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COLE, Byron B. 1852-1904


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 12/13/2016 at 10:19:18

Obituary of B. B. Cole

B. B. Cole died at his home in Grundy Center last Saturday night at 9 o'clock after an illness of several months. The funeral services were held from the Baptist church Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. McMasters.

Bryon B. Cole was born in Carroll Co., Illinois, April 19, 1852. When he was four years old his parents moved to Grundy County, Iowa. He was educated in the country schools and the public schools of Waterloo. In his early manhood he traveled in the west visiting most of the western states and territories but returned to Grundy Center in 1874 where for about eighteen months he engaged in the meat business with Mr. Wm. Wilson. October 10, 1877, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Howe, a native of Canada and daughter of Esquire Howe. They were the parents of five children, Alvernus H., Ralph L., Ray L., J. Pearl and Ruby H. In 1897 Mr. Cole, with his family spent the winter in California, returning to Grundy Center in June 1898 where he has since lived.

The first of last July Mr. Cole suffered a stroke of paralysis followed later in the summer by another. He tried everything known to medical authorities but he found no permanent relief. About six weeks before his death he went to Cedar Rapids where he remained about two weeks taking treatment for his trouble. While there he was taken ill with pneumonia from the weakening effects of which together with his partly paralyzed condition he never recovered.

Mr. Cole was a quiet man but had many friends and was highly respected in this community, where he has lived for over 45 years. His remains were followed to their last resting place by a large number of friends.

--The Grundy Republican (Grundy Center, Iowa), 29 December 1904, pg 1


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