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Obituary for Jessie Ann Cook Mills
11 September, 1856 - 29 January, 1932
From The Caldwell News-Tribune, 
dated Monday, 1 February, 1932
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 Mrs. Mills of Wilder Passes to
     Beyond Eight Days After
             Husband Dies


     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.
          Develop Poultry Farm
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 management.
           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, Ind.
     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 cemetery.

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