Dave Cooper was the only man who claimed to be a professional gambler in the early days at Iranistan. He came in 1853, and although he at once commenced an outlook for "greeneys" to practice his card-sharp arts uopon, it is not recorded that he ever won any considerable amount of money, and, in fact, it is said he was nearly as often loser as winner. He was a single man, and boarded at W.C. Croft's and H.K. Cranney's while at Iranistan; he removed to Pymosa township, and died there, at Brinkerhoof's house, in 1857.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 527.