Francisco Burton Cook Obituary

The Clark County Clipper
Ashland, Kansas
April 1946
Francisco Burton Cook
June 4, 1867 - March 29, 1946
    March 29th terminated the colorful life of one of our early Kansas pioneers, Francisco Burton Cook, age 78, who passed away while making his home with his daughter, Mary Brown, 1107 South Vine Street, Wichita.
    Francisco Burton Cook was 18 years of age when he first satisfied his yearning for adventure.  He made the trek in 1885 from the birth place, Terre Haute, Indiana to Kansas taking up residence near what is now Ashland, in Clark County.
    Frank, as Cook was best known, further embellished his life when he participated in the great Cherokee Strip race for land and riches.  His, however was a restless nature and he returned to establish an early ox team freight line between Ashland and Dodge City.
    In 1893, he married Della Donnell and together in 1904 they took up a homestead claim near Meade Center in Meade County.  His marriage was both successful and happy and was terminated by the death of his wife.
    Mr. Cook is survived by two sisters, Victoria Crossman, Bluff City, Kansas and Nellie Wright, of Englewood, Kansas.  Also surviving is a brother, Benjamin Cook, of Pritchard, Colorado.
    Even in death, his life remains a colorful memory for Frank did not want for descendants to bear his memory.  His immediate family consists of two daughters, Edith Munsell, Blackwell, Oklahoma, Mary Brown, Wichita, and a son John Cook of Portland, Oregon.  Nine grandchildren survive; Francis Ingles, Leo, Velma, Evelyn, Gene and Ronald Munsell, Betty Mae, Dorma Lee and John Paul Cook.
    In addition to his family deceased had numerous friends whom he had made through a long life of association.  His fortune was in his ability to make and hold friends.
    Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at 2:30 P.M., Sunday, March 31, with Rev. A. B. Ingram officiating.  Music was by the men's quartet, H. A. Fickinger, Kenneth Rankin, Curtis Rhoades and Harland Hughs.  Mrs. Walter Broadie was at the piano.  Nephews of the deceased were pallbearers.  Interment was in Highland Cemetery.  The Stevenson Funeral service being in charge.

Contributed by Al & Pearl Ellis  June 8, 2006.


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