Mabel Wonch Eschenweck
James E. Coon
James E. Coon, former sheriff of Isabella county, a resident of this section all his life and prominently identified with political and business affairs of Isabella, died at 1 o'clock Monday morning in the Samaritan hospital in Bay City where he was taken only last Friday for an operation that was performed Saturday. He had been afflicted with gallstones for an extended period.
News of Mr. Coon's death was communicated about the village before many with whom he was well acquainted knew that he had been taken to the hospital or that his condition was serious. His uniformly-cheerful greeting and affable personality will be keenly missed in this community, which he always called home, although residing at different times in Mt. Pleasant, Lansing and Alecia, Michigan.
He was born on the farm in Coe township that was cleared of its virgin timber by his father, Chas. E. Coon, who came to this county in 1865 and acquired 200 acres of wild land that was developed into a fine farmstead. James E. Coon was reared and educated here. At various times he owned property in various parts of the county and was associated with different business undertakings.
A staunch Republican, he was elected sheriff of Isabella county in 1917 and served until 1921. He was manager of the Taylor house in Shepherd for two years beginning in 1904; served the Owosso Sugar company as field man for 25 years and for three years was manager of the 10,000 acre Prairie farm in Saginaw county.
Like his father he was a lover of fine horses and enjoyed supervision of the splendid thoroughbred animals for which this fine farm, owned by the Pitcairn interests of Pittsburg, was noted. More recently Mr. Coon spent three years in Lansing where he had supervision over the field force of the Lansing branch of the Michigan Sugar Company.
Mr. Coon went far in Masonry and was one of the few men in the county distinguished by having taken the thirty-second degree. He was a Knight Templar and a member of the Mystic Shrine.
Inheriting many of the traits of a rugged pioneer parentage, James E. Coon made his own way in the world. It was 59 years ago that he was born on the place five miles from the village to which his parents moved from. Ionia county in April of 1865.
Surviving the deceased are the widow, Cora B. Coon, two daughters, Mrs. Fred Stilgenbauer of Mt. Pleasant and Miss Mae Coon who is employed in the state capitol in Lansing, a son, Floyd Coon, of Shepherd, two sisters, Mrs. Charles Conkright of Midland and Mrs. Edward Axtell of Mt. Pleasant, a brother, C. A. Coon of Bannister and a great-uncle, Fred Coon of Portland, Michigan. Miss Betty Lou, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Coon, is a grand daughter.
The funeral will be under the auspices of Salt River Masonic lodge. Services will be held Thursday at 1 o'clock at the house and at 2 o'clock at the M. E. church. Rev. W. H. Bell and Rev. W. H. Phillips will officiate and a quartet consisting of Piatt brothers, Claud Stump and Eskiel Nileon will sing. Pallbearers will be Selba Adams, Charles Hauser, Harry Roseelit, Bert Cook, Alfred Carroll and E. E. Ardner. Interment will be made in Salt River cemetery.