Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 534-35.

Transcribed by Mary Alice Schwanke and Cyndi Vertrees

Biography of  Jacob Walter Koons

Jacob Walter Koons, an enterprising and progressive farmer residing in Lincoln township, was born in Henry County, Indiana, on the 18th of November, 1878. The father, Edward Koons, a native of Pennsylvania, was seventeen years of age when he accompanied his parents on their removal to Indiana and there engaged in agricultural pursuits. He married Sarah Koons, also a native of the Keystone state, who, when twenty years of age, made the journey to Indiana alone. Subsequent to their marriage, Mr. And Mrs. Koons took up their abode near Flora, Illinois, where the father purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land, residing thereon for a period of twenty years. At the end of that time he came to Buena Vista County, Iowa, and here rented land, though he did not sell his Illinois farm until 1908. He now makes his home in Jackson County, Minnesota, and is a substantial and public-spirited citizen, giving his political allegiance to the republican party. His children were as follows: Jacob Walter, of this review; Harry, who is connected with our subject in the operation of a farm of three hundred and twenty acres; and Ida, deceased.

Jacob Walter Koons attended the district schools of Illinois until eighteen years of age and then returned to the home farm. Subsequently he came to Buena Vista County, Iowa, and, in partnership with his brother Harry, has since been engaged in agricultural pursuits in Lincoln township. In addition to the work of the fields he raises about a carload of Poland China hogs annually and has met a well-deserved measure of prosperity in his undertakings.

As a companion and helpmate on life's journey Mr. Koons chose Miss Katie Sangel, whose birth occurred in Jackson County, Minnesota. Her mother still survives and makes her home with her son in Washington. Unto Mr. And Mrs. Koons was born a son, Carl, who died in infancy.

Since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, Mr. Koons has given his political allegiance to the republican party, believing its principles most conductive to good government. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and of the Mutual Protective Lodge. His good qualities, and they are many, have strongly endeared him to those with whom he has been associated and wherever he is known he is popular with a large circle of friends.