William Henry Cogshall. While a dozen years measure the residence and business activity of William H. Cogshall in Oklahoma City, his active business life really covers nearly half a century, and has identified him at different times with his native .State of Michigan, with Kansas, where he was a banker and lumberman, and finally with the new State of Oklahoma. Mr. Cogshall in Oklahoma City is secretary and treasurer of the Western Brick & Tile Company, and has a well established business in real estate and investments. His offices are in the Baum Building.
William Henry Cogshall was born at LaPere, Michigan, May 6, 1845. His parents were Henry Cogshall, a native of New York State, and Minerva (Hoyt) Cogshall, also of New York. His early education was acquired in the common schools of Oakland County, Michigan, where he lived until his marriage. He then became a farmer and stock raiser in the vicinity of Sparta, Michigan, remained there six years, and was next a livery stable proprietor and in the stage business for another six years at Fremont, Michigan. From Michigan Mr. Cogshall removed to Southeastern Kansas, and engaged in the banking business at Cherokee, for eight years being cashier of the Bank of Cherokee. He then accepted the general management of a bank at McCune, Kansas, for two years, giving up that place to again take charge of the old Bank of Cherokee. Four years later he retired from banking, and turned his attention to the lumber business at Cherokee, Weir City and in Southwestern Missouri, where the mills of the company operated. After disposing of. his lumber interests, Mr. Cogshall spent three years in Fort Scott, Kansas, engaged in the coal and transfer business.
About that time A visit to Oklahoma City convinced him of the splendid opportunities and the great future of the city and state, and in 1903 he located here permanently. He turned his attention to the buying and selling of real estate, and has also conducted a general investment business. While modest of his own achievements, Mr. Cogshall is really one of the successful business men of Oklahoma City.
He was married at Detroit, Michigan, December 20, 1867, to Miss Agnes Hendry, daughter of Alexander Hendry, who was a native of Scotland. They have become the parents of two children: Anna Bell, was born in 1870 and died in 1880 ; Etta E., born in 1872, is now Mrs. A. B. Young of Oklahoma City, and her two children are Cogshall Clark Young, aged nineteen, and Gladys, aged seventeen. Mr. Cogshall is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Mrs. Cogshall is a member of the Episcopal Church. Their home is at 1515 West Twenty-sixth Street.