May 31, 2006

Joe F. Coffee

Amarillo, TX is the home of The Coffee Memorial Blood Center, named for James Robert Coffee, MD. Dr. Coffee was the son of Joe F. Coffee, one of the founding members of The (originally named) Potter County Memorial Blood Center.

The Texas Birth Index (1903-1997) reports that James Roberts Coffee was born Sep. 15, 1927, son of Joe F. Coffee and Alleen Kuykendall.

Anyone with additional information on this family is invited to contact me

May 30, 2006

Rexford and Ermine Carmean Coffee


Their headstone found in the Greenwood Cemetery, Chadron, Dawes Co., NE.

Samuel Buffington & Elizabeth Tisdale Coffee

HeadstoneSamuel Buffington Coffee was a son of John Trousdale and Harriet Weir Coffee. Samuel was born March 21, 1856 in Missouri, and died October 1, 1900 in Chadron, Dawes Co., NE. His grave is found in the Greenwood Cemetery in that city.



Elizabeth was born in Texas on September 17, 1865, and died August 1, 1938 in Chadron. I do not know when or where they were married.

Their children were:

- Harry Buffington, born March 16, 1890, died 1972. The Political Graveyard reports that Harry was born in Sioux Co., NE, and served in the US Army during WW1. He was first elected to the US House of Representatives in January, 1935 where he served until an unsuccessful run for the US Senate in 1943.

Rexford Tisdale, born February 27, 1892, died October 25, 1982. He married Ermine Carmean on June 15, 1918. She was born November 17, 1894 in Missouri, and died January 1, 1993 in Chadron. I have found only one child for this couple: Mary, born 1918.

Guy Hyman (Chick), born Dec. 7, 1893, died unknown, married Ila Florence Conn on October 12, 1915 in Pine Ridge, Shannon Co., SD. I have found no additional information.

Edna, born December, 1895, died unknown. I have no additional information.

Anyone with additional information on this family is invited to contact me

May 29, 2006

Finally Home!


After 37-days and some 4000+ miles later, my wife and I finally drove into the overgrown yard today at around noon! We travel in a 34' motorhome and tow a small Saturn that we use for transportation when we arrive at a place where we will stay for a few days.

The most "white knuckle" drive was one lasting about 4 hours, and which crossed from Ouray to Silverton, CO. The narrow 2-lane road rises to more than 11,ooo' before dropping down into Silverton. In some places the grades are 5% to 6% (perhaps understated), and the fog line - when present - marks the boundary between the edge of the road and a dropoff of perhaps a thousand, or more feet in places. Average speed up the inclines - as well as the decline down the other side, was no more than about 15 mph in first gear, and the engine speed topping out at about 4,000 rpm.

I'm not aware that any RV'ers read this, but if you are one, and planning a trip out west this summer, I have the following observations:

- Oregon has the most expensive gasoline. This is caused primarily by the socialist legislature in that state which imposes a tax (about 13 cents a gallon) to subsidize service station employees. It's against the law for a driver to pump his own gas in Oregon. I believe that New Jersey is the only other state to forbid drivers to pump their own gas.

- Oregon has the most courteous drivers. However, semis are required to keep in the right lane on interstate highways while maintaining a 55 mph speed. Imagine a few hundred tailgating semis in the right lane and you in the left, attempting to get to an exit ramp!

- Of the eight states we drove through, Idaho and Utah (through major cities) had the worst interstate highways.

- The wind in the Columbia River Gorge is hard to fight in a motorhome.

I'll get back to genealogy in a few days. Still have to mow grass, and clean and prepare the motorhome for another trip later this month.

May 14, 2006

A Personal Note

Just a note to report that my wife and I have left the Grand Tetons near Jackson Hole, WY, and are now camped near Salem, OR.

This is our first visit to the NW, and all of our expectations have been exceeded. The western half of this state is green and lush wild flowers are found everywhere. Fir trees reach to the sky. The eastern side is not as green, but still beautiful.

(Photo: Grand Teton Glacier, Grand Tetons National Park, WY, by JKCoffee, May 2006)


May 5, 2006

Charles Franklin Coffee Home


The Charles Franklin Coffee home as it appears today. At the moment I am unable to find my notes on this house, but recall that C.F. purchased the house for about 2500 head of cattle.

Charles Franklin Coffee Family Gravesites

Charles Franklin Coffee, Sr.
These gravesites are located in the Greenwood Cemetery (est. 1889), Chadron, Dawes Co., NE.



Virginia Toney Coffee






Coffee Siding

Coffee Siding
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The Charles Franklin Coffee Family

C.F. Coffee Family
Front L-R Virginia Ashland Toney Coffee and Charles Franklin Coffee; Rear L-R Blanche McLain Coffee, Charles Franklin Coffee, Jr., and John Toney Coffee

May 3, 2006

More from the road!

My wife and I are in an RV park in Riverton, WY. After leaving Chadron, NE this morning (May 3) around 8 a.m., we had a leisurely ride over US20/US26 and arrived at Riverton around 1:30 p.m. I have a good wireless connection provided by the park manager so thought I'd write a short update in case anyone is interested in my comments concerning the Coffey Cousins' Convention in Chadron, and the Charles Franklin Coffee family who pioneered the area between Chadron and the Wyoming line.

The Chadron State College has begun building a permanent display of photographs, documents, and other artifacts pertaining to the Charles Franklin Coffee family. The display is housed at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center on the campus.

My wife and I visited the center and took photographs of nearly everything currently on display, including a desk that C. F. used during his time as president of The Bank of Harrison, near Chadron.

We also visited the site of "Coffee Siding", a railway spur built by C. F. in Nebraska near the Wyoming border. The siding has long since been removed, but is marked by a Nebraska historical marker. The old raised bedding can still be seen, as well as brick culverts laid under the bed at streams.

I have a number of photographs that I will post later.

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