Sunday, June 23, 2013

Weekly Citizen - 9 September 1871 - Local News

Centerville Weekly Citizen
9 September 1871
  George M. Teegarden, son of Mr. G. M. Teegarden, of this county, designs boing this fall to the National Mute-College at Washington, to continue his studies and fit himself for the duties of an instructor. He recently returned from Council Bluffs where he was in attendance at the State Institute for the Deaf and Dumb. We wish him unbounded success in his honorable pursuit.
  Fare Reduced -- For the accommodation of persons desiring to attend our County Fair, to be held at Centerville on the 12th, 13th and 14th inst., the fare on the Southwestern R.R. has been reduced to sixty percent of the regular rate, between Washington, Iowa, and Trenton, Missouri. This is liberal on the part of the road and will be appreciated by our people generally.
  No Go. -- Democracy attempted a new departure in this county last Saturday, but failed signally, as heretofore.  They thought to make a masterly stroke by placing on their ticket a woman for Superintendent of Schools, and tendered informally the nomination to Mrs. M. E. Gill of Centerville. She, however, declined the empty honor with a remark that in her judgement the Republican nominee, Mr. G. C. Goodenough, was an excellent man for the place. She is of the opinion that it is not province of woman to mingle in political strife, and holds the schools of the county as well as the superintendent should in no manner whatever be mixed with county politics.
  The County Fair begins next Tuesday. Don't forget it.
  The Eden Association of Missionary Baptists is in session at Livingston, and will adjourn next Monday.
  Send for the Iowa Homestead of Des Moines by Gen. Wilson. It tells all about farming. Only $2.00 per year.
  A Daily Citizen will be issued during the Fair, for free distribution on the Fair Grounds. Fifteen hundred copies will be printed each day. Advertisements should be handled at once.
  Shall the sale of wine and beer be forbidden in Appanoose County?  This important question will be decided by the voters at the election this fall.  Of course it will be decided in the affirmative.
  The new Methodist Church at Jerome will be dedicated on Sunday, September 17th, at 11 A.M.  Rev. C. S. Jennis will preach the dedicatory sermon. Rev. R Stephenson will preach at 3 P.M.  Other ministers are expected.
  A new kind of tea, called "Thea-Nectar," is for sale at this place by Jacob Rummel, which tea drinkers pronounce delicious.  It is used in the best hotels in cities; and is cheaper than common tea.  If the package sent us is a sample of the rest, it is worth a trial.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Weekly Citizen - 12 August 1871 - Local News

Centerville Weekly Citizen
12 August 1871
  --Lincoln township has six new school houses.
  --The new Methodist church at Jerome is nearly completed, at a cost of a bout nine hundred dollars.
  List of Delegates to the County Convention
  Bellair -- Wm. Bradley, Jacob Shontz, L. W. Spooner and Wm. Fox.
  Franklin -- E. O. Smith, Nathan Stanton, Isaac Wilson, J. T. Harl and Wm. Ware.
  Johns -- S. K. Ball, John H. Carter and Alexander Hughes.
  Lincoln -- C. R. Jackson, M. Holshouser and R. F. Rinker.

Weekly Citizen - Local News - 18 March 1871

The Centerville Weekly Citizen
18 March 1871
  The school in district No. 5, Lincoln township, will close on Friday, March 24th, after five months session.  J. B. Horner is the teacher. The last two days will be devoted to examinations.  All are invited.
  Jerome Items -- A new frame school house has been built at Jerome and the Methodists hold services in it every Sunday. --Henry Wilson, the good blacksmith of that place, is also postmaster. --J. M. Crouch has opened a blacksmith shop about one mile west of Jerome. --Peter Sidles has built a good bank barn.
  The new town laid out at the depot of the C. & S. W. at Bellair by Huston & Harvey, is called Numa. The people of Bellair, we are informed, desire to have the name of that place changed to Numa, so as to conform with the name of the postoffice, thereby preventing mistakes in mail matter, as Johnson county, this state, has a postoffice called Bellair.
  --Farmers have commenced sowing spring wheat.
  --The season for planting trees is at hand. Let all improve the opportunity.
  --The boarding train left here Thursday morning for Bellair. The track layers are about two miles on the other side of that place.
  --Why not pay female school teachers, who do an equal amount of work and do it equally as well,as much as male teachers receive?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Book: Images of America - Appanoose County

  The Appanoose County Historical Society has published a new collection of historical photographs of Appanoose County in the Arcadia Publishing series Images of America.  It joins Enfys McMurry's recently published Centerville: A Mid-America Saga by The History Press, the digitization of the historical newspapers of Centerville by the Appanoose County Historical Society and the digitization of the historical newspapers of Seymour by The Jerome Journal to provide rich resources for persons interested in the history of Appanoose County, plus the collections and archives of the Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum in Centerville.

