TSGS Cruiser Blog

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

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tombstone Thursday - Lant

Oak Hill Cemetery
Evansville, Indiana
William Lant
Born about 1830 Died 1875
[Born in "Old England" according to cemetery online records!]
Section 29, Lot 5, Grave 7

- Photo taken & submitted by JGWest
[Tombstone Thursday is dedicated in memory of Donald G. West 1952-2000]

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

"The Genealogy Funny Papers" - Just for Fun


The Genealogy Funny Papers...

A list of links to pages that will make you smile and maybe even laugh out loud! (If you know of other sites, please send them to me to share with our bloggers.)

These were sent to me by Don Counts:





Cyndi's List has some very good sites for humor and unusual items of genealogical interest -


Here are some that I have collected over the years:





I will close this list with this final little site that I encourage everyone to visit:


-Compiled by JGWest

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Tonight's Meeting Cancelled...

... due to low attendance and inclement weather

We will see everyone in March!

John G. West, TSGS President

Sunday, February 7, 2010



Meeting Notice

This Tuesday night (09 Feb 2010) is our February meeting (2nd. Tuesday). The TSGS Program Chair has scheduled an interesting forum for this meeting: "What’s New? Have you discovered new websites, books, etc. that might have wide-spread interest for others that you will share at this time? Fun Time, Tell us about something FUNNY that you have discovered or that happened during your research (two minute limit)." Please come and join us!

You do not have to be a member of our society to attend our meetings or events... although we welcome all to join. Being a member of a genealogical society provides opportunities to learn helpful research news & techniques that is helpful from the beginner to the very advanced. We learn something new each month. Also being a member helps the society to acquire more research materials for Willard Library... TSGS has supplied about 1/3rd. of the material available in the library for historians & genealogists.

John G. West, TSGS President