Glenn Johnston is buried in a lot carved by the Salem Church trustees
from northeast corner of the original churchyard with his wife, Jae Helen,
daughter, Justine, and daughter-in-law, Laura. The Johnston lot is
immediately east of the west boundary of the original cemetery, and
now that the Salem congregation has been dissolved and the church
demolished, it has been incorporated into the cemetery proper,
administered by Benton Township trustees.
"Glenn Robert Johnston, son of Frank and Laura Johnston, was born
January 29, 1914, in Benton Township, Lucas County. He departed
this life at the Lucas County Health Center, January 1 (1991), at the
age of 76 years.
"Glenn graduated from Russell High School in 1931. After attending
Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls one term, he taught
Franklin school two years but preferred farming.
"On June 4, 1938, he was married to Jae Helen Shirer who preceded
him in death June 3, 1974. Two children were born to this union,
Justine Ann Gillette of Corydon and John Rendell of Mt. Pleasant. He
spent most of his life farming on the family farm near Russell. He was active
with his family in Church, 4-H Club work, Farm Bureau, and other
"On July 20, 1975, he married Dortha Sandahl. They have lived in
Chariton since retiring from the farm.
"Glenn accepted Christ as his Saviour at an early age. He was a
member of the Salem Community Church and served as Sunday
School Supt. until the church closed. Since then he has faithfully
attended the Chariton Bible Church when health permitted.
"He is survived by his wife Dortha, daughter Justine, son Rendell
and wife Laura, three grandsons, a granddaughter, a great-
granddaughter, also a step grandson and granddaughter, one
nephew, four nieces and other relatives and friends.
"His parents, his wife, Jae, three sisters, Nora Brewer, Mildred
Sneddecker, Alta Threlkeld, and a brother Harry preceded him
"Glenn was patient and never complained during his long illness,
but prayed that the Lord's will be done.
"Jesus knows our sorrows,
Knows them every one,
And He will deliver
When God's will is done."
"Glenn will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved
"Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 4, at
the Fielding Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating.
Serving as bearers were Dan Wiley, Tony Marts, Lloyd LaRue,
Judge Johnston, Charles Harding and Marvin Pierschbacher.
"Interment was in the Salem Cemetery."
The Chariton Herald-Patriot, 10 January 1991
Roy Elmer Hopper is buried in the north half of Salem Cemetery Lot
No. 31/32 with his parents, William M. and Mary (Baber) Hopper, and
his brother, Russell A. Hopper. Their obituaries may be found in the
October 2000 archives of this list. The inscription on Roy's tombstone
reads as follows, "Hopper, Roy Elmer, Nov. 18, 1893-Feb. 13, 1918."
"Roy E. Hopper
"Roy Elmer Hopper, youngest son of William W. (sic) and Mary E. Hopper,
was born in Warren county, Iowa, November 18, 1893, and died at
his mother's home in Benton township, Lucas county, February 13, 1918, at
the age of 24 years, 2 months and 25 days.
"He came with his parents to Lucas county, in 1903, and in 1907 located
on the place which has since been the family home.
"He leaves to mourn his death his mother, one sister, Flossie Belle,
and two brothers, William A. and Russell A. His father preceded him
in death April 17, 1907; also two sisters died several years ago,
just when they had reached young womanhood.
"Roy sustained injuries in a railroad wreck last September, from
which he never fully recovered, but during all his sickness he
bore his suffering without complaint.
"Although he had not been well for some time, he was only
confined to the house a few days, and his death came as a shock
to his many friends. All that loving hands could do was done,
but to no avail. He was of a cheerful disposition, possessed
a marked degree of patience, was ever ready to make
sacrifices for the comfort and pleasure of others, and numbered
his friends by his acquaintances.
"By his untimely death the family is bereft of a dutiful son and
a loving brother. He will be sadly missed, not only in the home
but in the community where he was loved and respected by all
who knew him.
