Location: Mahaska County IA

Wolfe, Edith May Byram – Obituary

Edith May Byram, daughter of Rev. F. N. and Tabitha [McEwen] Byram, was born in Murray County, Minn., May 14, 1872, and in 1874 removed with her father’s family to Fremont, Iowa. Here she attended school and grew to womanhood, and was married to F. Wolfe on December 13, 1892. To this union four children were born – Walter Rex, Carl Vernon, Ralph Donavan, and infant daughter Marjorie Bitha, who with the bereaved husband a a large circle of friends and relatives, are left to mourn her untimely death; yet they mourn not as those that have no hope. The deceased made a public confession of faith in Christ at the age of sixteen years and was baptized into the fellowship of the Fremont Baptist Church, of which she remained a member until after her marriage, when, with her husband, she became a member of the Highland Church in which fellowship she remained until called to the church triumphant. She died Wednesday morning, Jan. 13, 19009, aged 26 years, 7 months and 29 days. A faithful wife, and affectionate mother and kind neighbor has gone to rest. The funeral was held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Fremont Baptist church and was conducted by Pastor Brown, who spoke from the text found in Rev. 3:4. Interment was made in the Cedar Township Cemetery. Those from a distance who...

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Linsley, Vesta Phillippe – Obituary

Visitation: Open after 2:00 PM with family present between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 PM February 29, 2008 at Fremont Funeral Chapel Funeral Service: 10:00 AM March 01, 2008 at Fremont Funeral Chapel Interment: Cedar Township Cemetery, Fremont, Iowa Vesta Linsley, 97 formerly of the Fremont-Hedrick area passed away February 25, 2008 at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Vesta was born January 30, 1911 the daughter of Asa G. Phillippe and Carrie Amelia Lawson Phillippe. She graduated from Fremont High School in 1928 and attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa where she received her teaching certificate. She was united in marriage to Amos Claire Linsley May 22, 1941 near Cedar where they farmed until the government took over their farm to be used for an air base during WWII, at which time they moved to a farm near Hedrick. Following her husband’s death, Vesta moved to Fremont. Vesta was a member of the Fremont United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women and former member of the 60+ Club and the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by three nieces Sandra (LaVerne)Stewart of Oskaloosa, Lois (Lowell) McCracken and Elnora Norris both of Fremont. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clair in 1972, a brother, Lee Phillippe, six sisters, Thelma Smith, Floy Perkins, Hazel Norris, Faye Simmons, Merle Hoffman, and Marie Linsley. Two nephews, Lee...

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Biography of Sol. E. Waggoner

Sol. E. Waggoner, president of the Masonic Home of St. Louis, has long been a recognized leader in the Masonic fraternity of Missouri and has contributed much to the growth and success of the order in the state. A native of Ohio he was born March 8, 1851, and is justly proud to trace his descent from General Waggoner of Revolutionary war fame who was a resident of Virginia. His father, William Waggoner, lived for some time in Ohio and in 1858 established his home in Macon, Missouri. He was one of only eight in the entire county who supported Abraham Lincoln for the presidency in 1860 and the political antagonism which he thus engendered rendered it so uncomfortable for him that he removed to Iowa in 1861, where he later engaged in the contracting business. He married Malinda Small, a native of Pennsylvania, and she, too, came of Revolutionary war ancestry. Her death occurred in 1874, while William Waggoner long survived his wife and had reached the venerable age of ninety-two years when he passed away in 1902. Reared in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Sol. E. Waggoner there attended the public schools and after leaving the high school became a student in Oskaloosa College, from which he was graduated in due course of time. He was early identified with the Western Union Telegraph Company as circuit manager on the old...

