Biography of Theodore Coles
Madison County, NY Biographies





Coles, Theodore, son of Amos and Agnes (Troth) Coles, was born in Medford, N. J., October 6, 1845. He was educated at Medford Academy, and until he reached his majority assisted in the conduct of his father's farm, He gained his first business experience at Bordentown. N. J , as a clerk in a shipping office, and after one year took a position in the office of an agricultural implement factory in Philadelphia, where he remained two years. Subsequently he engaged in the real estate business in Chicago, and later in an architectural iron business in San Francisco. From the latter city he came to Durhamville, Oneida county, to take a position as superintendent of the Durhamville Glass Works. He resigned this position to become treasurer of the Canastota Knife Co., where he remained until 1896. In that year Mr. Coles established the Oneida Rubber Tire Works which he still continues. In 1898 he purchased the plant previously owned by the Oneida Gas Works, and rebuilt the same for the better accommodation of his own business. Mr. Coles has been actively interested in and a prominent supporter of the Madison County Historical Society. He married Frances Newton Messinger, daughter of the late I. Newton Messinger of Oneida.

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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