  The new book can be purchased at the Museum in Centerville or on  I think you will find it a jewel of a resource!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Seymour Press, Thursday, August 3, 1893

[Excerpts from the Local News] 
 --We need rain badly.
  --Delightfully cool nights.
  --Damon and Pythias to-night.
  --David Tharp is repairing his sidewalk.
  --The tournament promises to be a grand success.
  --Editor Lewis and wife are in Chicago this week.
 --Harris & Hickerson shipped a mixed car of hogs and cattle to Chicago, Tuesday.
  --Mrs. Hollingsworth of Ogalalla, Neb., visited in the city last week, leaving Sunday for Jerome.
  --The Wayne county normal will commence Monday, August 14, at Corydon, and continue two weeks.
  --G. H. Bowers, M. W. Browne and Winter Giles received their new safety bicycles last Saturday afternoon.
  --The Seymour boys will go down to Mystic tomorrow to meet the Mystic team on their grounds in the return game.
  --STRAYED -- Bay filley, one year old, from my pasture near Plano, about July 20.  Liberal reward for any information. R. R. Morlan.
  --$7.25 to Chicago and $11.64 to Chicago and return via., Chicago Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway. Return tickets good for 30 days.
  --The presbyterian ladies cleared a neat little sum at their social in the park Saturday night, which will be used in repairing their church.
  --Epworth League social, cream and cake furnished at half price, 10 cents.  M. E. church yard on Saturday evening, Aug. 5. Everybody invited to bring a friend.
  --Word comes to us that Harley Thomas, who was badly hurt last week in being thrown from his horse, that he is getting along nicely and will soon be able to be out.
  --"Damon & Pythias" will be presented at the Mystic opera house Saturday night by the Seymour dramatic company, supported by Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Valentine.
  --Preaching next Sunday night at the christian church. Subject: "A Faithful Witness."  Acts 26:22.  Will spears, leader. All are invited to attend our young people's meetings. 
   --In order to accommodate all who wish to attend Forepaugh's circus at Centerville August 7, train No. 96.  Due to leave Seymour at 8:36 a.m. will carry passengers on that date.  J. F. Springer, agent.
  --The first ball game of this season on the Seymour grounds was played last Friday between the Mystic and Seymour boys resulting in a score of 14 to 18, in favor of the home team.
  --The ball boys went out to the grounds yesterday evening and with the aid of the road grader and a few shovels,scalped the diamond, making it in fine shape for the games during the tournament, August 9, 10 and 11.
  --Grand salvation army meeting in Hoschar's hall, Tuesday evening August 8. Adjutant and Mrs. Harris will be with us, with their songs and music. Everybody come to hear and see for yourselves.  Meeting inside at half past seven.
  --Robert Froeman the 5 months and 11 days old son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennedy of Gladstone, died Sunday evening of cholera infantum. The funeral services were conducted at this place by K. P. Morrison and the remains intered in the Seymour cemetery.
 --Tuesday evening while Edgar Smith was working in his uncle's hay field west of town, he started to ride to the top of a hay stack on the forks of the stacker but before he reached the top he became frightened and fell to the ground, and was shook up considerably, but received no serious injuries.
  --Tuesday afternoon as Mat Ruby was driving across the bridge near J. M. Odell's the bridge gave way precipitating team, wagon, and himself to the creek bed below, a distance of about eight feet. The horses were pretty badly scratched up but Mat escaped without injury.
  --Miss L. Ella Miller missionary to Burmah will lecture at the baptist church Tuesday evening, August 8. This lecture will be illustrated with idols, costumes etc. Miss Miller was a missionary to Burmah for a number of years and thoroughly understands the subject treated. All should hear her. Lecture free. Collection will be taken.
  --Commencing August 1, the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Rail Road will sell round trip tickets to the worlds fair for $11.64.  Tickets good going on date of sale, return limit 30 days from date of sale. Three regular passenger trains daily through to Chicago without change of cars. For further particulars inquire of J. F. Springer agent.
  --It is announced that by a recent ruling of the postoffice department, letters must have written or printed on them the number of days they are to be held at the receiving office, or they will be held thirty days instead of ten as heretofore.  As soon as the contract for printing runs out, you can only have envelopes printed at home, as the government will stop printing addresses thereon. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Seymour Press, Thursday, July 27, 1893

