Biography of L. W. Cotton
North Central Ohio Biographies

L. W. Cotton. As manager of the Cotton Lumber Company, of Mt. Vernon, Mr. Cotton is recognized as one of the able business men of Knox County. He was born at Grant, N. M., in 1890, the son of Fred N. and May (Williams) Cotton.

Fred N. Cotton was born at Mt. Vernon in 1868. He attended the public schools and at the age of 18 years went to New Mexico as a telegraph operator for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. He was located first at Grant, and later at Mojave and Albuquerque. Upon his return to Mt. Vernon in 1902 Mr. Cotton became interested in the lumber business and two years later organized the Cotton Lumber Company. Mr. Cotton died in 1926 and is buried in Mound View Cemetery, Mt. Vernon. He was married in 1889 to Miss May Williams, the daughter of John W. and Sarah Jane (Scott) Williams, of Mt. Vernon, both of whom are deceased.

L. W. Cotton attended the public schools of New Mexico and Mt. Vernon High School. At the age of 16 years he became interested in the lumber business which his father had established. The company buys lumber from Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as from the West coast, and also deals in builders' supplies.

In 1920 Mr. Cotton was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Webber, the daughter of John G. and Ida (Shepherd) Webber, of Mt. Vernon. By a former marriage Mr. Cotton has a daughter, Virginia Eloise.

Mr. Cotton belongs to the B. P. O. Elks, Mt. Vernon.

During the World War Mr. Cotton enlisted for service in August, 1918, and served as a member of the 71st Field Artillery, 11th Division. He was stationed at Camp Knox, Ky., but did not see active service in France.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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