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Lena Davis Anderson

Former Resident Dies at Mt. Ayr

Wayne County friends will be deeply grieved to learn of the untimely death of Mrs. Minor Anderson, about 78, which occurred at Mount Ayr last Thursday. She will be remembered in Corydon as Mrs. Lena Davis, the mother of two daughters, Veryl and Agnes. Later she was married to the late Omer Jared and sometime after his death she was married to Minor Anderson of Promise City, who survives along with her younger daughter, Mrs. Paul Wagner (Agnes) of California.

The family lived in and near Corydon for a good many years.

Funeral services and burial were held at Mount Ayr Saturday where Mr. and Mrs. Minor Anderson have lived for a number of years. In addition to her husband one surviving daughter and a grandchild, she leaves a sister, Mrs. John Moss, and several stepchildren and nieces and nephews.

[unknown newspaper clipping, Wayne County, Iowa, 1959, submitted by Friend of Free Genealogy]

Note: She was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.


Adam Nelson Beatty

Adam N. Beatty, oldest son of John and Sarah Nelson Beatty, was born June 13, 1865, near Mendota, Ill., and passed away at his home in Des Moines, Iowa, July 14, 1936, at the age of 71 years, one month and one day.

He leaves to mourn his going his devoted wife, Mrs. Sarah Beatty; five daughters, Mrs. Grover Hardin, Mrs. William Dawson, Miss Joey Beatty and Miss Louise Beatty all of Des Moines, and Mrs. O.H.Walcott of St. Paul, Minn; one son, J.M. Beatty, of Des Moines; one sister, Mrs. Annabelle Smith, of Evanston, Ill.; three brothers, S. E. Beatty of Bloomington, Ill., J.C. Beatty of Murray, and Will Beatty of Des Moines, besides a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Two sons preceded him in death, one son dying in childhood and Don just a few years ago.

Addie, as he was known to many, resided in Ringgold and Taylor counties a number of years, just moving to Des Moines a few years ago, where he was engaged in the service station business. He was sick only a few minutes, the end coming suddenly.

Funeral services were held Thursday morning and he was laid to rest beside his son in the Resthaven cemetery in Des Moines.

(Source: Mount Ayr Record News Thursday, July 23, 1936, Page 10, Col. 5)
Submitted by A Friend of Free Genealogy


Sarah Nelson Beatty

Sarah Nelson was born in Van Buren County, Iowa on Feb. 7, 1843. When about two years of age, the family moved to Morgan County, Ohio, where she lived until after the Civil War. On August 11, 1864, she was united in marriage to John Beatty. To this union five children, four sons and one daughter, all of whom are living, and all but Will present at their mother's side in her last illness.

They moved to Illinois soon after the marriage, and resided there until the spring of 1871; when they moved to Ringgold County, Iowa, and with the exception of five years spent at Bloomington, Illinois, they lived continuously in Ringgold and Taylor counties, Iowa until their going away. Mr. Beatty died Feb. 7th this year.

Sarah Nelson joined the Methodist church early in life and has been active in church work ever since. She will be much missed in church, Sunday School, and in the societies of which she was a member. She passed away at her home in Clearfield, April 7, 1921 being 78 years and 2 months of age.

The services were held in the Clearfield Methodist church at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 9th, Rev. Douglass officiated. The pallbearers were grandsons of the deceased. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. Interment was in Clearfield Cemetery, by the side of the husband so recently gone before.

[Clearfield Enterprise, Clearfield, IA, Published April 14, 1921, Page 1 Col. 3]
Submitted by A Friend of Free Genealogy


Watson B. Beatty

Seymour Farmer Stricken While at Work in Field

Watson Beatty, 62 year old farmer living north of Seymour (Iowa), died enroute to the Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield Monday.

Mr. Beatty had been working in the field on a tractor when he became ill and was taken to the hospital at Bloomfield where his daughter, Ileen, is a nurse. He was a prominent citizen of Seymour and well known in the county. He was a member of the Wayne County Extension Council Committee and a leader in church and civic affairs.

He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Ileen of Seymour and Mrs. Darrell Jordon of Gibson City, Ill.; also three sons, Ronald of Seymour, Robert of Humeston, Jim of Cedar Rapids and Steve of Martinez, California; also his mother of Bloomington, Ill.

