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COSTON, Elizabeth (Mrs.) Mack

Obituary

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.

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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.

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COSTON, Herbert P.

Obituary

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.

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COSTON, Mrs. L.R.

Obituary

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.

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COSTON, Lafayette R.

Obituary

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.

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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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COSTON, Michael L.

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