Thursday, December 29, 2016

E. Ova Kinney, 1877-1960

The Seymour Herald – 4 February 1960
  Ova Kinney, son of Jesse G. Kinney and Louisa E[noch] Kinney, was born Feb. 10, 1877, in Appanoose county, one mile west of Jerome.  He was the fourth child born in the family of nine.  They were all born on the same farm.
  He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and was active in the work for two and one-half years.  He made his home with his parents and had work in Jerome.  On June 30, 1901, he was united in marriage to Leonie Mitten and to this union was born one son, Walter H. Kinney who passed away at the age of eight years.  The loss of his son was a great sorrow in his life.
  He was a member of the Methodist church for a number of years, being very humble and having a great love for music and its possibilities for good.  He took an active part in the church choir and male quartet.  His favorite music was band and male quartet numbers.  He attended school and Sunday school at Jerome.
  His companion passed away March 24, 1945.
  He was a man of good character and enjoyed the company of friends around him.
  He was preceded in death by his father, mother, three brothers (Clyde, Frank and Carl) and two sisters (Mary, known as Mamie, and Maud Kinney Bolin) and his wife and young son.
  Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Osta Norris of Jewell and Mrs. Effie Haux of Cedar Rapids, and one brother, George of Cincinnati.
  Death came to Ova Kinney Sunday morning, Jan. 31, 1960, at the Windsor hotel in Seymour where he had made his home since retiring from the farm in 1945.
  For every kindness to us at the time of the death of our brother, E. O. Kinney, who thank you very much.  We are especially grateful for the thoughtfulness of the people at the Windsor hotel.  May the good Lord bless and keep thee.
Mrs. Osta Norris and family
Mrs. Effie Houx
Mr. and Ms. George Kinney
Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Mitten
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Mitten
Gravestone of 
E. Ova and Leona Mitten Kinney
in the Tharp Cemetery, Wayne County, Iowa
 Thanks to Jocelyn Faris for the photo of the above gravestone.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

1960 News - Friends Learn of Hawkins Nuptials

The Seymour Herald – 4 February 1960
Friends Learn of Hawkins Nuptials;
Reschedule Jerome Activities
  JEROME – During the holidays friends here learned of the marriage of Bill Hawkins, so of Mr. and Mrs. William Hawkins of Davenport.  He lived here and was very active in youth affairs until the family moved to Davenport.  There he attended school, graduated from high school and attended the University of Chicago.  The following is a brief report of the wedding from the Springfield, Ill., paper:
  “The first wedding to be held in the chapel of the new First Congregational church was Miss Francia Ann Kozelka, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kozelka of Springfield, Ill., to William Richard Hawkins of Davenport at 4:30 on Dec. 26, 1959.  Miss Martha Cotton of Springfield was the bride’s matron of honor and James R. Moeller of Walcott was Hawkins’ best man.
  “A reception was held in the church parlors after the wedding ceremony.
  “The newlyweds are third-year students at the University of Chicago and have returned to school.  They live at 5520 Ellis Ave., Apt. 1 E, Chicago, Ill.”
  This community wishes the young couple the best of everything.
  Most all activities were called off last week because of ice on the roads and streets.
  WSCS will meet Thursday for its cooperative dinner.  Mrs. J. G. Morris will be lesson leader and Mrs. J. W. Workman will have the devotions.
  Lincoln Lions 4-H was also called off on Wednesday evening and their meeting will be called later.
  Jim Condra of Cedar Rapids spent the week end at home.
  Mr. and Mrs. Richard Blozevich of Davenport spent the week end at the parental Milton Blozevich home.
  Rita Redwick of Bettendorf spent the week end with her grandparents, the Mike Ponsettos.
  Mrs. Walter White of east of town was taken to the hospital in Centerville Friday for observation.
  Marion Zemo of Davenport spent the week end at the parental Frank Zemo home.
  When word was received here of the death of Ova Kinney, the old time people thought of the music he and his sister furnished for our church when they were young.  They often joined with other people to make a quartet.
  Carl McKern and family of Davenport spent the week end with his parents, the Eugene McKerns.
  Ed Bradley and family of Mystic and the Junior Fenton family of Centerville visited the John Ponsettos Sunday.
  Ricky and Sharon Lucas of Centerville spent the week end with their grandparents, the Theo. Broshers.
  Mr. and Mrs. Robert DeVore and family spent Sunday with William Neighbor family near Cincinnati.
  Ronald Kinsler will fill the pulpit again next Sunday while Rev. Lockhead spends the time at Mystic.
  Mrs. Clark Anderson will entertain the helping hand club Thursday, Feb. 4, in the afternoon. Mrs. Leonard Wilson will furnish the entertainment.
  Mrs. Joe Beer, Mrs. Gail Felkner, Mrs. W.  R. Hefner, Mrs. James Felkner and Mrs. Bert Murphy attended a meeting of the parsonage committee of the different churches on the Mystic circuit Sunday afternoon at the parsonage in Mystic.  They were making plans for some parsonage improvements.
  Mrs. Ivan Long spent Friday at the Frank Long home.
  Paul Seals and two sons of Bloomfield spent Sunday at the parental Claude Seals home.
  Mr. and Mrs. George Sidles spent Sunday in Milton with the Donald Howells.
  Mrs. J. G. Morris and Charles and Miss Anne Hutson of Jefferson City, Mo., were dinner guests with Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Condra and Jim.
--Susie R. Sidles

