Saturday, February 23, 2013

Francis Marion Duncan, 1854-1918

The Semi-Weekly Iowegian - 17 June 1918
  Mr. Duncan, an elderly man hose home is in Jerome, but who was working here as night watchman at the Walker mine, drank carbolic acid, with suicidal intent Saturday afternoon. When discovered by Charles Fox, he was suffering with convulsions. A doctor was quickly summoned, who, when he arrived, pronounced him beyond recovery.  He was conveyed by auto to his home in Jerome and we have not yet learned if his rash net (sic) proved fatal. 

The Semi-Weekly Iowegian - 20 June 1918
  Frank Duncan, who has been working at the Fox mine, swallowed carbolic acid last Saturday afternoon. He was brought to his home in Jerome and a physician called. He passed away Sunday. He is survived by his widow and four children, Mrs. Edith Fry, Mrs. Hazel Ponsettoand Mae and Charles of Jerome. Funeral sevices were held Monday afternoon at the M. E. church, conducted by Reverend Lawton, pastor of the M. E. church of Seymour.
  Mr. Duncan, the night watchman at the Walker mine here, who drank carbolic acid last Saturday afternoon, succumbed to the effects and died Sunday at 10:00 a.m.  His funeral and burial was at Jerome on Monday. He was about 65 years old and a member of the U. M. W. of A. of this place.
Iowa Deaths and Burial, 1850-1990
  Name: Francis Marion Duncan; Gender: Male; Burial Date: 17 Jun 1918; Burial Place: Jerome; Death Date: 16 Jun 1918; Death Place: Lincoln Tp., Jerome, Appanoose, Iowa; Age: 64; Birth Date: 14 Feb 1854; Birthplace: White, Indiana; Occupation: Coal Miner; Race: White; Marital Status: Married; Father's Name: John Duncan; Father's Birthplace: Ireland; Mother's Name: Emretta Ridgway; Mother's Birthplace: Germany; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: B75147-3; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1673930; Reference Number: p 357 #181.
  Source "Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 Feb 2013), Francis Marion Duncan, 16 Jun 1918.

Gravestone of
Francis Marion Duncan and Delila Ann McKern

Reavis E. Montgomery Beer, 1912-2013

Schmidt Family Funeral Home – 23 February 2013

  Reavis Beer, age 100, of Centerville, Iowa, died Sunday, February 17, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center's Long Term Care in Centerville. She was born the daughter of Wayne and Charolette (Evans) Montgomery on blistery day of March 23, 1912 near Genoa, Iowa. She graduated from the Seymour Community Schools in 1931. 
Reavis Montgomery Beer
  On May 23, 1931, Reavis was united in marriage to Joe Ansel Beer in Centerville, Iowa. They first made their home near Jerome, Iowa where Joe farmed. She loved to cook and sew, and was asked to drive the tractor from time to time. They were both active in the Jerome United Methodist Church and were 4-H leaders for boys and girls clubs. In 1972, Reavis took a change of pace and opened a Merle Norman cosmetics store in Centerville. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Centerville, Iowa.
  She was preceded in death by: her parents; her husband, Joe Beer on June 10, 1996; sister, Jenny Montgomery; brothers, Lyndol and Yule Montgomery; son-in-law, Robert Kauzlarich; and granddaughter-in-law, Linda Kauzlarich.
  Reavis is survived by: her daughter, Judy Kauzlarich of Centerville, Iowa; a son, Jim Beer and his wife, Beverly of Menlo Park, California; grandchildren, John Beer and his wife, Suzie, Marty Kauzlarich, Rebecca Clay and Kristy Demry and her husband, Tom; great grandchildren, Megan Beer, Nicki Salisbury and her husband, Scott, B.J. Kauzlarich and his wife, Katie Jo, Jesse Clay and Jessica Demry; and one great great granddaughter, Ava Salisbury.
  Funeral Services will be held at 10 am, on Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville, Iowa with Rev. Kay Singley officiating. Burial will follow in the Jerome Cemetery in Jerome, Iowa.
 Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 from 2 pm until 6 pm with the family present from 4 pm until 6 pm at the funeral home.