"Largely attended funeral services were held on Friday, February
15, at the Salem church, conducted by Rev. W.E. Gray, after
which the remains were laid to rest in the Salem cemetery, beside
his father, the casket being borne by his old time schoolmates.
The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the
The Chariton Leader, 21 February 1918
Elizabeth (Hetser) Evans is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 15/36
where she shares a tombstone with her husband, the Rev. Marcus L.
Evans, who died 17 June 1875 of injuries sustained at Chariton when
a freight train slammed into the rear of the train upon which he was a
passenger. Elizabeth's inscription reads, "At home with God. Sacred
to the memory of Elizabeth, Wife of Rev. M.L. Evans, Died Aug. 14, 1892,
aged 65Ys, 2M, 27D. I know that my Redeemer liveth."
"Mrs. Elizabeth Evans, nee Hetser, was born in Adams Co., Penn., May
17th A.D. 1827, and died at her home near Russell, Iowa, Aug. 14th
A.D. 1892. She was therefore 65 years, 2 months and 27 days old. Her
childhood days were spent in her native state. When about 17 years old
with her parents she removed to Owen Co., Indiana.
"She was married to Rev. M.L. Evans Jan. 24th, 1850. To this union were
born eight children, five sons and three daughters. The husband
preceded her to the spirit world. The children all remain to find comfort
in the thought that their irreparable loss is her infinite gain.
"On the 8th of May 1856 after a 600 mile journey with an ox team, she
with her husband and three little children pitched their tent on the present
homestead. Early in life she gave her heart to God and in the new home
on the wild prairie the family altar was not neglected but from it daily
incense arose. Seeking the temporal interests of her family she never
forgot their spiritual wants. In the home, the Sunday School, the church and
everywhere she sought, first the soul's welfare believing that bodily welfare
must follow. Through toil and suffering, through dangers seen and
unseen, she was permitted to labor with her husband in the vineyard of the
Lord until June 1875, when he who had been her earthly support and comfort
was suddenly called away in a R.R. accident. In that sad hour she bowed
in submission to the divine will, and took upon herself the double duties of the
homestead. She constantly labored to enlist all her children in the service of
the Lord early in life. She not only lived to hear them all confess Christ
in their youth, but to see two of them enter the ministry. In her declining
days she received the most tender care from hearts whose affection and
devotion were inspired by christian love.
"Whenever she was able it was her custom upon the holy sabbath to enter the
sacred sanctuary and join in prayer and praise to God. Since she was so
long deprived of this sacred privilege how fitting it was that on Sabbath morning
while the children of God were entering the sacred sanctuary that one so weary
should in Jesus name enter the rest that remaineth to the people of God and join
with the congregation whose praises shall never cease and whose sabbath
shall know no end.
"The funeral services of Mrs. Elizabeth Evans were held on Monday afternoon
Aug. 15. A very large number of friends gathered from the immediate neighborhood
and from a distance to follow the sacred remains from the homestead to the
Salem church and cemetery. At the church the 91st Palm was read and prayer
was offered by Rev. Geo. McNeeley. A brief history of her life was presented
after which Rev. T.M. Evans spoke as only a son could speak of the events and
scenes in the life of his mother and preached from the worlds, "And I
heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, write, Blessed are the dead which
died in the Lord from henceforth; Yea saith the spirit that they may rest from their labors
and their works do follow them." Rev. 14, -13. The very earnest and
impressive words of the speaker will never be forgotten by those who heard them.
No words can portray the character of the saintly woman whose place can never
be filled. Nor can language describe the beautiful and tender devotion
existing between the mother and her children."
Lucas County Genealogical Society Collection
The Rev. Marcus L. Evans is buried with his wife, Elizabeth, in Salem
Cemetery Lot No.15/36 where the inscription on the tombstone he
shares with her reads, "Being dead yet speaketh, Prepare to meet
thy God. Sacred to the memory of Rev. Marcus L., Husband of
Elizabeth Evans, Died June 17, 1875, aged 52Ys, 7Ms, 5Ds. Blessed
are the pure in heart for they shall see God."
