|Birth: ||Jan. 3, 1849|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 1930|
AGED MINISTER, BORN IN COUNTY, DIES WEDNESDAY.
Rev. Albert J. Cook, father of County Woman, Was In Big Johnstown Flood.
IN CHINA YEARS AS MISSIONARY
The Rev. Albert J. Cook, 81, born at Cook's Mills, one mile north of Bendersville, in 1849, the youngest son of Jesse and Ruth (MacMillan) Cook; one of the oldest ministers of the Methodist Church, of the Pittsburgh conference, died Wednesday at his home in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his sister, Sarah Cook Myers, of Moylan, Pennsylvania; his wife Amelia (Benshoff) Cook; one son. Harry A. cook, of Johnston; and one daughter, Ruth (Cook) Jacobs, of Arendtsville.
He was a graduate of the First Pennsylvania normal school class 1870, and after graduation became the principal of Johnstown's first high school.
A few years later, he became one of the early missionaries of the Methodist church in China. At the close of the mission term of service, he returned to western Pennsylvania where he served as pastor of several churches having twice been called to Grove Avenue Church of Johnstown and again while superannuated served this church and another twenty miles from the city during the World War that the two young pastors might enter chaplain service in the American army.
At the time of the Johnstown flood. He reside in Johnstown and was a officiating at a funeral service for a former parishioner in the vicinity. It was two days before he was able to reach Johnston and locate his family.
The swollen streams cause him to make his return trip over higher roads thus saving his life, otherwise he would have returned over the valley roads and have been in the path of the flood.
After finding his family, he was astonished to find his name among the list of dead and the neighboring newspapers printing his obituary.
Burial Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown. (SS)
Jesse Cook (1801 - 1855)
Ruth McMillan Cook (1808 - 1887)
Anna Amelia Benshoff Cook (1854 - 1947)*
Infant Son Cook (1881 - 1881)*
Harry Albert Cook (1884 - 1975)*
Ethel M. Cook (1887 - 1888)*
Ruth E. Cook Jacobs (1890 - 1981)*
Created by: Jim Wierman
Record added: Jun 25, 2010
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