Notes for Millard Fillmore Cooley (1851-1927) m Alice Mann


Submitted by michael_95073
Noted added Wed Nov 26 23:50:54 2008

Some notes from Patrick Thomas's pages at worldconnect:

-"capitalist" 1900 Franklin Township, Fremont County, Iowa
-hotel owner 1920 Cuba, Crawford County, Missouri
-A Millard Filmore Cooley died in Grand County, Utah on 22 November 1927, age 75--perhaps this one?

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sat Oct 1 22:30:01 2011

History of Fremont and Mills County, Iowa
Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1901.

M. F. Cooley

If those who claim that fortune has favored certain individuals above others will but investigate the cause of success and failure, it will be found that the former is largely due to the improvement of opportunity, the latter to neglect of it. Fortunate environments encompass nearly every man at some stage in his career, but the strong man and the successful man is he who realizes that the proper moment has come, that the present and not the future holds his opportunity. The man who makes use of the Now and not the To Be is the one who passes on the highway of life others who have started out ahead of him and reaches the goal of prosperity far in advance of them. It is this quality in Mr. Cooley that has made him a leader in the business world and won him a name with industrial interests that is widely known.

Mr. Cooley came to Fremont county in 1865, during his boyhood. He is numbered among the native sons of the Hawkeye state, his birth having occurred in Centrville, in Appanoose county, on the 3rd of December, 1851, his father, A. W. Cooley being one of the honored pioneer settlers and prominent business men of that locality. In the year 1865 he came with his family to Fremont county, where he engaged in dealing in grain and stock, carrying on business with good success until his death, which occured in 1892, when he was sixty-one years of age. He was a native of Indiana and was of English descent. His father, S. E. Cooley, however was an Indiana farmer, and upon the old family homestead in the Hoosier state the father of our subject was reared until he had attained the age of eighteen years, when he became a resident of Appanoose county, Iowa, his home being near Centerville. In that locality he married Abigail Cox, a representative of a well-known and influential family. She was to him a most excellent wife, to her children a devoted mother, and to her neighbors a kind and loyal friend. She was loved by all for her goodness of heart, and at her death, which occurred in 1891, many mourned her loss. Unto Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Cooley were born seven children, four of whom are yet living, namely: M. F., of this review; J. E., who is living in Belgrade, Nebraska, where he is engaged in the lumber business; W. I., who is connected with mining interests in Colorado; and W. S., who is interested in mining and also in a Spanish ranch in California. One son, S. A., and two daughters, Sarah E. and Mira, have passed away, Sarah having been six years of age at the time of her death, while Mira attained the age of sixteen years. The father of these children was a Republican in his political faith and gave an unwavering support to the principles of the party. He held membership in the Methodist church, took an active part in its work and did all in his power to promote the moral interests of the community. He enjoyed the confidence and respect of all with whom he was associated and through thirty-five years the name of Cooley has been honorably connected with the history of Fremont County.

Mr. Cooley, whose name introduces this review, was reared upon the old homestead farm and attended the public schools, also broadening his knowledge through practical experience, reading and observation. His business training was received under the direction of his father in connection with the grain and stock trade. In early manhood he spent ten years in the far west in the mines and upon a ranch. He visited Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada and Texas and became familiar with all phases of life in that portion of the country. It was a valuable experience, teaching him to become independent and self-reliant. In that way he gained a start in life and upon his return to Fremont county, about 1877, he engaged in farming and cattle raising. He was also connected with the drug trade for some years and was actively interested in the organization and establishment of the Hamburg Banking Company. He became one of its leading stockholders and the vice-president, and has since been connected with the institution, the success of which is due in no small degree to his efforts, for he has a wide acquaintance and all know him to be a reliable and substantial business man. The public has therefore given him its patronage, and the business of the bank has constantly increased in volume and importance until the concern has become a very paying one.

On the 5th of March, 1877, Mr. Cooley was united in marriage to Miss Alice Mann, a lady of intelligence and good family, who at that time was living in Atchison county, Missouri. She was born in Nemaha county, Nebraska, and was reared and educated in Missouri and Iowa. Her parents were A. C. and Sarah (Workman) Mann, early settlers of that state, coming to Fremont county in 1845. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Cooley have been born four children: Maud S. and Grace Mary, who are at home; Milton, who died at the age of four years; and a daughter who died in infancy.

Socially Mr. Cooley is connected with a number of organizations. He is a very prominent Mason, belonging to the blue lodge and chapter of Rockport, Missouri, to the council of Maryville, Missouri, to Brule Commandery, K.T., of Red Oak, Iowa, and to Moilah Temple of St. Joseph, Missouri. In his political affiliations he is a stalwart Democrat, earnest in his advocacy of party principles, and for six years he has served as a member of the city council in Hamburg. He has been a delegate to many conventions, including county, congressional and state, and does all in his power to promote the growth and insure the success of his party. He is a man of fine physique, five feet ten and a half inches in height and weighing two hundred pounds. Mentally, also, he is a strong man, of excellent judgment, fair in his views and highly honorable in all his relations with his fellow men. His manner is frank, genial and cordial. He enjoys out-door sports, especially hunting, and as opportunity offers indulges his taste in that direction.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sun Oct 2 00:05:49 2011

From "'C' Deaths, with Fremont County connections."

M.F. COOLEY's wife (nee Alice Mann) died June 5, 1921.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sun Oct 2 00:10:10 2011

Five servants are living with Millard and Alice. They were wealthy.

Series: T625 Roll: 905 Page: 162

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sun Oct 2 00:18:04 2011

Alice J Cooley's death cert is online in the Missouri death database. It clearly states that she died 6/6/1920. Husband and informant is M F Cooley.

Submitted by michael_95073
Note added Sun Oct 2 00:25:38 2011

In an article about a young man named Paul Lester White:

Paul never served, as he died on September 20, 1918, just 8 days after registering for the draft. He died as the result of a gunshot wound he received in a shotgun and pistol duel. Paul was the Deputy Sheriff in Cuba, Missouri. Apparently, Paul had been called to check on a disturbance at the Cuba Hotel. As he stepped through the door, he was shot in the abdomen by a shotgun blast, at the hands of M.F. Cooley, proprietor of the hotel.

After being shot, Paul was placed on the train in Cuba, to be taken to the hospital at St. Louis. He lost consciousness en route, and died between Sullivan and St. Clair.

Paul is buried at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, located in Cuba, Missouri.