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Anna Maria "Annie" Petzke Cook
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1873
Denver
Denver County
Colorado, USA
Death: May 27, 1952
Hershey
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA

Annie Cook was born in July 1875. Her parents immigrated from Russia and moved to Denver, Colorado. Upon arriving in Denver, they opened a livery stable. The Cook's had a large family and everyone worked hard, even Annie and her sister Lizzie. Annie didn't mind the hard work. What DID bother her was the fact that since she was female she didn't get paid for all the hard work. In 1893 an opportunity came along that was just what Annie needed to get away from her family and start making some money of her own. A man named Frank Cook from Hershey,Nebraska had came to Denver for supplies for his new 80 acre farm. After striking up a friendship with him, Annie found out that the farm was in fairly good shape. Annie knew a good thing when she saw it and immediately accepted Frank's offer of marriage. They arrived in Hershey in the late winter of 1893. Her childhood frustrations of being denied money (because she was female) fueled her desire to own land and make money. She demanded power and respect from everyone around her. After arriving at the farm, she quickly became dissatisfied with the land. So she devised a plot to make more money, so she could buy the land from her neighbors, thereby doubling the size of her farm and acreage. Once that was accomplished, she still wanter more-more land, more money, and more property. Annie was smart a realized that in order for her to be successful as a man, she needed to grease the palms of corrupt government officials. Annie knew just how to exploit those around her for the own selfish gain. In 1896, Annie gave birth to a daughter, Clara. Annie's daughter was just another employee, as far as Annie was concerned. As soon as Clara was old enough, Annie put her to work in a prostitution house that Annie had acquired in many business dealings. Annie's husband Frank became fed up with the overbearing nature of his wife. Frank was not a confrontational man and when Annie accused Frank of sexually assaulting Clara, he was finally fed up with Annie. Frank moved to the barn and lived there until he died in 1936. Annie's life was driven by the almighty dollar and she didn't waste and time settling into a life of what became many, many years of selfish, greedy, domination and abuse of anyone who crossed her path. Many North Platte residents knew and feared Annie. She was the player in the town that was "Little Chicago" until her death in 1952. The Annie Cook story was eventually made into a book entitled "Evil Obsession" by Nellie Snyder Yost. 
 
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 Spouse:
  Frank Cook (____ - 1936)
 
 Children:
  Clara A. Cook (1894 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Anna M Cook
 
Note: Annie and Frank have nothing but a name marker behind the tombstone. Clara rests beside the main headstone
 
Burial:
North Platte Cemetery
North Platte
Lincoln County
Nebraska, USA
Plot: Cook
 
Created by: RiCo
Record added: Jul 10, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14877433
Anna Maria Annie <i>Petzke</i> Cook
Added by: RiCo
 
Anna Maria Annie <i>Petzke</i> Cook
Added by: Larry Stoner
 
Anna Maria Annie <i>Petzke</i> Cook
Added by: Larry Stoner
 
 
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- Hazel Howard Mason
 Added: May. 7, 2014

- Lance
 Added: Jun. 25, 2012
Anna, I pray you found God before you passed away. Only he can give you true comfort.
- Donna
 Added: Feb. 23, 2011
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