Obit: Cook, Charlotte Baer (1872 - 1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Cook, Baer, Stockwell, Herold, Poplett,
Wanner, Holway, Magnuson, Short
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) January 15, 1953
Cook, Charlotte Baer (14 July 1872 - 10 January
Charlotte Baer Cook died January 10, at 7205 W.
Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee; Tuesday, January 13, followed in
accordance with Mrs. Cook’s wish, by cremation. The
ashes will later rest in the Neillsville City
Mrs. Cook was widely known in Clark County,
having at one time been local writer for the Granton News, which
was conducted by herself and her husband, Francis Joseph
was born Charlotte I. Stockwell, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.
S. Stockwell. Birth took place July 14, 1872, at Port Huron,
Michigan. The Stockwells came to Wisconsin in 1877, locating
in La Crosse County. There Mr. Stockwell held various county
offices. His name has been perpetuated in local history by
appearing in the name of one or more subdivisions of
Neillsville. His daughter "Lottie" worked in the office of
register of deeds.
Lottie’s marriage to Mr. Baer took place in
1903, and it was then that they became partners in the Granton
Newspaper as well as in family relation. In addition to
getting out the Granton News, they wrote and published a history of
Baers returned to Neillsville in 1921, having merged their
newspaper interests with others published in the county.
Their activities continued on the old Neillsville Press,
predecessor of The Clark County Press. They also pioneered in
establishing the Neillsville Golf Course. To that enterprise
great effort and much money was devoted. A beautiful course
was created, which remains a community monument to their
enterprise, though something less than a commercial success.
Eventually, after various vicissitudes, the course was taken over
by the present non-profit organization, consisting of stockholding
Baer died in 1936. In 1938, Lottie married Samuel J. Cook of
the Town of Grant, an old friend. They lived in Neillsville
until his death. Since then Mrs. Cook has usually spent the
open season in her house on Fifth Street and the winter with her
daughter Helene, Mrs. Milton Herold, at 7205 W. Bluemound Rd.,
Milwaukee 13, Wis.
addition to the daughter Helene, Mrs. Cook is survived by a
granddaughter, Mrs. Ray Poplett of Chicago. There are two
surviving brothers, C. D. Stockwell of Eau Claire and A. R.
Stockwell of Neillsville, and two surviving sisters: Mrs. Ernest
Wanner of Bismarck, N. D., and Mrs. William Holway of
Madison. Daughters of Mr. Cook are Mrs. Alfred Magnuson and
Mrs. Eugene Short, who reside locally.
Mrs. Cook was a charter member of Carmi Chapter No. 60, O. E. S., and a past matron. She was active in this order 50 years. Her funeral services were in charge of the Ada B. Hewitt chapter of the Eastern Star, following the Episcopal rites.
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