Stillwater Valley Gazette
May 9, 1872
COATE, JONATHAN C. - On Monday morning, May 6, at his residence in Newton Township, Miami County, of pleuro pneumonia, in the 58th year of his age, Jonathan C. Coate. Mr. C. was an exemplary member of the religious Society of Friends, and in all the relations of life, he bore an honorable part. For many years, he served as one of the board of country commissioners of Miami County, and has filled other offices of trust beside. As a citizen and public man he was highly respected. H.
May 11, 1872
COATE, JONATHAN C. - Jonathan C. Coate, one of Miami county's best men, and for nearly twelve consecutive years a member of the Board of County Commissioners, died at his residence in Newton township, on Monday morning last. His disease was lung fever, of which he had been down about ten days. We held the office of county Auditor when Mr. Coate first entered upon the duties of Commissioner. This brought us into intimate relations with him which subsisted nearly three years, and from that time to the time of his death we were on terms of intimacy. We, therefore, knew him well, and when we now say that a more honorable, upright, pure-minded man could not be found in the county, we say only what we have often said during his life, and what every person acquainted with him will readily endorse. Mr. Coate was a member of the Friend Quaker sect and the principles of that people were truly and faithfully illustrated in his life and conduct. In his death his family have sustained an irreparable loss and the county has lost one of its truest, best, and most useful citizens.
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