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Hiram A. Coffman, a well known citizen of Pine Creek Township, residing in the village of Stratford, was stricken with apolexy Friday afternoon about 2 o'clock at the Manges feed sheds in Dixon and died at the hospital in that city shortly after 6:30 that evening. A short time previous to his death he regained consciousness and recognized his brother George W. Coffman who was at his bedside. The brothers had gone to Dixon with a load of potatoes and were in the act of unloading them when Hiram was stricken.

Deceased was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Coffman and came to Pine Creek Township with his parents sixty-three years ago from Washington County, Md. He was born in March 1835, and was nearing his 75th year. About six years ago he moved to Stratford, where he lived up until the time of his death. In 1872 he was united in marriage with Miss Susan Hedges of Mount Morris, whose death occurred many years ago, since which time he has lived alone. He was a hard working and industrious man and had many friends who will miss him in his every day walks of life. During the Civil War, he served four years in the 3rd Iowa Calvary and participated in a number of hard fought engagements, his record being that of a soldier of unusual bravery.

The deceased is survived by two brothers and two sisters, William Coffman, George W. Coffman, Mrs. Harriet Hayes, and Mrs. Mary Fearer.

The remains were brought from Dixon to the home of his brother, William Coffman, Saturday, where brief services were held at the house Sunday afternoon, after which the regular services were held at the Evangelical Church at 3 o'clock.


Hiram E. Coffman was born in Washington County, Md., March 28, 1835, and died at the hospital in Dixon, Ill., Friday, Nov. 19, 1909, aged 74 years, 7 months and 21 days. Mr. Coffman had gone to Dixon on business on Friday. He was taken ill and fell unconscious in the feed sheds about 2 p.m. and was removed at once to the hospital where he passed away shortly after. His death was a great shock to his relatives and friends.

Mr. Coffman came from his native state to Ogle County, Ill. in 1847, at the age of 12 years. Ten years later he went to Kansas, where he resided a few years, removing to Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa, from which he place he answered the call of his country and enlisted in the 3rd Iowa Cavalry, serving throughout the war, with the exception of a period when he was disabled. He returned to his mother’s home in Ogle County, Ill., at the close of the war and engaged in farming. In 1872 he was united in marriage with Susan Hedges of Mt. Morris, Ill. They went to Keokuk, Ia., where they made their home until the death of Mrs. Coffman about 30 years ago, when Mr. Coffman returned to his old home at Stratford, Ill., where he lived until the time of death. He leaves to mourn his death, two brothers and two sisters, William, George, Mrs. W. L. Fearer, and Mrs. Harriet Hayes, all of this vicinity.

The funeral services were held at the United Evangelical Church in Polo Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, Rev. D. J. Klopp, pastor of that church, preaching the funeral sermon. Those singing the beautiful hymns so appropriate for the occasion were Mrs. F. W. Stahler, Mrs. Henry Helm, Miss Pearl Hurdle, Miss Lina Wasser, John Yeakel, G. W. Wasser and Charles Klopp. Burial was made in Fairmount Cemetery. The pall bearers of the Grand Army of the Republic were W. H. Mullen, J. L. Reed, B. S. Kauffman, Josiah Hays, Abner Newcomer and Joseph Snook.

From unknown Ogle Co. newspapers

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