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Effie Mae Kinney Houx, 1879-1962

Cedar Rapids Gazette – 14 August 1962
  Effie M. Houx, widow of J. Sam Houx, 500 Third Avenue SW, a Cedar Rapids resident for many years, died in a nursing home Monday.  She was born October 23, 1879, at Jerome, Ia.  Surviving are a brother, George Kinney of Cincinnati, and a sister, Mrs. Osta Norris of Jewell, Ia.
  Mrs. Houx, an accomplished musician, was a member of Trinity Methodist church for 58 years and of the Ida Gard circle.  She was honored last spring for having started Lenten meditations for the Woman’s Society several years ago.
  Services: Turner chapel at 3’ Wednesday by the Rev. Bernard Olson.  Burial: Cedar Memorial.  Friends may call at the chapel.
  Effie Mae Kinney married at Jerome, 23 October 1902, John Samuel Houx who was born at Martinsburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania, 26 December 1857, son of William Jacob Houx, Jr. and Susan E. Shimmer, and who died at Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, 30 November 1934. []

Gravemarkers for
Effie Mae Kinney Houx
and John Samuel Houx 
in Cedar Memorial Park, 
Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa
Evergreen, Lot 142

Monday, December 26, 2016

Frank Kinney, 1899-1941

Centerville Daily Iowegian – 22 April 1941
Frank Kinney, 
Native of Jerome Vicinity Was Well Known
Funeral Will be at Jerome
  Frank Kinney, former well known resident of the Jerome vicinity, died suddenly of heart failure at Oklahoma City yesterday, according to word received here today.  Mr. Kinney is said to have dropped dead without warning having been in apparently good health immediately before his death.
  Mr. Kinney was born and raised on a farm west of Jerome.  He was well known and had many relatives and friends over the community to all of whom the news of his sudden death comes as a shock and sorrow.
  In death he leaves the following brothers and sisters: Carl Kinney, of Marshalltown; Ora Kinney, of near Seymour; and George Kinney, living west of Centerville; Mrs. Guthrie Norris, of Marshalltown; and Mrs. Effie Houx, of Cedar Rapids.
  The body is being brought back TO Jerome and funeral services will be held at the Methodist church there at 2:00 o’clock Wednesday.
The Seymour Herald – 24 April 1941
  Funeral services for Frank Kenney, 52, were held in the Methodist church in Jerome Wednesday afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock.
  Mr. Kinney had been a resident of Oklahoma City, Okla., the past 22 years and died from a heart attack.  He is the brother of E. O. and Carl Kinney.
  Burial was made in the Jerome cemetery.
  In death he leaves to morn three brothers and two sisters, Ova of near Seymour, George of near Centerville, Carl of Marshalltown, Mrs. Guthrie Norris of Marshalltown, Mrs. Effie Houx of Cedar Rapids.
  The funeral service was conducted at Jerome by Rev. H. B. Fay of burial was in Jerome cemetery.
Centerville Daily Iowegian – 24 April 1941
Funeral Service For Frank Kinney At Jerome 23rd
  Funeral services were held at Jerome Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, April 23, 1941, for Frank Kinney who died in Oklahoma City, Okla.  He was the son of Jesse and Louise Kinney and was born March 11, 1899, one mile west of Jerome.  He lived on the home farm with his parents until 1919 when he went to Oklahoma and worked for the Sinclair and Stand Pipe Line company, of which he was chief engineer.
  As a boy he always attend Sunday school and the Methodist church in Jerome.
Centerville Daily Iowegian – 28 April 1941
  Mrs. George Kinney, of west of Centerville, states that a message came to them of the death of George’s brother Frank. His remains were being shipped to Seymour, Ia.  No date for the funeral had been set at the date of this writing.  George’s brother Frank had visited in George’s home during his 12 year residence on what was for many years called the McFerren farm west of Eagle locality.
