Saturday, October 31, 2009

Blanche Shonts Banes, 1883-1917

Daily Iowegian - 16 June 1917
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Mrs. C. A. Banes Dies Following Tornado
  The following extract from the Charleston, (Ill.) Daily Courier tells of the death of a former Jerome lady following the disastrous tornado in that vicinity. Mrs. Banes was well known thruout this vicinity and it is with deep regret that her friends learn of her sudden death. The Charleston account gives the full details of the occurrence and reads:
  "Mrs. Blanche Banes, wife of C. A. Banes, a Clover Leaf fireman, residing in 116 First street, was found dead shortly before 2 o'clock Thursday morning by her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Banes retiring about 10 o'clock. The woman's body was cold, indicating that death had seized her seveal hours before her husband awakened.
  Mrs. Banes, who formerly resided at 120 First street, one house south of the home where she died Thursday morning, was a victim of the tornado. The house was unroofed and otherwise demolished, allowing the cold rain to drench her. This, together with the anxiety felt for the safety of her children and husband, and her narrow escape from injury, brot on a nervous shock, which was heightened when the home where the family moved, was placed under scarlet fever regulations, and about ten days ago she was taken ill. She was under the care of a physician but no apprehension was felt. About 10 o'clock Wednesday evening she fell into a sleep and in a few minutes retired. Shortly after 2 o'clock her husband was awakened and it was then that he found his wife dead.
  Blanche Shonts Banes, born in Jerome, Iowa, May 17, 1883, died June 14, 1917, aged 34 years and 27 days, was married to C. A. Banes, May, 1901, and came to Charleston six years ago to make this city her home. Four children were born to this union: Ralph, Roland, Ray and Robert, ranging from 14 to two years of age, and her husband survive her. She is also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Shonts of Jerome, Iowa, and brothers, Orville E. Shonts of Charleston; Jacob Shonts, of San Francisco, Cal.; Ray Shonts of Chicago, and Loren Shonts of Mystic, Iowa, and one sister, Miss Ida Shonts of Jerome, Iowa.
  The deceased was a member of the Methodist church, and was a member of the Pythian Sisters of Jerome, Ia.
  In the time spent in Charleston Mrs. Banes made friends. These knew her as a home loving woman and her family and their interests were always her first thots, and her death was a great shock to the friends as well as to the family.
  The remains will be taken to Jerome, Iowa, the old home, for burial."

Friday, October 30, 2009

John G. Crist - Notice of Probate of Will

Notice of Probate of Will
State of Iowa, Appanoose County } ss
  District Court in and for Appanoose County, Iowa.
  To all whom it may Concern: Whereas, On the 7 day of October A. D., 1904, a paper purporting to be last will and testament of John G. Crist late of said county, deceased, was filed in my office, and was by me opened and read; and the 2 day of November, 1904, appointed and fixed as the time when the same will come before the court, at the October term thereof, then to be held for final proof and probate, as the last will and testament of the said John G. Crist deceased, at which time all persons interested may appear and show cause why the same should not be admitted to probate.
  Date this 7 day of October 1904.
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Transcribed from 1903-1909 Semi-Weekly Iowegian Obituaries, compiled by the Appanoose County Genealogy Society, on FHL US/CAN Film #1703962, Item #12 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

Mary I. Reynolds Streepy, 1843-1906

Mrs. I. F. Streepy Death
Was Almost 63 - Lived in County Many Years
  The death of Mrs. I. F. Streepy occurred Sunday evening at the late home north of Cincinnati, aged 63 years. She was born in Ohio, June 30, 1843, and with her parents came to this state settling near Cincinnati. Her maiden name was Reynolds. She was married to Isaac Streepy, March 9, 1882. After his return from the war they lived on a farm near Cincinnati and later moved onto the place which was her home at the time of her death. Five sons and two daughters were born to them, all but one son now living in this county. The children had a mother who means much to them and her memory will be held sacred by them, she having lived a christian life and exerted an influence over the family that has been for good. She was a member of the Methodist church, held in the highest regard by those who were associated with her. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the late home, conducted by Rev. H. Collier, and interment was at Evergreen cemetery, north of Cincinnati.
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Transcribed from 1903-1909 Semi-Weekly Iowegian Obituaries [Page 50], compiled by the Appanoose County Genealogy Society, on FHL US/CAN Film #1703962, Item #12 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

Nannie B. Wyatt, 1860-1905

Burned To Death
Sad Death of Nannie B. Wyatt, Living North of Numa
  Numa, Iowa, April 24 [1905] -- Special to Iowegian -- A very sad accident befel Miss Nannie B. Wyatt living north of Numa, on Monday of last week.  While attempting to build a fire in the stove her dress caught fire and was completely burned from her body. From the effects she died a few hours after. Her aged mother came to her rescue, but it was unavailing.
  Nannie B. Wyatt was born April 21, 1860, in Appanoose County, Iowa. She died April 17, 1905, aged 44 years, 11 months and 26 days. She was a daughter of James and Sarah Wyatt. She is survived by an aged mother, three brothers and three sisters who mourn the sad death of a daughter and sister. 
  In early life she united with the M. E. church, and lived a consistent and faithful life until called to the Church Triumphant.
  We can not choose the way our friends would go from us, if we could such a fearful death would not occur, bubt what comfort in such sorrow that we may meet our loved ones again where they are no partings of death. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.
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Transcribed from 1903-1909 Semi-Weekly Iowegian Obituaries [Page 35], compiled by the Appanoose County Genealogy Society, on FHL US/CAN Film #1703962, Item #12 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