Funeral services will be held from the Methodist Church in Seymour at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, with burial in his old home town of Clearfield. [He was buried in Clearfield Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa]

[unknown Wayne County, Iowa newspaper dated Oct. 19, 1959, submitted by Friend of Free Genealogy]


Lawrence Wilkinson Brown

Lawrence W. Brown, son of Frederick Francis and Minnie [Reffner] Brown, was born December 5, 1899 at Tingley and passed away at his home in Cambria July 15, 1956 at the age of 56 years, seven months and ten days. He was raised in Ringgold County and lived there until 1943 when he moved to Wayne County. He was engaged in farming until 1952 at which time he mvoed to Cambria and purchased the filling station which he operated until his death.

On September 3, 1926 he was united in marriage to Mary D. Blevins and to this union four children were born. He is survived by his wife, Mary, one daughter, Beverly Hart of Corydon, Robert of Des Moines, Richard who is serving with the airforce at Mountain Home, Idaho and Dwight at home, a son-in-law, Kenneth Hart, daughter-in-law, Doris Brown, four grandchildren, his mother, Mrs. Minnie Brown of Tingley, two brothers, Joe of Tingley and Irvin of College Park, Maryland, a sister, Vienna Adams of Shannon City and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father and an infant brother. "Shorty" as he was affectionately known to everyone, was a devoted husband, a kind and loving father and will be greatly missed by his family as well as a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at one o'clock from the Hutchinson Funeral Home in Humeston with Rev. A. VanBenschoten conducting the service. Mrs. George Snyder and Mrs. Raedean Street accompanied by Mrs. Howard Swainey sang "In the Garden" and "Beyond the Sunset". Pallbearers were Loy Tuttle, George Snyder, Junior Garton, Orvis Dent, Maynard Street and Eddie Relph. Mrs. Ida Dent and Mrs. Isabel Kirchner were flower girls. Interment was in the Cambria Cemetery.

[Source: unknown newspaper, 1956, submitted by A Friend of Free Genealogy]


Mrs. Mary Faris

At Mr. Ayr, Iowa, May 1st, at the residence of her son Mr. John G. Faris, Mary Faris, 77 years, 4 months, 5 days.

[Henry Republican, Henry, IL, Published May 5, 1881]
Contributed by Nancy Piper


Laura Hunter

W. B. Hunter received word a few days ago that his niece, Laura Hunter, wife of Clarence Hunter, died at Mt. Ayr, Ringgold County. Clarence Hunter has many friends in Maquoketa who extend to him the hand of sympathy at this time of sad bereavement.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published January 29, 1902]


Susan Kindblade

Susan Freed Walter, daughter of Abraham and Martha (Freed) Walter was born near Dayton, Ohio, August 26, 1852 and departed this life August 4, 1932 at her home in Toronto, Kansas lacking but a few days of being 80 years of age.

When but a small girl her parents moved to Calendonia, Iowa and she grew to womanhood. On June 18, 1874 she was united in marriage to Samuel H. Kindblade of Calendonia, Iowa. In 1884, she came with her husband and three children to Toronto, Kansas. Here, three other children were born.

When a young woman, she accepted Christ as her Savior and united with the Christian church in Toronto. As long as health and circumstances permitted she was an active worker and during her whole life found her greatest joy and comfort in the Word of God and her Christian faith. She was a quiet, home loving person, and always took a keen delight in her family, her flowers and the outdoor world.

Two children and her husband preceded her in death. Those remaining to mourn her departure are: Mrs. Emily Shaffer of Kansas City, Mo., Oscar Kindblade of the home in Toronto, Kansas; Mrs. Pearl Brown of Stafford, Kansas; and Fred Kindblade of Wichita, Kansas. She also leaves eight grandchildren, besides a great number of devoted and appreciative friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held in the home Saturday afternoon, August 6, after which the remains were interred in the East Side cemetery, Toronto. Paul M. Padden was director of the services

[Taken from the Toronto newspaper in Woodson County, Kansas dated August 11, 1932
Submitted by L. Morgan]


S. H. Kindblade

S.H. Kindblade was fatally injured Monday morning when he was struck by a south bound Santa Fe freight train near his home a mile south of Toronto. The accident occurred at a grade crossing, as Mr. Kindblade was walking from his home to a field across the tracks and it is thought that as his hearing has been impaired for many years, he failed to hear the train bell and whistle. Although suffering several deep scalp wounds, a fractured hip, fractured left leg and the loss of two fingers from his left hand, he lived about twelve hours after the accident occurred. He never completely regained consciousness.

He is survived by his wife and four children: Mrs. Emily Shaffer of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Fred Brown of Stafford; Oscar Kindblade of Toronto and Fred Kindblade of Wichita.

