You are looking at an original identified photograph of ELAM POTTER COON & first wife MABEL WHEELER. This photo measures about 5x7 and is in very nice shape with some corner wear and a few dirty spots on mat (see scans). It is my guess that this is their wedding photo.
I have done some research on this photo and this is what I've come up with: ELAM POTTER COON was born MARCH 11, 1881, UTICA, DANE CO., WISCONSIN to DAYTON BENJAMIN COON (1854-1929) & MARY ANGELINE POTTER (1855-1929). ELAM had the following siblings: PHILIP LESLIE born 1887 WI., & RACHEL ANN born 1893 WI.
ELAM P. COON married MABEL ESTELLE WHEELER (born 3/7/1883 KS. and died 12/5/1905 KS.) on NOVEMBER 26, 1903, NORTONVILLE, JEFFERSON CO., KANSAS and they had one son LAWRENCE ELSTON COON who was born JANUARY 18, 1905, UTICA, DANE CO., WI. and died FEBRUARY 16, 1905, UTICA, DANE CO., WI.
MABEL WHEELER COON OBITUARY
WI.The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 62, No 1, p 13, Jan. 1, 1906.
In Nortonville, Kan, Dec. 5, 1905, Mrs. Mabel Coon, in the twenty-third year of her age.
Mabel Estelle Wheeler Coon, the daughter of Charles G. and Augusta Stillman Wheeler, was born in Nortonville, March 7, 1883. She was a student in Milton College for two years from September of 1901, during which time she greatly endeared herself to the students and won the complete confidence and esteem of the faculty. Her collage pastor, Dr. Platts, speaks in words of highest praise of her effective and consecrated efforts in the religious work of the church, at that time.
She was married December 26, 1903, to Elam Coon of Utica, Wis. Soon afterward they brought their letters and voluntarily presented themselves for membership in the Albion church. Her willingness and cheerfulness in Christian work be a joy to the heart of any pastor. The same traits shone out early when the call came to lay down her work here and join the service of the Church Triumphant. Her body was brought to Milton, where the funeral was conducted by her pastor, T. J. Van Horn, Dr. Platts and President Daland assisting. The father and mother, a brother and two sisters, with the young husband, bear the burden of this great sorrow. A large company of sorrowing relatives, friends and classmates accompanied the dust to its resting place under the evergreens of Milton Cemetery. T. G. V. H.
ELAM went on to marry two more times:
Marriage #2 = RACHEL MABEL GLENN (b:10/31/1879) on JUNE 24, 1908, JANESVILLE, ROCK CO., WI., she died on 4/30/1941, MILTON, ROCK CO., WI.
Marriage #3 = MARGARET KEILLOR (b:abt. 1885), on JANUARY 11, 1946, TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH CO., FLORIDA.
ELAM died AUGUST 10, 1963, BRANDENTON, FLORIDA.
ELAM POTTER COON'S OBITUARY
'The Milton and Milton Junction Courier', Milton Junction, Wisconsin, Thursday, Aug. 13, 1964, p 1.
Elam P. Coon, 83, former Milton resident, died Monday, Aug. 10, in a hospital in Bradenton, Fla. after a long illness. He had been in failing health for several years and had made his home in Florida the past three years.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 14, in the Milton Seventh Day Baptist Church with Rev. Elmo Randolph officiating.
Burial will be in the Milton Cemetery. Friends may call tonight, Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Albrecht Funeral Home, Milton Junction, from 7 to 9 p.m. Masonic services will be held at 8 p.m.
The son of Dayton B. and Mary Potter Coon, he was born March 11, 1881, in Utica. He farmed in Dane County before coming to Rock County in 1907. He attended Milton College and the short course at the UW School of Agriculture. A charter member of the Pure Milk Association and the Rock County Farm Bureau, he also was a member of the Milton Grange more than 25 years. In 1934 he was named a Master Farmer of Wisconsin by the Wisconsin Agriculturist and Farmer at the U. W. The Master Farmers of Wisconsin is one of the few active groups of the national organization.
A 32nd degree Mason, and member of Zor Shrine, Madison, he was a member of Friendship Chapter No. 46, O.E.S., and served as patron for two years.
Survivors include his wife; two stepsons, Jack Garnett of Milton and Neil Aiken of Ripon; a brother, Philip L. Coon, Beaver Falls, Pa.; two nephews and a niece; two step-grandchildren, Greg Garnett and Sharon Aiken.
He was predeceased by three wives, two children, and a sister, Rachel.