Etc. -- Joseph Coates 1918 profile
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A lightly edited transcription of a page 1 article in the 7 Nov 1918 Simcoe Reformer newspaper.

Mr. Joseph Coates 

Mr. Joseph Coates is Simcoe's senior business man. He was born 27 Oct 1843 in Yorkshire, England, and came here with his father when he was eight years old.

The father, the late Thos. Coates, came to Simcoe to be foreman in the carriage-making shop of Jonathan and John S. Austin. Afterwards he engaged in the same business for himself. And Joseph Coates served his apprenticeship, as a wagon-maker, under his father.

In 1863 he started for himself in the North Ward, his shop being situated at what is best known as "Polley's Corner."

In 1880 he added undertaking in his carriage-making business, and this latter department has come finally to engage his attention exclusively.

His friends are glad to think that his business activities have not gone unrewarded, and that he has found some profit from his labors.

Mr. Coates has been a good citizen and enjoys the respect of our people.

Joseph Coates

Also see:
his 1924 Bio
his obituary


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