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THE WESTERN STAR, 8 August 1896

Merchant A. B. Cook of Protection Drops Dead of Heart Disease on His Way Home to Supper.

One of the saddest and most sudden deaths that has happened in our county for some years, occurred at our neighboring town of Protection last Saturday evening, between the hours of 8 and 9 o'clock. A. B. Cook, a well known and popular citizen and merchant, left his place of business with his mail under his arm, to join his family at the close of his day's business, and had only gone a short distance, probably half way between his store and home, when that dreadful summons, death, called him to the Great Beyond. He was alone, when death seized him and it is supposed he died without a struggle. He had complained of his heart troubling him during the day, but he remained at the store until after supper time and then closed for the evening.

His eldest son, Justin, a young man of 17 years, was the first to discover his father in the embrace of death. He was on his way down town after supper and came upon the lifeless form in the path by the roadside. His father was lying on his back, with the mail under his arm and his right hand over his heart as he had fallen, supposedly 5 or 10 minutes before, but his life had left him, and from all appearances, death had been instantaneous. He was carried home to his stricken family and a doctor dispatched to the house, but it was of no avail - he could not be brought back to life.

Word was telegraphed to Mr. Cook's father and mother, who reside in Missouri, but word came back that they could not make the railway connections to arrive here in time for the burial.

So suddenly and without warning did the death angel come, that it was a terrible shock to his family and friends and in this instance, silencing forever as kindly and generous a heart as ever throbbed in a human breast. The news were received all over the county with general regret, as he was well known and well liked. He was a man that never let the little troubles of life ruffle his temper, but on the other hand was universally good natured, and had a smile and a good word for everyone.

Amos Brownwell Cook was born August 31st. 1849, in New Jersey. From there he moved to Mo., where he was united in marriage to Laura M. Gaylord, May 17th, 1874, at the age of 24 years. They had been married 22 years at the time of his death. A wife and three children survive him.

The deceased has been a consistent member of the M. E. church for 24 years, joining at Smithton, Mo. He has served almost continuously as Sunday school superintendent since he begun his residence in Protection, exhibiting great zeal and interest in Sunday school work.

Born in New Jersey; he had lived consecutively in Texas, Missouri, Oregon, Washington and Kansas. His pursuits have been largely mercantile and he leaves a large circle of business friends.

He was a member of the order of Modern Woodmen of America, becoming a charter member at the organization of the camp in 1892, at which time he
took out an insurance policy on his life for $3,000, the premiums on said policy being fully paid up at the time of his death.

The funeral took place Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the family residence, Rev. E. E. Robbins, preaching the funeral sermon. The funeral was largely attended from all parts of the county; there being a large delegation from Coldwater, and the Woodmen lodge of this city attending in a body. There was something like 50 vehicles in the procession.

The remains were laid to rest in Protection cemetery. The Woodmen of America joined with Rev. Robbins in pronouncing the ceremonies at the cemetery.
Card of Thanks

We desire to express our thanks to the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy extended to us in our great sorrow. Mrs. A. B. Cook and Family.
A. B. Cook and Claib Fridley were the delegates elected to attend the republican state convention Aug. 11th. In the death of Mr. Cook, his alternate, W. V. Jackson, will be called upon to fill his place.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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