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|Justus A. Cook
January 16, 1835 – February 6, 1901
|Justus A. Cook was born in Amsterdam, New York, January 16th, 1835. In early life he came with his parents into Penn., where in 1857, he was married on October 31st, to Miss Elizabeth Hagar, who has traveled life's path with him as a faithful devoted wife for more than 43 years.
In April 1874, Brother Cook came with his family to Iowa, making their home at Oxford Mills until three years ago when they moved to this place. (Olin town)
Their home has been gladdened by nine children five of whom have passed away, two in infancy, two in early childhood and one in early youth, he having lost his life by accidental drowning at Oxford.
One son and three daughters survive to mourn a father's loss. They are: Mr. George Cook, of Elgin, Ia., Mrs. D. W. McCoy and Mrs. C. S. Peet, both of Daws, Iowa, and Miss Lottie, who is at home.
Mr. Cook gave his heart to Christ in young manhood, and united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he remained a faithful and consistent member until his death. Though not emotional or demonstrative in his christian life, he was clear and definite in his own experience of acceptancs (sic) with God, and always testified to an increasing readiness for the change which he realizrd must soon come. Whith Paul, he could say: "For to me, to live in Christ and to die is gain." He died after an hour's severe suffering at 5 o'clock p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 1901.
Public services were held at the M. E. Church at 11 a.m., Friday, February 8th, conducted by his pastor, the Rev. H. E. Wilcox, assisted by the other pastors of the town. The funeral sermon was based ipon Psalm 8:3-5.
A large gathering of fellow townspeople an dfrom the former home, Oxford Mills, testified to the esteem in which the departed Brother and his grief strickenm family are held by those who know them. Interment took place at Dayton cemetery.
H. E. W.
CARD OF THANKS
To our many Friends and relatives who so kindly assisted us durring the brief illness, death and burial of our dear husband and father, we wish to offer you our sincere thanks for your kindness shown us and we hope that when sorrpw comes to you, that you may be surrounded by as loving hands as we have been.
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