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Frank W. Coates


FRANK W. COATES is one of the wide awake and enterprising young business men of Dubuque, now operating as a real-estate, loan and insurance agent in this his native city. He was born July 22, 1870, and is of English descent. His parents are William and Frances (Waller) Coates. His father was a native of England, and when a child of eleven years left that country and sailed for the New World with his family. They landed in New York City, and at once made their way to Dubuque, becoming early settlers of this place. Mr. Coates was a contractor and smelter in the lead mines at Dubuque. Later he carried on a general store in the city, doing a good business and deriving there-from a handsome income. His death occurred on the 1st of February, 1890, and many friends mourned his loss, for he was a worthy and highly respected citizen of the community. His wife survived him only about a year, passing away in 1891.

We now take up the personal history of Frank W. Coates, who has a wide acquaintance in his native city. He was educated in the public schools of Dubuque, after which he was employed in various lines of business until attaining his twentieth year, when he embarked in real-estate dealing, as a partner of Edward W. Duncan, under the firm name of Duncan & Coates.

September 1, 1894, Mr. Coates bought his partner's interest and now operates the business alone. He has an extensive loan, real-estate and insurance business. He handles both city and farm property, and owns a considerable amount of city property. He also represents reliable insurance companies both of the east and of the west and as a loan agent is also doing a good business. He possesses business and executive ability of a high order, is worthily ambitious and is practical and progressive. His many friends hold him in high esteem and with pleasure we present to our readers this record of his life work. In politics he is a Republican.

~source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Co. 1894. Pages 188.

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