Saturday, November 26, 2016

Maynard E. Neighbors, 1933-2016

Wendt Funeral Home Website
Accessed November 26, 2016
  Maynard E. Neighbors, 83, of Naperville, formerly of Moline, died Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, at Spring Meadows Assisted Living in Naperville.
  Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at Wendt Funeral Home in Moline. Services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military honors by American Legion Post 246.
Memorials may be made to Niabi Zoo, Coal Valley, or the Residential Hospice of Naperville.
  He was born April 7, 1933, in Grinnell, Iowa, son of William and Elsie M. (Williams) Neighbors. Maynard served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1953. On Oct. 31, 1959, in Moline, he married Rebecca “Becky” Langill, who survives.
  Maynard was employed for 40 years as a lithographer at Desaulniers Printing Company in Moline and Milan, last working in 1996. After retirement, he delivered the mail for Black Hawk College in Moline. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Moline, a life member of the Willard Velie VFW Post, a life member of the Cornbelt Running Club, and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in Moline.
  In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Patrick Neighbors of Chicago; daughters, Amy (Daniel) Carroll of Aurora, Illinois, and Kelly (Michael) Flynn of Fort Myers, Florida; sisters, Mary Ann Gordon of Davenport, and Irma Jean Brandom of Moline; and three grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild.

  Online condolences may be expressed at

Lutitia Stoner Morrison, 1870-1934

Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen
19 November 1934
  Mrs. B. A. Morrison, formerly Lutitia Stoner, daughter of Noah and Catherine Stoner, was born May 24, 1870, at Jerome, Iowa.
  She was married to Andrew Berton Morrison Sept. 9, 1900, at Mystic, Iowa.  They established a home one mile west of Jerome within a mile of where she was born and there the rest of her life was spent.  Two daughters, Mary Catherine and Ida Rachel, were born to this union.
  Mrs. Morrison became a member of the Jerome M.E. church in 1900 and was always a willing helper in its work. She has been a kind and loving mother, companion, and friend.  She was patient in her suffering, trusting always in the goodness of the Lord.  She spoke many times of her readiness to pass on into His immediate presence at His will.  After two patient years the call came and she slipped quietly away with the family and a friend at her bedside, Nov. 11, 1934, at the age of 64 years 5 mos., 18 days.
  She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Frank D. Jones of Ottumwa and Mrs. Geo. Mincks of Jerome, two grandsons, Richard and William Mincks, three sisters, Miss Nettie Stoner, Mrs. G. B. VanDoren, both of near Seymour, and Mrs. John McElvain of near Numa.
  The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.
  Funeral services were held at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Jerome M. E. church conducted by the Rev. J. C. Bruvold.  Burial was made in the Jerome cemetery.
Card of Thanks
  We hereby wish to express our appreciation to all our neighbors and friends who have shared with us of their sympathy and kindness during the illness and decease of our beloved wife and mother.
  B. A. Morrison
  Mrs. Frank D. Jones
  Mrs. George Mincks
Jerome Cemetery Gravestone of
Bert and Lutitia Morrison
Row 6, Block 23, Lot 5

