WILLIAM A. COKER
History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
William A. Coker was born in Hamilton County, March 28, 1845, the son of
Joseph and Harriett (Richardson) Coker, natives respectively of Tennessee
(See sketch of the father elsewhere).
Our subject was reared and educated in this county, and when
seventeen accompanied his father in the war a year or so, and later went
West and Northwest with a company of soldiers; he was not a soldier
In 1867-68 he worked with a surveying party under Gen. Wilson,
assisting to locate locks and dams on the Illinois River.
In 1868 he returned home and taught school several terms, then
engaged in the stock business dealing until 1874.
He built the city mills in company with Andrew J. Guill.
They operated the mill four years, since which our subject has
operated and conducted them.
August 28, 1867, he married Emily J. Davis, a native of this
two children living are Eugene R. and Clarence.
He is a Republican, but no aspirant for office.
He is a Master Mason, and he and his wife are members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and is one of the reliable business men and
citizens of McLeansboro.
residence is one of the most tasteful and homelike in the city.
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