Biography of G. N. Coon
Adams County, NE Biographies





G. N. Coon is at the head of the Coon Lumber Company and as such controls an extensive trade in lumber and fuel, operating at Juniata and various other points. In all he undertakes he displays sound judgment and the spirit of enterprise that characterizes the west. He was born in Hamilton county, near Aurora, Nebraska, April 3, 1874, and is a son of Christopher C. and Mary (Kutch) Coon. The father's birth occurred near Columbus, Ohio, while the mother is a native either of Indiana or of Iowa. They were married, however, in Hamilton county, Nebraska, whither they removed with their parents, the wedding being celebrated June 24, 1873. Mr. Coon secured a homestead and followed farming for several years, after which he turned his attention to carpentering. Both he and his wife are still residents of Aurora and the former is of Scotch descent, while the latter is of German lineage. In the family were five children, as follows: G. N., of this review; A. B., who is a resident of Aurora, Nebraska; C. J., who lives at New Plymouth, Idaho; Myrl, a resident of Aurora, Nebraska; and Olive A., the wife of M. J. McDougall, of Aurora, this state.

G. N. Coon pursued his early education in the district schools of his native county, afterward attended the high school of Aurora and spent one year as a student in the State Normal School at Shenandoah, Iowa. Starting in the business world, he became connected with the lumber trade at Aurora, being employed at various points until nine years ago, when he engaged in business for himself at Elmwood, Nebraska, where he remained for two years. On the expiration of that period he removed to Juniata, where he purchased a lumber and fuel yard, handling all kinds of lumber and building materials, cement and coal. In addition to the business at Juniata he has yards at Kenesaw, Roseland and Ayr, Nebraska, all of these being operated under the name of the Coon Lumber Company. The steps in his orderly progression are easily discernible and he has constantly broadened the scope of his activities as opportunity has offered, making wise investment of his capital in increase of his business.

In 1898 Mr. Coon was united in marriage to Miss Sophia S. Hurst, who was born near Coffeyville, Kansas, and by whom he has a daughter, Thelma Maurine. Both Mr. and Mrs. Coon are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and he also has membership in the Odd Fellows lodge at Juniata, the Knights of Pythias lodge at Osceola, the Workmen's lodge at Kenesaw and also with the Highlanders of Osceola, exemplifying in his life the beneficent and fraternal spirit which underlies these organizations. He is a public spirited citizen, interested in everything pertaining to the welfare and progress of the community in which he makes his home, and he has cooperated in many plans and measures for the general good. Early in his career he also learned the lesson that there is no success in life without effort. The purpose of life is to afford opportunities, and in America these are presented in turn to everyone who is willing to embrace them. Humble birth and poverty are no handicap to the American youth, but opportunities slip away from the sluggard and tauntingly play before the dreamer, but surrender to the individual with high purpose, undaunted courage and indefatigable determination. These qualities Mr. Coon has displayed and therefore occupies his present enviable position in business circles of Adams county.

From:
Past and Present of
Adams County, Nebraska
Supervisong Editor: Judge William R. Burton
Assistant Editor: David J. Lewis
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago, 1916


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