The following accounts are quite long, so it is necessary to read
well into them to find mention of the Rev. Mr. Evans' unfortunate demise.
(Please note that Frank D. Myers has typed so many obituaries
into the Salem list that he now speaks and writes as if he were composing
"A Night of Death!
On C.B. & Q. R.R.
"A Freight Train Runs into another at Chariton
"SCENE OF HORROR
"Thunder! Lightning! Wind! Rain! Death!
"Five Persons Killed and Eight Seriously Wounded.
"A Leap for Life - Narrow Escapes! &c., &c.
"(From the Patriot Extra of June 17th)
"A terrible accident occurred last night between 11 and 12 o'clock
near the C.B. & Q. depot, in Chariton, wherein five persons were
killed, and eight others very seriously injured, two or three dangerously.
"Two freight trains due here at 9:45 were about two hours late.
The leading train, known as Sec. 2 of No. 12, had stopped to coal just
at the beginning of the heavy wind and thunder storm that commenced
just before midnight. The train that followed - Sec. 3 of No. 12 -
approached the standing train, urged forward by the strong wind. The
red signal lights were seen by the engineer and fireman of the incoming
train, and the whistle sounded for "down brakes." The brake was applied
on the locomotive tender, and the engine reversed, but of no avail.
The sweeping wind, and driving rain, rendered it seemingly impossible
to prevent the collision. The fireman, Lewis, jumped just before the engine
struck the caboose, violently striking the ground, severely bruising his face
and shoulder. The engineer, Nelson Best, of Ottumwa, remained at his
post and was but slightly injured.
"LIST OF KILLED AND INJURED
"The following is a correct list of the killed and injured:
"J.J. Echert, of Council Bluffs, killed. He was a freight conductor on the
Chicago & Northwestern R.R. His body was found on top of the
locomotive. His head and face were mangled horribly, pieces of skull and
brain being found scattered along the track.
"Irwin Severn, a stock man and resident of Illinois City, Ill., killed.
His body was badly bruised.
"J.W. Houston, of Marysville, Mo., killed. He was a stock man.
"Also one unknown man, supposed to be from Bridgewater, Mo.,
was killed. His face and upper part of the body were frightfully
"Martiin Rhine, a stock man of Falls City, Neb., seriously but not
"David Woods, of Kenzers, Lancaster County, Penn., dangerously
injured in upper portion of the spine. His whole body, except
the head, completely paralyzed. Seemingly comfortable when seen
by reporter, Woods was an uncle of Prof. Perry, of this place.
"James Dick, who lives on the Fulkerson farm, a few miles south of
Russell, bruised inwardly but not seriously. He is an uncle of Prof.
Sim(p)son, of this place.
"W.J. Mendenhall, of Quitman, Nodaway county, Mo. Severe scalp wound
and otherwise bruised.
"G.W. Cooper, Mo., feet and head severely bruised; thinks he escaped
very fortunately; was awake at the time, and saw the car door open,
and heard the shrieks of horror from passengers, and then knew
nothing more until he became conscious, lying on the ground where he
had been removed.
"N.J. Allen, Lenox, Iowa, seriously injured in spine and back and somewhat
"F.P. Lewis, of Creston, Fireman on incoming train, severely bruised on
head and shoulders.
"Nelson Best, of Ottumwa, engineer, slightly bruised!
"Marcus L. Evans, an old and respected citizen of this county, who has
lived a few miles south of Russell for near 20 years and who is
well known throughout the county, was so injured that he died at
the Chariton House about 9 o'clock this morning. He was returning
from a Methodist meeting of some sort at Osceola, and took the
freight in preference to the night express, simply because the
latter does not stop at Russell. We called at the Chariton House
just in time to see him breathe his last breath, and hear the wailings
of his wife and some other members of the family, who had arrived.
