Location: Mahaska County IA

Lawson, Grace May Lee – Obituary

Mrs. Grace M. Lawson, 65, of Fremont, died at 2:15 a.m. today [May 3, 1944] at her home in Fremont after being in failing health several years. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Her husband, Dr. F. E. Lawson, M. D., died 17 years ago. She had spent all her life in Fremont and Hedrick communities. Survivors are her son, Warren (Doc) Lawson of Marshalltown, widely know as an orchestra leader; two grandsons, two brothers, and a sister. Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Fremont Methodist Church in charge of the Rev. T. C. Kennedy of Oskaloosa, assisted by the Rev. J. W. Zerbe of Fremont. Burial will be in Cedar Township Cemetery at Fremont. The body is at the Fremont Cooperative Burial Association. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hoffman, Ward John – Obituary

FREMONT–Ward J. Hoffman, 86, of Fremont, died Friday, March 2, 1990 at the Mahaska Manor in Oskaloosa. He was born Dec. 3, 1903 in Constantine, Mich., the son of John Luther and Carrie Bishop Hoffman. He moved to Iowa in 1913 and attended Fremont High School. He married Merle Phillippe on July 5, 1929 in Oskaloosa; she died April 23, 1989. He had been a farmer and his farm is recognized as a Century Farm. He was a member of the Fremont United Methodist Church, and had been a member of the Fremont Lions Club. He is survived by one son, Willis Hoffman of Bloomfield; three grandchildren, and three sisters-in-law, Vesta Linsley and Marie Linsley, both of Hedrick, and Faye Simmons of Oskaloosa. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m., at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with Rev. Richard Pippert officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Fremont Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Fremont Rescue Unit or the Fremont United Methodist Church. A private graveside service will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Cedar Township Cemetery. Oskaloosa Herald, March 2, 1990 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Hoffman, Merle Phillippe – Obituary

FREMONT–Merle P. Hoffman, 84 of Fremont, died Sunday, April 23, 1989 at the Mahaska Manor in Oskaloosa. She was born Dec. 9, 1904 near Fremont, the daughter of Asa G. and Carrie Lawson Phillippe. She graduated from the Fremont High School in 1923 and attended Normal Training College at Cedar Falls. She also attended William Penn College in Oskaloosa. She taught in rural schools in Mahaska County and at the Fremont Community School. She was a member of the Justa-mere Club, the Fremont United Methodist Church, and the United Methodist Women. She was married July 5, 1929 in Oskaloosa to Ward J. Hoffman. She is survived by her husband, one son, Willis of Bloomfield, three grandchildren; and three sisters, Faye Simmons of Oskaloosa, Marie Linsley and Vesta Linsley, both of Hedrick. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, and three sisters. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Fremont Funeral Chapel with Rev. Richard Pippert officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Township Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Fremont Rescue Unit or the Fremont United Methodist Church. The Fremont Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Oskaloosa herald, April 24, 1989 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Boyd, Jennie Viola Lee – Obituary

Mrs. J. P. (Jennie) Boyd passed away Saturday, July 12 [1958] at her home following an illness of several weeks. She was 81 years old. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. at the Fremont Methodist Church, in charge of Rev. C. C. Callaham of the Gladbrook Methodist Church, Mrs. Wm. G. Hols played organ music at the service. Burial was in Cedar Township Cemetery. Jennie Viola Lee was the daughter of Nelson and Mary Wolfe Lee. She was born Nov. 30, 1876 at Fremont. On May 20, 1903 she was married to James P. Boyd. The couple lived on a farm two miles southeast of Cedar until Mr. Boyd’s death Oct. 4, 1948. Mrs. Boyd then moved to Fremont and had lived alone until the time of her illness. Mrs. Boyd was a member of the Fremont Methodist Church and the W.S.C.S. Survivors include one son, David D. Boyd of Gladbrook, Iowa, two granddaughters, Kathie and Susan Boyd, and two brothers, Vernon and William H. Lee, both of Fremont. Contributed by: Shell...

