Hazel Leota HUNT / GIBSON

“The News Review” Newspaper, Roseburg, Oregon, September 1, 1997, Pg. 5


September 1st, 1997 Hazel L. GIBSON, age 80 passed away August 28th, 1997 at Curry Manor in Roseburg, Oregon. She was born June 26th, 1917 in Independence, Iowa to the parents of Clyde and Madge (VINCENT) HUNT. Hazel had cooked for many years at the Elks Lodge in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. She is survived by a son Frank “Skip” METCALF of Portland, Oregon, a daughter, Joan Goff of Myrtle Creek, Oregon: grandchildren Cindy HUDSON of Vancouver, Washington and Jess METCALF of Rock***.





“The Review Journal” Newspaper, Las Vegas, Nevada, January 13, 2000


January 13th, 2000

Phyllis June GIBSON, age 66, passed away January 10th, 2000 at Sunrise Memorial Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. Phyllis was born January 2nd, 1934 in Kearney, Nebraska to the parents of Roy and Blanch (ANDERSON) GIBSON. The family moved from Nebraska to Oregon in 1935 and made their home in Mill City, Oregon. February 5th, 1954 in Stevenson, Washington, Phyllis married George Williams. To this union one daughter, Connie was born. Phyllis lived and worked in the Mill City area for many years. For the past 6 years she lived with her daughter and husband in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her daughter Connie SPINDEL and her two grandchildren, Amanda BROWN and Kristi WELTON of Las Vegas, Nevada, survive her. Her parents and sisters, Sharon GIBSON and LaDonna CROFOOT and brother Gene GIBSON preceded Phyllis in death. The family has asked in lieu of flowers, contributions are made to the American Diabetes Foundation. Internment will be in the Fox Valley Cemetery, Linn County, Oregon.





Newspaper unknown

Obit printed some time shortly after October 24th, 1936 (her date of death)


Dead at 98 Years

Mrs. Matilda KENNETT, Scranton pioneer woman, died at her home in that city Monday noon following several weeks of illness. She would have been 98 years of age next December and was the oldest person in Greene county.  She was born in Indiana on Dec 28, 1838, and came to Greene county with her parents in 1852 when this section was virgin prairie land. Mrs. KENNETT was the parent of eight children, including three sets of twins.  She is survived by a son, Wylie KENNETT, of Jefferson, and three daughters, Mrs. Mary SAVACOOL and Mrs. Milt GIBSON of Scranton and Mrs. John JOHNSTONE of Boone.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock p.m. at the Christian church in Scranton with the pastor, Rev. Chas. Macy, officiating.  Six great grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Read her autobiography here.







Valentine KENNETT (husband of Matilda GIBSON)

Scranton Journal, March 1920 (Iowa)


Valentine KENNETT passed away at his home in Scranton Monday at midnight, after a sever attack of lagrippe which culminated in heart failure.  He was in his eighty-fourth year. His funeral was conducted from the Christian church yesterday at 2 p.m., by the pastor, Eld. H. S. OLMSTEAD, and was attended by a large gathering of relatives and longtime friends and neighbors.  Interment was made in Scranton cemetery by the following pall bearers:

Edwin EMMETT, Foster BRUNTLETT, D.H. ANDERSON.  D.B. ANDERSON, Scott BARBER________CROSIER.  He was father of eight children, six living and two having passed away, Valentine KENNETT was pioneer resident of the Scranton community and has lived an honorable life among us.  He had many friends because he was worthy of them and because he himself was always friendly. Those of us who remain will remember this citizen as having been true and faithful in all of his home and public affairs and join in one accord in extending sympathy to the aged mother and widow and the sons and daughters. The Journal hopes to have a biographical sketch next week of is long and eventful______.


Obituary, Scranton Journal 1920

Valentine KENNETT was born Nov. 24, 1836 in Brown county, Ohio, where he spent his Boyhood days, moving to Greene county, Iowa, in 1856, where he lived until his death which occurred March 15, 1920, after an illness of two weeks' duration.  He united with the Church of Christ when a young man, at the Highland church, his name still remaining on the books of that church.  He was united in marriage to Matilda GIBSON in 1857.  He leaves to mourn his departure, his widow, six children, namely; H. W. KENNETT, of Jefferson; Mrs. Frank KRUG, of Boone; Mrs. D. H. COOMBS, Mrs. M. P. GIBSON, Mrs. Lavina WRIGHT, Mrs. Mary E. JONES, all of Scranton; thirty-one grandchildren, forty-four great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, besides a host of friends.  He was a kind and loving husband and father, and will be greatly missed by all.






Newspaper unknown

Obit printed some time shortly after July 13, 1907 (her date of death)


An Aged Mother Gone

Sister Hulda GIBSON (nee CARSON) was born Sept 28, 1816 in Stokes county NC and died at Dedham IA July 13th 1907, age 90 years 9 months and fifteen days.  In 1833 she was married to Archelett (*Archelaus) GIBSON in Marion County IN, in 1853, they came to county settling north east of Scranton.  Here many years of her life was spent in those hard pioneer days.  She was the mother of ten children five of whom survive her to wit: Albert of Nebraska, Jesse of Minnesota, Cyrus of Dedham, Mrs. Lucinda of Mexico, Mrs. Matilda KENNETT of Scranton IA.  Her husband died in 1874 (*3-18-1873) since then she has made her home with her children.  Early in life she became a Christian and died a member of the M.E. Church in Dedham.  Grandma GIBSON was a strong sturdy woman, a hard worker belonging to their honorable pioneers of IA.  Her life meant struggle, sacrifice and courage and these traits told largely in her constant sunshine.  Her devotion to the church bore the mark of the real type, constancy, fidelity and truth the reward is certain to come to such mothers.  God be with us also, to the end.

