It is by no means certain that Inez Beals Hardy actually is
buried in Salem Cemetery, although it is so stated in both
of the news items that follow. There is no idication of a
marked grave elsewhere in Lucas County for her, however.
Circumstantial evidence would point to nearby Ragtown
Cemetery as a more likely burial place, since her father,
Orphius W. Beals, is buried there.
And it's useful to remember that newspaper writers
occasionally confused Ragtown and Salem, since they
are located so close to one another.
Inez's husband seems to have been Oliver Hardy, and
one of their children was the late Lyle Hardy, at one time
my Sunday school teacher. Lyle had no children, however;
and it didn't occur to me 40 years ago to ask about his
mother's burial place. But perhaps this can be sorted out
by my dad, who was a friend.
"Mrs. Inez Beals Hardy died at her home (in Silver City,
Iowa) July 8, 1906, of consumption, at the age of
"The remains were brought to Russell Monday evening
on No. 4. Funeral services were held at the Baptist
church Tuesday afternoon conducted by Rev. Stote
following interment in the Salem cemetery."
The Chariton Patriot, 12 July 1906
"Mrs. Inez Beals-Hardy died at her home in Silver City,
July 8, 1906, aged 26 years. She had been a sufferer
for the past year of consumption. The remains were brought
to Russell on No. 4 Monday evening, accompanied by
her husband and three children. Funeral services were
conducted by Rev. A.H. Stote, of the Baptist church of
which the deceased had been a member for a number of
years. Interment was made in the Salem cemetery. A
husband and three little children are left to mourn the loss of
the departed. The many Russell friends learn of her
death with sincere sorrow and extend sympathy in this
The Chariton Herald, 12 July 1906