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Isaac F. "Ike" Coleman 1860-1939


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 3/1/2011 at 00:00:17

Ike Coleman Lose Fight For Life
Beloved Citizen Dies Tues.
Succumbs to Long Illness of Pneumonia and Resulting Complications; Funeral Friday Afternoon

Death came at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday [January 17, 1939] night to relieve the suffering of one of Estherville’s most beloved citizens, I. J. Coleman known affectionately by hundreds of friends as “Ike.” Mr. Coleman who was 78, years old had suffered an attack of pneumonia about two months ago and failed to overcome the after effects of the disease. He had been a patient at the Coleman hospital for six weeks and gradually lost strength.

Mr. and Mrs. Coleman and their family had moved from Livermore to Dolliver 40 years ago when the railroad first went through and the town was established. He built a hardware store there and moved his stock of goods from Livermore. This place of business he owned and managed until he traded it for a farm which he ran for several years. He retired in 1914 to move to a home on North Seventh street Estherville where the family has since resided.

On Jan. 1, Mr. and Mrs. Coleman had celebrated their fifty-sixth wedding anniversary.

Born in Canada
Born July 12, 1860 at Mountain, Ontario, Canada, Mr. Coleman came to the states as a boy of 12 years. For five years he lived and worked near Ogdensburg, N.Y., and then went to Jackson county, Iowa, to live with an older sister, Mrs. Lavina Moulton. There he was married on Jan. 1, 1883 to Nettie Moulton, niece of his brother-in-law. They resided on a farm for about two years, then moved to a farm in Humboldt county, later to Livermore where Mr. Coleman entered the hardware business.

Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Coleman, two preceding their father in death, Mrs. L. E. Linder of Plaza, N.D. and Dr. R. C. Coleman, Estherville. The widow and one daughter, Mrs. Sever T. Egertson, Estherville, survive. Also two grandsons and four granddaughters , two brothers, Horace of Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada and Thomas of Callao, Mo., and one sister, Mrs. Lavina Moulton of Seattle, Wash. They are the last surviving of nine children of Mr. and Mrs. John Coleman. Mrs. Moulton is the eldest and will not be able to attend the funeral services but the brothers will both be here for the services.

Funeral Friday
Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at two from the home on North Seventh and at two-thirty from the Presbyterian church. Rev. Claude Fauseaugh will officiate.

Pall-bearers will be D. A. Bagan, K. K. Nau, J. W. Morse, Ed. Stockdale, L. P. Stillman of Dolliver and J. Fisher of Spencer.

Mr. Coleman was an ardent member of the Democrat party and gained a great deal of pleasure out of his activities with the group, the minority party in this section of the country for so many years. There was always a note of humor in all his political arguments. He was a party leader in the county, attended many state conventions and was an alternate to the national convention at Philadelphia in 1936 but did not attend. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, January 19, 1939)

More Pioneers Passed Away During Week
I.J. Coleman known to all friends, who were numbered by his acquaintances, as “Ike,” passed away at his home last Tuesday evening at eight o’clock.

Mr. Coleman was taken ill the fore part of November, and he was taken to the Coleman hospital in what was considered a critical condition. About a month ago, he was taken home.

Mr. Coleman has resided in this city since 1914 coming here from Dolliver where he resided since 1900. In Dolliver he operated a hardware store and also later farmed.

Mr. Coleman was born in Williamsburg, Ontario, Canada, July 12, 1860. In 1872 he moved to New York, where he resided until he moved to Iowa. He was united in marriage to Miss Nettie Moulton in 1883. Mr. Coleman engaged in the hardware business at Livermore for several years.

Mr. Coleman was an active member of the Elks lodge. He was a strong supporter of the Democratic party, and very influential in the part in this section of the state.

He is survived by his widow and one daughter, Mrs. S. T. Egertson of this city.

The funeral services will be held on Friday at 2:00 p.m. at the home and 2:30 at the Presbyterian church, the Rev. Claude Fausnaugh officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Hill cemetery. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, January 19, 1939)


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