Title: Dayton Cemetery and Mound Cemetery California Death Index 1940 - 1997
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Note continued: Source Medium: Book <p> Chico Enterprise, Wednesday Evening, February 21, 1912, pg 1, col 6: “Dayton Cemetery Association. Oroville, Feb. 21. – Articles of incorporation of the Dayton Cemetery association were filed today with the county clerk. The concern is to buy land and to care for a burial ground situated near the present Dayton cemetery. The directors are G.H. Cunningham, Emil DeBock, Charles Hansen, Dinsille [sic; Drusilla] P. Hewitt and R.J. Cartwright.” <p>
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Note: Jesse was an almond farmer and also worked as the weighmaster at the Durham Warehouse for Rael Harelson from 1930 to 1950. At 6 foot 2 inches, 287 pounds, he stood large in the community.
His community service was temendous: Red Cross volunteer, Trustee Durham School District; Odd Fellows; Deputy Sheriff; Volunteer at the listening post during WWII. Jesse was a self-taught man as his schooling took him through grammar school only.
On 1 March 1915, Emmett Coon sold to Jesse, his eldest son, a parcel of land for Ten Dollars ($10) in gold coin described as follows: the East half (E1/2) of the West half (W1/2) of the Southeast quarter (SE1/4) of the Southwest quarter (SW1/4) of Section Twenty Six, Township Twenty one (21) North, Range One East, M.D.B. & M. containing ten acres. This acreage was adjacent to his father's property.
Excerpt from "Family History" by Grace Jamerson Coon - 1976: "My husband Jesse worked on his fathers farm and in the warehouse in Durham. We lived with Dad Coon for seven years and then built our own home in 1929. Dad Coon died in 1939 at the age of 81 of a self inflicted gunshot wound. Dad had cancer."
Grace nicknamed him "Dumpy" and he nicknamed her "Tykey."
Grandpa Jesse was Durham's Poet Laureate. Whether it was the Durham May Day parade, a funeral service, or a fundraising activity, Jesse could be counted on for just the right words: "Jesse Coon gave a very interesting talk on the project underway----the building of a wing at the Veterans hospital at Yountville, Napa County, and the following poem:
The fourteenth of February for centuries of time, Has been a day set aside for St. Valentine. For hundreds of years, since ancient Rome, It has been marked on the calendar in every home, As a time for young lovers to send one to another Sweet tokens of love each bore for the other. So we reflect this spirit by hearts on the wall; But we are here for a purpose more important than all. We are here brought together in an effort to make A true contribution for humanity's sake, An aid to the veteran in his arduous fight, To get back his health and get started aright. So haul out the old purse and give her the gun And do double duty while having your fun. Let's enjoy this party, and do a good thing By helping to build that hospital wing.
By Jesse G. Coon Odd Fellow and Rebekah
Chico Record, Friday Morning, March 31, 1911, pg 5 col 3:
"Durham Huskies Defeat Chico
"Less than two minutes were consumed last night by the husky Durham members of the Moose lodge to defeat the Chico team in an exciting tug-of-war. The Chico team was captained by Dr. C. C. Chappelle and the Durham aggregation by R. E. Cussick. The visiting team was composed of the following: Jessie Coon, Newton Ralston, W. B. Smith, Edward Nesbit, William Bogeel, Elmer Beeny. The Chico team was composed of A. Horton, O. E. Jay, A. Gunnell, J. P. Wiley, W. C. Smith, F. J. White.
"The meeting of El Primero Lodge, Loyal Order of Moose, was an enjoyable event. After the business session a banquet was served. Speeches were made and music was furnished by the Seay orchestra."
Chico Enterprise-Record, September 5, 1951: "Alta Rebekahs of Durham Hold 'Back To School' Party. DURHAM -- Members of the Alta Rebekahs Lodge put on reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic clothing Wednesday night and had a "Back to School Days" party, following the regular meeting. Short shirts, short pants, overalls, and sun bonnets were the order of the evening. Paper bag lunches were brought by all and shared.
"Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Tylor [sic], who are celebrating their 45th year of marriage, performed again their role of bride and groom, this time in a mock wedding. Mrs. Jess Coon was best man and Jess Coon enacted the part of the preacher. Mrs. Tyler was attended by five bridesmaids. Soloist was Fred Franklin who sang 'Young Charms' and 'When You are in Love.' A wedding cake made by Mrs. Charlotte Barris was presented to the couple. The meeting was presided over by Mrs. Clara Kline, vice-grand, in place of Mrs. Troy Morse, who is ill......"
Blue and White, Durham, CA, June 12, 1958 [Durham High School newspaper]:
"Mr. Jesse G. Coon Retires From Board
"Mr. Jesse G. Coon, who retires this year, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Durham Union High School District in the spring of 1943 and served continuously (and most of the time as president of the board) until that school district was dissolved by vote of the people in 1950.
"Due to the increase of the school population in the area following World War II, it became evident to Mr. Coon and others that the school districts of the area would have to be reorganized in order to offer a better program for the children and also to secure a broader tax base to pay for this.
"While the high school itself was in quite good shape, the old Durham Elementary School District, because of its small size (low assessed valuation) and the large number of children, just didn't have enough money to operate. The other rural school districts, because of the low numbers of children in each school, couldn't offer a very broad program with one teacher.
"During the years of 1948 and 1949 those matters were carefully considered by the Boards of Trustees. In the spring of 1950 the Durham Unified School District was brought into being by an overwhelming vote of the people.
