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Lydia A. (Russell) Gookin is buried in Salem Cemetery
Lot. No. 34/18, where she shares a tombstone with her
husband, Samuel. Her inscription reads, "Lydia A., His Wife,
Jan. 2, 1842 - Mar. 26, 1900."
"Mrs. Samuel Gookin
"Mrs. Samuel Gookin died at her home in Benton township
on Monday, March 26, 1900, after an extended illness with
dropsy and heart trouble. Funeral services conducted by Rev.
Robinson of Russell were held at Salem church on Wednesday
afternoon at two o'clock after which the remains were laid to
rest in the Salem cemetery.
"Miss Lydia A. Russell was born in Noble county, Ohio, on
January 2, 1842. She came to Lucas county in 1856 and was
married in 1858 to Samuel Gookin. They were the parents of
twelve children, ten of whom are living, six boys and four
girls. They have resided in Lucas county since their marriage and
have always been held in high esteem by all with whom they
have become acquainted. When quite young, Mrs. Gookin
was converted and united with the M.E. church and has since
lived a faithful christian life. She was a noble, true hearted
woman and her death has caused extreme sorrow in the
neighborhood where she resided.
"She was of a pleasant disposition and by her quiet and sincere
demeanor won friends of all with whom she came in contact.
Her entire life was devoted to her home and the bereaved ones
will feel keenly the loss. To the afflicted ones the community
The Chariton Democrat
6 April 1900
Mary Etta (White) Snider is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 50/14
with her parents, Paris M. and Mary E. (Breckenridge) White; brother,
Edward T. White; and sister, Julia J. White. The inscription on her
tombstone reads, "Etta, wife of W.T. Snider, Feb. 20, 1873 - Mar. 5, 1900."
"Mrs. W. T. Snyder
"Mrs. Mary Snyder of Benton township, wife of W.T. Snyder, died in this
city at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.M. White, on Monday
evening, March 5, after a lingering illness with consumption, at the age
of twenty-seven years. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Wilson Mills
of the Baptist church were held Wednesday at Bethel (sic) church in
Benton township after which the remains were interred in the Salem
"Mrs. Mary Etta White was born in Wayne county in 1873. About four
years ago she was married to W.T. Snyder who survives her. One little
daughter, three years old, is also living. The death of this noble,
true hearted mother has caused extreme sorrow, not only in the home
she loved so well, but throughout the township where she resided. She
was beloved by all who knew her, and her sweet christian character
carried sunshine and joy wherever she went. Her entire life was
devoted to her home and her family. She lived her life well, and leaves
in the sorrow-stricken home an influence for good which will be felt
in the years to come. In spite of her ill health she scattered seeds of
sunshine, and the community suffers from her departure. To the bereaved
relatives the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended."
The Chariton Democrat
16 March 1900
Note: Although the surname is spelled "Snyder" in Mary Etta's obituary,
it is spelled "Snider" on her tombstone.
Note: There has never been, so far as I know, a Bethel church in Benton
Township. There is a Bethel church in Cedar township, northeast of
Stephen S. Arnold, whose parents David and Alpha (Seward)
Arnold, and brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Sophia
(Barnhart) Arnold, are buried at Salem, is buried in the northwest
portion of the Chariton Cemetery, where the inscription on his
tombstone, according to "Lucas County, Iowa, Cemeteries,"
published by the Lucas County Genealogical Society,
reads, "Capt. S.S. Arnold, April 25, 1830 - Jan. 27, 1908,
Co. K, 40th Iowa." Grand Army of the Republic and Chariton Volunteer
Fire Department flag holders are located at the grave. Note that
there are discrepancies between this reading of the tombstone and
information in his obituary. He actually died Jan. 27, 1909, for
"Captain S.S. Arnold Dead
"Captain S.S. Arnold died at his home on South Grand street
soon after twelve o'clock last night. His death came after a
week of suffering with a fractured hip the result of a fall from a ladder
in his barn last Thursday from which shock to his system already
in the grasp of that dread trouble, Bright's disease, he was
unable to recover. He came to Lucas county about the year 1880
from a farm in Marion county. His widow is the only surviving
relative in Chariton. A daughter, Mrs. J.G. Shannon, of Chicago,
came today. Mrs.F.R. Crocker, another daughter is now living
The Chariton Patriot
28 January 1909
"Stephen S. Arnold
"Stephen S. Arnold was born in New Concord, Muskingum county,
Ohio, April 25, 1830. He died in Chariton, Iowa, Wednesday
night, January 27, 1909, aged 78 years, nine months and two days.
