Barber County Kansas

The Barber County Index, April 12, 1899.

Walter Webb Cook

Died: The sad, though not unexpected news of the death of W.W. Cook at Hot Springs, was received here on Sunday.

Mr. Cook was bedfast not quite two weeks. The family were first notified of his serious illness on Wednesday, March 29, and Mrs. Cook left on Thursday of that week for his bedside.

On Friday of last week, his partner in business, T.L. Lindley, received a telegram stating that his recovery was beyond hope, and his daughter, Miss Myrtilla, and Wm. Palmer left that day for Hot Springs. Death was caused from Bright's disease and other kidney infections. A surgical operation was performed but without success.

The remains were brought to this city yesterday and the funeral services were conducted from the family residence at 4 o'clock p.m. The lodges - A.O.U.W., M.W.A. and Knights of Pythias - of which the deceased was a member, turned out in a body.

The funeral was one of the largest ever held here, owing to Mr. Cook's wide acquaintanceship. Owing to the absence of relatives from the city until almost time of going to press, the obituary notice will be published next week.

Barber County Index, April 19, 1899.

Obituary: Walter Webb Cook

Died: Walter Webb Cook was born at Cheshire, Connecticut, November 25, 1839, and died at Hot Springs, Arkansas, April 9, 1899, aged 59 years, 4 months, 14 days.

He was married November 29, 1866 to Martha E. Howe. Three children - Willard E., now residing in Sherman, Texas, Herbert C. and Myrtilla M. of this city, were born to the union.

Mr. Cook came to Barber county in 1876 and has been a citizen among us since that time. He was chosen Mayor of Medicine Lodge in its early days and has served on the Board of County Commissioners two terms.

During his years in Barber county he followed the business of real estate and livestock, and at the time of his death was a member of the firm of Cook and Lindley.

The many beautiful floral offerings and the large procession which followed the remains to the grave have done more to show the esteem in which the deceased was held by his fellow citizens than any words which could be written.

Those from a distance who attended the funeral were W.E. Cook and wife, Sherman, Texas; Mrs. E.J. Fisk, a sister, Atchison, Kansas, and Mrs. M.E. Carmichael and family, Marion, Oklahoma, sisters of Mrs. Cook; Col. C.H. Eldred and wife, Alva; Rev. A.A. Parker and Wife, Wichita; Frank Drysdale and wife, Kiowa; T.M. Potter, Peabody.

(Memorial resolution from Knights of Pythias follows obituary.)

Thanks to Ellen (Knowles) Bisson for finding, transcribing and contributing the above news article to this web site!

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