Bedford Free Press Thursday May 14, 1908 p. 8 Blockton News Martin Torkelson, who lived here several years and who with his mother and sisters moved from here to Des Moines but later to Philip, S. D., returning some months ago to Des Moines, was drowned in Beaver creek, about seven miles north of Des Moines Sunday morning. The body was not found until Tuesday evening, some distance from where he went down. The remains were brought here Wednesday morning on No. 1 and the funeral services were held in the Methodist church, the sermon being preached by Elder Van Horn, of Des Moines, who accompanied the family here for that purpose. His mother, sisters Millie, Edna and Eva, and brothers, Olaf and Emmet were all present at the funeral. His elder sister, Mrs. Carrie Philpot not being present on account of sickness. Deceased was about twenty years of age.
Interment was made in the Rose Hill Cemetery. There were many beautiful floral offerings by sympathizing friends.