"He was one of nine children, four of whom survive, one being a
sister, Mrs. Lucy Parker, of Omaha, who is 93 years of age. He
was married to Miss Elizabeth Gill in New Concord August 24, 1854.
To this union were born four children - three daughters and a son,
vix: Mrs. Alice Russell, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Mrs. Rose Shannon,
Chicago; Mrs. Minnie Crocker, Chariton, and now in Minneapolis;
and Mr. Harry Arnold, Pecos, N.M. He and Mrs. Shannon were
present at the funeral. Also four of the eighteen grandchildren; Jessie
Crocker, Harry, Charles and Lucile Shannon.
"Soon after his marriage Mr. Arnold and his bride came west. He had
finished a college education. At Galesburg, Ill., he engaged in the
milling business. In 1881 they came to Chariton where they since
resided, he being one of the town's progressive and influential
citizens. Soon after his Galesburg residence he heard the call to arms
and enlisted in the 40th Iowa regiment, company G. That was in 1861
and he served throughout the entire war, being honorably discharged.
He was a member of Isminger Post No. 18, G.A.R., of Chariton. He loved
the post and the fellowship of the "boys."
"Mr. Arnold was a man of fine physique and strong constitution. His
army experience left its mark on his health, but for the better part
of his life he was active, suffering only the ordinary sickness that come
to men. The immediate cause of his death was a fall from a ladder
in his barn a week prior to his passing away, in which accident he sustained
a fracture of a hip bone.
"While he never united with any church he was not an unbeliever. He
often spoke of his mother as "being in heaven." He encouraged his
wife in the Christian faith which she professed, and was pleased that
she followed the Master. Captain Arnold was a good husband and
father. He was kind, indulgent, tireless in his efforts, and unstinting
in his bounty toward his household. He was very charitable in his
disposition, as many who helped (sic) can testify, At the last he
passed away as one who sleeps. He suffered much but his brave spirit
had no world of complaint.
"The funeral was conducted from the family residence on South
Grand street Sunday afternoon under this auspices of Isminger Post,
G.A.R. Rev. A.H. Lathrop of the Methodist church was the
The Chariton Patriot
4 February 1909
Martha (Marshall) Gookin is buried in an unmarked grave
near her husband, Langdon, whose grave is marked,
in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 30/19.
"MARTHA MARSHALL GOOKIN
"Died, at her home in Benton township, Sunday, Sept. 10,
1899, at 1 o'clock a.m., of old age, Mrs. Martha Marshall
Gookin, aged 87 years and 8 months. Funeral services were
held in the Salem church Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock,
conducted by her pastor, Rev. O.D. Ellett of Russell, and
by her request the casket containing her remains was
carried from the church to the cemetery by six of her
grandsons, who tenderly lowered it into the grave.
"Mrs. Gookin was born in Ohio, Feb. 11, 1813, and has lived
in Lucas county since 1854. For sixty years she has been
a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church,
and lived a model christian life. She was a true wife and
mother, a faithful friend and neighbor, and will be sadly
missed. She was the mother of nine children, seven of whom
survive her, and with the exception of one, Mrs. Nettie
Ribble, living in Texas, were present at the funeral."
The Chariton Patriot
14 September 1899
Cora Houck, who died 27 March 1881, of scarlet fever, is buried
in an unmarked grave in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 35/31. The exact location
of her grave on the lot is unknown. She is the only person buried on the lot.
The following information concerning Cora and her family was compiled
some time ago for family members by Frank D. Myers. Cora was a daughter
of Charles W. and Sarah (Myers) Houck.
The Charles W. Houck family was enumerated during two federal census years, 1870
and 1880, in Benton Township, Lucas County, Iowa.
During 1870, the Houcks were enumerated as follows:
Dwelling 78/Family No. 83
Houck, Charles, age 35, male, farmer, born Germany
Houck, Sarah, age 33, female, keeps house, born Pennsylvania
Houck, George, age 3, male, born Pennsylvania
Houck, Cora, age 2, female, born Pennsylvania
Houck, Elizabeth, age 9 months, born Pennsylvania
The Houcks were living immediately adjacent to Sarah's father and
stepmother, Jacob and Harriet Myers, and such of their children who
still were at home: Catherine, 18; Daniel, 15; Anne (sic), 12; Adaline
(actually Adalaide), 6; and Abram, 32.
