Cook, Florence H. (Hartman) (February 1, 1860 - December 1, 1939)

Mrs. A.D. Cook, Douglas Pioneer,

Dies in Denver Came Here in 1886-Assisted in the Development of the Town

Douglas Budget - December 7, 1939

Death came to Mrs. A.D. Cook, former pioneer Douglas resident, at her home in Denver, Colo., shortly before 9 o'clock last Friday evening. She had been in ill health the past two and a half years. In May 1937, she underwent a major operation which was not entirely successful in bringing back her health. The past few months she was confined to her rooms and suffered much pain without complaint. She was cheerful to the end. She would have been 80 years of age had she lived until February 1st. At her death bed were her husband, her son, Arthur H. and two daughters, Mrs. B.J. Steffen and Miss Beatrice Cook. Only a few days prior to death she had visited with another daughter, Mrs. W.J. Smith and a son, D.C. Cook.

Funeral services were held Monday morning 10 o'clock at the chapel of the Hofmann Mortuary in Denver, the Rev. Thomas J. Haldeman, rector of St. Marks church, officiating. Final services were held for the family at the Riverside cemetery where cremation followed. It was her request that the ashes be scattered among the wild flowers of the mountains south of Douglas where she had spent so many happy days on early-day camping trips.

Those from Douglas attending the services were Mrs. Steffen, Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Cook and Miss Florence Cook, niece of the deceased. Among others in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Davis of Morrison, Colo., and E.T. David, all former Douglas residents.

Florence Hartman was born February 1, 1860, at Van Buren, Ohio, the daughter of Amos and Eleanor Hartman. In 1864 she moved with her parents to Boone, Ia., where she received her education in the public schools. She taught school in and near Boone until her marriage to Archibald D. Cook on August 19, 1880.

She came west with her husband, stopping several years in the Black Hills and reaching Converse county in 1886, settling for a time at Shawnee and moving in to Douglas in 1887, the year the town was founded and the lots sold. Here she resided for the next twenty years doing her part in the building up of the then fast growing city.

She was active in church work and civic matters, took a keen interest in the schools and entered into the social affairs of the young city. She was one of the early workers in Red Cross activities and was the proud possessor of a medal presented her for appreciation in Red Cross promotion in this section. With Mr. Cook she was among the charter members of the local Eastern Star Chapter-he its first patron and she the chapter's second secretary. She was also a charter member of one of Douglas' oldest social clubs, the Saturday afternoon Card club, still holding regular meetings.

In 1907 the family moved to Cheyenne following the election of Mr. Cook to the office of state superintendent of public instruction. He had served Converse county as county clerk for 14 years preceding that date. In 1913 they returned to Douglas, Mr. Cook having been appointed field statistician by the U.S. department of agriculture. Several years later he was transferred to Cheyenne where they again made their residence. In 1921 he was transferred to the government offices in Denver and this had been their home since then. Mr. Cook was retired on pension about six year ago. Their daughter, Beatrice, x-ray technician at Denver General hospital, has made her home with them since they left Cheyenne.

Survivors are the husband: Three daughters, Mrs. B.J. Steffen and Mrs. W.J. Smith of Douglas and Beatrice of Denver; two sons, Arthur H. of Denver and D.C. of Douglas; three brothers, Martin Luther Hartman of Harvard, Neb., George W. Hartman of Cleveland, Minn. and Samuel Hartman of Chicago; ten grandchildren, Florence Louise Steffen, Mrs. Bernard Van Dine, Mrs. Richard Van Dine, Douglas, Kenneth and Donald Cook, Annetta, William, Eleanor and Sandra Smith, all of Douglas; one great granddaughter, Janet Van Dine of Douglas.