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Herbert L. Cook (1853-1930)
First mail carrier of Lower Saginaw (Bay City).

  • 1930 Obituary. - Contributed by Jim Petrimoulx - Mar. 2008.
    Bay City Times - Wednesday, March 12, 1930 (Page 11)


    He Was First Mail Carrier of
    What Was Once Lower Saginaw


    Herbert L. Cook, 77, for 63 years a resident of Bay City, and the first mail carrier of what was then known as Lower Saginaw, died at home in Lansing yesterday afternoon at 4 p. m. He was a captain in the first Volunteer Fire Company to be organized in 1875 and in 1881 was chosen secretary of this department. He was also a member of the first local orchestra that was organized. He was married in 1877 to Miss Louise Wolcott and upon her death; married Miss Elizabeth Wolcott. He is survived by one son, R. K. Cook, of Lansing, one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Smith, of Lansing, one brother, Robert Roblin, of Owosso, and six grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the Van Tyle Funeral Parlors Thursday afternoon. Burial will be in the Oak Ridge cemetery.

    Brother William - Added March, 2011.

    History of Bay County, Michigan - 1883


    William Cook, son of Thomas Cook, was born in West Bay City, April 27, 1859. At an early age he was employed in H. W. Sage & Co.'s mill where he still remains, having been with the firm fourteen years. Mr. Cook has the care of a widowed mother and her family on his hands and has never married. He resides on Henry Street, West Bay City.

    Additional Notes.

      1883 - Directory: Bay City, Mich.

    • Cook, Herbert L. - machine hand, res w s Henry 3 s of John, 2d ward.

      1888 - Michigan Marriages: West Bay City.

    • Date: March 4, 1888.
    • Groom: Herbert L. Cook, b. 1854, St. Clair, Mich., son of Thomas Cook and Mary Underhill.
    • Bride: Libbie Wolcott, b. 1867 N.Y., daughter of Ezra Wolcott and Harriet Parsons.
    • Official: L. W. Chapman, clergyman.
    • Witnesses: Mrs. Catharine Shean and Jefferson Wakefield.

      1891 - Directory: West Bay City, Mich.

    • Cook, Herbert L. - carpenter, bds Ezra Wolcott.
    • Wolcott, Ezra - teamster, res s s Hart 1 e of Au Sable State road, 2d ward.

      1900 - Census: West Bay City, Bay, Mich.

    • Cook, Herbert - b. Sep., 1853, Mich.
    • Elizabeth, wife - b. Apr., 1865, Mich. - married 1888.
    • Bessie, daughter - b. Mar., 1889, Mich.
    • Ralph, son - b. 1892, Mich.
  • Related Note & Pages

    Related Pages:
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    People Referenced
    Chapman, L.W. Rev.
    Cook, Herbert L.
    Cook, Bessie (dau)
    Cook, R.K. (son)
    Cook, Robert R. (bro.)
    Cook, William (bro.)
    Cook, Thomas (father)
    Parsons, Harriet
    Shean, Catharine Mrs.
    Smith, Mr.
    Underhill, Mary (mother)
    Van Tyle, Mr.
    Wakefield, Jefferson
    Wolcott, Elizabeth (2nd wife)
    Wolcott, Ezra
    Wolcott, Louise (1st wife)
    Subjects Referenced
    Bay City, MI
    H.W. Sage Mill
    Lansing, MI
    Lower Saginaw, MI
    Mail carrier
    New York
    Oak Ridge Cemetery
    Owasso, MI
    St. Clair, MI
    Van Tyle Funeral Parlors
    Volunteer fire co.
    West Bay City, MI
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.