In 1880, the Houck family was enumerated in its permanent home, located
in Section 27 of Benton Township. I can tell that by using an 1895 plat map
and noting the names of their immediate neighbors, including Thomas and
Phoebe (Myers) Gookin, Clarke and Mary (Myers) Gookin and John and Susan
(Myers) Hickle. All of the women were Sarah's sisters.
The entry reads as follows:
House No. 81/Family No. 84
Charles W. Houck, 45, farmer, born Germany, parents born in Germany
Sarah Houck, 43, born Pennsyvania, parents born Pennsyvania
George A. Houck, 12, born Pennsyvania, father Germany, mother Pennsylvania
Cora Houck, 11, born Pennsylvania, father Germany, mother Pennsylvania
Phebe E. Houck, 10, born Pennsylvania, father Germany, mother Pennsylvania
Jacob Houck, 8, born Iowa, father Germany, mother Pennslvania
Edward H. Houck, 5, born Iowa, father Germany, mother Pennsylvania.
Daniel M. Houck, 4, born Iowa, father Germany, mother Pennslvania
Charles J. Miller, 25, minister/boarder, born Ohio, parents Pennsylvania
The final reference to Cora is found in Lucas County Death Record 1, Page 7.
Death No. 82: Cora Houck, female, age 12 years, 6 months, born Pennsylvania,
died March 27, 1881, in Benton Township of scarlet fever after an illness of
four days. Buried March 27, 1881, Reported by C.B. Powell,
Russell, Iowa, attending physician, March 30, 1881.
The following sketch regarding the Houcks was prepared by Frank D. Myers
for the new Lucas County history book now being published. It was prepared
in a burst of enthusiasm, when he thought he'd have time to get around to
preparing simliar sketches for all the children of Jacob Myers. He didn't.
"Sarah (Myers) Houck
"Kevin Costner would have had a more difficult time producing the
popular film Dances With Wolves if it hadnt been for Sarah (Myers) Houck
and her husband, Charles W., residents of Benton Township
during the 1870s and 1880s.
"Sarah, whose parents were Jacob Myers and his first wife, Miss Snow,
was born May 27, 1836, near New Florence, Westmoreland County, Pa.
Charles W. was born Oct. 23, 1834, near Esslingen, Wurtenburg, German,
and emigrated to Westmoreland County, Pa., during 1849 or 1850.
Shortly after he was discharged from Co. A, 54th Pennsylvania Infantry,
at the close of the Civil War, George W. and Sarah were married.
During 1870, they moved west to Benton Township, Lucas County, where
Sarahs father and stepmother, Jacob and Harriet Myers, had settled four years
earlier. Their home was along Lost Branch Creek, west of the former location
of Brush College school.
"The Houcks had six children, George A., Cora, Phoebe E. (Peck), Jacob R.,
Edward H. And Daniel M. Cora died in Lucas County March 27, 1881,
age 12, and her unmarked grave is the only burial on the large Houck
lot in Salem Cemetery.
"During the fall of 1886, the family moved to Norfolk, Sully County, S.D.,
then during 1897, to Riverside Township, Potter County, S.D., and finally during 1907
Sarah and Charles retired to Gettysburg, S.D. Sarah died May 9, 1911,
at their winter home in St. Cloud, Fla. Charles died Dec. 15, 1915, at Gettysburg.
Both are buried in the Gettysburg Cemetery.
"Their grandson, the late L. Roy Houck (son of Jacob R. and Helena B. Hoerber
Houck) became one of South Dakotas better-known native sons.
A three-term state senator and two-term lieutenant governor, he pioneered raising
buffalo as livestock and amassed the largest privately owned herd in the world
at his Triple U Enterprises/Standing Butte Ranch 35 miles northwest of Fort Pierre.
"The Houck ranch and its buffalo provided the setting for much of the film
Dances With Wolves and Costner became a friend. Roy Houck died Nov. 2, 1992.
His daughter, Kay Ingle, and other family members continue to operate
Triple U Enterprises/Standing Butte Ranch."
