|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.