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Wolfe, Velma Laura Russell – Obituary

Velma Laura Wolfe, 79, of Oskaloosa, died Friday, March 14, in the Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa. Graveside service and interment was held 1 p.m. Monday in the Old White Cemetery in Oskaloosa, with Elder Jimmy Kerr officiating. Garland-Van Arkel-Langkamp Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa was in charge of arrangements. She was born Aug. 2, 1917, in Mahaska County to Richard Winfield and Victoria Boyd Russell. She married Orville Raymond “Tom” Wolfe. He died Aug. 20, 1978. Survivors include a brother: Arthur Russell of Oskaloosa. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister: Victoria Powell; and two brothers: Tracey Russell and Joseph Russell. Tom and Velma Wolfe had no children. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Wolfe, Orville Raymond Thomas ‘Tom’ – Obituary

Tom Wolfe, 74, 610 D. Ave. W., died Sunday afternoon at Mahaska County Hospital in Oskaloosa. He was born March 1, 1904, in Fremont, to Samuel Wolfe and Minnie Failyer. He later married Velma Russell. Surviving are his wife, Velma, and many nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of World War II. Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Garland-Van Arkel in Oskaloosa with the Rev. James Kerr officiating. Burial will be in the White Oak Cemetery near Oskaloosa. Tom Wolfe and Velma Russell had no children. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Ferguson, Elizabeth McEwen – Obituary

Death Comes To Mrs. Ferguson/Valley’s Oldest Pioneer Passes Only four months short of attaining her 100th birthday, Mrs. Elizabeth (Grandma) Ferguson, who was the oldest pioneer woman living in the Kittitas valley, died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lottie Ferguson Harris, at 302 E. Fourth street here [March 24, 1951]. She died at 2:10 a.m. She was a daughter of a pioneer family, as well as being a pioneer herself. She came across the plains in 1860 with her family, making the six-month trip when a girl 9 years old. Grandma Ferguson was born Elizabeth McEwen in July, 1851 at Fremont, Iowa. She married the late James Ferguson in 1868 at Victoria, B.C. and came to this valley in 1872, a year after their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. McEwen and Mr. and Mrs. James Ferguson. When Mrs. Ferguson arrived in the valley, smokes of nine family dwellings could be seen on a clear day. The Ferguson and McEwen families crossed the plains by way of Salt Lake City in the same wagon train and stayed together when the caravan broke up near Walla Walla, where they stopped for a year or so then went to Shelton to live until 1871 when they moved to the Kittitas valley. Mrs. Ferguson remained at Shelton with her two children and her brother, William McEwen, when the...

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McEwen, James William – Obituary

James W. Mcewen Pioneer Is Dead Came To The Kittitas Valley In 1871 Health Had Been Failing Fast For Ten Months And Was Confined To Room 4 Months. James William McEwen, pioneer of the valley died yesterday [July 15, 1915] afternoon from leakage of the heart. He was born October 24, 1853 at Oskaloosa, Mahaska County, Iowa. As a child his heath was very poor and the physician advised the father to bring him to the west, which he did when William was a lad of only six years, crossing the Sound country in the fall of ’59, where they lived until ’71, when with his father he came to this valley, where he has since resided. January 3, 1884, Mr. McEwen married Miss Sarah Agnes Banister and located on their farm four miles east of Ellensburg where they lived for twenty years when they moved to Ellensburg. Four children have blessed this union, Mary Ellen [Mamie] and Leslie who both died in infancy and Cora and Martha who have grown to young womanhood in this city. Twelve years ago Mr. McEwen was converted and united with the local Baptist Church under the ministry of Pastor Willis E. Petticone, and has for much of the time has been a member of the official church board. His health has been fast failing since September of last year and for more...

