THOMAS COON, WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP.
A GOOD OLD DEMOCRAT.
Thomas Coon, who settled on section 26, in October, 1852, and the next year removed to section 13, where he passed the remainder of his life, is chiefly remembered for his Democracy, which was assuredly of the rock-ribbed kind and remained unshaken while life lasted. In his old age he was fond of relating stories of the early 'fifties, and especially connected with the great Mormon exodus. He used to tell of one occasion when 3,000 Latter Day Saints passed his place, in a body, on their way to Salt Lake City.
From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 202.