Louise (Lue) Catherine COFFITS

Louise (Lue) Catherine COFFITS

Female 1870 - 1941  (71 years)

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  • Name Louise (Lue) Catherine COFFITS  [1, 2
    Born 19 Jun 1870  Central City, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Virginia Grist has birthdate of 1879
    Gender Female 
    Census 1880  Buffalo, Linn, IA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Age 9, living with parents John and Catharine, and siblings, Henry [Harry?], Mary and George. Also farmhand, William Mittan, age 15.
    Census 1900  Tama, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Age 41, living with husband, George, children, Gladys, Velma and John; also Catherine Coffits, John Coffits, George O. Coffits, Genevieve Coffits and a servant, Carrie M. Cook.
    Residence 1906  Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 1710 1st. Ave.
    Census 1910  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Renting on Stevens Avenue
    Census 1920  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Age 49, living with George, Velma and John.
    Census 1930  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 7
    • 4936 10th Ave. S. Age 59, living with son John, 31, at 4936 10th Ave. South
    Residence 1930  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 4936 10th Ave. S.
    Residence 1934  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 4936 10th Ave. S.
    Census 1940  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • 4936 10th Ave. S.
    Died 3 Jul 1941  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Buried 7 Jul 1941  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    • Lakewood Cemetery, SECTION 21 LOT 509 GRAVE 9
    Notes 
    • Middle name is spelled two ways: Catharine and Catherine. Not sure what is correct. Death Index has Catherine. -David Grist
    • Sometimes, she is called Louisa. I think this was mostly when she was a girl. Nickname is “Lue”. -David Grist [12]
    • 1880 census: Louisa Coffits, with sibling Henry, in Buffalo, Linn, IA
      1900 census: Lou C. Strite in Tama, IA. Looks right, despite misspelling.
      1920 census: Lue Strite, Hennepin County, MN
    Person ID I51  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2021 

    Father John COFFITS,   b. 27 Jun 1843, Fairfield County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1931, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Catharine Margaret BIRK,   b. 16 Jan 1844, Wapakoneta, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1908, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married 30 Jan 1866  The Boulder Church, Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13
    • 18 Dec 1866 in Iowa
    Family ID F193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George Trevor STRITE,   b. 25 Feb 1869, Anamosa, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1928, Rochester, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1894  Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 13, 14
    Children 
    +1. Gladys Ione STRITE,   b. 29 Oct 1895, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1990, San Francisco, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    +2. Velma Ethel STRITE,   b. 4 Jun 1897, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1965, Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
     3. John Levi (Levy) STRITE,   b. 27 Oct 1898, Tama, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1991, Red Wing, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
     4. Eda Louise STRITE,   b. 7 Jun 1900, Tama, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1900, Tama, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Photos
    Louise Coffits
    Louise Coffits
    Louise Coffits holding Franklin James Grist Jr., with Virginia Grist at her side.
    George Trevor Strite and Louise Coffits, house at 4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    George Trevor Strite and Louise Coffits, house at 4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    Louise Coffits, Gladys Strite and John Strite
    Louise Coffits, Gladys Strite and John Strite
    Remembrance from Virginia Grist:

    This the front door of my grandmother Lue's house [Louise Coffits], which George bought for her. He must have died soon after that. And that is John Strite, mother's brother, who always lived there with her. He was very quiet, and had a canoe and exercised a lot!

    This is 4936 10th Ave. South, and a very nice house. It had a cool basement with a pool table in it. When it was very hot, we ate meals in a makeshift kitchen there. There was a garage in back with a flat roof, where we went to watch shooting stars! Fun!

    When in Minneapolis, we always had Sunday dinner there with Aunt Mae [Mary Leona Coffits] and Uncle Will Dunn, a barber. Aunt Mae was very sweet to us. their daughter Ethel [Dunn], who I adored, was maybe 10 years older than me. June [Flemming] and Doris [Flemming] and I played with handmade quilts that we were allowed to make into houses. The grown-ups ate in the dining room with the pink crystal and good china. We kids ate in the nice kitchen.
    4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    Home of Louise Coffits and George Strite;

    Google map below shows how the house looked in 2010.


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    Histories
    Letter from Gladys, Nov. 7, 1918
    Letter from Gladys, Nov. 7, 1918
    From the days just before Armistice Day.
    Last Modified 26 Dec 2014 
    Family ID F35  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    A tintype of Louise C. Coffits
    A tintype of Louise C. Coffits
    Tintype
    Louise (Lue) Catherine Coffits
    Louise (Lue) Catherine Coffits
    Louise (Lue) COFFITS with George STRITE
    Louise (Lue) COFFITS with George STRITE
    George Strite and Louise Coffits
    George Strite and Louise Coffits
    Franklin James Grist Jr., Louise Coffits and Virginia Grist.
    Franklin James Grist Jr., Louise Coffits and Virginia Grist.
    Virginia Grist: "Love the Model T! That's me and I think the baby is Jim"
    Franklin Grist with the Strites
    Franklin Grist with the Strites
    Franklin James Grist, Gladys Strite, George T. Strite, Louise Coffits and Velma Strite
    Louise Coffits, Gladys Strite and John Strite
    Louise Coffits, Gladys Strite and John Strite
    Remembrance from Virginia Grist:

    This the front door of my grandmother Lue's house [Louise Coffits], which George bought for her. He must have died soon after that. And that is John Strite, mother's brother, who always lived there with her. He was very quiet, and had a canoe and exercised a lot!

