Coon is engaged in farming and dairying on a well-improved tract of eighty
acres, located on section 1, Delaware township. He is
a native son of the township, his birth having here occurred February 14, 1869.
His parents were John S. and Martha (Kinzie) Coon,
the former born in the state of New York and the latter in Pennsylvania. They
were pioneers of the state of Iowa, having left their home in the east in 1855
to locate in Delaware county, this state. They first
established their home on a farm in Richland township
but in 1863 made a permanent location in Delaware township, where they continued
their activities until the time of their deaths. They had done much toward the
development of this section of the state and were highly esteemed among their
neighbors and friends. Their family numbered six children as follows:
Addie A., the wife of Fred
Hency; Emma A., the wife of A. R. Aucutt, of
Manchester, Iowa; Sarah E., the wife of F. A. Odell, also of Manchester; George
A., of Buchanan county; Horace J., of this review; and Jennie A., the wife of T.
W. Kinzie, a resident of
Belvidere, Illinois. The mother of this family departed this life in
1903, while the father, surviving for ten years, passed away in 1913.
Coon was reared to the pursuits of farm life, assisting his father from an early
age to the time he reached manhood. When not employed in the duties of the farm
he pursued his education in the common schools of the neighborhood. Upon making
choice of a life work he decided upon the occupation to which he had been reared
and is today the owner of eighty acres, located on section 1, Delaware
township. Here he carries on general farming and also
gives considerable attention to the dairy business, in which he is meeting with
success. His farm is improved with good buildings, including a substantial
residence and outbuildings for the care of his stock and machinery and
everything about the place is kept in good condition, indicating the thrift and
energy of the owner.
14th of March, 1897, Mr. Coon was wedded to Miss Amanda Smock, who was born in
Pennsylvania, April 12, 1878, a daughter of John W. and Mary C. (Wescott)
Smock, who were likewise natives of the Keystone state. Mrs. Coon, who was one
of a family of eight children, was but a year old at the time the family removed
from the east to Clay ton county, Iowa, the year of their arrival being 1879.
The father there engaged in agricultural pursuits, which he followed to the time
of his death in 1895. The mother is still living and now makes her home in Sioux
Falls, South Dakota. By her marriage Mrs. Coon has become the mother of two sons
and two daughters: Edward J., who was born on the 3d of June, 1898; Alice J.,
whose birth occurred January 18, 1900; Paul W., born August 22, 1902; and Martha
M., born November 23, 1906.
political views Mr. Coon is a republican but has never aspired to public office,
although he has served as school director. He belongs to Greeley Lodge, No. 418,
I. O. O. P., in which he has filled all the chairs, while his wife belongs to
the Advent Christian church. Mr. Coon has spent his entire life in Delaware
county and while contributing in substantial measure
to general growth and advancement, he has won for himself a high place in the
esteem and confidence of many friends.