  Carl Kinney of Marshalltown spent the week-end with friends in the Jerome vicinity.
  Mr. and Mrs. Ova Kinney and Orlando Mitten of Seymour and Mr. and Mrs. George Kinney of Centerville and Mr. and Mrs. Orville Kinney of Des Moines attended the funeral of Frank Kinney Wednesday afternoon.
  Mr. and Mrs. Guthrie Norris and Carl Kinney of Marshalltown, Ia., and Mrs. Effie Houx of Cedar Rapids, attended the funeral of Frank Kinney Wednesday afternoon.
  Mr. and Mrs. Norris remained for a few days visit at the home of his brother Lewis Norris and family.
  Funeral services were held at the Jerome Methodist church Wednesday afternoon for Frank Kinney who passed away in Oklahoma City, Okla.  He was a former resident of Jerome.
  Mrs. Effie Houx of Cedar Rapids is visiting with her cousin, Mrs. Alta Morrison, and other relatives and friends for a few days.

Gravestones in the Jerome Cemetery 
for the Kinney Family and Frank Kinney
Row 5, Block 8, Lot 2

Friday, December 23, 2016

Louisa Enoch Kinney, 1850-1939

Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen  
6 June 1939
Mrs. Kinney of Near Jerome 
Is Taken By Illness
Death This Morning Claims Widow of Civil War Veteran
Funeral Planned at Jerome
  Mrs. Louise Kinney, 89, widow of a Civil War veteran, died at her home one mile west of Jerome at 5 o’clock this morning after a long period of illness.  Mrs. Kinney had been in failing health for some time and her death today was attributed to old age and complicated illnesses.
  Mrs. Kinney’s husband, Jesse Kinney, a civil war veteran, preceded her in death about 20 years ago.  She had been living on the home place near Jerome, with her son Carl, during the past few years.  She moved to Appanoose county from Davis county a number of years ago and made her home here since that time.
  In death she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Effie Houx and Mrs. Osta Norris, both of Cedar Rapids and four sons, George of near Centerville, Frank of Oklahoma City, Okla., Ova of near Seymour, and Carl at home.  A large number of nieces and nephews and grandchildren also survive.
  Mrs. Kinney was a long time member of the Methodist church of Jerome and her funeral will be held there, with burial in the cemetery nearby.  Definite arrangements have not been made, pending arrival of relatives.
The Seymour Herald – 8 June 1939
  Mrs. Louisa E. Kinney, widow of the late Jesse G. Kinney, died at her home near Plano, Iowa, Monday, June 5, at the age of 88 years, 8 months and 8 days.
  Funeral services will be conducted from the Methodist church in Jerome at 2:00 o’clock Thursday, June 8.
Centerville Daily Iowegian and Citizen
16 June 1939
The Seymour Herald – 15 June 1939
Louisa Enoch Kinney
  Louisa Enoch, eighth child of George and Persis Enoch was born September 28, 1850 in Springfield, Ohio and died June 6, 1939, at her home one mile west of Jerome at the age of 88 years, 8 months and 9 days.
  At the age of eight years she moved with her parents to Davis County, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood.
  On January 5, 1870 near Troy, Davis County, she was united in marriage to Jesse G. Kinney and in the following April they moved to the farm where she has since resided excepting a few years in Seymour.
  To this union were born ten children, four of whom preceded her in death.
  Mr. Kinney died June 2, 1920.
  The surviving children are, Mrs. Guthrie Norris of Marion, Iowa, Ova Kinney of Wayne county, Iowa, Mrs. Effie Haux of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, George of Centerville, Iowa, Frank of Oklahoma City, and Carl in the home.
  She leaves also eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Clarissa Cook of Lyons, Kansas.
  Mrs. Kinney, having come from a deeply religious family, united early in life with the Methodist church.  She was an active member of the Jerome Methodist church throughout her life.
  Interment was in the Jerome cemetery, Rev. J. E. McClellan, Methodist pastor, Jerome, officiating.

