Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Otis C. Koons

OTIS C. KOONS. Among the well known and highly respected farmers of Labette county, Kansas, is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. He is living in the east half of section 23, township 34, range 18, in Howard township. He located there in the fall of 1900. Mr. Koons was born September 30, 1858, in Clark county, Indiana, and is a son of David S. and Sarah (Nugent) Koons.

David S. Koons was born in Indiana, in 1832, and followed the occupation of a farmer all his life. He died March 20, 1900. He married Sarah Nugent, who was born in Clark county, Indiana, in 1830, and they reared the following children: Otis C.; Eva; Maggie, deceased; Isaac M.; and Bertie C.

Otis C. Koons received his mental training in the common schools of his native county. He followed farming while there until he reached the age of twenty-two years, when he removed to Labette county, Kansas. In the spring of 1881 he located in the southeast quarter of section 14, township 34, range 18, in Canada township, where he lived for sixteen years. He moved to the town of Edna in 1897, and three years later located on his present farm in Howard township. He carries on general farming and stock raising, and rents a part of his land.

Mr. Koons was united in marriage with Lorinda Brown, a daughter of Jacob Brown, who is a prominent farmer of Labette county. She was born in Jackson county, Indiana, February 10, 1861.

Mr. Koons is a Republican, in politics. Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist church. He is a public spirited man, and is highly spoken of by all his friends and fellow citizens.