Raymond Lester Cooper

Raymond Lester Cooper

Birth
Auburn, King County, Washington, USA
Death 1993 (aged 91–92)
Auburn, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Enumclaw, King County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 20252387 · View Source
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Raymond Lester Cooper born April 02, 1902 to Edgar and Grace Cooper Auburn, Washington. Married Arleen Marie Rose Hard McCarthy on 1934. Raymond farmed along with his father Edgar,brother Harold,cousin William Jones and taught his nephew Kenneth Donald Cooper the farming trade. Raymond worked outside the farm for the Grange of Auburn. Raymonds wages were $1.15 an hour plus he would get one savings bond a month. By the time Raymond retired they had collected over 500 savings bonds over the years. They did not believe in putting all there money or valuables in the bank they would use Arleen's canning jars hide their valuables in the base boards in the house. They were scared of another depression. Raymond was very generous and loaned out his farm equipment to strangers and would not see it again. Raymond was a hard worker and loved his Niece Maxine and Nephew Kenneth(Irene)they looked forward to their visits and loved their children Roxy, Vicky, Billy, Sandy & Jennie(Keith). They would all go up during haying season and help in the hay. Arleen would make a old fashion country dinner with apple pie after the hay was brought in.

One of the stories I remember like yesterday. I worked for the Washington State Hwy. Dept. off of 410 clearing the Mountain Passes years ago. I would stay up there for a week at a time and come home for 2 days during the winter, during the week. I would stop and check on my Aunt & Uncle on my way home to Kent. There was all these Trucks, Cars, Semi's, & the house was all lit up with flood lights. Come to find out some Hollywood Studio was filming the house, barn & field with the mountain in the back ground. They even put a fresh coat of paint on the White House & Red Barn. They gave them at that time $500.00. it was big money then. My Grandma was alive then and she was so excited. She had a Country Store next door and they came over & bought snacks, food & filled their vehicles with gas. If anyone recalls the film or movie they were doing let me know..

Raymond's home had two old fashion wood stoves. One in the Kitchen & the other in the Living Room. Both had Cast Iron Tea Kettles on them. Raymond would cut his own wood from the woods up the road where he had property.

Raymond's living room had 2 glass doors that went into a Paler. At Christmas time they would open it up and have a hand grew Christmas Tree in the front window. It always looked the same because they always put the same decorations on it each year. Both Raymond & Arleen took pride in there trees.

All us cousins when little would play in the fields. Uncle Ray's land was as we called it now wetland and he had open sewer draining on it, or tossed the manure in this one area of the field for the spring garden. I decided I was going to take a short cut to Grandma's store across the street & I got stuck in the poop. I couldn't get out. I was screaming and no one came. They had everyone looking for me & it was dark. They found me about 2 hours later. They washed me down outside and I smelled for along time. The neighbors started calling it "Coopers Poop Hole". My Aunt Arleen got so mad. I think I was around 8 years old.

My mom (Minnie) did not leave the area until May 1935 when she moved to Seattle. Uncle Ray & Arleen got married in 1934. Ray was in his 30's. They moved into the House across the street from Coopers Corner where my grandparents lived. My Grandparents (Edgar & Grace) bought the land for them. My sister & I started school in area then around 3rd & 4th grade we transferred to Renton/Seattle where my mom lived to attended school. That was a big move for me going from the country to the city. I spent most of my summers with my grandparents at Cooper's Corner until I went into the U.S. Navy. Uncle Ray played a great part in my life while I was young.

I learned a lot from Uncle Ray. They had a few cows in the field. I would say about 5 or 6 a couple good milking cows & meat cows. Arleen's chickens and one or to hogs. Every fall/winter we would butcher. Spring & summer was haying season. So I got a good workout. We didn't just "Hay" our families land we would go on and help are relatives in the area and neighbors until it was done everyone in the area helped each other. They didn't have these things called typewriters with a TV attached that you spend hours on and don't get to know your relatives & neighbors and you give them a helping hand. I had a good trainer.

Uncle Ray with Arleen's help made sure his house and yard was kept up. Uncle Ray had a Vegetable garden in his front lawn. This garden was to feed them and my grandparents for the winter. I pulled many weeds out of it with Ray along side me in the spring & summer. The winter we would repair the House, Barn and anything that needs repairing. I hammered many nails in the house & barn and painted and working outside.

They always had a hand full of cows in their field. Usually a couple milking cows.
Raymond died of Dementia.

Information provided by Kenny Cooper, Maxine Cooper Rowe Baldwin & Minnie P. Parker
Ken Cooper, P.O. Box 114, Kent, WA 98035-0114, cooperss@comcast.net


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  • Maintained by: S Cooper
  • Originally Created by: Gare Kunert Allen
  • Added: 3 Jul 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 20252387
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Lester Cooper (2 Apr 1901–1993), Find a Grave Memorial no. 20252387, citing Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park, Enumclaw, King County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by S Cooper (contributor 46852113) .