Cook, Douglas C. (Tud) (May 18, 1893 - October 24, 1954)

Douglas C. Cook

Douglas Budget - October 28, 1954

The Master Printer wrote "30" Tuesday for Douglas C. (Tud) Cook, 61, lifetime resident of Douglas. Mr. Cook passed away in Memorial hospital after failing to rally from a heart attack with which he was stricken about 1:00 Sunday morning.

With the passing of Mr. Cook, an era of news papering in Douglas comes to an end. He was the last of the old school of editor-printers who plied their trade here for many years.

Tud Cook devoted his entire adult life to The Douglas Budget in one capacity or another. He first became associated with this newspaper more than 43 years ago as a type setter. In those days, every line of type had to be set by hand in type sticks and the slogan which hung over the type case was "A Silent Tongue Maketh a Full Stick," Mr. Cook apparently set his life by this slogan as he was always a quiet, mild mannered man.

In later years, he became co-owner of the Budget, stepping down when he though it was time to take a little easier. For the past few years he had been chief Linotype operator and the right bower of the writer. His counsel was always good and his loyalty unfaltering.

Douglas C. Cook was born May 18, 1893, in Douglas, the son of A.D. (Archibald David) and Florence H. Cook, both members of pioneer families. He graduated from Douglas high school in 1912, and on September 1, 1916 was united in marriage with Miss Bessie Irene Wilson at Sheridan.

For many years Mr. Cook was active in musical circle, playing in the local band and for dances. He also was active in civic affairs and served his community as a member of the school board. He was a member of Ashlar Lodge No. 10 A.F. & A.M.

Surviving are his wife, one son, Donald, a brother, Arthur of Denver, Colo.; three sisters, Mrs. Nella Smith, Miss Bea Cook and Mrs. Ethel Steffen of Douglas, and two granddaughters. Two sons preceded him in death. Douglas was killed in an accident while serving with the armed forces during World War II, and Kenneth, who was accidentally killed while hunting for zoology specimens while he was serving as a graduate professor at the University of Wyoming.

Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 at the Methodist church with Rev. A. Ray Henry officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in Douglas Park cemetery.

Honorary pall bearers will be Jake Schneider, Ted Daniels, T.U. Slonaker, Douglas Curry, Cecil Stark, Howard Esmay, Tony Funk and Keith Rider.

Active pall bearers are Elmer Cowell, Milton Lefler, Leonard Shaw, Mort Peters, Henry Bolln and Jesse Slichter.

**The untimely passing of Douglas C.(Tud)Cook Tuesday brought to the end a definite era in newspapering in Douglas and central Wyoming.

Tud, as we all so dearly called him, was the last of the old school of newspapermen in Douglas-the seat of journalism is early Wyoming days.

While Tud was not old in years, he had devoted his entire life to the profession of bringing the news of his community and the truth of what was going on in the world to his neighbors as only could be seen through the eyes of one reared and educated in the newspaper business in his generation.

Quite remarkably, his entire adult business life was associated with The Douglas Budget. He served in every capacity from printers devil to editor and publisher and in each position gave of his best.

During our association with Tud, we learned to love him like a father and our respect for him is not easily told. All of us here at the Budget sorely miss him, as does everyone who ever knew him, and our hearts are empty knowing that he is not with us in body anymore.

But we hope that his family, as we have done, take consolation in the fact that his was a life well spent and that his time upon this earth was dedicated to the happiness and well being of his loved ones and fellowmen.

Tud loved the great outdoors; he loved the uncluttered mountains and forests as they were when he was a boy, and in looking back, the immortal words of Stevenson come to us which we think fit his character and philosophy of life as well as anything we know.

Under a wide and starry sky, Dig my grave and let me lie;
Gladly I lived and gladly I die, And I lay me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave to me; Here he lies where he longs to be. Home is the hunter, home from the hills,
And the sailor home from the sea.

**Your Indulgence, please
It isn't often that we have to ask you to bear with us two weeks in a row because of lack of news in your Budget, but a power far greater than any on earth makes it necessary this week. We refer, of course, to the sudden and untimely death of Mr. Cook, our Linotype operator and right hand. We have tried to do the work this week which formerly required the full time of both of us, and quite naturally, have found it impossible. Everyone else has been extremely cooperative and have worked overtime to see that you get your Budget at all. But unfortunately, no one else in the shop, save us, can operate a Linotype, and we're a darned poor and slow operator it having been many years since we have sat at the console for more than a few minutes at a time.

We are trying desperately to get an operator but they're mighty hard to come by for love or money. Bear with us, please. As it has been written, "This too shall pass away."

* Resource Material of Father's name; A.D. Cook, i.e. Archibald David Cook included from "Pages From Converse County's Past" 1986 John R. Pexton


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