Gravestone of Reavis & Joe Beer
in th Jerome Cemetery
New Section, Block 23, Lot 8
  Memorials can be made to the Jerome Cemetery and left or mailed to the funeral home. The Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville has been entrusted with the arrangements for the Beer family and condolences can be sent at:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Lydia C. Huffman Phelps Bateman, 1844-1915

Semi-Weekly Iowegian - 3 December 1915
  Miss Lydia C. Huffman was born in Clay Col Ind., April 12, 1844, and came to Iowa at the age of 23. She was united in marriage to H. Phelps in the year of 1869. To this union were born five children, Cebina, Eliza, Viola, Lee and Stella. Mr. Phelps died in 1901.  Mrs.. Phelps was again united in marriage to Wm. Bateman on July 5, 1906.
  Mrs. Bateman died Nov. 27, 1915, at Jerome, Iowa, at the age of 71 years, 7 months and 15 days.  She united with the U.B. church in 1871. She leaves to mourn her loss two children, Lee Phelps and Stella Dooley of Jerome, and three step children, Wm. Phelps and Mrs.Mary Zimmerman of Lineville and Maranda Allard of Leon, and one sister, Linda Treasure of Lineville.
  The funeral services were held at the M. E. church Mondayafternoon by Rev. George L. Roper.
Card of Thanks
  We thank every one that has helped us in our trouble.
Members of the family.
Gravestone of Lydia Phelps
in the Jerome Cemetery
New Section: Block 6, Lot 2
  Iowa Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990:  Name: Lydia C. Bateman; Gender: Female; Burial Date: 28 Nov. 1915; Burial Place: Jerome; Death Date: 26 Nov. 1915; Death Place: Lincoln Tp., Jerome, Appanoose, Iowa; Age: 71; Birth Date: 12 Jul 1844; Birthplace: Ind.; Occupation: Housekeeper; Maritial Status: Divorced; Father's Name: Hoffman; Father's Birthplace: Ind.; Mother's Name: Hook; Indexing Project (Batch) Number 875147-1; System Origin: Iowa--EASy; Source Film Number: 1673930; Reference Number: p 265 #115.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Johnstons Buried in Jerome Cemetery

  William Johnston was born in December 1862 in England, son of Thomas Johnston and Julia Ann Walsh.  His parents were born and married in Ireland, according to the 1925 Iowa Census.  William immigrated to the United States in 1889 and was living in Superior, Douglas county, Wisonsin, with his mother, Julia Ann, in 1900, where he was working as an electrician.
  Cassie Criswell was born 19 September 1863 in Appanoose County, Iowa, daughter of John V. Criswell and Mary Ann Brennon, married William Johnston in Kansas City, Wyandotte county, Kansas, on 20 October 1903, and died in Kansas City, Jackson county, Missouri, on 18 September 1912, and was buried in the Jerome Cemetery (Old Section, Block 1, Lot 16) in Lincoln township, Appanoose county, Iowa.
Missouri Death Certificate for 
Cassie Criswell Johnston

  Ida May Criswell was born 8 January 1860 in Lincoln Township, Appanoose County, Iowa, daughter of John V. Criswell and Mary Ann Brennon, married William Johnston in Kansas City, Jackson county, Missouri, on 8 October 1913, died 19 April 1927 in Centerville, Appanoose county, Iowa, and was buried on 21 April 1927 in the Jerome Cemetery (Old Section, Block 1, Lot 16) in Lincoln township, Appanoose county, Iowa.
Jackson County, Missouri, Marriage Certificate
of William Johnston and Ida May Criswell

 Gravestone in Jerome Cemetery for
William, Cassie & Ida May Johnston 
Source Information 
 Ida May Criswell Johnston's Death Record: "Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 Feb 2013), Ida May Johnson, 19 Apr 1927.
  1925 Iowa Census for Appanoose County, Iowa: Iowa, State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
  Missouri Death Certificates:  Missouri Digital Collection
  Jackson County, Missouri, Marriage Records:
  "Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 20 Feb 2013), William Johnston and Cassie Criswell, 20 Oct 1903.
   Year: 1900; Census Place: Superior Ward 7, Douglas, Wisconsin; Roll: 1786; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 0076; FHL microfilm: 1241786.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Mary Ann Brannon Criswell, 1820-1909

