Linn County Obituaries


Ardelia Look Harrison.Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
October 1890
Died at her home near Bertram, October 2d. Ardelia Look, wife of Jacob Harrison. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Rachel Look and was born April 15th, 1832 at Bath, Steuben Co., New York.
She was married to Mr. Harrison at Painted Post, NY, Jan. 17th, 1859. They came to Iowa in September the same year. They had six children, five of whom are still living. Two sons William Henry and Jacob John are married and reside near the parental home. One daughter, Almeda Berry also resides in Linn County. Other children are Mary Elizabeth and Lucinda.
The funeral services were held at the house, conducted by Rev. Alex S. Marshall and attended by many sympathizing friends. The remains were taken to the Mt. Vernon Cemetery for interment.


Ina Pearle Berry. Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
July 1965
Ina Pearle Berry, 70, route two, died Thursday at a Cedar Rapids hospital. She spent her entire life in the Bertram area.
She is survived by a sister, Mary Berry and five brothers, Amos, Clinton, George, Jr. Leonzo and Carl. All are of the Bertram area except Carl who lives in Tampa, Fla.
Services: Monday at 2 pm at the Bertram Methodist Church.


Nancy Thorrington Berry, Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Marion, Iowa News, December 1919
Mrs. Robert Berry, a resident of Linn county since 1853 died Tuesday (Dec. 23, 1919) at her home in Bertram township. Funeral services were held yesterday at the home conducted by the Rev. Charles Robb of Mount Vernon. Burial was in Campbell cemetery.
Nancy Thorrington was born in Crawfordsville, Montgomery Co., Indiana, July 4, 1834, the daughter of Alexander and Martha Webb Thorrington. Her parents removed to Linn County in 1853 and spent the rest of their lives in Bertram township. The entire family, parents, three sisters and two brothers had preceded Mrs Berry in death. One brother died in Libby Prison during the Civil War.
On April 25, 1854, Nancy Thorrington was united in marriage to Robert Berry who had come to Linn County in 1851 and settled on a farm in Bertram township. Mr. Berry was born in Butler County, Ohio in 1828 a son of Samuel and Mary Emmons Berry. His father dying early in life, Mr. Berry brought his widowed mother west. He continued to make a home for her until her death in 1860.
The marriage of Nancy Thorington and Robert Berry was the beginning of a long and useful wedded life. The family home on the Bertram township farm was maintained almost continuously during the life of both. The death of Mr. Berry occurred at the home on July 14, 1906.
To Mr. and Mrs. Berry, eight children were born, Walter H.; Charles E.; Jennie E.; Addison A.; Robert O.; William J.; John F. and one who died in infancy. All the others survive her and all are living in Linn County except the daughter, Mrs. William H. Harrison, living in Long Beach, California, the youngest child being more than 48 years of age.
Mrs. Berry is also survived by 28 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren. Her death closes a home established more than 65 years. Mrs. Berry and her husband were both members of Methodist Episcopal Church and in their day, were leaders among the pioneers of Linn County. They have left to their 80 direct descendants and their relatives and friends traditions of worthy lives well spent and a world left better than they found it.


Margaret Paul Kramer. Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Marion, Iowa News, December 1919
Mrs. Margaret Kramer died at her home six miles southeast of Marion Friday evening at five o'clock, being in her 79th year. Her maiden name was Margaret Paul and her birth place was in Pennsylvania. She came to Iowa when but two years of age, her parents settling near Dubuque, remaining there a year or two and then coming to Linn County where she had ever since resided. Her husband proceeded her in death six years ago, but she is survived by five children, Mrs. John H. Berry of Iowa City, George, Robert, Alex and Tillie Kramer, living in this county; also by a sister and three brothers; Mrs. Rachel Dean, George, Will and Alex Paul.
Funeral services will be held at the Mt. Zion Church Monday afternoon at two o'clock and burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.


Maude S. Stookey. Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette July 1966
Maude S. Stookey, 1533 Second Avenue SE, a Cedar Rapids resident most of her life, died in a local nursing home Sunday, (July 15, 1966) She was born April 29, 1884 in Pennsylvania. She was a member of St. Paul's Methodist church.
Surviving are a son, James Stookey of Cedar Rapids; one daughter, Mrs. C. C. Ward of rural Marion; seven grandchildren, eleven great grand children and one sister, Mrs. Pearl Stookey of rural Marion.
Services: Turner chapel at 1:30 pm Tuesday by Dr. Glenn W. McMichael. Burial: Cedar Memorial cemetery.


Florence Berry, . Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette July 1966
Florence Berry, 71, widow of Osmond R. Berry route three, died Sunday (July 24, 1966) following a short illness. Born July 25, 1894 in Cedar Rapids, she was married to Osmond R. Berry, Aug. 25, 1915 in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Berry died April 10. Mrs. Berry was a lifelong resident of Linn county.
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. William Barnhart of Lisbon, Mrs. Charles Reinheimer of Savanna, Illinois and Mrs. Donald Stewart of Mt. Vernon; one son, Osmond R. Berry, Jr. of Ely; eleven grandchildren; two brothers Lewis McGowan of Anamosa and Leonard McGowan of Marion and a sister, Mrs. Ernest Nost of Cedar Rapids.
Mrs. Berry was a member of the Bertram Methodist church. Memorial services: pending, burial will be in Campbells cemetery.


