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  S. A. COE, a member of the firm of Burns, Leiter & Coe, dealers in real estate, San Jose, California, was born In Madison County, New York, December 24, 1840. His parents were Sanford M. and Sarah (Bridge) Coe, both natives of Connecticut. Up to his nineteenth year he was reared at his birthplace and was educated in the public school and Cazenovia Academy. On leaving home in 1859 he went to Ripon, Wisconsin, where he engaged in the mercantile business by becoming associated with C. A. Peck in the firm style of Peck & Coe.
   In 1861 the style of the firm was changed to that of Coe Brothers, his brother, A. B. Coe, succeeding William Peck in the business. Retiring from the firm of Coe Brothers in 1872, Mr. Coe engaged in the lumbering business at Fairchild, Wisconsin, till 1875, when he went to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was the first to introduce the wholesale fruit business in that city, handling California fruit. In 1886, discontinuing the wholesale fruit business at Minneapolis. he came to Santa Clara County and purchased a fruit ranch in the Willows, in the vicinity of San Jose, where, with his sons, Fred A and Harry F., he is extensively engaged in fruit-culture and in evaporating and shipping fruit to Eastern markets. Of the many rural homes and fine orchards for which the Willows is noted, in point of beauty and picturesque attraction, there are none that excel Mr. Coe's residence and finely cultivated orchards. Mr. Coe is also extensively engaged in real estate at San Jose, becoming associated, in 1887, with J. Burns and J. Leiter as Burns, Leiter & Coe.
   November 10, 1862, he married Jennie A., daughter of Edward J. and Martha Smith. Three children were born to them: Alice J., wife of D. D. Brooks, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the two sons before mentioned. Mr. and Mrs. Coe are members of the First Methodist Church of San Jose, of which he is a class leader.

Source: Anonymous. Pen pictures from the garden of the world, or, Santa Clara County, California: containing a history of the county of Santa Clara from the earliest period of its occupancy to the present time, together with glimpses of its prospective future, with profuse illustrations of its beautiful scenery, full-page portraits of some of its most eminent men, and biographical mention of many of its pioneers and also of prominent citizens of today. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1888, p. 647.

 

 

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