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Henry Daniel Cooke, 69, descendant of two pioneer families of this area, died at his home in Fairview district at about 1 a.m. today [July 2, 1951].

He had lived in Kittitas valley most of his life and farmed at the present Cooke place in the Farview district for the past 16 years. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E. [Edward] Ward Cooke. His grandparents were the pioneers, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Cooke and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wheeler.

Henry Cooke was born here December 4, 1881. In the fall of 1887, his parents built a roadhouse on Colockum Pass, six miles from the old Cooke ranch. There they lived until 1892, when they sold the station to Mr. and Mrs. George Wheeler in the spring. The Cooke family then moved to Wenatchee, where they spent the summer; in the fall moving to Elberton. They lived at Elberton two years.

From Elberton, the family moved by wagon to Pendleton, Ore., working harvests there and at Helix, Ore. They lived at Grantís Pass, Ore., for awhile and resided four years, until 1897, at Coburg, Ore. Then, driving to Portland, Ore., the Cooke family went by boat up the Columbia river to The Dalles, Ore., crossed into Washington and traveled an old freight road to Yakima.

The family returned here from Yakima by the West Side road. After visiting relatives, the Cookes returned to the Colockum for two years, then moved back into Kittitas valley and settled in the Fairview district.

Henry Cooke is survived by his widow, Cora, whom he married here June 17, 1911, and by four brothers, Edward V., Norman, Bud and Carl Cooke, all of Ellensburg; three sisters, Mrs. Ida Cowell of Kittitas, Mrs. Susan Huss of Ellensburg and Mrs. Marjorie Gillis of Kittitas.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in the Honeycutt-Evenson chapel, with the Rev. Fred Towne officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.