|Death: ||Jul. 10, 1916|
James Delbert Coen, who was born in Iowa forty-five years ago, but who has been a resident of this valley since 1871, died at the Grand Avenue hospital at 11 o'clock last night, from blood poisoning, and the body is now at Stryker's being prepared for burial, the time of the funeral not having been fixed. Some time in June Mr. Coen cut one of his thumbs with a butcher knife while slicing some meat. On the afternoon of July 5, while in the judges' stand at the fair grounds, he was taken ill and was rushed to the Grand Avenue hospital, having been since under the care of a physician, it was stated today that nobody paid much attention to the small cut and that even at the time he entered the hospital there was little to show the wound. However, blood poisoning followed and this caused his taking away.
There is a good deal of genuine sorrow among the friends of Mr. Coen, all of whom speak of him in the very highest terms of praise as a man and a neighbor. For a time he was a cowpuncher for the Diamond company, afterwards being made foreman of the Sprague ranch and the right hand man of F.O. Harrison. For eight years he has owned the old Paul Pascoe ranch, twenty miles northwest of Laramie, where his family resides. These consist of the wife, Annie Kunkel Coen and three daughters, Delberta, Elizabeth and Dorothy. He has a brother, Sam Coen, of Walden who arrived last afternoon, a brother-in-law, Robert Martin, whose family are now with Mrs. Coen, a father, John Coen, at Modesto, Cal., and a brother and two sisters in Nebraska. Mrs. Coen this morning received a telegram from her father, John Kunkel, at Portland, Ore., stating that he would be unable to be present.
Few deaths have cast a sadder shadow over the community. Mr. Coen was held in the very highest esteem, friends remarking today that they had never had a better neighbor peaceable, willing to aid, always ready and offering his services in time of need. Samuel Coen said this morning that his brother belonged to no church, but was a Christian in the broad sense of the word. The relatives are today receiving the kindly ministrations of their many friends and are offering assistance in every way possible. The widow and children, bowed with their load of grief, are being sustained as far as possible by the help of loving and willing friends.
© Laramie Republican (Daily) no. 282 July 11, 1916, page 5
Anna Elizabeth Kunkel Coen (1874 - 1927)
Delberta Coen Brown (1907 - 1990)*
Elizabeth A. Coen Bird (1910 - 1996)*
Dorothy Annetta Coen Bird (1912 - 2000)*
Plot: Row C Lot 48 Space 1
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