Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI Saturday, March 18, 1933, page 2
MRS. L.R. COSTON, 85, SUCCUMBS IN HEIGHTS Mrs. Lafayette R. Coston, age 85 years, 705 Reynolds street in Muskegon Heights, died at the family home yesterday, after an illness of one week. She was born July 10, 1847 in Rahway, N.J. She came to Michigan from Wisconsin in 1917, settled in Norton Township, where she resided for two years, moving to Fruitport in 1919 and came to Muskegon Heights in 1924. Formerly Elizabeth Mack, she was married to Lafayette Coston in Anderson, Ind. April 4, 1917. besides her husband, Mrs. Coston is survived by two sons, Charles Mack of Rahway, N.J., and William Mack of Balmorhea, Tex. One daughter, Mrs. Elmer A. Mordahl of Balmorhea; one sister, Lottie of Rahway, N.J., and six grandchildren.
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI Saturday, March 18, 1933, page 11
COSTON – Funeral services for Mrs. Lafayette R. Coston, 705 Reynolds street will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Lee Funeral Home, Rev. W. T. Schroeder officiating. Burial will take place in Norton Cemetery.
COSTON, Herbert P.
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, Wednesday, July 27, 1966, page 36
Mr. Coston, Contractor 50 Years, Dies Herbert P. Coston, 79, of 4672 Kunz Road, a carpenter for 50 years, died late Tuesday in Hackley Hospital after an illness of six weeks. Mr. Coston came here from Chicago 74 years ago. He was born in Chicago Aug. 24, 1886, was married to the former Alice DeWitt in Muskegon, May 27, 1916. He was educated in schools in Muskegon Heights. Mr. Coston worked for Self & Hodges Construction Co. until he retired in 1956. Survivors are his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Samuel Zimmerman of Gaithersburg, Md.; one son, Jean Coston of Muskegon; one brother, Arthur P. Coston of Muskegon; two sisters, Mrs. Glenn Whelpley of Muskegon Heights and Mrs. Ruth Whelpley of Whitehall, four grandchildren and a great-grandson.
COSTON, Mrs. L.R.
Muskegon News Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, Saturday, August 24, 1912, page 2
Mrs. L.R. Coston Mrs. L.R. Coston, Lake Harbor, Norton township, died at her home at 7:30 yesterday after a long illness. Mrs. Coston was born in Waukesha, Wis. in 1846, being 66 years of age at the time of her death. With her parents, she moved to Chicago the same year and it was in that city that her girlhood was spent. In 1864 she was married to L.R. Coston. Coming to Lake Harbor in 1877, they settled on the farm on the lake now known as the Hackley place. In 1883 the family moved one mile east, on the same side of the lake to the place where they still live. Besides her husband, Mrs. Coston leaves two daughters, Mrs. F.R. Mosier of Chicago and Mrs. N.H. Byrum of Anderson, Ind. and one son, Fred L. Coston at home. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence. Walter Willis, pastor of the First Church of God, will conduct the services. Burial will be made in Norton township cemetery.
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, Friday, July 10, 1936, page 2
Lafayette Coston, 94, Veteran of Civil War, Expires at Home Death Leaves One Member of Local G.A.R. Post Alive Commander Bond Lone Survivor; Mr. Coston Enlisted 3 Times in War Commander Howard C. Bond, 92 years old, was left the only surviving member of Phil Kearny post of the G.A.R. here today by the death of Lafayette Coston, 94 years old, at his home at 705 Reynolds street, Muskegon Heights. Uncle Dan Hunting, 90 years old, Lakeside, and Commander Bond are the only known Muskegon survivors of Civil war service. Though of Dutch descent, Comrade Coston first enlisted in Col. Mulligan’s Irish brigade after being rejected three times by Ellsworth’s Zouaves in Chicago. It was the first of three enlistments. “But they were too rough for me, so I ran away to a farm near DeKalb, Ill.”, he said in 1931 when he joined Phil Kearny post. In July, 1861, when a company of farm lads was formed he joined, serving with Company K, of the 42nd Illinois Infantry. Taken ill with typhoid fever from driving army mules through Missouri, he was discharged and sent home. Two years later he re-enlisted in a company being recruited to put down an insurrection in Cuba, but the company never saw service. A year later, Mr. Coston gained employment with the government building bridges in the south during the war days. He was taken ill again, however, and sent home from Nashville shortly after a battle there. He lived in Chicago until 1875 when he came to Lake Harbor. In 1877 he bought a place there later owned by Charles Hackley, Jr. As a carpenter he helped build the Union school here in 1873 on the site of the present Hackley school. He moved to Fruitport in 1900 and lived there five years until he returned to make his home in the Heights. Born in Sterling township, Wayne county, Pa., April 28, 1942 he went to Chicago in 1855 where as a boy of 13 years he helped tend the lights at Fort Dearborn on the old North Pier. He was a member of the Church of God, Muskegon Heights. His wife, Elizabeth Coston, died March 17, 1933. He leaves a son, Fred L. Coston, Hesperia; two daughters, Mrs. Clara Mosier, Muskegon Heights, with whom he lived, and Mrs. Isabel Byrum, Anderson, Ill., one brother, Joseph Coston, Muskegon Heights, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, Friday, July 10, 1936, page 22
COSTON – Funeral arrangements for Lafayette R. Coston, 705 Reynolds street will be announced later. For information call Lee Funeral Home.
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