Charles J. Coggins is a highly respected citizen and office-holder in the town of Fitchburg, where he has had his residence for the past sixteen years. He was born in western Northamptonshire, England, on May 19, 1861, and is one of five children born to Henry and Elizabeth (Bonham) Coggins, the mother and four children still residing in the mother country and the father being deceased. The father of our subject was a farmer by occupation and the latter was reared in the quiet surroundings of a country life. He received his education in the common schools of his native country, and at the age of twenty years, in April, 1881, he migrated to the United States and located at Cold Springs, Jefferson county, Wis. There he remained until the spring of 1890, engaged in farming, and then came to Dane county and settled in the town of Fitchburg, where he has resided ever since. After coming to Fitchburg, in partnership with Charles Parish he purchased one hundred and forty acres of land, and two years later bought an additional one hundred and fifty acres, which joined the original purchase. In December 1901, they sold this large tract of land and purchased the place where they now reside, which comprises two hundred and seventy-three acres of well improved land. Aside from the business of general farming they make a specialty of raising cattle, sheep, and hogs, in the live stock line, and they are also extensive growers of tobacco. Mr. Goggin’s success is very gratifying to himself and his many friends, as he started in life with comparatively nothing, and has reached his present status by hard work and intelligent management of affairs. He is a Republican in his political affiliations, has served in the responsible position of supervisor of the town of Fitchburg, and at the present time is treasurer of school district No. 6. His fraternal associations are expressed by membership in the lodge of Modern Woodmen of America at Verona. Mr. Coggins was married on June 10, 1886, selecting as his helpmate Miss Lucy Higbee, daughter of George and Serena (Ransom) Higbee, natives of the state of New York. These parents were early settlers in Jefferson county, coming there several years before the Civil War. Later they entered eighty acres of government land, near Cooktown in Rock county and the father always followed farming as an occupation. Both of these parents are now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Coggins there have been born six children, the two older ones having been born in Jefferson county and the others in the town of Fitchburg. Their names follow: Edith, Harry. Minerva, Glenn, Winnie and Edna, all living at home. Charles Parish, who is associated with Mr. Coggins in the extensive farming operations referred to, was born, September 14, 1856, at Coldspring, Jefferson county, Wis., and is the son of George and Sarah (Coggins) Parish, natives of England who came to the United States about 1846 and settled in Jefferson county, Wis. There they preempted eighty acres of government land and experienced all the trials and surmounted the difficulties that present themselves in a pioneer life. The father and mother have both been dead for many years. Charles Parish, their son, was educated in his native town of Coldspring and in 1890 accompanied Mr. Coggins to the town of Fitchburg in Dane county, where they have been equal partners in business ever since, Mr. Parish being a member of the Coggin’s home circle. Although nature endowed him with a small stature and limited the possibilities of his physical development, yet he is possessed of more than the ordinary mental qualifications, and the deficiency in brawn is more than offset by a good supply of brain power. He was reared and baptized in the Episcopal faith and still maintains his membership in that denomination. He has never married.
History of Dane County, Madison, Western Historical Association, 1906, Page 181