|Birth: ||Nov. 21, 1858|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 19, 1913|
Lewis and Clark County
Regret was expressed on every hand when the news reached Manhattan that A. M. Cook, who until a few months ago was a resident of Manhattan, had taken his life in a hotel in Helena. In the extreme early part of the spring he sold his business interests in Manhattan to his son, Day Cook, of this city, and had gone into the northern part of the state with the intent of again settling himself up in business and it was understood that he had purchased a blacksmithing business in Belt. It seems that he had contemplated suicide for some time as he had carefully planned every detail in the most minute fashion, even registering in the hotel in Helena under an assumed name, that of Fred Haskings.
On his arrival in Helena last night, he went to the International Hotel, registered, ate his supper and walked about the streets until about 9:00 o'clock, when he retired apparently in the best of spirits. As he did not appear Friday morning, members of the hotel knocked on the door, but received no response. Finally it was decided to pry open the door, which was done, and his lifeless form lay on the bed as if in the most peaceful sleep. In his hand was firmly clutched a 38-automatic revolver. He had shot himself through the right temple, the bullet going clear through and embedding itself in the wall on the opposite side of the room. The clue to his identity was through a bottle of medicine which he had set in the window of the room with Belt, MT marked on the label. Word was conveyed to that place and it was ascertained that Mr. Cook was the only one who had obtained medicine of that description and his son Ancel was notified, who in turn notified his other son, Day, of this city, who promptly went to the capital city and took full charge of the remains, bringing them to Manhattan Sunday morning fully prepared for burial, the funeral taking place Monday afternoon from the Baptist Church with the Rev. Ramsy officiating. The church was filled with sorrowing friends of the deceased and the family of children, all of whom were present. As a mark of the esteem in which he was held, his casket was fairly weighed down with the beautiful wreaths and flowers, a token from his friends.
The deceased was born November 21, 1858 in Macon County, North Carolina, son of John and Elizabeth Cook. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee in 1879. In 1882 Alfred married Emma Whitmire of Cleveland, Tennessee and began farming in Bradley County. Alfred and family moved to Montana around 1891.
Alfred is survived by a brother in Belt, Montana, and four children, Day of Manhattan, Ancel of Belt, Johnnie of West Gallatin, and Clarice of Deer Lodge, Montana.
John Grant Cook (1824 - 1891)
Elizabeth A. Hurst Cook (1827 - 1908)
Emma Whitmire Cook (1864 - 1898)
Day Samuel Cook (1883 - 1968)*
John R. Cook (1888 - 1991)*
Joseph Mountraville Cook (1849 - 1930)*
Rufus Madison Cook (1853 - 1938)*
Robert Isaiah Cook (1856 - 1942)*
Alfred Martin Cook (1858 - 1913)
Thomas King Cook (1862 - 1943)*
Judson Cook (1866 - 1936)*
Allen Oscar Cook (1868 - 1955)*
Nancy Emily Cook (1871 - 1954)*
John E Cook (1875 - 1941)*
Maintained by: Joanne
Originally Created by: Jim Harrison
Record added: May 24, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70314357