EDWARD EVERETT COOPER. A life of intense and well directed activity has brought Edward Everett Cooper to a position where he can now lay aside the heavier duties and burdens of business life and rest in the enjoyment of the fruits of his former toil. At the present writing, in 1911, he is living in Girard, giving his attention merely to the supervision and direction of his various interests and properties.
His birth occurred in Greene county, this state, on the 4th of December, 1863, his parents being Edmond Mills and Martha (Tunnell) Cooper, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Tennessee. Extended mention is made of them on another page of this work. The Cooper family is descended from English and Welsh ancestry and founded in America in colonial days.
Judge Edmond Landrum Cooper, the grandfather of Edward E. Cooper, was born in Orange county, Virginia, on the 28th of September, 1799, and on the 20th of November, 1822, in Christian county, Kentucky, was married to Mary Mills Perry. They removed to Greene county, Illinois, in April, 1836, becoming pioneer residents of that district, and there Mrs. Edmond L. Cooper passed away March 6, 1887. Judge Cooper lived to be more than a hundred years of age and had he lived for another year his life record would have extended into three different centuries. He was prominent in the local affairs of the community in which he resided and was elected assessor and treasurer of Greene county, filling that position in 1853 and 1854. In politics he was a stanch republican, following the organization of that party and at all times was deeply interested in public projects that tended to promote the welfare of the community. He was a gentleman of the old school, always courteous and dignified, yet jovial and genial, and his friends delighted in his companionship.
His son, Edmond Mills Cooper, removed in 1864 to Girard, at which time Edward Everett Cooper was less than a year old. The latter was, therefore, reared in this district and is indebted to the public school system of the village for the educational opportunities which were accorded him. He started out in the business world as a clerk in the dry goods store of S. McKnight in 1881 and remained with that business until 1890, when he withdrew from active commercial pursuits. He is recognized as a man of sound business judgment, whose investments have been well placed, and he now spends the winter seasons in Arkansas, where he has extensive real-estate interests. He is also one of the stockholders and a director of the Citizens Bank of Van Buren, Arkansas, and a stockholder and director in the Girard Building & Loan Association. His insight into business situations is keen and his sagacity enables him to readily determine the value of any business proposition in which he becomes interested.
Mr. Cooper resides with his mother at the family residence in Girard. His fraternal relations are with the Masons, his membership being in Girard Lodge No. 171, A.F. & A.M., in which he has filled all the chairs, being now a past master. In political affairs he gives his allegiance to the men and measures of the republican party but has never sought nor desired office, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his private business affairs and such interests as are a source of pleasure and enjoyment.