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  • ID: I277509
  • Name: Edwin Nathinal COOKE
  • Given Name: Edwin Nathinal
  • Surname: COOKE
  • Sex: M
  • _UID: C1D77E6B4A61DA11B5B500036D1D18062CA7
  • Note:
    Have part of a diary that covers the1851 Oregon Trail wagon train tri p. Diary done by Harriet Buckingham.

    Appears from sales slip I have a copy of from Ellensburg WA public Libra ry COOKE folders that E.N. Cooke was in business with David and Asa A. Mc Cully and S.T. Church in Cooke, McCully &Co on Feb 2, 1886. They were whol esale and retail dealers in Dry Goods, Clothing, Groceries, Boots and Shoe s, Hats and Carps, Crockery, Paints, Oils, Glass, & c., & c., Holman Bri ck Block, Commercial Street, Salem OR.

    Information on Salem Pioneer Cem. Website.

    Cooke, Edwin N.
    LAST: Cooke FIRST: Edwin MID: N.
    BORN: 26 Feb 1810 DIED: 6 May 1879 BURIED: 8 May 1879
    ETHNIC: OCCUPATION: Businessman & State Treasurer
    BIRTH PLACE : Adams, Jefferson Co., New York
    DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
    BIOGRAPHICAL: 1851 immigrant, merchant, hotel operator, steam boat owne r, State Treasurer 8 years, trustee of Willamette University
    SALEM IN MOURNING -- Just before noon on the 6th of May, 1879, after an il lness of but a few days at his home in Salem, Hon. Edwin N. Cooke, pass ed away. The tolling of the church bell was the first announcement ma de to the community that another one of the men who helped to found this s ociety, and who had borne a prominent part in the political councils of th is State had been summoned from our midst.
    Mr. Cooke was born at Adams, Jefferson county, New York, of the 27th of Fe bruary, 1810, and moved with his parents to Ohio in 1817, settling with ma ny relatives of the family name in what is yet known as "Cooke's Corner s" in Huron county, of that State. Here the family endured many of the tri als incident to the pioneer life of those days. Mr. Cooke first engag ed in business of merchandising in Sandusky City. His business house bei ng burned out he afterwards removed to merchandising in Sandusky City. H is business house being burned out he afterwards removed to Clyde and then ce to Fremont. He was married on Sept. 5, 1835 at Oxford, Ohio to Miss Eli za Vendercook (sic). In 1851 he removed with his family to Oregon, settli ng in Salem where he has ever since resided. Here he built the old "Headqu arter's Building," and began the business of merchandising with our townsm an, Geo. H. Jones, Esq., under the firm name of Jones, Cooke & Co. He w as one fo the founders of the P.T. Co., and was one of its directors fr om its foundation until its line of steamboats was sold to Mr. Hollida y. In 1862 he was nominated by the Republican State Convention for State T reasurer, an office to which he was elected and which he held for the ensu ing eight years, being reelected in 1866. In 1868, in company with his wi fe and Hon. J.S. Smith and family he visited Europe where he remained seve ral months. Ever since his arrival in Salem he has been active in encourag ing everything that pertained to the public good. For many years he had be en an active and efficient member of the Board of Trustees of Willamette U niversity. On Dec. 6, 1852 in company with Hon. E.M. Barnum, Judge B.F. Ha rding, Gen. Joel Palmer and C.S. Woodworth, Esq., he organized Chemeketa L odge No. 1, the first Odd Fellows Lodge organized on the Northwest Pacif ic Coast. He retained his membership in this lodge to the day of his deat h, a period of over 26 years, and is the only one of the charter members n ot living.
    For many years he had been a consistent member of the M.E. Church, and ass isted in various ways by his counsels, and by the most liberal contributio ns from his purse, to aid in the work of this church.
    There is scarcely a branch of our society that will not keenly feel his lo ss. We sum up the sentiment of all who knew him when we say that a truly g ood man has fallen; one who helped to lay the foundations of our social a nd political fabric; one whose lot has been cast with our for more th an a quarter of a century; one who has gone up and down...(unfinished) Ore gon Statesman, May 6, 1879

