BENJAMIN FRANKLIN COHOON GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Altamont Journal, June 27, 1912
Died: June 21, 1912
Benjamin Franklin Cohoon was born at Spencer, Columbia county, New York April 6, 1828 and passed away Friday June 21, 1912 after a brief sickness of three days. When eight years old he was left an orphan by the death of his mother after which he made his home with his sister until he became of age. When 21 years of age he came with an uncle to Illinois where he met and married Hannah M. Bovee who has been his life long companion. In 1862 he enlisted in Company E of the 100th Illinois volunteers and served one year receiving an honorable discharge September 14, 1863 on account of disability. In 1872 he came with his family to Oakland, Pottawatomie county, Iowa where he lived until 1886 when he came to Chetopa, Labette county, Kansas which was his home for three years after which he came to Altamont, Kansas which has been his home ever since. For three years he lived on what is now the Scholfield farm east of town when he bought the place from which he passed to his eternal reward.
To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Cohoon were born six children four boys and two girls, four of whom, two boys and two girls survive him. They are Franklin Henry of Kiowa, Kans., Ulysses Grant and Mrs. Flora Borah of Parsons and Ella Louise of this city.
While a resident of Illinois he accepted Christ as his Savior and united with the United Bretern church of which he was a faithful member for many years. Upon moving to Iowa he united with Methodist Episcopal church and was a loyal worker in it.
He was a faithful and loving husband, a kind and affectionate father and a citizen revered and respected by all and a host of friends will weep upon this occasion.
For many years he has been an active member of the I. O. O. F. No. 244 and his brothers will miss him from their councils. He was a member of the G. A. R. and his death is a forceful reminder that they all shall soon answer the last call on earth and await the final call on the other shore.
Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. H. I. Bailey of the M. E. church after which the burial ceremony was performed by the I. O. O. F. order No. 244, at the Altamont cemetery.