Photo: About 1942. Standing from right: Silas Koiner & wife Tommie Koiner, D.W. & Emma Koiner, Vessie (Koiner) Gose, Dr. J.C. Gose and wife Annie Lee Gose, Ms. Campbell (P. Oyama's mother-in-law holding an unidentified grandchild), Paul Oyama Gose. Sitting from right: Paul Herman Muncy, Bobby Jack Muncy, S.P. Gose holding dog, Lois (Campbell) Gose, and Marjorie Campbell.
A Brief History of the D.W. Koiner Family in Krum
The original Silas Koiner and his family came to Denton County in 1883, settling on land that is near the Denton County courthouse running west past the location of the old Flow Memorial Hospital and extending north to University Drive (Hwy 380). There were three sons of this original family that bought farms north of Krum between 1884-86. (One should not confuse "this Silas" with others in the family who shares the Silas name.) One of his sons was D.W. (Will) who is the father of Vessie Gose and her sister Chloe Howard, and his son Silas who was a barber in both Krum and Denton (he also owned and operated a variety store in the early days of Krum).
D.W. (Will) continued farming in the Hawkeye area north of Krum until about 1893. When he gave up farming he resided next door to the old Church of Christ were he served as caretaker of the Church. His son Silas married Tommie Emery. They had six children: Robert, Della Mae, Orma Lee, Nida Jewel, Silas (Bud), and Mary Kate. In 1901, D.W.'s son Silas Koiner learned how to cut hair and worked part-time in Boyd's barber shop in Krum. He built a house in Krum in 1907 and opened a barber shop. He added a Variety Store in 1913. He moved to Denton in 1930 and established a small store and barber shop across the street from the old Denton High School.
D.W. (Will) and Emma (Wilson) had seven children. Several of their children died at an early age. Daughters Vessie Mae and Chloe Edith married husbands in the Krum-Greenwood area. Vessie married S. P. Gose from Krum and Chloe married Joe Howard who hailed from Greenwood.
D.W. (Will) died in 1944 and his wife, Emma died in 1953. Before Emma passed away, there were five generations involving this lineage: (From youngest: Steve Alan Muncy (an infant), Bobby Jack Muncy (Steve's father), Ila Mae (Gose) Muncy, Vessie (Koiner) Gose, and Emma (Wilson) Koiner. When Steve was born, Great-great grandmother Koiner was 84.
This writer remembers the kindness and love that his Great-grandparent Koiners so freely gave to others.