Gravestones in Jerome Cemetery for
Louisa Enoch Kinney
Row 5, Block 8, Lot 2

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Wayne Kinney Norris, 1908-1912

The Seymour Democrat – 9 September 1912
  Wayne Kinney Norris, youngest son of Guthrie and Osta Norris, was born Sept. 25, 1908, and departed this life Sept. 3, 1912, age 3 years, 11 months and 21 days.
  On Monday morning he was playing in the yard when he ran to call his papa to eat breakfast with him when a little colt kicked him.  He ran to his manna and told her.  The doctor was called but it was thought to be nothing serious, but that evening he began to get worse and the doctor came again and called council from Centerville, when it was decided that nothing could save his life but an operation.  He was taken to Centerville to the St. Joseph Hospital at 3 a.m., where everything that medical aid and loving hands could do to ease his pain was done, but it seemed as if appendicitis had already formed which was aggravated by the hurt.,
  The doctors did everything that could be done but he passed away at 8:30 Tuesday morning.  The little darling was taken to the residence of Glendora and Pheba Norris Tuesday afternoon.  The funeral was preached by Rev. Bear at the M. E. church at Jerome Wednesday afternoon after which he was laid to rest in the Jerome cemetery.
  A loving father, mother and three brothers and a host of relatives are left to mourn his loss.
Gravestone in Jerome Cemetery for
Wayne Kinney Norris
Row 6, Block 11, Lot 5

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Gaven H. Morrison, 1835-1916

Semi-Weekly Iowegian – 24 February 1916
  Gaven H. Morrison was born in Clearmount (sic) Co., Ohio, Aug. 24, 1835, and departed this life February 20, 1916, aged 80 years, 5 months and 26 days.  He was married to Mary Ann [Dunham] Barr in 1853 and came to Iowa in 1865, and settled near Montrose.  In 1881 he came to Appanoose Co. settling on the farm which has since been his home.  His beloved wife preceded him to the other world Oct. 17, 1914.  Mr. Morrison has been in poor health for the past 5 years, and has been cared for by his three children living near him, namely, Wm. Morrison, Plano; B. A. Morrison and Mrs. Ed Bollman.  All the children were present except Mrs. Andrew Kershaw of Oakdale, Wash.  He has two sisters living at Montrose, one stepson [John Wilson Barr] and many friends who extend their sympathy to the ones that are left behind to mourn.
  The funeral was held at the M. E. church at Jerome on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Geo. L. Roper officiating and burial was in the Jerome cemetery.
Jerome Cemetery Gravestone for
Gaven H. and 
Mary Ann Dunham Barr Morrison
Row 5, Block 20, Lot 3

Mary Ann Dunham Barr Morrison, 1833-1914

The Centerville Iowegian – 23 October 1914
Seymour Democrat – 29 October 1914
  Mary Ann Dunham was born in Clearmont (sic) County, Ohio, July 27, 1833 and died at her home near Jerome, Ia., Oct. 17, 1914, aged 81 years, 2 months, 20 days.
  She was first united in marriage to Wilson Barr in 1849.  The husband died in 1850.  To them was born one son, John Wilson Barr, who lives near Livingston, Ia.  In 1853 she was married to G. H. Morrison.  To them were born 10 children, four of whom are living, two sons and two daughters, Sarah Kershaw, Oskaloosa, Ia., Wm. S. Morrison, Plano, Ia., Mintie Bollman and Bert Morrison, Jerome.  Also two grandchildren, Mary and Ida Morrison.  Five children and the husband survive here.
  She was converted in her youth and united with the M. E. Church where she has lived a faithful Christian life.  In her home life she has been a true wife, a kind and loving mother and a good neighbor.
  The funeral services were conducted from the Methodist Church, Jerome, on Wednesday forenoon October 21, 1814, at 10:30 o’clock.  A large number of friends and neighbors gathered at the church and cemetery.  The entire community sympathize with the bereaved family.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. E. Clemens of Seymour, Ia., assisted by Rev. Roper of Jerome.
Jerome Cemetery Gravestone for
Gaven H. and Mary A. Dunham Morrison
Row 5, Block 20, Lot 3

