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Henry J. Cook
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Birth: Jul. 14, 1861
Death: Jul. 14, 1896

Henry Cook Shoots Mrs. E. M. Marr and Kills Himself.
THE RESULT OF AN ILLICIT LOVE - The Suicide a Well-Known Saloon Man—His Victim Has Two Wounds, but May Recover.
Shortly after midnight, Henry Cook, a saloon man, shot Mrs. E. M. Marr, a lodging-house keeper, with whom he is said to have been living, and then, putting the revolver to his mouth, shot and killed himself. The shooting took place on Mill, near Second Street. When the woman, who had fallen to the sidewalk, saw Cook lying at her side, she kicked him to see that he was dead, and then, seeing he could not harm her further, struggled to her feet and made her way to the Second-street car barn, at Market street, where the night watchman on duty found her and telephoned the police. The patrol wagon brought the woman to the police station, where Dr. Wheeler made an examination of her wounds, which were not considered fatal. Cook had fired three shots at her, two of which took effect in the back of her head, one entering behind the ear, and coming out on the opposite side, and the other lodging in the back of the skull. So closely had her murderous assailant held the revolver to her head that the whole right side of her face was blackened and blistered by the discharge.

Cook made a sure job of himself, the bullet going up through the roof of his mouth into the brain. He must have died instantly. The body of Cook was left lying in a pool of blood on the sidewalk on the north side of Mill Street, and a few feet from Second Street. A crowd from the neighborhood, attracted by the shots, gathered around the body until Coroner Koehler arrived and had it removed to the morgue.

At the police station Mrs. Marr told a very coherent story of the events that led up to the crime. She appeared to have been drinking and this and the excitement buoyed her up. She is a buxom woman, not uncomely in appearance, and
wore a green calico dress that was deluged with blood.
"Is he dead?" she asked of the reporter, who was standing by while Dr. Wheeler was cutting away her hair to get at the wound. "Oh, you can tell me," she continued, "I don't care." And then a few minutes later she told one of the
detectives that she loved the dead man.

"He shot me," she said in answer to the reporter's question, "because he thought I was growing cool to him. He has a wife and five children, and I was trying to get him to go back to them. He was a frightfully jealous man; so jealous that he would get mad if he saw me talk to a woman. And when I said he ought to go back to his family, he thought I was growing cool to him."

Just then Detectives Griffin and Cody came into the room, and she stopped to bewail the fact that the police had not heeded her warnings that Cook would harm her. "We had been friends for eight months," she resumed. "I was keeping the Richelieu house, at Second and Ash streets, where I had my two little children, a boy, and a girl living with me. He used to keep the saloon downstairs.

Last night he came to the house and asked me to take a walk with him, saying he was going home. We walked up the street together, and on the way he kept saying to
me, "Lizzie, how pretty you look tonight." We stopped in a saloon and had something to drink and then we began to walk again. It was dark, and it seemed a long way we had walked, so I began to get frightened and told him I was going to ask the next motorman where we were.
"We were near a corner then, and suddenly he began to drag me down a side street, saying: "You son of a _____, I am going to shoot you." I tried to get away from him and then he began to shoot me. He shot me three times in the back of my head, and when I fell at the third shot, he killed himself. When I saw him lying by me, I kicked him in the side to see whether it was safe for me to get up. He didn't move, and I knew he was dead, so I got up and ran down the street to the car barn, where I told the men that Cook and shot me and killed himself."

Mrs. Marr's wounds were temporarily dressed by Dr. Wheeler, and she was then removed to the Good Samaritan Hospital, where the wounds will be probed and an effort made to locate the bullets.

Mrs. Marr was married to Ed Marr, a teamster, about six years ago, and has a 3-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl. About 10 months ago she had Marr arrested for beating her, and after that she separated from him and took charge of the Richelieu house.

Henry Cook was an old-timer around Portland. He was a stout man, of good height, with a black moustache and a German cast of countenance. Cook was well known about town, and has attracted considerable attention of late because of a white goose of which he made a pet, and which used to follow him about the streets. He at one time kept the Evergreen saloon, at First and Morrison streets, and later the saloon across from Perkins hotel. After that he became interested in the saloon at Second and Ash streets, called "Julius' Home." Of late he has been out of employment. Cook was seen yesterday by Detective
Griffin, and at the time had not been drinking. The only motive ascribed is jealousy. Cook leaves a wife and three children. Cook was a German, and about 45 years of age.

Morning Oregonian; Date: 07-15-1896
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Henriette Cook Petersen Lang (1860 - 1936)
 
 Children:
  Ellenora M. Day (1887 - 1928)*
  Antoinette Cook Gaden (1889 - 1940)*
  John Cook (1893 - 1893)*
  Henry P Cook (1893 - 1975)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Sec 29, Lot 49, Grave 3N
 
Created by: VDR
Record added: Aug 16, 2010
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