    This is 4936 10th Ave. South, and a very nice house. It had a cool basement with a pool table in it. When it was very hot, we ate meals in a makeshift kitchen there. There was a garage in back with a flat roof, where we went to watch shooting stars! Fun!

    When in Minneapolis, we always had Sunday dinner there with Aunt Mae [Mary Leona Coffits] and Uncle Will Dunn, a barber. Aunt Mae was very sweet to us. their daughter Ethel [Dunn], who I adored, was maybe 10 years older than me. June [Flemming] and Doris [Flemming] and I played with handmade quilts that we were allowed to make into houses. The grown-ups ate in the dining room with the pink crystal and good china. We kids ate in the nice kitchen.
    Louise Coffits
    Louise Coffits
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Louise Coffits
    Louise Coffits
    In Washington Park, Milwaukee, WI
    John Strite and Louise Coffits
    John Strite and Louise Coffits
    At 4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    Louise Coffits and John Strite
    Louise Coffits and John Strite
    At 4936 10th Ave. South in Minneapolis
    Mary Leona (Mae) and Louise (Lue) Coffits
    Mary Leona (Mae) and Louise (Lue) Coffits
    At 4936 10th Ave. South
    Dorothy Grist, Gladys Strite and Louise Coffits
    Dorothy Grist, Gladys Strite and Louise Coffits
    Louise Coffits
    Louise Coffits
    In both shots, Virginia Grist is holding a doll; Louise is holding Franklin James Grist Jr. Gladys Strite is the young woman in the one photo. Man is John Coffits.
    Velma and Lue visit Gladys in Appleton
    Velma and Lue visit Gladys in Appleton
    Because of the rain which missed scarcely a day this week, out-of-town visitors in Appleton homes had to confine most of their activities to porches or indoors. Mrs. Franklin J. Grist [Gladys Strite], 24 Winona Ct., is shown with her mother, Mrs. Lue Strite [Louise Coffits], and her sister, Mrs. Frank Flemming [Velma Strite], both of Minneapolis, on the porch of the Grist home.

    Documents
    Stock Certificate from Strite Tractor Company, Inc.
    Stock Certificate from Strite Tractor Company, Inc.
    Shows that Mrs. L.C. Strite [Louise COFFITS] owned 1,000 shares (at $10 each)

    Histories
    Gladys Strite -- Growing Up in Iowa, Move to Minnesota
    Gladys Strite -- Growing Up in Iowa, Move to Minnesota
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Gladys and Franklin host John S. Grist at 24 Winona Ct.
    Gladys and Franklin host John S. Grist at 24 Winona Ct.

    Recordings
    The Story of Virginia Grist's Birth (10 minutes)
    The Story of Virginia Grist's Birth (10 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells the story of Virginia Ann Grist's birth in 1921. Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist.



    • Friend Trix Watson has her daughter, Margene, about the same time.

    • Franklin: "Ma, it's a girl, but I don't care."

    Grists to Sioux Falls; Jim's Birth (6 minutes)
    Grists to Sioux Falls; Jim's Birth (6 minutes)

    Gladys Strite tells how Franklin got started in the fur business. (6 minutes). Interview took place at her apartment in San Francisco on 22 July 1988. On hand were Melissa Gray, Grace Louise Grist and Virginia Ann Grist. Also:



    • Moving to Sioux Falls, SD

    • Birth of Jim Grist ) Franklin James Grist, Jr.

    • Moving back to Minneapolis.


  • Sources 
    1. [S4] (Self-published, J. Hart Rosdail, Chicago, IL (June 30, 1937)).

    2. [S18] Minnesota Death Index.

    3. [S37] 1900 U.S. Federal Census.

    4. [S90] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

    5. [S20] 1910 U.S. Federal Census.

    6. [S22] 1920 U.S. Federal Census.

    7. [S19] 1930 U.S. Federal Census.

    8. [S175] 1940 U.S. Federal Census.

    9. [S31] Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002.

    10. [S210] Susan LaVelle.

    11. [S179] .

    12. [S11] Newspaper obituary for Catherine BIRK.

    13. [S159] Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992.

    14. [S245] Iowa, Select Marriages, 1809-1992.


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