William C. Koonce1838 - 1901
Biography: William C. Koonce
WILLIAM C. KOONCE, druggist of Columbia, Henry county, is one of the public-spirited and active business men of this county. He was born in Henry county in 1838, and is a brother of Hon. Jefferson S. Koonce, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work, as also does that of the father. Beginning life as a farmer's boy, he early took up the study of pharmacy, and became a registered druggist. After having been engaged in farming two years, he, in 1858, engaged in the drug business the next two years. In 1866, he opened a drug store in Abbeville, in connection with a stock of general merchandise. Both of these lines of business he conducted successfully until 1870, when he disposed of his merchandise, moved back to Columbia, and for the next eight years was engaged in farming. He then again established himself in the drug business, and
has since been thus engaged. In 1871 he was married to Miss Claudia V. Goocher, daughter of William and Mary Goocher. William Goocher settled in Henry county in 1819, and was one of the pioneer and representative men of the county. The wife of W. C. Koonce was born in Alabama, in 1840. She was married at the age of thirty, and is the mother of five children, four of whom survive. viz.: Angerona, wife of Albert Williams, one of Henry county's prosperous young
farmers, living near the city of Columbia; Daniel A., single, and living at home; William R., single, and also living at home; Miss Libbie, attending Columbia high school. In 1891, in connection with a number of others, Mr. Koonce organized a stock company for the purpose of erecting a cotton mill. This project was carried out, and a cotton mill of 2,000 spindles, and with the very latest improvements, was erected, and is now in operation in the city of Columbia. Mr. Koonce was one of the first to encourage this enterprise, and is now one of the board of directors. He officiated as postmaster of the city of
Columbia for a number of years, and is now one of the school trustees. He has served as one of the executive committee for a number of years, and in other ways has been selected by his fellow-citizens to take charge of their public affairs. He owns several thousand acres of good land in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, as well as one of the best equipped drug stores in Columbia. He has a beautiful home, surrounded with everything that tends to make life: pleasant. In politics he is a democrat, and in manner cordial. In general, he is a good citizen, and enjoys the respect of all who know him.
Source: "Biography: William C. Koonce." USGenWeb: Houston County, AL. http://files.usgwarchives.org/al/henry/bios/gbs648koonce.txt
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