Note: John Coldwater, mayor of Elwood, is a representative citizen of Will County, where he has spent practically his entire life. He was born at Fishkill, N. Y., June 13, 1856, the son of Adam and Mary (Burnhardt) Coldwater. Both Adam Coldwater and his wife were natives of Germany and early settlers of New York. They came to Jackson Township, Will County, during the early days and settled on a tract of 400 acres. Mr. Coldwater died in 1874 and his wife died in 1872. They are buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Joliet. To Mr. and Mrs. Coldwater were born eight children, of whom John, the subject of this sketch, was the oldest. John Coldwater obtained his education in the district school and throughout his active career engaged in general farming and stock raising. He has lived in Will County since 1858 and until his retirement in 1915 ranked among the leading stockmen of this section of the state. He is the owner of 360 acres in Jackson Township, and also owns 500 acres of land in Rice County Kansas. He spent 15 summers on his farm in Kansas, where he was interested in sheep raising. On Jan. 9, 1879, Mr. Coldwater was united in marriage with Miss Amanda Lingle of Jackson Township, the daughter of Henry and Barbara Lingle, pioneers of Will County. To Mr. and Mrs. Coldwater were born nine children, as follows: Frances, died at the age of 30 years, was the wife of John Eaton, of Jackson Township, and they had two daughters, Hazel and Gladys; Aaron, married Alice Jorgensen, lives near Elwood; Charles, died at the age of 20 years; Edward, married Peral Myers, lives near Elwood, and they have three children, Donald, Franklin, and Beatrice; Venus, died at the age of three years; Walter, lives on the Coldwater farm in Rice County, Kansas, married Gladys Caldwell, and they have a son, Walter Jr.; Lester, lives at Joliet, married Miss Minnie Jorgensen; Bert, lives on the Coldwater homestead in Jackson Township, married Esther Bird; and Chester, lives at Elwood, married Miss Ada Caldwell, and they have a son, Harold. Mr. Coldwater is independent in politics. He has served as mayor of Elwood for the past 12 years and has also filled other important offices in the community, having served as justice of the peace, highway commissioner, town clerk, and school trustee. For a number of years he served as manger of the Elwood Elevator Company. - HISTORY OF WILL COUNTY ILLUSTRATED, Volume II, by August Maude, written in 1928, REF 977.325 M, pages 807 - 808 John Coldwater Funeral Rites Tomorrow at 1:30 John Coldwater, 80 years old, Will county pioneer who died at his home in Elwood yesterday, will be buried tomorrow afternoon. The funeral will be from the home at 1:30 o'clock to the Elwood Methodist Episcopal church, where services will be held at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in the Maple Hill cemetery in Elwood. The Rev. John A Goeken, pastor of the First Lutheran church in Joliet, and the Rev. Ralph Baker, pastor of the Elwood M. E. church, will officiate at the funeral services. Lived There 78 Years Mr. Coldwater, who was mayor of Elwood, had lived in Jackson township for 78 years, coming to Will county with his parents when he was two years old. He was a nationally recognized authority on prairie agriculture, and twice was commissioned by farm organizations to accompany committees on tours of European farm sections. He held many important civic positions during his public life in Elwood and Jackson township. He is survived by his widow, six sons, two sisters, one brother and 13 grandchildren. - Joliet Evening Herald News (ILLINOIS), November 13, 1936 (Friday), Page 3
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