The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Herrity

September 10, 2013

The Koons’ Mansion

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The younger Frank was a boilermaker and worked at the ice house, where his legs were badly mangled in the 1930’s. After that, he ran a tiny grocery at the confluence of Ninth Street, 15th Avenue So. and Iowa Avenue. He and wife Del’s only child was the aforementioned Robert Koons. They lived at 905-14th Avenue So. The Koons family name was carried on for three generations via just one male heir.

 

Frank’s older brother Willie wed a Burlingame, and younger brother Charlie married Jessie Watson. Their oldest sister, Adelta, married Arthur Jackson; Nellie, married Art’s brother, George. Middle child Mildred’s spouse was Herman Ronnfeldt, and the youngest, Emily, married David Decker. Sister Grace never married, and two siblings died in infancy.

 

Their pioneer grandmother, Phillipa Koons (1830-1919), was truly a woman ahead of her time. When her husband died, she personally tended to a great deal of family business -- at a time when very few women desired, or were allowed, to do so. Mrs. Koons bought and sold property and, for a time, was in real estate with W.H. Howes. She would later carry on business under her own name for many years. Her obituary notes Mr. Howes was one of the pallbearers at her funeral.

 

This is the story of one of Clinton’s first families and their stately home on Camanche Avenue. Numerous descendents have emanated from them who still reside in the city and are proud of their heritage.

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