Edward Ambrose Cooke

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Edward Ambrose Cooke, son of Dr. Henry Gansevoort Cooke, MD and Maria Burritt Cowdrey, was born at Holmdel, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, 22 April 1887,1,2,3,4,5,6 and baptized at the First Reformed Dutch Church, Holmdel, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, 3 September 1887.2 He died at San Clemente, Orange Co., California, 14 September 1960, and was buried at Pacific View Memorial Park, Newport Beach, Orange Co., California, 16 September 1960.7

Edward married Adele La Force, daughter of Walter Sylvester Force and Marion Bain Jackson, at Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York, 12 November 1913.8,9

He is shown to be a son of Dr. Henry Gansevoort Cooke, MD and Maria Burritt Cowdrey by his birth certificate which name them. Other evidence includes a baptism record from the Holmdel Dutch Reformed Church, his parent's family bible, and the 1900 federal census where he is listed in Henry's household as son.1

Edward was named after his mother's brother, Edward Cowdrey, who died of wounds suffered in the Civil War.

He attended Mohegan Lake Military Academy, 1902-03; Rutgers Prep, 1904-05 and Coleman Business College in 1906. From 1906-08 he worked at Lloyds Insurance and returned to Rutgers for another year in 1909. In 1910 he worked for Dewey's (unknown type of business) as a manager, and from 1911-13 he was a manager at the W. H. Force Co., which is apparently how he became acquainted with Adele.

On 5 June 1917, he registered for the draft in Atlantic Township, Monmouth Co., New Jersey. At the time he was a self-employed farmer of Eatontown. Although having a wife and child, he did not claim exemption.10

He may have graduated from Rutgers Agricultural School and did run several farms in the Red Bank and Lincroft areas of New Jersey before moving to Southern California in February, 1928. He started at Westinghouse January 1931 and worked for them for 20 years as a clerk in the X-Ray and warehouse departments before retiring and settling in San Clemente.

In a 1942 city directory for Los Angeles, he is shown as a storekeeper for Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Co. and residing in Los Angeles with wife Adele at 2733 Harcourt Ave., which he owned.11 In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Congress extended the age limits for selective service registration, requiring men between 45 and 65 to register. Commonly referred to as the "Old Man's Draft," none of these registrants were drafted. Ed registered at Local Board 235, 4652 W. Washington Blvd., April 26, 1942, and indicated he was employed at Westinghouse Electric on So. San Pedro St.12

Of the features of his house in San Clemente, he maintained an extensive garden plot and a tall flag pole that always carried the American Flag. The house was on a hill behind the town and had a tremendous view of the ocean. The house is still visible from the Interstate 5 freeway, just behind and above a municipal water tank. As his illness progressed, the place became too much to maintain and they were forced to move to a much smaller house in town.

He died of lung cancer resulting from years of heavy cigarette smoking.

Family

Adele La Force b. 18 Oct 1893, d. 5 Oct 1990
Children

Citations

  1. [S1016] Edward Ambrose Cooke, Birth Certificates, File No. C108 (1887), New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Trenton, New Jersey.
  2. [S512] Holmdel, New Jersey, Church Records 1825-1934, 104-105, FHL microfilm 1298672, item #2, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as Holmdel Church Records.
  3. [S461] United States Census for 1900 [Twelfth Census of the United States], New Brunswick City, 4th Ward, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 42, sheet 2A, dwelling 21, family 25, Henry G. Cooke household, age 13, born April 1887 in New Jersey, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T623, 1854 rolls, roll #791.
  4. [S462] United States Census for 1910 [Thirteenth Census of the United States], New Brunswick, 4th Ward, Middlesex Co., New Jersey, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 18, sheet 23A, dwelling 328, family 429, Henry G. Cooke household, Lived at 7 Livingston Ave, age 22, born in New Jersey, a farm laborer, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T624, 1784 rolls, roll #898.
  5. [S463] United States Census for 1920 [Fourteenth Census of the United States], Atlantic Township, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 93, sheet 8A, dwelling 181, family 181, Edward Cooke household, age 32, born in New Jersey, a farm manager, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T625, 2076 rolls, roll #1058.
  6. [S464] United States Census for 1930 [Fifteenth Census of the United States], South Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 1519, sheet 2A, dwelling 41, family 41, Edward A. Cooke household, Rented his home at 1026 Milan Street for $40 per month, age 42, born in New Jersey, and was a clerk for an oil well supply co, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T626, 2668 rolls, roll #175.
  7. [S1014] Edward Ambrose Cooke, Death Certificates, File No. 60-092577 (1960), California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.
  8. [S678] Walter Force Family Bible, The Holy Bible: Containing The Old and New Testaments... (London and New York: Castle, Petter and Galpin); Current owner: Bruce Mitchell, Nuevo, California.
  9. [S147] Brooklyn, New York, Marriage certificates 1866-1937, Marriage Certificate #12921, FHL microfilm 1613585, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as Kings County Marriage Licenses.
  10. [S1877] United States, Selective Service System, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Monmouth Co., New Jersey, No. 1, Serial #2057, FHL Film #1712352, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, original data: NARA micropublication M1509, 4,582 rolls, further cited as WW I Draft Registration.
  11. [S1821] Los Angeles Directory Co., Los Angeles City Directory (Los Angeles, California: Los Angeles Directory Co., 1942), 548, further cited as Los Angeles Directory Co., Los Angeles City Directory.
  12. [S1878] United States, Selective Service System, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Los Angeles Co., California, Local Board 235, Serial # U577, FHL Film #2428782, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as WW II Draft Registration.
  13. [S213] Bible Record of Family and Descendants of Henry G. Cooke, The Comprehensive Bible; Old and New Testaments, According to the Authorized Version... (Hartford, Connecticut: Andrus & Judd, 1832); Compiler's genealogy files.
  14. [S464] US Census for 1930, South Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California, pop. sch., ED 1519, sheet 2A, dwelling 41, family 41, Edward A. Cooke hshld.
  15. [S1016] Donald Force Cooke, Birth Certificates.