Mrs. Jacob Shontz Dead

Mother of Well Known Family 
Passes Away Sunday Afternoon
  After a useful, Christian life which had extended thru 78 years, Mrs. Nancy Shontz died Sunday noon at the home of her son, E. L. Shontz, at Jerome. Her death was due to the decreasing vitality of old age.
  She leaves her sons, Wm. H., South Bend, Ind; Frank, Kankakee, Ill; John, Streeter, Ill; E. L. of Jerome, and a daughter, Mrs. Ella Pryon, of Kokomo, Ind.  Mrs. Shontz was long a resident of this county, being the wife of Jacob Shontz, who died several years ago. She was long a member of the Centerville Presbyterian church, being one of the early members of the organization. She was a woman of many exceptional qualities, a good wife, mother, friend and companion. She has been living with her daughter, but had lately returned to Iowa, where she preferred to pass her last days. The children were all present when she passed away. The funeral will be this afternoon at 1:30 at the First Presbyterian church, Centerville, preached by Rev. David McEwan, and burial beside her husband at Oakland cemetery. 
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Transcribed from 1903-1909 Semi-Weekly Iowegian Obituaries [Page 50], compiled by the Appanoose County Genealogy Society, on FHL US/CAN Film #1703962, Item #12 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

James R. Bradley, 1881-1907

James R. Bradley Dead - Burial To Be Here
Death Occurred at El Reno, Okla. and
Remains Will Arrive Here Today
  Death has claimed James R. Bradley, aged 26 years, he being afflicted with heart trouble for the past four months so as to be considered in serious condition, and death coming Sunday morning. He was the son of P. H. Bradley, and leaves a sister, Ruth, who was with him at the time of his death, and a brother, Carl, of Jamestown, Va. He was married to Miss Bessie Stephenson, and leaves his wife and a son to mourn him. The little son is at the Albert Bradley home in this city, where the remains will be brot this afternoon and the funeral held Wednesday.
  The death of this young man brings much sadness to this community where he was so well known. He was a pharmacist here, going to El Reno to engage in the same business. He was an Elk, and a delegation from the El Reno lodge will accompany the remains here. 
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Transcribed from 1903-1909 Semi-Weekly Iowegian Obituaries [Page 78], compiled by the Appanoose County Genealogy Society, on FHL US/CAN Film #1703962, Item #12 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].
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Oakland Cemetery, Vermillion Township, Appanoose County, Iowa [Centerville, IA: Appanoose County Genealogy Society], page 115:  James R. Bradley, 1881-1907.  F.S. Lou Stephenson, 1890-1945.  F.S. Ralph Stephenson, Feb. 9, 1941, Corp. 50 Ia. Inf.

William H. Bradley, 1826-1908

Wm. H Bradley Death
Old Resident of This County Died at Home of Daughter
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  Mt. Pleasant News:  Wednesday evening at 10:30 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. B. M. Boydston, of North Broadway, occurred the death of Mr. William H. Bradley, an old and respected resident of Mt. Pleasant. He as been in feeble health for some time, death being due to bowel touble, with complications.
  Mr. Bradley lived to the ripe old age of 82 years, and his long life has been an active and useful one. Wherever he lived he was universally respected and esteemed, and his scores of friends will long remember him and keep his memory green. He was devoted to his family and friends, and all that could be desired as an upright citizen and man.  For many years he had been a member of the Methodist church, and although in recent years deprived of the privilege of church attendance, died strong in faith and hope. He was also a Mason of long standing.
  The deceased was born in Morgan county, Indiana, in 1826, and was married there in 1848 to Miss Martha Ann Elliott. In 1850 they came to Iowa and settled on a farm in Appanoose county, near Centerville. He engaged in farming and stock raising and they made that their home until 1882 when the good wife passed away, and Mr. Bradley made his home with his several children. 
  To this union were born nine children; two dying in infancy, and one son, P. H. Bradley, died about ten years ago. Those who remain are: Mr. John R. Bradley, of Centerville; Mr. C. F. Bradley, of Chicago; both of who are here; Mr. W. A. Bradley, of Centerville, Mrs. J. A. Sidles, of Jerome, Ia., and Mrs. B. M. Boydston, and Mrs. James John, of this city. One son, Mr. W. A. Bradley, is in Texas on a trip at the present time, and no word has been received from him this afternoon in answer to telegrams sent. In addition, to these sons and daughters, the deceased has one brother living in Mattoon, Ill.; and a number of grandchildren.
  A short service will probably be held at the home of Mrs. Boydston here Friday morning, and the remains will then be taken to Centerville and the funeral will be held from the Jerome circuit near there, conducted by Rev. Perdew, pastor of the M. E. church, at Centerville, assisted by the Masonic lodge of which Mr. Bradley was a member. Interment will be at the Jerome cemetery.
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Transcribed from 1903-1909 Semi-Weekly Iowegian Obituaries[Page 103], compiled by the Appanoose County Genealogy Society, on FHL US/CAN Film #1703962, Item #12 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].
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Census Records of William H. Bradley
--1850 United States Federal Census, Place: Clay, Morgan, Indiana; Roll: M432_162; Page: 151; Image: 304.  [Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1860 United States Federal Census, Place: Bellair, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: M653_311; Page: 40; Image: 41.  [Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1870 United States Federal Census, Place: Bellair, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: M593_375; Page: 356; Image: 13.  [Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA] 
--1880 United States Federal Census, Place: Bellair, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: T9_326; Family History Film: 1254326; Page: 543.2000; Enumeration District: 19; Image: 0168. [Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1885 Iowa State Census, Place: Bellair, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: IA1885_144; Line: 10; Family Number: 10.  [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1895 Iowa State Census, Place: Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: IA1885_287; Line: 14; Family Number: 387. [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1900 United States Federal Census, Place: Bellair, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: T623_416; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 12. [Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1900 United States Federal Census, Place: Center, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: T623_416; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 27. [Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1905 Iowa State Census, Place: Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: IA_75; Line: 602. [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]

