Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Coyville Kansas

Map 1881.
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Coyville, an incorporated city of Wilson county, is located on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. and on the Verdigris river, in Verdigris township, 12 miles north of Fredonia, the county seat. It
has all the main lines of business, including banking facilities. There are telegraph and express offices and a mone}^ order postoffice with one rural route. The population in 1910 was 227.

The first store was opened at this point in 1859 by Albert Hagen, a Polish Jew, whose principal customers were Osage Indians. The first church was organized at the home of Rachel Conner by T. B.
Woodward. The place was named for Oscar Coy, who, with P. P. Steele, bought out Hagen's store in 1864. In May. 1866. the postoffice was established with Coy as postmaster. In August of the next year R. S. Futhey located a sawmill a mile below the town, which was the first one in the county. The next year he was grinding corn and making flour in the same mill. The mill was later moved to Coyville. A bridge was erected over the Verdigris in 1873, and in 1886 the railroad was built.

Businessman of Coyville 1881.

William Bramhall, Merchant and Postmaster.
Peter Durham, Attoeney, Real Estate, Insurance and Loan Agent.
John Y. Simpson, M. D., Physician and Surgeon.
R. B. Whetmore, Physician and Surgeon and County Commissioner.
Thomas W. Large, Blacksmith.
Doddridge Cartwright, Attorney.
Allen Blackman, Dealer in General Merchandise, Druggist, Harness and Saddlery and Real Estate.

Here are the people who used Coyville as their Post Office address in 1881. 
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ALEXANDER C. HUTCHINSON, druggist, was born in December, 1850, in the city of Perth, Scotland, and came to this country in 1874, locating for a short time in the Mohawk Valley, N.Y., and in 1877 removing to this State and for a short time located in Topeka, from whence he removed to his present home. In May, 1873, Mr. Hutchinson Married Miss Marian Lang, of Ayr, Scotland, who has borne him one daughter -- Maggie M., born September 8, 1875. His stock is large and well assorted and is valued at $5,000, fully insured. Although not a citizen of the United States, Mr. Hutchinson is a live and enterprising business man.

J. W. SIMPSON, M. D., was born in Somerset County, Pa., in 1839, and came to Kansas in 1875, locating in Coyville, where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession, he being a graduate of the Pennsylvania Medical College. In 1874 the doctor married Miss Lena Bemis, of Chester, Pa. Dr. S. is considered one of the first physicians of Southern Kansas and enjoys a large practice.

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