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37.jpg (68209 bytes) 1910

Elsie Jackie Gander came into the world screaming and kicking on Jan 3, 1910.  There was a huge snow storm and no telephones when Mother went into labor. Harve started to walk into Cherry Box to get Dr. Gerard. "Aunt Mandy" came to be with Mother.  She brought me into the world.  I immediately had two claims to fame!.  I weighed 12 pounds on Dr. Gerard's scale, and I was the first birth to be recorded in Shelby County!  Laws had just been passed requiring registration of births, beginning Jan 1, 1910. I always felt a deep affection for "Aunt Mandy" Henderson. 

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38.jpg (80289 bytes) 1912 Mother and Dad must have been very proud of me, to have this second photograph made when I was somewhere around 2 years old.  Grandmother Ida Branch had crocheted the lace for my petticoat.  Once we had an enlarged, tinted and framed copy of this picture.  I do not remember what happened to it.

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Four_corners_web.jpg (86211 bytes) 1914 Four Corners school near Philadelphia, Missouri.  Herbert C. Phelps is in the back left corner and Jackie Gander Deets is the little girl in front the second from the right.
J_H_C_~1.JPG (100726 bytes) c. 1918 Cliff, Jackie, Harvey Gander

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Doc_Coon_college_grad_1924.jpg (52845 bytes) 1924 Doc Coon's college graduation

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Girls_basketball_1925.jpg (80568 bytes) November 6, 1925 Philadelphia vs. Fabius girls basketball teams.

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Jackie_Diploma_cover.jpg (130623 bytes) 1927 Cover of High School Diploma for Elsie Gander

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Jackie_Diploma_1.jpg (54531 bytes) 1927 Front page of Jackie Gander's High School Diploma.

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Jackie_Diploma_2.jpg (103839 bytes) 1927 High School Diploma for Jackie (Elsie) Gander.

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Jackie_Diploma_3.jpg (46146 bytes) 1927 Class of 1927, Philadelphia High School

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46.jpg (71695 bytes) 1929 Elsie Jackie Gander at age 19, in Manhattan, Kansas working for Western Union as a Morse code-dot-dash-dot- and tele-printer operator! The dress was blue flannel, made every stitch by hand.

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Jackie_Havana.jpg (90737 bytes) 1931 Jackie Gander in Havana, Cuba.

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Jackie_waves.jpg (91267 bytes) c. 1930 Jackie Gander

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61.jpg (69151 bytes) 1880's Ella Margaret Godfrey Coon at age 14. Her mother was Mary Kelly who came from Ireland in the 1840's.  Ella Margaret married Charles Francis Coon on Nov 9, 1887.  The bracelet she is wearing belonged to her mother, Mary Kelly.  I now have it.

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62.jpg (71746 bytes) October, 1937 Ella Margaret and Charles Francis Coon celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in October 1937 at Wamego, Kansas.  They were married in Wisconsin, homesteaded in Kansas and Colorado, then "ranched" in New Mexico.  They had seven children, Charles James being # 6.

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63.jpg (75879 bytes) 1930's

Charles James Coon, b. Aug 16, 1900 at Hillrose Colo.  In 1918 he started college at New Mexico State College in Las Cruces.  During the flu epidemic of 1918 he became very ill and had to drop out of college.  His parents sold the ranch and moved to Manhattan, Kansas where Charles J. enrolled in the college of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in bacteriology, and the diseases of poultry.  Upon graduation, he taught at Virginia Polytech College in Blacksburg, VA later returning to Kansas State to do research in the field of poultry diseases.  He became recognized nationally in this field.  Everyone called him "Doc".

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Doc_Coon_Everglades_1931.jpg (49889 bytes) 1931 Doc Coon in the Everglades

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64.jpg (69363 bytes) 1931

In 1930 Charles James met the little lady in the Western Union office. They were married in 1931, during the worst years of the Great Depression.  This picture was taken in Neenah, Wisconsin.  I was taking advantage of some photographer's special, two poses for X number of dollars.  It was bitterly cold that day.  We walked into the studio and started to remove our wraps.  The photographer said "NO, NO, I want one pose just as you are!"  The second pose was taken, minus the coats and hats.  Strangely, we looked like two sour pusses in the second pose!  "Doc" left us on Aug 2, 1956 after a long bout of cancer. 

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DOC_JA~1.JPG (99536 bytes) 1930's Doc and Jackie Gander Coon

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Charlie_Coon_1932.jpg (43131 bytes) 1932 Charlie Coon, age 15 months.

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Jackie_kids_Huron_SD_Jan_1936.jpg (39001 bytes) January 1936 Jackie Coon with her three children in Huron South Dakota

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Robin_Carol_fall_1936.jpg (65314 bytes) Fall 1936 Carol and Robin Coon

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Little_Rock_Ice_Storm_Jan_1937.jpg (78669 bytes) January 1937 Ice storm in Little Rock Arkansas

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Jackie_kids_1937_Arkansas.jpg (50607 bytes) 1937 Carol, Robin and Charlie Coon in Arkansas

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Jackie_dressed_for_tea_1938.jpg (50769 bytes) 1938 Jackie Coon dressed for Tea at the home of Mrs. Morrell

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65.jpg (73708 bytes) 1942 "Doc" and I had three wonderful children.  Charles Harvey (he could have been called Charles IV), Robin Jacquelyn, and Carol Ann.  This picture by Belle Johnson of Monroe City, MO was taken in 1942.  All went to college, and all have done good things with their lives.