Funeral services were held here Wednesday afternoon and interment was in the East Side cemetery.

These are excerpts from his obituary:

Samuel H. Kindblade was born October 19, 1844 and died August 26, 1929. Age at the time of death- 82 years. In June 1874 he was united in marriage to Susan A. Walter of Ringgold county, near Caledonia, Iowa. To this union six children were born, four boys and two girls, two of whom preceded him in death a number of years now. In early life he devoted his life to teaching school. Later he was a carpenter and farmer. He had made his home in the vicinity of Toronto since 1884. Until his hearing was impaired he, with his wife, regularly attended the Christian church. Interment was in the Toronto cemetery.

[The following was taken from a Toronto, Kansas newspaper dated August 29, 1929
Submitted by L Morgan]


Archibald McMullen

Archibald McMullen was born May 18, 1822, in Coshocton County, Ohio, and died September 06, 1907, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louisa Roberts of near Ellston. He was married to Susan McClain in 1844 and nine children were born to this union, five having gone before. His wife and four children, W.A. McMullen of Kellerton, Mrs. Maggie Long of Frankfort, KS, Mrs. Mary Knox of Beaconsfield, and Mrs. Louisa Roberts of Ellston, still survive to mourn his departure.

Mr. McMullen came to Iowa in 1858 and settled in Ringgold county four miles north of Kellerton. He moved to Kellerton in 1900, but for the past four years he and his wife have been living with Mrs. Roberts, during which time he has been almost entirely helpless. He was known and highly respected by all.

Funeral services were conducted from the home at 2:30 O'clock Sunday afternoon, by the Rev. L.F. Brown of Ellston, internment being made in the Oliver Cemetery.

Kellerton Globe - Thursday, September 19, 1907, # 701, Vol. XIV. No. 34, Kellerton, Iowa
Submitted by Bill Adams

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Archibald McMullen, one of the old settlers of the county, died Friday night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L.J. Roberts. Funeral services were held at the home Sunday at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. L.F. Brown. Interment was made in the Oliver cemetery.

Mt. Ayr Record News - September 10, 1907
Submitted by Bill Adams

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Community news:

Archie McMullen died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. A. Roberts, near Blackmore, Saturday morning. Interment in Oliver cemetery Monday morning.

Mt. Ayr Record News - September 10, 1907
Submitted by Bill Adams

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Archibald McMullen was born May 18, 1822, Coshocton county, Ohio, and died September 6, 1907 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louisa Roberts, near Ellston. Funeral services were conducted at the Roberts home at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, by Rev. L.F. Brown of Ellston, and interment was in the Oliver cemetery. His wife and four children, W.A. McMullen of Kellerton, Mrs. Maggie Long, of Frankfort, Kan., Mrs. Roberts, of Ellston, and Mrs. Mary Knox of Beaconsfield, still survive to mourn his loss. He came to Iowa in 1858 and was one of the oldest settlers in Ringgold county. He was an honest and upright man and was highly respected by all who knew him.

Mt. Ayr Record News - September 13, 1907
Submitted by Bill Adams

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Oliver Cemetery, Monroe, Ringgold Co., Iowa

Name: Archibald McMullen
Birth Date: 18 May 1822
Death Date: 6 Sep 1907

Gravestone Records of Ringgold Co. IA.
Submitted by Bill Adams


Mrs. Martin Melody (Matilda Rein, LePage)

Mrs. Herbert Warner Sr., and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Warner Jr., of Plum Lake visited relatives at Cherokee on Friday enroute to their home from Tingley, Iowa, where they had gone earlier in the week to attend the funeral of Mrs. Warner, Sr.’s sister, Mrs. Martin Melody.

Mrs. Melody, who before her first marriage to John LePage, was Miss Matilda Rein and came to Cherokee more than fifty years ago with her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Fricke. She made her home at Superior and Minneapolis for many years and some years after the death of Mr. LePage she married Martin Melody of Tingley, Iowa. On Sunday, October 7th, she and her husband celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary and, the next morning, while getting ready to go to the dentists, she died instantly from a heart attack.

Funeral services were held at Tingley on Wednesday and the body was taken to Streeter, Illinois, for burial on the Melody family lot.

The deceased was well known at Cherokee having spent her girlhood in the community and making frequent visits here, the last being about a year ago. Besides her widower, she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J. M. Lea of Chicago, two brothers, George and Henry Rein of Cherokee, two half-sisters, Mrs. Herbert Warner, Sr., of Plum Lake, and Mrs. Harry Demand of Abbotsford, and two half-brothers, Fred and Ed. Fricke, both of the town of Hull.