Jerome Son Locates Father Near Ottumwa

  Mach Smith, colored, of Jerome, and his father, 80 years old, were united near Ottumwa last week, after the old gentleman thought himself lost. The old man had gone from Wichita, Kan., passing through Jerome on the Milwaukee, and not knowing just where his son lived thought it migh be Rutlege, but not finding him there he started back to Ottumwa, becoming exhausted and stopping at the W. M. Wavsom home. A brother of Mach's in Wichita sent him a message asking if the old man had arrived and Mach then went to Ottumwa to look for him, finally locating him and bring[ing] him to Jerome. 
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Transcribed from 1903-1909 Semi-Weekly Iowegian Obituaries [Page 31], compiled by the Appanoose County Genealogy Society, on FHL US/CAN Film #1703962, Item #12 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

William Triplett Found Dead by John Sidles

Dead in the Night
John Sidles Found Wm. Tripplett a Corpse
Heart Failure Was Cause
Were  Building House on Sidles Farm South of Cincinnati
Death Occurred at the Frank McCollum Home
  John Sidles went to bed Tuesday night with a well man, Wm. Triplett, of Unionville, Mo., and awoke in the morning to find him a corpse by his side.  They were at the Frank McCollum home, south of Cincinnati, where they were boarding while building a house on the Sidles place. The day before they had worked hard, and in the evening Triplette, aged 61, complained of having wrenched himself that day and being very tired. He ate a hearty supper and about nine they went to bed. At 3 Mr. Sidles heard the clock strike and heard his companion breathing. At 5:30 he awoke to find him dead. Drs. Musgrove from Cincinnati and Haines from Mendota were called, and pronounced it heart failure caused by over exertion and lack of vitality. The dead man has a wife and family three miles east of Unionville, Mo., where the body was taken. Mr. Sidles lives at Jerome, but was building a house in place of one burned last winter. The coroner was called, but the facts were so clear that no jury was asked to sit on the case.
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Transcribed from 1903-1909 Semi-Weekly Iowegian Obituaries [Page 33], compiled by the Appanoose County Genealogy Society, on FHL US/CAN Film #1703962, Item #12 [Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1990].

Zebedee Wright, 1818-1903

Semi-Weekly Iowegian - December 1903
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  The death of Zebedee Wright, formerly living west of the city, occurred at Seymour Saturday where he lived with his children.  He was over 80 years old.
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OneWorldTree: Zebidee W. Wright. [Ancestry.com]
Ancestry World Tree Project: My Dukes File, Update posted 2 December 2003 by Brian L. Dukes. [Ancestry.com]
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Census Records for Zebedee Wright
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--1850 United States Federal Census, Place: Deer Creek, Miami, Indiana; Roll: M432_160; Page: 213; Image: 556.  [Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1860 United States Federal Census, Place: Bellair, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll M653_311; Page: 41; Image: 42.  [Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1870 United States Federal Census, Place: Bellair, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll M593_375; Page: 356; Image: 13.  [Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1880 United States Federal Census, Place: Seymour, Wayne, Iowa; Roll T9_369; Family History Film: 1254369; Page: 401.3000; Enumeration District: 246; Image: 0502. [Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1885 Iowa State Census, Place: Walnut, Wayne, Iowa; Roll: IA1885_274; Line: 26; Family Number: 72.  [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1895 Iowa State Census, Place: Lincoln, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll: IA1885_287; Line: 17; Family Number: 24.  [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
--1900 United States Federal Census, Place: Walnut, Wayne, Iowa; Roll: T623_464; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 155.  [Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]

Jacob Norris, 1830-1907

Semi-Weekly Iowegian - March 1907
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Jacob Norris Death
Old Settler, Prominent Citizen and A Good Man Gone
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  The death of Jacob Norris occurred Tuesday afternoon [5 March 1907] at the late home north of Numa, pneumonia of a few days' duration causing death. He leaves a family of several adult children, his wife having died about 20 years ago. The children are: Ellen, living in Kansas; Vandara (sic), Phoebe, Jacob A., Iva. M., Isaac G., Charles G., James E., Lewis J., Flora F., and Mary M. He was born in Franklin county, Pa., in 1830, his mother dying when he was 4 years old. In his youth he was bound out to a farmer, and at 21 left him with nothing but his determination and strong body to engage in life's struggle. In 1850 he went to Malcom county, Ill., in 1851 to Burlington, and in 1852 married Mary J. Abbott, and the next year bought 80 acres in Louisa county.  In 1855 he moved to a 100 acre farm in Davis county and in 1866 to Appanoose county, where he acquired considerable property and a good farm. He was a man of strong religious convictions, a devoted Methodist, a worker for its welfare, a staunch whig and later republican, and in the home a good father and in the community a good citizen. The funeral was Thursday afternoon, interment at Jerome.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