The Semi-Weekly Iowegian - 5 November 1909
Mrs. Mary Ann Brennen Criswell
Passed Away at Jerome at end of a Long Life
  To reach the ninetieth year is a privilege accorded very few, but such was the lot of Mrs. V. Chriswell, whose husband died in 1871, her death occuring Tuesday Nov. 2, at Jerome. Complications due to old age were the cause.
  Mary Ann Brennen was born May 20, 1820, in York county, Penn.  he was married to John V. Criswell March 29, 1847, and moved to Iowa in the early 50's, and has resided on the homestead in Lincoln township till two years ago when she moved to Jerome. She leaves a family of one son and five daughters, Mrs. Mary Crist, Seymour; Mrs. Carrie Jones, Jerome; Frank Criswell, Jerome; Miss Ida Criswell, Kansas City; Mrs. Thomas Banks, Bellair twp; Mrs. Wm. Johnston, Kansas City.
  Mrs. Criswell was a lovable woman, with many friends. She ws a member of the Presbyterian church in early life and affiliated with it in later years tho absence of a church from her vicinity prevented her maintaining active relations. The funeral was conducted Wednesday at 2:30 at the Methodist church, Jerome, by Rev. L. M. Beebe, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Seymour, and interment was at Jerome.
Centerville Daily Citizen - 5 November 1909
  Miss Mary Ann Brennen was born in York county, Pennsylvania May 20, 1820. She was married to John V. Criswell March 29th, 1847, moved to Iowa in the early fifties and has resided on the homestead until two years ago.
  Her husband died in 1871 leaving a family of one son and five daughters all of whom are living.
  Mrs. Criswell moved to Jerome two years ago where she died on November 2nd, 1909, in her ninetieth year respected and loved by all who knew her.
Card of Thanks.
  We want to express our sincere thanks to our many kind friends and neighbors for the heartfelt manner in which they expressed their sympathy in our sorrow at the loss by death of our Dearly Beloved mother.
  Mrs. Mary Crist, Mrs. Carrie Jones, Mr. Frank Criswell, Miss Ida Criswell, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Banks, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Johnston.
Gravestone for
John V. and Mary Ann Criswell
in the Jerome Cemetery

Carrie Brannon Criswell Jones, 1856-1913

The Centerville Iowegian - 28 October 1913
  Carrie B. Criswell was born March 7, 1856, in Appanoose county, Iowa, and died in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 7, 1913.
  She was married to William Jones in Sept. 1876. He dying in 1897. She was a great sufferer for a long time before her death, but bore all patiently. She was a member of the Methodist church for over thirty years.
  She leaves three sisters and one brother to mourn her loss, Mrs. M. E. Crist, of Seymour, Mrs. Thos. Banks, of Cincinnati and Frank Criswell, of Kansas City, Mo.
  The remains were brought to Jerome for burial. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. L. C. Moore at the M. E. church Sunday morning at 11:00 o'clock.
Missouri Death Certificate for
Carrie Brannon Criswell Jones
Gravestone for 
Carrie Brannon Criswell Jones
in the Jerome Cemetery

Robert Franklin Criswell,1852-1934

Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen - 8 March 1934
  Robert Franklin Criswell, son of John V. and Mary Ann Criswell, was born in Belmont county, Ohio, Oct. 10, 1852, the family coming to Iowa when he was a small child and settled on a farm northwest of Numa, Ia., where he spent the greater part of his life.  For the past seven years he has made his home with his sister, Mrs. Thos. Banks at whose home he passed away, Thursday, March 1 at 11:20 a.m., at the age of 81 years, four months and 18 days. He is preceded in death by four sisters. Besides his sisters the only other near relatives are a niece, Mrs. Dwight Hughes of near Centerville, and three nephews, Ray Crist of Seymour, Iowa, Clyde Crist of Richland, Kansas, Bert Crist of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and cousins and friends.
  Funeral services were from the Miller Funeral home Saturday, Mch 3, Rev. F. A. Wilder officiating. Interment at Plano.
Iowa Death Record of Robert F. Criswell
Name: Robert F. Criswell; Gender: Male; Burial Date: 03 Mar 1934; Burial Place: Jerome, Ia.; Death Date: 01 Mar 1934; Death Place: Centerville, Appanoose, Iowa; Age: 81; Birth Date: 10 Oct 1852; Birthplace: Ohio; Occupation: Farmer; Race: White; Marital Status: Single; Father's Name: John Criswell; Father's Birthplace: Ohio; Mother's Name: Mary Ann Brandes [Brannon]; Mother's Birthplace: Pennsylvania; Indexing Project (Batch) Numer: B75147-3; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source File Number: 1673930; Reference Number: p 26 #40. 
  Source: "Iowa, Deaths and Burials, 1850-1990," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 18 Feb 2013), Robert F. Criswell, 01 Mar 1934.
  Editor's Note: There is no gravestone for Robert Franklin Criswell in the Jerome Cemetery.  It is assumed that he is buried either in the Criswell family plot or the Thomas Banks' plot.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Evelyn Mae Taylor Davison, 1929-2013

