|A. S. Coil
From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 488, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
A. S. Coil, editor and publisher of the Beardstown Enterprise,
was born in Lincoln county, Missouri, October 24, 1860. His father,
Jacob Y. Coil, was a native of Kentucky, came of southern parents, who
were a stout and long lived people. Jacob Y. Coil had moved into
Missouri after the birth of one child, became a farmer and was thus
engaged in Lincoln county until his death in 1873, aged forty-two. He
was a kind man to his family, a good neighbor, a prominent Mason and a
Democrat in politics. He had offered his services in 1861, but was
refused on account of disabilities. Mrs. Jacob Coil's maiden name was
Viola Olive Durough of Ohio, and she is yet living, in Mexico,
Missouri, the mother of ten children, nine boys and one girl, of whom
six are living.
Mr. Coil is the only one of his family in Illinois. His paper is
a forty-eight column quarto weekly, published in the interests of the
Democratic party. It was started under its present title in Meredosia
by F. W. Schierbaum & Company, and in 1879 the plant was moved to
Beardstown and continued under the same title. It was run as a daily
and weekly. Mr. Schierbaum died in 1886 and C. H. Cummings took the
paper as administrator, until Mr. Coil purchased the property in 1888.
He is a practical newspaper man and has gone through all the
experiences from printer's devil to his present position of
editor-in-chief and publisher. He had many discouragements, but by dint
of hard work he has been successful in clearing himself from debt and
running the paper successfully. The same perseverance which enabled him
to gain a great part of his education by lamplight has served him well
in his business. His paper has a good circulation and is ably edited.
He is now making it a paying investment and by his own efforts has made
it the principal Democratic paper of the county.
He was married in Perry, Pike county, Illinois, to Miss Dora
Brandom of Indiana, in June, 1880. She came when young to Quincy,
Illinois, with her parents, and her father now resides in Beardstown.
Mr. and Mrs. Coil have six bright children: Maybell M., Grace, Arthur
L., Harry, Bessie L. and Ruth M., - all at home with their parents.
They attend the Methodist Church. Mr. Coil has been a delegate to local
conventions as he is a strong man in his party.
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