Murder of Myrtle Zelda CUMPSTON Adel State: Iowa County: Dallas

IOWA COLD CASE UNIT Case Number: 6500401 

On March 9, 1965, Myrtle Zelda Cumpston was shot and killed in the display area of the
C. & K. Aqualand Incorporated, located near Adel, Iowa.  The Police are still seeking further information about this murder.  If you can help them contact:

I found this newspaper item about a woman with the same name who died on the same day.  Adel and Coalville are just an hour away from each other.  Does anyone know if these were the same woman?

Myrtle Zelda (Dickerson) Cumpston (1965)
Earlham Echo – March 18, 1965 Obituary
Myrtle Zelda Dickerson was born September 1, 1904, at Coalville, Iowa, the daughter of Geo. A. and Mamie C. Dickerson; she passed away at her home March 9, 1965.  She married Charles Lewis Cumpston February 10, 1923. To this union were born six children all of whom survive.  They were in business in Fort Dodge, Tama and were established in Adel and the Redfield Community in 1936. In 1939 they moved to the present farm home where they yet reside.  She was preceded in death by her parents. Those who survive are her husband, Charles L. Cumpston; their six children: Dale and his wife Margaret of Lawrence, Kansas; Duane and his wife Mary Lea of Atlantic, Iowa; Geneil and husband Earl Mosind (?) of Waterloo, Iowa; Gardette and his wife Betty of Peneville, Louisiana; Kay Eloise Cumpston, a student at the University of Iowa. There are sixteen grandchildren. 

She was a member of the Redfield Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, and many other worthy organizations.  Final rites were held Saturday at the Redfield Methodist Church under the direction of the Evans Funeral home, with the Revs. John Latta and Ernest Baiotto officiating. Burial was in the Dexter cemetery.

The 1930 Census shows the following:

Myrtle Cumpston [Myrtle Dickerson] Home in 1930 Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa
Age 24 born about 1905.  Mother Mamie Dickerson, Spouse Charles CUMPSTON age 24.
Children: Dale age 6, Duane age 5, Geneil age 1.  Also present Mamie Dickerson age 51.

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