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county, Pennsylvania, and was a farmer during the active years of his life. He married (first) Barbara Koenig, daughter of Henry Koenig, who bore him three children: Jerry, William and Mary. He married (second) Rebecca Keilman, by whom there was no issue. He died in Richland township, Cambria county.
Mrs. Coster purchased the store which her husband operated so many years from its present owners, and her son, Irving Coster, is now acting as her manager.
M. J. COSTER, a well known resident of Cambria county, Pennsylvania, for many years engaged in mercantile business, previous to that engaged in farming and a variety of other pursuits, in all of which he displayed a great amount of determination and executive ability, and who has been closely identified with the best interests of the borough, holding, to the benefit of the community, a number of public offices, is a member of an old family of the state of Pennsylvania. His great-grandfather was the first representative of the family to emigrate to this country.
John Coster, grandfather of M. J. Coster, spent a least a part of his life in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits.
Frederick Coster, son of John Coster, was born in the western part of Pennsylvania and accompanied his parents to Somerset county. Later he settled on a farm of one hundred acres in Richland township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, adding to it by purchase at various times until he had a parcel of land containing two hundred acres. It was all timber land when he first settled upon it, but by systematic and energetic labor he converted it into good farm land. He was a prominent and influential member of the community and served in a number of township offices, among them being those of tax collector and supervisor. He was an old line Whig and later a Republican. He and his family were members of the Evangelical Association, and were among the organizers of the church in Richland township. He died some years after the death of his wife. He married and had children: Jane, deceased, who married Eli Ream. Ephraim, deceased, married J. A. Ling. Susanna, deceased, married Jacob Gilman. Jonathan, of East Conemaugh, married Frances Ream. William, of South Fork, Cambria county, married Barbara Rechard. Sarah, married Lewis Dunniger. M. J., see forward. Caroline, married Samuel Weisinger, of East Conemaugh. Frederick, deceased, married Susan Berkey. Mary, married Sylvanus Reynolds, of South Fork.
M. J. Coster, son of Frederick Coster, was born on the farm of his father in Richland township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, June 14, 1837. He attended the public schools of that district during the winter terms until he was twenty-one years of age, assisting in the labors of the farm during all his other time. He then determined to start out in life independently