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Delaware County, Iowa


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Allen S. Coon


Delaware Township



     Allen S. Coon, whose demise occurred on the 9th of November, 1908, had been a resident of Delaware county for more than a half century and devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits throughout his active business career. His birth occurred in Allen county, Indiana, on the 5th of October, 1843, his parents being Amos F. and Susanna (Wheeler) Coon, both of whom were natives of the state of New York. In 1836 they removed to Indiana, where they entered a tract of land and continued to reside until 1857. In that year they came to Delaware county, Iowa, here settling on land that had been entered in 1854 by Mr. Coon, on which they spent the remainder of their lives. They became the parents of six children, four of whom grew to maturity.
    Allen S. Coon, who was a youth of fourteen when he came to this county with his parents, remained at home until thirty three years of age or until the time of his marriage. General agricultural pursuits claimed his attention throughout his active business career and at the time of his demise he owned a valuable and highly improved farm of three hundred and twenty acres in Delaware township, which is now in possession of his widow. When he passed away it was generally conceded that the county had lost one of its representative and highly respected citizens. His remains were interred in the Rock Prairie cemetery.
    In 1876 Mr. Coon was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary D. Andrews, a native of Allen county, Indiana, and a daughter of Theron and Louisa (Potter) Andrews, natives of New York. They removed to Indiana with their respective parents in early life, were married in the Hoosier state and there continued to reside until they passed away. Their children were four in number and three survive. To Mr. and Mrs. Coon were born three children, as follows: Luella A., whose birth occurred March 21, 1877, and who died at the age of five years; Theron A., born January 4, 1879, who is a resident of Oelwein, Iowa; and Harlo A., born September 2, 1884, who is still with his widowed mother. Mr. Coon was a democrat in politics and a valued member of the Grange. Mrs. Coon, who now makes her home in Manchester, enjoys an extensive acquaintance throughout the community, having won many friends during the long period of her residence here.



~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 160-164.  Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.

~transcribed and contributed by Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb


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