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Cut for coon

Posted by Doug Sundling on March 30, 2009 at 08:53

I read the following in an 1891 newspaper published in Indiana, USA.

The soil and timber were grand. There was a distance of seven miles without a stick amiss, only as they were cut for coon. The timber was tall and good.

The question is: "coon" is for raccoon, but what meaning is the phrase, "as they were cut for coon"?