Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 448 & 406 (out of sequence)
submitted by Jo Ann Carlson, November 7, 2007


The numerous friends and acquaintances of Mrs. S. B. Cook were inexpressibly pained and shocked to learn of that estimable woman’s death, which occurred at 3:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon at her home on West Hill. For a week Mrs. Cook had been confined to the sick chamber. She had been slightly indisposed and thought a few days at camp up the river might prove beneficial, but after two days outing her indisposition became more severe, compelling her return a week ago last Friday. Brain fever set in, its ravages defying the highest medical aid, until a fatal meningitis developed. For several days the patient was delirious with fever and was unconscious to the last.

The maiden name of deceased was Seny Chaplin. She was born in St. Louis, but in early youth came to Muscatine with her parents and with the exception of a few years residence in St. Louis and Quincy her regnant life of 46 years was spent in our midst. In 1872 she was happily united in marriage to Brewster Cook and to them was born a son, Robert, now a student of Iowa College.

Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chaplin, sister Mrs. Cora Weed, and brother Joseph B. Chaplin, share in poignant grief of the bereaved husband and son.

Mrs. Cook was eminently active and prominent in church, social and musical circles and her untimely death will be deeply and universally regretted. A more extended notice of her life and character will appear later.

The funeral appointment has not yet been made.

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The JOURNAL in Saturday’s issue briefly announced the sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. S.B. Cook, which took place Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, at the family residence, 804 West Fourth street.

It was then stated that she had been dangerously ill for several days. We learn that Mrs. Cook had not been feeling well for some time before the development of her malady required attention, which was on the 16th inst., while at camp with some friends on an island above the city. She was brought home Friday, Aug. 17th, and in a day or two after her disease developed in an alarming manner as inflammation of the brain or meningitis. From then until her death she was unconscious, and part of the time delirious. The best medical skill was employed and the most careful attention bestowed, but all of no avail. The disease marched on in its ravages till it took away as its victim one of the brightest ornaments and most highly prized members of Muscatine society.

Mrs. Seny C. Cook was born in St. Louis, Mo., February 26, 1848, coming with her parents to Muscatine in 1849, where she resided all her life with the exception of a year or two, when her father’s business as a river engineer called him and family away. She attended the public schools in this city and afterwards taught a few years, or until her marriage in 1872. In 1870 she joined the First Congregational church of this city, and from that time until called hence two days ago, she was an earnest and faithful worker in the church. She was an accomplished musician, and for ten years, was a member of the church choir either as organist or singer. Her voice was a strong, sweet and highly cultivated alto.

She was married June 25, 1872, to S. Brewster Cook, of this city, and the happy life following lasted just twenty-two years and two months, terminated only by the untimely death of the wife and mother.

In the church she was always on duty. None excelled her in the efforts to erect the new edifice and to advance the cause of Christ and humanity. In society she was always welcome and bore a prominent part and was always found in the midst of the literary and musical organizations of the city, and among them all she was recognized as a true Christian woman. In the home circle she shone prominently, devoting herself to husband and son, yet always glad to welcome to that home her many friends and acquaintances.

Possessed of a well-balanced mind, being a firm believer in what she thought was right, she became the counselor of many in times of perplexity and trouble, and that confidence was never misplaced.

She is mourned by a loving husband and an only child, Robert; also by her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chaplin, a sister, Mrs. Cora Weed, and a brother, Mr. Jos. B. Chaplin. She will be missed not only in the home, but in the church and society, yet her life was not in vain and her deeds of mercy and kindness known only to herself will live long as a sweet memory in the hearts of many.

The funeral will be at ten o’clock to-morrow (Tuesday) forenoon, from the family residence.


The Last Sad Rites.

A large concourse of sorrowing and sympathizing friends attended the funeral of Mrs. S. B. Cook, from the family residence, 804 West Fourth street, at 10 o’clock this morning. The obsequies were conducted by Rev. Wm. Brooks, pastor of the Congregational church, who made tender and touching reference to the members of the bereaved family. The floral offerings were delicate and appropriate. The pall-bearers were Dr. H.M. Dean, Dr. Jos. S. Kulp, F.M. Witter, F.W. Swan, Herbert Howe, J.B. Chaplin, Ed. C. Cook and George B. Cook.

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