John Milburn Hobson is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 14/23
where he shares a tombstone with his first wife, Margaret (Clark) Hobson.
His inscription reads, "Father: Milburn Hobson, Sept. 22, 1840-
Oct. 31, 1914." Margaret (Clark) Hobson's obituary may be found in the
November 2000 archives; the obituary of Milburn Hobson's second wife,
Mary Eugenia (Taylor) Gove/Hobson, in the October 2000 archives.
The obituary of Ernest Hobson, son of Milburn and Mary Hobson, also
may be found in the October 2000 archives.
"John Milburn Hobson
"The many friends of the family will learn with sorrow of the death of
Milburn Hobson, which occurred at the hospital in Clarinda on
Saturday forenoon, October 31st, 1914, at 11:30 o'clock. Death
came suddenly and was due to heart failure. Mr. Hobson was taken
there for treatment about three and one half years ago. The remains
were brought to Chariton on Sunday and taken to the family home
on east Court avenue and on Tuesday morning at nine thirty o'clock,
the funeral services were held at the M.E. church, conducted by Rev.
E.E. Ilgenfritz, after which the remains were interred in the Salem
"John Milburn Hobson was born in Monroe County, Indiana, on
Sept. 22nd 1840. He was married to Miss Margaret Clark, of
Van Buren county, Iowa, on July 4, 1868. She passed away on
June 20, 1883. To them five children were born, Mrs. Alia Jones,
of La Salle, Ill., Charles E., of Macksburg, Iowa, George W.,
of Washington, Iowa, Martha, who died Oct. 13, 1893, and Perry,
who died in infancy. Mr. Hobson was again married on Oct. 27,
1885, to Mrs. Mary E. Gove of Chariton. To this union one
child was born, Ernest T. Hobson, who died Sept. 27, 1911. Mr.
Hobson is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frank Wilson and Mrs.
John Martin, both of Chariton. Mr. Hobson came to Van Buren
County, Iowa, from Indiana with his parents when he was nine
years old, and five years later came to Lucas county where his
home had been ever since. He lived on a farm near Salem
church, for forty years, moving to Chariton in 1900. Early in life
he was converted and united with the Methodist church at Salem,
where he was a faithful worker. He also served as janitor of the
church as long as he lived on the farm, always being willing to do
more than his part if necessary, for the comfort of others. He
served as steward in this church for many years. In 1902 his
membership was transferred to the M.E. church in Chariton. He
was a kind husband and father and always lived the true
Christian life, consistent with the profession he made. The
sorrowing relatives will have the sympathy of the entire community."
The Chariton Herald Patriot
5 November 1914
Margaret (Clark) Hobson is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 14/23
where she shares a tombstone with her husband, Milburn Hobson.
Her inscription reads, "Mother: Margaret A. Hobson, May 5, 1850-
June 20, 1883." Milburn Hobson's obituary may be found in the
November 2000 archives; the obituary of his second wife, Mary Eugenia
(Taylor) Gove/Hobson, in the October 2000 archives.
"Mrs. Margaret Hobson, wife of M. Hobson, died Wednesday morning,
June 20, 1883, of consumption, aged 33 years, 1 month and 20 days.
"She was the daughter of William and Nancy Clark, and sister of Mrs.
Morgan. She was married to M. Hobson July 4, 1868, from which union
five children were born, all of whom are living excepting one infant
son, who 8 years ago passed over to the better land. She and her
husband united with the M.E. Church at Salem in 1872. She has been
a faithful member from that date until her death. Mrs. Hobson was a
noble, charitable, kind-hearted, christian woman. A loving, faithful
and dutiful wife, and an affectionate, indulgent mother. For months
previous to her death she had been waiting the call of her Savior.
During her long sickness no murmur nor complaint ever escaped her
lips. She bore her sufferings with christian meekness and fortitude.
Her last words were: "Don't grieve after me, for all is peace with me."
Her body was consigned to the Salem Cemetery on Thursday,
followed thither by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and
neighbors. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. Stevens.
The bereaved husband children have the heartfelt condolence of
all in their affliction."
The Chariton Democrat
27 June 1883
Joab Wray is buried at the south end of Salem Cemetery Lot
No. 45/2, where he shares a tombstone with his mother, Charlotte.
