Yuma County, Colorado
Yuma County Pioneer Photographs:
Bruce R. Coffman
In 1860 Belmont County Ohio Milton H. Coffman is single, a wagon maker, 23,
born in Ohio.
In 1870 Fairfield County, Ohio Milton H. Coffman is 30, a dry goods dealer,
married to Abba, 27, a dress maker. They have Frank K. 1. On the
next line are James 44 Knight, a grocer born in England, and Amanda 37.
In 1880 Belmont County Frank R 11 and Bruce R. 9 Coffman, stepsons, are
with Thos W. Deafenbaugh 26. a blacksmith and Abbie H. Deafenbaugh 35.
They had married May 22, 1880 in Belmont County.
Milton H. and Abbie H. (Knight) Coffman, who were also natives of Columbus,
Ohio , where they were reared, educated and married. In early life the father
turned to merchandising and after a few years he extended his business from one
city to another in southeastern Ohio until he had become the owner of a chain of
seven large stores in that section of the state and accordingly ranked with the
foremost merchants of Ohio, his ramifying trade interests reaching out over a
very broad territory. Whatever he undertook he completed and he never stopped
short of the successful accomplishment of his well defined purposes. He engaged
in grain buying in connection with merchandising and was the owner of a fleet of
one hundred grain carrying canal boats on the Erie canal. In a word he was a man
of marked business capacity and vast resourcefulness, of undaunted energy and of
keen foresight. His business affairs represented the investment of a large
amount of capital and also represented notable administrative direction and
executive control. Obstacles and difficulties in his path seemed but to serve as
an impetus for renewed effort on his part. He died in southeastern Ohio at the
comparatively early age of forty-four years. After the death of her husband Mrs.
Coffman removed to Smith Center, Kansas, where she remained until her demise,
which occurred in 1915. when she had reached the age of seventy-five. In the
family were two children, the
younger being Bruce Coffman, a resident of Yuma, Colorado, who is editor and
proprietor of the Yuma County Times, a well known newspaper of that section of
the state. The other son was Frank Coffman...doctor in Castle Rock.
1890 Castle Rock
Coffman has purchased the ‘company’ part of the Palace drug store and will
hereafter conduct the business alone.
Castle Rock Journal November 1891 "Bruce Coffman has gone to his old home in
Kansas for a few weeks visit. On his return he expects to locate in
trial of Dr. Coffman, formerly of Castle Rock, who was arrested in Denver
recently on a charge of attempted blackmail, resulted in the acquittal of
August 8, 1894 "Bruce Coffman, formerly well known in Castle Rock is running
a 5x7 daily at Smith Center, Kansas."
April 30, 1897 "Bruce R. Coffman, formerly of this place, is now editor of
the news at Belvidere, Nebraska."
Date not specified, but might be 1896-1898 - if Ruby was two in 1900.
COFFMAN and WILSON
Last Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. Bruce R. Coffman and Miss
Carrie Wilson were united in the holy bonds of wedlock, at the home
of the bride's mother, Mrs. S. R. Wilson. Earl E. Boyd, pastor of
the Christian church, performed the ceremony.
From some unknown reason we have always had a horror of these
weddings when they have the brass band and all the people in the
country present. We have always wanted a quiet wedding and we
succeeded in having one.
Mars. Coffman is well known here, having lived in this county for
the past fourteen years and seven years in this city. In regard to
ourself, we will leave the friends to judge for themselves. We think
we are the luckiest man in the world, and we also think we married
the sweetest girl in the world. We have only been in this part of
the state four months, but it is just the same as though we had been
here four years.
Our wedding didn't seem in the least to affect the ordinary
everyday movements here in Belvidere.
When we arrived at the depot to take the train for Abilene, Kan.,
for a few days visit, a goodly number of our friends congratulated
us. Several old shoes and the like followed us in the car and many
were the wishes that we would have a splendid visit. We returned
from Abilene Tuesday morning, and tried to settle down to work as
though nothing had happened. We are "at home" to all our friends and
would be pleased to have you call upon us.
We received a number of handsome presents, and of course they
were highly appreciated.
The 1898 newspaper listing has Bruce R. Coffman, publisher of the Belvidere
News - published every Friday.
In 1900 Belvidere, Nebraska Carrie is 22, Bruce 31, and Ruby 2, living with
Mary Wilson, Carrie's mother. He's a "tire?? " salesman.
In 1905 Washington County Kansas Bruce Coffman is 34, Carrie 27, and they
have Ruby 7.
1909 Colville, Washington "
The old grocery building
was torn down Wednesday. "Bruce
R. Coffman is connected with the local
and mechanical department of the Journal,
and any favors in ..."
In 1910 Smith County, Kansas Bruce, married,
has Ruby 12 with him. He said he was
married, but Carrie isn't with them.
He's a printer.
Might be the Carrie
Coffman in 1910 Seattle, divorced, a
"traveling lady" in a rooming
house. Parents' birthplaces match.
September 1917 the Rattler "B.R. Coffman of the Yuma County Times at Yuma,
was down Tuesday afternoon to attend the farewell reception for the soldier
boys, and while in town paid the Rattler office a pleasant call."
November 1917 "The Yuma County Times of Yuma, Colorado, will give a Ford
automobile, three other prizes and pay commissions to subscription orders.
Prizes awarded December 1. Phone Yuma 95 for particulars."
May 1919 "B.R. COFFMAN, YUMA EDITOR SUFFERS STROKE PARALYSIS
Bruce R. Coffman, editor of the Yuma County Times, published at Yuma, Sunday
suffered a stroke of paralysis and is reported in a serious condition. It
is reported that Mr. Coffman will be immediately removed to an Eastern hospital
in the hope of effecting recovery. Mr. Coffman's many friends throughout
the county earnestly hope that he soon will regain his former health."
Rattler May 1919 "Bruce Coffman, editor of the Yuma County Times,
published at Yuma, was on No. 14 one evening last week on the way to Republican
City, Neb., where he is in hopes of receiving relief from illness brought about
by a stroke of paralysis which he suffered two weeks ago."
August 1919 "Bruce R. Coffman this week sold his paper, The Yuma Times, to
two young men from Akron. The new owners will take charge of the plant
next Monday morning. Mr. Coffman, who had made a success of the Times, was
obliged to sell, owing to ill-health."
In 1920 Washington County, Kansas Bruce is 49, a newspaper publisher.
Essie, wife is 29, and they have Harry M. 7, born in Nebraska.
Phillipsburg Kansas Fairview Cemetery
The Denver 1921 city directory has "Coffman, Bruce R. died Jan 17, 1920"
above "Coffman, C.W. Mrs. wks Denver Custom Garment Co r Edgewater."
There's a stone exactly the same style as Bruce's in Phillipsburg "Essie May
Coffman - 1891 -- 1920"
In 1930 Fort Collins Colorado Harry Coofman is a nephew in the Olfie and Elda
Rhoades household. They have Marylin 13 and Jack 12, and Harry is 17, a
stockman on a ranch. (he was with them in the 1925 Reno County Kansas census,
He might be the Harry Coffman 27 in Chicago, single, an accountant.
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