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Biographical Sketch of James Coyne

The man whose name appears at the head of this sketch is known as one of the most industrious and enterprising farmers of Bowling Township, where he was born and has spent all his life. He first opened his eyes upon this world November 19, 1867, his parents being William and Margaret (Morrison) Coyne. He attended the public schools of the County, and February 18, 1896, was married to Miss Eilza A. Bauer. The latter is also a native of Bowling. She was born September 3, 1869, the daughter of Jacob and Mary (McDonald) Bauer. Her mother was a native of Ireland and her father a native of Germany, they being born in 1845 and 1821 respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Bauer were among the early settlers of the County. They were married here in 1868, and immediately took up their residence on the farm they still occupy. Their children are. Eliza A., Emma J., Mary E., and Sarah A., besides a son who died in infancy. Mr. Coyne after his marriage began the cultivation of a farm in Black Hawk Township. In January, 1907, he removed to the place he now occupies: He is the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land in Black Hawk and one hundred and twenty acres adjoining in Bowling. In his methods he is practical and at the same time thoroughly up-to-date. He makes a specialty of breeding improved Chester White hogs, Short Horn cattle and fine horses. Mr. and Mrs. Coyne are the parents of one child, Elizabeth A., born February 21,...

Biography of William Coyne, Senior

Rock Island County owes much to its Irish sons. They have tilled its soil, built up, developed and directed its industries, and are today among its most substantial and energetic citizens. In no case is the obligation more real than in that of William Coyne, senior, “Uncle Billy,” as he is popularly known. He was one of the earliest comers to this locality from Erin’s Isle, and after more than sixty-two years residence here is still a man of remarkable activity. He has been one of the county’s heaviest land holders, and though he has turned the greater portion of his estate over to his children he still directs the cultivation of a small farm and continues to actively look after his other business interests. William Coyne, senior, is a native of Ireland, born June 11, 1822, the son of Thomas and Martha (Brown) Coyne. His parents were Irish and the father died in that country when the son was young. The mother late in life came to America and spent her last days among her children, dying in Rock Island about 1887. There were six children: Mariah, Margaret, Matilda, Jane, William and Robert. Jane died in the mother country, but the others all became citizens of the United States. William is now the sole survivor of the family. Our subject was reared a farmer and has followed that vocation practically all his life. He received but a limited education, but in later life found time to remedy the defects of his early training and become thoroughly posted, both in relation to business affairs and in a general way:...

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