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jackies_kids.JPG (138096 bytes)   Charles Harvey, Robin Jacquelyn, Carol Ann Coon, children of Doc and Jackie Coon

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Jackie_bicycle_1940s.jpg (72315 bytes) 1940s Jackie Coon with her new bicycle

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Carol_Coon_young.jpg (35401 bytes) 1940s Carol Coon

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Carol_Dave_wedding_1956.jpg (56576 bytes) June 18, 1956 Carol Coon and Dave Groetken wedding day

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Carol_Coon_Wed.jpg (84840 bytes) June 18, 1956 Hope, Alice and Josephine Gander ready to go to Carol Ann Coon's wedding to David Groetken in Minnesota.

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67.jpg (83201 bytes) June 18, 1958

A snapshot of Charles Harvey Coon and Vivien Grubb, with Vivien's sister Margaret and brother, Charles Grubb at their wedding on June 18, 1958 in Hunnewell, MO.  Charles owned a farm south of Hunnewell.  Both of them had long, successful careers in the education field, both at the high school and college level.  Now both more or less retired, live in the Grubb ancestral home in Hunnewell, where restoration of the house, and growing an enormous assortment of plants, trees an flowers uses up much of their time.  Someone once asked Charles why he picked Vivien for a wife.  His reply was "because she was the only girl I ever met who knew how to read a book!"  When a similar question was put to Vivien, she answered " because he is the only man I ever met who was smarter than I was."  They had one daughter, Charlene who now lives and works in Albuquerque. 

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Robin_Jackie_at_Charlies_wedding.jpg (59206 bytes) June 18, 1958 Robin and Jackie Coon at Charlie Coon's wedding

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66.jpg (80260 bytes) Around 1970 Carol Ann and David Lee Groetken with their family, Linda, Cynthia, Steven, Susan Jackie and Laura Lee.  I believe this picture was taken in Germany.  They had duty tours in Germany and at NATO in Belgium.  David served duty tours on both Korea and Vietnam.  Linda, Steven and Susan all were in military uniforms after their college graduations.  Linda, the eldest, is at present a Lt. Colonel in the Army Nurse Corp.  The others all married and have families of their own.  Carol and David moved to Tucson in the summer of 1999.  I think they are rapidly turning into "Desert Rats!"

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jackie_skate.JPG (102022 bytes)   Jackie Gander Coon skating.

 

Read an article about Jackie Coon making a speech:  jackie_article.gif

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robin_prom.JPG (95300 bytes)   Robin Coon

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robin_coon.JPG (229510 bytes)   Robin Coon

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carol_coon.JPG (162299 bytes)   Carol Coon

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Robin_Carol_1950s.jpg (102448 bytes) 1950's Robin and Carol Coon

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Robin_Coon_1950s.jpg (58859 bytes) 1950s Robin Coon

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Jackie _Coon_Family.jpg (168628 bytes)   Jackie Gander Coon with her children Charlie, Carol and Robin

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69.jpg (81727 bytes) 1980's 

Twenty years elapsed between the time I lost "Doc" and my April 16, 1976 marriage to Roy Deets of Hershey, PA.  Much happened in my life in those 20 years.  Accepting a transfer to Tucson in the spring of 1958, leaving the little place at 917 North Spring Street in Sioux Falls, S. Dakota, to buy a house way out in the desert, way east of what was Tucson in 1958, leaving Field Enterprises in 1961 to join Encyclopedia Britannica's New Education Division. the only woman among almost 100 men, nation wide.  Arizona and New Mexico were my territory.  To cover it I did - even though I had to average driving 25,000 miles a year to do it!  I retired in 1976.  We cleared out Roy's house in Hershey, moved some things to Tucson, and "Lived happily ever after", as all good fairy tales go.  We had thirteen and a half really great years before the big "C" took him away on Nov 12,1989.  Now I live "among my souvenirs". 

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Jackie_Roy_1988.jpg (88548 bytes) 1988 Jackie and Roy Deets

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Little_Orphan_Andy.jpg (16639 bytes) 1998 Jackie Deets' dog Little Orphan Andy says "There's no good news anywhere today.  Guess I'll just turn around and take a nap."

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Jackie_90th.jpg (75492 bytes) January 2, 2000 Jackie celebrated her 90th Birthday January 3rd at home in Tucson, Arizona. 

 Some 50 guests attended the birthday party hosted by her daughters Robin and Carol.

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Jackie_Edith.jpg (67104 bytes) January 2, 2000 Jackie with her sister Edith at the birthday party.

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