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Old Settler Celebration News

1902 Old Settler's Celebration
The Columbus journal. (Columbus, Neb.), July 23, 1902
Stark County, Illinois celebrate the 14th of August as old settlers' day. Each year this county makes great preparations for their annual reunion, so much so that excursion rates are secured on many lines of railroad. Hundreds of people living in southern Nebraska attend these gatherings and visit their relatives. There are several families in the neighborhood of Monroe, also J. H. Drinnin and Thomas Deck of Columbus, who came from Stark County, may visit their boyhood home during the celebration this year.

Mrs. Anna (Marlin) Cooley Honored at Old Settler Celebration
The Daily Courier (Connellsville, Pennsylvania) October 6, 1948
Widow of Former Local Man Honored As Illinois Pioneer
Of interest to the older people of Connellsville may be the anniversary of the birth of Mrs. Anna M. Cooley of Toulon, Illinois. Mrs. Cooley will be 89 on November 1. Her husband, the late Jonathan B. Cooley, was born and reared in Connellsville. He was a brother of the late Mrs. John Lindsay and an uncle of Miss Gertrude Lindsay of South Pittsburg Street, this city. The late John B. Cooley, long-time employee of The Courier, was a cousin.
Mrs. Cooley was honored at the 71st annual reunion of the Stark County, Illinois, Old Settlers Association in August by having her picture on souvenier badges. She was born in 1859 on a farm on the line between Stark and Bureau counties. Her parents were William and Maria Fowler Marlin. Shortly after the Civil War she traveled with her parents from Buda, Illinois to Missouri. They lived the lives of pioneers there until grasshoppers drove them out and then returned to Illinois.
Anna M. Marlin and Jonathan B. Cooley were married in 1889 at Toulon. When the Cooley family here was broken up three brothers - Jonathan, Thomas and Melbourne, migrated to Illinois and located at Toulon. It was there Anna and Jonathan met. She is the mother of one son, Dr. William Cooley of Peoria, Illinois and four daughters, Misses Gertrude and Verna Cooley of Toulon, Zeruah (Mrs. Edward Korling) of Gridley, Calif. And Daisy (Mrs. George Thompson) of Los Angeles.

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