MATE IN DEATH
Mrs. Mills of Wilder Passes to
Beyond Eight Days After
WILDER (Special) - Less
(t)han eight days after the death of her husband, Dr. Aaron Mills,
Jessie Ann Mills passed away Thursday morning, January 29, 1932, at
her home northwest of Wilder. She had been in poor health for
a number of months but her condition was not critical until after
her companion's passing. She suffered a slight stroke Sunday
morning and from that time rapidly weakened.
Jess Ann Cook, daughter of Milton and Martha Hadley
Cook, was born September 11, 1856 in Mooresville, Indiana. She
attended Earlham Academy and began teaching school at the age of
sixteen. She continued in this vocation for twelve or fifteen
years, although not consecutively as she spent some time in
furthering her education. In 1888, due to ill health, she went
to California and for a year lived in the mountains and fully
regained her health. She was a member of the Society of
Friends and was greatly interested and very active in Sunday school
and church work.
On July 21, 1892, she was united in marriage with
Dr. Aaron Mills. Their first home was in Dundee, Ore. To
them were born two children, Harold now of Wilder and Helen, who
died in girlhood. The family lived in several localities in
Oregon, then in 1916 they came to Wilder and purchased a sage brush
forty. Mrs. Mills became interested in and began raising
poultry. From this beginning and by their skill was developed
one of the finest equipped and most successful poultry farms in this
section, known as the Mills and Mills Poultry Farm, the son and his
wife being partners with Dr. and Mrs. Mills.
Until last year Mrs. Mills had full charge of the
hundreds of baby chicks that were brooded by them each year and also
assisted with the gathering and packing of eggs and other work.
She was keenly interested and took much of the responsibility of
Funeral Services Held
Dr. and Mrs. Mills were both lovers of flowers,
especially of gladiolus of which they grew many beautiful varieties.
Her devotion to Dr. Mills during his several years of serious
illness was most tender and patient.
Beside her only child, Harold, with whom many friends
sympathize in his double bereavement, she is survived by two
grandchildren. Robert and Beth Joanne of Wilder; a sister,
Mrs. Rhoda Allen, and a brother, William Cook both of Mooresville,
The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30
at the Wilder M. E. Church, where the Sunday before services were
held for her husband. As the Rev. Errol D. ? left Wednesday
for Philadelphia, the Rev. J. Morgenthaler, pastor of the Baptist
church was in charge of the service. Everett Eidemiller, B. H.
Steverson, R. S. and Scott Brown, C. E. Burdick and Charles Boyd
again acted as pall bearers. Burial was in the Wilder