Monday, September 8, 2014

Dailey Iowegian - 8  May 2014
  Larry Milton Sedgwick, 75, of Exline, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at the Continental at St. Joseph in Centerville. He was born the son of Theodore M. and Ocie (Cousins) Sedgwick Sept. 15, 1938 in Jerome. He attended Centerville Community Schools.

  After being honorable discharged from the U.S. Army, Larry returned to the Exline area to farm and drive trucks for Oscar Gavronsky.
  On Nov. 26, 1977, Larry was united in marriage to Patty Brown in Centerville. Larry loved raising horses and going to rodeos, any type of sale where he could find a bargain. He was a member of the Saddle Club and the Gun Club.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Virginia Oden.
  Larry is survived by his wife, Patty Sedgwick of Exline; a daughter, Deborah Roberts and her husband, David of Eddyville; several nieces and nephews; and friends.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 9 at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville with the Rev. Gerald Campbell and Dennis Doud officiating. Burial will follow in the Jerome Cemetery in Jerome. Visitation will be held today from 2-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
  Memorials may be made to HCI Care Services and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville has been entrusted with caring for the Sedgwick family at this time and condolences can be sent at:

Friday, May 23, 2014

Wesley Johnson Banks, 1825-1913

History of Appanoose County, Iowa
Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1878
  W[esley] J[ohnson] Banks, farmer, Section 8, Bellair Township, Appanoose County, Iowa; Post Office Centerville is of English descent. He was born in Grant County, Kentucky, July 28, 1825. He is related to General Banks of Massachusetts. His grandfather was a soldier of the Revolution, enlisted when sixteen years of age and served for 7 years. He was among the first settlers of Kentucky, moved to Putnam County, Indiana where he was also an early settler. He was a farmer, his half-brother, Linn Banks served 12 months in the War of 1812, under Richard Johnson of Kentucky. He had his horse shot from under him. He was beside Tecumseh when he fell. When W. J. Banks was fourteen years of age his father died. He and his elder brother, Daniel P., kept house alone until June 1846 when he and his half-brother, James R., enlisted for the Mexican War. He was in the 1st Indiana Infantry under Col. James P. Drake. He was Corporal of Company A. His brother died the first year, he re-enlisted as wagon Master and served until the close of the war. He then went with a company of troops to California as teamster.  He was 6 months on the road from the mouth of the Rio Grande, some of the time living on one and one-half crackers a day. After losing the greater part of an extensive and
valuable train in crossing the desert they arrived in Los Angeles.  He was discharged at Monterey, March 31, 1849.  He kept a livery stable and mined for one and one-half years.  He returned to Indiana on December 23, 1852.  He married Nancy Wells Talbott.  She was born in Putnam County, Indiana in 1831, the daughter of Thomas Talbott, the youngest son of Edward Talbott who served in the Revolutionary War, afterward a pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  At a meeting of the relatives of her father held at his residence in Indiana in 1851, there were 180 members of the family. Her mother's maiden name was Rankin, died in September 1853. In 1864, Mr. Banks settled in Appanoose County where he now resides, owns 270 acres of land valued at $25 per acre. They have 5 children: William E., a druggist in Russell, Russell County, Kansas, born in Indiana in 1855; James W., born in 1858; Thomas W., born in 1860; Daniel V., born in 1862; Frank T., born in 1866, all at home, except the eldest. Mr. Banks was a Whig in politics, now a Democrat. He held the office of Township Trustee. Mrs. Banks is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
The Centerville Journal
28 August 1913 – Page 1
  Wesley J. Banks, familiarity known to many residents of Appanoose county as “Uncle”.  Wesley Banks, one of the earlier pioneer citizens of the county and for years one of the potent influences in its development, a veteran of the Mexican war and a man well respected and loved by all who knew him, passed away Sunday forenoon at 11:30 at the home of his son with whom he had made his home. The deceased had just past his 88th birthday on the 28th of July upon which occasion he had received many more than a hundred remembrances from his friends throughout the county.
  Wesley J. Banks was born July 28th 1825, in Gerrard county, Kentucky, died August 24, 1913, aged 88 years and 24 days. He was united in marriage to Nancy Talbot Dec. 21, 1852.  To this union was born nine children three dying in infancy and a daughter at the age of 14.  One son James died May 3, 1902. He is survived by four sons, D. V. Banks, with whom he made his home, William of Loveland, Colo., T. W. of near Cincinnati, and Frank of near Centerville, and by a host of relatives and friends who mourn their loss. The funeral services were held at 1:30 Monday from the late home of the deceased, conducted by Rev. J. H. Carr, an old friend of the family accompanied by the members of the G.A.R. who attended in a body. The interment was made in Oakland cemetery.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Marco Casassa, 1865-1948

