Sunday, August 14, 2016

Jacob Vale Garretson, 1863-1933

The Seymour Herald – 6 April 1933
  Funeral services for Jacob V. Garretson, who died at the home of his brother, Ira Garretson, near Plano, on March 31, were held at the Cross Roads church on Sunday, April 2.  Burial was made in the Jerome cemetery.
  Mr. Garretson was the son of John C. and Mary E. Garretson.  He was born on March 16, 1863.  Ruremia, from which he was ill for three weeks, was given as the cause of death.
  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brinkley were visiting in Numa Sunday and attended the funeral of their brother-in-law Jake Garretson, who passed away Friday.  Mr. Garretson was a well known Franklin resident, having lived here for many years.  Only recently going to his brother’s in Seymour.  Mrs. Garretson and Mrs. Brinkley are sisters.
The Seymour Herald – 13 April 1933
Garretson Rites Held Last Sunday
Pioneer Resident Dies East Of City
  Funeral services for Jacob Vale Garretson, 70, who lived east of Seymour were held at the Little Flock Baptist church, Sunday, April 2, at one o’clock, and were conducted by the Rev. Glade Yost.  Burial was made in the cemetery at Jerome.
  Jacob Vale Garretson, son of John C. and Mary Ditmer Garretson, was born in Harrisbury twp., VanBuren county, Iowa, on March 16, 1863, and departed this life on March 31, 1933, at the age of 70 years and 15 days.  Mr. Garretson came to Appanoose county with his parents in 1869, and from that time his life has been spent in this county.  He was an honorable and upright citizen, respected by all who knew him, and in his passing he leaves a host of loving friends to mourn their loss.  He was the eldest of nine children, all but one of whom survive, one sister, Hannah Caroline, have preceded him in death thirty-nine years ago. He was united in marriage to Sarah A. Brinkley on Oct. 4, 1893, who survives him.  On May 18, 1893 under the pastorate of the Rev. Wm. Beard, he was converted and united with the Little Flock Baptist church which was then his home church, and on Oct. 25, 1895 he took his church letter to the Franklin Baptist church, near his home in Appanoose county, east of Seymour.
  Mr. Garretson’s health had gradually failed in the last few months, but he was a patient sufferer, cheerful and uncomplaining.  Throughout his suffering, he wanted to care for himself until he became bedfast.  He remained in complete control of all his faculties until last Friday morning when he lapsed into a coma, and passed away Friday evening March 31, at 8 o’clock.  His death occurred at the home of his brother, Ira Garretson, with whom he had made his home the past fall and winter months.
  In his passing Mr. Garretson leaves the following relatives to mourn his departure: Howard Garretson and family of Moravia, Iowa; Dan Garretson and family of Seymour, Iowa; Ira Garretson and family of Plano, Iowa; Rex Garretson of Seymour, Iowa; Mary Bonner and family of Woodward, Oklahoma; Lyda Connor and husband of Cereal, Okla.; Linda Anderson and family of Seymour, Ia.
  Funeral services were held in the Little Flock Baptist church, Sunday, April 2nd, at one o’clock, conducted by the Rev. Glade Yost, and burial was made in the cemetery at Jerome.

Gravestone for Jacob Vale Garretson
in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 5, Block 11, Lot 3

Friday, August 12, 2016

Carl William Fenton, 1909-1981

 The Seymour Herald – 2 April 1981
  Carl William Fenton, a lifelong resident of the are, who had resided on Route 2, Seymour since November 1, 1980, died suddenly at his home Thursday, March 26, 1981.  He had suffered a heart attack in September.
  Born February 18, 1909, north of Plano, he was the son of Joe and Mary McAninch Fenton.  He married Nora Finton at Corydon in 1929, and she died October 22, 1967. On April 12, 1976, he married Bessie Cochran Fenton in Las Vegas, Nev., and she survives.
  Mr. Fenton was employed by Appanoose County many years, and farmed in the Brushy vicinity prior to that time. His parents, one grandson, two brothers, Emerl Fenton and Merl Fenton, and two sisters, Alta Farris and Bertha Hawk, preceded him in death.
  Survivors besides his wife include two sons, Burness Fenton of Biloxi, Miss.; Robert Fenton of Davenport; two daughters, Leona Foster, Eldridge, Ia.; and Fern Davolt, Bettendorf, Ia.; one stepson, Donald Fenton, Lineville, Ia.; three stepdaughters, Beulah DeVore, Seymour rural route, Mary Lou Levis, Sewal; and Betty Burns, Eldridge, Ia.; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, a number of step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren, one sister, Icel Hart, Centerville; and one brother, Floyd Fenton, Centerville.
  Services were March 28 at Miller-Wehrle Funeral Home in Centerville, with John Lewis officiating.  Burial was in Jerome Cemetery.

Gravestone of Carl William and Nora L. Fenton
in the Jerome Cemetery
Row 2, Block 31, Lot 4

Friday, August 5, 2016

Chester Allen Coulson, 1880-1897

Centerville Daily Citizen - 19 July 1897
A Son of Samuel Coulson 
Meets Death Near Jerome
The Unfortunate Young Man 
Seized With a Cramp and Sinks
Beneath the Water’s Surface to Rise No More
A Companion Gives the Alarm 
Life Extinct When Body is Found
  A pond on the Felkner farm in Johns township, west of the city about eight miles, was the scene of a drowning late yesterday afternoon, in which the son of Samuel Coulson met his death.  Young Coulson [Chester Allen Coulson], aged about 18, and a companion were in bathing. The pond at the deepest place does not contain over eight feet of water.  Coulson was wading out toward the center of the pool when he suddenly sank below the surface. He had made no outcry and his companion, who was not far away, thought he had made a dive.  He waited for his re-appearance and a the seconds passed without his coming to the surface, he became alarmed. His fright increased almost to a frenzy as the moments slipped by and then he hurried to the farm house and gave the alarm.  A raft was constructed and search for the body began.  It was some time before it was located and brought to the surface. Examination showed that every spark of life was extinct.  The remains were taken home and the funeral was held this afternoon at 3 o’clock, interment being in the Philadelphia church yard. Drowning was without doubt due to a cramp. After the disappearance under the waves the body never came to the surface.
  Mr. and Mrs. Coulson have a wide circle of friends who will be sorry to learn of their bereavement.
  Chester Allen Coulson was born on December 14, 1880, the son of Samuel and Vashti (Shaeffer) Coulson, and drowned on July 18, 1897 in a pond on the Felkner farm in Johns Township, Appanoose County, Iowa.  He was buried in Philadelphia Cemetery in Johns Township.