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Clementine Truneau KIing, 1897-1919

The Seymour Herald – 23 October 1919
  Clementine Trumeau was born at St. Aignon, France, June 7, 1897, and died at the Graham hospital, Centerville, Iowa, October 19, 1919, aged 22 years, 4 months, 12 days.
  During the war she met and married Wilbur King.  To this union was born one child, Jeanne Cleo.  Her stay in this country was exceedingly short.  She arrived in New York with her husband and child August 22, 1919.  Her death was very pathetic because she left her native land and her kindred for the one she loved, and coming here among strangers then falling sick and death taking her from her husband and babe.
  She leaves to mourn her loss, husband and babe, father, step-mother, four brothers and two sisters.
  Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. Church at Jerome, on Monday, October 20, at 2 o’clock, by Rev. Clemens of Seymour, assisted by the pastor of the M. E. Church.
  Burial in the Jerome cemetery.

Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery
Clementine Thumeau King
Row 3, Block 1, Lot 3

Levi Lafayette Butler, 1870-1956

The Seymour Herald – 6 September 1956
  L[evi] L[afayette] Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Butler was born Oct. 29, 1870, in Appanoose county, near Seymour, where he made his home with his parents.  On Sept. 16, 1896, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Olive Fenley and to this union were born two sons.
  He purchased a farm east of Seymour where he was engaged in farming and stock raising until the year 1918, when he moved to Seymour where he made his home until the time of his passing.
  He was converted and united with the Baptist church of Seymour during the pastorate of Lenny Clemons.
  Mr. Butler was honest in his dealings with his fellow men; he had a cheerful disposition, he was loved and respected by all who knew him.  He was a good father, and a kind husband and was always willing to lend a hand to those who were in need.
  His companion passed away June 21, 1917.  He lived along until June 1, 1943, when he was united in marriage to Jennie Brown.  They made their home on East Wall street.
  He enjoyed good health and kept busily engaged until his recent illness. He suffered a stroke Aug. 15 and was taken to the Wayne county hospital.  He passed away Aug. 23 at the age of 85 years, nine months and 25 days.  All was done that medical science could do, but to no avail.
  He leaves to mourn his passing his companion; two sons, Glen Butler of Pontiac, Mich., and John Butler of Port Byron, Ill.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Asa of Seymour and Jesse of Des Moines, and two sisters, Emma Hiatt of Centerville and Verna Johnson of Silvis, Ill.  He also leaves several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
  Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. M. Cleeton Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Liggett Funeral home.  Burial was in Southlawn cemetery.
  Pallbearers were nephews, Gerald Butler, Hiatt Butler, Roy Darrah, Ralph Butler, Merrill Hiatt and Claude Butler.
  Mrs. Vernon Cain played the piano for selected hymns.
  We wish to show our appreciation and thanks to all who were so kind during the illness and after the death of our husband and father.
  Your kindness never will be forgotten.
Mrs. Lafe Butler
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Butler and family

Mr. and Mrs. John Butler and family

Gertrude Fenley Butler, 1878-1967

The Seymour Herald – 28 September 1967
Gertrude Butler Buried Here
  An invalid since she broke her hip more than two years ago, Mrs. Gertrude Butler died Saturday at the home at Lineville where she had been living.  She was born in Wayne county May 6, 1878, and lived all of her life on a farm south of Seymour until moving to town.
  Funeral was Monday afternoon at the Liggett Funeral home with Rev. Gilbert Hamilton in charge.  Burial was at Southlawn cemetery.
  Mrs. Butler was the youngest of the seven children of John and Nancy Jane Fenley and the last of the family.  She married Charles H. Butler in 1899 and he preceded her in death about 20 years ago.  Survivors are their three children, Verna Olive Crowe of Silvis, Ill., Coral Burton of Ames and Claude of Allerton.  There are three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
  She was a member of the Seymour Baptist church.

