Born: December 26, 1886




William Cassatt Coleman was a son and the second child of Robert H. Coleman and Edith Coleman of 33 Church Street. Around 1912, Coleman opened a store in Saranac Lake specializing in fine Havana Cigars. His son William returned to help with it, and stayed on to take care of him when the store failed.

William C. Coleman was a Sergeant in Battery A, 147th Field Artillery, 32nd Division. His army serial number was 139, 017. On July 25, 1917, he went to Camp Whytecomb, Oregon; thence to Camp Green, NC; Camp Mills, Long Island; and Camp Merritt, NJ. On January 11, 1918, he sailed for France on the "Olympic," embarking at New York. He saw service in Toul Sector, Alsace Sector, Aisne-Marne Offensive and Meuse-Argonne Offensive. On May 13, 1919, he returned to the USA on Battleship "Kansas," landing at Philadelphia, and was discharged on May 23, 1919.1

William Coleman's name is listed on the World War I Veterans’ Memorial Park at Church and River Streets.


1. Franklin County (NY) World War Records compiled by Edward C. Rider, County Historian, 1931.