Oregon City Enterprise, Friday, February 17, 1899
The Coasting Party Partly Responsible for His Death
George Hoehn, a veteran of the civil war, died early Monday morning at the home of his daughter Mrs. Catharine Sumner, of this city, at the age of 81 years and 2 months. The old gentleman was thrown violently to the ground recently by a party of boys who ran into him while coasting down Seventh street. While he was not seriously injured yet in his feeble condition the accident certainly hastened his death. Following is the verdict of the jury:
“We, the jury in the above entitled inquest, find after due investigation that the deceased’s name was George Hoehn; that he came to his death in Oregon City, Clackamas county, Or., February 13, 1899. That death was due to natural causes, accompanied with old age and injuries accidentally received from a coasting party on Seventh street, in Oregon City, February 2, 1899, and we, the jury, hold no one responsible for his death.”
“The jury would also recommend that coasting on city sidewalks be positively prohibited by the proper authority. Signed, Hiram Straight, Amos Seaman, Frank Winslow, G. H. Young and R. D. Wilson.”
The funeral was held Tuesday from the German Evangelical church under the auspices of Meade Post, G. A. R.
Oregon City Courier, Friday, February 17, 1899
George Hoehn, a resident of Clackamas county for 14 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Catharine Sumner, on the corner of Jackson and Seventh streets last Monday morning, aged 81. The deceased was a native of Germany and served six years in the army before coming to America 50 years ago. Mr. Hoehn served as a private in the late civil war. He received injuries in a coasting accident about 10 days previous that evidently hastened his death. The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon under the auspices of Meade Post, G. A. R., at the German Evangelical church. The deceased has one other daughter, Mrs. Lucinda Sumner, in Missouri. Coroner Strickland held an inquest over Hoehn’s remains Monday afternoon, and the jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from natural causes, accompanied by old age and the result of the coasting accident on Feb. 2nd. While the jury did not charge anyone with being responsible for his death, they recommended that the proper authorities hereafter strictly forbid coasting on the sidewalks. The verdict was signed by Hiram Straight, R. D. Wilson, G. H. Young, Frank Winslow, W. H. Young and Amos Seamann.
Name: George Hoehn
Regiment State/Origin: Indiana
Regiment: 8th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry
Rank In: Private
Rank Out: Private
Film Number: M540 roll 34
Name: George Hoehn
Enlistment Date: 2 Dec 1863
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Indiana
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, Indiana 8th Cavalry Regiment on 25 Dec 1863. Mustered out on 20 Jul 1865 at Indianapolis, IN.
Death Date: 13 Feb 1899
Death Place: Clackamas County, Oregon
Sources: Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Research by Harold Slavik