HORACE W. COULTAS, one of the substantial farmers of Macoupin County and a valued and highly respected citizen of Virden township, resides on his handsome farm of 140 acres situated in section 4. He was born in Scott County, Illinois, July 18, 1860, and is a son of T. F. and Elizabeth (Loud) Coultas and a grandson of James and Mary (Foster) Coultas.
James Coultas was born in England, where he was married to Mary Foster and one son was born to them while still living in England, namely: James Coultas, Jr., who now resides in Scott County, Illinois. James Coultas, our subject's grandfather, came to America in the early thirties and settled in Scott County, Illinois.
T. F. Coultas, the father of our subject, was born in Scott County, Illinois, where he also received his education. In the spring of 1867 he moved to Macoupin County and located on his present farm, two and one half miles west of the village of Virden in sections 6 and 7. He also owns an 80 acre farm in North Otter township, Macoupin County, making a total of 255 acres. His wife, Elizabeth (Loud) Coultas, was born in Maine and came to Illinois in company with her parents, first locating in Scott County, later removing to the village of Virden, Macoupin County, where she was united in marriage to T. F. Coultas. They reared seven children, namely: Ellen, who married D. F. Organ and died in Nebraska, leaving her husband and four children - Elsie, Lester, William and Earl; Horace W., our subject; R. J., a practicing physician of Mattoon, Illinois, who married Lula Voigt, of that place; Alvin, a resident of Chadbourn, Columbus County, North Carolina, engaged at truck farming, who married Nora Taylor and has reared three children - Marion, Thomas and Foster; Frank, engaged in the dairy business in Virden township, Macoupin county, who married Elizabeth Emmerson; Annie, who married William Emmerson of Virden township, Macoupin County, and has one daughter - Edith; and Emma, the wife of Charles Lathrop of Delavan, Wisconsin - they now reside with T. F. Coultas.
Horace W. Coultas located in 1885 on his present farm, which belonged to his father. Later he purchased 40 acres of adjoining property on which he erected a fine dwelling and barns in the fall of 1903. Our subject is engaged in general farming and stock raising and has met with success in his vocation.
Mr. Coultas was married in 1885 to Jennie M. Crane, a daughter of Albert S. Crane, who died April 19, 1893, when in his 60th year. The death of Mrs. Crane followed in 1897, at the age of 63 years. Six children have been born to our subject and wife, namely: Albert Thomas, born October 9, 1887; Bertha, born July 11, 1889; Charles Rufus, born August 9, 1893; David Eugene, born December 19, 1896; Wilbur Horace, born December 22, 1900 and James Harold, born June 11, 1902. Mr. Coultas is a member of the Presbyterian Church while his wife is a member of the Baptist Church. He is a Republican in his political belief.