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