Etc. -- O. L. Coombs passes in Winnipeg, 1888
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Winnipeg Public Library E-Mail Reference Service found these Manitoba Free Press newspaper references to the passing of Norfolk native O. L. Coombs, and emailed them to researcher Lauraine Syrnick, who e-mailed them to Norfolk Genealogy, 15 Feb 2005.

"Sergeant Coombs Dead
Mr. O. L. Coombs, C.P.R. policeman and seargeant to E Company of the Ninetieth, died early yesterday morning in the general hospital from pleurisy. He had only been ill a few days. Mr. Coombs came to the Northwest with the second Red River expeditionary force under Col. Scott. He leaves a wife and child. He will be given a military funeral tomorrow afternoon. All
members of the battalion wishing to attend will meeet at the drill shed at 1 p.m."
 [Source: Manitoba Free Press, Tuesday 14 Feb 1888]

"The funeral of the late O. L. Coombs will take place this afternoon from  his residence, at the corner of King and Alexander. It will be attended by the Oddfellows of North Star Lodge who will meet at the lodge rooms at  1.30 and by members of the Ninetieth Battalion who will meet at the drill shed at 1 o'clock."
 [Source: Manitoba Free Press, Wednesday 15 Feb 1888]

"The funeral of O. L. Coombes [sic], the deceased C.P.R. policeman, took place yesterday afternoon to St. James. The Oddfellows conducted the funeral. The service at the house was performed by the Rev. Mr. Pentreath and at the grave by Mr. John Erzinger, the Noble Grand of North Star Lodge I.O.O.F."
[Source: Manitoba Free Press, Thursday 16 Feb 1888]

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