Biography of William T. Cohenour

William T. Cohenour, a prominent and well known representative of the automobile business in Muskogee, established his agency in 19 9 and through the intervening period ha s built up a substantial trade. He came to the southwest from Illinois, his birth having occurred in Pittsfield, Pike county, that state, on the 7th of March, 1877. He is a son of Howard A. and Mary (Cope) Cohenour. The father was a farmer and breeder of fine stock, making a specialty of cattle and hogs.

William T. Cohenour was reared in his native state, spending his youthful days under the parental roof. He acquired a high school education and afterward continued his studies in the Bradley Technical Institute at Peoria, Illinois. In 1903 he came to Muskogee, where he has since made his home. Here he engaged in the retail jewelry business and his name has figured in connection with commercial activity in the city. When he first took up his abode here he purchased property and built the first store building at Porter, Oklahoma. In Muskogee he became identified with banking but since March, 1919, he has concentrated his efforts and attention upon the automobile business. For about three years he has given his attention to the sales of Chalmers and Maxwell cars and his annual patronage has become of a most gratifying character. He thoroughly knows the cars which he handles and the demands of the public and he possesses the qualities of salesmanship in large degree. Moreover, he is actuated by a laudable ambition that is manifest in intense and intelligently directed activity.

On the 10th of October, 1900, Mr. Cohenour was married to Miss Lelia Hoss, a native of Griggsville, Illinois, and they have become parents of two children: Alice and Ruth.

When leisure permits Mr. Cohenour engages in golf and hunting as a means of recreation. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity and is a Consistory Mason and member of the Mystic Shrine. He also has membership in the Town and Country Club and in the Wauhillau Club. His religious faith is manifest in the fact that he is a communicant of Grace Episcopal church. His life has ever been guided by high and honorable principles and the sterling worth of his character is recognized by all with whom he comes into contact.



Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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