James Elmer Condra, 1877-1969

Daily Iowegian - 27 November 1969
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Elmer Condra, 92, Succumbs
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  CENTERVILLE -- James Elmer Condra, 92, retired farmer and lifelong resident of Numa, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louise Hunt, 1219 Drake Avenue, Centerville, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1969, at 1:15 p.m.
  He had been in ill health for the past three months.
  Born Sept. 22, 1877, at Numa, he was the son of Frank and Francis Arbogast Condra. On Sept. 22, 1906, he was united in marriage with Ettie Sidles at the Methodist Church in Jerome, and she preceded him in death.
  Mr. Condra was a member of the Methodist Church and for the past four years he had made his home with his daughter.
  Besides his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, William Condra, and a sister, Mary Condra Adamson.
  Survivors include a son, Merrill Condra of Numa, a daughter, Mrs. Louise Hunt of Centerville, a grandson, James Condra of Springfield, Ill., a granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Louise Mathews of Eddyville, Ia., and a great-grandson, Jeffrey Condra.
  Home is in charge of arangements. Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. from Jerome Methodist Church, Rev. Kermit Gladfelder, pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in Jerome cemetery.
  The family will be at the Funeral Home Thursday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. 

Jennie Christy Minard Sacco, 1918-2007

Lange Funeral Homes, Centerville & Moravia
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  Jennie Sacco, age 88, died Thursday, May 3, 2007 at the Golden Age Care Center, Centerville.
  Jennie was born September 17, 1918, the daughter of Everett and Susan (Fisher) Christy in Jerome, Iowa. She married Wilbur LeRoy Minard. He preceded her in death. She later married Vince Sacco in Centerville. He preceded her in death on October 30, 1982. Jennie and Vince owned and operated Sacco Cab Service in Centerville for many years. Jennie loved nature, especially bird watching. She enjoyed crocheting, latch hooking, cross word puzzles, going on trips with the 18-80 Club, and spending time with her family. Jennie was a member of the Methodist Church in Plano.
  Jennie is survived by three daughters, Emma Lee Leopard of Plano, Iowa, Donna Jean Brandon of Centerville, and Sandi (Junior) Robbins of Cincinnati, Iowa; two sons, Walter LeRoy (Rita) Minard of Nampa, Idaho, and James Richard (Bee) Minard of Suffolk, Virginia; a daughter-in-law Roberta Minard; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Jennie was preceded in death by her parents; both husbands; two children, Virginia May Minard and Wilbur Minard Jr.; two grandsons, Eddie Dean Brandon and Tim Leslie Leopard.
  A visitation will be held Friday, May 4, 2007 at the Thomas Lange Funeral Home with the family present from 5-7 PM. Friends may call the funeral home all day on Friday. A private burial will take place at a later date. A memorial has been established to the Golden Age Care Center Aviary Fund and may be left at or mailed to the Thomas Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S.18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544. 

Paul C. Morris, 1924-2009

The Seymour Herald - 22 October 2009
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  Paul C. Morris, age 84 of Mystic, Iowa passed away October 13, 2009 at Continental Care Center in Seymour, Iowa. 
  Paul was born November 4, 1924, the son of James G. and Esther Lily (Day) Morris on the family farm in Jerome, Iowa. He was born the fourth child out of nine.
  He graduated from Centerville High School in the early 1940s. Paul married Aera Jane Moore on June 30, 1943 in Unionville, Missouri. After high school he served his country in the United States Air Force. 



Paul C. Morris
  After his military career, Paul farmed for a short period of time before moving to Denver, Colorado. He went to work at the Brick and Tile Factory and Lowry Air Force Base in Denver. Paul later worked for Martin Marietta in the quality assurance division. He also worked in the tractor division McCarty Sherman Implement in Denver.
  In 1960, Paul moved back to Iowa to farm and ran the Farmers Southtown Feeder Supply in Centerville.
  Paul is survived by his children, Edwin Lee (Harriett) Morris of Marion, Iowa, Linda Jane (Janine) Morris of Meridian, Idaho, C.W. (Clarissa) Morris of Mystic, Iowa; grandchildren, Julia L. (Jim) Wittnebel of Marion, Iowa, Andrew Morris of Ankeny, Iowa, Katherine (Steven) Drake of Centerville, Iowa, Terri (Michael) Arbogast of Numa, Iowa, Andrea E. Morris of St. Paul, Minnesota; great grandchildren, Alexander J. Wittnebel of Marion, Iowa, Ashlee Post of Ottumwa, Iowa, Derek Drake of Centerville, Iowa, Ranee J. Arbogast of Numa, Iowa, Abigail Arbogast of Numa, Iowa, Peter Wittnebel of Marion, Iowa, and Marcus Paul Drake of Centerville, Iowa; a sister, Mary Lou Morris of Jerome, Iowa; brothers, James Morris and John Morris; and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Paul was preceded in death by his wife, Aera J. Morris on January 17, 2007; his parents; siblings, Jeanette Condra, Carolyn Leaming, Martha Cline, Joanne Long, and Charles Morris.
  Funeral services will be held 1:30 PM, Saturday, October 17, 2009 at the Lange Funeral Home with Pastor Marvin Martin officiating. Burial will follow at the Concord Cemetery near Mystic, Iowa. A visitation will be held Friday at the funeral home with family present from 6-8 PM. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society and may be left at or mailed to the Lange Funeral Home 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be left online at www.thomaslangefuneralhome.com. 