Charles Henry Butler, 1873-1939

The Seymour Herald – 13 July 1939
Charles Butler Dies After Long Illness
  Charles Henry, son of Paschal [Thomas] and [Lucintha] Jane [Morlan] Butler, passed away at his home near Seymour July 6, 1939.  He was born in Appanoose county, March 27, 1873, and at the time of his death, his age as 66 years, three months, and nine days.
  He was united in marriage to Gertrude Fenley, [daughter of John Fenley and Nancy Wright], April 2, 1899 [in Wayne county, Iowa].  To this union were born two daughters and one son:  [Verna] Olive Keeney of Numa [wife of Ray Vernan Keeney and Morris Willard Crowe], [Coral Gertruce] Burton of Ames [wife of Maurice T. Burton], and Claude [P. Butler] [husband of Thelma] at home.
  He leavers besides his widow and children, to mourn him, four brothers [Elmer Ellsworth Butler, Levi Lafayette Butler, Jesse Elroy Butler, and Asa Ray Butler], three sisters [Belinda J. Butler Darrah Willis, Emma Eldora Butler Hiatt, and Verna May Butler Johnson], two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends, a brother [William Newton Butler, 1864-1934] and sister [Viola Butler, 1877-1928] having preceded him in death.
  He was converted in 1912 and united with the First Baptist church of Seymour.
  After his marriage he made his home on a farm north of Seymour [in Walnut township, Wayne county, Iowa] and there he spent the remainder of his life.
  In his last month of illness, he was a patient sufferer, and will be sadly missed by those of the community.
But when the sun in all his state
  Illuminated the Eastern skies;
He passed through Glory’s morning gate,
And walked in Paradise.
  Funeral services were held at the Baptist church of Seymour at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, July 8, 1939, conducted by the pastor, Rev. W. M. Cleeton.  Burial was in the Southlawn cemetery.
  We desire to thank our many friends and neighbors for every act of kindness shown during the last illness of our husband and father.

The Family

Friday, December 16, 2016

Elmer Ellsworth Butler, 1866-1941

The Seymour Herald – 11 August 1941
  This community was deeply saddened Tuesday morning when it was learned that Elmer E. Butler had passed away suddenly at his home about four a.m.  Two severe heart attacks, which came within two hours of each other, were attributed to the cause of his death.
  The passing of Mr. Butler removed from this vicinity another member of a pioneer family.  He had been on the streets a number of times Monday talking and joking with his many friends.
  Funeral services will be held from the Christian church in Seymour, Thursday afternoon, Sept. 11, at 2:00 o’clock.
The Seymour Herald – 18 September 1941
E. E. Butler Funeral In Christian Church
  Final rites for Elmer E. Butler were held Thursday afternoonat 2:00 o’clock in the Christian church with the Rev. W. M. Cleeton conducting the ceremony.  Mr. Butler passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning about four o’clock at his home, following two severe hear attacks.
  During the service “Rock of Ages” and “No Night There” were sung by a mixed quartet composed of Mrs. H. S. Eckels, Mrs. R. E. Jamison, Pearl Hart and P. H. Jarman.
  Sup’t. P. H Jarman sang “Somebody Knows” as a vocal solo. The quartet and Mr. Jarman were accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Gertie Smith.
  Flower bearers were:  Mrs. H. Cates, Mrs. Jap McKee, Mrs. George Pister, Mrs. Cora Jones, Mrs. Cora Osborn and Mrs. Glen Grant.
  Paul bearers were:  Jap McKee, Charles Spindler, Wade Wright, H. J. Doman, F. A. Kincade and John W. Contra.
  The body was interred in the Jerome cemetery
  Elmer E. Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paschal Thomas and Jane Butler, was born Nov. 2, 1866 in Appanoose county, Iowa and departed this life at his home in Seymour, Iowa, Sept. 9, 1941 at the age of 74 years, 10 months and seven days.
  On January 20, 1901, he was united in marriage to Minnie Barton and has lived his entire life in Appanoose and Wayne counties. He came to Seymour 26 years ago where he made his home until his passing.
  He was an energetic and honest man in his dealings with his fellow men.  During his long life he won to himself a host of friends.  He was always interested in everything that had to do with the upbuilding and betterment of his community.
  In March, 1922, he was elected member of the Seymour school board and remained a member for 17 years.  In 1925 he was elected president and server in that capacity until his retirement in March, 1939.
  He was a loving husband, a good neighbor and true friend.  He was loved, honored and respected by his neighbors and friends.
  He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving companion, three brothers, Jesse Butler of Des Moines; Lafayette and Asa R. Butler of Seymour; three sisters, Mrs. Belinda Willis of Seymour; Mrs. Emma Hiatt of Centerville and Mrs. Verna Johnson of Silvia, Ill., other relatives and a host of friends.
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve,
And make our courage faint or fall?
Nay, let us faith and hope receive
The rose still grows beyond the wall.
  I wish to express my sincere thanks to neighbors and friends who were so kind and helpful to me during my recent bereavement.  The many beautiful floral offerings and funeral services were all so much appreciated.

