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Aaron Archie Coulter
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Birth: Dec. 31, 1860
Marshall County
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 18, 1945
Marshall County
Iowa, USA

Aaron Archibald Allison Coulter was the 3rd son of Samuel Coulter & Maria Bash. Aaron's first name was after Moses' brother in the Bible; Archibald Allison was a respected neighbor in Marshall County, Iowa. Aaron usually went by A.A. Coulter or Aaron Archie Coulter. He would name his third son Archie Aaron Coulter. Aaron married in 1881* to neighbor and fellow Presbyterian, Etta Crecelius; 5 children: Guy, Ella, Fred, Arch, & Lois.

Aaron was a farmer and a horse breeder. He toured the Midwest with his champion stallions which brought him stud fees. Several were big Belgian draft horses. One of his best Percheron studs was the huge Cher Ami, which translates to Dear Friend. Before his marriage, Aaron became very strong, working in the limestone stone quarry along Wolf Creek south of Conrad, Iowa.

Aaron died in his sleep of a fatal heart attack. His wife Etta had quietly arisen in the night to go use the bathroom; then she slipped quietly back into bed so as not to waken what she though was her sleeping husband. She didn't realize until she got up in the morning that she had been sleeping beside a dead man.

The second photo is one of the last photos of my grandmother, Etta Crecelius Coulter, widow of Aaron A. Coulter. Grandmother spent her last winter in sunny California with her daughter Ella Diller in Pasadena. As a special treat, Ella took her to a live radio broadcast in Hollywood of the popular Tom Brenneman's Breakfast Club. As the oldest lady in the studio audience that day, Grandmother Etta Coulter, 83, was interviewed on the radio by Mr. Brenneman and honored with an orchid corsage, captured in the portrait seen here.

Etta died May 7, 1946 in Marshalltown, Iowa, following an operation for colon cancer, and was buried beside her husband at Conrad, Iowa, east of the graves of her parents, George and Elizabeth (Keller) Crecelius. Resting beside Etta is her granddaughter Darleen Lucille Coulter Vajgrt & Darleen's husband Leonard.

*The June wedding took place at the bride's father's two-story farmhouse just west of Conrad, Iowa (kittycornered from the Conrad Cemetery). Etta had noticed that her father's honeybees were swarming, and she determined to obtain the swarm to have a source of honey in her new married home. As soon as Aaron arrived, in his Sunday best clothes, she hurried him upstairs and had him change into some of her brothers' work clothes. They went outside and secured the swarming bees. Back inside the house, they rushed upstairs to change back into their wedding duds. As they were coming down the stairs to greet their arriving guests, Aaron & Etta were making last-minute adjustments to their outfits. Aaron's older sister Jerusha Suter had just arrived with her husband Lew and their small children. "Well, Aaron!" said Jerusha disapprovingly, "You could at least have waited until after the ceremony." Aaron & Etta both blushed deeply!

The Early Bird Gets the Worm---A True Family History Sidebar
Born in 1944, I was the youngest of 24 grandchildren of Aaron & Etta Crecelius Coulter. Grandfather died in 1945; Grandmother in 1946; so I don't remember them. I asked my mother about them, and she had an interesting observation about her father-in-law, A.A. Coulter (1860-1945). She said that before most meals, he would come early to the dining room, and sit at his usual place. As soon as any food was put on the table, he would start eating.

Mother---the third of six children---had been raised to wait until all the food was on the table, all the family was seated, and grace had been given, before you began eating. (She raised her three children the same way.)

Since Aaron was the middle child of eleven, I'm guessing he learned at an early age, in the 1860s, that "first come, first served" was a popular saying for good reason! He wasn't going to leave the table hungry! 
Family links: 
  Samuel Coulter (1825 - 1916)
  Maria Bash Coulter (1831 - 1915)
  Etta Eliza Crecelius Coulter (1862 - 1946)*
  George Samuel Guy Coulter (1882 - 1978)*
  Ella Mae Coulter Diller (1884 - 1985)*
  Fred Earl Coulter (1886 - 1964)*
  Archie Aaron Coulter (1888 - 1978)*
  Lois Vitura Coulter Mullen (1899 - 1986)*
  Francis Marion Coulter (1848 - 1930)*
  Emily Rosetta Coulter Dickerson (1851 - 1932)*
  Narcissa Priscilla Coulter Sanders (1853 - 1939)*
  Jerusha Ann Coulter Suter (1855 - 1933)*
  Mose Coulter (1858 - 1944)*
  Aaron Archie Coulter (1860 - 1945)
  Julia Maria Coulter Crecelius (1863 - 1897)*
  Louisa Annette Coulter Specht (1865 - 1946)*
  Uriah Lee Coulter (1868 - 1941)*
  Florence A. Coulter Fetters (1870 - 1951)*
  Laura May Coulter Stackhouse (1874 - 1952)*
*Calculated relationship
Conrad Cemetery
Grundy County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 1, Lot 2
Created by: steven coulter
Record added: Sep 18, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21632343
Aaron Archie Coulter
Added by: steven coulter
Aaron Archie Coulter
Added by: steven coulter
Aaron Archie Coulter
Added by: steven coulter
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Rest In Peace, Aaron...
- James Seidelman
 Added: Oct. 29, 2014

- chamagirl
 Added: Nov. 19, 2012
Cousins through Keller and Crecelius families of Harrison Co., Indiana.
- Roger Gleitz
 Added: Sep. 30, 2007

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