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Col Addison Cochran

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Col Addison Cochran

  • Birth 18 Aug 1817
  • Death 20 May 1896
  • Burial Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 32321522

Veteran of Mexican War
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Find A Grave contributor genienuts 1976 provided the following information 20171123:

COLONEL ADDISON COCHRAN – The death of Colonel Addison Cochran, a distinguished soldier and pioneer occurred at Little Sioux, Harrison county, on the 20th of May.  He was one of the most noted of the settlers of western Iowa, and one who has left his mark upon the times in which he lived.  Born in Virginia in 1816, his early days were passed, after attaining to manhood in that state and in South Carolina, in commercial pursuits.  He then removed to Arkansas and soon after enlisted in a regiment raised in that state for the Mexican war, he being at first its lieutenant-colonel, afterwards its colonel.  He took part in the contests on the Rio Grande and was present at the battle of Buena Vista, and was one of the bravest of the brave in the famous cavalry charge which insured the defeat of the Mexican army.  The war over, he devoted himself to other pursuits in the western territories, residing several years at Santa Fe.  Then in 1854 he came to Iowa and settled in Council Bluffs.  He at once engaged in the real estate business, bought and sold great quantities of land and city property, and died the owner of many thousands of acres of farming lands as well as of many city buildings and lots.  His largest purchases of the former were in Harrison county, and here he owned a grain and stock farm of large extent.  He was an intensely southern man in his feelings, and perhaps it was for that reason he passed most of his time during the war in mining operations in Colorado.  Returning to Council Bluffs in 1866, he has left his mark in many directions upon that city.  He was mainly instrumental, while Mayor, in the establishment of Fremont Park, and other important improvements, and at a later day he donated to the city a smaller park which has since been greatly improved, and bears his name.  He was a wonderfully, reticent man as to all his personal affairs, and only his most intimate friends could gain any knowledge in reference to them.  A wife whom he married in early life, and also a son born to them, were removed by death as were also brothers and sisters, mid only nephews and nieces remained, among whom he divided his large estate by will, in equal proportion.  His funeral took place in Council Bluffs on the 33nd of May, and his remains were laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery.  A suitable monument will be erected over them on the summit of the bluff, overlooking, for a long distance, the surrounding country, upon which he was went to gaze during his lifetime with so much pleasure.

                                                                                                                          D. C. BLOOMER.

source of obituary (verbatim transcription):  “Annals of Iowa”, 3rd series, volume II, issue 6, July, 1896, pages 484 - 485


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  • Created by: SFC Kathline Forrester
  • Added: 21 Dec 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32321522
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Addison Cochran (18 Aug 1817–20 May 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32321522, citing Fairview Cemetery, Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by SFC Kathline Forrester (contributor 46961246) .