Biography of George W. Coates
Inver Grove, Dakota County, MN Biographies

George W. Coates was born in Greene, Trumbull county, Ohio, March 11th, 1844. When eleven rears old he removed to Wisconsin with an aunt, where he lived two years. In 1857, came to Hastings, Dakota county, Minnesota. Enlisted in Company F, Eighth Minnesota Infantry, and was with that regiment in all its engagements against the Indians; went south in 1864, and was wounded in the battle of Murfreesboro; was discharged July 4th, 1865. Returning to Hastings, he resided there until 1869, and after a residence of two years in Hampton, he engaged mercantile pursuits in Hastings. In 1872, became a resident of Inver Grove, and opened a store at Pine Bend in company with J. C. Sanborn, whose interest he purchased in 1873. then sold all to Isaac Gibbs the next year. In 1875, purchased the warehouse he now owns, and has since been a wheat buyer, Miss Almira Thompson, a native of Maine, became his wife in 1869. George A., Nellie A., Fred H. and Edith A. are their living children.

The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.

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