"The greatest damage, as might be expected, was done to the rear
cars of the standing train, but the front of the engine of the
incoming train was badly smashed, and the terrible force of the
collision was strikingly shown by the breaking of the large bars
of iron, two inches in diameter, supporting the cow catcher. The
engine passed under the caboose car, containing the passengers, and
the mangling of human bodies was occasioned by the next car,
which was loaded with hogs, in front of the caboose, which passed
entirely through or over it, crushing it to splinters.
"Prof. J.B. Ferguson, was on the train returning from Osceola,
and accidentally stepped to the rear platform of the car just in time
to make a leap for life over the fence, running close by the track, and
enclosing the reservoir. His feet had barely left the platform
when the terrible crash came, and he owes his narrow escape
from a terrible death to the impulse that prompted him to open the
door. Rev. H.H. O'neal of this place, also Rev. Bartholemew of
Corydon, bro. of the Col. of this place, and Rev. Austin of Russell
who were at Osceola, all went to the depot to take this train, but
after a parley decided to wait for the express, which would soon
be due, and thus escaped the terrors of the collision.
"On the whole, this was one of the most dreadful accidents that
has ever occurred on the B. & M. and altogether, the worst that
ever shocked our town. And nothing more was needed to convince
any one of the horrors of a railroad disaster, than a walk among
the dead and mangled victims of this accident. At 9 A.M., the time
of our visit, the four who were killed outright, were lying in the
depot building and the Coroner was preparing to hold an
inquest, and take evidence concerning the casualty.
"T.J. Potter, Superintendent, J.W. Backworth, road master and
Dr. Ranson, reached here on a special train at 9 o'clock this
"Nearly all the killed and wounded were in bunks, and most of
them stock men, and asleep at the time. Part of the injured are
quartered at the Clinton and part at the Sherman House, and all are
receiving the very best of attention from Local Physicians, and those in
the employ of the company.
"We are not prepared to speak definitively in regard to the question of
carelessness as contributing to the accident, but as we get the facts
nothing appears to justify any (illegible) any of the employees of the
company. Whether the raging of the storm and high wind will fully
exonerate them remains yet to be determined. But the storm was
terrible, as was evidenced by the fact of a freight car being driven from
about the depot here, with brakes down, almost to Russell, about the
same time the accident occurred."
The Chariton Patriot, 23 June 1875
"On the first page of this paper will be found a copy of our
extra published on the morning after the recent railroad disaster at
this place, giving a full account of the calamity. And we simply add the
following items of additional interest in regard to the killed,
"Coroner Millan impaneled a jury composed of Messrs. H.H. Day,
S.H. Mallory and W.L. Alexander, who, after an investigation,
decided no blame was attached to the employees of the company
for the accident.
"The company took charge of the dead bodies and after providing
coffins for them, sent them to their friends at different points.
"Messrs. Martin Rhine and David Woods, two of the injured, are
still at the Sherman House and doing well, and each have relatives
with them and good care. Mr. Woods was not expected to survive the
injury to his spine, but we are glad to learn that there is a prospect
for his recovery. James Dick has returned to his home near Russell,
while Messrs. Mendenhall, Allen and Cooper, who were at the
Clinton House, were all sent home on Monday, of this week. They
were each doing reasonably well. We called on Messrs. Mendenhall
and Cooper, at their request, and they wished that we should mention
especially their physicians, Messrs. Heed & Baird, as having been
unusually attentive and kind to them, and we think that as much could
be said of all in any way engaged in waiting on the various
unfortunate strangers, who were left temporarily in the care of our people.
"Mr. Marcus L. Evans, of this county, was taken to Russell on a special
train soon after his death, and buried at the Salem Cemetery in Benton
tp. on Friday, an unusually large procession of his friends and neighbors
following him to his grave. He was in comfortable circumstances and
leaves a wife and eleven children.
