The following are transcribed newspaper clippings that were collected by Vernon Capps, the husband of my 1st cousin twice removed Gertrude Elloise Geyer. I have photocopies of the clippings. I don't know what newspapers they were taken from.
Mrs. Grace E. Geyer, 71, of 1003 E. 3rd Street, Washington, died Sunday, August 26 at the Shenk Nursing Home in Wellman, where she had been a patient a short time.
Born December 30, 1901, near Thornburg, she was the daughter of William J. and Jane Moore McGimpsey.
She married F. Grant Geyer May 14, 1919.
She was a member of the Washington United Methodist Church.
Surviving are six sons, Harlan M. of Mission Hills, Calif., Calvin of Iowa City, Larry of Florida, LaVerne E. and Floyd of Washington; four daughters, Mrs. John (Doris) Allard of Brighton, Mrs. Bernie (Dorothy) Biddle of Richland, Wash., Mrs. Adger (Niva) Nix of Chamblee, Ga., and Frances Jean of Washington; 25 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren; and five sisters, Mrs. Rachel Stringfellow of Oskaloosa, Mrs. John (Margaret) Geyer of What Cheer, Mrs. Catherine Schifflet of Deep River, Mrs. Eva Moore of Oskaloosa, and Mrs. Hugh (Ruth) Frazier of Des Moines.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on September 19, 1951, a daughter Lois and a son Max.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 29 at 2 p.m. at the Jones Funeral Home in Washington with Rev. J. Roland Crandall officiating.
Mrs. T. R. Phillips was organist with Mrs. Kay Stewart, soloist.
Bearers of the casket were John Allard, Jay Allard, Calvin Geyer Jr., Richard Geyer, Wayne Geyer and Kenneth Geyer.
Burial was in Sixteen Cemetery.
[Handwritten at bottom: "1973"]
[Handwritten at top: “1983”]
Margaret Geyer, 89 of What Cheer died Monday, Nov. 14 at home.
She was born April 29, 1894 in Keokuk County, the daughter of William and Jane Moore McGimpsey.
She was married to John W. Geyer February 19, 1919 in Keswick. He preceded her in death in August of 1983.
She had lived in What Cheer since 1963. Prior to that she lived in Thornburg.
She was a member of the United Methodist Church of What Cheer, a member of the UMW of What Cheer, a Past Matron of the Order of the Friendly Garden Club, past secretary of the Royal Neighbors of America, and the secretary for 45 years of the Sixteen Cemetery of Thornburg.
She is survived by three sons, W. Kenneth Geyer of Albia, Dr. Keith A. Geyer of Alta and John W. Geyer of West Bloomfield, Mich.; two daughters, Harriette Riddle of Wellman, and Mrs. Vernon (Elloise) Capps of South San Francisco, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Hugh (Ruth) Frazier of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Eva Moore of Oskaloosa.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a great-grandson, six sisters, and two brothers.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m., at the Harden Funeral Chapel at What Cheer with Rev. Duane Ferguson officiating.
Music was by Mrs. Jean Wilson.
Bearers of the casket were Michael Riddle, James Riddle, Jeffrey Adler, Richard Kading, John Geyer III and Curtis Geyer.
Burial was in the Sixteen Cemetery near Thornburg.
[Handwritten at end: “on Friday November 18, 1983]
John W. Geyer
John W. Geyer, 83, of What Cheer died Saturday, Aug. 6 at University Hospitals in Iowa City.
Born at Wellman December 5, 1899, he was the son of Frank and Lucinda Griffith Geyer.
He was a retired farmer and also had worked for the Pamco of Oskaloosa for 1[?] Years. He had lived in What Cheer since 1953 and prior to that in Thornburg.
He was married to Margaret McGimpsey February 19, 1919 in Keswick.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church of What Cheer and was a past president of the What Cheer Lions Club. He was also a former member of the Thornburg School Board. He was the treasurer of the Universe Lodge 242 A.F. and A.M., a past master of the Perfect Union Lodge 277 at Thornburg, a member El Khir Shrine in Cedar Rapids, a member of the Cedar Rapids Consistory, a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Lodge in What Cheer.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Elloise Capps, of South San Francisco, Calif., and Mrs. Harriette Riddle of Wellman; three sons, W. Kenneth Geyer of Albia, Dr. Keith A. Geyer of Alta, John W. Geyer of West Bloomfield, Mich., 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Wilbur Geyer of Wellman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m., at the Harden Funeral Chapel in What Cheer with Rev. Emery Wallace officiating.
Music was by Mrs. Jean Wilson.
Bearers of the casket were Michael Riddle, James Riddle, Jeffrey Adler, Richard Koding, John Geyer III, Curtis Geyer.
Honorary bearers of the casket were Ronald Galbraith, Alex Henry, Kenneth McFarlan and Bill Tancer.
Burial was in the Sixteen Cemetery in Thornburg.
Wilbur G. Geyer, 86, dies
WELLMAN – Wilbur G. Geyer, 86, died June 24, 1993, at Parkview Manor, Wellman, after a long illness.
Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Wellman, with the Rev. Beth Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Wellman
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. Friday at the Powell Funeral Home, Wellman. A memorial fund has been established with the First Baptist Church, Wellman, and the Wellman Ambulance fund drive.
