Alven Coleman

ID # 141, (1868-1936)
FatherGeorge W. Coleman (1841-1922)
MotherHarriet Church (1848-1930)
BirthAlven Coleman was born on 7 February 1868 at Beverly Township. 
MarriageHe married Lavinia Emma Himes, daughter of John Himes and Lavinia Mathewson, on 19 June 1895 at Galt, Ontario.

Source: Marriage reg. 012469-95 Galt, Waterloo County
Alvin Coleman, 27, bachelor, painter, born Wentworth Co., residing Galt. Parents George C. and Harriett.
Lavina E. Himes, 24, spinster, born London, England, residing Galt. Parents John and Lavina. Wit. Alex E. Wilson and Elizabeth Himes, both of Galt.
On June 19, 1895 in Galt. Clergyman Rev. J.G. Scott. The bride and groom were Methodists.

Rev. Scott was minister at Ainslie Street Methodist Church, later Wesley United.
 
DeathHe died on 7 November 1936 at Galt, Ontario, at age 68. 
BurialHe was buried on 9 November 1936 at Mountview Cemetery, Galt, Ontario. 
NoteWhen Alven and Veen were courting, Veen worked as a maid for the Howell family that had a large home at the corner of Water and Dickson Streets. Mrs. Howell offered Al work, but he thought he'd manage otherwise. It was difficult for awhile, and the story was that he cut ice in winter above the dam on the Grand River for a dollar a day. At the time of his marriage, Al was a painter and decorator and was still doing that at the time of the 1901 census. Later, he became a barber and had his own barber shop in downtown Galt until his death.

Alven Coleman was enumerated twice in the 1891 census. He was shown as being with his parents and siblings in St. George and he was also enumerated in Galt where he is with a James Mittson and his family. James is a house painter and Alvin is shown as a house painter. There are two other painters at the house and they are likely employees along with Alvin.

As mentioned above, Alven had his own barber shop in downtown Galt. One day he came home looking quite dejected. His wife said to him, 'Why, Al, what's wrong?' It seems that haircuts were going up to 13 cents from 11 cents and he just didn't know how he could look his customers in the eye and ask them for that extra two cents!

Death reg. 035469-36 Galt, Twp of North Dumfries, Waterloo Co.
Alven Coleman, died November 7, 1936, at 39 Oak Street, Galt. Place of residence 39 Oak Street. Birth place Troy. Date of birth February 7, 1868. Profession barber. Length of time in profession 40 years. Spouse Lavinia E. Himes.
Parents George Coleman, born Canada; mother's name shown only as Church and states she was born in Canada (actually England).
Informant Herbert Coleman, Galt, Son.
Date of burial November 9, 1936, place of burial M.V.C., Galt. 

Children of Alven Coleman and Lavinia Emma Himes

Last Edited28 Aug 2017