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March 20, 1820–November 30, 1899
|Died, Nov. 30, 1899 at his late residence near Oxford Junction, Ia., Mr. Samuel Coon, aged 79 years, 8 months and 10 days.
The subject of this notice was born in Ross Co., Ohio, March 20, 1820 and was one of the pioneers of this part of Iowa, migrating here from his native state in 1848. He and his wife, who died Dec. 15, 1898, came here depending upon the labor of their hands for their support and that of their growing family. The self denial they had to undergo and the privations and hardships which they had to endure, only those who have passed through similar experiences can understand. Those who came later, after the wild land had been subdued and made fruitful as a garden, cannot appreciate what those old settlers have done for the generations that were to follow. Surely they are worthy of all honor.
An extended obituary was published at the time of Mrs. Coon's decease, and a history of the family given which need not be repeated here. Suffice it to say that since her death and for some time previous, Father Coon was greatly afflicted. He had a stroke of paralysis about two years ago and became more and more helpless, as the days passed by, but during all this time he had the most constant, tender and watchful care that was possible for children to bestow upon a parent. We are glad to be able to make this statement in behalf of the sons and daughters, who followed the remains of this aged Pilgram to their last resting place on earth, accompanied by a large number of friends and neighbors. Of him it may with truth be said "The grave giveth rest." J.K.B.
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