J. WILLIAM COATES, of Coates Bros., the only merchants in Steubenville dealing excessively in sporting and athletic goods, is one of the energetic and enterprising business men of the city. He was born in Wheeling, W. Va., but was in his boyhood when the family moved to Ironton, Ohio.
Mr. Coates was reared at Ironton and lived there until he was twenty-six years of age when he located at Steubenville. He was connected with iron industries for ten years, and in 1899 he established his present business enterprise, whith his brothers, Wilson R. and George D. Coates, as partners. They are located at No. 137 N. Fourth Street and carry a complete general stock of sporting and athletic goods, newspapers and periodicals. Mr. Coates has a number of other business interests, is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, and always has taken an active part in furthering the best interests of Steubenville.