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Biographical Sketch of John S. Edwards

The subject of this article is one of Malheur’s foremost men in the realm of stock raising and agricultural pursuits, which are the wealth of our County, and he has labored in the section since an early day, having the distinction of being one of the first pioneers and real builders of the County. John S. was born near Oskaloosa. Iowa, on November 25, 1849, being the son of Thomas D. and Barbara E. (Rinehart) Edwards. In 1854 the parents came with ox teams in a large train to Lane County, Oregon, passing through the territory of what is now Malheur and Barney Counties. Some stock was stolen on the road, but no other trouble befell them. In Lane County the father entered government land and settled down to farming. Until the spring of 1871 the subject of this sketch lived with his parents and then came to where Vale now stands, there being but one cabin there then. Two years later he came to the vicinity of his present home and engaged in stock business. Mr. Edwards now has about nine hundred acres of land, four hundred of which is fine bottom land and the remainder grazing land. He has the ranch well improved, occupies a fine two-story residence, has good barns and outbuildings, a fine orchard, and also owns a large band of horses and some cattle....

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Biography of Hon. Hiram D. Morgan

HON. HIRAM D. MORGAN. – This gentleman, whose portrait appears in this history, and who is so well known up and down the Sound, has had a varied pioneer life since 1853. He is a native of Ohio, having been born at Mount Ayre in 1822. During his boyhood, his parents moved to Marion and other portions of the state; and in the course of his development he learned the carpenter’s trade, which has ever been a great reliance to him. In 1846 he came out to Oskaloosa, Iowa, and in 1853 became one of the Davis party to cross the plains to Oregon. At Salmon Falls he left the train and came on to Fort Boise, and with all his possessions on his shoulders walked down to The Dalles, and at the Cascades was employed by Bush & Baker in building a large bateau and ferry-boat. In October he left for Olympia, and in 1854 built there a schooner, the Emlie Parker, on a speculation, which he sold to advantage. When the war broke out in 1855 he was engaged by Michael T. Simmons, Indian agent, to act as his secretary. Mr. Morgan was soon selected by the Indians to act as agent. He built seven houses under contract on the Squakson agency, and twelve house for the Indians on the Puyallup agency, and in 1861 was appointed...

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Biography of John M. Haines

The wise system of industrial economics which has been brought to bear in the development of Boise has challenged uniform admiration, for while there has been a great advancement in all material lines, there has been an entire absence of that inflation of values and that erratic “booming” which have in the past proved the eventual death knell to many of the localities of the west, where “mushroom” towns have one day smiled forth with “all modern improvements” and practically on the next day have been shorn of their glories and of their possibilities of stable prosperity, so to remain until the existing order of things shall have been radically changed. In Boise progress has been made continuous and in safe lines, and this is due in no small degree to Mr. Haines and those with whom he is associated in the real-estate business under the firm name of W. E. Pierce & Company. To real-estate men, probably more than to any one else, is due the healthful development of the town, and Boise is certainly indebted to this firm for much of its substantial growth and improvement. It is there fore meet that its members be represented in the history of the capital city, and therefore with pleasure we take up the task of preparing the life record of J. M. Haines. This gentleman was born in Jasper...

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Biography of Jacob Shafer

Jacob Shafer. An old and honored resident of Kansas, Jacob Shafer for the past ton years had lived on his fine farm north of Topeka, among his children and surrounded with the comforts which his life of earnest endeavor and industry have enabled him to accumulate. A native of Indiana, he was born in 1844 in Tippecanoe County about nine miles south of the historic battleground where General Harrison fought the Indians just prior to the outbreak of the War of 1812. His father was Jacob Shafer Sr., a native of Ohio, while the grandfather was born in Pennsylvania about the close of the Revolutionary war. Jacob Shafer Sr. learned the trade of gunsmith while living in Ohio, and then as a young man became an early settler in Tippecance County, Indiana, where he acquired and developed a tract of land as one of the pioneer farmers. In 1866 he moved out to Mahaska County, Iowa, where he spent the rest of his years and where he died in 1908. He married Elizabeth Stettler of Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Their children were: Susan, Sarah, Laura and Jacob Jr. The senior Mr. Shafer was a man of generous heart and hospitable nature, friendly and accommodating, and his religious convictions were in line with those of the Baptist denomination and he helped to maintain a church of that name in every community...

