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Ida May Geyer

Ida May Stewart, daughter of James and Melissa (Pooler) Stewart was born near Lancaster Mo. May 15, 1876 and departed this life on March 27,1959 at the Lacy rest home, Bethany Mo. at the age of 82 years, 10 months and 11 days.

Ida, who was of a family of 10 children, moved to Harrison County with her parents when quite small.  The all preceded her in death. Brothers and sisters were Tom, John, James, Nancy, Ellen, Lula, Lizzie, Mrs.Rebecca Solomon, and Mrs. Katie Smith. 

On October 30,1898 she was united in marriage to Ulysses S. Geyer.  To this union two children were born: Jesse of near Bethany, and a daughter who died in infancy in 1902.  The husband preceded her in death December 28, 1939.

After the death of her husband she made her home at New Hampton, Mo.  Although in failing health for several years she was able to retain her home until three months ago when she was taken to the home of her son, Jesse and wife Mary where she was tenderly cared for.  It became necessary just a few days before her death to move her to the rest home.

She leaves to mourn her passing, her son Jesse, a daughter-in-law, a grandson,"Buster" and a granddaughter-in-law; also a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.  She was a member of the Hazel Valley Methodist Church.  Funeral services were held at the Noble Funeral home in Bethany at 1:30 p.m. Sunday March 29, 1959 with burial in the Logsdon Cemetery.

submitted by Melody Beery
source: personal papers of Clara Fish.

Golda Faye Gibson

Little Golda Faye Gibson, youngest daughter of Francis and Ella Gibson, was born August 17, 1907 and departed this life September 22, 1918, aged 11 years, 1 month and 15 days.  Little Golda had been a sufferer for more than a year with that dreaded disease, tuberculosis and all was done that loving hands could do or loving hearts provide, but all was in vain. The Savior needed another little angel, so He called her home.  She was a favorite in her Sunday school class and also with her schoolmates, always wearing a smile for everyone.  She bore her suffering so patiently and would at times plan what she was going to do when she got well.  She will be sadly missed in the home circle.  For six weeks before her death she was unable to walk, but would have them carry her to the table at meal time, when she couldn't hold her little head up nor eat a bite and did this until about four days before she died.  She leaves to mourn, her father , mother, one sister, Bessie, and one brother Johnnie, one sister, Clara, dying in 1905, besides hosts of relatives and friends.  Her home preacher, Rev. Burris, of Bethany, conducted the funeral services, burial being in the Logsdon Cemetery by the side of her little sister, Clara, on Monday afternoon, September 23rd.  Mrs. John Barnett, Mrs. Harley Edwards, Misses Merle McNelly and Waive Snipes acted as pallbearers.  The songs sang were "What a Friend we have in Jesus", "Beautiful Isle" and "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me."
Source: Bethany Republican, September 25, 1918

Samuel Nelson Glaze
was born in West highland County Ohio, March 9, 1843 and passed away at 9:00 a.m. January 28, 1924 at the house which he loved so well and lived for 51 years.  Aged 80 years 10 months and 19 days.  He was a son of Samuel H. and Sarah A. Glaze and the third of a family of nine children, being survived by two sisters, Mr. W.C. Baker and Mrs. J.H. Summers and one brother, D.R. Glaze.
He was married on April 3, 1873 to Miss Mary E. Kinion.  To this union four children were born, Oscar L. of Sedley, Sask., Bert, Carey and Carl.  Carey having died in infancy.  He also has two grandchildren, Grel D and Garland R. Glaze of Sedley Sask., and one great grandchild.
Source: Unknown clipping


Suse Ann Smith Glenn, daughter of George A. and Sarah Elizabeth (Humphry) Smith, was born in Worth County, Mo., Sept. 7, 1880.  She passed away in a hospital at Medford, Ore., February 12, 1973, at the age of 92 years, 5 months and 6 days.  She was united in marriage to Steve Glenn Sept. 27, 1903.  To this union was born three children, one son and two daughters.

Aunt Suse, as she was known to all who knew her, spent most of her life in Harrison County, Mo.  She accepted Christ as her Saviour at an early age, placing her membership with the Christian Church of Martinsville. She was faithful with her attendance in worship as long as she was physically able to do so.  After the death of her husband she moved to California to be close to her children.  Then in a few years when her eyesight failed, she moved to Oregon to live with her daughter, Shirley, where she was tenderly cared for.

Suse was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, two sisters, her husband, one son, Clarence and one daughter, Irene, Mrs. Wayne Masters.

She leaves to mourn her passing one daughter, Shirley, Mrs Ernest Lunsford, Central Point Oregon; 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren, one brother, Sam Smith of Eagleville, Mo, and a host of other relatives and friends.

submitted by Melody Beery
source: personal papers of Clara Fish

Ben H. Goodwin, 54 years old, a man whose acquaintance over Harrison county was wide died at 11:15 oclock last night at a local hospital.  He had been ill for two weeks or longer and his ailment was recognized from the beginning as dangerous.  Mr. Goodwin was born at Ridgeway, Feb. 9, 1889 and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Goodwin.  His father died when he was a small child and his mother died about 34 years ago.  Beside his wife Hazel, his is survived only by a brother Herschel Goodwin, Bethany.  Mr. Goodwin had resided here for more than 20 years, coming here to enter the employ of Slemons & Walker Bros.  He also was employed for a long while by the Shroyer Music Co.

The Rev. Robert Turner will officiate at services this Thrusday morning at 10:30 oclock at the Wheeler funeral home and burial will be at Yankee Ridge cemetery, southeast of Ridgeway.
Source: Bethany Republican Clipper, Sept. 22, 1943


Archie Sylvester Graham, the first child of Henry H. and Zelphia M. (Westlake) Graham, was born October 7, 1910, in the Washington Center Community and lived there to manhood.  On October 8, 1930 he and Nina B. Edwards were united in marriage making their home in the Martinsville area.  To this union three children came to bless their home: Robert Lee, Leona Joyce and Royce Gene.

They lived a short time in Idaho, moving back to Iowa where he spent the remainder of his life, passing away May 4, 1992, in Mercy Hospital, Corning Iowa.  He took great pride in his endeavors as a farmer, working for the railroad about five years and 21 years as custodian of the Conway school, striving for perfection in each task.  But his greatest pride was in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.

His joys were camping, hunting and fishing.  After retirement he enjoyed traveling to spend time with his family, tending his yard and garden.  Preceding him in death was their infant son, Robert Lee; his parents, his brother Manford Graham and a son-in-law, Harold Hromas.  Early in life he was baptized into the Wesley Chapel Church and was a 47 year member of the Masons. 

Surviving is Nina, his companion of 61 years; daughter Leona Hromas and husband Fred Mulford; son Royce and wife Carol; eight grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; brother Carl and wife Louise; sister in law Bessie Graham, a niece; nephews, aunts,uncles and cousins.  memorial services were held May 7, 1992, at Roberson Polley Chapel, interment in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, with Masonic rites. 
[transcribed by M.B. from unknown newspaper clipping] 


Lincoln NE-  Nina Beatrice Graham, 84, Lincoln, formerly of Bethany, Mo. died Sunday Feb. 9, 1997 at a health-care center in Lincoln.  Born in Harrison County, Missouri on Jan. 15, 1913, Mrs. Graham a former homemaker, resided in Bedford, Iowa prior to moving to Bethany.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie S. Graham in 1992.  Funeral Services: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Roberson Polley Funeral Home, Burial: Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Martinsville, Mo.
[transcribed by M.B. from unknown newspaper clipping] 

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