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BOOK, Orpha 1889-1924


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 3/13/2015 at 12:10:59

Morrison Postmistress Dead

Mrs. Orpha Book died at the hospital in Waterloo about eleven o'clock last Saturday night. Peritonitis was the cause of her death. She was taken sick on Thursday and a doctor was called to attend her. She was somewhat improved on Friday and returned to her work. Her condition became more serious through the day and on Saturday she was taken to Waterloo.

Funeral services were held at Morrison on Tuesday. Interment was made in the cemetery there.

Mrs. Book was postmistress at Morrison, a position which she had filled very acceptably to the patrons of the office for many years. Her husband died about fifteen years ago. Mrs. Book was about 36 years old and was a life long resident of Grundy county. Her maiden name was Orpha Cooley. She is survived by a son about 14 years of age.

Obituary next week.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 July 1924, pg 1


Obituary of Mrs. Orpha Book

Orpha Belle Cooley was born at Adeline, Ill., July 2nd, 1889, and died at the Presbyterian hospital at Waterloo at 11:30 p.m. on July 5th. Her illness was brief. Taken suddenly ill on July 3rd, physicians were called with a trained nurse and after consultation she was taken to the hospital.

She was married to Howard Book May 9th, 1910, who died in 1914, leaving her with a son, Howard Lynn.

Those left of her near relatives to mourn her death are her aged mother, Mrs. Mary Cooley, the son, Lynn; a sister, Mrs. Elda Stout; three brothers, Alonzo Cooley, Morrison, Earl Cooley, of Deer River, Minn., and Arthur Cooley of Freeport, Ill.

The deceased was the faithful and efficient postmistress of the Morrison community for a number of years and through this position and her kind and courteous disposition she made a host of friends.

She had a sympathetic heart and was generous and helpful in every practical way. It can be said of her as Luke, the beloved physician, says of Dorcus, "This woman was full of good works and alms which she did. Are not these tokens of the inward spirit that ruled her life? Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these ye have done it unto me."

She was a member of the young woman's Bible Class at the Morrison church, and expressed to the writer how much she was helped by the teacher and lesson study.

The funeral services were held in the Morrison church at 3 p.m. July 8th. The Rev. L. R. Smith conducted the services. The choir assisted by the orchestra rendered very appropriate music. The church was filled with relatives and sympathetic friends from far and near.

Interment was in the Morrison cemetery.

Those present from a distance were Miss King, of State Center; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Braasch and Mrs. Heltibridle, Conrad; Mrs. W. A. Elliott, Mr. Harry and Misses Mary, Thelma, Margaret and Ivadell Elliott of Waterloo; Mr. Schnebly and daughter, Mrs. Miller, Beaman; P. R. Frazier and Gaylor Frazier, Marshalltown; and a number from Grundy Center and Reinbeck.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 17 July 1924, pg 1


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