His inscription reads, "Joab C. Wray, died Jan. 16, 1892, aged
49 Ys, 5 Ms, 5 Ds."
"WRAY - At his home in this city Saturday evening, Jan. 16, 1892,
at 6 o'clock, Mr. Joab C. Wray, aged about 50 years. Mr. Wray
was a bachelor and has lived in Lucas County for a number of years.
He leaves three sisters and a brother to mourn his departure.
The funeral was conducted Monday at 1 o'clock and the remains
interred in the Chariton (sic, should be Salem) Cemetery."
The Chariton Herald
21 January 1892
"Died, at his home in Chariton, Jan. 16, 1892, Joab C. Wray,
in the 50th year of his age.
"Mr. Wray was born in Bartholomew Co., Ind., Aug. 11, 1848 (sic,
should be 1842). With his parents he moved to Benton township, Lucas Co.,
Iowa, where his father died in July 1861. With difficulty he
managed to provide for his widowed mother and her five children left
largely in his care. By industry, economy and good management
he converted the prairie land into a fertile farm and a good
home. In 1884 he became dangerously ill with the fatal
disease consumption. His aged mother watched him for many
months waiting for the sad end. But alas! she was taken suddenly
ill and died March 5th, 1891. All his brothers and sisters were
married except his sister Ruth Wray, who now took the place of
his mother in his declining years. As he owned a house and lot
in Chariton he moved to this town Dec. 3, 1891. All that medical
science and kind friends could do only prolonged his life a
little longer. After over seven years of patient suffering he died
Jan. 16, 1892."
The Chariton Democrat
28 January 1892
Note: The obituary which follows is very similar to the Democrat
obituary, but appears to be more complete and more accurate.
"Died - At his home in Chariton, Iowa, Jan. 16, 1892, Joab C.
Wray, in the 50th year of his age.
"Mr. Wray was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, August 11,
1842. With his parents he moved to Benton township, Lucas
county, Iowa, in 1859, where they lived for two years. In March,
1861, they moved to their land in Lincoln township, Lucas
county, where his father died in July, 1861. With difficulty he
managed to provide for his widowed mother and her five
children left largely in his care. By industry, economy and
good management he converted the prairie land into a fertile
farm and a good home. In 1884 he became dangerously
ill with that fatal disease consumption. His aged mother watched
him for many months, waiting for the sad end, but, alas! she was
taken suddenly ill, and died March 5, 1891. All his brothers
and sisters were married except his sister Ruth Wray, who
now took the place of his mother in his declining days. As he
owned a house and lot in Chariton, he moved to this town
December 3, 1891. All that medical science and kind friends
could do only prolonged life a little longer. After over seven
years' suffering patiently, he died on January 16, 1892.
The Chariton Herald
28 January 1892
Charlotte Wray is buried in the south portion of Salem Cemetery
Lot No. 45/2 where she shares a tombstone with her son, Joab.
Charlotte's inscription reads, "Charlotte, wife of Andrew W. Wray,
died Mar. 5, 1891, aged 68 ys, 6 ms, 2ds."
"At her home in Lincoln Tp. on Thursday, March 5, 1891, Mrs.
Charlotte Wray, aged about 69 years. She had been sick about
a week. The funeral services were conducted at her home on
Saturday by Staten Hughes of Lucas and the remains interred
in the Ragtown (sic, should be Salem) cemetery. She has been
a resident of Lucas Co. for many years and enjoyed the
friendship of a wide circle of acquaintances."
The Chariton Herald
19 March 1891
In an introductory note to Sarah (Houston) Ragsdale's obituary
posted to this list on 13 November, I referred to Cynthia Ann
(Baldwin) Ragsdale as Daniel Ragsdale's first wife. In reality,
Cynthia was his second wife and Sarah, his third. Daniel was
married first to Elizabeth Lindsey by whom he had at least six
children prior to her death ca. 1855 in Van Buren County, Iowa.
Also, another Sarah (Houston) Ragsdale obituary, from
the Chariton Patriot of 12 November 1896, was posted to this
list during September and may be found in the September
Matilda J. (Selders) Risbeck is buried in Salem Cemetery
Lot No. 24/47 with her husband, George, and children.
