Forgotten Merchants: Coles Brothers

At the top of the building at 907 W. Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park reads COLES BROS. 1890.

Charles A. Coles was born May 13, 1863 in Chicago. His brother Walter was born October 7, 1865 and William was born November 23, 1867. Their parents were English.

In 1890, 907 W. Armitage was 173 Center Street. This building would become the home of Coles Brothers Meat Market, a trade practiced by their father Alfred. At first, William and Walter were the brothers in the business. By 1896, William was a butcher on his own and the “Coles Brothers” were Charles and Walter. Within a couple of years, Charles left to have his own market on Division and Walter was on his own.

The meat market only lasted a few more years at this location. Walter eventually went into the printing business until he died on his 45th birthday in 1910. Charles remained in Chicago as a butcher until his death in 1931. William eventually moved to California to retire; he died in 1944.

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