuesday, 13 Apr 1897

Amos Samuel Pruitt


His clothing caught in the machinery of a feed grinder at the Raven-Honey Dew Feed Mills, East Omaha, Ames Pruitt, 32, Twenty Fourth Street near Seventh Avenue was dragged upwards to a power shaft beneath the ceiling and mangled to death late Saturday.

Less than ten minutes before his broken body was carried to death, Pruitt had mentioned to two fellow workmen at the plant that he "felt something terrible was going to happen."

These men, Ted Foutch and Thomas Turner, found the mangled body wedged against the power shaft when they investigated to find what had stopped the machinery. Engaged as a machinery inspector at the feed mills, Pruitt was alone in the power room when he met his death. He is believed to have been inspecting the machinery when his clothing was caught in the cogs of an elevating plant.

Pruitt was known in this city as an evangelist and lay minister. He is survived by a widow and one child, Veryl, 9 years old.

The body was removed to the Hoffman Mortuary in Omaha pending possible arrangements for removal to Council Bluffs Sunday.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Sunday, January 26, 1930, page 1


Funeral services for Amos Samuel Pruitt, 32, 2418 Seventh Avenue, who was killed late Saturday when his clothing caught in the machinery at the Raven-Honey Dew Feed Mills, East Omaha, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Pentecost Church, Sixteenth Street and Avenue B. Burial will be at Crescent.

Mr. Pruitt is survived by his widow, Mabel Pruitt; his daughter, Vearl, at home; three brothers, George, Ray and Mart Pruitt, all of Council Bluffs; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Fetters, Mrs. Flo McIntosh and Miss Eunice Pruitt, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mart Pruitt, all living in Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Monday, January 27, 1930, page 7

Note: Name should have been spelled: Amos Samuel Pruett

"Josie" Pruett

JOSIE PRUETT, 6-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pruett, 1609 Avenue K, died Tuesday morning after a couple of days' illness from stomach trouble.

She is survived by her parents.

The body was removed to Woodring & Jackson's and will be held there until the funeral arrangements are made.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Tuesday, September 21, 1920, page 7
Burial Location: Crescent Cemetery, Section G, Row 9

John Michael Quinlan

JOHN MICHAEL QUINLAN, 52, commander of the Spanish War Veterans and for twenty-five years a crane operator for the Omaha and Council Bluffs Street Railway company, died at 7 a.m. Monday at his residence, 3240 avenue B, after a two weeks' illness from pneumonia. Mr. Quinlan was a member of Company E, 30th United States infantry, and served during 1898-1899 in the Philippine Islands during active fighting. He had been commander of Louie A. Wegener Camp No. 18, United Spanish War Veterans, for the year of 1930.

The camp has made progress by leaps and bounds during his tenure of office," Walter F. Scholes, a past department commander, said of Mr. Quinlan. "He was largely responsible for the close contact and co-operation achieved between the United Spanish War Veterans and the American Legion in the last year, and both local and state leaders have a high regard for him."

Surviving are his widow, Marie Quinlan; five children, John, Leonard, Dennis, Joseph and Gertrude Quinlan, all at home; and two brothers, Steve Quinlan of Sioux City and Thomas Quinlan of Omaha.

The body was removed to the Beem-Belford Funeral Home. Services will be held Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father W. Couglan officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Magdalene's Cemetery in South Omaha. The members of the United Spanish War Veterans will attend in a body.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, December 29, 1930, page 1

John H. Rains

JOHN H. RAINS, 73 veteran Pottawattamie County farmer and pioneer, died Friday at 11:40 a.m. several hours after suffering a stroke at his home a short distance outside Council Bluffs on Route 1, Lewis Township.

Born April 30, 1867 in Mills County, he lived in Hardin Township until after his marriage, when he moved near Logan. Seven years later he moved to Pottawattamie County, where he had spent the remainder of his life, an active farmer until his death. He lived in Pottawattamie County for sixty-seven years.

Surviving are: his widow, Katie; one daughter, Mrs. Harold McEvoy of Council Bluffs; three sons, Donald of Council Bluffs, Elmer of Santa Ana, California and Glenn of Torrance, California; one sister, Mrs. H. E. Miller of Independence, Kansas; and two grandchildren.

Cutler's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Monday, November 2, 1940, page 8


JOHN H. RAINS, age 73, died November 1, 1940, residence Route 1, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Funeral services Monday, 2 p.m., Cutler's Chapel.

Burial will be in Memorial Park. Rev. J.R. Perkins officiating.

Cutler's Funeral Home in charge.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Tuesday, November 3, 1940, page 22

Katie Rains

Mrs. KATIE RAINS, 80, 478 Houston Avenue, died Saturday at a local hospital following a short illness. Born in Germany, she was the widow of the late John Rains.

Survivors include: two sons, Elmer of Cathedral City, California and Donald of Council Bluffs; daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Mathews of Council Bluffs; two sisters, Mrs. Josie Ferguson of Alberta, Canada, and Mrs. Julia Klopping of Council Bluffs; brother, Frank Seidler of Council Bluffs.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Meyer Chapel.

Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, Saturday August 10, 1957, page 3

Dr. John W. Terry

Dr. John William Terry, 84, retired local optometrist, died Tuesday at a Clarinda Hospital after an extended illness. Dr. Terry was in business at 408 West Broadway for more than 30 years prior to 1939. He was a member of I.O.O.F. lodge No. 606.

Surviving are his widow, Amy Terry of Woodland Hill, CA; two sons, John and Frank Terry of Los Angeles; two daughters, Mrs. H.E. Wageck of Chicago and Mrs. Marion Marks of Woodland Hill.

Woodring Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Memorial Park.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published January 26, 1949, submitted by Ann]

Dr. Bruce W. Van Zee

Dr. Bruce W. Van Zee, D.V.M., 63, of Oakland, passed away October 6, 2005 at St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha, NE. Survivors include his wife, Joy; daughter, Angela Mortland and husband, John, of Navarre, FL; son, Justin of Las Cruces, NM; mother, Edna of Prairie City; and sister, Mary Pepper of Ames.

Visitation will be at Hertz Funeral Home in Carson. Services will be at Oakland United Methodist Church with private burial in Oaklawn Cemetery.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published October 10, 2005, submitted by Ann]

Dr. Kenneth G. Walker

Dr. Kenneth G. Walker, 77, of Littleton, CO, died Monday at his home. Born in Elmwood, IL, Dr. Walker has resided in Council Bluffs for 40 years before moving to Colorado. He was a chiropractor. He was a member of the Fifth Avenue United Methodist church in Council Bluffs, a member of the Bear Creek Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Littleton, Harmony Chapter No. 25 OES, Excelsior Lodge No. 259 A.F. and A.M., the Kanesville Kiwanis Club, National Chiropractic Association, Iowa Chapter of Chiropractic Assciation and the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.

He is survived by his wife Ella May; two daughters, Bobbi Smith of Littleton and Meg Larson of Morrison, CO; son Larry of Houston, TX; six grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, the Rev. Frank Greenwood, pastor, officiating. Burial in Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published October 19, 1988, submitted by Ann]

Dr. Dale K. Welbourn

Dr. Dale K.Welbourn, 58, of Neola died Sunday at a Council Bluffs hospital after suffering a stroke. He was born in Shelby and had resided in Neola since 1928. He graduated from Neola High School, was an army veteran, and graduated in 1954 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. He practiced as a veterinarian four years at Thompson and since 1958 at Neola. Dr. Welbourn was a member of Iowa and National Veterinary Medical Associations and Neola Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Norma J.; two daughters, Mrs. David W. (Lona Marie) Krutzfeldt of Keystone and Nancy J. Welbourn of Omaha; two brothers, Dan and Joe, both of Neola; one sister, Lona LaTona of Tacoma, Washington; and one grandson.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at Neola Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dean Starr, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Grange Cemetery.

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published April 15, 1985, submitted by Ann]

Dr. Simeon W. Williams

News was received in this city last evening of the death in Glenwood yesterday morning of Dr. S.W. Williams, of that place. The deceased was a successful physician and a prominent citizen of Mills County, greatly esteemed by all who knew him. The deceased was in his 57th year, and beside an interesting family he leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his demise.

The funeral services will take place in Glenwood tomorrow morning and will be conducted under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity, of which the deceased was a prominent and beloved member.

Dr. Williams was a former well known citizen of Council Bluffs and was a partner of Dr. McMahon, deceased, in the drug business. Many of our citizens will remember the drug store of the firm which stood just south of the site now occupied by the Broadway M.E. Church. It is probable a number of citizens and members of the Masonic fraternity from this city will attend the funeral in Glenwood tomorrow.

(Section 10, Row 11, born Conneaut, Astabula Co. OH, October 18, 1823-June 8, 1880)

[Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Published June 9, 1880, submitted by Ann]

Dr. F. Edmund Wilson

Dr. F. E. Wilson, 73, former Council Bluffs dentist, died Tuesday at the Masonic Manor in Omaha following a brief illness. He was born in Council Bluffs and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School and the University of Iowa. He practiced dentistry in Council Bluffs from 1925 until entering military service in 1941. Following his return from active duty he practiced in Malvern and Glenwood. The doctor was a veteran of both World War I and World War II, a member of the Harvey T. Rimel Post 141, American Legion of Glenwood, Council Bluffs Stamp Club, Omaha Philatelic Society, Omaha Square and Compass Club and the Trans-Mississippi Philatelic Society.

Survivors include: widow, Edith; two sons, Gerald F. Wilson of Phoenix, AZ, and John E. Wilson of Lincoln, NE; four sisters, Mrs. Gene Lorenzen, Mrs. Ethel Miller and Mrs. Daisy Lendt all of Council Bluffs and Mrs. Opal Barada of Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Bernard H. Wilson of Onawa and C. Woodrow Wilson of Austin, MN; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at the Meyer Funeral Home. The Rev. Dr. William J. Grossman, pastor of Central Chuch in Omaha will officiate. Interment will be at the Hancock, Iowa cemetery. The Glenwood Lodge 58, A.F & A.M. will conduct a Masonic rite at the Meyer Chapel. The casket will be closed at the beginning of the service and not reopened. (Oakhill Cemetery, 1899-1972)

(Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, date of obituary unknown, submitted by Ann)

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