"Mrs. Matilda J. Risbeck
"Mrs. Matilda J. Risbeck, wife of George Risbeck, of Benton
township, died at the family home on Friday, June 5, 1903, in her
59th year. She was a daughter of Henry Selders and born in
Blair county, Pennsylvania, and emigrated to Iowa with
the family more than thirty years ago. The deceased leaves
a husband, three sons and one daughter to mourn her loss.
The funeral took place on Sunday at 10 a.m. Rev. Johnson
of Russell conducting the solemn ceremonies."
11 June 1903
Salem Cemetery Lot No. 28 (Lot No. 46 under what apparently
was the cemetery's original numbering system) is located in the
middle of the southernmost east-west range of lots. It is bordered
on the west by the lot of E. Lovell, on the north by the lot of Jacob
Myers, on the east by the lot of George Risbeck and on the
south by the cemetery fence.
Two identical tombstones are located at the far south end of
the lot. Both are marble slabs of moderate size, blackened by
the years so that deciphering their inscriptions is difficult.
The northernmost stone is broken in two horizontally. It contains
the following inscription:
Sept. 17, 1881
49Y, 11M, 1D
Immediately south of Margaret's stone is the identical stone,
inscribed as follows:
JOSIAH C. HILL
MAR. 20, 1886
59Y, 5M, 12D
Josiah C. Hill and his wife, Margaret, are buried in Salem
Cemetery Lot No. 28/46. The inscription on his tombstone
reads, "Josiah C. Hill, Died Mar. 20, 1886, Aged 59Y, 5M, 12D."
"Died, in Benton Township, March 20, 1886, Mr. Josiah
Hill. He had been an invalid for several years and was among
the oldest and most respected residents of that
township, having moved there from Pennsylvania in 1854.
He was buried at Salem Church."
24 March 1886
Flora Maude Myers is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 46/15 with
her parents, Irwin and Ethel (Dent) Myers, and her sister-in-law, Reefa
"Flora M. Myers
"Flora Maude Myers, daughter of Irwin and Ethel (Dent) Myers, was
born on the home farm southeast of Chariton, Aug. 21, 1907. She
departed this life at the White Nursing Home in Chariton on
May 24, 1958, at the age of 50 years, 9 months and 3 days.
"Flora was afflicted with multiple sclerosis as a young woman,
at a time when the disease was barely understood and treatments
were primitive and experimental. She had been an invalid for
15 years and for the past nine years had been tenderly cared for
at the White Nursing Home.
"She received her early education in the Myers country school
and graduated from Chariton High School with the class of
1926, after completing the school's normal training program.
She taught in the rural schools of Lucas and Clarke counties,
continuing her education at Iowa State Teachers College in
Cedar Falls, for 12 years, until she became disabled.
"Flora accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 14 years and
her life gave testimony to her steadfast faith in the saving and
keeping power of her Lord. She was a member of the Mt. Carmel
United Evangelical Church.
"She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Myers;
a brother, Daniel F.; a sister-in-law, Reefa; a nephew,
Frank D.; two cousins, Mrs. Cleo Shore of Des Moines and
Mrs. Frances McNellis of Tucson, Ariz., who were raised in
the Myers home as sisters; and by many other relatives and
friends. She was loved by all who knew her.
"Funeral services were held at the Beardsley Funeral Home
at 2 p.m. Monday, May 26, conducted by the Rev. A.E. Beals.
Interment was in the Salem Cemetery."
Files of Frank D. Myers
Ethel (Dent) Myers is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 46/15 with
her husband, Irwin, daughter, Flora, and daughter-in-law, Reefa
"Mrs. Ethel Myers
"Ethel Myers, daughter of Cassius and Susan Elizabeth (Dunlap)
Dent, was born at home on Lakewood Farm near Rock Rapids, Lyon County,
Iowa, Sept. 25, 1886, and departed this life at the Baker
Nursing Home in Chariton on May 14, 1961.
"Following the death of her mother, when Ethel was 13, her father
and younger brothers moved to Wyoming, where they settled
near Shell. Ethel was sent to southern Iowa to live with her uncle and
aunt, John W. and Sarah Minerva (Chynoweth) Rosa.
"Ethel attended the Blackburn Academy near Chariton and
Simpson College at Indianola before her marriage to Irwin
Myers on Oct. 17, 1906, at the home of her aunt and uncle.
They established their home on a farm in Benton Township,
and she lived there until a few months before her death.
"To this union, two children were born: Flora, who passed
away May 24, 1958, and Daniel, of Russell.