  [Excerpts from the Local News]
  --L. R. Clark was in Jerome Monday.
  --Jake Dewey was down from Jerome, Saturday.
  --The hum of the thresher is heard in the land.
  --Geo. Athey, of Numa, spent Sunday in our town.
  --Yesterday was pay day at the Chicago Coal Co. mine.
  --Chas. Nicodemus returned on Saturday from Chicago.
  --Mrs. Z. Double and daughter Lizzie spent Sunday in Hibbsville with relatives.
  --C. A. McGavran and wife, of Jackson, Mich., are visiting relatives at this place.
  --Miss Marcia Earnest left Saturday afternoon for a two weeks' visit with friends in Mt. Pleasant.
  --Dr. M. A. Jones had made arrangements to go to Mystic on Friday of each week to do dental work.
  --The Rock Island employes at this place were made happy yesterday with the arrival of the pay car.
  --Tobacco is injurious! Stop it by taking Hill's Chloride of gold Tablets. All first-class druggist sell them.
  --Mrs. J. W. Workman and children returned Sunday morning from a five weeks' visit in Washington county.
  --Barns, fences and bare walls are covered with flaming posters announcing the Forepaugh show at Centerville, August 7.
  --We want correspondents from Genoa and Kniffin; one who can furish good, spicy letters giving all the events of interest.
  --We have obtained a correspondent at Promise City who will keep The Press readers posted on the happening of that burg.
  --The Chicago Store advertises a grand clearance sale on the front page of this paper. An excellent opportunity for ladies.  Read it.
  --The ladies of the Eastern Star gave refreshments consisting of ice cream, cake, etc., in the methodist churchyard last Thursday and realized sixteen dollars for their efforts.
  --J. H. Thompson brought into our office this morning a stalk of timothy that measures 5 feet 11 inches from the top of the ground. We would like to know if anyone can beat that.
  --A claim pushed against the Milwaukee railroad company by D. H. Kerby for $300 in settlement for four horses killed by the cars last April has just  been paid to W. A. Hagan, of Jerome.
  --The ten-months old child of Mr. E. W. and Mary Adamson, near Numa, died Monday morning and was interred in the Numa Cemetery in the evening. The funeral services were conducted by Elder Ammons of this place.
  --For the last two weeks our ready prints have been a day late in reaching us from Chicago thereby throwing us several hours behind time with our papers. We hope our readers will look over this matter which we can't avoid.
  --Grand salvation army meeting in Hoschar's hall, Tuesday evening August 8. Adjutant ant Mrs. Harris will be with us, with their songs and music. Everybody come to hear and see for yourselves.  Meeting inside at half past seven.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Paul Vernon McElvain, 1923-2013

Lange Funeral Home and Crematory
  Paul V. McElvain, age 90 Centerville, Iowa passed away Friday, May 24, 2013 at Golden Age Care Center in Centerville.
  He was born on May 8, 1923 on the family farm in rural Centerville, the son of Jason (Lawrence) and Cecile (Kerr) McElvain. Paul married Helen Shorts on February 24, 1946 at the First Methodist Church in Centerville.
  Paul lived and farmed on the family farm most of his life. In his spare time, he enjoyed auctions, farm sales, singing, and most importantly, the time he was able to spend with his family, especially his grandchildren.
  He maintained a social presence in his community by his involvement in numerous groups and organizations throughout his lifetime, including the Gideon's, Farm Bureau, school board member of the Seymour Schools, and member of the Seymour Methodist Church.
  Paul is survived by his children, Bonnie (Hugo) Keyner of Vail, Arizona, Terry (Janice) McElvain of Centerville, Iowa, John (Marcella) McElvain of Council Bluffs, Iowa, James (Melinda) McElvain of Corydon, Iowa; a sister, Marjorie Inman of Highlands Ranch, Colorado; ten grandchildren, Jason (Wendy) McElvain of Centerville, Iowa, Jeremy McElvain of Centerville, Iowa, Jeff McElvain of Papallion, Nebraska, Chris (Kaley) McElvain of Homestead, Iowa, Darcie (Dan) Feller of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Jessica (Shawn) Panich of Hermosa Beach, California, Skylar and Austin McElvain of Corydon, Iowa, Aaron (Gretchen) Hampton of Columbia, Tennessee, and Kendall (Amanda) Hampton of Nashville, Tennessee; ten great-grandchildren, R.J. and Alyssa McElvain of Centerville, Iowa, Cole Feller of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Adalynn and Kynlee McElvain of Homestead, Iowa, Jessie, Marianne, Kathryn, and Luke Hampton of Columbia, Tennessee, Emma Hampton of Nashville, Tennessee; a son-in-law, Arnt Hampton of McMinnville, Tennessee; sister-in-laws, Lola Shorts of Centerville, Iowa and Faith McElvain of Boulder Junction, Wisconsin.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Helen McElvain; a daughter Sandra Hampton; and two brothers, Harold and Richard McElvain.
  Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Kay Singley officiating. Burial will follow in the Jerome Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Monday at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville from 1-8 PM, with the family present from 6-8 PM. Memorials have been established to the Seymour Methodist Church and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Jerome News - 30 May 1932

Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen - 1 June 1932
  May 30--Mrs. Edris Ward and daughter Donna Jean of Council Bluffs, are visiting relatives here.
  Mr. and Mrs. James Miller and children, of Centerville, spent Sunday evening at the Ernest Fry home.
  Richard Kurg of Elmer, Mo., is visiting this weekat the Lester King home.
  Mr. and Mrs. Dick Anderson and daughter Maxine of Numa, were visiting Sunday at the parental Joe Ponsetto home.
  Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cousins of Centerville, visited at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Theo. Sedgwick, Sunday.
  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fox, jr. and sons of Numa spent Thursday evening with his sister, Mrs. D. E. More [Moore] and family.
  Mr. and Mrs. Ollie Olson and son of Ottumwa, visited Sunday and Monday with her other, Mrs. O. Dooley, and other relatives.
  Mr. and Mrs. James Cathcart of Centerville and Mrs. Chas. Burns visited Sunday with their mother, Mrs. Ella McKern.
  Mr. and Mrs. Ed Sexton of Numa were in Jerome Friday to meet her sister, Mrs. Warren Davis of Cranston, Ia., who come to visit the grave of her father, Geo. King.
  Miss Imogene Shontz of Kansas City, Mo., came Friday for a visit with her mother, Mrs. E. L. Shontz.
  Mr. and Mrs. Gail Shock and nephew, Andy Shick visited at the parental W. M. Hardy home Sunday. Billie Rash returned home with them for a visit.
  Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mulvania and baby and two more friends, of Lineville, Mo., visited Sunday with Mrs. Maude Cathcart and Mrs. Chas. Mulvania.
  Mrs. Geno Sebbon and baby of Seymour, visited at the parental Chas. Fox home Sunday and Monday.
  Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cathcart, of Elmira, Mo., visited Sunday at the parental James Cathcart home.
  Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Haught were visiting in Numa, Sunday.
  Mr. and Mrs. Albert Matovich and two children, Mr. John Polick and son of Melcher visited Sunday and Monday at the parental Rudolph Bujan [Buyan] home.
  Mr. and Mrs., Lee Phelps and daughters of Rathbun visited with his sister, Mrs. Clay Dooley and family Sunday. 
  Mr. and Mrs. Gilkison and children, Mrs. Wm. Bolton and son Billie and Robert of Elmer, Mo., Mrs. Chas. King and daughter Wanda of Lawson, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Bolton and family, Mrs. Mott Kennel and children of Jerome, took dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Everett Christy and Grandma Fisher, Monday In the afternoon Mrs. Frank Thomas and children, Mrs. Charlotte Curtis and daughter Nadine and Ed Hill of Centerville, came to visit with them.
  Mr. and Mrs. Bill Williams is visiting at the parental O. L. Fry home Monday.
  Mr. and Mrs. John Rash of Des Moines visited with Mrs. A. S. Gillespie, Sunday.
  Mr. and Mrs. Henry Noble and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Tom Williams and son of Centerville Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cassossi visited at the Marco Cassossi home Monday.
  Dugie Moore, Wm. Hardy, Orvile Dooley, James Lawton, Zora Rash, Reuben and Melvin Dooley, Harry, Johnnie and Louis Maletsky and Gilbert Mickels, who are employed on a railroad gang at Craston, spent Sunday and Monday here with their families.
  Mrs. Ben Sellers, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Sellers of Mystic, visited Sunday at the D. E. Moore, Amos Stiles and Lester King home.
 Geno Sebbins, Misses Lena and Jena Sebbins visited at the Chas. Fox home, Sunday evening.
  Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dooley and children of Diamond, visited at the home of their sister Mrs. Henry Purdy, Sunday.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Mary Hutchings Hadsell, 1884-1934

Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen - 11 April 1934
Thought Sleeping at Noon
She Was Found to Have Died 10:00 A.M.
Later In Day
  Mrs. Mary Hadsell, for the past three years a resident of this city, was found dead in bed at her rooming place on West Maple street at 6 o'clock last evening, evidently the victim of a heart failure during an epileptio seizure.
  Her daughter Dorothy, who attends school here, had left the home in the morning as usual, after her mother had explained that she would stay in the bed. Dorothy returned home at noon to find her mother apparently sleeping. She did not awaken her and after eating lunch, left again for school.
  In the evening she returned from school and on finding her mother in the same position she was in, when she had left at noon she sought to awaken her and becoming frightened, called Dr. J. C. Donahue. On making an examination the physician determined that she had probably been dead since 10 a. m. of that day. Mrs. Hadsell had been in ill health for some time.
  She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy, of this city, Mrs. Robert Best of Cincinnati, and a daughter, Ruth, of Hiteman, Ia.  She was a member of the Christian church of this city and was known to many people here who morn her death. Funeral and obituary announcements will be made later.
Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen - 13 April 1934
CINCINNATI - Mrs. Edna White, Correspondent
  April 13.--Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Hadsell who died quite suddenly Tuesday evening at her home in Centerville, will be held from the Methodist church in Jerome at 2 p.m. Friday conducted by Rev. Childs, with interment in the Jerome cemetery.
Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen - 24 April 1934
 Mary Hutchings, daughter of George and Mildred Hutchings, was born in Kensington, Kansas, October 20, 1884. She grew to womanhood in Kansas and on July 10, 1906 she was united in marriage to Edwin J. Hadsell at Kansas City, Mo. Three daughters and one son were born to this union; the son dying in infancy.  In 1916 Mr. and Mrs. Hadsell and family came from Kensington, to Jerome, Iowa.  In 1929 the family moved from Jerome to Centerville and have resided here for the past five years.
  Mrs. Hadsell departed this life very suddenly at her home on 629 West Maple St., Tuesday morning, April 10, 1934 age 49 years, 5 months and 20 days. In her early life she fulfilled the commands of God, accepting Him as her own personal Savior and baptized into the Christian church at Kensington. She transferred her membership to the Central Church of Christ in this city after moving here. She was also a member of the Loyal Women's Sunday School class. It can be truthfully said of her that she was a lover of God's house and delighted to attend its services.
  She was also a good mother to her three daughters and was much loved by her numerous friends. She possessed a pleasing personality and greeted those whom she met with a smile. The impressions that she has left will never be forgotten. 
  In death she is survived by three daughters, namely, Mrs. Elmer Barker of Hiteman, Iowa, Mrs. C. R. Best of Cincinnati, and Dorothy at home, also one grandson, Robert Lee Best. Her parents, one sister, two brothers and two grandchildren preceded her in death.
  Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at two o'clock in the Jerome M. E. church conducted by the Rev. Luther W. Childs. Interment was made in the Jerome cemetery.
Oscar Merritt Hadsall - 1919-1919
  Oscar Merritt Hadsall, son of Edwin Jay Hadsell and Mary Hutchings, was born and died on 13 September 1919.  He was buried in the Jerome Cemetery, Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, in an unmarked grave in Block 13, Lot 8, Row 2.
The Modesto Bee - 15 June 2002y
  [Editor's Note:  Dorothy M. Hadsell Hawkins was born 24 August 191d 6 in Kensington, Kansas, and died 27 May 2002 at Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, California. She married Donn Blanchard Hawkins who was born 25 January 1890 in New York, and died 1 December 1978 in Santa Clara County, California.  Dorothy was Donn's second wife.]
  Dorothy M. Hawkins, 85, of Modesto died of natural causes May 27 [2002] at Doctors Medical Center. Mrs. Hawkins was a native of Kensington, Kan. She had lived in Modesto two years. She was a waitress for Dallas Colony Restaurant, San Jose, for 52 years. She loved animals and cooking. A funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose.  Lakewood Funeral Home, Hughson, in charge of arrangements.
Donn Blanchard Hawkins' and Dorothy M. Hadsell's Gravestone 
in Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Nina E. (Walker) Phillips, 1913-1994

