William Franklin Coe

The History of El Dorado County, California by P. Sioli, page 237


William Franklin Coe was born in Hancock county, Indiana, on May 19th, 1835; he was the second son and fifth child of W.F. and Harriett Washburn Coe, who were natives of Ohio. William F. spent his youth on his father's farm. In 1854 he came to California, and the following year worked at mining on Alabama Flat, thence a tunnel near Placerville, and for about two years farmed in the Sacramento valley. In 1858 he went to British Columbia. Here he took out considerable gold, but returned again to Spanish Flat, where he bought him a good home and still resides. He owns the mine known as the Railroad claim.

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