"Mrs. Myers was preceded in death by her husband, who
died Dec. 22, 1958; her daughter, Flora; and one brother,
Frank Dent, of Worland, Wyo.
"At an early age, she received Jesus Christ as her personal
Savior and gave testimony steadfastly to the saving and
keeping power of her Lord. She was a member of the Otterbein
United Brethren Church before joining, after her marriage,
Mt. Carmel United Evangelical Church near their home.
"She is survived by her son, Daniel; daughter-in-law, Reefa;
and grandson, Frank; two nieces who were raised as daughters,
Mrs. Cleo Shore of Des Moines and Mrs. Frances McNellis
of Tucson, Ariz., and their children, Patricia Louise Shore
and Wesley, Terry and Randy McNellis; and a brother,
Homer Dent of Ten Sleep, Wyo.
"Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Beardsley
Funeral Home with the Rev. W. LeRoy Anderson officiating.
Interment was in the Salem Cemetery."
Files of Frank D. Myers
Ira Bryant (7 February 1888 - 14 January 1905) is buried
in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 41/3 with his parents.
"YOUNG MAN DIES SUDDENLY
"Ira Bryant of Benton Township Found
Dead in Bed - Demise Was
Due to Heart Failure
"Ira Bryant, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Bryant of Benton township,
was found dead in bed last Friday morning. He had been ill with
pneumonia but had almost recovered, and was able to be up and
about the house. Death was due to heart failure and his
untimely demise was a great shock to his relatives. Largely
attended funeral services were held at Salem church on Saturday
afternoon at two o'clock, conducted by Rev. Rusk of the Russell
M.E. church after which the remains were interred in the Salem
"Ira Bryant was born near Griswold, Iowa, on February 7, 1888.
About nine years ago he came to this county with his parents where
they have since resided. He was a young man of splendid habits
and exceptional good character, possessing a sunny disposition
that won for him the love and regard of all with whom he came in
contact. His death has cast a gloom over many homes. Innumerable
friends extend heartfelt sympathy to the parents, three sisters and
one brother who survive him. His grandfather, Pryor Wilson, and two
uncles, Albert and Emory Wilson, of Ottumwa, attended the last
Clipping dated 19 January 1905
Lucas County Genealogical Society collection
Sarah (Houston) Ragsdale, who died 10 November 1896 at
the age of 72 years, 11 months and 19 days is buried in
Salem Cemetery Lot No. 19/35 with her husband, Daniel;
his first wife, Cynthia Ann; and a variety of other Ragsdale
and Houston family members. Some early obituary writers
attempted to compensate in words for what they lacked in facts,
and that, unfortunately, is the case with this obituary.
"The saddest experience which it is a man's lot to suffer
weighs with its burden of sorrow upon the hearts and lives
of the children and friends of Mrs. Sarah Ragsdale whose
soul was transported from home terrestrial to home
celestial about the noon hour on Tuesday, November 10th, after
suffering patiently for years from cancerous affection of the
face. God willed that it be so. To those who knew her best
Mother Ragsdale was the embodiment of motherhood,
according to the highest purpose of the Creator, and as a
neighbor and friend she was never appealed to in vain. Her
companion preceded her to the world beyond several years.
Funeral services here held Wednesday afternoon at the
home by Rev. Ormond, her pastor, and many friends gathered
to pay the last tribute of respect. Her children were present
at the funeral. In their sadness may they look to the
Comforter who does not forsake, for sustaining power."
Clipping dated 1896
Lucas County Genealogical Society collection
Tobias G. White is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 3/39
with his brother, James W. White. The inscription on his tombstone
reads, "Tobias G. White, July 24, 1826 - Feb. 29, 1896."
"Tobias White, one of the early settlers of Lucas county, died
at the home of Bonaparte Fox in Benton township, Saturday,
after several weeks' illness. The funeral was conducted Sunday,
interment in the Ragtown (sic, actually Salem) cemetery. Mr.
White had passed three score years of life, was never married
and leaves a fortune estimated at twenty-five thousand dollars."
Chariton Herald, 5 March 1896
"Mr. Tobias White died Friday night at 2 o'clock and was
buried in Salem cemetery, Sunday, March 1, at 11 o'clock.