Ad-Express/Iowegian - 31 May 1994
  Nina E. Phillips, 81, of Centerville died Friday, May 27, 1994, in a car accident.
  She was born April 6, 1913, in Numa, the daughter of Monroe and Ethel (McCoy) Walker.
  She married Oren Phillips in Kemmerer, Wyo., Nov. 19, 1932. He preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1993.
  Survivors include three brothers, Raymond of Centerville, Cecil of Albuquerque, N.M., and Marion of Norco, Calif.; and other relatives.
  She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Loyd and Victor Walker.
  She was a homemaker.
  A joint service with Alexander Warnick will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Lange Funeral Home with the Revs. John Lewis and Walter King officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
  A memorial has been established to the Gospel Chapel and may be left at the funeral home.
Centerville Iowegian - 15 March 1968
  Judge Edward P. Powers today granted a divorce to Oren E. Phillips vs. Nina E. Phillipson the grounds of willful desertion. There were no children. The couple married Nov. 30, 1932 in Kemmerer, Wyo. 
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery for
Oren E. Phillips and Nina E. (Walker) Phillips
[Block 13, Lot 8]
Ad-Express/Iowegian - 31 May 1994
3 dead after wreck Friday
  Three persons have died as the result of a two-car collision north of Centerville Friday afternoon, and a 15-year-old girl remains hospitalized in Des Moines.
  Jacob K. Phillips, 88, of rural Appanoose County, and Nina E. Phillips, 81, of Centerville were killed when the cars they were driving collded on the northbound shoulder of Highway 5 about 3.5 miles north of Centerville at about 4:35 p.m. Friday, according to the Appanoose County Sheriff's Office. The 1983 Ford LTD driven by Jacob Phillips was northbound; the 1944 Oldsmobile Cutless driven by Nine Phillips was southbound.
  Alexander Warnick, 1, of rural Moravia, a back seat passenger in the Nina Phillips' vehicle, sustained multiple injuries and ws transported by air ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines where he was pronounced dead at 11:55 a.m. Sunday.  
  Warnick's mother, Valerie White, 15, of rural Moravia was a front seat passenger in the Nina Phillips' vehicle and ws also injured. She was taken to St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Centerville and then transported by air ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. On Monday, she was listed in critical condition with multiple injuries in the Des Moines hospital's pediatric intensive  care unit.
  The Centerville Fire Department's jaws of life was used to extricate both Phillips from their vehicles.
  Nena Phillips was wearing a lap and shoulder seat belt, and air bag was deployed on impact, the Appanoose County Sheriff's Office said. Neither Jacob Phillips nor Valerie White were found wearing any restraints. White's son ws found secured in a child restraint device in the back, the sheriff's office sdded. Both vehicles were totaled and received extensive front end damage.
  Authorities determined that the two Phillips drivers of the vehicles were no related to each other.
  A seven-mile strip of Highway 5 was closed for more than an hour as a result of the accident. Traffic was rerouted by the sheriff's office, Iowa State Patrol and Department of Natural Resources.
  Nine persons have now been killed in the past five years in multiple-fatality accidents within a half-mile of Friday's crash.
  A 71-year-old Centerville woman, two 18-year-old men from Exline and Cincinnati, and a 17-year-old woman from Kirksville, Mo., were killed in a two-car collision in July 1989.
  In January 1990, a 50-year-old Centerville woman and her 3-year-old grandson died in a two-car crash.
  Obituaries for Jacob Phillips, Nina Phillips and Alexander Warnick are on Page 2.

Oren E. Phillips, 1905-1993

Ad-Express/Iowegian - 17 August 1993
  Oren E. Phillips, 87, of Centerville, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 1993, at the St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Centerville.
  He was born in Appanoose County, Nov. 19, 1905, the son of William E. and Etta Jane (Moore) Phillips.
  He married Nina Walker in Kemmerer, Wyo., Nov. 19, 1932. She survives.
  Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and cousins.
  Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Delmer, James and Woodrow; and a sister Grace McQueen.
  He worked in the mines in Wyoming until 1947 when they moved to the Centerville area. He then farmed and worked on road construction. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 1993, at the Lange Funeral Home, with John Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery. There will be a visitation Tuesday evening from 7 to 8.
  A memorial has been established to the American Lung Association or the Gospel Chapel Church and may be left at the funeral home.

Centerville Iowegian - 15 March 1968
  Judge Edward P. Powers today granted a divorce to Oren E. Phillips vs. Nina E. Phillipson the grounds of willful desertion. There were no children. The couple married Nov. 30, 1932 in Kemmerer, Wyo. 
Gravestone of Oren E. and Nina E. (Walker) Phillips
in the Jerome Cemetery [Block 13, Lot 8)