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Coon - William S.


Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana.  Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913, p. 808.

Among the well-to-do and reputable agriculturists of Montgomery County none occupy a more honorable position in the regard of his colleagues than the gentleman whose name heads this article, William S. COON.  He is a studen tof everything that pertains to his vocation and has always adopted the best of improved methods of cultivating the soil and in raising live stock.  He is well regarded in his community not only because of his industry but also because of his readiness to lend whatever aid that is demanded of him in furthering movements calculated to further the material, civin and moral affairs of Coal Creek Twp, Montgomery County.

William S. Coon was born Feb 20, 1856 in Fountain County, Indiana. He is a son of Isaac and Ruth Stephens Coon. The father was born in Ohio 1823, mother in Indiana 1826. Here she grew to womanhood, received a common school education and spent her life, dying Sept 29, 1859.  The father of our subject spent his earlier years in his native state and there received a public school education but removed from Ohio to Indiana when a boy and here he spent the residue of his years, devoting his life to general farming, becoming well established in Fountain County. He reached the advanced age of 80, being called to his reward Jan 5, 1893. Isaac Coon became the father of 16 children, 9 of whom are still living.  He was twice married and there was an equal number of children born to each marriage - 8.  William S. Coon grew to manhood on the home farm and there in Fountain Co. he received a good common school education.  On Sept 4, 1878 he was united in marriage to Mary C. KOON, no relation.  Mrs. Coon was born Sept 4, 1859 in Coal Creek Twp, Montgomery County and hence she grew to womanhood and received a common school education.  She is a daughter of John and Mary Temple Koon, the father a native of Kentucky, mother of Ohio.  They received the usual education advantages of their time and spent their mature years in Indiana, becoming well established in Coal Creek Twp, Montgomery County.  Two children were born to them, Mary C., wife of our subject and a son, deceased.

Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. William S. Coon, namely: Calvin, born July 2, 1879, married and lives at Wingate; Christopher, born July 11, 1880, married and lives on the county line; Clarence, born August 31, 1881, married and lives on the county line; Clifford, born June 4, 1883, married and lives in Coal Creek Township; Clyde, born May 27, 1892, lives at home, assisting his father with the general work on the farm; Cora, born Oct 24, 1901, attending the home schools.

William S. Coon has always devoted himself to agricultural pursuits, with ever increasing success, until hhe is today owner of one of the choice and finely improved farms of Coal Creek Township, consisting of 284 acres.  it is all tillable and is under a high state of cultivation and is well tilled.  Our subject has always handled a good grade of live stock. He built the residence which he and his family still occupy when he first took possession of the place.  Politically, he is a loyal Democrat and was for two years a member of our advisory board.  -- typed by kbz
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