COOK – On May 11, 1897, at his home near Scotch Hill, Pa., Mr. Phillip Cook, aged 75 years.
Mr. Philip Cook died at his late residence near Scotch Hill, Pa., of nervous prostration, superinduced by a dislocation and fracture of the hip, caused by a fall on the ice on the 20th of February, and further aggravated by several chronic ailments.
Mr. Cook was a son of John and Susannah Helpman Cook, and was born in Beaver township, then a part of Venango county, January 17, 1822, and removed with his parents and settled in the woods at the mouth of Tom’s Run, on the Clarion river, about 1828 or 1829. This location is the present site of Cooksburg, where he remained nearly continuously engaged in lumbering and boat building until he removed to the farm on which he died. The writer has often heard him tell stories of great hardships of the Cooks, Mazes and others of the pioneer settlers of the wilderness about Cooksburg. At the beginning of the civil war, he enlisted and was mustered into the 10th Pa Reserves, but was discharged on account of physical disability. He rejoined the regiment at [Camp] Pierpoint and served three months without compensation. He was in politics, an old line whig, but joined the Republican party upon its formation and has ever been a firm adherent to I s doctrines. He held to the creed of the Universalist church though not a member. His suffering was intense but he had a kindly greeting for each of the hundred, of friends and neighbors who came to visit him during his longlines. He said all was in God’s hands and expressed a hope of soon being a rest in the “the house not made with hands eternal in the Heavens.”
Mr. Cook was married June 1, 1878, to Louisa B. Barrett, of Bucyrus, Ohio. By this union were three children, Susan E., Arthur P., and Louisa B. The son died July 21, 1884. The daughters survive, the elder, Susan having been called home from the Normal on account of her father’s continued decline. In several instances he has proved himself a father to the fatherless, having given a home to several orphaned children. Quiet and unassuming in manner, keenly alive either to the sympathetic of the ludicrous, he was, withal a good husband, a kind father, a faithful friend and will be mourned and missed by a large circle of relatives and friend.
Our hope and belief is that he is now in his Father’s house and that we may meet him there.
“Up to that world of light
Take us dear Savior,
There way we all unite
Where kindred spirits dwell
There may our music swell,
And time our joys dispel
Never, no never.”
Brendon is a history buff who loves American History, especially the American Civil War. He is also a direct descendant of William H. Wagner of the 10th Pennsylvania Reserves. Member of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves Co. A (Reenacting Unit). Creator of The Blue & Gray Historian on Instagram and Facebook. He is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.