Biography of Frank A. Conkley
Oneida County, NY Biographies





A representative of a family well known in Oneida county, Frank A. Coakley has possessed every desirable advantage of education and training and is regarded as one of the highly promising young men of New York state. He was born at Utica August 12, 1887, and is a son of Timothy and Mary (Murphy) Coakley, the former of whom was born in Ireland in 1848. Mr. Coakley, Sr., came to America in his boyhood and established his home at Utica, New York, where he engaged for a number of years in various lines of business. In 1890 he started coal yards at Conkling avenue on the West Shore Railway, and through the application of energy and special abifity built up an extensive patronage. He became one of the leading men in Utica, exercising a large influence for good on the community not only on account of his acknowledged high standing but because of his reputation as a public spirited citizen who labored for improvement in every department of activity. He was especially interested in assisting the unfortunate and was an active worker on the committee of public charities. Fraternally he was identified with the Knights of Colmnbus and the Knights of Honor. He died April 24, 1908. There were three children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Coakley, Mary M., Frank A. and Josephine.

Mr. Coakley of this review received his preliminary education at Assumption Academy and later attended Manhattan College at New York city. He early gave indications of good business capacity and since the death of his father has been conducting the Timothy Coakley estate. He is a valued meniber of the Knights of Columbus and the Royal Arcarnim. He is unmarried and makes his home with his mother. Possessing the characteristics of ambition, energy and perseverance which are the leading traits of the successful modern business man, there is no doubt in the opinion of his friends that he will discharge the responsibilities now resting upon his shoulders in a way that will reflect credit upon himself and all with whom he is associated.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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