Century Farms and Ranches Web Exhibit
About the Coon Family Farm
Established by Washington L. and Susan Coon in 1850
Location: Linn County
Current Owners: Donald and Dona Coon; Mike and Tami Coon
Washington Coon took out his donation land claim in 1850. He soon traveled back east to Pennsylvania where he married Susan, a widow with children. They returned over the Oregon Trail, with the stepsons claiming the adjoining 320 acres next to the Coon’s land claim. Like most early Willamette Valley farmers, the Coons raised grain, vetch hay, cattle, horses, dairy cows and hogs. Over the years, the primary crop changed from grains and hay to grass seed.
The 5th generation brothers raise grass seed, field peas, clover seed, triticale, and wheat while maintaining a small beef operation on a farm that now exceeds 4,000 acres.