Hugh H. Coyan (1872-1960)

I'm still seeking a picture of Hugh wife Myrtle, and family!!!!

Hugh H. Coyan was born on January 26, 1872, near Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Hugh and Sarah Jane Coyan. In 1879, he came with his parents to Mapleton, Bourbon county, Kansas, in a covered wagon. He was married to Myrtle Florence Morgan on March 28, 1895. For reasons unknown to me at this point, they moved to Indian territory near Coalgate, Oklahoma shortly after being married and it was in Oklahoma that 2, if not all three of their children were born. Those children were:

Claude Richard Coyan (1896-1969) -

Guy Leonard Coyan (1897-1976) -

Pearl Coyan (1899-unknown) -

Hugh & Myrtle moved to Ft. Scott , KS. in 1900. Hugh worked for the Frisco Railroad and later for a merchant, Albert Klein. His experience in that store led to his own used furniture store which he opened on October 1, 1910 on Market St. in Fort Scott with $69 of his own money and $300 in borrowed funds, thus establishing what would become one of the town's longest running successful businesses, the Coyan and Sons Furniture Co. The store remained at the Market St. location for nearly 50 years and eventually relocated to 203 Scott St., where it remained in operation until late 1991.

Sons Claude, Guy and later, grandson Robert were also involved in the family-run operation. A very interesting article from the Ft. Scott Tribune newspaper in October, 1956, entitled "Coyan's near Half Century Mark in Furniture Business" shows several pictures of those involved in the business, as well as interesting stories recalling the history of the store. I'll try to get a better copy soon that I can scan and post here. The article was acquired by Joy Coyan from someone in Kansas.

Hugh and Myrtle were members of the First Baptist Church and both were very active in church activites, with Hugh being the superintendant of the Sunday School for 25 years.  Hugh passed away on January 13, 1960. His wife Myrtle preceded him in death on July 5, 1952. I have copies of both of their obituaries.

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