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William E. Coughlin 1895-1913


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 6/13/2011 at 22:59:54

William Coughlin Dies at Hospital in This City
Wm. Coughlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Coughlin, died at the city hospital last Monday [November 3, 1913] from the effects of an operation performed on the previous Saturday for appendicitis. This young man’s condition was such when brought to the hospital that the results of an operation were uncertain. He was a young man of excellent habits and health, and it was thought his exceptional physical condition and nerve might be of enough assistance to sustain him. He was a young man of eighteen years, with the best of life before him, and with every advantage to make a mark in this great world for himself. He had always lived with his parents on the farm and has been a co-worker with his father in successful farming operations.

The funeral was held this morning at the farm residence near Gruver and in the Catholic church in this city at ten o’clock, the Rev. Father Murtaugh officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery south of this city. There were many relatives from a distance here to follow the remains of this much beloved young man to its last resting place. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, November 5, 1913)

Death of Wm. Coughlin
Again, it becomes our sad duty to chronicle the demise of a young man who was just entering upon the threshold of a life of usefulness. This time the Grim Reaper has seen fit to cast his ruthless mantle upon Wm. Coughlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Coughlin, who live about one mile north of Gruver. The young man was brought to the hospital in this city Saturday noon, and in the evening of that day an operation for appendicitis was performed, but the disease was too far advanced, and at nine o’clock yesterday (Monday) morning the victim passed into the Great Beyond.

Deceased was but eighteen years of age, having passed that mark on the 23d of last July, and was a model young man, being free from the vices so common to the young men of our present day. He was a hard worker and his place in the family circle and among his intimate friends will be hard to fill. It had been planned by the young man and his parents to enter a veterinary college about the first of the year, but “man proposes and God disposes.”

William Coughlin was the second born of a family of eight children, three brothers and four sisters, besides his father and mother, being left in this vale of tears to mourn the loss of one so near and dear.

Funeral arrangements have been made for tomorrow (Wednesday) morning a the residence at 8:30 o’clock, and at the Catholic church in this city at 10:00 o’clock, to be conducted by Rev. Father Murtagh, after which interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery. The Democrat joins a host of friends in extending sincere sympathy to the bereaved family in their affliction. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, November 4, 1913)

David Coughlin, of Ortonville, Minn., arrived here Wednesday afternoon too late to attend the funeral of his nephew, Wm. Coughlin, who was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery that morning. Mr. Coughlin was detained by a railroad wreck en route. He visited several days with his brother, T. F. Coughlin, before returning home. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, November 11, 1913)


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