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McEwen, John Hager – Obituary

J. H. McEwen, formerly known as “Grandpa McEwen,” was born Bartholomew County, Feb. 4, 1832. When but an infant his parents moved to Decatur Co., Ind., where they resided until 1848, when with their family they moved to Fremont, Mahaska County, Iowa, where their son, J. H. was married to Miss Jerusha Amelia Morrow, Aug. 11, 1850. With his wife and young family, McEwen left Iowa in 1860, making his way across the great plains with an ox team. After a long and perilous journey they arrived at the Dallas, Ore., from which point the family were sent by boat down the Columbia River to Portland, the father continuing his journey across the mountains through what is known as the Barlow Pass. From Portland, Mr. McEwen moved on into Washington, making short stops at Montecello, Olympia, Doffmine Point and finally settling at Oakland, Mason County, where he resided until 1871, when with his family he came to Ellensburg to face the hardships of the early pioneer’s life. His wife, the mother of all his children and she who bore with him the peril of the plains and the self denials and difficulties of the early settler’s life, preceded him in death by more than fourteen years, passing away Oct. 22, 1898. In 1905 he married Mrs. M. E. Ford, whose kind and patient life proved a benediction to his...

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Brown, Walter ‘Junior’ – Obituary

Walter “Junior” Brown, 78, of Sigourney, died Mon., May 12, 2003, at his home. He was born June 1, 1924, in rural Kirkville, the son of Walter and Maggie Brown. He was raised and educated in the Kirkville area. He was united in marriage to Rosemary Failyer on Nov. 8, 1941, in Lancaster, Mo. He farmed his entire life in the Fremont, Ottumwa and Sigourney area. In later years he worked at Keoco Auction in Sigourney. He was a member of the Eagles. He enjoyed square dancing, western movies, showing mules at the Keokuk County Fair, the Keokuk County Expo, the Iowa State Fair and in parades, trail riding and auto racing. He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Frances Teeter of Ottumwa; two sons, James of Fremont and Michael of Sigourney; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Mildred Venator of New Sharon. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Howard and Robert; and one grandson, Aaron Brown. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thurs., May 15 at the Fremont Funeral Chapel in Fremont with the Rev. Frances Baumert of the What Cheer Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in the Cedar Township Memorial Cemetery in Fremont. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Wed., May 14 with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Pallbearers will be...

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Roberts, Joseph – Obituary

Joe Roberts of Philip died at the Philip hospital where he had been taken a week previously. Saturday morning Mr. Roberts, who was past 94 was one of the two or three oldest persons in Haakon County. He had been a resident of Philip vicinity since 1907. Arrangements were made for funeral services at the Presbyterian Church Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 26 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Fred H. Wahlquist delivering the sermon. Burial will be in the Philip Cemetery. Joseph Roberts was born near Oskaloosa, Ia. on March 3, 1853 and died at the Philip Community hospital on Saturday, Nov. 22, 1947 at the age of 94 years, eight months and 19 days. He grew to manhood in Iowa and became a member of the Baptist Church of Oskaloosa. He was united in marriage to Editha Iowa Ferguson on Sept. 8, 1878. To this union two children were born: L. B. Roberts, who died in 1927 and Ethel, now Mrs. Jack Peshek of Philip. They lived on a farm in Iowa until the spring of 1907 when they came to Philip and located on a homestead northwest of here. Later they moved into Philip and operated the Winchester Hotel until 1934 when they moved into a private home. Mrs. Roberts preceded him in death in 1938. Since that time Mr. Roberts made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Jack...

