THOMAS FOSTER COULTAS. The beautiful home and delightful surroundings mark the farm of Mr. Coultas as one of the most attractive to be found in Virden Township. It is no more charming, however, in its exterior than in its interior, as it is the happy home of those who know how to enjoy life and how to make it happy for others, and their true hospitality brings every guest into harmony with the surroundings. A view of the commodious residence is presented to the readers of the RECORD.
Mr. Coultas was born in what is now Scott County, Ill., September 24, 1832. His father, James Coultas, and his mother, Mary Foster, were both natives of Yorkshire. They came from England about 1830 and made their home in what is now Scott county, Ill., where they continued to reside until they were called hence by death. Two sons and one daughter constituted their little family circle and the son Thomas was the second in order of age. He grew to manhood in his native home, remaining there until March, 1867, when he removed to this county and settled on section 7, Virden Township.
Young Coultas early chose as his life calling the pursuits of agriculture and with general farming has mingled stock raising, although he has not made a specialty of that line. Upon his home he has erected a No. 1 set of farm buildings and he is the proud possessor of a beautiful farm of four hundred acres, all in the township where he makes his home.
The happy marriage of Thomas Foster Coultas and Elizabeth J. Loud took place in Macoupin County, February 4, 1855. This lady was born in York County, Me., March 16, 1835, and is the daughter of the late Rufus W. Loud, who was a ship builder by trade, but who after coming to Illinois followed farming. Her mother was Jane Scammon and this worthy couple came to Illinois in the latter part of the ‘30s and thus did much pioneer work. Mr. Loud died at Ft. Scott, Kan.; Mrs. Loud lived to be over seventy years of age and then met her death by a sad calamity. She was driving in a buggy when the horse took fright and she was thrown out and killed.
Seven bright and blooming children have blessed the home of Mr. and Mrs. Coultas and they are by name: Ellen, Horace W., Rufus J., Alvin F., Franklin E., Annie and Emma J. The eldest daughter is married to Mr. Daniel Organ. This happy and united family are foremost in every good word and work, being all, father, mother, and children, united in the faith of the Christian religion and members together in the Presbyterian Church, to which Mr. Coultas has been attached since he was twenty-one years old and where he fills the office of Elder. Mr. Coultas has largely forwarded the educational affairs of the township in his office as School Trustee. He has also done excellent service in making more convenient and useful the roads of the county while serving as Highway Commissioner.