Rev. Andrew Kershaw, 1847-1928

Daily Iowegian - 10 August 1928
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Former Plano Pastor Dies
  Plano, Ia., Aug. 10 -- Rev. Andrew Kershal (sic), a pioneer pastor of Plano Methodist church passed away August 9th, at his home in Seymour. He was stricken with paralysis four months or more ago. His age was 86. He is survived by his wife and one son, Paul, of Streator, Ill.  He was a brother-in-law of W. S. Morrison of Plano.
  Burial will be at Jerome Sunday at 11 o'clock.

George Israel Sidles, 1858-1923

Daily Iowegian - 6 October 1923
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George Sidles of Jerome Is Dead
  A pioneer resident of Jerome passed away at 7:00 o'clock Friday evening when George Sidles passed away at the home the family has long occupied. Dispatches reaching here today gave few details concerning his illness.
  The Sidles family is well and favorably known over much of the county and news of his death brings sorrow to a host of friends. Two daughters have been teaching in the Centerville schools. An obituary of Mr. Sidles will appear later.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday from the Methodist church at Jerome.
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Daily Iowegian - 11 October 1923
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  George I. Sidles was born at Jerome, Iowa, on August 27, 1858, and died at his home October 5, 1923. He had the unique experience of spending his entire life on the same homestead.
  September 1, 1892, he was united in marriage to Ella Thomas and to this union were born seven children: Joe, who lives at Seymour, Georgia, Mary, Peter, Martha, Edwin and George, Jr., all of whom live at home or nearby except Edwin, who died in infancy.
  He leaves also to mourn their loss a wife and two sisters: Mrs. Maria Pendergast, of Jerome, Iowa; and Mrs. Anna Larimer, of Streater, Ill.; other relatives, and a host of friends.
  He peacefully passed away after some fifteen years of illness and suffering, during which he was patiently cared for by his loving wife and family.
  He was a member of the Methodist church at Jerome. Although his active membership ceased at the beginning of his illness, he aways helped in the support of the church, and was vitally interested in everything being done for the good of the community.
  A loving husband and father, a kind friend, an accommodating neighbor, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
  Funeral services were held at the Jerome Methodist church, Sunday, October 7, at 11:00 o'clock, conducted by J. H. Krenmyre, a former pastor and friend. Burial was made in the Jerome Cemetery.
Card of Thanks
  We wish to sincerely thank all the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during our time of sorrow.   -- Mrs. George Sidles and Family. 

Janice C. Armstrong Sidles, 1902-1992

Daily Iowegian - 13 October 1992
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  Janice C. Sidles, 90, of Seymour died Oct. 11, 1992, at Seymour Care Center.
  She was born July 29, 1902, in Seymour to Walter and Grace Armstrong. She was married to Joe Sidles in 1920. He preceded her in death.
  Also preceding her in death were her parents.
  Survivors include nieces and nephews.
  Funeral services will be held today, Oct. 13, at 1:30 p.m. at the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with Pastor DeWayne Lawson officiating. Private interment will be in Southlawn Cemetery in Seymour. Friends may call after 9 a.m. until time of service today.
  A memorial has been established to the Seymour Library and may be left at the funeral home.

Zelma Fern Vanderpool Streiff, 1897-1990

Daily Iowegian - November 1990
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  Zelma Fern Streiff, 93, of Centerville, died Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13, 1990, at the Centerville Care Center.
  She was born in Princeton, Mo., on April 12, 1897, the daughter of Thomas F. and Carrie Belle (Mullins) Vanderpool. She was united in marriage to Harry E. Streiff in Princeton, Mo., on Nov. 2, 1919. He preceded her in death on June 26, 1972.
  Zelma was a homemaker and housewife, a member of Centerville First United Methodist Church, Dorcas Circle, Centerville Women's Club and Auxiliary Veterans of WWI.
  Survivors include one son, Maurice L. Streiff of San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Wilma Taylor and Mrs. Evelyn Constable, both of Trenton, Mo.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, Margaret, a son, Warren Duane; two brothers and a sister.
  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:00 at the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home with the Rev. Dave Higdon officiating. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the First United Methodist Church and may be left at the funeral home.

