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MIDDLETOWN PRESS
THE HOME PAPER OF THE SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT VALLEY
Middletown, Conn.,
Tuesday Evening,
August 10, 1926
Twelve Pages,
Price Two Cents

 
EDWARD S. COE,
CROMWELL, DIES
ON LAKE BOAT

 
Manufacturer and Banker with
Wide Acquaintance Victim
of Heart Failure.

 
     CROMWELL, Aug. 10 (Special) Yesterday afternoon Edward Stevens Coe, 76, one of Cromwell's most useful citizens, also widely known in Litchfield county, died suddenly on a Lake Superior steamer while nearing Duluth Minn. Heart disease was the cause. The body will be shipped east and arrangements for the funeral will be made upon its arrival here.

 

     Mr. Coe was a native of Middletown,  ,the son of Samuel and Amanda Stevens Coe, he received his early education in the schools of his native town and went into business. He first became interested in manufacturing and for many years was at the head of the J. and E. Stevens Manufacturing Co. makers of toys. He also concerned himself in banking and was a trustee and director in several Institutions. When the Cromwell Dime Savings bank was organized in 1871 he supported it. Later he became a trustee and then president. He encouraged thrift and so well has the bank been conducted that it always maintained a high rate of interest.

 

     Mr. Coe retired from manufacturing activities about 15 years ago and thereafter, until the day of his death, he devoted his attention to banking. In addition to his service for the savings bank here, be was a trustee of the Farmers and Mechanics Savings bank of Middletown and a director of the Middletown National bank of that city.

 

     Always interested in town affairs Mr. Coe kept in touch with politics as a Republican. He was sent by the town to the constitutional convention in 1902. Later he represented the town in the General Assembly and served on the committee on banks. While reasonably conservative, he was always found supporting laws for the general betterment.

 

      Other public service included marked support of the Middlesex hospital in Middletown. He was also a member of the Sons of the Revolution and of the Middlesex county Historical society. He was long a member of the First Congregational church of Cromwell, serving as deacon for many years and as trustee. He was one of the corporate members of the American Board of Foreign Missions. In Cromwell he was president of the Belden Library association.

 

     Mr. Coe is survived by his wife, his son, Raymond, and a sister, Ella D. Coe of Middletown.
 
 
 

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