Louisa Mehitable (Drake) Cool

Lulu/Lula

(1888 – 1942)

 

WORKING DRAFT

Last Change: 9 April 2017

 

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Ancestors:

 

     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

 

Cool, Stanley Dow 1907, Jan (reduced) #.jpg

 

Louisa Mehitable (Drake) Cool

Drake Generation 11 in America

 

Gay #1251 *

 

1.  Lulu’s parents: George Edgar and Mary Arvilla (Briant) Drake

Drake Generation #10 in America

 

 

2.  Lulu’s birth: 22 November 1888 on the family farm between Evans Mills and LeRaysville, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

Lulu’s death: Saturday 28 November 1942 (age 54) at 6:20 AM at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York from complications of an apparently ulcerative or cancerous stomach ailment; had been ill for well over a year, during which time she had received two blood transfusions.  Entered the hospital 5 November and was in an oxygen tent by 23 November.  Interred Monday, 30 November in Black River Cemetery, Black River, Jefferson County, New York; grave located in the older part of the cemetery, near the tree line on the Village of Black River side of the stone building.

 

3.  Lulu’s formal education:

 

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To

School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

 

 

Black River High School, Black River, Jefferson County, New York.

 

 

 

 

4.  Lulu’s marriage:

 

a.  To whom: Stanley Dow Cool (photos) (more info)

 

(1)  Stanley’s parents: Lorenzo Dow and Anna Kinderdine (Brown) Cool of LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(2)  Stanley’s birth: 23 February 1884 in Caro Village, Indian Fields Township, Tuscola County, Michigan.

 

Stanley’s death: Relatively suddenly on Wednesday, 25 August 1948 (11:28 AM), age 64, at Mercy Hospital, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, where he had been a patient since the 24 August at 3 P.M. (3rd inpatient visit in 3 months); the following Saturday (28 Aug) funeral services were held at his home in Evans Mills (1:30 PM) and at the Evans Mills Methodist Church (2 PM) with Pastor Lawrence Heatherinton officiating; interred in the Lorenzo D. Cool plot in the old part of the Black River, New York Cemetery on Route 3 outside the Village of Black River, Jefferson County, New York.

 

(3)  Stanley’s formal education:

 

From

To

School Name, Location, Diploma/Degree

 

 

In Michigan

 

(4)  Stanley’s employment history:

 

From

To

Employer, location, job

1884

1902

Student and laborer on the family farm in Michigan.

1902

1907

Unknown; perhaps a laborer on a local farm or, perhaps, he worked in some capacity with his Uncle Jasper Cool, who operated the Evans Mills Hotel.

1907

1941

At some point after marriage purchased a farm in the Village of LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York and operated it until his land was expropriated by the Government to expand Pine Camp before World War II.

 

 

Welfare Officer for the Town of LeRay, Jefferson County, New York.

1941

 

St. Regis Paper Company, Deferiet, Jefferson County, New York; stock room clerk.

 

 

LeRay Township; Welfare Officer.

 

(5)  Stanley’s addresses before & after marriage:

 

From

To

Address

1984

1902

Resided with his parents at Caro, Indian Fields Township, Tuscola County, Michigan.

1902

1907

Resided near Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York; Anna Arvilla (Drake) Burdick believed his move to New York about 10 years before his parents returned may have had something to do with his Uncle Jasper Cool, who, at the time, operated the Evans Mills Hotel in the Village of Evans Mills.

1907

1916

Rented a farm at Ward’s Corners (the intersection of Bedlum Road and the Evans Mills to LeRaysville Road in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The farm was subsequently worked by the Buskirk family.

1916

1941

Owned a farm on Mud Street Road (the road to Evans Mills) in the Village of LeRaysville, LeRay Township.

1941

1948

Owned a house on Main Street in the Village of Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Died August 1948.

 

(6)  Stanley’s organizational affiliations:

 

From

To

Address

 

1948

First United Methodist Church, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.

 

 

Philadelphia, New York Grange

 

(7)  US Census Records:

 

1900: Stanley, age 16 (b. Feb 1884), was living with his parents in Caro, Indian Fields Township, Tuscola County, Michigan.

 

1910: Stanley D. Cool, age 26, was head of a household on Bedlum Road in LeRay Township, New York.  He was born in Michigan; his parents were born in New York State.  The household also included his wife of 3 years, Louisa M. (Drake) Cool, age 21 and born in New York; and their son, George L. Cool, age 2 and born in New York.  Louisa had had just one child at that time, who was still alive.  Stanley was employed as a general farmer and rented his farm.

