JOHN W. COOPER, member of the firm of Metcalf, Cooper & Goodlin, carpenters and contreactors of Toronto was born at Knoxville, Jefferson Co., Ohio, the son of Clarington and Lavinia (Zook) Cooper, the former of whom was a native of Jefferson county and the latter of Pennsylvania. Clarington Cooper is a farmer by occupation and one of the worthy citizens of Jefferson county. Of his nine children, seven are now living. John W. Cooper was reared and educated in Knox township, after which in early manhood he devoted five years to farming. He then began working as a carpenter and becoming proficient was in the employment of Myers & McFerren for over seven years. In 1888 he formed the partnership with Messrs. Metcalf and Goodlin, with shich he is at present associated, a firm which is a leading one among the builders of the county. For nine years Mr. Cooper has been a resident of Toronto, and during that time has taken rank among its valued citizens. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. In politics is a republican, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Cooper was married May 6, 1880, to Mary B. Martin, daughter of William Martin, of Toronto. By this union he has one child, William S., born in 1881.
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