Katherine Mullin Pratt, wife of the late Dr. J. W. Pratt and one of Coatesville’s best known residents, died Saturday evening at the Tel-Hai Rest Home near Honey Brook.  She would have celebrated her 101st birthday in three weeks.

Born Nov. 5, 1859, in Downingtown, Mrs. Pratt had resided nearly all of her life in this city, where she made her home at 312 Chestnut St.

One of the city’s oldest residents, she was also the oldest member of the Olivet Methodist Church in age and the oldest in membership standing.

Mrs. Pratt was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and recently was named an honorary member of the organization.

A daughter of the late John Stanford and Sarah Ayers Mullin, she came to Coatesville in 1878 at the age of 18, as the bride of the Dr. J. W. Pratt.  Dr Pratt died in 1919.

In her early days, Mrs. Pratt was a staunch Democrat and took a lively interest in political activities.  In 1898, her husband was selected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

She is survived only by one son, Dr. C. Ira Pratt, of Coatesville.  Three other children, Miss Anna Pratt, Mrs. Maude Pratt Tuck and Dr. J. S. M. are deceased.  Also surviving are six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from Archie S. Maclean’s Funeral Home, Fifth Ave. and Lincoln Hwy., Coatesville, with interment in Fairview Cemetery.  There will be no viewing.  The family requests flowers be omitted.

[Coatesville Record, Oct. 17, 1960]

[transcribed by David Grow, Feb. 2007]

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