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Bland Family Obituaries

The following obituaries were transcribed and submitted by Bill Bland.

Alvin Telly BLAND
27 Jul 1972
Mohave County Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

"Alvin Telly Bland, a life-long Mohave County rancher, died July 23 at his home at Wikieup.  Services were held on Wednesday at the Kingman Elks Lodge with lodge officers officiating.  Interment was in Mountain View Cemetery.  He was born in Kingman on June 9, 1912, and lived in Mohave County all of his life.  He was a member of the Kingman Elks Lodge.  Surviving are his wife, Fern; two sons, Stanley of Seattle, Wash., and Willis J. of Winnemucca, Nev.; eight daughters, Beverly Lancaster, Phoenix; Shirley Young and Nancy Braudrick, Superior; Loretta Callahan, Sharon Crocker and Phyllis Bland, Wikieup; Sandra Heath, Camp Verde, and Lois Simonson, Pueblo, Colo.; a brother, W. Jeff Bland, Kingman; four sisters, Fern Martin, Ft. Smith, Ark., Cloy Winsted and Fay Bell, Kingman, and Sara Newman of Seattle, Wash., and 24 grandchildren".

Charles J. BLAND
Union Democrat Newspaper, Sonora, California

"Funeral services for Charles J. Bland, 72 of Sonora will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the Heuton Memorial Chapel followed by interment at Oak Grove Cemetery with the Reverent Halsted Gales officiating.  Mr. Bland died Tuesday in a local hospital.  He was a native of Kingman, AZ, and had lived in California for 65 years, 10 of those in this county.  He is survived by 2 nephews, Stanley Mills of Sonora, and Dalton Mills of Volcano, and a niece, Edna May Guthrie of Santa Rosa".

Charles Telly BLAND
(Son of Thomas Jefferson Bland)
9 Feb 1939
The Inyo Register Newspaper, Bishop, Inyo County, California

Charles Telly Bland
Fall In Mine Is Instantly Fatal

"Telly Bland, 25, Meets Death at Vanadium:  The U. S. Vanadium mine was the scene of a second fatal accident yesterday forenoon when Telly Charles Bland, one of the mine force, came to his death by falling down a shaft a distance of probably 60 feet in all.  An inquest was conducted this afternoon by acting Coroner W. G. Smith.  Evidence adduced was that the shaft was used for dumping ore to a level below.  Over the opening some large timbers were laid, with an opening 13 to 18 inches wide and 36 to 40 inches long through which ore was dumped to a level below.  Bland was standing by the opening with a wheelbarrow.  He let go of the handles and stepped backward.  It did not appear that any obstacle was on the floor over which he would stumble; but from whatever cause, his body shot downward.  Its appearance afterward indicated that he struck his head, the skull being fractured on the left side.  Dr. Scott testified that the injuries were such as to cause instant death.  Because of the storm-bound condition it was not until before 6 last evening that the remains were brought to Albright's mortuary here.  The evidence, at the time of this writing, is being considered by a jury composed of A. W. Hess, Walter Utter, Harry Caffrey, C. W. Bretz, Jim Heedick, Don Adamson, Wm. Stevens and Chester Janes.  Telly Bland was born in Tehachapi, Cal., Dec. 2, 1913. He had been in this vicinity for about three years, and in employ of the Vanadium, in one capacity or another, for several months.  His parents and two sisters reside in Kingman, Arizona.  Mr. Bland Sr. arrived today".

Chloe Dell (BLAND) Imus BENTON
(Daughter of Telly Bland; Husband (1) Hiram Burl Imus, (2) Frank Benton)
28 Aug 1969
The Inyo Register Newspaper, Bishop, Inyo County, California

"Funeral services are pending later this week for Chloe Dell Benton of Big Pine, following her death early Tuesday morning at the Inyo County Sanatorium in Big Pine.  She was 82.  She was born April 23, 1887 in Tehachapi, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Telly Bland who were pioneers of the Kern County area.

She is survived by her husband Frank Benton, Big Pine; three sons, Marvel H. Imus of Bisbee, Ariz., Telly O. Imus of Burns Lake, B.C., Canada, and Frank Imus of Fontana; three daughters, Mrs. Ina Curtis of Independence, Mrs. June Rossi of Big Pine, and Mrs. Sarah Rossi of Big Pine".

