Kinston Free Press
23 Nov 1898
Mr. J.C.B. Koonce, a native of Jones county, and who received his education at Dr. Lewis School, in Kinston, was recently elected to the Florida legislature by a handsome majority from Sumter county – a Democrat of course. Mr. Koonce has attained a prominent place among the lawyers of this adopted state. North Carolina boys will go to the top wherever they may reside.