Monday, November 21, 2016

1938 - Even Sugar Is Streamlined

The Seymour Herald - 18 August 1938

Rev. Andrew Kershaw, 1847-1928

The Seymour Herald – 16 August 1928
  Andrew Kershaw was born in Oldham, England, February 11, 1847 and passed away at his late home in Seymour, Iowa, August 9, 1928, at the age of 81 years, 5 months, and 25 days.
  He accompanied by his parents, emigrated to the United States in 1850 and located six miles from Philadelphia, Penn.  Ten years later his family came west and established a home in Johnson county, Iowa.
  In his early youth he felt called to the ministry, and entered the State University of Iowa to fit himself for the sacred and arduous responsibilities of that high calling.  He was admitted on trial in the Iowa Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church on September, 1874.  In 1883 he transferred to the Nebraska Conference and served within its bound for five years.  He transferred to the Puget Sound Conference and served two years. The he labored twelve years in the Oregon Conference.  At the time of his death, he had been an honored member of the Montana Conference for twenty-seven years.
  Brother Kershaw was a man of many parts.  His mind was unusually alert and well stored with general and useful knowledge, but especially with the precious truth of the blessed Gospel. His command of the promises of God was quite wonderful.  He was a workman that need not be ashamed for he could rightly divide the word of truth.  His retirement from the active ministry did not end his interest in the welfare of souls, for he sought opportunities to preach and teach the Word, and his efforts were signally blessed of God.  He was exceptionally gifted in prayer.  He was a good minister of Jesus Christ.
  He was united in marriage to Mary Sidles at Jerome, Iowa, September 7, 1880.  There was one child born to this union, Charles Paul Kershaw of Streator, Illinois.  After the delightful fellowship and self-sacrificing labor together in the Master’s vineyard extending over a period of fifteen years, he experienced the great sorrow of parting with his beloved helpmate who had shared with him the trials and poys of the Gospel ministry.
  On December 18, 1898 he was married to Sarah E. Morrison, and who for thirty years was a loyal yoke fellow with him in every field of labor to which he as assigned.
  The deceased removed from the West in the fall of 1926 and established his home in Seymour.  At the outset he took an active part in the work of the church.  He was especially attentive to the Sunday School and the prayer meeting until failing health forced him to discontinue his activities.  About three months ago he was the victim of two or three light strokes.  His powers and faculties gradually waned until he went peacefully asleep to awake in the presence of the Master he so cheerfully and faithfully served.
  He is survived by his bereaved wife; his son, Paul, three grandsons and two granddaughters.  There are also two brothers, Ralph Kershaw of Oklahome; Ben Kershaw of Nebraska, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Williams of Colorado.
  Funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church Sunday morning by the Rev. D. J. McKay assisted by Rev. J. A. Wilson, pastor of the Methodist Church, Mystic, Iowa.  Interment was in the Jerome cemetery.
Daily Iowegian – 2 December 2011
  CENTERVILLE — Winter is usually the quiet season for the Appanoose County Historical & Coal Mining Museum,  but the activity will just be beginning inside the 108-year-old brick walls this winter. After many years of status-quo, the inside of the museum is getting a much-needed facelift and some new, energy efficient equipment.
  The museum, which once was the Centerville Post Office, was originally set up in the 1980s by several energetic volunteers including, Opal King, who was very instrumental in the creation of first exhibits in the building. Recently, when her husband Tom passed away, enough money was gifted to the museum to allow for some crucial updates that will make the museum more efficient and attractive. 
  All of the artifacts are going to be packed up, scooted together, covered up or moved out of the way for the transformation to begin. The unsightly, peeling ceiling will be painted, a new high-efficiency heating and cooling system will be installed. New lighting will be added to provide efficient general lighting and directional lighting to highlight exhibits.
  A small mezzanine area will be constructed to provide more exhibit space. Numerous new artifacts are donated to the museum each year, and space is at a premium. The plan is for the new exhibit space to feature all textile related items, including a loom, spinning wheels and yarn winders, quilts and other textile related artifacts. The area beneath the mezzanine will be made into four sections that each represent a room in a home, with each being outfitted with artifacts appropriate to the room. The staircase to the mezzanine level will start in the living room of the “home.”
  The research room will be reconfigured as well. Additional shelving will be added, as well as a computer workstation for the new digitized newspaper database. The goal is to make this room more user friendly for the many visitors the area who visit the museum to do genealogical research.
  Just this week, the board of the Historical Society is reviewed and accepted bids for these projects and it’s likely that the upgrades will get started in January. December will be a busy month of boxing up artifacts and  moving displays out of the way. Currently, the museum is observing its winter hours, which are Wednesday through Friday, from 1:00 to 4:00, which will be the case until December 16. After that,  the packing away will begin, with the construction period to follow. The artifacts will not be viewable during this time, so the museum will be temporarily closed until after the renovations are completed.  However, curator Lisa Eddy and Experience Works trainee Rebecca True will still be staffing the museum and working on muse
um projects and preparing for the new exhibits, so they will be available during this time if you have questions or need to donate an artifact.
  “It will be like starting with a blank slate,” according to Lisa Eddy, Curator at the museum. “Once all of the changes are completed, and the artifacts placed in new locations,  the museum will reopen with a fresh, new face!”  Watch the Iowegian to see when the Grand Reopening might be!

