Patrick H Coughlin

Patrick H Coughlin

Birth
Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 15 Dec 1896 (aged 23)
Rich County, Utah, USA
Burial Park City, Summit County, Utah, USA
Plot 3-3-37
Memorial ID 72409 · View Source
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Wifes name was Mary.

Stories in Stone by Colleen Fliedner
"Even as a teenager Patrick Coughlin was constantly in and out of trouble, and was described by the local newspaper as one of the town's tough kids. He had been involved in numerous burglaries and petty thefts, and by the time he was 20, Patrick had spent time in jail for allegedly shooting a man. He was eventually acquitted of this crime.
But it was the now famous "strawberry incident" that brought an end to his short lifel It all began when Coughlin and two friends, Fred George and Frank Kennedy, stole some boxes of strawberries and sold them to one of the madams up the "row". Kennedy was caught telling the authorities that Coughlin and George were planning a much bigger heist--holding up a payroll train. When Coughlin got word about Kenned's confession, he and George high tailed it out of town on "borrowed" horses. The pair lead several posses from various towns on a wild 200 mile chase. The young fugitives, who started their crime spree with strawberries, ended up shooting and kiling two law enforcement officers.
When they were finally caught, Patrick Coughlin was sentenced to death, and his partner, Fred George, received a life sentence. Patrick was only 22 when he was executed by a firing squad in Sage Hallow, about a mile from Randolph. His body was returned to Glenwood Cemetery for burial in the Coughlin family plot in a shady seciton near the southwest corner.


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  • Maintained by: Diana Enos Hammock
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 1 Feb 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 72409
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Patrick H Coughlin (1 Jun 1873–15 Dec 1896), Find a Grave Memorial no. 72409, citing Glenwood Cemetery, Park City, Summit County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Diana Enos Hammock (contributor 46863126) .