Mitchell, Davison,South Dakota; publ.Monday, April 23, 1928
John Thomas COUGHLIN was born at Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin, July 1, 1858. He grew to manhood in that place, and was united in marriage to Miss Catherine A. MCKILLIP, also of Prairie du Chien, in 1882. They came to Mitchell in 1883, where Mr. Coughlin engaged in railroad work. He helped to construct the Milwaukee extension from Mitchell to Chamberlain. Later, he served as a member of the police force in Mitchell, during the Van Alstine administration. In 1896, he entered the mail service in the city of Mitchell, and continued in this work uninterruptedly for a period of 31yrs.
Mr. Coughlin retired from the mail service in 1927, and immediately thereafter was stricken with a fatal illness, from which he passed away April 16, 1928. Funeral services were held for him last Thursday in the Holy Family Catholic church where a tribute was read by Monsignor Brady, after which interment was made in Calvary cemetery in Mitchell.
He leaves a wife and nine children to mour his loss. The children are: J. W. Coughlin, Portland, Oregon; J. E. Coughlin, Cleveland, Ohio; Dr. D. Coughlin, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mrs. Tom Sanford, Therimopolis, Wyoming; Mrs. Wellington Smith, Froman, North Dakota; S. I. Coughlin, Eagle Rock, California; and Jack and Lawrence Coughlin and Mrs. Edward Kirch of Mitchell. One son Leo, passed away six years ago.
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