Seymour Lyric Theater Ad - 27 September 1927

The Seymour Herald
27 September 1927

Friday, November 18, 2016

Arthur B. Crouch, 1895-1985

The Seymour Herald – 28 February 1985
  Arthur B. Crouch, son of Alfred B. and Mary Clayton Crouch, was born on November 12, 1895 in Blaine County, Nebraska.  He departed this life Saturday, February 16, 1985, at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Centerville, Iowa at the age of 89 years, 3 months, and 4 days.
  He moved to Appanoose County with his family at an early age and spent most of his life in this area.
  B, as he was known by most of his friends, served his country in the Army during World War I, serving most of his time in France.  He returned to Appanoose County and was united in marriage to Louisa Jayne Shoultz December 22, 1920.  They spent most of their married life on a family farm south of Seymour farming.  To this union two children were born, one daughter, Gweneitt, and one son Floyd B. Crouch.  After the death of his beloved wife Louisa he left the area and moved to Moline, Illinois.  There he married Ethel May Stoner February 12, 1955.
  They retire in Seymour where B spent most of his time in carpentry.  He spent many hour in his workshop where he built many lovely things that he shared not only with his family but with many of his friends and neighbors.
  He had a wonderful talent which he never failed to share with others.  His talent was not only in the wood he carved but in the warmth and love that he openly shared.
  B and Ethel were able to spend two of their last years back on the farm close to their grandchildren and great grandchildren.  They shared greatly with each other.  His last years were spent with his loving wife Ethel, in the Seymour Care Center where he became everyone’s friend.
  B accepted Chris at an early age and was baptized and became a member of the Baptist Church.  He later transferred his membership to the Seymour United Methodist Church.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife Louisa; a daughter, a son Floyd, a grandson, Albert B. Crouch; two sisters Dorothy and Lottie, and two brothers, Lloyd and Clarence.
  B is survived by his wife of 30 years Ethel; one daughter-in-law Carma, two granddaughters, Bonnie Crouch and Sharon Mace and her husband Dale, four great grandchildren who he adored, and two sisters Katie Stoner of Moline, Illinois and Nettie Stoner of Seymour, and a host of relatives and friends.

  I thought this time would be easier
  I was sure we’d be prepared.
  You live a long and happy life the others left so young.
  The time grew close
  You told me you were ready to go to Jesus side.
  I thought that I was ready to say our last goodbye.
  I’ve finally decided you never are prepared.
  It’s never any easier to let your loved one go
  I have to tell myself again to think of happy times
  And try my best to understand your better off than I
  You made my life so rich.
  I thank you for the chance
  To be the daughter that you loved and showed so very much.
  Goodbye Grandpa

  Services were held Thursday, February 21, 1985, at 11:00 A.M. from the Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour with the Rev. Mark Berbano officiating.  The hymns “How Beautiful Heave Must Be” and “In The Garden” were sung by Milton Albertson with Mrs. Iris Merritt, pianist.
  Pallbearers were members of the Nye-Birdwell American Legion Post #180 of Seymour, Iowa.
  Interment was in the Livingston Cemetery.  With military honors by Nye-Birdwell American Legion Post #180 of Seymour, Iowa.

