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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Marriage of Helen Cook & Frank R. Laughlin

The April 30, 1904 issue of the Paducah Sun newspaper reported the following wedding of Helen Cook and Frank Laughlin [1].

"Mr. [sic] Helen Cook, the oldest daughter of Mr. Frank W. Cook of the Cook Brewing Company of Evansville and Mr. Frank Laughlin, also of Evansville, were married Tuesday afternoon in Evansville. Miss Mary Lee Clarke of this city attended the wedding."

As reported in the announcement, Ms. Cook was the eldest daughter of Frederick Washington Cook (1832-1913) [2], a prominent businessman in Evansville and head of the Cook Brewing Company and a former Evansville councilman. A nice overview of Mr. Cook's background appears in the books History of the City of Evansville and Vanderburg County, Indiana [3] and Evansville and its Men of Mark [4], both available in their entirety for free at Google Books. Record of Helen & Frank's marriage appears in Ancestry's Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [5].

In 1910, Helen & Frank still reside in Evansville with Helen's father at 1002 Fulton Avenue and the couple have had son Frank Jr. Frank Sr.'s occupation is listed as Real Estate Agent. By 1920, the couple are living on their own as Helen's father has died by now, though, Helen's brother Albert lives only a few doors away. By 1930, the family has moved to Chicago, Illinois where Frank's occupation is now listed as a securities buyer. The family eventually ended up in Memphis; a search of the Browning Database reveals that Frank died there July 2, 1953 and Helen died there April 20, 1969 [6].

I'm sure there must have been a much more extensive write-up of the couple's wedding in the Evansville papers, but even this would likely make a nice addition to any Cook family descendant researcher for their family history.

1) "Untitled." Paducah Sun [Paducah, KY] 30 Apr. 1904. Library of Congress Chronicling America.
2) Frederick W. Cook: FindAGrave.
3) Gilbert, Frank M. History of the City of Evansville and Vanderburg County, Indiana. Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co, 1910.
4) White, Edward, and Robert Dale Owen. Evansville and Its Men of Mark. Evansville, Ind: Historical Pub. Co, 1873.
5) Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Ancestry.
6) Browning Genealogy: Evansville, IN Area Obituary Search.

Back in March, we shared a link to a site that provides details about Evansville's brewing history from the Brewer's Guild of Indiana .
- Submitted by Taneya Koonce

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