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William Albert Coughanour
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1851
Death: Jan. 4, 1936


Pioneer Resident and Prominent Citizen is Buried Monday

William A. Coughanour, 85, died at his home here Saturday morning after several months' illness. Funeral services in charge of the I. O. O. F. lodge were conducted from the Methodist church Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock.

He was born in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, March 12, 1850. At the age of 27 he came to Idaho where he managed the Gold Hill mine at Quartzburg for 15 years. While he was superintendent and secretary-treasurer of this company, ore valued at three millions of dollars was mined.

In 1885 Mr. Coughanour came to Payette where for many years he was in the lumber business and fruit growing. He was the owner of many acres of farm and grazing land and had as many as 500 head of cattle at one time.

For seven terms he served as mayor of Payette while the town was growing from a village of a few wooden buildings to a small city. During his terms many of the original ordinances of Payette were written.

Many of the business buildings in Payette were constructed by Mr. Coughanour, as well as several houses in the residential district. Property northwest of town, belonging to him, has for many years been used as a public cemetery.

He was a close personal friend of the late Gov. James H. Hawley who appointed him on the board of regents of the state university at Moscow. According to historic data, he was the owner of one of the rarest collections of minerals in the United States.

Mr. Coughanour was prominent in fraternal circles, being affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and holding a number of high offices in Idaho Odd Fellows. He was a past master, grand representative, and held the office of grand treasurer for 20 years.

Mr. Coughanour's wife, who was Miss Galena Bunting, died several years ago. He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Emma Hamilton of Payette and his son, William of North Powder, Oregon.(Independent Enterprise, Thursday, January 09, 1936) 
Family links: 
  Henry Coughanour (____ - 1900)
  Caroline Coughanour (____ - 1898)
  Galena Bunting Coughanour (1847 - 1927)
  Emma L. Coughanour Hamilton (1875 - 1942)*
  William M. Coughanour (1877 - 1939)*
  William Albert Coughanour (1851 - 1936)
  Margaret K. Coughanour Bartch (1851 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Riverside Cemetery
Payette County
Idaho, USA
Created by: Cheryl Hanson
Record added: Jan 16, 2007
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William Albert Coughanour
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William Albert Coughanour
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(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920) It would be to give an inadequate and one-sided picture of William Albert Coughanour to mention him merely as a banker and stockman, active and successful though he h...(Read more)
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