Livingston Cemetery Military Gravestone
for Arthur B. Crouch 
Livingston Cemetery Gravestone for
Arthur B. and Louisa Jayne Shoultz Crouch

Ethel May Stoner Crouch, 1892-1989

The Seymour Herald – 8 June 1989
  Ethel May Crouch was born February 6, 1892 in Appanoose County to Samuel and Lu Anna Bollman Stoner.  She passed away at the Seymour Care Center on May 31, 1989 at the age of 97 years 3 months 25 days.
  She was united in marriage to Arthur B. Crouch on February 12, 1955.  He preceded her in death on February 16, 1985.  Also preceding her in death were her parents; one sister, Marcia Crouch; two brothers Elmer H. and Robert Stoner; son, Floyd B. Crouch; and grandson, Albert B. Crouch.
  She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Carma; two granddaughters Bonnie Fett and Sharon Mace; five great grandchildren; two nieces Blanche Horne of Allerton and Marie Stanton of Seymour and a host of other relatives and friends.
  Services were held Saturday, June 3, 1989 at 1:30 p.m. from the Randolph Funeral Home, Seymour, Iowa with Rev. Don Ploesser officiating.  The pallbearers were Dale, Mace, Brad Fett, Max Peterson and John Adams.  Interment was in the Livingston Cemetery.  There was a memorial to the Seymour Library.
  We wish to thank everyone for their many acts of kindness shown us during the loss of our grandmother.  A special thanks to the Seymour Care Center for their loving care and to Rev. Ploesser for his comforting words.
  --The family of Ethel Crouch
Seymour Scenes by Dorothy Barrell
in The Seymour Herald of 22 June 1989
  Sadly, we acknowledge the passing of one of our oldest residents, Ethel Crouch, who had been with us since 1981. She will be missed by all, but not forgotten.
Gravestone of Ethel May Stoner Crouch
in the Livingston Cemetery, 
Appanoose County, Iowa

Samuel Stoner, 1854-1931

The Seymour Herald – 25 June 1931
  Samuel Stoner, son of Noah and Catherine Stoner, was born in Jackson county, Ohio, March 8, 1854, and departed this life near Jerome, Iowa, June 4, 1931, aged 77 years, 2 months and 27 days.
  He came with his parents to Appanoose county when six months of age, residing there until his death.
  On September 24, 1887, he was united in marriage to La Anna Bollman and to this union four children were born:  Robert, Mrs. Marcia Crouch, Ethel and Elmer. All with the wife were with him at time of death.
  Also leaves two grand-daughters, Blanch and Marie Stoner.
  He was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Mrs. R. L. Stoner just two months ago.
  He was one of a family of twelve children, four dying in infancy, and Mary, John and George deceased.  Surviving are Mrs. J. B. McElvain, Mrs. G. B. VanDorn, Mrs. B. A. Morrison and Junetta.
  He lived a clean, moral honest life, a good neighbor, kind father and husband. During his last illness he was convinced after all he needed a Savior.  On February 16 he confessed Christ as he Savior and was very thankful for Jesus who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”  St. John 14-6. “And neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”  Acts 4-12.
  Funeral services were held at Jerome M. E. church conducted by W. W. White.  Interment in Jerome cemetery.
Jerome Cemetery Gravestone of
Samuel and La Anna Bollman Stoner
Row 6, Block 17, Lot 5

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Elizabeth Ann Kinney Bollman, 1831-1906