*** Note: Mrs. Melody’s estimated year of birth is from the 1930 Federal Census – Tingley, Ringold County, Iowa.

[Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Oct. 1934; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]


John Secor

On Wednesday, May 18 1910, at his home in Lotts Creek Township, Ringgold Co. Ia., occurred the death of John SECOR. He was a native of the state of New York and was born in Sept. 1858. When about twenty-one years of age he left his home in N.Y. and went to Marshall county, Il., where in 1888 he was married to Miss Edith CARTER, with whom in 1894 he moved to Bremer county, Iowa and two years later to Ringgold county where they made their home until his death. To them were born two children, Virgil and Eva, both of whom with their mother are still living.

Mr. SECOR was a man of modest and retiring disposition and was honest and upright in all his business transactions, being well respected by all his neighbors. He was remarkably kind in the home, never speaking harshly nor behaving unkindly to either wife or children.

His ailment was rheumatism with which he was a great sufferer for nearly eight years, often suffering the most excruciating pain, all of which he endured with the most remarkable patience.

While he was not a member of any church, he often expressed a hope for the future, manifesting a longing to depart and be at rest. The funeral was preached by Rev. A. C. HECKATHORNE, of Benton, assisted by Rev. McKINLEY of Ringgold City, in the United Evangelical church at Ringgold City and he was buried in Ringgold Cemetery.

[The Mount Ayr Record-News, May 27, 1919, page 1]
Submitted by Helen Secor Popp


Adna Ruth Beatty Walcott

Age 91 of Bethany Lutheran Village, passed away at 3:15 A.M., Monday, April 3, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville H. Walcott; 1 granddaughter, Cheryl; 2 brothers and 5 sisters.

Survived by 3 sons, William Walcott and his wife, Phyllis of Washington, Twp., Robert Walcott and his wife Reggie of Naperville, IL, and Mayo Walcott and his wife Myra of Darien, IL; 7 grandchildren, Kenneth J. Walcott, Carolyn Dunton, Tracy Vitale, Robert Walcott Jr., Jeffrey Walcott, John Walcott and Christopher Walcott; 4 great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Mildred Walcott of Sioux City, IA.

Graveside Services will be held at 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, at David's Cemetery, 4600 Mad River Rd., Kettering with Pastor Gerald Huhn officiating. The family will greet friends from 10-11:00 A.M., Wednesday in the Routsong Funeral Home, 81 N. Main St., Centerville. If desired, contributions may be made to Bethany Lutheran Benevolent Care Fund, 6451 Far Hills Ave., Centerville, Ohio 45459 or the American Cancer Society, Montgomery County Unit, 40 S. Perry St., Suite 120, Dayton, Ohio 45402-1429.

Note: Adna Ruth Beatty was born in 1908 in Ringgold County, Iowa

[The Dayton News and the Chicago Tribune, Published April 5, 2000:]
Submitted by A Friend of Free Genealogy


Peter F. Walter

Howard Courant (KS), January 17, 1924

Peter F. Walter was born at Manmee, Ohio, February 8th, 1842. At the age of twelve years he moved with his parents to Ringgold county, Iowa, where he grew to manhood and was married to Kittie Johnson, who departed this life a few years after their marriage.

He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Swim in August 1867. To this union were born five children: Alfred Walter and Lulu Morgan of Elk county, Kansas; Howard Walter of Chautauqua county, Kansas; Minnie Shannon of Chicago, Illinois; and Clyde Walter of Zenda, Kansas. The mother of these children died November 30, 1899.

He was united in marriage to Martha Harper, January 20, 1904. To this union were born two children, Lee and Dale.

When the Civil War was declared, Mr. Walter enlisted as a volunteer and served till the close of the war. He received an honorable discharge in 1865. He then came to Elk county, Kansas and resided in Elk and Greenwood counties the remainder of his life. He was converted and joined the Methodist church in early manhood and was a member of that church at the time of his death.

He had been in very poor health and had suffered much for several years. January 7th he was taken with a stroke from which he was unconscious until he went to his rest January 9th, 1924, at 6:00 p.m., at the age of 81 years, 11 months and one day. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, and seven children, and one sister, Mrs. Susan Kimblade of Toronto,, Kansas

The funeral services were held at the Severy Methodist church, on Friday, January 11th, 1924, with the pastor, Rev. L. W. Engelhardt in charge. Burial was at Howard (KS), in Grace Lawn cemetery.

[Submitted by L. Morgan]


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