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John A. Koons

John Koons Former Mayor of Mt. Vernon, Dies 
Served Two Terms as Mayor, 1923-27. Funeral Tuesday Morning 

John A. Koons, who served Mt. Vernon as mayor for two terms in the 
twenties, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at his home, 222 north 8th street. His age 
was 86 years, five months and eight days. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Myers 
Chapel. The Rev. Clyde Todd will officiate and burial will be at Oakwood 
cemetery. The body will remain at Myers Chapel where friends may call. 

Mayor in 1923 
Mr. Koons was first elected mayor of Mt. Vernon in 1923 in the 
days when the city's chief official was elected for a two year term. 

In 1925 he was re-elected and served until 1927. 

Mr. Koons is credited with being chiefly responsible for many of 
this city's public improvements in those days. It was during his term of office 
that an extensive street paving program was carried out. 

Ran Furniture Store 
For many years, Mr. Koons operated a furniture store here. One of 
Mt. Vernon's best known citizens, he resided here for 60 years. Because of 
failing health due to advanced age, he retired from active business and civic 
life several years ago. 

Mr. Koons was born December 27, 1861 in Franklin county, the son 
of N.W. and Anna Koons. 

On February 9, 1911 he was married at Jonesboro, Ark. to Delia J. 
Kerr, who survives. 

Besides his wife, he is survived by one son, John Allen Koons of 
this city; two brothers, Robert A. Koons of Mt. Vernon and Joseph B. Koons of 
New York City; and two grandchildren 

Mt. Vernon Paper 1948 
Submitted by Mary Jane Ohms 

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