"Pioneer Chehalis Physician Passes"

Dr. John T. Coleman, pioneer Lewis county physician and former mayor of Chehalis, died at 12:15 p.m., Saturday at his home at 800 Washington avenue. Death was the result of a heart affliction. Surviving him are his daughter, Mrs. Mary Callahan, and grandson, Jackie Callahan, of Chehalis, and one sister, Mrs. Ida Milburn of Bronson, Kansas.

Dr. Coleman was born on August 23, 1857, at Cincinnati, Ohio, where he spent his early life and was graduated from the Medical College of Ohio. He was married to Miss Ermidah Olmstead at Ada, Ohio, on August 3, 1881. Three years later they moved to Hutchinson, Kansas, coming to Washington territory in 1888 and settling in Chehalis. Dr. and Mrs. Coleman celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1931. Mrs. Coleman passed away two years ago this month.

Throughout his life here Dr. Coleman took an active interest in public affairs. During his administration as mayor of Chehalis from 1911 to 1917 the city's municipally-owned gravity water system was developed and many of the first paved streets and sidewalks were laid. Dr. Coleman was active in the Masonic lodge, having twice been master of Chehalis lodge, No. 28, F. & A. M., and serving as commander of St. Helens Commandery No. 12, K.T. He was also a member of the Woodmen of the World. He was chairman of the Chehalis commercial club in early days and served many years at various times as county health officer. In recent years Dr. Coleman has been one of the leaders of the Lewis County Taxpayer's league, maintaining his interest in its affairs up until the time of his last illness.

Funeral services were held this afternoon from Sticklin & Sons' chapel under auspices of the Masonic lodge. The body was afterward taken to Tacoma for cremation in accordance with the wishes of the deceased.

Source: The Centralia Daily Chronicle, 22 Apr 1935, page 1.

Transcribed by Diana Smith. She has no further information on this individual.