Deaths and Funerals from the 1910s

Morenci—Casper Rorick, the president of the First National bank here, is dead at the home of his sister, Mrs. Rorick Bennett, Detroit, as the result of an operation. The widow and four children survive. (Benton Harbor News Palladium, April 28, 1910)

Z.T. Cooper, whose two sons were asphyxiated while digging a well near Las Vegas, has erected in the memory of the boys the Cooper Brothers Memorial Methodist Episcopal church at Rosalia, Washington. (Santa Fe New Mexican, January 3, 1911)

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Mother Finds Sons Dead in a Well

Las Vegas, N.M., April 27.—Mrs. Zachary Taylor Cooper went out to call her sons to supper last night and found them dead at the bottom of a 60-foot well. Digging for water on their dry land farm, they had struck a flow of natural gas and suffocated without a sound.

Source: Aberdeen Herald, April 30, 1908.

Found Her Two Sons Dead In The Bottom Of A Well

Willis and Bert Cooper Killed By Natural Gas Encountered While Digging Well on Farm Near Watrous; Distracted Mother Walks Seven Miles to Watrous in Futile Quest for Aid.

[Special Dispatch to the Morning Journal.]

East Las Vegas, N.M., April 25.—Mrs. Zachary Taylor Cooper went out to call her sons to dinner tonight and found them both dead in the bottom of a sixty-foot well which they were engaged in digging on their non-irrigated farm seven miles east of Watrous. The two young men were digging for water but encountered a strong flow of natural gas and were suffocated before they could escape. A message was sent here for a physician, but it was cancelled before he could start, for it was realized that nothing could be done.

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Four Christmas Weddings (Excerpt)

At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac N. Cooper, in Nemaha, Nebraska, Wednesday, December 27, 1907, at high noon, Mr. John Clemans of Peru and Miss Lulu Cooper were united in marriage, Rev. G.W. Ayers performing the ceremony.

At 12 o’clock the wedding march was performed by Mrs. J.P. Clark of Peru, and the bride and groom, preceded by Miss Bessie Washburn and Mr. Blinn Helms, bridesmaid and best man, took their places underneath large wedding bells. During the playing of soft music Rev. G.W. Ayers pronounced the ceremony that made young couple husband and wife. After congratulations a fine dinner was served.

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Veteran Potter Dies Sunday At White Hall Home

White Hall, Nov. 30.—Sylvester Byron Search, 76, died at his home on South Jacksonville street at 3 o’clock Sunday morning.

Decedent was born at Pleasant Valley, O., Nov. 9, 1855. He learned the potter’s trade and came to White Hall to work in the pottery plant 35 years ago. He was the last member of the McKinley Glee Club, once widely known in central Illinois. He was married to Theresa Brown, who died several years ago. A daughter of that union, Mrs. Lenor [sic] Shepherd, of Canton, O., survives. He was later married to Miss Stella Cooper. She and three sons, Theodore of Harrisburg, Francis of Oakland and Marion of White Hall, survive. Two brother and eight sisters are also living.

Funeral services will be held at the Presbyterian church Tuesday afternoon. Dr. C.M. Brown will officiate. Interment will be made in White Hall.

Source: Jacksonville Daily Journal, December 1, 1931.

Mrs. Cooper Seeks Divorce

NEBRASKA CITY, Neb., March 30.—May E. Cooper of Nebraska City has brought suit for divorce in the district court against Frederick Cooper, said to be a resident of Lancaster county. The plaintiff says she was married to the defendant at Brock, Neb., on June 28, 1911. Non-support and desertion are named as the causes of the action.

Source: Lincoln Star Journal, March 30, 1915.