    HONORS TO THE DEAD -- The State House Closed, Business Suspended -- Sta te Officials, Members of the Supreme Court, and Citizens Generally in Atte ndance -- Yesterday afternoon all that was mortal of E.N. Cooke was laid a way in the family vault in the Odd Fellows' Cemetery to await the summo ns of Him who said, "I am the resurrection and the life".
    At 2 P.M. the Odd Fellows of Salem and a number from adjoining lodges in f ull regalia marched in solemn procession from their hall to the residen ce of their deceased brother. J.M. Patterson Esq., acting marshall. The re mains accompanied with the family and friends were escorted to the M.E. Ch urch in the usual form of the order. Messrs J.N. Dolph, J.H. Moores, J. M. Scott, R.P. Earhart, W.J. Herren, and J.J. Murphy were pallbearers.
    The family pew in the large auditorium was draped with crepe and flower s, floral offerings decked the altar. The organ pealed its solemn not es as the procession entered the church. Rev. Mr. Tower reading the buri al service. The services at the church were beautiful and impressive. Rev s. P. S. Knight and O. Dickenson participating with the pastor, Rev. Mr. T ower. A large concourse of friends paid their last tribute of respect to t he worth and honored man, whom we shall see no more among us. The elega nt casket containing his mortal remains was tastefully decorated with a pr ofusion of exquisite flowers; among them wreaths and crosses, sent by frie nds from abroad. After the reading of select passages of scripture and pra yer by Rev. P.S. knight, Mr. Tower followed in an eloquent funeral discour se briefly recounting the incidents of Mr. Cook's life, a life so pure a nd beneficent that no word of reproach ever assailed it. Mr. Dickenson fol lowed in a few fitting remarks of personal intercourse with deceased, a nd a tribute to the integrity and true nobility of his character.
    After the services in the church, the members of the order marched o ut in the reverse order of entrance, and escorted the funeral train down S tate Street to Commercial, thence to the cemetery. As the funeral processi on slowly marched through the streets of the city the business houses we re closed and the flags floated at haft mast. Mourning for the dead was ev erywhere visible. Notwithstanding the cold rain the large procession atten ded the remains to the family vault, where the last sad, but impressive, b urial ceremony of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows was performed. Aft er which the casket was laid away in the family vault.The bereaved fami ly of the deceased has the sympathy of a large circle of friends. Oregon S tatesman, May 9, 1879.
    Cooke Vault:
    Edwin N. Cooke
    Feb. 26, 1810 - May 6, 1879
    S&H pg 28
    DAR pg 85
    Oregonian, May 7, 1879
    OS 6 May 1879 ?:?
    OS 9 May 1879 ?:?
    IMAGE 1: IMAGE 2:
    LOT: 117 SPACE: EN Cooke Vault LONG: LAT:

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    Cooke, Eliza
    LAST: Cooke FIRST: Eliza MID:
    BORN: 29 Apr 1816 DIED: 2 Aug 1900 BURIED: Aug 1900
    ETHNIC: OCCUPATION: Housewife;
    DEATH PLACE: Salem, Marion Co., Oregon
    LR: wife of Edwin N. Cooke;
    Not in Oregon Statesman
    Eliza Van Der Cooke - wife of Edwin Cooke - Apr. 29, 1816 - Aug 2, 1900
    S&H pg 28
    IMAGE 1: IMAGE 2:
    LOT: 117 SPACE: EN Cooke Vault LONG: LAT:

    1840 Federal Census Margaretta, Erie Co. OH pae 268
    Edwin N. COOKE Males: 1 15/20, 1 20to30; Females: 1 under 5, 2 20to30

    1850 Federal Census Fremont, Sandusky Co. OH page 410
    Edwin COOK(sic) age 38 Merchant , 4000, b NY
    Eliza COOK(sic) age 34, b NY
    Frances M. COOK (sic) age 18 (sic), b OH
    Wesley Vandercook, age 32, Clerk, b NY
    Rachel Vandercook, age 30, b NY

    Oregon Historical Records Index Detail Information
    Case# pg 012
    Name Cooke, E N
    Date 12-31-1865
    Record Type Census
    County Marion
    Source Genealogical

    1862 E.N.Cooke, Mayor of Salem OR per listing of City Officiers, Salem Dir ectory of 1871. A councilman in 1861

    Per: Salem Directory 1871:Willamette Falls R.R. Co. Incorporated Dec 10, 1 864 Capital Stock: $75,000.00 Incorporators, D. McCully, E.N. Cooke and J. L. Parrish Oregon Central R.R. Co Incorporated Nov 17, 1866 Capital $500,0 00.00 Incorporators, J.S. Smith, I.R. Morres, and E.N. Cooke. Salem Real E state Co. Incorporated March 23, 1868 Incorporators, J.H. Moores, E.N. Coo ke and D. McCully.
    Cooke, E.N, (res) NW Corner Front and Division

    1860 Federal Census, Subbinity , Marion Co., OR
    Cook (sic), E. N. , 46, male, 8,000 4,225, farmer, b. NY
    Cook (sic), E. , 41, female, b NY

    1870 Federal Census Edwin N. Cooke Salem Marion Co. page 6 image 11
    Cooke, E.N., 60, M, W, State Tresurer, b NY real estate 17,000 personal pr op 29,000
    Cooke, Eliza 52, F, W, Keeping House b NY real estate 4,000
    3 others in household not relatives.

    Oregon Historical Records Index Detail Information
    Case# 0701
    Name Cooke, Edwin N
    Date 12-31-1879
    Record Type Estate
    County Marion
    Source Genealogical

  • Birth: 26 FEB 1810 in Adams, Jefferson County, New York
  • Death: 6 MAY 1879 in Salem, Marion County, Oregon
  • Burial: UNKNOWN Cooke Mausaleum, Pioneer Cemetery, Salem OR

    Father: Asaph COOKE b: 23 MAR 1781 in Granville, Washington County, New York
    Mother: Mary (Polly) STEWART b: 1781 in Granville, Washington County, New York

    Marriage 1 Eliza VANDERCOOK b: 29 APR 1814 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, New York
    • Note:
      ERIE and)HURON COUNTY, OHIO, MARRIAGES through 1838
      [ERIE COUNTY was created from Huron County in 1838.]

      COOK, Edwin ....COOK, Eliza V. D. ....6 Sep 1835
      COOK, Eliza V. D. ....COOK, Edwin ....6 Sep 1835
    • Married: 5 SEP 1835 in Oxford, Butler County, Ohio
    1. Has Children Frances"Fanny" Mary COOKE b: 3 AUG 1837 in Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio
    2. Has No Children Wiliam Henry COOKE b: 19 MAR 1839
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