Jeannette Morris Condra, 1916-1980

Daily Iowegian - 27 December 1980
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  Jeannette Morris Condra, 64, a resident of rural Numa and a lifelong resident of Appanoose County, died very unexpect-edly at noon on Christmas Day, 1980, in Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Ill. She and her husband had gone to be with their family in Springfield for the holidays. Her death was attributed to a heart attack.
  Mrs. Condra was first grade teacher at Central School in Centerville.
  Born April 4, 1916, near Jerome, she was the daughter of James and Esther Day Morris. She was graduated from Centerville High School in 1933, taught in rural schools, graduated from Centerville Junior College and later Drake University in Des Moines. She married Merrill Condra December 4, 1936, in Unionville, Mo., and they have lived on the same farm near Numa since that time.  He survives.
  She was a member of Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in Centerville, the PEO sisterhood in Cincinnati, the Alpha Study Club and Deta (sic) Kappa Gamma, the national teacher's sorority; also to teachers' organizations on the local, state and national levels, and the Neighborhood Booster Club.
  Her father preceded her in death. Survivors besides her husband include one son, James Condra, of Springfield, Ill., one grandson, Jeffrey Contra, also of Springfield; her mother, of Centerville; four brothers, Charles Morris, Plano; Paul Morris, Mystic; James Morris, Sublette, Kan.; and John Morris, Ft. Madison; and four sisters, Martha Cline, Satanta, Ka.; Carolyn Leaming, Liberal, Kan.; Mary Lou Morris, Marshall-town; and Joanne Long, Centerville.
  Services will be Sunday, December 28 at 2 p.m. at Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in Centerville, with Pastor Olen Adams of Davenport, officiating, assisted by Pastor Larry Warren. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home in Centerville. A memorial has been established, and memorial gifts may be left at the funeral home. 

Selma Johnson Sidles, 1894-1978

Daily Iowegian - March 1978
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  Services for Selma Johnson Sidles, longtime resident of Appanoose County, will be Saturday, 1:30 p.m., at the Jerome United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Ballard will officiate, and burial will be in Jerome Cemetery.  The Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home is in charge of services.
  Mrs. Sidles died at the home of her daughter, Virginia, in Bethel Park, Pa., Tuesday, March 21, 1978, at the age of 83. She had resided in the Jerome area many years.
  Born October 19, 1894, in Centerville, she was the daughter of Claus and Ida Larsen Johnson. She attended Centerville schools, and later was married to Peter Sidles, who preceded her in death. She was a member of Jerome Methodist Church.
  Survivors include one daughter, Virginia Streiff, widow of Warren Streiff, of Bethel Park; four sons, Paul Howard, Ames; Harry Arthur, Centerville; Peter, Oswego, Ill.; and James, Richfield, Ohio; 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; one brother, Francis Johnson of the Los Angeles, Calif., area; and two sisters, Mrs. Elmer (Olga) Krause, southern California; and Mrs. Lester (Ruth) Bloom, Sun City, Ariz.
  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Tom and Dan Johnson, and two sisters, Mrs. Chester (Carol) Castle and Mrs. Carl (Jenny) Gillespie.
  There will be a visitation period at the funeral home Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. 

Jack John DalPonte, 1924-1978

Daily Iowegian - November 1978
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  Jack J. DalPonte, 54, of 605 Wildwood Lane, died Saturday, November 11, 1978, at his home.
  Born April 27, 1924, in Centerville, he was the son of Bert and Mary Ann Carr DalPonte. He was married to Ernestine Deputy at Olatha, Kan., September 9, 1946.
  He was an employee of Colonial Bread Company for about 15 years, having retired due to ill health. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the American Legion, Amvets and VFW.
  Survivors include one son, Jack Jr., Centerville; two daughters, Jill Gibson, Overland Park, Kans.; and Lisa Burnham, Sheridan, Ore.; one grandchild; and two sisters, Lena Callen, Ottumwa; and Minnie Poverello, Highland Park, Ill.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
  Services will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at Johnson Funeral Home, with John Lewis officiating.  Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Monday from 7 to 8 p.m.  Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Leola E. Rinker, 1884-1977

Daily Iowegian - 17 January 1977
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  Leola E. Rinker, 92, of 544 North Main, Centerville, died Monday, January 17, 1977, in St. Joseph Hospital.
  Born November 1, 1884, near Numa, she was the daughter of Robert Franklin and Julia Ann Brinkley Rinker. She was a retired school teacher, having taught in Woodbury County rural schools, and third grade in Ames for many years before retirement.
  She was a member of the retired teachers' association, the Order of Eastern Star, and First Methodist Church.
  Survivors include a sister, Nellie Watts, Oklahoma City, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and seven brothers.
  The body is at Johnson Funeral Home, and funeral arrangements are pending.
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Daily Iowegian - 18 January 1977
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  Services for Leola E. Rinker will be Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, with Rev. George Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery. A memorial to the United Methodist Church has been established, and gifts may be left at the funeral home.
  Miss Rinker, a longtime instructor in Iowa schools, died Monday, January 17, in St. Joseph Hospital. 
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Leola Rinker's Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
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Photographs of Leola Rinker










