The Descendants

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Louisa Mehitable (Drake) Cool

 

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John Drake I of Windsor, Connecticut

John Drake II - Gen 2

Enoch Drake - Gen 3

Nathanial Drake - Gen 4

Josiah Drake I - Gen 5

Josiah Drake II - Gen 6

Josiah Drake III - Gen 7

Ziba Drake - Gen 8

Almond Drake - Gen 9

George Edgar Drake I - Gen 10

Louisa Mehitable (Drake) Cool - Gen 11

Stanley Dow Cool - Gen 11

 

Truman Arthur Cool (1921 - 1944)

 

Drake Generation 12

Descendant # 4

 

Cool, Truman Arthur & Jane (Simonet) wedding (39) # 02.jpg

 

1.Trumanís parents: Stanley Dow and Louisa Mehitable (Drake) Cool

 

2.Trumanís birth: 22 May 1921 (also seen: 15 Mar 1920) on the family farm in LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York.

 

Trumanís death: 23 May 1944 (age 23); killed in action in World War II on the 3rd day of battle to secure the Anzio beach head during the allied invasion of Italy.His remains were returned to the US in a box and were interred in the Elmira, New York National Cemetery.

 

3.Trumanís formal education:

 

From

To

School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

1926

1933

LeRaysville Grammar School; next door to his parents' residence in LeRaysville, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

1933

1939

Evans Mills High School, Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

1939

1940

Canton Agricultural and Technical Institute, Canton, St Lawrence County, New York; dropped out in September 1940 to enlist in the US Army National Guard at Watertown.

 

4.Trumanís military service:

 

From

To

School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

1940

1941

In September 1940 enlisted as an infantryman in Company A, US Army National Guard, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.Service #: 20210595.

1941

1943

Transferred to Hawaii in late 1941 for 14 months; was there (on another island) serving as an amphibious instructor when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Oahu on 7 December.

1943

1943

In May 1943 transferred to Camp Beale (later Beale Air Force Base), Sacramento, California.While there became engaged to marry Jane E. Simonet, his high school sweet heart.

1943

1944

Fort McClellan, Anniston, Calhoun County, Alabama.Transferred in January 1944.

1944

1944

Fort George E. Meade, Maryland.In March 1944 deployed to the European Theater of World War II; by that time had attained the grade of Staff Sergeant.

1944

1944

Campaigned as an infantryman across the deserts of North Africa, then Sicily (arrivingthere about 16 May, followed by main land Italy, coming ashore at Anzio, where he died in action on 23 May 1944.

 

5. Trumanís marriage:

 

a.To whom: Jane E. Simonet (photos) (more info)

 

(1)Janeís parents: Kenneth Zoller & Doris L. (Wood) Simonet of 141 Ĺ Academy Street, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(2)Janeís birth:

 

(3)Janeís formal education:

 

From

To

School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

 

1934

Evans Mills Elementary School

1934

1940

Evans Mills High School, Evans Mills, New York.

 

 

 

 

(4)Janeís employment history:

 

From

To

Employer, location, job

1940

1943

Agricultural and Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.Her engagement to Truman was announced during this period of time.Changed jobs in October, 3 weeks prior to marriage.

1943

 

Watertown Daily Times, Watertown, New York; business office.Quit almost immediately to get married.

1944

 

New York Telephone Company; construction clerk, starting about March/April 1944.Was also, reportedly, a telephone operator.

 

(5)Janeís addresses before marriage:

 

From

To

Address

 

 

Evans Mills, New York

 

1943

Before marriage resided with her mother in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York.When Truman deployed to the European Theatre of Operations during World War II, Jane returned to reside with her mother.

 

(6)Other biographical notes on Jane:

 

(a) Jane married (2nd), as his 2nd wife, Alton E. Robson (photos), son of Charles Robson of Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, on a Saturday in February 1954 at the Asbury Methodist Church, Watertown, New York, with Reverend Don R. Boyd officiating.Alton graduated in 1939 from Rensselaer Falls High School, Rensselaer Falls, Canton Township, St. Lawrence County, New York and served 4 years in the US Army during World War II.His 1st marriage to (?) was annulled.Before their (2nd) marriages, Alton, like Jane, worked in Watertown for the telephone company.His address: Gifford Street Road in Watertown.

 

b.Marriage date & location: Tuesday, 16 November 1943 at the Post Chapel, Fort McClellan, Anniston, Alabama (engagement announced Jun 1943).

 

c.Children: No

 

6.Trumanís addresses:

 

From

To

Address

1921

1939

Resided with parents on the family in LeRaysville, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

1939

1940

Canton, St Lawrence County, New York; school

1942

1943

US Army; Hawaii

1943

1943

Camp Beale, Sacramento, California.

1943

1944

1127 Leighton Avenue, Anniston, Alabama.

1944

1944

Fort George E. Meade, Maryland; Jane resided in nearby Baltimore, Maryland.

1944

1944

In March deployed to the European theater of operations during World War II; Jane returned to Watertown, New York to reside with her mother.Truman arrived in Italy about 16 May.

 

7.Other biographical notes on Truman:

 

a. The baseball/softball fields adjacent to McGrath Gym on Fort Drum, New York were dedicated to the memory of Truman on 17 June 2014.The ceremony included speeches by Colonel Gary A. Rosenbert, Garrison Commander, and Truman's neighbor in the Village of LeRaysville and life-long admirer, Dr. William Victor Delaney, Jr. (photos).

 

Cool, Truman Arthur 2014, 19 Jun memorial ball fields bldg, Ft Drum (21) #.jpg

Cool, Truman Arthur 2014, 19 Jun memorial ball fields sign, Ft Drum (21) #.jpg

 

8.Census records:

 

1930 US Census: Truman Cool, age 9, resided in the household headed by his father, Stanley D. Cool (age 46, 1st married age 22, and employed as a farmer) in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.The household also included Truman's mother, Louise M. Cool, age 41, 1st married age 18; brother, George L. Cool, age 22; brother, Donald D. Cool, age 18; sister, Clara L. Cool, age 16; brother, Walter S. Cool, age 2 years and 7 months; and hired man, Thomas Oberton, age 21.

 

1940 US Census: Truman Cool, age 19 (b. NYS; single; had completed 1 yr of college), resided in the household headed by his father, Stanley Cool, age 56 (b. MI; had completed 8th grade; employed as a farmer) at LeRaysville, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.The household also included Truman's mother, Louise Cool, age 57 (b. NYS), who had completed 2 years of high school; brother, Walter Cool, age 12 (b. NYS) and single, who had completed 8th grade; grandmother, Anna Cool, age 85 (b. NYS) and widowed, who had completed 6th grade; and boarder William Consaul, age 13 (b. NYS) and single, who had completed 8th grade.

 

 

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