W.E. SHUGG, pastor of M.E. church, Dedham IA. Her remains were brought to Scranton Sunday July 14.  Funeral services were conducted in the Christian church by Rev. D.S. THOMPSON Sunday afternoon after which her remains were laid to rest in the Gibson cemetery. Read the family bio here.







Scranton (IA) Journal April 1925   



Cyrus C Gibson was born in Hamilton county, IN, July 4, 1841 and died at his home in Scranton, IA April 15, 1924, at the age of eighty-two years, nine months and eleven days.  He came to IA with his parents and settled in Greene county in 1853.  He was one of a family of ten children, six boys and four girls.  One brother, Jesse C, of Dodge Center, MN and one sister, Matilda Kennett, of Scranton, survive him.  The family underwent all the hardships of the pioneer days in IA and in addition, made the trip across the plains via ox team in 1858, staying in the vicinity of the present cities of Denver and Colorado Springs, where he remained for two years before returning to Greene county.  He was united in marriage with Mathilda Adkins in 1868.  She died in 1869, leaving an infant daughter.  He married Mrs. Anna M Young in November 1875.  To this union four daughters were born.  The family moved to Carrollton (IA) in October 1880.  From there they moved to Dedham, IA in May 1883, where he lived until May 1917, since which time he has resided at the present home in Scranton. He is survived by his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Emma Young of Guthrie Center IA; Mrs. Christy Bielefeldt, of Roland, IA; and Mrs. Rena Bruce, of Yuma, CO; two step children, Mrs. LeRoy Sigler, of Racine, WI and A J Young, of Ames IA; thirty-one grand children and eighteen great grandchildren.  He united with the M E church at Dedham in 1894, and became a member of this church by letter when he moved to Scranton, in 1917.

 Funeral services for this highly esteemed citizen are being held today from the M. E. church, conducted by the pastor Rev. H. G. Hicks assisted by Rev. F. A. Smith of Menlo.   Relatives and longtime friends are paying the last sad tribute of profound respect to one whom they loved.  Interment was made in the Scranton Cemetery.

Cyrus C Gibson was among the very earliest of Greene county settlers, coming here as a boy twelve years of age seventy-one years ago.  He knew all the joys and sorrows of pioneer living the through it all maintained a stalwart manhood, a high order of integrity and the high regard and friendship of all who knew him.  He was high-minded, kind and true in all the relations of life and radiated sunshine in his home and community.  He lived to finish the course-and kept faith.  The Journal joins with the entire community in extending sympathy to his widow and family.




JEFFERSON BEE Jan 5, 1937 



Annie Missouri Crabbs, daughter of Joshua and Thirza Crabbs, was born at Hagerstown, Maryland, March 16, 1853, and passed from this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charity Bielefeldt, at Roland, Iowa, December 25, 1936, at the age of 83 years, 9 months and 9 days. The Crabbs family were in the south but were not in favor of slavery. Some of the memories of the days of the Civil War were vivid in Mrs. Gibson's mind. At the time of the outbreak of the war the family was living on property belonging to General Lee, the Arlington estate, now the site of the Arlington Cemetery. Her father was the miller on this estate. Mrs. Gibson remembered the sound of the first guns of the battle of Bull Run, and many experiences with the soldiers from those days. Her father was taken prisoner by the Rebel army because of some cadet uniforms found in his home, and during his imprisonment met exposure which he could not endure, not being a strong man, and so his death followed. The three older children, including Mrs. Gibson, went to relatives near Harrisburg, Penna., to live. Late in the '60s she came to Carroll county, Iowa, settling near Carrollton. In 1869, she was united in marriage to George N. Young. To this union three children were born. One died in infancy and the surviving are A. J. Young of Ames and Mrs. Maud Sigler of Racine, Wisconsin. Mr. Young died in the year 1872. In 1875, she was united in marriage to Cyrus C. Gibson. To this union four children were born. Two of these are deceased, one in infancy and one at the age of 17 years. The surviving are Mrs. Irene Bruce of Denver, Colorado, and Mrs. Charity Bielefeldt of Roland, Iowa. In 1875 the family moved to a farm east of Scranton where they resided about six years, when they returned to Carrollton and two years later to Dedham, Iowa. Then about 1917 they came back to Scranton, which has since been her home. In 1924 Mr. Gibson passed to the life beyond. Mrs. Gibson continued to live in Scranton until 1935 when she went to make her home with her daughter at Roland, where the end came. Mrs. Gibson was active in church and Sunday school work from young womanhood until age and failing health made it impossible. The children remember both their parents as devoted and treasure the ideals and standards they inherited from them. She leaves to mourn her passing, the three daughters and one son mentioned above, one step-daughter, thirty grandchildren, 56 great grandchildren and one great grandchild. There is also one sister surviving, Mrs. Emma C. Taylor, of Coon Rapids, besides other relatives. Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist Episcopal church at Scranton by the Rev. R.J. Arms, assisted by the Rev. F.A. Smith of Woodbine, Iowa. Music was furnished by Mrs. R.E. Parry and Mrs. John Black, with Miss Lucile Rutan accompanying them on the piano. Six of the grandchildren served as pallbearers and interment was in the Scranton cemetery.





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