Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

Carl Franklin Cooper

CARL FRANKLIN COOPER is county engineer and surveyor of Rooks County, is a man of high professional standing, and has been very active in affairs at Stockton for a number of years.

His great-grandfather Cooper came from France to New York State in early days. The Cooper family have been in Kansas more than half a century. His grandfather brought his family to this state in 1864. Grandfather Cooper was a native of New York. He homesteaded 160 acres in Clay County, Kansas, and lived on his homestead until his death. His wife, Sarah Cooper, was a notable woman in Clay County. She was the first postmaster in the county and also conducted the first Methodist Sunday School there. This venerable woman spent her last days at Stockton, and died in 1917, at the age of ninety-five.

P. H. Cooper, father of Carl F., is a resident of Stockton. He was born in the State of Michigan December 23, 1853, and was eleven years old when he came to Kansas. On reaching his majority he homesteaded 160 acres in Clay County and farmed that place for a number of years. For a time he was a contractor with the Denver and Rio Grande Railway in Colorado. In 1892, leaving Colorado, he located at Stockton, and for eighteen years conducted a drug business in that city. He served several terms on the city council, is a republican and a former member of the Odd Fellows. Mr. Cooper married Miss McBride, who died at Stockton in 1893. Their children were: Elizabeth, a stenographer living at Stockton; Inez, a bookkeeper in Stockton; Carl Franklin; Mary Ellen, wife of E. R. Lewellen, cashier of a bank at Gaylord, Kansas.

Carl Franklin Cooper was born at Morganville in Clay County, Kansas, October 19, 1887, and has lived in Stockton since he was about five years old. He graduated from the high school in 1906 and was a student in Washburn College, Topeka, through his sophomore year. By study and practical experience he acquired his profession of civil engineer and has served continuously as county surveyor of this county since 1911 and since 1917 has also been county engineer. He was deputy county clerk from 1911 to 1915. He is a republican, and is a past grand of Stockton Lodge of Odd Follows. He has a modern home at Stockton and on January 31, 1916, in Osborne County, he married Miss Gladys Foster, doughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Foster. Her father was a pioneer settler in Brown County, Kansas, and his widow still resides in Osborne County.

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