Linn County Obituaries

HECOX, Lucinda, Sanford and Sarah Elizabeth
Near Paris, Iowa, of "Typhoid Fever, Sanford, died September 25, aged 14 years, Lucinda, October 19th, aged 13 years, and Sarah Elizabeth Hecox, October 24th aged 11 years, all in 1871. The first two were converted at our Paris meeting last Winter, the third since. They were patient in sickness and met the "King Of Terror," without fear. Thus, though in one short month, brother and sister Hecox have been bereft of almost half their little flock, they have the consoling hope of a happy reunion beyond the river of death. J. B. Albrook

HECOX, Hannah Chamberlain
Central City New Letter Friday, June 19th 1896.
Mrs. Hannah Hecox died at her home on the west side last Monday night, June 15th 1896 after having been confined to her bed for four years by a complication of diseases. She had been in failing health for twenty years and death came as a release from pain.
She was 67 years old and had been married 42 years and leaves a husband and five children to mourn her loss, three children having crossed the river before her.
Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church Wednesday, deceased having been a member of that church.
HECOX, James
Mr. James Hecox, an old resident of this community, died at Marion Wednesday night, January 10th, 1900, after a brief illness.
The remains were brought to Central City and funeral services were conducted on Friday at the Methodist Episcopal Church by F.P. Fisher, the pastor, assisted by the pastors of the Free Will Baptist and Congregational Churches. The remains were interned in the Blodgett Cemetery.
Mr. Hecox was one of the early settlers, having come to Iowa in 1854, and settled on a farm abut three miles west of this place, where he continued to reside till nine years ago, when he sold his farm and moved to Central City. He was born in New York in 1829 and was in his seventy-first year. In Ohio, he was married to Miss Hannah Chamberlain, who came with him to Iowa and shared his fortunes up till the month of June 1896, when she was called to close her earthly career.
Eight children were born unto them, five of whom are still living. Henry and Lemuel live in Chicago, Illinois. William is a resident of Clarion, Iowa. Ransom and Mrs. Julia McFarland reside in Central City.
They have the sympathy of many friends in this sad bereavement.
Mr. Hecox had been for many years a member of the Methodist Church at Paris. He was always known as a quiet, kind, and accommodating neighbor and friend.
Obituary in Ponca, NE paper 10/27/1927
Mary A. Miller was born in Ohio May 1st, 1848 and while still a small child moved with her parents to Springville, Iowa. She married John Dunlap, October 25, 1866 to which union six children were born: William B. of New Raymer, Colo., Mrs Almedia roth of Niobrara, Nebr., james of Jackson, Nebr., Everett, who has gone to California, Charles C. of Sioux City, and Mrs Ruth Hash who died September 25, 1920.
They moved to Dixon County, Nebraska in June 1870 and took up a homestead about 8 miles west of Ponca. Here they passed through the varied experiences of the early homesteader. On October 16, 1895 Mr. Dunlap died, leaving the widow and family out on a farm near the homestead. Two years later Mrs. dunlap moved to Ponca, where she has since made her home.
Some eleven weeks ago she was stricken with a very painful malady and was a constant sufferer till death brought relief. She died October 22, 1927 at the age of 79 years, 5 months and 21 days. Beside her five living children she leaves fourteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs Agatha Gasser of Ponca and Mrs. Frances McClintock in Washington state and one brother, William Miller of Colome, SD, and a host of other relatives and friends.
She joined, the Christian church when but a young lady. After they took up their homestead, she and her husband became charter members of the Methodist church at Central. When she moved to town she transferred to the Methodist church in Ponca, where she was still a member at the time of her death. During her last illness her daughter, Mrs. Roth, and other relatives and neighbors did all they could for her relief.
As long as she was able she was an active worker in the W.F.M.S., the Ladies Aid and the church. The church has lost one of its faithful members, the communty a worthy citizen, but what is our loss, we trust is heavens gain.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon from th Methodist church in charge of her pastor Rev. A.V. Wilson, and interment was made in Silvercreek cemetery.
John DUNLAP, an old settler of this county, died at his home in Daily branch last night of typhoid fever, being about 60 years. The funeral services will be held in the Central M.E. Church tomorrow morning at 10.o'clock and will be under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge, of which Mr. DUNLAP was a member.
Quote from Another newspaper: The funeral was conducted by Rev. W.C. McCool at the Central M.E. Church. A large crowd of sympathizing friends attended. The remains were interred in the Silverridge Cemetery.
This below is not part of the obit, it is added for information only: (John DUNLAP Jr. b. 16 March 1839 in PA , m. Mary Ann MILLER 25 Oct 1866 at Anamosa, Jones County, IA they farmed at Springville, Linn County, IA untill 1871 when they moved to Dixon County, NE.)

