Biography of Charles A. Coombs
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Charles Albert Coombs was born in Brunswick, October 17, 1836, came to Bath when a youth, and was educated in the public and private schools. In commencing his business life he served as clerk in several stores, and at the age of nineteen went into the grocery business on his own account, afterwards a partner in the firm of Moores & Coombs. He went to the far western country in 1857; was one of General Lane's celebrated Kansas rangers during the Kansas - Nebraska difficulties; then became a pioneer to Colorado in the spring of 1859 in the pursuit of gold mining; traveled in Texas and New Mexico; returned to Bath; was the very first to enroll his name under the first call for troops at the commencement of the Rebellion; was mustered in Company A, Third Maine Regiment of three years' men, of which O. O. Howard was Colonel; was wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks in June, 1862, and taken to David's Island, on Long Island Sound, to recruit; returned to the army in May, 1863, as clerk in the Quartermaster's department, served in that capacity in Sheridan's Cavalry until the close of the war; returning to Bath he went to Canada in the oil business; coming back to the States he entered upon his subsequent career of railroad employ; was three and a half years, in 1867 and 1871, station agent at Lewiston; was appointed the first superintendent of the Knox & Lincoln Railroad, in September, 1871; resigned March 31, 1886, to accept the office of general manager of the Boston, Hoosac Tunnel and Western Road; when that road was sold to the Fitchburg Company he became general manager of the New York & Northern; resigned in one year to accept the general management of the Annapolis & Baltimore Road, which position he still holds, while his family continues to reside in Bath, where he married, July, 1866, Miss Mary Elizabeth Cowin, daughter of Capt. Joseph Cowin. They have had one son and two daughters. Mrs. Coombs was born in Bath in 1840. When Mr. Coombs resigned from the superintendency of the Knox & Lincoln Road his friends in Bath gave, in his honor, a banquet at the Sagadahoc House, with numerous guests.

From:
History of Bath and Environs,
Sagadahoc County, Maine.
1607-1894
BY: Parker McCobb Reed
Lakeside Press, Printers
Portland, Maine, 1894


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