6th MN Infantry Co D
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Tuesday, May 30, 1916, page 1, column C
VETERAN DROPS DEAD IN TALK TO SCHOOL CHILDREN
Frank Shubel Coffin, at Duwamish Memorial Exercises, Succumbs to Heart Disease
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Member of Grand Army of Republic Took Part in Early Western Indian Campaigns and Afterwards Fought in Civil War as Soldier in Minnesota Regiment.
With a word of praise on his lips for departed soldier comrades, Frank Shubel Coffin, 73 years old, veteran of the civil war, dropped dead yesterday while addressing the students of the Duwamish school at exercises in observances of Memorial day. He was stricken with heart disease. Today he bivouacs with the soldier dead, one of the great legion honored by his countrymen.
Mr. Coffin was standing before his young audience telling the story of the civil war.
Death came suddenly like the flight of a bullet on the battlefield. The veteran passed away before medical aid could be summoned.
A record of honorable service in his country may be written in his obituary. Mr. Coffin when a young man fought the Sioux Indians with the Sibley expedition, and later served under the famous Col. William Crooks. When the civil war started Mr. Coffin enlisted in Company D, Sixth Minnesota infantry, and served until the end of the rebellion.
[Compiler's note: The 6th Minnesota spent most of the Civil War period on the Minnesota/Dakota frontier pursuing elusive Sioux raiders. It was not a case of Coffin first fighting Indians and then joining the army to fight in the Civil War. The regiment did see some Southern duty in the last year of the Civil War.
Mr. Coffin was born in Greensboro, Ind., May 20, 1843. He moved to Minnesota in 1861, where he engaged in the creamery business. In 1905 he came to Seattle and has since resided here with his family. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Jemima Coffin, and three sons, Dr. Samuel D. Coffin and John R. Coffin, of this city, and Dr. George H. Coffin, of Drake, N. D. Mr. Coffin was a member of Miller Post, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Masonic fraternity. The body is at the Home Undertaking Company. Funeral services have not yet been arranged.
Jemima Brandon Coffin
1857–1935 (m. 1876)
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