Mrs. SOPHIA STAMBAUGH died at her home near Martell on Monday, May 16, 1892, at 1:00 p. m.
Deceased was born June 24, 1829. The funeral took place May 18, at 3 o’clock.
On the 16th of May came the Savior rapping at our door, Calling mother, "Come, come and rest with me in Heaven"
A kind wife and affectionate mother gone to rest with her Savior.
Ida G. Newman,
Ida G. Newman, 98, Center Point's oldest citizen and a lifelong resident of the Center Pont community, died Monday at the Benion Nursing home in Center Point.
She was born Oct. 14, 1870, at Toddville, On Dec. 9, 1888, she was married to Francis M. Newman at Greens grove, Iowa. Mr. Newman died Sept 23, 1923, Mrs. Newman was a member of the Primitive Baptist church, a charter member of the Greens Grove Sewing circle and the Center Point Mother-in-Law club.
Surviving are two granddaughters; three great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Services: Thursday at 1;30 p.m. at the Murdoch chapel here with burial in Greens Grove cemetery. Friends may call at the Murdoch chapel in Center Point after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

William Henry Harrison
Submitted by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Long Beach Press-Telegram, Long Beach, California
April 3, 1924
William Henry Harrison was born near Mt. Vernon Iowa on a farm on Sept. 18th in the year of 1859. His early life was spent on the farm and attending the local schools. After farming for a number of years he moved to Marion, Iowa where he engaged in real estate business and some eight years ago he came to southern California to retire and enjoy the latter years of his life. Mr. Harrison was married to Miss Jennie Berry March 30, 1880. To this union were given nine children, five of whom are living. Robert J. Harrison of Long Beach and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. R. W. Beach, Marion Iowa; Mrs. David Paul, Springville, Iowa; Mrs. Harold Reid, Alhambra, California and Mrs. R. J. Wilson, San Pedro, California. These with the wife, twelve grandchildren and one great grand child mourn the death of this husband, father and grandfather.

Mr. Harrison was one of the stalwart men of the community in which he lived so long. Always interested in the very best things of the life of the home and community. Honesty was always one of the characteristics of his life, every man in dealing with Mr. Harrison always knew that what ever this man said could absolutely be relied upon. He was interested in the development of the community in all civic and religious matters, lending his support where ever possible. Mr. Harrison was a member of Marion Lodge No. 6, A.F.&A.M.

In speaking of his homelife, his children and all of his household unite in speaking of his devotion and kindly services. His first thought was for the comfort of his wife and children, when the children were married, those thus brought into family relations were taken into the same kindly treatment that his children enjoyed.

Funeral services were conducted on the Tuesday afternoon following his death on Friday, March 28th at the Comer Undertaking Parlor by Dr. Charles Franklin Ensign, D.D., Pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Long Beach who was an acquaintance of the family while they lived in Marion Iowa where he was pastor of the Presbyterian church. The body was laid to rest in the Sunny Side Mausoleum in Long Beach, California. Masonic services were held at the undertaking parlor and at the Mausoleum. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. A wreath of pink roses and ferns was sent by the Masons of Marion, Iowa where Mr. Harrison had been a member for a number of years.

Mrs. Jennie E. Harrison
Submitted by,
Ruth Harrison Jones
Glendale News Press, Glendale, California September 7, 1953
Mrs. Jennie E. Harrison,92, died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Harold E. Reid of 1310 North Maryland Avenue. She was born in Linn County, Iowa and came to California with her husband the late William Henry Harrison, in 1915.

Mrs. Harrison lived many years in Long Beach where she was a long time member of the Methodist Church. She came to live with Mrs. Reid seven years ago.

Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. R. J. Wilson of Long Beach; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Julia Harrison of Glendale; 10 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Funeral services will be conducted in Long Beach Wednesday with entombment to follow at Sunnyside Mausoleum.

Submitted by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette by John J. Daniels
Tues. Aug. 24, 1897
"Samuel Stambaugh, one of Linn County's early settlers, died at his home in Bertram Township, August 20, 1897. He was born near the village of Jefferson, in York Co. Penn. on April 10, 1810. He was the last one of his father's family, which consisted of ten brothers and sisters.

He was a resident of York and Adams Counties, Penn. until the spring of 1834, when he went to Butler Co., Ohio and returned in the fall to his native state. In the spring of 1835, he had gone with his father's family to Butler Co., Ohio and remained until the spring of 1839 when the family emigrated to Schuyler Co., Illinois. Samuel and John an older brother remained only in Illinois about two weeks, when they started for Linn Co. Iowa.

They selected claims in what is now Rapids Township. Samuel exchanged his first claim with James Doty which was his present home and on which he had lived for over 58 years. John Stambaugh bought a claim from Mr. Coles which in later y

On the 19th day of April 1840, Samuel Stambaugh was united in marriage to Rachel Bryant of Schuyler Co., Ill. and within a few days after their marriage, this brave and enterprising young couple started for their intended and future home in Linn County. To this union were born 12 children. Two died in infancy and a third in her 47th year. He leaves a widow, the wife of his first choice and nine children to mourn his loss.

