Woobury county man deemed tallest in the World

A photo of Bernard Coyne, (center) and his neighbor C.C. Allman, his wife Mary and children, Ione and Millard, all of Oto, Iowa is shown about 1920.

Coyne was considered by Guinness Book of World Records to be the tallest man in the world at the time of his death in May 20, 1921. His height was recorded at 8-foot 3-inches, marking him as giant.

Coyne was born July 27, 1897 to Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Coyne on a rural Oto farm. He had Eunuchoidal Infantile Giantism, or Daddy Long-Legs Syndrome.

He was rejected by the U.S. Army in 1918 when he stood 7-foot 9-inches. Crowds would gather around him in the streets and he had various offers from proprietors of the big tops, but preferred to remain at his family home in Grant Township. He reportedly wore a size 25 shoe.

Calculations, at his death, indicated that he had may have grown to the 8 foot 4 inch mark. His casket was reported to be one of the largest ever made- at 10 feet long. He is buried in Anthon, Iowa.