Willard B. Coltman, one of the owners of the Bulletin Journal of Independence, was born in Lafayette county,
Wisconsin, February 15, 1876 His parents, John H. and Huldah (Lindsay) Coltman, were also natives of the same county
and in early life the father took up zinc and lead mining. He continued actively in that business until about 1898,
when he removed to California, locating first at Angels. He engaged in prospecting in that section of the state
and afterwards removed to Sonora, where he now resides. He is still engaged in mining, having practically devoted
his entire life to that occupation. While a resident of Wisconsin he held various local offices and was an influential
man in the community in which he made his home. In his family were three children: Willard B.; Lemoine, deceased;
and one who died in infancy.
At the usual age Willard B. Coltman became a pupil in the schools of Lafayette county, Wisconsin, and pursued his
studies through the grammar and high schools. Later he pursued a private course in stenography, and all through
his life he has been a close and discriminating student in the school of experienee. When about twenty years of
age be went to Manchester, Iowa, where he was employed in a printing office, remaining there until January, 1909.
He then came to Independence and was employed on the Bulletin Journal for one year, at the end of which time he
was admitted to a partnership, becoming a member of the present firm of Willey, Farwell & Coltman This paper
was established in the year 1864 and is the second oldest in Buchanan county. Mr. Coltman devotes his entire attention
to the office and its duties, practical experience as a printer well qualifying him to carry on the work.
On the 28th of June, 1904, occurred the marriage of Mr. Coltman and Miss Gertrude M. Lawman, who was born at Manchester,
Iowa, a daughter of Boltz J. and Louise (Denzel) Lawman, both of whom were natives of New York. The father engaged
in the harness and saddlery business in Manchester for a number of years, and both he and his wife passed away
in that town. To Mr. and Mrs. Coltman have been born two children: Frances Lenore, born July 24, 1905; and Paul
Denzel, born December 2, 1909.
Mr. Coltman exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the republican party, but has
never aspired to public office. He is identified with several fraternal organizations, including the Masons, the
Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of the Maccabees. He is also a member of the Interstate Business Men's
Association, and he stands for progress along all lines, believing that the opportunity for advancement is ever
before us and should be utilized for the benefit of the individual and the community. He has made close application
and indefatigable energy the basis of his growing success, which has brought him to a creditable position in newspaper
circles of Iowa.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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