The Seymour Herald - 10 January 2013
  Evelyn Mae (Taylor) Davison was born August 13, 1929 south of Iconium, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Fred and Alice (Murphy)Taylor. She attended Shanghai rural school south of Iconium and graduated from Moravia High School in May 1946. [She died 25 January 2013.]
  On December 25, 1948 she and Gerald Davison were married at the Udell Brethren Manse. He preceded her in death on January 16, 2004.  They and their sons farmed northwest of Moulton and west of Numa. They moved to Centerville in February 1967. She soon began her employment at St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital as a CNA. Fourteen years later she transferred to the laundry department.  She retired from the hospital after 30 1/2 years to care for her husband as he went to Ottumwa then Corydon for dialysis.
   She had several hobbies; such as crewel embroidery, counted cross stitch, crocheting, sewing for herself and quilts for some of the great grandchildren and gardening as long as she was able. he crocheted tablecloth, doilies, a bedspread and numerous afghans-baby and adult.
  She is survived by her two sons, Harold (Beth) and Donald (Debra)of Centerville, 5 grandchildren: Michelle (Richard) Blythe of Chariton, Deanna (William) Moorman of Centerville, Destry (Susie) Davison of Austin, TX, Melanie Dunphy of Griswold, Danielle (Ryan) Hodges of Centerville. 11 great grandchildren: Jared and Austin Ritenour, Jacen Reed,and Alex Blythe all of Chariton, Emma and Jacob Maass of Griswold, Garrett, Madison and Drennan Moorman of Centerville, Presley and Tage Davison of Austin, TX, a brother Fred Earl (Annabeth) Taylor of Ottumwa, sister-in-law Bethel Ballanger of Coatsville, MO.
  Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald, a 10 year old son Jerald Gene, her parents, 2 sisters, Ruth Brown and June Young of Seymour and a cousin Floyd Green who lived his earlier years with the family.'
  Graveside service was held Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at Jerome Cemetery with Rev. Kay Singley officiating.  Visitation was Monday with the family at Thomas Funeral Home. Memorials may be given to Jerome Cemetery or Mercy Medical Center- Long Term Care which may be left at or mailed to Thomas Funeral Home - 23548 Hwy 5 - PO Box 125 - Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences and video may be shared at  

Gerald Gene and Evelyn Mae (Taylor) Davison's
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 4, Block 30, Lot 11

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Donna Maxine Cooper Rupalo, 1926-2012

  Donna M. Rupalo, daughter of Leo C. and Lennie M. (Hamm) Cooper was born November 12, 1926 in Mystic, Iowa. She passed peacefully from this life at the Mercy Medical Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on January 13, 2012 at the age of 85.
  Donna graduated from Mystic High School in May of 1943 at the age of 16. She moved to Des Moines, where she lived in the Highland Park area, working for a local clothing store. She then attended Centerville Jr. College earning her teaching certificate, and later taught at the Swan rural country school. She became engaged to her only love, Walter Rupalo on January 16, 1947 later being married on May 22, 1947 at the Methodist Church in Centerville, Iowa.
  They made their home in Rock Island, Illinois, until February of 1952 when they bought their present farm on the south edge of Seymour. To this union three children were born; Duane, Beverly and Marilyn. Donna was a member of the Seymour Christian Church where she served as Secretary of the Board more than 25 years. During most of that time she was responsible for organizing dozens of courtesy meals for grieving church friends. As her eyesight and health failed the last few years, she missed the ability of attending church services and activities.
  Donna loved her family and spent most of her time seeing to their needs and planning for family gatherings. She particularly loved to host large family Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas Eve soup suppers. She took after her father believing there was no such thing as a small garden. She canned and froze vegetables so there would be plenty during the winter months. Donna was known as a wonderful cook and would take special orders for pie as she prepared for the many bake sales for the church. She also loved flowers and had a large variety growing in special spots around her yard.
  She took special enjoyment from her grandchildren and took pride in all their accomplishments. Whether it was a ballgame, school test, or job interview, she was always concerned regarding how they did and praised them. When she knew the grandchildren were coming she made sure to cook their favorites.
  Preceding Donna in death were her husband of almost 54 years, Walter Rupalo; her parents; her brothers, Charles Stanley Cooper, Dr. A. W.(Bill) Cooper, Dr R. E. (Dick) Cooper and Dr. Gary V. Cooper; her sister, Carol M. Cooper; a brother-in-law, Wayne Larson and a nephew, Bruce Cooper.
Survivors include son, Duane and his wife Sarah of Seymour, daughter Beverly and her husband Jerry Walsh of Bondurant Iowa and daughter, Marilyn and her husband Jeff Walsh of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, her grandchildren, Kelly and Deena Rupalo and Tyler, Shelby, Jay and Allison Walsh; brother, LeRoy and Joyce Cooper of Glen Carbon, Illinois; sisters Betty Larson of Des Moines and JoAnn and Jim Costello of Burlington, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Barbara Cooper of Seymour and Sharon Cooper of Centerville plus a host of nieces and nephews and many friends.