 

1920: Stanley, age 35 and employed as a dairy farmer, was head of a household on Mud Street Road in the Town of LeRay.  Other members of the household included his wife, Louise (age 31), and their children: George (age 11); Donald (age 8); and Clara (age 6).  All except Stanley (who was b. in MI), were born in New York State, as were their parents.

 

1930: Stanley D., age 46, 1st married age 22, and employed as a farmer, was heading a household in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  The household also included his wife, Louise M., age 41, 1st married age 18; son, George L., age 22; son, Donald D., age 18; daughter, Clara L., age 16; son, Truman A., age 9; son, Walter S., age 2 years and 7 months; and hired man, Thomas Oberton, age 21. 

 

(8)  Other biographical notes on Stanley:

 

(a) Following Louisa’s death in November 1942, Stanley hired Kitty Chapman (photos) as a live in housekeeper, and she remained in that capacity in his Evans Mills home until at least his 2nd marriage to Grace Hicks (photos) on 13 August 1945.  They continued to resided in the Village of Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.  Grace was a close friend of Stanley’s sister, Martha (Cool) Slater, when they both resided in Detroit, Michigan.  In the early 1940s Martha and her family resided in the Village of Pulaski, Jefferson County, New York, having been evicted in 1941, like approximately 500 other families, from their property near LeRaysville for the expansion of Pine Camp.  It seems likely Stanley met Grace when she was visiting Martha in Pulaski.  Following Stanley’s death in August 1948, Grace (Hicks) Cool returned to Detroit, Michigan.

 

b.  Marriage date & location: 1 January 1907 in the parlor of the George E. Drake residence between Evans Mills and LeRaysville, Jefferson county, New York with Reverend Ceigler of Felts Mills officiating.  Lulu’s brother, Almond Henry Drake, served as Stanley’s Best Man.

 

c.  Children:

 

(1. George Lorenzo Cool: Born 15 March 1908/09.

 

(2. Donald Dow Cool: Born 18 April 1911.

 

(3. Clara Louise Cool: Born 14 December 1913.

 

(4. Truman Arthur Cool: Born 22 May 1921.

 

(5. Walter Stanley Cool: Born 1927.

 

Cool, Stanley Dow family 1921 portrait - numbered (39) #.jpg

 

Cool, Stanley Dow family (Donald, Walter, Truman, Clara, George) (39) #.jpg

 

Cool, Stanley Dow children 1981 (Walter, Donald, George, Clara) (39) #.jpg

 

5.  Lulu’s employment history:

 

From

To

Employer, location, job

1888

1907

Student and helper on family farm

1907

1942

Housewife

 

6.  Lulu’s addresses:

 

From

To

Address

1888

1907

Resided with her parents on the family farm between LeRaysville and Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.

1907

1941

Resided with Stanley on a farm they owned on Pourl Street in the Village of LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York.  Moved in the fall of 1941; was ill at the time.

1941

1942

Resided with Stanley in the Village of Evans Mills, LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York.

 

7.  Lulu’s organizational affiliations:

 

From

To

Organization, offices held

 

 

First United Methodist Church, Evans Mills, Jefferson County, New York.

 

 

Women’s Society of Christian Service

 

8.  Other biographical notes on Lulu:

 

a. Named for her maternal grandmother, Louisa Kirchner, who was of German extraction.  However, throughout her adult life Louisa was referred to as Louise, the English variant of Louisa, or, more commonly, as Lulu, which is also how she routinely signed her name.  Of interest, at some point “Lulu” seems to have changed to “Lula” for her nieces and nephews.

 

Note in the 1900 US Census record, below, Louisa was enumerated as Louisa A., which would seem to indicate she was named after her maternal grandmother, Louisa Kirchner, and her middle name may have been Arvilla, like her mother and her niece, Anna Arvilla (Drake) Burdick.  However, by 1910 Louisa was enumerated as Louisa M., indicating she was named after both her maternal and paternal grandmothers, the same way her brother, Almond Henry, was named after both his paternal and maternal grandfathers.

 

b. Louisa’s brother, Almond Henry Drake, married Stanley’s youngest sister, Roxanna Cool.

 

c. About 1902 (age 18) Stanley moved from Caro, Michigan to LeRaysville, Jefferson County, New York, where he met Louise.  After the wedding Stanley and Louise took the 5 P.M. train west to visit Stanley's parents for 6 weeks in Caro, Indian Fields Township, Tuscola County, Michigan.

 

9.  US Census records:

 

1900: Louisa A., age 11 (b. Nov 1889), resided with her parents in LeRay Township, Jefferson County, New York. (ref 35ez)

 

1910 and beyond: Resided with husband, Stanley; see above.

  

*  Note: Reference is to numbers assigned to people by Alice M. Gay in The Descendants of John Drake of Windsor Connecticut, published in 1933.

 

 

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