Alexander L. Coffey
PIONEER VETERAN SUCCUMBS
Lewis Coffey, Indian War veteran, pioneer resident of the county for 61 years,
died at St. Joseph’s
hospital yesterday afternoon after an illness of two weeks duration. Mr. Coffey crossed the plains with his
parents in 1852 and located that year in Clarke County. He was born in Cooper County, Missouri, Mar.
life is closely related with the early history of Clarke county. He was an Indian War veteran and took active
part in many battles of frontier days.
In 1872 he was elected sheriff of Clarke county. He was a civil engineer and spent much of his
life in the pursuit of this profession.
For a number of years he has made his home at Camas.
Coffey is survived by one brother, T. M. Coffey of Washougal and one sister,
Mrs. M. L. Abbott of Mill Plain.
funeral services will be held tomorrow (Sunday) at 11 o’clock at Oak Grove farm
near Fern Prairie. Interment will be made
in Oak Grove cemetery.
Sources & Notes:
Vancouver Weekly Columbian 14 Aug 1913
A. L. COFFEY DIES, AGED 82
Man Who Crossed Plains in 1852
Passes in Vancouver.
VANCOUVER, Wash., Aug.
8. ------ (Special)
Coffey, past 82 years old, Sheriff of Clark County from 1872 until 1876, who
crossed the plains from Boonville, Mo., to Vancouver in 1852
with an ox team, died at St. Joseph’s
Hospital in this city today.
Mr. Coffey took up a donation land claim
where his home was. He participated in a
number of Indian battles and joined an expedition to Missoula in 1860. the last 30 miles he pulled a hand sled, the
snow being too deep for the team he was driving. Returning to Vancouver, he was elected Assessor in 1868
and served two years.
His wife died two years ago. He leaves a brother T.M. Coffey, of
Washougal, and a sister, Mrs. Abbott, who lives on Mill Plain in this county.
Oregonian (Portland, Oregon) – 9 August 1913 – page 13
(Based on the 1910 census, it states he was “single” and not married. Further
searches could not find proof of him being married.)