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Lucien S. Coman (1843-1887)
Born in New York, owned drug store business in Bay City.

1905 Biography. - Added May, 2010.

History of Bay County, Michigan - Gansser 1905.


Deceased, was for many years engage in the wholesale and retail drug trade at Bay City and took rank among the foremost business men of the county. He was born at Morrisville, New York, and was a son of Smith and Louise (Bickwell) Coman, his maternal grandfather being Major Bickwell.

Lucien S. Coman received his educational training in the public schools of Morrisville, New York, and from his boyhood days was identified with the drug business. At the age of 19 years, he came West to Bay City, Michigan, to manage a drug-store, and alter started in business for himself. He was a man of great energy and enterprise and and made a success of his venture from the first. He gave encouragement to all worthy clerks he employed. Many of these young men, becoming imbued with his principles and business methods, went forth into the world and now own stores of their own, some of them having stores in Bay City. Mr. Coman's success was such as to warrant him in extending the field of his energies and he established a wholesale and retain drug-store, which he conducted until is death in 1887. After his death, his widow continued the business for two and a half years, employing a manager. Mr. Coman was united in marriage with Mrs. Helen F. Clark, nee Barclay, and their home life approached the ideal.

Helen F. Barclay was born in Detroit, Michigan, and is a daughter of Hon. Jonathan Smith and Sarah Ann (Sweeney) Barclay, her father having been a prominent man of Bay City in its early days and for many years thereafter. She received a good education, and is a woman of culture and refinement. Her first marriage was with Harry J. Clark, who was the first cashier of the First National Bank of Bay City, and they had one daughter, Grace Barclay Clark, who now resides with her mother. After the death of Mr. Clark, Mrs Clark was married to Mr. Coman. To this union two children were born, namely: Harrison L., who is at home; and Marian Louise, wife of Harry B. Phelps, of Detroit. Mr. Coman was a Royal Arch Mason and Knight Templar. Mrs. Coman has been regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was the first president of the Bay City's Woman Club, which had its inception in her parlors. She moves in the best of circles of the city and is identified with its literary clubs and societies, being a very able writer. Her memory of the happenings in the early days of Bay County is remarkably fresh and she has at times written articles for newspapers and the D. A. R. Mrs. Coman has been an extensive traveler at home and abroad, having visited all foreign lands. She is a fluent speaker of the German language, which has proved of great convenience in her travels. She had the pleasure of seeing the palace of Frederick the Great, of Germany, and as there were royal functions at the time of her visit she saw the Empress with her body-guard and many of the royalty of Europe.

Additional Notes.

    1880 Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Coman, Lucien S., b. 1843, New York
  • Helen, wife, b. 1842, Mich
  • Harrison L., son, b. 1873, Mich.
  • Marion E., daughter, b. 1880, Mich
  • Gracie Clark, step-daughter, b. 1867, Mich

    1892 World's Columbian Exposition, State of Michigan Fair Managers Board.

  • Tenth Congressional District, Bay County:
  • Mrs. Helen F. Coman, Bay City, Chairman
  • Mrs. Thomas Cranage, Bay City
  • Mrs Selwyn Eddy, Bay City
  • Mrs. R. B. Taylor, Bay City

    1893 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Clark, Miss Grace, bds 1113 Center Ave.
  • Coman, Harry L., bds 1113 Center Ave.
  • Coman, Helen F (widow Lucian S.) res 113 Center Ave.
  • Coman, Marion, bds 1113 Center Ave.

    1905 Daughers of the American Revolution Magazine, Vol. 27.

  • Anne Frisby Fitzhugh Chapter, Bay City
  • Mrs. Emiline Courtright
  • Mrs. Helen F. Coman
  • Mrs. May S. Knaggs
  • Mrs. Isabella S. F. Wells
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Barclay, Jonathan
Bay City Woman's Club
People Referenced
Barclay, Helen F. (wife)
Bickwell, Louise (mother)
Bickwell, Major
Clark, Grace B.(step-dau.)
Clark, Harry J.
Cranage, Thomas Mrs.
Coman, Lucien S. (subject)
Coman, Harrison L. (son)
Coman, Marian L, (dau.)
Coman, Smith (father)
Courtright, Emiline Mrs.
Eddy, Selwyn Mrs.
Knaggs, May Mrs.
Phelps, Harry B. (s-inlaw)
Taylor, R.B. Mrs.
Wells, Isabella Mrs.
Subjects Referenced
Ann Frisby Fitzhugh / DAR
Bay City, MI
Bay City Woman's Club
Bay County, MI
Dau. Amer. Revolution
Detroit, MI
First Natl. Bank
Morrisville, NY
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