Lillian Alice COOK

Lillian Alice COOK

Female 1873 - 1976  (103 years)

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  • Name Lillian Alice COOK  [1
    Born 13 Jun 1873  Devonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • 6/13/1875, according to newspaper and SSDI
    Gender Female 
    Census 1900  Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • 317 2nd Ave.
    Residence 1903  Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • 317 2nd Ave.
    Census 1910  Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1920  St. Louis Park, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census 1930  St. Louis Park, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Living with Lilian’s sister, Minnie B.
    Census 1940  St. Paul, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    • 58 N. Mississippi River Blvd.; living with sister, Minnie B. Cook
    Occupation Owner and operator of candy stores in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Minneapolis, MN 
    Residence 7 Jul 1976  Postville, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • Not sure if she was living there. News item from Postville Herald: Mrs. Lillian Coffits of the CLarence Nursing Home recently celebrated her 101st birthday -- Lowden Sun-News
    Died Oct 1976  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Buried Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN, Sec. 20, lot 55 Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • SEC. 20 LOT 55 GRAVE 2
    Notes 
    • 1/14/12: There is an Alice Cook in the 1881 England Census, living near London. Not sure if this was her. Saved record to Ancestry shoebox.

      In the 1930 census, she is living with an older sister, Minnie B., who doesn’t show up on the England census.


      Came to the U.S. in 1884 with her father, George R. Cook. He was naturalized in Tipton, IA, in 1887.

      Lived in her own home in Minneapolis until she reached age 91, when she returned to Iowa and took up residence in Mt. Vernon.

      Owned various cars from 1905 to 1958, including a Stanley Steamer and a one-cylinder Reo. [13, 14]
    Person ID I270  Tree1
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2012 

    Father George R. COOK 
    Mother Emma ERSLICK 
    Family ID F206  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harry Merriam COFFITS,   b. 10 Sep 1871, Central City, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1939, Hennepin County, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1895  Cedar Rapids, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Children 
     1. Horace V. COFFITS,   b. 9 Aug 1907, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1923, St. Louis Park, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jan 2012 
    Family ID F194  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Lillian A. Cook
    Lillian A. Cook
    From an article in the (Tipton, IA) Conservative-Advertiser, marking the celebration of her 100th birthday
    Ad for Harry Coffits' ice cream
    Ad for Harry Coffits' ice cream

    Documents
    Article in the (Tipton, IA) Conservative-Advertiser, noting the 100th birthday of Lillian COOK
    Article in the (Tipton, IA) Conservative-Advertiser, noting the 100th birthday of Lillian COOK

    Recordings
    When Franklin Grist Died (15 minutes)
    When Franklin Grist Died (15 minutes)

    Charles Robert Grist talks to Gladys Strite about what happened in the years surrounding Franklin Grist's death in 1953. Topics include:




    • Louise Grist leaves her job as an art supervisor in Milwaukee to help Gladys in Appleton. After Franklin dies, she helps Gladys run Grist Furs and Fashions.

    • Gladys eventually sends Louise to California to fulfill her dream of teaching art there. She gets a job in Benicia.

    • Pat Gray follows to "convince Wese that he loves her."

    • What to do about the house at 24 Winona Court? Jim and Mary Grist are living in a small apartment; Charlie is on the way (born 19 May 1954). Gladys is in a too-big house.
      Lillian Cook [Coffitts] advises Gladys to wait on selling the house.

    • 2 April 1955: While Gladys is on vacation in Los Angeles, she goes up to Santa Barbara to meet up with Louise and Pat, where they got married. For a honeymoon, they stayed with Gladys in the home of Glady's cousin, Lloyd Strite. He and his wife, Lorraine, were away at the time.

    • Gladys proposes to share the house with Jim and Mary, creating a small apartment upstairs where she could live. They shared 24 Winona Ct. from about 1954 to 1959, when Gladys sold Grist Furs and Fashions.


  • Sources 
    1. [S4] (Self-published, J. Hart Rosdail, Chicago, IL (June 30, 1937)).

    2. [S6] Tipton Conservative Advertiser, 6/12/1975.

    3. [S37] 1900 U.S. Federal Census.

    4. [S90] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995.

    5. [S20] 1910 U.S. Federal Census.

    6. [S22] 1920 U.S. Federal Census.

    7. [S19] 1930 U.S. Federal Census.

    8. [S175] 1940 U.S. Federal Census.

    9. [S192] The Muscatine News-Tribune (Muscatine, IA).

    10. [S191] Postville Herald (Postville, IA).

    11. [S9] Social Security Death Index.

    12. [S179] .

    13. [S163] 1881 England Census.

    14. [S10] Article in the Tipton (IA) Conservative Advertiser.

    15. [S159] Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992.


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