COFFMAN, Marion, who is successfully engaged in the clothing business in Blandinsville, McDonough County, Ill., was born in Hancock County, Ill., on January 10, 1849. His father, Alfred Coffman, was born in Kentucky, and his mother, Sarah (Pemberton) Coffman, in Missouri. When the subject of this sketch was one year old, his parents moved to Blandinsville Township, McDonough County, where as he grew up he received suitable mental training in the public schools of his neighborhood, meanwhile assisting his father on the farm. Atter he left the farm the first occupation of Mr. Coffman was that of clerking for M. A. Terry, by whom he was employed in 1875. He was next engaged in the grocery line until 1880. Subsequently he went into the dry-goods business as a member of the firm of McCord & Coffman, which he continued for fifteen years, and after its dissolution, he conducted the concern alone for ten years longer. For a short period he was also associated with Matt Huston in the real-estate line. The business qualifications of Mr. Coffman are of a superior order, and his energy and close application are manifest in the successful results attending his efforts. The residence which he now occupies, he built in 1900.
On November 15, 1876, Mr. Coffman was united in marriage with Maria Taylor, a native of Indiana. Four children have resulted from this union, namely: Mamie (Mrs. Grigsby), Roy, and Lucille and Luella (twins). Politically, Mr. Coffman is a Democrat. He has served as Town Clerk and Township Collector, and for five years following 1892 he filled the office of Township Supervisor. Fraternally, Mr. Coffman is affiliated with the Masonic Order and the Mystic Workers.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907.
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