"Mr. Coon was elected president of the new Board of Trustees and has served continuously as its chairman since that time. He has given his time and best service to the board for the past 15 years.
"We, in the school and in the community, owe our Board of Trustees and particularly Mr. Coon, the retiring president, a real vote of thanks for a job well done."
Chico Enterprise-Record, May 15, 1965: "Grand Marshall---Jesse G. Coon, Durham's "poet laureate" and a descendant of Butte County pioneers, will be grand marshal of the Durham Community Picnic Day parade Saturday. Coon, a native of Durham, is well known in the Durham area for his poetry. His acceptance of the invitation from Mrs. Wilbur Meinberg, past president of the Durham Parent Teachers Association, to be grand marshall of the parade, was in the form of a poem which told of the early days of Durham when a Chinese laundry "was just down the street" and the drug store man "would sit you down and clip your hair" because there was no barber."
Chico Enterprise-Record, May 20, 1968: "Obituary J. G. Coon. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the Brusie Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Tuesday for Jesse G. Coon, 82, who died at a local nursing home [Crestwood Rest Home on Cohasset Rd.] Sunday.
"Coon was born in Durham Dec. 6, 1885. Coon received his education in the Durham schools and since that time was an almond rancher in Durham. Coon was a member of the Durham Lodge No. 311, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Alta Rebeckah Lodge No. 273; a former member of the Durham Rotary Club; head of the Dayton Civil Defense Unit during World War II; head of the Durham Red Cross and Community Chest drives; and a Trustee of the Durham Unified School District for 15 years.
"Survivors include his widow, Grace of Durham; a daughter, Adele Hackett of Durham; six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
"Interment will be in the family plot in the Dayton-Cemetery. Casketbearers will be Charles Schab, David Kidd, Fred Ryon, Darrell Wahl, Jerry Mann, and Robert Skillin."
Funeral Memorial Card: In loving memory of Jesse Grover Coon born in Durham, CA December 6, 1884; Entered into rest May 19, 1968; Services at The Brusie Funeral Home Tuesday, May 21, 1968 at 2 p.m.; Dr. Stirling Gerber, Invocation; Marty Walton, conducting & obituary; Paul Ellertson, soloist; George Ogden, eulogy; Dr. Edward Millet, Benediction; John Cox, graveside dedication; Joyce Bae, organist; Casketbearers: Charles Schab, David Kidd, Fred Ryon, Darrell Wahl, Jerry Mann, Robert Skillin; Interment Dayton Cemetery. Card courtesy of the Ryon Family of Nelson, provided by Rian Farley of Durham.
Note: Blind from cateracts; Diabetic Type II, Gall Bladder trouble (never removed); Immobile due to blindness and lack of exercise. Died in Beverly Manor Resthome.
"50 YEARS AGO" Chico Enterprise-Record, Monday, May 2, 2005: "Former 99E Given Name of Midway. The stretch of former 99E, between Chico and Richvale, this morning was renamed Midway by the Board of Supervisors.... Mrs. John Ravekes...suggested the name Middle Road...Then, she said, Jess Coon, of Durham...'an old Butte County resident' thought up the name Midway. She...proposed it for the board's consideration...and the supervisors approved the Midway name..."
1952-1967 P/P Committee Workbook: “Mrs. Meinberg announced that Jess Coon would [be] our grand marshal for the coming picnic.” [Virginia Stephens, Secretary, minutes, (no date; handwritten: 1965).]
1900 census Dayton Twp, Butte, CA: Emmett Coon, aged 40, born Jul 1859, farmer, bp IL, father VA, mother MD; Clara B. aged 39, born Jun 1860, married 15 years, five children w/ five living, bp MO, both parents MO; Jesse E. aged 14, born Dec 1885; Lem H. aged 13, born Feb 1887; William aged 8, born Nov 1891; Allen T. aged 6, born Nov 1892; Homer A. aged 4, born Feb 1896 -- all born CA.
1910 census Dayton Twp, Butte, CA: Emmett Coon aged 50, farmer, bp IL, father OH, mother MD; wife Clara B. aged 49, bp MO, father ME, mother KY; Jesse G. aged 24, Lemuel H. aged 21, William E. aged 18, Allen T. aged 16, and Homer A. aged 15 -- all born CA..
WWI Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918: Jesse Grover Coon, dob Dec 6, 1885, farmer, residing with Emet [sic] Coon [father] at Rt. A, Chico, Butte, CA; registered Chico, Butte, CA, Sep 12, 1918. Note: Jesse and father are actually living on Burdick Road, west of Durham.
1920 census Durham, Butte, CA: Allen T. Coon, aged 26, farmer, bp CA, father IL, mother MO; Dora C. aged 34, bp MO, father KY, mother IN; Cleayds O. aged 2, bp CA; stepson, Howard Jenkins, aged 9, bp CA, father IN, mother MO; father Emmett Coon, aged 60, widowed, farmer, bp IL, father OH, mother MD; brother Jesse G. Coon, aged 34, single, farmer, bp CA. Note: Although the census indicates Durham, they are living on the original homestead in the Dayton Township two and half miles west of Durham.
1930 census Durham, Butte, CA: Jesse Coon, aged 44, farmer, bp CA, father IL, mother MO; Grace aged 37, both first married aged 37 & 30, respectively, bp CO, both parents IL; Adele aged 5, bp CA. They are living on the original homestead next door to Jesse's father, Emmett.
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