L. Y. COGGINS
L. Y. Coggins, who is now retired from active business and is living at 964 Indian Rock Avenue, Berkeley, California, was formerly identified with the lumber industry of the Sacramento valley, having successfully operated a box factory in Siskiyou County for a number of years. Born in Maine on the 27th of October, 1856, he is a son of Wallace and Eunice (Young) Coggins, also natives of the Pine Tree state. The father, who was a builder and contractor in Maine, came west on a visit in 1874, but never established his residence here. Both parents died in Maine, the mother passing away when her son, L. Y., was about nine years of age. They were the parents of eight children: Arvilla, the wife of Louis Coggins, of Maine; Henry, Mary Ann, Emma, Charles Sanford, Olive, Clifford and L. Y. Charles Sanford Coggins made the first shipment of pears to St. Louis from Sacramento, under the firm name of Gibson & Coggins. The firm shipped five hundred boxes of pears in a cattle car, refrigerator cars not having then been introduced, and every box but fifty was spoiled before their arrival at their destination, these selling at five dollars a box. That experience was enough and they quit the fruit business then and there. Charles S. Coggins later engaged in the planing mill business at Chico, California.
L. Y. Coggins went to Upton, California, about 1888, and resided there about four years. He then went to Igerna, where the firm of Coggins Brothers built the first box factory in that section of Siskiyou County. They also owned a sawmill, from which they supplied the lumber for the box factory. Charles S. Coggins died in 1902 and L. Y. Coggins and Clifford Coggins, his brothers, conducted the factory for four years longer, when the quit the business, retired and have since lived in Berkeley, and El Centro, respectively. L. Y. Coggins still spends his summers in the old home near Weed, which he built at the foot of Mt. Shasta many years ago.
On January 29, 1885, Mr. Coggins was united in marriage to Miss Alice Mary Hodgkins, a daughter of Gilman B. and Sarah H. (Gilpatrick) Hodgkins, of Scotch descent, who lived and died at La Moine, Maine. To Mr. and Mrs. Coggins have been born a son, Arthur Lowell, who graduated from Tamaplais Military Academy in 1907 and from Yale University in 1911. He is now president and manager of a box factory, in Ashland, Oregon. He married Miss Mae Macullar of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and they have a daughter, Alice Mary. Mr. and Mrs. Coggins have traveled much, Mrs. Coggins having made several trips to Europe, and Mr. Coggins one trip. They have both been to Alaska and have visited many other points of interest to the traveler. Mr. Coggins is a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, at Ashland, Oregon, and his religious connection is with the Presbyterian Church. He is one of the oldest members of the Union League Club of San Francisco and is recognized as one of those who have contributed to the development and progress of the Sacramento Valley, since first settling in Chico, in the spring of 1875.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3 Pages 125-126. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.
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