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James Lamb Cole
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Birth: Jul. 2, 1834
Oswego County
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1904
Shenandoah
Page County
Iowa, USA

Son of William R. Cole and Susan Lamb.
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Biographical History of Page County, Iowa pg. 595

James L. Cole, who is now serving a third term as Township Trustee, has the confidence of the community to a most satisfactory degree. Besides attending to the duties of trustee he has served three terms as a member of the Board of Aldermen. To the administration of both offices he brings a peculiar fitness and business ability. In him the public has a servant who not only has great capability, but who does not despise the small details of business.

Mr. Cole and his brother Orson P. settled in Walnut Township, Fremont County, six miles from Shenandoah, in the Spring of 1866. He at once began to build up a home, and having twelve hundred dollars capital he invested it judiciously, and by strict application to the requirements of his chosen business he has succeeded admirably. His home has been in Shenandoah for nine years, and he has a desirable residence in a most attractive part of the city in convenient reach of the business center. However, he gives his personal attention to the operations of his farm, and feeds large numbers of cattle for Eastern markets. He has contributed largely to advance the growth and breeds of stock in this vicinity, having himself secured a herd of ten thoroughbred short-horns of the Golden Drop family. He has endeavored to make his farm valuable and attractive, and besides a fine farm residence he has erected commodious barns conveniently arranged for stock, with wind-mills and watering tanks.

James L. Cole was born in Oswego County, New York, July 2, 1834, and is a son of William R. and Susan (Lamb) Cole. David Lamb, the maternal great-grandfather of James L., was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, surviving most of his comrades in arms, and dying at the ripe old age of ninety-four years. The family have been long time residents of Vermont, and William Cole has made his home with this old hero for sixteen years.

Our subject is the oldest of three sons who grew to maturity: Charles died in 1879, and Orson P. died in Shenandoah, December 25, 1877. The parents died on the old New York homestead, where they had settled when the country was new.

When young Cole was of age he yielded to the impulse to go West, and soon found himself in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he met and married Miss Ann Hill, daughter of A. H. and Catherine (Chandlee) Hill. She was born in Cayuga County, New York, August 27, 1831, but from the age of eight years she was reared in the state of Michigan. They were married June 25, 1856, and the same day started for Wisconsin and secured a home in Fond du Lac County, near Ripon. After living there three years they returned to Michigan and remained there until 1864; they then went to New York and lived with Mr. Cole's parents until his father's death, after which he determined to go to Iowa.

Though Mr. and Mrs. Cole find much pleasure in life, their greatest hope was taken from them when their only child, Frank Elmer, died in infancy. They have recently adopted a little boy of nine years, Bertie V. Cole. They are faithful members of the Congregational Church. In political affairs Mr. Cole is identified with the Republican party.
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The Shenandoah World 1 Nov 1904

Death of J. L. Cole

Occurred suddenly last Saturday morning shortly after his return home from Michigan

Our people have scarcely ever been more shocked then they were last Saturday morning when the word went around that J. L. Cole had died a few minutes before 11:00 at the home of Doctor Perkins, less than four hours after his return home from Michigan where he had been for nearly two months with his wife visiting with relatives.

Not many people knew that they had gotten back home and it was with a good deal of difficulty that many could lead themselves to believe that his life had ended.

The cause of his sudden death was heart trouble, with which he had been afflicted for some time. The last and fatal attack commenced just before they started home from Michigan last Friday. He was roping a trunk and the exertion caused him severe pains in the chest around the heart. He did not believe, however, that it was anything more serious than many times before and they started home. Durnig that night, however, while on the train, he was taken very much worse and his condition became very grave. It chanced that a physician was on the train and he worked with him a good part of the time and without his assistance he would likely not have reached home alive. When they got here on the Burlington train in the morning, he was assisted to a bus and taken up home. The house was not warmed though, and so he went over to Dr. Perkins, just across the street, where his death occurred a few hours later.

He and Mrs. Cole went to Michigan the first of August and during the time they were there he had complained considerably of this trouble, at times finding it difficult to walk far without resting a good many times. These spells did not seem much worse than former ones, however, and he likely gave them not much more thought than he used to. Even to the last, he did not seem to realize that his condition was so serious, though he said to the doctor that this time the attack seemed to last longer than usual. These were the last words he uttered before he became unconscious and his death followed not very long afterwards.

Mr. Cole was born in Oswego County, New York, July 2, 1834, and so at the time of his death was 70 years, 3 months and 27 days old. While a young man he went to Michigan and there was united in marriage with Miss Anna Hill on June 22, 1856. Afterward they went to Wisconsin where they lived a short time, then back to Michigan, then to New York where they stayed a number of years, and then came to Fremont County, to a farm just west of this city, in 1866. In 1881 they moved to Shenandoah and had continued to make this their home.

During all these years they worked hard and were able to make quite a fortune, which enabled them to spend their last years without hard work, though he was by no means idle whenever his health would permit him to work. For several years he has been a partner in the drug business of J.C. Webster and Co.

For years he has been a member of the Congregational Church and was one of the faithful ones in the discharge of church duties. He also acted as township trustee for a number of years.

But one child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Cole, a little son Frank, who died in infancy. An adopted son Bert, however, with the wife survive him.

Coming here in so early a day, he was instrumental in the development of many of the good things which we now have and Shenandoah people owe him a good deal, as they now appreciate it, and they grieve with the family now and offer them all the sympathy they can.

The funeral services were held at the home this afternoon at 2:30 conducted by Rev. A. S. Henderson, pastor of the Congregational Church. The K. P. Lodge had charge of the services at the cemetery. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Richardson Cole (1809 - 1865)
  Susanna Butterfield Lamb Cole (1814 - 1883)
 
 Spouse:
  Anna Hill Cole (1831 - 1909)*
 
 Children:
  Frank Elmer Cole (1868 - 1869)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Lamb Cole (1834 - 1904)
  Kirkland Cole (1837 - 1841)*
  Orson P Cole (1840 - 1877)*
  Charles W. Cole (1854 - 1879)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
J. L. Cole July 2, 1834 Oct. 29, 1904
 
Burial:
Rose Hill Cemetery
Shenandoah
Page County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Circle Section #2 Block 36 Lot 9
 
Created by: Michelle Shreve
Record added: May 06, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26632871
James Lamb Cole
Added by: Joe Gibbens
 
James Lamb Cole
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James Lamb Cole
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