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Friday, February 12, 2010

Stephen H.S. Cook...

The following article appeared in the Evansville Courier, Thursday, 3 March 1910.

Stephen H.S. Cook, one of the city’s early and most prominent business men and a church worker of note, died Wednesday afternoon at the family home at 1623 Upper Second street.

Mr. Cook was born at Woonsocket, Rhode Island May 10, 1840 and his early youth was spent in that city. A brother, Rev. Henry A. Cook, of Boston, receiving an appointment as pastor of the First Baptist Church of this city, urged him to come west and in 1859 he came to Evansville.

For over a year after his arrival, he taught school in the little brick school house which at that time stood on the corner of Main and Division streets. While engaged in this work, he met Esther Jarvis, daughter of one of the pioneers of this section, who, in 1861, became his wife.

The war breaking out about this time, Mr. Cook set about to raise a company, Co. H., 91st Indiana volunteers, with whom he served as a second lieutenant. With the advent of peace, Mr. Cook returned to Evansville and became engaged in the grocery business on Main street. He continued at this until 1889 when he entered the insurance field which occupied his attention up to the time of his last illness.

For the past 50 years, the deceased has been an active member of the First Baptist Church and during much of that time has served as one of its officers. Mr. Cook was a member of the G.A.R. and the Knights and Ladies of Honor.

Surviving of the large family of which Mr. Cook was a member, are one brother and five sisters. A wife and four children, S. Wallace Cook, John W. Cook, Mrs. William E. Wilson of this city and Clarence A. Cook of Indianapolis and eight grandchildren also survive.

The funeral will take place Friday afternoon from the First Baptist Church.

[Note: Stephen H.S. Cook is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery:
Section 39, Lot 63, Grave 3 - 69 yrs. 9 mos. 22 days. His Find-A-Grave Memorial is being maintained by Brenda Legate: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=14358761.]
- Submitted by Brenda Joyce Jerome

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