Centerville Daily Iowegian
11 October 1948
  Marco Casassa, of route three, Centerville, died Saturday at 12:45 p.m.  Mr. Casassa was a former resident of Jerome but in the past few years has lived with his daughter, Mrs. Margherite Goffe five miles west of Centerville on highway No. 2.
  He was born in Italy, September 24, 1865, the son of Joseph and Maria Casassa, and was 83 years and 15 days of age at the time of his passing. The deceased was a retired coal miner and has lived in the U.S. since immigrating here in 1905.
  He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, Nov. 20, 1931, and he leaves two children, Mrs. Margherite Goffo, of route three, and a son Joseph Casassa, of Rathbun. He leaves one granddaughter, and a brother and sister in Italy.
  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father John Neis officiating and burial will be in the Jerome Cemetery.
Gravestone of Marco and Mary Casassa
in the Jerome Cemetery
Block 13, Lot 4, Row 2

Margaret Goffe Nobile, 1907-1990 ------------------- Louis Nobile, 1902-1992

Ad-Express Iowegian
17 September 1990
  Margaret Nobile, age 83, formerly of Numa, Iowa died Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, 1990, at the Long Term Care Unit in St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital.She was born April 22, 1907 in Jerome, Iowa to Michael and Seconda Goffe.  She was united in marriage to Louie Nobile in Centerville. He survives.
  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville.  Survivors include her husband Louie; one daughter, Mary Susin of Numa; a son, Joe Nobile of Des Moines; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Pete Goffe of the Quad Cities.
  She was preceded in death by a son, Louis Nobile, and two infant brothers.
  Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Al Ebach officiating. Interment will be in the Jerome Cemetery in Jerome.
  A rosary service will be held Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the Johnson-Lange Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the St. Mary's Catholic Church or to Long Term Care Center at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital and may be left at the funeral home.
Gravestone in Jerome Cemetery for
Louie and Margaret Nobile
Block 33, Lot 1, Row 9
6 July 1992
  Louis Nobile, 90, of Numa, died Saturday, July 4, 1992, at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in Centerville.
  He was born May 15, 1902, in Bengammo, Italy, to Ambrosio and Louisa (Rossi) Nobile. He married Margaret Goffo at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Centerville, on Sept. 29, 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Anna M. Kruzich Goffe, 1915-2014

The Quad-City Times Online
19 May 2014
  COAL VALLEY — Anna M. Goffe, 98, of Coal Valley passed away Friday, May 16, 2014, at Trinity Rock Island. Per her wishes, following cremation, a graveside service will be held in Jerome Cemetery in Jerome, Iowa.
  Anna was born July 26, 1915, to Andrew and Mary (Polich) Kruzich. She married Pete Goffe on July 15, 1933, in Corydon, Iowa. He preceded her in death Nov. 25, 1992.
  Survivors include children and spouses, Jean and Damon Frison, Davenport,   Loretta and Doc Meyer, Coal Valley, Richard and Maxine Goffe and Larry Goffe, all of Lebanon, Mo.; grandchildren, Audrey and Frank Bellson, Davenport, Rob Meyer, California, Md., Don Weber, Washington, Donita and Kenneth Winkelmann, Lebanon, Mo., Ronnie and Mary Goffe, Geneseo, Ill., Cheryl Schneider, South Carolina and Shea Goffe, Geneseo; numerous great-grandchildren; and a sister, Eva Vicevich, Chicago. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son; her parents; a great-grandson; three sisters; and a brother. [Copyright 2014, The Quad-City Times]

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Weekly Citizen - 9 September 1871 - Local News

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

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Weekly Citizen - 12 August 1871 - Local News

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

Weekly Citizen - Local News - 18 March 1871

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Book: Images of America - Appanoose County

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

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

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Seymour Press, Thursday, August 3, 1893

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

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Seymour Press, Thursday, July 27, 1893

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

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Paul Vernon McElvain, 1923-2013

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