Mrs. Elmer E. Butler
Gravestone of
Elmer Ellsworth and Minnie Butler
in the Jerome Cemetery

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Belinda Julia Butler Darrah Willis, 1869-1956

The Seymour Herald – 2 August 1956
  Mrs. Belinda [Julia Butler] Darrah Willis, a life-long Seymour resident, died at the Wilson Nursing home in Corydon [Wayne county, Iowa] Tuesday morning [31 July 1956].  She had been in failing health for several years and had been a patient at the Wayne county hospital and Dustin nursing home here.
  Rites for Mrs. Willis, 87, were to be Thursday, today, at 2 o’clock at the Seymour Methodist church with the Rev. J. C. Turner officiating.  Mrs. Willis had been a life member of the church.  Burial will be at Southlawn cemetery.
  Born [3 January 1869] east of Seymour [daughter of Paschal T. Butler and Lucintha Jane Morlan], she had lived in this community and was a member of the Rebekah lodge ad American Legion Auxiliary and past president of both.
  Her survivors are two sons, Roy Darrah of Seymour and Fred Darrah of Emmetsburg; three brothers, Jess Butler of Des Moines, and Ace and Lafe Butler of Seymour; and two sisters, Emma Hiatt of Centerville and Verna Johnson of Silvis, Ill.
  There are seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

William Newton Butler, 1864-1934

The Seymour Herald – 5 July 1934
  The following is the obituary of W. N. Butler, who died Tuesday in Ames.
  William Newton Butler was born in Appanoose county, Iowa, May 27, 1864, the son of two hardy pioneers, Pascal T. Butler and Jane Morlan Butler.  He grew to manhood at the family homestead northeast of Seymour.
  On the 21st of September, 1887, he was married to Etta B. Wright, who was the daughter of pioneer parents in the same community.  To this marriage were born six children, all of who survive their father, and their mother, who preceded father in death five years ago.  The children are:  Will, who is engaged in he practice of law at Mason City, Iowa; Carl, who is in business at Caldwell, Idaho; Lee of the faculty of Iowa State college at Ames, Iowa; Ralph, who is with the auditing department of the Equitable Life Insurance company of Des Moines; Alice, Girl Reserve Secretary of the Y.M.C.A. at Harrisburg, Penn.; and Oma, who is a teacher of music in the public schools of Boise, Idaho.
Goes to Indianola
  Mr. Butler engaged in farming until 1908, when the family moved to Indianola, Iowa, in order that the children might have the advantages of a college education.  At Indianola Mr. Butler engaged in the feed and grain business until the death of the wife and mother in July 1929.  Since that time he has resided in Caldwell, Idaho and at Ames, and has also spent much time in the companionship of his brothers and sisters who reside in the vicinity of the old home.  He is survived by five brothers and three sisters, Elmer Butler, Lafe Butler, Charles Butler, and Asa Butler, of Seymour, Iowa; Jesse Butler, Des Moines; Mrs Belinda Willis of Seymour; Mrs. Emma Hiatt of Centerville, and Mrs. Verna Johnson of Silvis, Ill.; also other relatives and a host of friends, for he was a man who made friends wherever he went.
Ill For 5 Weeks
  He joined the Methodist church early in life, was for many years a member of the church at Seymour and at the time of his death he was a member of First Church at Ames.
  To his children father was kind, unpretentious, sincere and a constant living example of the principles which he strove to instill into their lives.  To his friends he was true, a good man, always recognized as a trustworthy citizen and of Chistian character.
  During the past few years he has been in failing health, but he always remained courageous and uncomplaining.  He was seriously ill for five weeks at the home of his son Lee at Ames, where he received the kindly ministration of the members of the family and many friends who had known of his illness.  On Tuesday evening June 26, he slipped quietly to the great beyond, to meet mother who was waiting him there, and in turn to await those who today pause to remember and pay their respects to a loving father, a faithful brother and a true friend.
  Services were held from the Seymour Methodist church, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock conducted by the Rev. W. A. Morgan pastor of First Church, Ames, and the Rev. R. C. Buchanan pastor of the local Methodist church.  Burial was in the Southlawn cemetery.

