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Biographical Sketch of Alexander W. Coyne

That farming in Rock Island County is a profitable occupation is attested by the subject of this sketch, who, though in business for himself but a few years, is now the owner of two hundred and sixty acres of well improved land in section eleven, Bowling Township. He was born in the same Township, the son of William and Margaret (Morrison) Coyne, March 15, 1866. After the usual schooling of the country boy and the practical preparation for life on the farm, he married March 27, 1901, Miss Nora S. Doonan, of Mercer County, Illinois. The latter is the daughter of James R., and Bessie Doonan, and was born in Mercer County October 30, 1876. Mr. Coyne after his marriage settled on the farm he now occupies, and has cultivated it since with unvarying success. He and his worthy wife are the parents of one son, Everett D., born March 13, 1905. Mr. Coyne is an ardent Republican. He has served two terms as Township Tax...

Biographical Sketch of William T. Coyne

William T. Coyne is one of the enterprising and up-to-date agriculturists of Rural Township, Rock Island County, and a member of one of the pioneer families. He is a native son of the County, having been born in Bowling Township June 16, 1861. He is a son of William and Margaret (Morrison) Coyne. Born on the farm, he has always followed that vocation. With a limited schooling he, by study and close observation, has gained through his own efforts a ready fund of general information, as well as a good working capital of special knowledge of use to him in his business. He was married in Rural Township March 8, 1893, to Miss Carrie M. Griffith. The latter was born in Rock Island January 23, 1870, the daughter of Elwood and Carrie E. (Baulch) Griffith, now of Rural. After his marriage Mr. Coyne settled on the farm he now occupies in Rural. The land at that time was badly run down and poorly improved, but by hard work and the application of advanced methods of agriculture he has brought the land to a high state of cultivation, and now owns two hundred and forty acres of the best producing ground in the vicinity, as well as one of the most comfort-able homes. In his political views Mr. Coyne is a staunch Republican. He stands high in the community as a citizen and neighbor, being best liked by those who know him...

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:...

Biography of Robert E. Little

Robert E. Little, for ten years postmaster of the Village of Milan, is one of the successful native sons of the County. He was born on a farm in Bowling Township May 22, 1861. His parents, William and Elizabeth (Rea) Little, were both of Irish birth, the former’s natal day being December 7, 1815, and the latter’s August 16, 1819. They were married in their native land and immigrated to America and to Rock Island County in 1844. The farm on which they settled and which they occupied till death was entered by them from the Government. Mr. Little passed away August 6, 1891, his wife having preceded him to the beyond September 12, 1884. Their children are: Margaret C., wife of O. C. Wells, of Bruning, Nebraska; Ann J., widow of Arthur O’Neal, of Milan; Francis A., of Conway Springs, Kansas; Mary L., widow of Robert Elliott, of Conway Springs; William R., of Cushing, Oklahoma; David T., of Conway Springs; Evaline E., wife of William L. Heath, of Davenport, Iowa; and Robert E., the subject of this review. The last named received his early training on the farm, being educated in the public schools and at the Dixon Business College. He continued to make the farm his home till 1892, when he removed to Milan and took a position as salesman in the hardware store of his brother-in-law, Phil F. Zahn, remaining there three years. July 7, 1897, Mr. Little received the appointment as postmaster of Milan and has since discharged the duties of that office to the satisfaction of all. In addition he engages extensively in the...

Biographical Sketch of Francis Coyne

One of the prosperous young farmers of Rock Island County is Francis Coyne, son of William and Margaret (Morrison) Coyne. He was born in Bowling Township, where he now resides, March 8, 1876. He received a common school education in the County and started out for himself in 1902, following his marriage, when he established himself on the old homestead. In the Fall of 1904 he removed to the farm he now occupies. He now owns two hundred and twenty acres of well improved land and is considered one of the well-to-do and substantial citizens of the County. Mr. Coyne’s marriage to Miss Theresa M. Koch took place in Rock Island County , February 5, 1902. His wife is the daughter of Rudolph and Ella (Collins) Koch, and was born in the County September 22, 1884. Her parents are residents of Bowling Township. The father is a native of Pennsylvania, having been born at Erie June 2, 1859. The mother was born at Dixon, Illinois, May 17, 1862. They were married at Rack Island August 15, 1883, and are the parents of three children, Theresa M., Raymond G. and Sylvia...

Biographical Sketch of Edward S. Coyne

A well known native son of Rock Island County is Edward S. Coyne, son of William and Margaret (Morrison) Coyne. He was born on the old homestead in Bowling Township, on which he now resides, October 25, 1873. Tilling the soil has been his sole occupation. In the Spring of 1896, he settled on one of his father’s farms in section eleven, Bowling, where he resided till the Spring of 1900. Then he removed to the farm he now occupies in section one, same township. He now owns two hundred and sixty acres of good land, which he cultivates with much success. Mr. Coyne was married in Rock Island December 23, 1895, his wife being Miss Margaret J. Clark, daughter of William and Eliza (Gauley) Clark, early pioneers of the community. The parents are natives of Ireland, who took up their residence in Rock Island County soon after their marriage. The children born to them are: Robert A. and Sarah E., both deceased; David B., Lydia A., William A., James H, and Margaret J., the last named being born in Bowling February 23, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Coyne are the parents of five, children: Florence M., born May 21, 1897; Raymond D., born April 26, 1898; Edward R., born July 22, 1900; Mildred E., born March 31, 1902; and Ethel L., born July 26,...

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