Leola Rinker - 1959
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The editor sincerely appreciates the contribution of the four photographs above of Leola Rinker to The Jerome Journal by Geraldine Rinker of Augusta, Georgia.
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Waterloo Newspaper Article - 1907
Many Teachers Get Certificates
82 Out of 118 Applicants in Black Hawk County Pass
Enough to Supply All Rural Schools in the County
  County Supt. Elliott this morning received from Des Moines the returns of the examination held in July and is now mailing them to the applicants who wrote the examination in this county, eighty-two receiving certificates, which is about seventy-eight per cent, an average far high that that of most counties in the state. The record of ten applicants who failed to secure certificates were marked with the letter "P," indicating that their grades were so near the passing mark that provisional certificates would be issued to them if requested by the county superintendent in the county in which they were to teach. The list of those for whom certificates were received is as follows:
Applicants at Cedar Falls
... Leola Rinker ... 
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Iowa News in Brief - 1912
  HAWARDEN -- The Hawarden school board has elected the following teachers for the next school year: ... first grammar, Leola Rinker ...
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Ames City Directories
- 1940: Rinker Leola tchr Roosevelt Sch r621 W 7th
- 1945: Rinker Leola tchr Roosevelt Sch r318 9th
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Class Photos - Roosevelt School in Ames, Iowa
  The Ames Historical Society website includes two pictures of Leola Rinker with her students at the Roosevelt School in Ames: (1) Third Grade Class photo from the 1945-1946 school year taken at the front entrance of Roosevelt School and (2) Third Grade Class photo from the 1945-1956 school year taken in the classroom with Miss Leola Rinker standing at the blackboard. Both photos were provided to the Ames Historical Society by F. Terrill Adams.
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Ames Daily Tribune - 29 May 1950
News from Grade Schools of Ames
Roosevelt School - Turtles Brought to School
  Miss Leona Rinker's third grade pupils have two turtles in their room.  Mike Rodenhaugh brought a snapping turtle to class, and Barbara Calhoun brought a mud turtle.  The children have been reading about the turtles in science. They have been studying their habits and ways of living, and enjoyed watching them in class. 
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Notes from Geraldine Rinker of Augusta, Georgia
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  Leola Rinker attended, 1890-1898, the Wilson School, near Numa, Appanoose County, Iowa. She attended, 1903-1905, and graduated from Highland Park College in Des Moines, Iowa, taking courses in teacher's training.  

View of Highland Park College in Des Moines - c1914
  She was a teacher in various places, 1905-1926, until she returned to Des Moines in 1926 to take the Primary Teaching Course at Des Moines University. [Note: Highland Park College was established in Des Moines in 1889 and operated under that name until 1918, when the Baptist church bought it and renamed it Des Moines University. An interesting history of the schools on this site appears on the Des Moines Public Library website.]   
  From 1928 to 1950 she was employed as a teacher in Ames, Iowa.  She then returned to Centerville, Iowa, and lived with her brother, Purley Rinker. 
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Leola Rinker - Census Records 
--1885 Iowa State Census, Appanoose County, Lincoln Township; Roll: IA1885_144; Line 11; Family Number: 42. [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database-online), Provo, UT, USA]: Township 68, Range 19, Section 21, NENE.  Ola Rinker, 0, Born Appanoose County, Female.  Other members of household: Robert F. Rinker, 45; Julia Rinker, 38; William J. Rinker, 17; John Rinker, 16; Thomas M. Rinker, 13; Charles O. Rinker, 11; Robert F. Rinker, 9; George Rinker, 7; Mary Rinker, 5; Purly Rinker, 3. 
--1895 Iowa State Census, Appanoose County, Lincoln Township; Roll: IA1885_287; Line 24; Family Number: 41.  [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database-online), Provo, UT, USA]:  Ola E. Rinker, 10, Female, Single, Born: App Co Iowa.  Other members of household: Robert F. Rinker, 56; Julia A. Rinker, 49; Frank Rinker, 18; Homer C. Rinker, 21; George E. Rinker, 19; Pearley Rinker, 18; Nella R. Rinker, 7.
--1900 U.S. Census, Lincoln, Appanoose, Iowa; Roll T623_416; Page 4A; Enumeration District: 16. [Ancestry.com 1900 United State Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]: Ola E. Rinker, daughter (of Robert F. Rinker), White, Female, Born Nov 1884, 15, Single, Born Iowa, Father Born: Indiana; Mother Born: Ohio; At School; Can read; Can write; Can speak English. Other members of household: Robert F. Rinker (Head), Julia A. (Wife), Pearl (Son) and Nellie R. (Daughter).
--1905 Iowa State Census, Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, Roll: IA-75; Line: 43. [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]: Leola Rinker living with R. F. Rinker (father) Julia Ann Rinker (mother) and Nelly Rinker (sister) at a Numa Post Office Address.
--1910 U.S. Census, Cripple Creek Ward 1, Teller, Colorado; Roll T624_125; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 193; Image: 1150.  [Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]: Leola Rinker: Relation to Head of Household: Sister; Female; White; 25; Single; Birthplace: Iowa; Father's Birthplace: Iowa; Mother's Birthplace: Missouri; Speaks English; Teacher; School; Able to Read; Able to Write.  Resided with her brother John Rinker (attorney), his wife, Leona, and son, Theodore. 
--1915 Iowa State Census, Centerville, Appanoose County, Ward 1st, Card No. A851.  [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]: Leola Rinker: Age 30; Occupation: Teacher; Months in 1914 Unemployed: 3; Total earnings for 1914 from occupation: $600.; Extent of Education: Grammar - 8, High School - 4, College - 2; Birth Place: Iowa; Church Affiliation: Methodist; Father's Birthplace: Iowa; Mother's Birthplace: Ohio; Female; Color: White; Single; Read: Yes; Write: Yes; Years in Iowa: 30; Signed by Jno Batterton.
--1920 U.S. Census, Jamestown Ward 4, Stutsman, North Dakota; Roll T625_1341; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 239; Image 479.  [Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census (database-online), Provo, UT, USA]
--1925 Iowa State Census, Center Township, Appanoose County, Roll IA1925_1590, Images: 117, 118 and 119. [Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 (database-online), Provo, UT, USA]
--1930 U.S. Census, Ames, Story, Iowa; Roll 683; Page: 25B; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 590.0 [Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]: Leona (sic) Rinker, Lodger, Female, White, 47, Single;Born: Iowa; Father Born: Indiana; Mother Born: Ohio; Teacher, Public School.
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Social Security Death Index
Leola Rinker, SSN: 479-30-4336 issued Iowa (Before 1951), Born 1 Nov 1884, Died Jan 1977, Las Residence: 52544 Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa, USA.  [Ancestry.com.  Social Security Death Index (database on-line), Provo, UT, USA]
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Maurine Sidles Streepy, 1897-1977