27 Jul 1990
Mohave Daily Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

"Chloe Mabel Winsted, 64, a lifetime resident of Kingman, died Wednesday at her home in Kingman.  Born Sept. 25, 1925 in Kingman, she was raised in Signal and was a homemaker.  By Mrs. Winsted's request, there will be no services.  Survivors include her husband, Felix Winsted of Kingman; one daughter, Karen F. Melick of Kingman; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Xon Winsted of Tucson; three grandchildren; two sister, Fern Meek of Kingman, and Sarah Newman of Seattle, Wash.  Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.  Arrangements were made by Dimond & Sons Tucker Chapel".

Elsie Fay (BLAND) BELL
20 Jan 1981
Kingman Daily Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

"Funeral services for Fay E. Bell, 54, of Kingman, are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the Van Marter-Hale Memorial Home.  Mrs. Bell died Jan. 18 at Mohave General Hospital.  Visitation has been arranged from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.  The Rev. Oran Brown will officiate at the services.  Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.  A native of Kingman and a life-long resident, she was born Oct. 20, 1926.  Survivors include two sons, Bill Bell, of Kingman, and Tom Bell of Ohio; a daughter, Pauline Boudreaux, Prescott; three sisters, Chloe Winsted, Kingman; Fern Meek, Wikieup, and Sarah Newman, Seattle, Wash., and two grandchildren".

Elsie Lucretia (McGEE) BLAND
27 May 1948
Mohave County Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

"Death came to a highly respected long time resident of Mohave County last Thursday when Mrs. Elsie Lucretia Bland died at the Mohave General Hospital.  Deceased was born in Wikieup, Arizona in 1892 and had spent her entire life in Mohave County.  Funeral services were held at the Van Marter Chapel at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, with Rev. Donald Lathrop of the St. John's Methodist Church officiating.  Interment was made in Mountain View Cemetery.  Surviving are seven children:  Alvan T. Bland of Wikieup, T. J. Bland of Signal, Mrs. Felix Winsted and Mrs. Lewis Meek of Phoenix, Mrs. Jack Bell of Farris, Oklahoma and Mrs. Al Lampert of San Diego, California, two brothers, Sylvester and Clarence McGee, and one sister, Mrs. Charles Imus".

Fern Edith (SHORT) BLAND
22 Dec 1982
Kingman Daily Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

"Funeral services for Fern E. Bland, 71, of Queen Creek, a former resident of Kingman, are scheduled at 2 p.m., Thursday, at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Reed officiating.  Mrs. Bland died Dec. 19 while visiting a daughter in Texas.  The family suggests donations in her name to the Memorial Trust Fund at the Mohave Museum of History and Arts.  Visitation hours have been arranged from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at the Tucker Funeral Home.  Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.  Born on April 27, 1911, at Tucson, she moved to Mohave County as a child.  She lived in Signal when she was married to the late A. T. Bland in 1929.  She lived in Kingman until recent years when she moved to Queen Creek.  Mr. Bland preceded her in death in 1971, as did a son, Marvin Bland, in 1949.  Survivors include two sons, Stanley Bland, of Kingman, and Bill Bland, of Winnemucca, Nev.; eight daughters, Loretta Callahan, of Kingman; Beverly Lancaster and Sharon Crocker, both of Mesa; Shirley young, of Superior; Sandra Heath and Phyllis Hearrell, both of Cottonwood; and Lois Simonson and Nancy Broderick, both of Carthee, Texas; four brothers, Virgil Short and Kenneth Short, both of Kingman, and Ellis Short and Lloyd Short, both of California; four sisters, Grace Neal, Bertha Leonard and Joyce Cannon, all of Kingman, and Dorthy Powers, of Texas, 30 grandchildren and eight grandchildren".

Hiram Berl IMUS
29 Apr 1940
Nogales Herald Newspaper, Nogales, Arizona

"H. B. Imus, 54, pioneer Arizona resident, was take by death early yesterday morning.  Funeral services will be held in the Palace Funeral Home at Bisbee Thursday.  Imus was a native of Arizona and resided here for eight years.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Chloe Dell (Bland) Imus and three sons and three daughters. Interment will be at Bisbee".

