Sunday, June 19, 2016

Mary Frances Gump Allan, 1883-1932

Centerville Iowegian – 8 October 1932
Mary Frances Allan
  Mary Frances Gump, daughter of [James] Elwood and Lucinda Gump, was born near Seymour, Iowa, Nov. 9, 1883, and at the time of her death was 48 years, 10 months and 12 days of age.
  She was married to George Allan on Dec. 27, 1903, and to this union were born six children.
  Those surviving are, Mrs. Edw. Brouch of Mankato, Minn., Mrs. Roy Randolph of Centerville, Edmond of Jerome and Ralph at home.  Two infants preceded her in death.
  Besides the bereaved husband and children the departed is survived by four brothers, Clark, Winfield, Fred and Millard Gump of Washington, Mrs. W. P. Mason and Mrs. Elsworth Gump of Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Beaddy [Beedie or Bedia Ices Gump] Puckett of Potlatch, Idaho, Mrs. [Sarah] Eddie Hendley of Mankato, Minn.
  Mrs. Allan united with the Believers church more than 25 years ago and in her last suffering manifested her faith in an all-wise Savior and received much comfort therefrom.
  Mrs. Allan was well known in this community as a loving, sacrificing and faithful mother and as a good and genial neighbor.

  She will be sadly missed in her home and in the community which knew her presence.

George Allan, 1882-1957

Centerville Iowegian – 10 September 1957
George Allan
  George Allan, son of Robert and Anna [McClure] Allan, was born in Irving [Irvine, North Ayrshire], Scotland, Dec. 6, 1881 [1882]. At the age of two years he came with his parents and sister Margaret to the United States.
  He was one of a large family, surviving him are three brothers and one sister. They are Thomas of Jerome, Mrs. William Hardy also of Jerome, Alfred of Guthrie Center, and William of Ottumwa.
  He was married to Mary [Frances] Gump in 1904 [December 27, 1903], she passed away in 1932. Six children were born of this union, two dying in infancy. Mourning his departure are Edmond of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, Mrs. Ethel Villa of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, Ralph of Mankato, Minnesota and Mrs. Dorothy Randolph of Centerville. There are three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
  In 1942 he was married to Lois Brown of Ottumwa, and they resided in Eddyville until her death in 1951. He then went to Lake Crystal, Minn., to make his home with his daughter.
  He came to Christ twenty-five years ago and was received into the assembly at Jerome and has been in full fellowship ever since. He daily read the Bible and continued to admonish his children to seek the Savior he knew so well.
  “The Lord giveth; and the Lord taketh away.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Card of Thanks
  We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for the food, flowers and kindness shown during the loss of our loved one.
  Edmond Allan, Ralph Allan, Ethel Villa, and Dorothy Randolph.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Elmer H. Stoner, 1893-1962

The Seymour Herald – 30 August 1962
Elmer H. Stoner
  Elmer H., youngest son of Samuel and LaAnna Stoner, was born near Jerome, April 14, 1893, and passed away at the Wayne county hospital in Corydon Aug. 21, 1962, at the age of 69 years, four months and seven days.
  He was united in marriage to Nettie Crouch May 5, 1921, who survives him. To this union were born three daughters, Blanche Ellis, Marie Stanton and Coleen.
  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Coleen; his father and mother, one brother, Robert L., and one sister, Marcia Crouch.
  He leaves his wife, Nettie, two daughters, Mrs. Marie Stanton of Seymour and Mrs. Blanche Ellis of Allerton; two sons-in-law, James Stanton of Seymour and Virgil Ellis of Allerton; three grandchildren, Lary James and Jo Marlene Stanton and Connie Sue Ellis; one sister, Mrs. Ethel Crouch of Seymour, nieces and nephews, several cousins and a host of friends.
  During the winter of 1925 he confessed the Lord, Jesus Christ, as his personal Savior, accepting God’s way of salvation as set forth in the gospel of St. John, Chapter 5, verse 24:  “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life and shall not come unto condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” Also in the Epistle to the Ephesians, Chapter 2, verse 8 and 9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.”
  He was a kind and loving husband, father and grandfather.  He was a victim of f lingering illness and he met each day of suffering with courage, strengthened by the care of his loving wife, who stayed with him constantly.
 Rev. David Lawrence of Centerville officiated at the funeral at the Liggett Funeral home Thursday, Aug. 23.  Burial was in Jerome cemetery. Rev. and Mrs. Lawrence sang the hymns.

  Paul bearers were Kenneth Owen, Carl Hamm, Home Andrews, Bert Voyce, Harold McElvain and Elmer Elliott.  Friends who assisted with the flowers wee Mrs. Clement Davis, Mrs. Russell Phillips, Mrs. Homer Andrews and Mrs. Charles Burkhiser Jr.

La Anna Bollman Stoner, 1864-1937

Iowegian - 9 January 1927
  Laanna Bollman, daughter of William and Elizabeth Bollman, was born in Appanoose County, Iowa, June 10th, 1864. She grew to womanhood in the Jerome vicinity, the place of her birth, receiving her education in the public schools. On September the 25th, 1887, she was united in marriage to Samuel Stoner and they began to make their home in this part of the county. Two sons and two daughters were born to bless this union: R. L. at home, Mrs. Marcia Crouch, Ethel and Elmer, all of the Jerome vicinity.  Mrs. Stoner departed this life at her home Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock January 5th, 1937, age 72 years, 6 months and 25 days. In early life she was converted, uniting with the Jerome Methodist church; to which church and faith she remained until death., She was a tender and loving mother and had a host of friends, some of them driving for several miles to attend the funeral service which was held Thursday afternoon at two o'clock at the church of which she so long had been a member. The service was in charge of the Rev. Luther W. Childs of Centerville. Besides the four children, Mrs. Stoner is survived by one brother, C. C. Bollman and one sister, Mrs. Mary Wilson, both of Jerome, also two granddaughters, Blanche and Vera Colene Stoner.   In death she was preceded by her husband, who passed away five and one-half years ago, an infant granddaughter, Vera Colene Stoner, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lottie Stoner, who passed away five years ago. The body was laid to rest in the Jerome cemetery in the family lot.

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?