"By this accident the B. & M. accounts for the first passengers ever
killed upon its road. This speaks well for the safety and management
of the great trunk line of the West, over which hundreds of thousands
of people have traveled. Employees have been killed, but never
before a passenger."
The Chariton Patriot, 23 June 1875
Note: Well, now. I think it's interesting that a coroner's jury cleared
the railroad of any responsibility for the deaths and injuries that resulted
from this accident. Far be it from me 125 years later to smell a rat,
but Smith H. Mallory, a member of the coroner's jury, was probably
Lucas County's most influential and affluent citizen at the time of this
accident. It would have been difficult for this guy, who made his
fortune as a contractor building rail lines and bridges, to be objective.
In addition to working as a contractor, he had served at various times
as division engineer and roadmaster of the Burlington & Missouri (B.&.M.)
Railroad and as chief engineer of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy
(C.B.&Q.) Railroad. He and his wife regularly entertained top officials
of these and other railroad companies, who cruised into town with family and
friends in private rail cars, at their home, The Illion, in Chariton.
Margaret (Wilson) Day is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No. 22/21
where the inscription on her tombstone reads, "Margaret W. Day,
Dau. of E. & F. Wilson, Died Apr. 8, 1904, Aged 44Y, 3M, 1D.
While Margaret is buried in her parents' lot at Salem, her husband,
Mahlon Horace Day, is buried on his parents' lot in the Chariton
"Mrs. Margaret Day.
"The many friends in this city and county were painfully shocked to
learn of the death of Mrs. Margaret Day, which occurred at the home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frances Wilson, in this city, on Friday
afternoon, April 8, 1904. For the past two years she had been ill with
heart and lung trouble, but her condition had not been considered
serious until the past few months. Her husband passed away only a
few weeks ago and since that time her health has rapidly declined.
"Brief funeral services were held at the home of her parents on Sunday
afternoon at one o'clock, conducted by Rev. B.F. Miller, and the
remains were then taken to Salem church in Benton township, where
services were held at three o'clock, conducted by Rev. Miller of
this city and Rev. Carl Brown of Russell. Interment took place in the
Salem cemetery. The last sad rites were attended by a large number
of sorrowing relatives and friends, and the floral tributes were profuse
"Miss Margaret Ellen Wilson, daughter of Francis and Adeline
Wilson, was born in Benton township, this county, on January 7, 1860.
She was married to M.H. Day in 1894 and after a year's residence in
Chariton they moved to the H.H. Day farm one mile north of Chariton
where they made their home until the death of Mr. Day on March 23
this year. Mrs. Day was then brought to the home of her parents in
Chariton. She has been a faithful and consistent member of the M.E.
church for many years and was highly regarded by all who knew her.
She was quiet and unassuming in her manner, but pleasant and
courteous, and of a genial disposition. She numbered her friends
by her acquaintances and her death is mourned by all. She is survived
by her parents of this city and a brother, J.M. Wilson of Ottumwa, and
a sister, Mrs. Will Clark of Chariton. Two brothers died in childhood. To
those who are bereft the deepest sympathy of the community is
"Among those from out of town who attended the funeral services were
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Wilson and two children, Miss Blanche Carpenter,
Miss Edna Wilson and Miss Dollie Wilson, all of Ottumwa; Mrs. Lizzie
Hobson, Mrs. Margaret Stump and Miss Etta Hobson of Eddyville."
The Chariton Leader, 14 April 1904
Mahlon Horace Day, whose wife, Margaret (Wilson) Day, is buried
at Salem, is buried in the Chariton Cemetery with his parents,
H.H. and Rebecca A. Day.
"M.H. Day, one of Lucas county's well known citizens, died at his
home in Lincoln township on Wednesday evening, March 23, 1904,
after an illness of about four months with stomach and heart trouble.