(Daughter of Hiram Burl Imus & Chloe Dell Bland)

"Services will be held for Ina Julia Curtis at 11 a.m. June 15 at First Presbyterian Church, 585 N. Main St., Bishop, Calif., followed by graveside services at East Line Street Cemetery.
Ina Julia Imus was born in Hackberry, Ariz., on July 11, 1909. The daughter of Hiram Burl Imus and Cloe (Bland) Imus, she was the oldest of six children. The children spent their childhood years on the Willows Ranch east of Kingman amidst a large family of aunts, uncles and cousins. Ina came to Owens Valley in 1927 with her parents and brothers and sisters. The family settled on a DWP lease at the north end of Big Pine. The Imus family stayed in the valley for a few years and when they moved away, Ina and her sister June each had married and remained in the valley. Ina married Hugh Henderson and raised three children in Bishop.
Widowed shortly after her third child was born, Ina worked as a waitress in local restaurants to support her family, an occupation she continued for the next 20 years.  Ina married Merrill Curtis in 1939, and the family moved to a home on Brockman Lane in 1940. The family kept this DWP lease until 1976.
Merrill and Ina lived in Independence for the eight years he served as Inyo County sheriff.  In her last decade, Ina lived in Bishop with her son, Elvie Henderson, and family.
Ina was preceded in death by her father, her mother, her oldest brother, Marvel Imus, her husbands, her stepson, Merrill C. Curtis, and daughter-in-law Joanne Curtis.  She is survived by daughter Cleo (Henderson) and husband, Gene Yost, of Wenatchee, Wash., daughter May Lou (Henderson) and husband, Bill Cox, of Merdian, Idaho, and son Elvie and wife, Kathy, of Bishop; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchilden; and three-great-great-grandchildren. She is survived by two sisters, June Rossie and Sarah (Hix) Rossi, brother-in-law Maynard Rossi; two brothers, Ted Imus and Frank Imus and his wife, Marianne; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest a donation to the Bishop Historical Society or a favorite charity".

12 Jul 1951
Mohave County Miner, Kingman, Arizona

"JEFF BLAND-Rosary was recited for Jeff Bland in the Clinkenbeard-Van Marter Memorial Chapel at 8:00 p.m. last Monday, July 9, and Mass was held in St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. the following morning with Father John Degnan officiating.  Interment followed at the Mountain View Cemetery.
Bland, a retired Mohave county rancher, passed away last Saturday, July 7, in Kingman.  Born in California on February 17, 1885, he was 66 years old at the time of his death.  He had spent 56 years in this county and owned a ranch on Big Sandy for the past 50 years.
Surviving him are two sons, Jeff and Alvin Bland, both of Kingman; three daughters, Mrs. Ferm Meek and Mrs. Sarah Lambert, both of Oregon, and Mrs. Faye Bell, of Oklahoma; a sister, Mrs. Chloe Winstead of Kingman, and 18 grandchildren".

(Wife of Jefferson Davis Bland)
8 Jan 1937
Mohave County Miner, Kingman, Arizona

Mrs. Jessie Bland, Pioneer, Dies

"Jessie Pope Bland,born in Ohio, December 6, 1863, died at the Mohave county general hospital, Thursday, January 7, 1937.  Jessie Pope came to Arizona in 1900 and was married at Congress Junction to Mr. Jeff Bland.  They made their home a few miles east of Burro Creek, where they engaged in the cattle business and in mining.  Her husband died several years ago but she still maintained her home at the Bland mine, which she frequently leased.

Mrs. Bland was brought to the hospital about two months ago.  She died of lobar pneumonia.  Two brothers are living in Colorado but have not been heard from.  Funeral arrangements are awaiting word from them".

(Wife of Jefferson Davis Bland)
15 Jan 1937
Mohave County Miner, Kingman, Arizona

Mrs. Bland Services Held Wednesday

"Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Pope Bland whose death was announced last week were held at the Van Marter chapel Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock and interment was made in Mountain View cemetery.  Word was received from two brothers in Colorado which announced their inability to come to Kingman for the funeral ceremony".

Margaret Katherine (NELSON) BLAND
28 Apr 1998
Kingman Daily Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

"Margaret Katherine Bland died Sunday April 26, 1998, in Kingman.  She was 83.  Mrs. Bland was born July 13, 1914, in Peach Springs and was a lifelong resident of the area.  She was a clerk in the health care industry for 34 years and retired in 1985.  She was a member of the Daughters of Mohave County Pioneers, the Cowbelles and St. Mary's Catholic Church, the latter for her entire life.  Mrs. Bland is survived by: one son, Samuel Nelson of Kingman; three daughters, Jan A. Rucker of Kingman, Cherish Nelson of Kingman and Cynthia Jean Perez of Kingman; four brothers, Billy Nelson of Truxton, Donald Nelson of Kingman, Ernie Nelson of Kingman and Mike Nelson of Fort Benning, Ga.; two sisters Mary Garrehy of San Antonio, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Nelson.  Services will be held at 10 am. Wednesday April 29, 1998, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. James Alling officiating.  Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.  The family suggests memorial donations to Kingman Elks Lodge No. 468, 900 Gates Ave., Kingman, Ariz. 86401; or Mohave Museum of History and Arts, 400 W. Beal St., Kingman, Ariz. 86401".