Gravestone for William N. Butler
in Southlawn Cemetery, Seymour, Iowa
  The Editor thanks Jocelyn Faris for sharing this obituary through the site.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Stephen Douglas A. Van Dorn, 1860-1942

The Seymour Herald -26 February 1942
  Stephen Douglas A. Van Dorn, son of Abraham and Manervia Van Dorn was born October 26, 1860 at Hibbsville, in Appanoose county, Iowa, and departed this life Feb. 18, 1942 at the age of 81 years, 3 months and 22 days, at the home of his daughter Mrs. Frank Crooks near Seymour, Iowa.
  He was united in marriage to Jennie Stewart January 1, 1885.  To this union were born six children:  David Abraham of Dillon, Mo., Mrs. Frank Crooks of Seymour, Earnest Eugene of Jerome, Iowa, Ms. Clyde Smith, Mrs. Dolpha Bone of Seymour, William Bryan of Numa, Iowa, and one step-son Bernice Van Sickle.
  His wife preceded him in death March 26, 1901.
  He was a kind and loving father and kept his children together through long years of toil and hardship.  He was both father and mother to his children until they were all grown and married.  He spent all of his life on a farm south of Jerome, excepting a few years in Seymour.
  He was united in marriage to Lillie McCowan Sept. 23, 1916, who preceded him in death March 8, 1927.  After her death, he spent his time among his children.
  He had been in failing health for sometime, but always looked on the bright side of everything.  All was done that kind and loving hands could do, but to no avail.
  He was a great lover of little children; and was blessed with 21 children and 18 great grandchildren.
  Besides the above mentioned he leaves to mourn his passing a host of relatives and friends.
Just a few days,
  And how we miss him.
Never will his memory fade.
Father is gone, but not forgotten.
  Claimed by the silent grave
  In the grave yard softly sleeping.
Where the flowers gently wave.
  Lies the one we love so dearly.
In his lone and silent grave.
  From this world of pain and sorrow.
To the land of peace and rest.
  God has taken our dear father.
Where he will have eternal rest.
  Rest on, dear father, your labor is o’er.
  Your toiling hands will toil no more.
A faithful father true and kind.
  No friend on earth like you we’ll find.
Editor's Note: Stephen Douglas A. Van Dorn was buried in Southlawn Cemetery, Seymour, Wayne County, Iowa.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Edith E. (Duncan) Fry, 1886-1973

The Seymour Herald – 13 September 1973
  JEROME – Mrs. O. L. (Edith) Fry died at Cedar Rapids Friday night.   The funeral was Tuesday at the Johnson home in Centerville with interment in the Jerome Cemetery.  Mrs. Fry had been staying with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Shanahan, a few months during her declining health.  She was 87.
  Mrs. Fry was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver L. Fry; a daughter Delilah; three sisters and one brother.  Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Shanahan, seven grandchildren and one sister, Mary Ellen Brown of Centerville.
Gravestone in the Jerome Cemetery for
Edith E. (Duncan) and Oliver Louis Fry
Row 7, Block 32, Lot 5