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Joseph Luell Cook

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Joseph Luell Cook Veteran

Birth
Ellinwood, Barton County, Kansas, USA
Death
21 Dec 1961 (aged 82)
Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, USA GPS-Latitude: 39.2055053, Longitude: -85.8902358
Plot
Section 78
Memorial ID
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Joseph Cook was born in Ellinwood, Kansas. His family returned to Indiana when he was a few months old, and he grew up in Brown and Bartholomew counties. He served in the Spanish-American War, Pvt., Co. K, 161st Indiana Infantry. His unit trained at Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia before transport to Cuba in Dec. 1898.

After his military service concluded, Joe returned to Bartholomew Co. and was wed to a young neighbor girl, Tessie Blanche Ferner, who had corresponded with him while he was in Cuba. The were married Sept. 25, 1901, in Chicago, (Cook Co.), Illinois. They afterward resided in Wichita, Kansas, then Indianapolis, until moving onto homestead land in Delta Co., Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula, along with Tessie's parents and several other relatives. An infant son was stillborn in Indianapolis in 1906. In Michigan, they adopted a son, Clyde, in 1908. A daughter, Evelyn, was born in Delta Co. in 1915.

Joe farmed in Michigan, with only limited success. He took a job as a brakeman on the railroad, and continued that work for the next two decades, whenever employment was available.

Joe's wife, Tessie, died in Michigan in 1920, of an abscessed liver. Joe had contracted chronic amoebic dysentery in the Cuban tropics, and Tessie's death was always thought to have been connected to this. (This was well before the advent of modern antibiotics.) Though Joe lived a long life, this malady shadowed him. He drew a small pension from the Veterans' Administration for his affliction.

After Tessie's death (her own mother, Serena, had died in 1916), Joe and his father-in-law sold their Michigan holdings and left for other pursuits. George Ferner went to Portland, Indiana. The children, Clyde and Evelyn, were sent to live with a series of Indiana relatives, and Joe continued his work on the railroad. Clyde, older by then, did not linger long with the Indiana Cooks, and soon rejoined his grandfather Ferner in Portland.

Joe's railroading took him to Minnesota, where he met and married Allegra Winifred Smith, on Aug. 9, 1923, at Faribault, in Rice Co., Minnesota. They moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reclaiming Evelyn from Indiana. They moved several times over the next few years. Their first child, Luell, was born in Huron, South Dakota, in 1925.

After the economic losses of the late 1920s, Joe lost his railroad job. They moved back to Indiana, familiar territory for him, and bought a weary farm in Jennings Co. (A photo of the forlorn house is inscribed in Joe's handwriting, "Worthless farm in Jennings county.") A daughter, Cresta, was born there in 1931. The farm was lost not long afterward, and the Cooks returned to Allegra's family in Minnesota. Their third child, Raymond, was born in Faribault, Minnesota, in 1932.

About 1935, the Cooks came once again to Indiana, taking up residence in Bartholomew Co. again, where Joe would reside the rest of his life. He farmed, gardened, and raised strawberries and flowers for sale. After they bought a tiny, ancient house in the village of Clifford, he worked as a janitor at the school there.

Though he had formal education only through eighth grade, Joe was a voracious reader, and had many interests. He was particularly fascinated with history and Indian culture, and sometimes was asked to speak to the Clifford high school classes about these subjects.

Joe joined the Spanish-American War veterans' group, and both he and Allegra were active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization (she in the women's auxiliary.) They both loved dancing, and regularly attended VFW dances at Shelbyville.

In the late 1950s, Joe built a small, primitive, hunting cabin on land he still owned in Michigan, near the village of Michigamme. He and friends and relatives made a series of hunting and fishing trips up north. He bagged a bear in 1960, at age 81.

Joe died of heart failure, at Columbus, on Dec. 21, 1961.
Joseph Cook was born in Ellinwood, Kansas. His family returned to Indiana when he was a few months old, and he grew up in Brown and Bartholomew counties. He served in the Spanish-American War, Pvt., Co. K, 161st Indiana Infantry. His unit trained at Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia before transport to Cuba in Dec. 1898.

After his military service concluded, Joe returned to Bartholomew Co. and was wed to a young neighbor girl, Tessie Blanche Ferner, who had corresponded with him while he was in Cuba. The were married Sept. 25, 1901, in Chicago, (Cook Co.), Illinois. They afterward resided in Wichita, Kansas, then Indianapolis, until moving onto homestead land in Delta Co., Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula, along with Tessie's parents and several other relatives. An infant son was stillborn in Indianapolis in 1906. In Michigan, they adopted a son, Clyde, in 1908. A daughter, Evelyn, was born in Delta Co. in 1915.

Joe farmed in Michigan, with only limited success. He took a job as a brakeman on the railroad, and continued that work for the next two decades, whenever employment was available.

Joe's wife, Tessie, died in Michigan in 1920, of an abscessed liver. Joe had contracted chronic amoebic dysentery in the Cuban tropics, and Tessie's death was always thought to have been connected to this. (This was well before the advent of modern antibiotics.) Though Joe lived a long life, this malady shadowed him. He drew a small pension from the Veterans' Administration for his affliction.

After Tessie's death (her own mother, Serena, had died in 1916), Joe and his father-in-law sold their Michigan holdings and left for other pursuits. George Ferner went to Portland, Indiana. The children, Clyde and Evelyn, were sent to live with a series of Indiana relatives, and Joe continued his work on the railroad. Clyde, older by then, did not linger long with the Indiana Cooks, and soon rejoined his grandfather Ferner in Portland.

Joe's railroading took him to Minnesota, where he met and married Allegra Winifred Smith, on Aug. 9, 1923, at Faribault, in Rice Co., Minnesota. They moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reclaiming Evelyn from Indiana. They moved several times over the next few years. Their first child, Luell, was born in Huron, South Dakota, in 1925.

After the economic losses of the late 1920s, Joe lost his railroad job. They moved back to Indiana, familiar territory for him, and bought a weary farm in Jennings Co. (A photo of the forlorn house is inscribed in Joe's handwriting, "Worthless farm in Jennings county.") A daughter, Cresta, was born there in 1931. The farm was lost not long afterward, and the Cooks returned to Allegra's family in Minnesota. Their third child, Raymond, was born in Faribault, Minnesota, in 1932.

About 1935, the Cooks came once again to Indiana, taking up residence in Bartholomew Co. again, where Joe would reside the rest of his life. He farmed, gardened, and raised strawberries and flowers for sale. After they bought a tiny, ancient house in the village of Clifford, he worked as a janitor at the school there.

Though he had formal education only through eighth grade, Joe was a voracious reader, and had many interests. He was particularly fascinated with history and Indian culture, and sometimes was asked to speak to the Clifford high school classes about these subjects.

Joe joined the Spanish-American War veterans' group, and both he and Allegra were active with the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization (she in the women's auxiliary.) They both loved dancing, and regularly attended VFW dances at Shelbyville.

In the late 1950s, Joe built a small, primitive, hunting cabin on land he still owned in Michigan, near the village of Michigamme. He and friends and relatives made a series of hunting and fishing trips up north. He bagged a bear in 1960, at age 81.

Joe died of heart failure, at Columbus, on Dec. 21, 1961.


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  • Created by: Donna Kuhlman Relative Grandchild
  • Added: Dec 9, 2011
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81747997/joseph_luell-cook: accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Luell Cook (28 May 1879–21 Dec 1961), Find a Grave Memorial ID 81747997, citing Garland Brook Cemetery, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by Donna Kuhlman (contributor 46950937).