William Ercle Coffey

3 August 1896–31 July 1986 (Age 89)
Sandyville, Warren, Iowa, United States

The Life of William Ercle

When William Ercle Coffey was born on 3 August 1896, in Sandyville, Warren, Iowa, United States, his father, Cleveland Lawrence Coffey, was 28 and his mother, Harriet Ellen Rhine, was 29. He had at least 1 son with Hazel Mardell Coones. He lived in Bondurant, Polk, Iowa, United States in 1900 and Fulton, Callaway, Missouri, United States in 1910. He died on 31 July 1986, in Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States, at the age of 89.

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William Ercle Coffey
Hazel Mardell Coones
Charles Clyde Coffey

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    Cleveland Lawrence Coffey





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World Events (8)

1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 2

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1904 · The World's Fair of 1904

Age 8

St. Louis hosted the 1904 World's Fair and welcomed a crowd of 200,000 visitors on opening day of April 30, 1904. The fair had exhibits from 50 countries and 43 states. Several notable inventions showcased at the fair include iced tea and the ice cream cone. By the time of its closing in December 1904, over 20 million people had visited the fair.

Age 24

The Prohibition Era. Sale and manufacture of alcoholic liquors outlawed. A mushrooming of illegal drinking joints, home-produced alcohol and gangsterism.

Name Meaning

Irish:1. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cobhthaigh ‘descendant of Cobhthach’, a byname meaning ‘victorious’. 2. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Cathbhadha ‘descendant of Cathbhadh’ (‘battle tent’), Ó Cathbhuadhaigh ‘descendant of Cathbhuadhach’ (‘battle victorious’), or Ó Cathmhogha ‘descendant of Cathmhugh’, a byname meaning ‘battle slave’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Wm E Coffey in household of Hattie E Coffey, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • W E Coffey, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Ercle Coffey in household of Everett Coones, "United States Census, 1930"

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