Historic Hood River
I’m not sure if we’ve talked about Delia Coon before. She was born in 1854 and arrived in Hood River in 1871. She was a teacher and local historian. Her massive book “History of Early Pioneer Families of Hood River, Oregon” is a staple of local genealogical research. Copies are available at the museum for perusal. Parts of it are available online here. I don’t recommend following this link unless you have some time to kill.
Delia’s husband, T.R. Coon, is credited with bringing the Clark Seedless strawberry to Hood River, which was the first major agricultural export crop from this valley.
You can read her obituary from The Hood River News here.