KOOLMAN, H. B. 1866-1935
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/30/2015 at 16:59:41
H. B. Koolman Died Suddenly At Home Wednesday Night
Herman B. Koolman, who was affiliated longer with the business interests of Wellsburg than any other man, died at his home very suddenly about two o'clock Thursday morning. Heart failure was the cause.
Mr. Koolman with a number of friends had been on a trip to eastern Iowa during the day. He returned home about one o'clock Thursday morning. After giving his wife a brief account of the day's trip, he went to bed. He had been in bed but a few moments when he complained about difficulty in breathing. When his condition got worse, Mrs. Koolman called the doctor. Before the doctor could get to the house Mr. Koolman had passed away. His health during the past year had failed some and he suffered occasional heart attacks which were not regarded as serious.
The news of Mr. Koolman's death was received with deep regret when it was passed about the next morning.
Was One of Early Merchants
Mr. Koolman had been engaged in business in Wellsburg longer than any other man who has lived here since the town began. His father, Bernard Koolman, with the late J. C. Doyen were among the first merchants of the town. There was a Koolman store here before the railroad came. Mr. Koolman grew up in the mercantile business. His father also owned a store in Ackley and he also operated a country store for a time in German township. Herman assisted his father in the mercantile business. In 1892 the elder Koolman turned the Wellsburg store over to his son and he continued in the mercantile business here almost continually until about two years ago.
The first Koolman store was in the building now occupied by Ben Neessen. A number of years after Herman took over the store from his father he put up a new building that has since been known as the Koolman building. Mr. Koolman built up a very fine store here and he was given generous patronage. For many years the Koolman store was regarded as the leading store in northwest Grundy.
Filled Local Offices
Mr. Koolman during the most active part of his lifetime was a leader in his community. He served on the town council several terms and was also elected to the office of mayor. He was twice chosen as a candidate for county office by the members of his party. He was always a community booster and he did much to make Wellsburg an attractive trading center.
Was Born in Germany
Mr. Koolman was born in Ostfriesland, Germany. He came to this county and to this locality with his folks when he was six years old. He was married at Parkersburg in 1892. The wife and one son, Bernard from Chicago, survive. There are two brothers and four sisters living. The brothers are Bernard, California, and John from Sibley. The sisters are Mrs. Guy Mills, Webster City, one sister resides in Owatonna, Minn., and two reside in St. Paul.
Funeral services were held at the home and later at the Wellsburg Reformed church with the local pastor, Rev. Wm. Landsiedel, officiating. There was a very large attendance at the funeral services. Many of Mr. Koolman's friends from all parts of the county were in attendance. Relatives from a distance who were here at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John Koolman, Sibley; Bernie Koolman, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Mills, Webster City.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 November 1935, pg 4
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