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1924 "C" Surname Obituaries
The following article was handed in by Mrs. W. B. Ellis, an old friend of the deceased who was well known and had many friends in this city. Mr. Coalson was on the Ranger force throughout this section of the state.
Another of the old pioneers of this country who helped pave the way for civilization is gone to his reward. Yesterday evening S. D. (Doug) Coalson passed over the divide at the home of his sister in Toyah, Mrs. A. J. Hart.
Mr. Coalson had some two or three weeks ago returned from California where the family had moved something like a year ago and was doing some carpenter work on his home on the day of his death. He was feeling fine, so he said, but returning home after the day's work had been finished he complained of his neck hurting and requested that hot cloths be placed thereon. This was done and the pain relieved. His last words were, "I guess I will miss my supper tonight." The other members of the family repairing to the dining room and in five minutes heard groans and on returning to the sleeping porch found the deceased breathing his last. He passed away as he had often wished he would--without lingering and being a bother to his people and friends.
Dug. Coalson was a great character and one of the best men on earth. He was a big hearted, generous and a fine sportsman. The Coalsons were of that type of western people who know no bounds of hospitality and their home was always open to their friends to come and stay as long as they desired and they had nothing too good for them at that. Dug. Coalson was a great hunter and in all probability has killed more bear than any other man in this section of the state. The editor now has the hide of a cub bear given to him by Dug Coalson which he very much prizes although it is now worn from hard usage as a rug.
Deceased had often said that he had rather live in a hut in Toyah among friends than in a palace anywhere else on earth, and his passing was as his desire, that he pass peacefully and without lingering and among friends. Deceased was well known all over west Texas and on every hand this morning one can hear words of praise for this good man and expressions of grief that his is no more.
The body was embalmed and will be held pending the arrival of relatives from California and other places and will probably be laid to rest in the cemetery at Toyah.
The Enterprise joins a host of sorrowing friends in deepest sympathy for the sorrowing relatives---Pecos Enterprise
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