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Biography of L. C. Eastman

The quality of a man’s manhood has everything to do with not only the degree but with the quality of his success. In point of magnitude a man’s success may be great, but it may be of a character pitifully weak, if not dangerous to the public weal. The sold, substantial, honest and admirable success which brings a man not only money but the respect of his fellow men is the kind of success that has crowned the endeavors of the man whose name appears as the title of this article. L. C. Eastman, postmaster at Soda Springs, Idaho, and pioneer and leading druggist of that city, was born at Oskaloosa, Iowa, August 22, 1855, a son of Hon. Enoch and Caroline (Greenough) Eastman. The founder of this family of Eastman in America was Jeremiah Eastman, an English gentleman who had a fine place near some of the landed property of the king of England. Frequently, it is related, he was annoyed by the sheep belonging to His Majesty breaking into his grounds and injuring them. Remonstrance was vain. One day the animals invaded Mr. Eastman’s garden and destroyed it, and in driving them out, not any too gently perhaps, the wronged subject shot one of them, greatly to the displeasure of those who were presumed to have them in charge and to His Majesty’s personal displeasure also, it...

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Biography of William L. Fugate

WILLIAM L. FUGATE. – The well known and representative citizen whose name is at the head of this article is one of the men who have wrought assiduously for the advancement of Union county and especially of the section where he has been domiciled, being one of the leading citizens of Summerville, where he holds the responsible position of justice of the peace, and also operates a collection agency as well as attending to much business as an underwriter, being one of the highly respected and highly esteemed men of the town. Mr. Fugate was introduced to this life on September 16, 1853, in Schuyler county, Missouri, being the son of Robert B. and Elizabeth C. (McConnell) Fugate. He has been an enterprising and wide-awake man of energy all through his course. His education was gained in the common schools with a course at the Ottumwa Commercial College in Iowa, having also served a good apprenticeship as assistant to his father on the farm in his native county and in Howard county, the same state. Subsequent to the completion of his course he engaged as bookkeeper for a commercial house, then went to New Sharon, Iowa, being married in that city on June 11, 1882, the lady of his choice being Miss Susie, daughter of Cornelius R. and Sara M. (Ross) McGuire. In that same place he was also...

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Biographical Sketch of F. A. Baughman

F. A. Baughman, furniture, was born in Mahaska County, Iowa, February 18, 1853; removed to Cawker City, Mitchell County, Kan., in 1878, and engaged in the furniture business. Later he came to Mankato, Jewell County, and erected a building 25×50 feet, and stocked the same with furniture. Mr. Baughman is a young man, and full of energy and enterprise; he has been compelled to do for himself and make his own start in the world. He now carries a good stock of goods. Is a member of the masonic fraternity. Was married in Story County, Iowa, June 13, 1877, to Miss Blanche...

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Biography of Jackson B. Crane

Jackson B. Crane. Although the founder of the Crane family in Kansas, Jackson B. Crane was neither born nor died in this state, he spent forty-five years here, the best part of his life, and his name deserves preservation in the country’s enduring annals. His was one of the first pioneer cabins built in 1854 within a radius of eleven miles west of Leavenworth, then the frontier. He was one of that hardy band that not only dared the privations of the wilderness but had the resolute will that accepted a life that, at that time, positively demanded eternal vigilance because of savage strife. Through his almost fifty years here he worked effectively for the best interests of this section in every way, and courageously advocated reforms when only truly brave men did so. Jackson B. Crane was born in Ohio, owing his baptismal name, perhaps, to the fact that his birthday occurred on or very near the day that General Jackson captured New Orleans, January 8, 1815. In manhood he left his native state for Iowa, accompanied by his aged father, who died at Muscatine and was buried there. Mr. Jackson Crane remained at Oskaloosa, Iowa, until 1854, in the meanwhile becoming a trusted and valued citizen of Mahaska County, which he served two terms as sheriff. He had always been a democrat, a Jacksonian democrat, but the...