Rev. Green of Russell conducted the services. Mr. White was
in his 70th year and has resided in Iowa for many years,
and was quite well known. While a member of no church he
has always led an upright Christian life and was never known
to have an unkind word for anyone. He was never married.
Three brothers and two sisters survive him."
Chariton Democrat, 6 March 1896
Isaac Hawk is buried in the south half of Salem Cemetery Lot No. 49/1
where he shares a tombstone with his wife, Mary. His inscription reads,
"In Loving Remembrance of Isaac Hawk, Entered into rest Feb. 14, 1892,
Aged 68Y, 4Ms, 8D."
"One by one, the old settlers are passing away. On last Sunday afternoon,
Feb. 14th, Mr. Isaac Hawk, of Benton township, died from the effects of
an attack of pneumonia. He had been sick about ten days, and his
extreme old age made the attack especially severe. Mr. Hawk was 70 years
of age and had lived in the county over thirty years.
"The remains were laid to rest in the Salem cemetery on Tuesday, a large
number of the neighbors following them to their last resting place."
Chariton Democrat, 18 February 1892
"At his home in Benton township, Lucas County, Iowa, Feb. 14, A.D.,
1892, at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Isaac Hawk, aged 68 years, 2 months (sic) and
21 days, of Pneumonia. Mr. Hawk was born in Muskingum County,
Ohio, Nov. 6, 1828, and in the year 1845 was married to Miss
Mary A. Gabriel. In the year 1870 they with their family moved to
Lucas Co., IA., where they have since resided. He was a kind and
loving husband, and a loving father; was a good neighbor and citizen,
and will be greatly missed by the community in which he lived. He
leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his loss."
Chariton Democrat, 25 February 1982
Craig Gookin is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 51/27, which he shares
with members of the Oakes family: Bertha Oakes (1881-1950); her
daughter, Vera Oakes (1908-1979) and two Oakes infant sons, one of
whom died during 1904 and the other, during 1911. The inscription on Craig's
tombstone reads as follows: "Craig Gookin, Died Dec. 7, 1901, Aged
36Y, 3M, 17D."
"Craig Gookin, a former resident of Benton township, but who moved to
Hemingsford, Nebraska, last spring, died suddenly at that place the first
of the week. The remains were brought here Wednesday noon and brief
funeral services were held at the home of his father-in-law, Milburn
Hobson, after which interment took place in the Salem cemetery."
Chariton Democrat, 12 December 1901
"HE COMMITTED SUICIDE.
"Craig Gookin Caused His Own
Death by Shooting.
"The remains of Craig Gookin of Hemingford, Neb., were brought
to Chariton on No. 6 yesterday and taken to the Salem church
in Benton township, where services were held, conducted by Rev.
J. L. Johnson of Russell, and the remains were interred in the Salem
cemetery. Deceased was a son of Samuel Gookin of Benton
township, and formerly resided here, where he was highly respected
by acquaintances. For several years (sic) he has resided in
Nebraska. Relatives here received a telegram last Sunday
announcing his death.
"It was a severe shock to them, for in a letter from his family only a
few days previous, they stated that they were all well. When his wife,
formerly Miss Alia Hobson, and her brother, Charles Hobson,
arrived with the remains, they said he had committed suicide by
shooting himself, but they did not know the cause."
Chariton Patriot, 12 December 1901
"DIED - Craig Gookin, near Hemingsford, Dec. 7, 1901.
"Mr. Gookin was born near Chariton, Lucas County, Iowa, in 1865. He
was the second oldest of a family of ten children, nine of whom are
yet living. His mother preceded him to the other world two years ago.
The deceased was a son of Samuel and Lida Ann Russell Gookin.
The subject of this notice was married to Miss Alia J. Hobson, of
Chariton, Iowa, Feb. 28, 1892. He leaves a devoted wife and three
small children - Raymond E., Ethel M., and Murrell E., to mourn the loss
of a kind husband and affectionate father. For a number of years,
Mr. Gookin has led a faithful christian life. After coming to this
country in February, 1901, he and his wife brought their church letters
to the Congregational church of Hemingford. The deceased leaves many
warm friends won by his kind and genial disposition. Funeral services
were conducted by Rev. Connell. The remains, accompanied by the
family, left December 10, for their old home in Iowa."
Chariton Democrat, 19 December 1901
(apparently reprinted from a Hemingsford, Neb., newspaper)