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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 best.