Sarah Marling <I>Oldham</I> Cook


Sarah Marling Oldham Cook

Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, USA
Death 8 Dec 1915 (aged 82)
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA
Burial Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA
Plot Ebey Section
Memorial ID 121879986 View Source

The death of Mrs. Sarah M. Cook, who passed away at her home on Ebeys Prairie on Wednesday evening of last week, removes from our midst another of the early pioneers of Island County who came here in the 50's and 60's to carve for themselves and families a home in an almost virgin wilderness. At the time of her death, which was due to advanced age, Mrs. Cook was 82 years, 8 months and 3 months (sic) old, having been born on March 25, 1833, at Cambridge, Guernsey county, Ohio, her maiden name being Sarah Marling Oldham. On August 2, 1858, she was married to Cyrus E. Cook and five years later, in the month of December, 1858, just 57 ago, she and her husband determined to seek a home in the great, and then almost unknown, Northwest, and started for Puget sound, coming by way of New York City. They went by boat to Panama, crossed the Isthmus and then took another boat, arriving at Port Townsend on January 7, 1859. In the fall of the next year they crossed over to Whidby island and settled on Smiths Prairie and built a log house where they resided for some time. This pioneer cabin is still standing. The first school on Smiths Prairie was taught by Mrs. Cook. This was one of the earliest schools on the Island and the old building still stands, altho it is in rather a dilapidated condition. Mr. Cook afterwards bought land on the west side of Ebeys Prairie where they built a house in 1876 and here Mrs. Cook and her son Win have ever since made their home. Mr. Cook died in 1906 and was buried at Port Townsend. Three children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Howard who died about 30 years ago, Marietta who was the wife of J. B. Libbey and who died over 25 years ago, and A. W. who still resided on the old home and has been with his mother during the whole 60 years of his life and taken the most tender care of her and been solicitous of her every need. Mrs. Cook was well and widely known and was highly esteemed for her many excellent qualities and will be greatly missed, not only by her hundreds of friends on Whidby Island but by those pioneer associates thruout the state with whom she yearly met at the annual Pioneer's Associations to talk of the early days when settlers were few and far between.

The funeral was held from the residence on Friday afternoon, services being conducted by Rev. C. E. Newberry, of Kirkland, assisted by Rev. Robert Murray Pratt of this place, and the remains were laid at rest in Sunnyside cemetery beside the bodies of the son and daughter who had preceded the mother to that great and mysterious beyond. The floral offerings were very beautiful and the services were attended by many of the old-time neighbors and friends of the deceased.
---Island County Times, December 17, 1915

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