Wilbur Geyer was born Sept. 1, 1906, near Wellman, to Frank and Lucinda (Griffith) Geyer. He attended Bunker Hill School. He married Edna Webster Jan. 25, 1928, at the Methodist parsonage, Iowa City. He farmed in the Wellman and Oxford communities before moving to Wellman in 1959. He was employed by Powell Furniture and Bringman Grocery and worked as a custodian and bus driver for the Mid-Prairie School District. He also operated a feed grinder for several years.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Wellman, and a former IOOF
Survivors include his wife, Edna; three sons, Richard Geyer, Iowa City, Wayne Geyer, Oxford, and Raymond Geyer, Oxford; one daughter, Donna Mae Wenell, St. Paul, Minn.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and one great-grandchild.
[Handwritten to side of obituary: “Tuesday, March 16”]
George E. Guyer [should be “Geyer”]
WHAT CHEER – George E. Guyer, 79, former resident of What Cheer, died Tuesday, at St. Joseph Hospital in St. Joseph, Mo.
He was born Nov. 4, 1891 near Wellman, the son of Frank and Lucinda E. Griffith Guyer. He married Jennie Ann Moore June 15, 1915 at Webster. She preceded in death along with one son.
He worked for many years with the Iowa State Highway Commission.
Surviving are one son, Frank of St. Joseph, Mo.; one daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Hummel of Council Bluffs; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and one brother, Wilbur Guyer of Wellman.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, at Harden Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Edward A. Schalle officiating. Burial will be in Sixteen Cemetery.
[Handwritten at top: “March 16, 1971”]
George E. Geyer
George E. Geyer, 79, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital Tuesday afternoon after becoming ill at the home of his son, Frankie C. Geyer, 2611 Renick street. The elder Mr. Geyer had been residing with his son lately.
Mr. Geyer retired about nine years ago as an Iowa State Highway Commission foreman, stationed at Marshalltown, Iowa. He formerly resided in What Cheer,
Additional survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice E. Hummel, Council Bluffs, Iowa; two brothers, John Geyer, What Cheers, and Wilbur Geyer, Wellman, Iowa; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
The body is at the Herdin [should be “Hardin”] mortuary in What Cheer.
[Handwritten at top: “1967”]
Life Story of Jennie May Geyer
Mrs. Jennie May Geyer, 69, of Independence, died Tuesday, January
Born March 5, 1897 in Webster [“Webster” is crossed out and handwritten above is “Millersburg”], she was the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Winegarden Moore. She married George E. Geyer June 16, 1915.
Surviving are her husband, George; one daughter Mrs. Beatrice E. Hummel of Council Bluffs; one son, Frank C. Geyer of St. Joseph, Mo; nine grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lola Wyant of Marengo and Mrs. Ethel Seaton of Deep River; and three brothers, Ivan and Raymond Moore of What Cheer and Menzo Moore of Keswick.
Services were held Friday, February 3 at 2 p.m. at the [clipping cut off
Frankie C. Geyer
Frankie C. Geyer, 73, St. Joseph, died Saturday, Oct. 11, 1997, at a St. Joseph hospital.
Born May 26, 1924 in Omaha, Neb., he was raised in Scranton, Iowa, where he graduated from Scranton High School. Mr. Geyer was a 1948 graduate of Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, where he later taught social science and coached football, baseball and basketball.
He began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in 1952. He served at Lambert Field in St. Louis, Topeka, Kan.
and Des Moines, Iowa.
Mr. Geyer came to St. Joseph in 1965, and retired as Assistant Tower Chief and Controller.
During World War II he served as an instructor pilot for the B-24 Liberator
Bomber in the Army Air Corp.
He was a member of Huffman United Methodist Church, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the American Association of Retired Persons, and the Liberal Air Museum, Liberal, Kan.
On July 30, 1944 he married Kathryn E. Crouch in Liberal, Kan., she survives of the home.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Jennie Geyer, by a brother, George Junior Geyer, and a sister, Beatrice Hummel.
Additional survivors: a son, Mark T. Geyer of Marietta, Ga.; two daughters, Sandra E. Goff, San Diego, and Melody A. Crowder, Salina, Kan.; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Services: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Meierhoffer-Fleeman Funeral Home, St. Joseph, where the family will receive friends from 7 to [?]:30 p.m. Tuesday. Friends may call after 9 a.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.
LaVerne E. Geyer II, 20, of Cromwell, Ind., formerly of Washington, died Wednesday morning in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne, Ind., of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident Aug. 17 near Fort Wayne. He was a student at Fort
Survivors include a daughter, Alex of Cromwell; his parents, LaVerne and Jane of Washington; two sisters, Debra Morrison of Homestead and Barbara Curtis of Wyman; a brother, Jerry Groom of Cromwell; and his grandfathers, Robert Richardson of Lebanon, Ore., and Ben Adams of Wyman.
Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, Jones’, where friends may call after 9 a.m. today and where the family will greet friends from 8 to 8:30 tonight. Burial:
Sixteen Cemetery, north of What Cheer. A memorial fund has been established.
Finally, Wayne Geyer, son of Wilbur and Edna Geyer, passed away recently on March 20, 2007. His obituary can be found on the Peterseim Funeral Home Obituary page and a news article, Oxford Man Found Dead, can be find on the Iowa City Press-Citizen website.