His children are Mary A. Stoneking of Boyles, Miss; Louisa Corey of Scranton, Greene Co, Iowa; Samuel B. Stambaugh of Santa Anna, California; Noah B. Stambaugh of Cooper, Greene Co., IA; Rachel J. Lamson of Sumas City, Washington; Albert H. Stambaugh of Browning, Schuyler Co., Ill; Martha E. Berry; James A. Stambaugh and George W. Stambaugh of Bertram, Iowa. At the time of his death, he had 31 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

In the year 1870 he united in full membership with the Free Will Baptist Church in which he remained until his death. The funeral services were held at the home and were conducted by Karl E. Anderson of Mt. Vernon. The attendance of neighbors and old acquaintances was the largest gathering witnessed for many years. It was thought that there were not less than 200 persons who followed the remains of the aged father to the earthly resting place in Campbell's Cemetery.

In Mr. Stambaugh's youthful days, free schools were unknown, yet he had learned to read and write and having to begin life upon his own resources, he had attained all he had learned and by force of circumstances acquired a commendable knowledge sufficient for the general transaction of a farmer's life. Physically he was a man of powerful strength and could withstand great hardships, being 6 feet, 2 inches in height and when in the prime of life, his weight ranged from 190 to 200 pounds.

The writer had the pleasure of making the acquaintance with Mr. Stambaugh and his amiable wife in the spring of 1844 and they have been my nearest neighbors from that date until the present, except nine years that they resided in Marion. Through all these long years, I have had ample opportunity to learn the real worth of this man whose heart was ever ready to give a helping hand in time of need, he at all times opened his door to the poor and needy. This was a man who was ever patient, kind and honest in all his dealings and believed that industry was the true path to comfort and happiness."
Benjamin O'Meara, The Cedar Rapids, IA Gazette, Thurs., Nov 16, 2000, pg 4b
Contributed by, Russ Jenkins

Benjamin H. O'Meara, 80, of 4300 Maureen Ct. SE, formerly of Central City, died Tuesday, Nov 14, 2000 in Hallmar Residential Care at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, of congestive heart failure.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Friday. Murdoch Funeral Home, Marion, by Dr. Philip Kaye. Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be no graveside services.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, his children, Patrick and wife Margie of Lincoln, Neb., Kathleen and husband Stephen Hodges of Caroll, Iowa, and Kelly and wife Deborah of Cedar Rapids; a sister, Frances Sebern of Marion; a sister-in-law, Hollis Sweet of Central City; seven grandchildren, Shannon, Megan, Katy, Andrew, Mathew, Elizabeth Anne and Erin; a great-grandchild, Preston; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Evenson.
Ben was born Nov. 30, 1919 to Frank G. and Mary E. Kearns O'Meara in Central City, Iowa. On Dec 7, 1941, he married Marjorie White. A world War II veteran, Ben served four years in the U.S. Army with the Signal Corps attached to the 9th Air Force in the European Theatre. He lived most of his life in Central City where he owned and operated The O'Meara Grocery Store.
Upon selling the store, he joined Blue Cross/Blue Shield and later joined the Standard of America Insurance Co. until retiring in 1982. Ben and his wife Marjorie moved to Cedar Rapids in December of 1993. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Central City for 60 years before transferring to Kenwood Paark United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids in 1994. Ben served as president and vice president of Central City Telephone Co-op and was instrumental in the change to a dial system and in the sale o! f the telephone company to GTE. He served as a member of the Central City school board; was a 50-year member of the Masonic Temple; past worthy patron of Eastern Star;
and a longtime AMVET. Ben served on the Town Council and Zoning Committee of Central City.
Ben loved to play bridge and golf.
He will be remembered by his friends and family for his wit and humor.
Memorials may be made to Kenwood Park United Methodist Church, 302 33rd St. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, in Benjamin's memory.
Mrs. John F. Rau, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Monday, April 12, 1955
Contributed by, J. B Baker
Word has been received of the death of Mildred Lee Rau of Seattle, Wash., wife of Col. John F. Rau. Surviving are a daughter Julie of Seattle; a son, Col. Charles Rau of Washington, D.C. Mrs. Harry Sundberg of Cedar Rapids is a sister of Col. John Rau.

Mrs. Neva D. Harris, Cedar Rapids Gazette, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 1951
Contributed by, J. B Baker
Mrs. Neva D. Harris, 2102 Ninth street SW, resident of Cedar Rapids 39 years died in a Cedar Rapids hospital at 5 p.m. Monday. Surviving are a son, Wayne at home; a daughter, Ruth of Orlando, Fla.; two brothers, Clyde Hankins of Cedar Rapids and Orville of Davenport; a sister Mrs. Ola McMahon of West Liberty. Services will be conducted in the Beatty chapel at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Linwood cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.

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