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Dennis Cooter
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Birth: Mar. 7, 1865
Horsham District
West Sussex, England
Death: Dec. 18, 1958
Benton County
Oregon, USA

From "They called it Hebron", by Marie Gilham Geer, p. 155


In her book, "Settlement Seasons", my daughter, Barbara Geer Funk, writes that Dennis Cooter established a freight line from Cottage Grove to Black butte and Amos about the end of 1901. Barbara also tells us that in 1903 Mr. Cooter was the manager of the Black butte mines farm and garden, growing hay for the livestock and vegetables for the workmen and their families.
Dennis Cooter's wife, May Belle Miller Cooter died in Cottage Grove May 13, 1903. She had married Dennis in 1900. May Belle was born in Boise City, Idaho in 1864. Dennis Cooter was born in England circa 1866.
Dennis, a 39 year old widower, and his sons, John, 14, and Arthur, 12, were listed in the West Cottage Grove district in the 1905 Lane County military census. Both boys were born in Oregon.
By the fall of 1909 the Cooter family lived on a farm on the east side of the present-day Cottage Grove Lake area. Dennis Cooter served as clerk of the Hebron School district in 1909 and 1910 and possibly longer.
By the November, 1910 census Dennis Cooter's step-daughter, Mary H. Sprouse, age 23, was living in the home. Arthur's name was listed in the 1910 census as "George A."
A neighbor of the Cooters in 1910 was Delbert Leroy Fisher, age 31. My dad, Archie Gilham, who was a good friend of Arthur Cooter, said "Del" Fisher married Arthur's sister. This was probably Arthur's step-sister, Mary.
In November, 1911 the Cooters still lived at Hebron, for Dennis signed at a Hebron road district meeting.
According to the Lane County marriage index at the county court house, Dennis Cooter married Arabella Leonard January 22, 1912; and George A. married Bernice L. Pierce September 12, 1916.
I don't know when the Cooters left Hebron. Dennis Cooter kept the farm for several years. I found that he was "up from Corvallis a few days looking after his farm" in June, 1917. He returned in March, 1918. In June, 1920 Arthur and wife, also of Corvallis, accompanied Dennis. In June, 1923 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cooter and daughter of Corvallis visited here.
Then a January 27, 1926 item said, "Archie Gilham is moving the old Cooter building down to the road where he has his other buildings."
Dennis Cooter must have lived a very long life. An August 8, 1957 article in the SENTINEL told us that Dennis Cooter of Albany, 92, spoke at the Old Schoolmates' picnic in Cottage Grove.
Family links: 
  Maybelle Miller Cooter (1864 - 1903)
  Arabell D Deffenbacher Cooter (1872 - 1929)
  George Arthur Cooter (1893 - 1925)*
*Calculated relationship
Fir Grove Cemetery
Cottage Grove
Lane County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Bob Wilson
Record added: Mar 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86735870
Dennis Cooter
Added by: Bob Wilson
Dennis Cooter
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Dennis Cooter
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Parents: John & Emma Cooter
- Sue Wehnert Guss
 Added: Sep. 1, 2014

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