Daily Iowegian - 11 October 1977
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  Maurine Streepy, 80, of 215 South 15 Street, died Monday, October 10, 1977, in St. Joseph Hospital, Centerville.
  Born in Appanoose County June 21, 1897, she was the daughter of John and Elvira Bradley Sidles. She was a longtime school teacher in this county, having taught school many years in Moravia, Udell and Exline.  Mrs. Streepy was a longtime member of Jerome Methodist Church.
  She was married to Guy Strepy (sic) in this county October 17, 1929, and he preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and two brothers in infancy.
  Surviving are one sister, Orpha Deibert, Sac City; three nieces, Louise Hunt, Centerville; Margaret Begtrup, California; Vera Birchard, Bloomington, Ill.; and two nephews, Merrill Condra, Numa, and Dr. J. Robert Rinker, Augusta, Ga.
  The body is at the Johnson Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.
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Daily Iowegian - 12 October 1977
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  Services for Maurine Streepy, 80, of 215 South 15th Street, Centerville, will be Thursday, 1:30 p.m. in Jerome Methodist Church. The Rev. David Dunsmore will officiate, and burial will be in Eaton Cemetery. The body will be at Johnson Funeral Home in Centerville until noon Thursday.
  Mrs. Streepy died Monday in St. Joseph Hospital.

Monday, October 26, 2009

William Cleaver, 1894-1977

Daily Iowegian - 19 December 1977
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  William Cleaver, formerly of rural route Hedrick, died Sunday, December 18, 1977, in Wayne County Hospital, Corydon, at the age of 83.
  Born in Crawford County, Ia., he was adopted and reared by the Henry Cleaver family. He was never married. Mr. Cleaver was a farm hand in the Hedrick vicinity until he came to this community recently.
  Surviving are two nieces, Helen McElvain, Route 3, Centerville, and Lola Shorts, Centerville. He was preceded in death by a sister, Violet Shorts, his parents and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Cleaver.
  Services will be Wednesday, 11 a.m., at Johnson Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Dunsmore officiating. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery.

Pete Ambrose Ponsetto, 1916-1976

 Daily Iowegian - 30 August 1976
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  Peter Ambrose Ponsetto, 1204 38th Street, Rock Island, Ill., died Saturday, August 28, 1976, in Veteran's Hospital, Iowa City, at the age of 59.  She (sic) was a former resident of this community.
  Born in Jerome October 22, 1916, he was the son of Mike and Eleanor Nobile Ponsetto. He had been employed in Rock Island as an auto mechanic for Neu Oldsmobile Company. He was a veteran of World War II.
  He was married to Myrtle Whitall in Centerville, November 6, 1946, and she survives.  Other survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Darvin (Suzette) Brummer, Storm Lake, Ia.; one sister, Louise Radwick, Davenport; three brothers, Leon Ponsetto, Davenport; Johnny Ponsetto, Route 1 Seymour; and Richard Ponsetto, Dover, Ark; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ponsetto, Jerome.
  Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Johnson Funeral Home, with Father Albert Fey officiating. The rosary will be Monday evening, 7 p.m., at Johnson Funeral Home. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery.

Essie May Fry Loofbourrow, 1885-1975

Daily Iowegian - 7 March 1975
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  Mrs. Essie May Loofbourrow, 89, a lifelong resident of Appanoose County, who had resided at 619 West State Street, Centerville, the past 10 years, died in Wayne County Hospital in Corydon Thursday, March 6, 1975.  She had suffered ill health one year, and had been hospitalized three days.
  Born November 19, 1885, West of Centerville, she was the daughter of Isaac and Tabitha Brannon Fry. She was married to Robert Hileman in 1903, and he died January 16, 1912.  On March 27, 1917, she was married to David Loofbourrow in Wayne County, and he preceded her in death June 3, 1942.
  Mrs. Loofbourrow, a longtime resident of Jerome, was a member of Jerome Methodist Church. Her parents, an infant sister Chloe, and two brothers, Vernie and Earl Fry, preceded her in death.
  Survivors include two sons, James Hileman and Merle Loofbourrow, both of Centerville Route 3, three grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Jessie) Bear, Panarama, Calif.; and Mrs. Robert (Helen) Bear, Centerville.
  Services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Glen Lochhead officiating. Burial will be in Jerome Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home Friday from 7 to 8 p.m.