Biography of Watson S. Coburn

Watson S. Coburn was born on June 4, 1838, in Decatur, Massachusetts. After living in the New England states about twenty-one years, he decided to go west. He made Chicago, then a town of a hundred and nine inhabitants, his first stop, where he remained six months, before going to Springfield, Illinois. While in Springfield the civil war broke out and he went to join the army. Failing to get in on account of the quorum being filled, each time he applied, he was given a position as a sutler to sell goods to the soldiers. He was in the […]

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