Sarah Elizabeth (HART) BLAND
8 Jul 1948
Mohave County Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

"Mrs. Sarah E. Bland passed away at the Mohave General Hospital last Monday, July 5.  She was born February 17, 1865, at Keene, Kern County, Calif.  She has been a resident of Mohave county for the past 50 years and is well known and respected for active interests in various church and club organizations.  Mrs. Bland and her late husband came to Arizona from Tehachapi, Calif., in 1898.  The late Telly Bland was a mail contractor for 32 years from Kingman to the Sandy and also did cattle ranching until he passed away in 1930.  Both were natives of California.  The deceased is survived by two children, Mrs. Chloe Benton of Big Pine, Calif., and T. J. Bland of Signal, Ariz.  Two brothers and one sister, Mrs. Mattie Parson of Kingman, E. J. Hart of King City, Calif., and B. H. Hart of San Gabriel, Calif.  Also 12 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren".

Sara Rose (IMUS) ROSSI
(Daughter of Hiram Imus & Chloe Dell Bland)
3 Mar 2003
The Inyo Register Newspaper, Bishop, Inyo County, California

Sarah "Hix" Rose Rossi

"1914-2003:  Funeral Services for 70-year Big Pine resident Sarah "Hix" Rose Rossi, 88, will be held on Saturday, March 8, at the Big Pine Community United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Rev. Dr. Karen Moore will officiate.

Born in Hackberry, Ariz. on June 13, 1914, Mrs. Rossi died on March 2 at the Foremost Health Care Center in Hesperia.  Sarah was preceded in death by husband, Ruben Rossi in 1983, a brother, Marvel (Jinx) Imus, and a sister, Ina Curtis.
She is survived by son, Burl and wife Barbara Rossi of Hesperia; son, Gary and wife Andy Rossi of Big Pine; daughter, Karen and husband Rob Bradley of Big Pine; daughter, Ruby and husband Myron Zinoue of Yucaipa; brothers, Ted Imus of Canada and Frank and Mary Ann Imus of Fontana, Calif.; sister, June and husband Maynard Rossi of Big Pine; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.   Interment will be at the Big Pine Cemetery".

Telly G. BLAND
23 May 1930
Mohave County Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

Sudden Death of Telly Bland Last Saturday

"The sudden death of Telly Bland, last Saturday morning, came as a great shock to all who knew him.  He had been ill the prior night, but concluded that he had recovered sufficiently to drive his stage through to Signal, but after he had delivered the mail to the Trout Creek post box and had gone down the road a few miles he was stricken with a heart attack and expired. Mrs. Anna Stephens was with him when the end came.  His remains were taken to Kingman later and his wife and children notified.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon from the M. E. church and interment was held in the Mountain View cemetery.  A large number of old friends and acquaintances attended the last rites at the grave.  Telly Bland was born in California about 71 years ago, and came to Mohave county about 30 years ago.  Engaging in the cattle business he was quite successful until the bad droughts of a few years ago put him and others out of business.  He was a fine fellow, liked by all who knew him.  He leaves a wife, two children and a number of grandchildren as well as brothers and sisters to mourn his loss".

William Jefferson BLAND
23 May 1974
Mohave County Miner Newspaper, Kingman, Arizona

"William Jefferson Bland of Kingman died May 17 at Mohave General Hospital.  Services will be held at the BPOE Elks, Monday, with interment following at Mountain View Cemetery.  Father Patrick Duggan of St. Mary's Catholic Church officiated at the graveside services.  Mr. Bland was born February 10, 1916, at Hackberry.  He had lived in Kingman for 58 years.  An Army veteran of World War II, he had been a highway maintenance foreman.  Surviving are his wife, Margaret; four sisters, Sarah Newman of Washington, and Fay Bell, Fern Martin and Chloe Winstead, all of Kingman.  Also a granddaughter, Mrs. Janice Rucker".

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