Obituary from Bagley Gazette, 9/23/1920:
Mary AcyNowles [sic] was born October 20, 1867 near Grand Mound, Clinton County, Iowa.She was a daughter of G.R. and Emily Nowles [sic], and one of fourteen children.
About forty years ago, she, together with her parents moved to Guthrie county and was married to C.R. Neal, Sept. 21, 1885 at her home in Bagley.To this union six children were born; Walter L. of Bagley, Harry E. of Yale; Bessie C. of Guthrie Center; Arthur C. and Emert J. of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Vera M. who preceded her mother to the beyond, March 12, 1919.Her husband, C.R., passed away October 3, 1906.
On August 21, 1915 she was united in marriage to W.W. Wheelock who, with four sons and a daughter, six brothers and three sisters, survive.
She was a staunch member of the Christian church, also of the Eastern Star and Rebekah orders, and a member of the Service Star Legion.
For the past number of months she had been a sufferer, but bore it all cheerfully until called by her maker to eternal happiness on last Wednesday, September 8th.
Services over the remains were held at the Christian Church the following Saturday, and interment took place at Dodge Center cemetery, Rev. Walter Wills of the M. K. church of Jefferson officiating.--Yale Ledger.
Obituary from Bagley Gazette, Friday October 12, 1906:
C.R. Neal Laid to Rest
Chas. Richard Neal was born Sept. 18, 1860, in Davis Co., Iowa.At four years of age he moved with his parents to Guthrie county, where he has resided ever since.He was married to Mary Tacey Knowles [sic] Sep. 21, 1885, and died Oct. 3, 1906.Mr. Neal leaves to mourn his departure his father, David Neal, and stepmother; his wife, Mary T. Neal, and six children--Walter S. aged nineteen, Harry E. and Bessie C.each aged seventeen, Chas. A. aged fifteen, James E. aged eleven and Vera M. aged nine years, besides two sisters, Mr. Wm. Knapp of Cromwell, Ind., and Mrs. Robt. Truax of Bagley; also three half brothers; Wm. H. Neal of Bagley, Elmer A. Neal of Albany, Oregon;Calvin D. Neal of Oklahoma City, Okla.
Charles Neal was a good neighbor, father, husband and friend.He was honest and upright and all people speak of him the kindest words of praise.He made his home happy and was kind to those about him.
The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Frank W. Mutchler, minister of Church of Christ, at the Dodge Center U.B. church and interment was made in Dodge cemetery.The funeral was one of the largest attended in this community for a long time.He will be sadly missed by those who were near and dear to him, and the good of his life will be enshrined forever in the memories of his friends.
He was a member of the I.O. O. F. and the M. W. A. lodges and those orders attended the funeral as lodges bringing a profusion of flowers.The floral tributes were numerous and handsome.
Another useful life has been cut short and apparently at the hands of an assassin.It makes us ask “why should these things be?”It is a mystery now, but all will be made plain hereafter.
The Gazette joins with many friends in sympathy for the bereaved.
Article from Bagley Gazette, 10/5/1906:
C.R. Neal Is Shot
By Whom and Why the Deed Was Committed a Mystery
Shortly after noon Wednesday the news came to us that C.R. Neal, whose home is a few miles southwest of Bagley, had been shot and was dead.
The facts as we get them are as follows:
Mr. Neal had gone to his cornfield, about three-fourths of a mile southeast of his house, in the forenoon to gather a load of corn.He having not returned at 12:30, his wife went to ascertain the reason and found him lying on his back dead with a bullet hole near his heart.His body was where he had been picking corn last and near his wagon, and it was evident that death had been instantaneous, for he had not moved after he fell.There was no evidence of suicide nor of a struggle.
Mrs. Neal hastened across a field and intercepted Mail Carrier Smith to tell the awful news.She was almost frantic.Mr. Smith took her to her home and then got word by phone to relatives and friends and to Dr. Thompson of Bayard.The coroner and sheriff were notified and word was sent to the children of the deceased, who were on the fair ground at Guthrie center.Mr. Smith also went to the field and found Mr. Neal’s body as stated.
When officers had arrived, it was so evident that the deceased had met his death at the hands of another, that a call was sent to Des Moines for a detective and blood hounds.These arrived Thursday morning.
Mr. Neal’s remains were found not far from a fence corner.Growing along the fence and near it is quite a heavy growth of brush.At one place near the fence it appeared that someone had been, and that brush that would interfere with a view of Mr. Neal had been cut away.The blood hounds took the scent here, but did not follow it far enough to reveal the person who made the tracks.
The coroner empaneled a jury and took evidence.The verdict was that Mr. Neal had come to his death from a shot from a gun in the hands of some person to them unknown.
Upon examination of the remains of deceased it was found that the bullet had entered the body from behind, between the first and second ribs on the right side and passed out in front near the left side, cutting thro the end of the heart.The fatal shot had evidently come from the spot in the brush mentioned above.
Who committed the deed is a mystery.It was not supposed that C.R. Neal had an enemy in the world, and it appears that the crime was not committed for robbery, for he had several hundreds of dollars on his person that were unmolested.The air is full of rumors and it is believed that something will be developed within a week.
Deceased leaves a wife and four children, who have the sympathy of many friends.He was a man much respected.
The funeral services will be this afternoon.Obituary and further particulars next week.