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Transcribed biography of Coit Dolhover


Mr. Dolhover was born in Porter Township, Porter County on June 22, 1896. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Dolhover. George Dolhover's parents, George and Johanna Dolhover, came from Bavaria, Germany where the name was spelled Dolhoffer. They settled in Wisconsin and from this state Mr. Dolhover enlisted in the Union Army. He was fatally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg. His wife passed away in 1910.

The son, George, lived in Wisconsin until the age of twenty seven, when he came to Porter County, Indiana. He was married to Emma French, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Solon French, long time residents of Porter County. Mr. French was also injured in the Civil War.

George and Emma Dolhover had two children, Martha and Coit. Martha was married to Brice Lantz and they have one daughter, Mrs. Wilford Ugland (Gracecaryl) who now resides in California. Mrs. Ugland is a graduate of Valparaiso University.

Coit lived in Porter Township, Porter County all of his life. He was graduated from Valparaiso High School in 1916. He enlisted in the Marines in World War I and had his training on Paris Island. His overseas equipment was on the boat, scheduled to leave, when he become seriously ill with double pneumonia. Hundreds of the Marines died on this boat, going overseas, from the terrible epidemic of the pneumonia suffered during World War I. Coit was in the hospital in Quantico, Virginia for many weeks. He was discharged in February, 1919.

On December 10, 1919 he was married to Alma Stevens, who was teaching in Porter Township Schools. Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Stevens who resided on their farm in Porter Township.

Mr. and Mrs. Coit Dolhover began farming in Porter Township and he resided there the remainder of his life. Mrs. Coit Dolhover still resides at their home in Porter Township.

Mr. and Mrs. Coit Dolhover were active members of the Boone Grove Christian Church and the Republican Party and Mrs. Dolhover still remains active in these organizations.

Coit Dolhover was a member of the Hebron Lodge No. 502 F.A.M. and the South Bend Valley of Scottish Rites. He served as trustee of Porter Township from 1951-1955. He was a member of the Aviation Board in its early years.

There are three children in the Dolhover family, Lois, Corinne and Richard. All are graduates from Boone Grove High School and members of the Boone Grove Christian Church. Lois (Mrs. Jack Sullivan) of Park Forest, Illinois attended Bryant and Stratton College in Chicago and is now a secretary at Insurance Survey Company at Glenwood, Illinois. They are the parents of three children, Karen, Ellen and Janet.

Corinne (Mrs. Robert Gray) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was graduated from Indiana University and does some teaching in the Pittsburg Schools. The late Mr. Gray and Mrs. Gray have four children, Daniel, Daryl, Diane and Robert, Jr.

Richard attended Franklin College in Indiana, then enlisted and served in the Army Security Agency in Korea for three years. He is now an electrician at Midwest Steel in Portage. Richard is married to the former Mary Alice Maxwell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion Maxwell, who were residents on their farm in Morgan Township, Porter County. Mary Alice has taught six years in the Porter County Schools.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dolhover now own and operate their farm in Porter Township. They are parents of two children, Michael, age 8 and Sue Ann, age 6. The children are attending Boone Grove Elementary School.

Coit Dolhover was deceased March 16, 1960 at the age of 73 years.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
Page(s) in Source: 100-101

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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