Seymour Leader – 5 July 1906
  The funeral services of Mrs. Wm. Bollman were conducted at the M. E. church, Jerome last Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock.  Mrs. Bollman was so well known and universally loved and respected that wide spread grief was caused by the announcement of her death.  She was a woman whose influence socially and religiously was always helpful and pure and her death leaves a vacancy that will be felt by the entire community.
  She was born in Champagne county, Ohio, June 4, 1831.  Died at her home 4½ north east of Seymour on June 28, 1906.  Aged 75 years, 24 days.  She moved with her parents to Davis county, Iowa in 1843.  Her maiden name was Elizabeth Ann Kinney.  She was united in marriage to Wm. Bollman Feb. 22, 1825.  To them were born three children, two girls and one boy.  All of the children were present at the funeral services.
  She was united with the M. E. church in 1843 and was a faithful member to her dying day.  When not prevented by sickness she was regular in her attendance.  The large congregation that gathered at the church and followed the remains to the cemetery only faintly expressed the high esteem in which she had been held and the real sorrow at the great loss.  Sympathy is expressed by many for the bereaved husband and children.
Jerome Cemetery Gravestone for 
Elizabeth Ann Kinney Bollman
Row 6, Block 17, Lot 4

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Edna Marie Bollman, 1895-1915

Centerville Iowegian – 13 August 1915
  Edna Marie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Bollman, was born at Jerome, Dec. 29, 1895, and died at Colorado Springs, Aug. 1, 1915, of pulmonary tuberculosis.
  Funeral services were held at Jerome M.E. church Friday, Aug. 6, the oration being delivered by Rev. Krenmeyer, a former pastor at that place.  At the close of the sermon a beautiful solo, “Good Night,” was rendered by Miss Elsie White.
  Miss Edna was a girl of exceptional intelligence, varied talents, and rare ambitions. When she grew ill, at the beginning of the year, she was a student at Cedar Falls college and would have graduated the past spring had not ill health interfered.
  She was taken to Colorado Springs with the hope of the climate being beneficial, but no medical skill, careful nursing, or devotion of loved ones could stop the ravages of disease or stay the hand of death.  We are persuaded, however, that our loss is Heaven’s gain.  She was a devoted Christian, and the church at Jerome of which she was a member, has lost one of its most valued members.
  Rev. Krenmeyer used as a symbol, heads of wheat,   and talked from the subject, Sowing and Storing Our Lives,” quoting the scripture, “Whosoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”  He paid glowing tribute to the young life that had come to such an abrupt close, telling how he had sowed her life that the world might be better because she had lived.
  That she was not only loving, but lovable was attested by the great throng of people who attended the obsequies, many coming from a distance by auto and train to look once more on the fair face of her who they had loved.
  Many and beautiful were the floral offerings, the casket and altar being one great mass of flowers. The Iowa club, of which she was s member and officer, sent a piece of forty-two pink and white carnations with ferns.
  Interment was made in the Jerome cemetery.
  Countless friends extend sympathy to the parents in this loss of their only child, also to the many relatives who will miss her cheerful companionship.

  “Not now, but in the coming years,
  It may be in the Better Land;
  We’ll read the meaning of our tears.
  And there, up there, we’ll understand.”
                               --A Friend
Jerome Cemetery Gravestone of
Edna Marie Bollman
Row 6, Block 20, Lot 5

Clarence C. Bollman, 1868-1942

Centerville Iowegian and Citizen
29 October 1942
  Clarence C. Bollman, son of William N. Bollman and Elizabeth Ann Kinney, was born March 24, 1868, in Lincoln township in Appanoose county.  He united in marriage with Anna A. Sedgwick in May 1894.  To this union was born one child, Edna Marie, who passed away in 1915.  The wife, Anna, departed this life in 1936.
  He married Lydia Hickie in Dec. 1937. He spent his entire life in Appanoose county and passed away at the St. Joseph’s hospital in Centerville on Oct. 15, 1942 at the age of 74 years, after a short illness.
  A few days before his death he accepted the Lord Jesus as his own personal savior.
  Funeral services were held from the Methodist church in Jerome Saturday at 2:30 p.m. with W. W. White officiating.  Music by David and Edna Lawrence with Zelda Workman at the piano.  Burial was at the Jerome cemetery.
Jerome Cemetery Gravestone of 
Clarence C. and Anna A. Sedgwick Bollman
Row 6, Block 20, Lot 5