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John Bailey Cole

Birthdate: (54)
Birthplace: Lawrence County, Indiana, Lawrence, Indiana, United States
Death: July 8, 1879 (54)
Cole Ranch, Yolo, Yolo, USA
Place of Burial: Yolo, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev John Stuart Cole and Susanna Cole
Husband of Juliette Jacobs
Father of David Vincent Cole; John Newton Cole, Sr.; Abraham Douglas Cole; Lizzie Alice Black; Francis Jerome Cole and 7 others
Brother of William Stuart Cole; Sarah Ann Cole; Dr. D. V. Cole; James Emmet Cole and Elizabeth Jane Winchester

Occupation: Drug Store Manager
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About John Bailey Cole

From a biographical sketch on Herman M. "Hub" Hoxie:

"By the winter of 1845-46 Hub’s parents had sold their Fairfield property and moved to Fort Des Moines. There his father first ran a grocery and dry goods business and soon afterwards kept a tavern or hotel. In 1848 he built a much-admired lean-to house of logs and clapboard, but the next year the family sold the house to relocate near Kilbourne in Van Buren County, where Hub’s father died by November 1850.

Kilbourne was a village on the Des Moines River about fifteen miles south of Fairfield, and Hub may have stayed in Fairfield to work for druggist David Vincent Cole, as on April 21, 1848 H. M. Hoxie was authorized to receive all debts owed D. V. Cole, and for about a year thereafter ran a drugstore on the south side of the Square — perhaps at 52 East Burlington Ave., a property owned by D. V. Cole at the time. If Hub was indeed this H. M. Hoxie, he was only 17 when he opened his own store of drugs, stationery and books.

The new druggist’s penchant for advertising gives us a fascinating glimpse into his stock. On May 12, 1848 the Iowa Sentinel says, “H. M. Hoxie, at the Fairfield Drug Store, South side of the Public Square, Will keep constantly on hand a fresh supply of Drugs, Medicines (including the patent Medicines, for which he is agent,) Paints, Oils and Dye-stuffs. Also, stationary [sic] of all kinds, paper, ink, pens, sealing wax, and a full assortment of choice candies, figs, &c., all of which he will retail cheap for the ready pay.” And two weeks later, the Sentinel advertises Hoxie’s “Literary Emporium. Novels and Yarns, Harry Hazels amusing, Ned Butlines commerc[i]al Maryatts entertaining, Halyard’s mirthful pleasing together with Fanny Forresters popular writings in short, anything and everything in light reading to tickle the fancy of the most fastidious at the Fairfield Drug Store by H.M. Hoxie.” Hoxie also stocked the standard toiletries: “Ho Ye Fashionables. The best and superior articles of Bears oil, Macassar oil, Ox Marrow and finely scented cologne water just received and for sale at the Fairfield Drug Store.” And of course he offered the medicines necessary to the frontier: “A Good and superior lot of Quinine, Hydriodate of Potassium, Morphine, Iodine, Piperine can be had at H. M. Hoxie’s.” Quinine combats malaria; hydriodate or iodide of potassium is an expectorant and detoxifier and helps heal goiters and immune dysfunctions; piperine is an alkaloid extract of pepper and was used in traditional medicine and as an insecticide.

By January 26, 1849 H. M. Hoxie turned his business over to D. V. Cole’s younger brother John Bailey, as the Iowa Sentinel then printed Hoxie’s first advertisement verbatim with Cole’s name substituted for Hoxie’s: “J. B. Cole, at the Fairfield Drug Store, South side of the Public Square,” offering the same stock “cheap for the ready pay."

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John Bailey Cole's Timeline

October 4, 1824
Lawrence, Indiana, United States

NOTE: one family genealogy lists "Lawrence, Indiana, United States" but census records consistently say Kentucky.

There is a another John B. Cole from Indiana born between 1835 and 1843 that served in the Civil War from Des Moines. Residence Burlington, IA.

Age 24
Fairfield Drug Store
January 13, 1850
Age 25
Iowa, United States
February 17, 1852
Age 27
Iowa, United States

"David V. was born while his parents were living in Iowa and he was still a small child when removal was made to California in 1852."

November 8, 1854
Age 30
Fairfield, Solano County, California, United States

From daughter Eugenia McCloud Woods biographical sketch:

"[Eugenia's mother - Susanna Jane Cole McCloud] was also a native Californian, being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cole who came to Rockville Center by wagon train in 1852."
Woodland Daily Democrat circa 1959-1960.

[Rockville is a unincorporated locality near Fairfield, Solano County, CA],_California

November 8, 1854
Age 30
Bridgeport, Solana County, California

Can't find any primary or secondary sources, only family trees:

September 23, 1857
Age 32
Brooks, Capay Valley, California