Osmond R. Berry, . Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette April 1966
Osmond R. Berry, 76 of route three, Cedar Rapids died Sunday afternoon after a long illness.
Born Jan. 23, 1890 in Bertram township, he was married to Florence McGowan Aug 25, 1915 in Cedar Rapids. Mr. Berry was a retired farmer and a lifelong resident of Linn County.
Surviving are his wife, Florence; three daughters Mrs. William Barnhart of Lisbon, Mrs. Charles Reinheimer of Savanna, Ill and Mrs. Donald Stewart of Mt. Vernon; one son, Osmond, Jr. of Ely and 11 grandchildren and a half-brother, Charles Berry of California.
Mr. Berry was a member of the Bertram Methodist church. Memorial services: Tuesday at Hesser Memorial chapel by the Rev. Paul Johnson of Bertram Methodist church. Burial: Campbell cemetery.


Ardelia Nancy Berry Secrist, . Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette 1959 Death Notices
Rites Wednesday for Mrs. J. Earl Secrist Mrs. J. Earl Secrist, 78, who resided northeast of Springville, died early Sunday morning in an Anamosa hospital.
Born Ardelia Nancy Berry, March 6, 1881 at Marion, she was married March 26, 1902. Mr. and Mrs Secrist lived in Chickasaw County for 26 years before moving to their present home 22 years ago. Mrs. Secrist was a member of the Methodist church in Viola.
Surviving, in addition to her husband are 4 sons: Harold and Walter of Central City, Paul of Viola and Arthur Secrist of New Hampton; 4 daughters, Mrs. G. E. Eaton of Fredericksburg; Mrs. D. R. Breitbach of New Hampton; Mrs. D. C. Feigh of North Mankato, Minn. and Mrs. N. L. Struchen of Webster City and 2 sisters Mede Stookey and Mary Oxley both of Marion. Services will be in the Chapel of Memories, Cedar Memorial cemetery by the Rev. Elton D. Wells.


Frank Bock. Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette August 1933
Frank Bock, age 70, passed away at his home in Springville Friday morning after a lingering illness. Mr. Bock was the son of Doctor Godfrey and Margaret Schaffer Bock and was born at Ossining, New York on October 6, 1864.
When a child he came to Johnson County, Iowa where he farmed until 1895. He then made his home in Marion with his sister, Christiana Bock Caldwell and a niece, Lizzie McAfee. Mr. Bock did not marry.
Funeral services were held at the Hunte funeral home Sunday afternoon. The Rev. James Gallagher officiating. Burial was made at Oak Grove cemetery.


Robert Jacob Harrison . Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette November 1943
HARRISON SERVICES
Services for Robert Jacob Harrison who died Tuesday (Nov. 30, 1943) were held in the Barta Chapel Saturday afternoon, with burial im Campbell Cemetery. Born near Bertram Feb 9, 1881 to William and Jennie Berry Harrison, he lived in Iowa until 1910 and then returned to Cedar Rapids after 15 years in South Dakota.
Elected to the presidency of the First National Bank of Mitchell, SD, he also represented his county in the South Dakota Legislature in 1912 and 1914. He was city treasurer and president of the school board.
Since his return to Cedar Rapids he had engaged in the real estate business. He was a member of St, Paul's Methodist Church and the Masons and Odd Fellows.
Surviving are his wife, the former Julia M. Douglass and three children, Norman C. of Golden, CO; Mrs. Stephen I. Coughlin (Florence) of Los Angeles, CA and Mrs. Harry F. H. Jones (Ruth) of Glendale, CA., five grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Jennie Harrison of Long Beach, CA and three sisters, Mrs. David Paul (Nellie) of Springville, Mrs. Harold E. Reid, (Myrtle) of Glendale, CA and Mrs. Roscoe Wilson (Ruth) of San Pedro, CA.


Lulu May Fordyce Kennedy. Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette January 1928
Lulu May Fordyce was born at Waubeek, Iowa, Aug. 15, 1866 and passed away January 10, 1928 at her home in Mount Vernon.
She was the daughter of Abraham and Elizabeth Fordyce and the youngest of four children, all of whom preceded her in death, except one sister, Mrs. Eva Atkins of Marion, Iowa. Her brother, John Fordyce of Mount Vernon died in August of this past year.
She was united in marriage to Eli Smith in 1889. To this union were born 3 daughters, all of whom survive their mother: Mrs. Alma Douglass of New Hampton, Iowa, Mrs. Hazel Calvert of Springville and Miss Mable Smith of Los Angeles, California. Mr. Eli Smith died in 1895.
On September 15, 1897 she was united in marriage to John C. Kennedy. To this union were born two sons, William F. who gave his life in service of his country on Feb. 13, 1918 and Wesley N. of Clarion, Iowa.
She is survived by her husband, four children, one sister and three grandchildren. Services were held in Springville. Burial was made in the Springville cemetery.


Adelai Schaffer King. Contributed by, Ruth Harrison Jones
Cedar Rapids Gazette May 1942
Adelai Schaffer, eldest daughter of Frederick and Clara Schaffer was born June 18, 1863 in Baden, Germany. She came to America with her parents in 1870 and settled at Lisbon, Ohio. At the age of 13, she moved with her family to Iowa.
She was united in marriage to George D. King at Cedar Rapids on October 9, 1884. In addition to her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Hamacher of Chicago. Two sons preceded her in death, Carl F. at the age of 7 months and Lee Morris King died in 1939. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Venia Lehans of Chicago, one grandson, John K. Cabalka; two great grandchildren, James and Larry Cabalka all of Cedar Rapids.
Mrs. King died May 28, 1942 at the home of her grandson. Funeral services were conducted Sunday, last in the Beatty Chapel by the Rev. L.C. Smith and the Rev. J. Bruce Eyestone of Mt. Vernon. Burial was made in Campbells cemetery.