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Roberts, Editha Iowa Ferguson – Obituary

Roberts, Editha Iowa Ferguson Haaken Co., SD The diminishing list of old settlers in Haakon County this week lost another of its members. Mrs. Joe Roberts passed away Tuesday night [August 2, 1938]. She was 80 years old, and had come to Philip the year it was first settled in 1907. Mrs. Roberts had been failing in health for several years, and during the past three years had been forced to spend nearly all of the time in bed. Funeral services for the deceased pioneer will be held in the Presbyterian Church Friday morning at 10:30 o’clock. ++The Pioneer Review, August 4, 1938++ Funeral services for Mrs. Editha Ferguson Roberts, 80, a resident of Haaken County since 1907, were conducted Friday morning at the Presbyterian Church in Philip, with Rev. H. C. Ernst conducting the services. Mrs. Roberts died Tuesday, August 2, after a lingering illness. Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Mahaska County, April 11, 1859, the deceased received her early education in the county grade schools. She taught music and later attended the Baptist College at Pella, Iowa. At the age of 16 she became a member of the Baptist Church. In September, 1878, she was married to Joseph Roberts, and to them two children, a son and a daughter, was born. The son, L. B. Roberts, preceded her n death in 1927. Had she lived 32 days more,...

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Ferguson, Cynthia Ann McEwen – Obituary

Died, near Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, December 31, 1883, at 12 p.m., Mrs. Cynthia A., wife of the Rev. Solomon Ferguson, aged 61 years, 11 months, and 5 days. Mrs. Ferguson was born in Bartholomew County, Indiana. She moved with her parent, the Rev. James McEwen when quite young to Decatur County where in October 1838 she was married to Solomon Ferguson, by whom she had ten children, two sons and eight daughters. Two daughters died in infancy; the others are left with the bereaved husband to mourn her loss, all member of the church. She was converted in 1843, and united with the Milford Salem Baptist Church where she remained a member until September 1847, when she moved to Fremont, Iowa, where she became a consistent member of Salem, now Fremont, Baptist Church. While in this church her husband was ordained a minister of the gospel, where in his arduous self-denying labors, he found in her an uncomplaining, self-denying helpmate. They moved to Cowley in the spring of 1871, and united with the faithful, earnest, consistent member, beloved by all who knew her. A great light has gone out in that neighborhood. With the last moment of the passing year, she breathed her last on earth, only to wake in the brightness of heaven. She died as does the ocean wave along the shore, without a ripple, quite...

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Passwater, Nancy Wilson – Obituary

Nancy Wilson Passwater was born to Jessie and Rebecca McClellan Wilson in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, July 17, 1828. At the age of sixteen she joined the Christian Church of that city during the pastorate of Brother Longly. On September 14, 1847, she was united in marriage to Samuel Passwater, who proceeded her in death October 8, 1896 in Bates County, Missouri. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Melvina White of Fremont, Iowa, and Mrs. Emeline Beckett, of Passaic, Missouri, both of whom are still living. Early in the year 1852 the family moved to Iowa, where they lived until 1866, when they moved to Adrian, Missouri. In Adrian she united with the Christian Church and became a Charter Member of the same. Four years ago Mrs. Passwater went to live with her daughter in Fremont with whom she resided until her death November 21, 1916, after an illness lasting about four weeks. In addition to her daughters, there are thirteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many friends who greatly deplore her loss. Sister Passwater had a beautiful character. She was a most earnest follower of Christ for over 70 years, a lover of Sunday School, and a devoted worker for the church which she loved, while at the same time she had a wider vision and a large sympathy with all Gods people of whatever denomination. In...

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Beckett, Emeline Passwater – Obituary

Mrs. Emeline Passwater Beckett, 93 years of age passed away at the home of her son Charles Beckett, Southeast of Adrian, January 29, 1949. Mrs. Beckett was the daughter of Nancy Wilson and Samuel P. Passwater. Born July 28, 1855 at Freemont, Iowa. Mrs. Beckett has been a resident of Bates County since 1866. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mabel Meyer of Kansas City, and three sons, Charles of Passaic, Julius of Kansas City, Missouri, Ivan of San Francisco, California. Funeral Service for Mrs. Beckett were held from Culver-Underwood Chapel in Butler, Missouri, Monday afternoon. The Rev. Charles Andrews was the officiating Clergyman. Burial was at Crescent Hill Cemetery. Adrian Journal, February, 1949 Contributed by: Shelli...

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