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Lee, Jay Right – Obituary

Jay Right Lee was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Feb. 2, 1853, and had he lived until February 2, would have been 75 years of age. He was next to the youngest child in a family of five and the last to survive, his oldest brother, W. M. Lee who spent most of his life in this vicinity, having passed away two years ago. Jay R. Lee crossed the plains with the family in the early sixties settling in Walla Walla, where he grew to manhood. He married Nancy Ann Pointer, Sept. 19, 1880, at Dayton, Wash. To this union were born 12 children of whom 10 are living. Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, Mrs. J. R. Lee, and the 10 children, namely, Mrs. P. J. Neal, Port Orchard; Mrs. Thomas, Walla Walla; Mrs. Jake Shinkoskey, Stockton, Cal.; Mrs. Win Delano, Hooper; Mrs. Harold Thomas, Bremerton, Wash.; Mrs. Bert Vinson, Portland; Mrs. F. M. Day, Folsom, Cal.; J. M. Lee, Colfax; Clarence Lee, Plummer, Ida.; J. R. Lee Jr., Stockton and Willie Lee of Ellensburg, a son by a former marriage. Mr. Lee was one of those sturdy pioneers whose strength and courage transformed the rough wild hills of Whitman county into one of the most fertile and productive regions of our land. When he settled at Lee’s siding in the 80s, there was a mass of rolling...

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Brewer, Hazel Ruth Lee – Obituary

Mrs. Hazel R. Brewer, 62, 4385 Reed, Wheat Ridge, died at her home Sunday, Feb. 12. She was born July 23, 1915, at Fremont, Iowa where she was married to Harry P. Brewer, June 4, 1939. They came to Greeley in 1946 and she worked for Blue Cross, Blue Shield at Weld County General Hospital and as a secretary to Dr. J. A. Weaver, Jr. She was a member at the First Christian Church, the order of the Eastern Star and various bridge clubs. In 1975 she moved to Wheat Ridge to make her home with a daughter. Survivors include her husband Harry of Greeley, a son Philip Brewer of Greeley, a daughter Mrs. Jacob (Ellen) Kerbs of Wheat Ridge, two sisters Miss Lois Lee of Wheat Ridge and Mrs. Mildred M. Peppers of Sun City, Ariz., a brother Dale Lee of Fremont, Iowa and four grandchildren. A brother Nelson M. Lee and a sister, Jeanne Lee Blake, are deceased. Private services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Adamson Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Friends may make contributions to the American Lung Association. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fellers, William Edward – Obituary

William Edward “Ed” Fellers, 89, Tompkins Memorial Health Center, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999, at Trinity Regional Hospital, Fort Dodge. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel, Fort Dodge, with the Rev. Ronald E. Krause officiated. Burial will be in North Lawn Cemetery, Fort Dodge. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Gunderson Funeral Home, Fort Dodge. Survivors are his wife Hulda Fellers; son Ronald Fellers, Dallas, Texas; daughter Betty Jane Barry, Boulder Junction, Wis.; four grandchildren; and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlan and Cara Phillippe Fellers, daughter Karen Kay Fellers, sister Helen Goodspeed, and brother Theron Fellers. William Edward “Ed” Fellers was born July 13, 1910, in Oskaloosa. In 1920, he moved with his family to Fort Dodge. He graduated from Fort Dodge High School in 1928 and began working for The Messenger as a printer after high school. He married Hulda O. Bertram in 1942 in Iowa City. The couple lived in Fort Dodge. He retired from The Messenger in 1971. He became a resident of Tompkins Memorial Health Center in May 1999. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was a member of the Typographical Union. Memorials may be left to the St. Paul Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the Mission House. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fellers, Theron P. – Obituary

Theron P. Fellers, 78, 1857 8th Ave. N., died Wednesday [March 20, 1991] at Trinity Regional Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Fort Dodge. There will be no visitation. Burial will be at a later date at North Lawn Cemetery. Bruce’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Survivors include his wife, Katherine; sons, Phil and Stephan, both of Fort Dodge; daughter, Connie Schnurr, Fort Dodge; brother, W. Edward Fellers, Fort Dodge; 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren; sister, Helen Goodspeed, Gainesville, Fla. Theron P. Fellers was born July 3, 1912 at Oskaloosa and received his education in Fort Dodge. He married Katherine Cummings in 1936 at Des Moines. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Army, serving during World War II. After discharge from the service, he went to work at Fort Dodge Creamery where he worked until he retired in 1974. After retirement, he worked part time at Decker Trucking in Fort Dodge. He was a member of Eastern Star, White Shrine, and all other Masonic organizations of Fort Dodge. Contributed by: Shelli...

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