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John G. Coder

CODER, John G., builder, was born in Huntingdon county, Pa., July 6, 1843, son of Simon and Nancy (Couch) Coder, the former a native of Mifflin county, and the latter of Huntingdon county. The father was a carpenter by trade and one of the workmen employed on the construction of the State capital, in the carpenter work. John G. was reared in Huntingdon county and received his education in the public schools, and afterwards learned the carpenter trade with Henry Snare. In July, 1862, he enlisted in company I, One Hundred and Twenty-fifth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, was made corporal and served nine months. He re-enlisted in May, 1864, as a sharpshooter, and served until March 25, 1865, when he joined the Twenty-first cavalry. During a part of the time of service he was acting orderly, was wounded March 25, and discharged July 1, 1865. After his discharge he completed his apprenticeship at the carpenter trade. He was married, February 22, 1866, to Mary J. Smith, daughter of Elijah Smith of Huntingdon, formerly of Lancaster county. In 1870 he moved to Watsonville, Northumberland county, and from there to Milton, where he engaged in contracting. In 1880 his accumulations of previous years of hard work were destroyed by fire, and he was left $500 in debt. He aided in rebuilding Milton after the fire, and in 1883 came to Harrisburg and took large contracts. Among the many important pieces of work done by him may be named the Steelton Flouring Mill, two new wings of the State Lunatic Asylum, the entire plant of the Sparrow’s Point Steel Works, in Maryland, the State building of Pennsylvania at the Columbian Exposition, Chicago, in which he also put up their exhibit; the Iowa and Idaho State buildings at the same exposition; the fitting up of the New York State building, the Executive building at State Lunatic Asylum, the Pennsylvania State building at the Atlanta Exposition, and the residence of Mr. McCormick, at Harrisburg. He was also the designer and builder of the Workingmen’s Model House, which was exhibited at the Columbian Exposition, and 4,000 copies of plans of which were sold in Europe. Mr. Coder is a stockholder in the Sparrows Point, Md., Steel Company, and a member of Henry Wilson Post, G. A. R., Milton, Pa. He is a Republican in politics. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

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