Biography of E. Emmons Coe
Madison County, NY Biographies





Coe, E. Emmons, cashier of the Farmers' and Merchants' State Bank of Oneida, was born in the town of Smithfield, this county, April 24, 1845, a son of E. E. and Susan (Matthewson) Coe. His grandfather, David Coe, a native of Connecticut, was one of the earliest settlers of the town of Smithfield, coming when there was but one frame house between the villages of Peterboro and Vernon. He built the first saw mill of the town, cleared his own farm, and was named as the wealthiest man in town, with the exception of Peter Smith (father of Gerrit Smith). He was a man of the hardy pioneer type, industrious, and of rugged honesty. He gained the respect and confidence of all his fellow citizens and died honored and respected by all who had known him. E. Emmons Coe was educated in the district schools in the vicinity of his home, and at Clinton Liberal Institute at Clinton, N. Y. Before he was eighteen years old he taught school in winter and worked on his father's farm in the summer months. He was engaged in farming until he was twenty four years of age. In 1869 he came to Oneida, and in company with Charles O. Loomis established a wholecale leather business under the firm name of Loomis & Coe. Mr. Loomis retired after four years, and Mr. Coe conducted the business with good success until 1888 when he sold out. Mr. Coe organized the Farmers' and Merchants' State Bank in 1892 with a capital stock of 550,000, and a surplus now of $15,000; he has served as cashier of the bank since the organization. Mr. Coe has shown no lack of zeal in supporting public enterprises, and has represented the old town of Lenox as supervisor; he is a trustee of the Oneida Savings Bank; and a member and past grand of Eumenia Lodge of Odd Fellows, which he joined over thirty years ago. He married in 1864, Eliza M. Kerr, a daughter of Dr. Robert Kerr of Oneida county. Of this union is one daughter, Mrs. F. M. Hamlin of Rome, N. Y.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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