August 15, 1867
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MAN KILLED—Again we record another death by violence. On Monday last, the day of the show, MR. HENRY OVERHOLSER was in town with his family. He started home in the evening, and when about two miles East of town another team attempted to pass him. He whipped his horses, and while running them at good speed the tongue of his wagon came out of the neckyoke. As soon as it struck the ground it upset the wagon, throwing MR. OVERHOLSER and the others out. MR. O’S head struck the ground, and crushed his skull in a terrible manner, killing him instantly. The others in the wagon were not much injured. MR. OVERHOLSER would weigh about two hundred pounds, and the force of his whole weight came on his head. He was a man about 55 years of age.
February 12, 1902
GLENDALE. MRS. ELIZA RIZOR, who came to this place in 1852 with her husband, PETER RIZOR, died Sunday after an illness of several years. Her aged husband, with whom she had lived half a century, survives her, as well as a son, two daughters and a great many grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted by REV. C. COCHRAN at the church, and interment was made in the Union Cemetery.
October 6, 1880
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Died. RIZOR—October 1, 1880, in Glendale, Jefferson County, Iowa, SARAH ISABEL, daughter of PETER RIZOR, aged 19 years and 12 days…
October 26, 1881
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DEATH—October 7, in Round Prairie Township, of diphtheria, DORA ALLERDICE, aged 7 years, 8 months 25 days.
December 24, 1902
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A PIONEER WOMAN. Plainville, Kans., Gazette. LUCY ANN PARSONS was born January 26, 1832, in Randolph County, Virginia, and departed this life December 6th, aged seventy years, ten months and ten days. When six years of age, she moved with her parents to eastern, Iowa, where she grew to womanhood, and, February 1st, 1853, was united in marriage to J. C. TRAVIS, who survives her. They were the parents of two children, MRS. M. E. ANTHONY and J. W. TRAVIS….. MR. and MRS. TRAVIS removed to Kansas in 1878, making homestead entry on the farm that has since been their home four miles east of Plainville. Thus was called one of the first settlers of “Paradise Flats.” One by one the pioneers are gathering over on the other side….Church of Christ…She leaves one sister, whose home is at Chariton, Iowa… a sister in Oklahoma, a brother at Smith Center and two brothers in Iowa…Interment was made in the Planville Cemetery.
April 12, 1882
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AN OLD RESIDENT GONE. In the death of JOSEPH HICKENBOTTOM, SR., which occurred Thursday last, April 6, another of Jefferson County’s oldest residents takes his farewell of earthly scenes. MR. HICKENBOTTOM was born in Cumberland County, Kan., October 10, 1802, and in 1820, at the age of eighteen years, was married to REBECCA FERGUSON, in the same county. In 1829 the family removed to Morgan County, Ill., where they resided nine years. In 1838 they came to this county, taking up land in the locality then known as Lockridge, near what is now Parsonsville, the wife dying there in 1861, and the husband continuing to live there until 1868. In 1862 MR. HICKENBOTTOM was married to MRS. MARGARET MOBERLY, and in ’68 they removed to this city, where they lived until 1880, when, both being in feeble healthy and unable to care for each other, a separation was mutually agreed upon….MR. HICKENBOTTOM then went to live with his son, STEPHAN, near Glasgow, at whose home he died. MR. HICKENBOTTOM was the father of eleven children, all by his first wife, nine of whom are now living, five sons and four daughters, and all but one son, CHARLES, in this county. The funeral occurred on the 7th inst., from the home of his son, and the remains interred in the Union cemetery, near his old home. A large number of old friends and neighbors followed the remains to their last resting place, among whom were Messrs. J. R. PARSONS, SMITH BALL and WM. TAYLOR, who had known him through nearly all his almost half a century’s life in this county. REV. J. LEE, of the Baptist church, conducted the exercises at the funeral and delivered an excellent sermon. All that is mortal of JOSEPH HICKENBOTTOM is gone, but he will have a place in the memory of his friends while their lives last. His patient sufferings are over and he sleeps the everlasting slumber.
April 9, 1890
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OBITUARY. STEPHEN HICKENBOTTOM, who died near Glendale, March 12th, was born in Kentucky, September 28th 1825. In 1838, at the age of thirteen years he came with his parents to Iowa. In 1846 he was married to CAROLINE M. TAYLOR, who survives him. Twelve children were born to them—four sons and eight daughters. One died at the age of six months, and the others are yet living. Nine of these children were present at their father’s funeral, five living in this county and four in Nebraska. A brother and two sisters were also here on that occasion. From 1853 to 1860 MR. HICKENBOTTOM resided near Centerville, in Appanoose County. In the latter year he removed to a farm near Glasgow, and a few years later to the place near Glendale, where he died. Funeral services were held at the Parsonsville Church on March 14th, conducted by REV. J. E. WILKINS….