His sickness had not been considered of a serious nature and death
was entirely unexpected and came as a great shock to his relatives
and friends. Funeral services conducted by Rev. B.F. Miller of the
M.E. church will be held at the family residence in Lincoln township
tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at two o'clock, after which interment
will take place in the Chariton cemetery.
"Mahlon Horace Day, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Day, was born in
Belmont, Belmont county, Ohio, on September 2, 1853. When quite
small he came with his parents to this county where he has since
resided. Harry Day, as he was familiarly known, was a kind hearted,
industrious man and had scores of warm friends who will learn of
his death with deep regret. He leaves a wife who was formerly Miss
Margaret Wilson, a mother, Mrs. H.H. Day, who at this time is
seriously ill, and two sisters, Mrs. Jessie Peake and Mrs. Minnie D.
McCollough. These sorrowing ones have the sympathy of the
entire community in their great grief."
The Chariton Leaders, 24 March 1904
Elizabeth Adeline (Hobson) Wilson is buried in Salem Cemetery
Lot No. 22/21 where she shares a tombstone with her husband,
Francis Wilson. Elizabeth's date of birth, May 17, 1838, was
inscribed on the tombstone, but her date of death, Oct. 5, 1918,
was not. Note that the site of Salem cemetery and church was a
part of the farm Elizabeth's mother, Margaret Hobson, purchased
from John Howard on 15 February 1852. Elizabeth and Francis
acquired land containing the cemetery from her brother, Milburn
Hobson, following Margaret's death and, during the early 1870s,
deeded the cemetery site to the Salem Methodist Episcopal
"Mrs. Francis Wilson
"With deep regret we chronicle the passing away of one of
Lucas County's early pioneer women, Mrs. Francis Wilson, which
occurred at her home in southeast Chariton on Saturday
evening, October 5th, 1918, at the age of 80 years, 3 months
and 18 days, after eight weeks of intense suffering.
She fell and fractured her hip, but death was directly due to
paralysis. Largely attended funeral services, conducted by Rev.
Kozer, of the M.E. church of Russell, were held at the Salem church
on Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock after which the remains were laid
to rest in the Salem cemetery by the side of her husband.
"Elizabeth Adaline Hobson was born on May 17th, 1838, in Monroe
county, Indiana, and with her parents moved to Van Buren County,
Iowa, at the age of nine years. After living there six years they
moved to Lucas county, Iowa, and located on the farm known as the
Scales farm, north of the railroad near the Salem cemetery. On
January 29th, 1859, she was united in marriage to Francis Wilson,
who passed to the Great Beyond on March 7th, 1908.To them five
children were born, three of whom preceded their parents in death.
After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wilson moved to the Morris farm,
which he purchased, and which was located four miles south of
Chariton and where they resided until 1901, when they moved to this
city, where she has resided until death. Mrs. Wilson united with the
First M.E. church at an early age, and has been a true and faithful
christian all her life.
"She is survived by one son, John M., of Ottumwa, and one daughter,
Mrs. R.E. Clark, of Chariton, who cared for her during her illness
with a loving devotion. Six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren
and one sister, Mrs. John Martin, of Chariton, are also living. Mrs.
Wilson was a grand, good woman, whose highest happiness
was in being helpful to others. She was a devoted wife and mother,
a kind neighbor and friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew
her and admired her for her many lovable and noble qualities.
"Among those who attended the last sad rites were her son, J.M. Wilson,
and wife and two daughters, Mrs. W.K. Allen and Miss Helen
Wilson, of Ottumwa; Mr. Mel Stump and daughter, Florence, of
Eddyville; W.J. Hobson, of Mt. Pleasant; a grandson, Frank Clark,
of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Wilson, Pryor Wilson and Mrs. G.L.
Lambertson of Ottumwa and Mrs. Cora Nelson of Allerton."
The Chariton Herald Patriot, 10 October 1918