Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Urlin Eldreth Salmon (1870-1953), Urling Campbell Coe (1881-1956)

From the 1943-44 Official Manual of Missouri.

  We continue our stay in Missouri for today's profile of another oddly named resident of the Show-Me-State, Mr. Urlin Eldreth Salmon of Daviess County. Despite having an unusual name, Salmon carved a profitable career in the aforementioned county as a rancher and stock raiser and was honored by his fellow citizens by being elected to four terms in the Missouri State House of Representatives.
   Urlin Eldreth Salmon was one of ten children born to Nelson (1843-1912) and Maria Ann Mackey Salmon (1842-1907), being born in the county of Harrison, Missouri on February 26, 1870. Salmon received his primary education in the local schools of Daviess County and married in October 1891 to Leota Hawk. Their union lasted fifty years and produced ten children, who are listed as follows in order of birth: Alma Agnes (1892-1970), Emil Ezra (1893-1968), Celia May (1895-1952), Hobart McKinley (1896-1969), Herman Detmer (died age one in 1899), Eunice Vane (1900-1981), Carsley Abraham (1904-1979), Marie Vanata (1906-2007, died aged 100), Russell Nelson (1908-1966) and Ivil Urlin (1911-1988). Urlin and Leota also had an unnamed infant born to them in 1902 who died ten days after its birth.
   Salmon became a prosperous rancher, farmer and stock raiser in the town of Pattonsburg, and with this notoriety came calls to serve in public office. During the early 1900s, Salmon held a number of local public offices in Daviess County, including stints as township committeeman and served as a member of the Daviess County School Board for twenty-seven years!
   In November 1928 Urlin Salmon was elected to his first term the Missouri State House of Representatives as a Republican, representing his home county of Daviess. He was reelected to the legislature in 1938, defeating Democratic opponent Loren Hamilton by a few hundred votes. A result from that election appeared in the Official Manual of the State of Missouri and is shown below.

Urlin Salmon during his first term in the legislature, from the 1929-30 Official Manual of Missouri.

   Salmon's first two terms in the legislature saw him hold a seat on the committees on Agriculture, Food Control and Soil Conservation, Pensions, Roads and Highways, and Township Organization. During his second term in the house, Leota Hawk Salmon, Urlin's wife of fifty years, died at age 69. He was reelected to two further terms in the house in 1940 and 1942, in the latter year defeating another oddly named Daviess County resident, Urcil Wilford Smoot (1899-1957). 
   Urlin E. Salmon's fourth term in the legislature concluded in 1944 and he died nine years later in DeKalb County on January 17, 1953, shortly before his 83rd birthday. He was later interred alongside his wife in the Salmon Cemetery in Pattonsburg, which is also the resting place of many extended members of his family. Among those who survived him was his daughter Marie V. Salmon Thompson, who lived to become a centenarian, dying in South Dakota in July 2007, three months before her 101st birthday. The portrait of Salmon shown atop his article is his official legislative portrait and was featured in both the 1938-1939 and 1940-1941 editions of the Official Manual of the State of Missouri.

From the Bend Bulletin, October 2, 1912.

   A well-known physician and public figure in the city of Bend, Oregon, Dr. Urling Campbell Coe served as the second mayor of that city for two terms in the early part of the twentieth century. He was later a candidate for county judge and held a seat on the Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners.
  Coe was born in Carthage, Missouri in 1881, the son of Dr. George Delos and Laura Gailbreath Coe. He decided to follow in his father's footsteps and embarked upon a career in medicine as a young man, studying at the University of Missouri and later at the Eclectic College in Cincinnati, Ohio. Coe earned his medical degree from the latter institution and after completing his studies removed to Oregon. Coe eventually settled in the city of Bend in 1905, becoming the area's first physician. Through the succeeding years Coe earned a reputation as one of Bend's most highly revered figures, helping to educate the still young area on the basics of hygiene, aiding in the elimination of a typhoid outbreak in 1907 by closing pits of sewage located in town, and on more than one occasion rode many miles on horseback to respond to medical emergencies. He was also a leading figure in the establishment of Bend's first hospital in 1909.
   In addition to his skills as a physician, Coe is also notable for authoring the 1939 work "Frontier Doctor" a first-hand account of the trials and tribulations faced by a pioneer physician during the early 20th century. The rights to this book were later purchased by Warner Brothers Studios, and plans were made for the book to be adapted into a motion picture starring Paul Muni (1895-1967), he of I Am A Fugitive From a Chain Gang fame. An article on the supposed film appeared in a March 5, 1940 edition of the Bend Bulletin and is shown below.

   While Dr. Coe had made his reputation through his medical career and kind acts of charity, he was also active in the public affairs of his adopted town of Bend, dabbling in real estate as well as banking. Coe was later elected as Mayor of Bend around 1910 and was reelected in December 1911 by a vote of 189 to 108. His second term lasted until February 1912, when he resigned.  After serving as mayor Coe became a candidate for Judge of Deschutes County in 1912 and four years later was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners. In 1918 he relocated to Portland and thereafter continued in the practice of medicine for many years. Coe died in 1956 at age 75. 

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