October 21, 1891
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OBITUARY OF MRS. MARTHA A. KELTNER. Last Friday morning at seven o’clock occurred the death of another one Jefferson County’s old residents. She died at the home of her youngest daughter near Randolph, Fremont County, Iowa. MRS. MARTHA A. KELTNER was born in Tennessee, on the 20th day of September, 1824. She was th eldest daughter of BARTLETT and ELIZABETH TRAVIS. At the age of five years she removed with her parents to Morgan County, Illinois, where she became acquainted with DAVID KELTNER, to whom at the early age of fourteen years, four months and nine days, she became a wife. In the spring of 1837 they removed to Jefferson County, where they lived at the time of his death, which occurred on the 16th of February in 1873. She was the mother of thirteen children, five of whom had preceded her, these being: MORGAN K., MARY J., SARAH E., and two infants unnamed. The eight children who survive her are: HENRY B. of Fairfield; THOMAS S. of Hastings, Iowa; JOHN A., and NANCY I., of Fairfield; LIZZIE A. of Pinneo, Colorado; WILLIAM L. of National City, California; DAVID E., of Farragut; and LUCY M., of Randolph, Iowa, all being married but WILLIAM L.
MRS. KELTNER had been visiting in this city the latter part of the summer, and had started to her temporary home at Wheeler’s Grove, Pottawattomie County, visiting friends in Ringgold, Taylor, Mills and Fremont Counties, and became ill on the way. Her illness became so severe that when she reached her daughter’s home in Fremont County she could not proceed further….Her remains arrived here at 4:40 Saturday morning. She was removed from the depot to the residence of her daughter, MRS. N. I. CAVINESS. Her remains were taken to the Christian Church, of which she was a member…The funeral services were conducted by REV. KLINKER, and at eleven o’clock her remains were followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives to the cemetery in Lockridge Township, eight miles east of Fairfield, where the body was laid beside those of her loved husband and five children.
January 29, 1896
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DEATH OF MRS. GEORGE WORKMAN. MRS. LUCY WORKMAN, wife of GEORGE WORKMAN, died at Farragut, Iowa, Tuesday morning at three o’clock, from typhoid fever, and the remains were brought to this city for burial Tuesday night. Deceased was born and raised in this county. Her maiden name was KELTNER, a sister of H. B. KELTNER, of this city. A number of years ago she was married to MR. WORKMAN and they afterwards removed to Farragut. She was an excellent woman and her death will be mourned by a large circle of friends. The funeral was held at the home of R. M. CAVINESS this morning at seven o’clock. The remains were interred in the cemetery near Parsonsville. Deceased was twenty-nine years old.
September 26, 1888
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GLENDALE—On September 6, 1888, ELI RIZOR fell asleep in that sleep which on earth knows no waking. In his death the community loses an affectionate friend, a kind neighbor; his sorrowing wife and children, a loving husband and father…. He was born in Holmes County, Ohio, January 28, 1846. Came to Jefferson County, Iowa, with his parents in October, 1853. Was married to MISS FRANCIS HICKENBOTTOM, Oct. 3, 1871. He leaves a wife, son and daughter to mourn their loss…..
February 24, 1904
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HAD A PIONEER’S RECORD. A letter received in this city last week announced the death of JACOB L. OVERHOLSER at San Jose, Cal., the 11th inst…MR. OVERHOLSER was a son of HENRY OVERHOLSER, who came to Jefferson County from Ohio in 1844 and was well known in earlier days. JACOB grew to manhood here and removed to Madison County about 1860. For five years past he had made his home in California. He was about sixty-seven years old. He leaves a widow and four children. Only one member of the OVERHOLSER family now lives in this county, J. M. of Buchanan Township.
March 4, 1886
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Word comes to us from Redding, Shasta County, Cal., of the death there December 1st last of MISS REBECCA ELLEN PARSONS, daughter of EUGENE L. PARSONS, and granddaughter of the late JOHN R. PARSONS, of Glendale. She was within a few days of twenty-one years old.
March 20, 1895
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FRANK GALLIHER, a son of the late ISAAC GALLIHER, who left Jefferson County in 1858 and for many years was supposed to be dead, is with friends in this county now. He served several years in the army after leaving Fairfield and then went west. He sees many changes in people and country in these thirty-seven years.
July 10, 1895
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HURT WHILE FIRING A SALUTE. FRANK GALLIHER, a man about fifty years of age, fired a Fourth of July salute on the JENKS farm, three miles east of this city. He placed a cast iron pinion from a threshing machine on an anvil, filled it with powder and covered the pinion with a heavy weight. When a fuse was applied a terrific explosion ensued, and the pinion burst. One of the flying pieces struck GALLIHER in the calf of the left leg and inflicted a ragged wound almost large enough to take in a man’s finger. DR. BEAN was called at once, but with the most careful examination was unable to locate the missile. GALLIHER has suffered a good deal of pain, and will probably be disabled for some time.