Biographical History of Pottawattmie Co., IA - J. M. COONS
Biographical History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

J. M. COONS, proprietor of the Willow Dale Farm on section 18, Macedonia Township, is one of the most enterprising and successful farmers in that community.  He was born in Marion County, Iowa, January 20, 1853, a son of Lindsey Coons, a native of Highland County, Ohio, and of German ancestry.  Mr. Lindsey Coons and wife were married in Highland County, Ohio, and in 1851 came to Marion County, Iowa, locating there as early settlers.  The father resided in that county until his death in Ohio, while on a visit in 1867.  He was a merchant for many years in Knoxville, Marion County, where his widow still resides.

Mr. Coons, our subject, received a good education at Knoxville, served in his father's store for a time, and in 1875 came West to Mills County, this State, and engaged in farming, as that vocation was better suited to his nature than in-door work or even an out-door trade.  At first he was employed by the month; then he rented land and followed agriculture upon his own account for awhile, and in 1880 bought sixty-two acres of wild prairie.  This he has improved, and he has also purchased more land until he now owns 300 acres, all well improved and furnished with the necessary and convenient building and enclosures.  He is engaged in general farming and the rearing of livestock, and enjoys success in these callings.

Mr. Coons is a Democrat in his political principles.  Has served as Township Trustee with acceptability.  Is a member of Ruby Lodge, No. 415, of Macedonia.  Both himself and wife are members of the Christian Church at Lone Star, in Silver Creek Township.  He was married March 16, 1879, in Mills County, Iowa, to Miss C. E. Harbert, a lady of culture, who was born and reared in Mills County, and they have five children, viz.:  Harbert Clive, Mary J., James Ray, Leona J. and Lindsey D. Mrs. Coons is a daughter of Parcus and Mary (Hulick) Harbert.

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