Charles Richard Cooper
|Birthplace:||San Juan Bautista Mission, San Juan Bautista, San Benito, California, United States|
|Death:||Died in Siaquoc, CA, United States|
Son of John Alexander Cooper and Mary P Burnett
|Managed by:||Noah Gregory Tutak|
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About Charles Richard Cooper
Per a post on Ancestry.com the above photo of Charles Richard Cooper and Sarah Ann Walker Cooper was taken in 1907. The other two people in the photo are Hilda Walker and Mildred Wimmer. This was documented by Kathryn Walseth according to Judy Ellis, who posted a comment on the photo. The photo was originally shared on Ancestry.com in August of 2008 by someone named Larry (last name unknown).
Charles Richard Cooper was born November 9, 1854, in San Juan Bautista, San Benito County, California. He was the son of John Alexander Cooper and his wife Mary P. Kennedy. Charles Richard Cooper's wife, Sarah Ann Walker was born November 9, 1857, in Sebastapol, California, and they were married in 1879. She was the daughter of William Washington Walker and Elizabeth Wright. Charles and Sarah's first son, Harvey, was born in 1880, then Rosa H. in 1882, Carolyn Abigail (known as Carrie) in 1885, Anna May in 1888, Charles William in 1890, Carl Thomas in 1894, and James Kennedy Cooper in 1897.
In the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for Salinas, San Luis Obispo, California, Charles, 26, and Sarah, 22, were living with their one month old son, Harvey, and Charles was working as a stock raiser. By 1900 C.R. Cooper, 46, was living in Santa Barbara County, as a boarder in the home of Thomas B. Rice and his wife Frances, and their two daughters. He was working as a farm laborer. His family was not living with him at the time.
Sarah A. Cooper, 42, was living elsewhere in Santa Barbara county with her children Rosa H., 17, Carrie, 14, Annie, 12, Charles W., 9, Carl T., 5, and James K., 3 years old. She had been married 21 years, given birth to 7 children, 6 of whom were still living, so it seems that her first son Harvey had already passed away. Why Sarah and Charles were living apart at the time is unknown, but perhaps it had to do with his work.
In 1903 Charles and Sarah's daughter Carolyn Abigail, known as "Carrie," married Ambrose Oliver Cox, who was born February 9, 1883, in Afton, Brookings County, South Dakota, the son of Henry Twiman Cox and Sarah Josephine Garrett. Henry was from Missouri and Sarah was born in Visalia, Tulare County, California. In the 1910 census Ambrose, 27, Carrie, 24, and their children, Lyle Ambrose, 6, Celeste E., 4, and Sarah M., 2, were living in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, California, on Morrison Avenue, and Ambrose was working as a driller for an oil company. Sadly, Ambrose passed away just 9 years later on January 12, 1919, in Santa Maria when he was only 36 old. He was buried in the Santa Maria Cemetery.
In 1908 Charles and Sarah's daughter Anna May, known as Annie, married Ray William Smith, who was born August 17, 1883, in Afton, Brookings County, South Dakota, the son of John Smith and Hannah C. Farrell Smith, who were both born in New York. In the 1910 census Annie May and her husband Ray William, were living in Black Diamond, King County, Washington, with their 11-month old daughter, Catharine, and Ray was working as a civil engineer for a coal mining company. When he completed his U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card on September 12, 1918, in Seattle, Washington, he described himself as being tall with a medium build, brown eyes and black hair. He was living at 611 20th Avenue North in Seattle, King County, Washington, with his wife, Anna May, and working as a Civil Engineer for The Pacific Coal Company in Seattle.
By the 1920 census they were still living at the same address and were listed as follows: Ray W., 35, Anna M., 31, Catharine, 10, Ray W., Jr., 8, and Caroline J., 6 years old. Ray was working as an assistant engineer for a coal mining company and they owned their home but had a mortgage. They were still at the same address in 1930, their home was valued at $6,500, and Ray, 45, was listed as a civil engineer with Anna, 41, Catharine, 20, Ray William, Jr., 19, and Carolyn, 16. They were still at the same address in 1940, Ray, 56, Anna, 51, and Ray W., Jr., 29. Ray and Anna both graduated high school and Ray W., Jr., had 4 years of college. Ray was still working as an engineer for a coal company and for the 52 weeks he worked in 1939 his income was $5,100. Ray, Jr., was working as a clerk for an oil company and for the 52 weeks he worked in 1939 his income was $1,925.
Ray William Smith, Sr., passed away in 1948 at the age of 65 years old, and was buried in the Calvary Cemetery in Seattle, Washington. Anna May Cooper Smith, born in 1889, passed away 7 years later on March 13, 1955, in Seattle and was buried in the Acacia Memorial Park Cemetery in Lake Forest Park, King County, Washington, in the Mausoleum, MC104, Azalea, L-A, Crypt 24. Their son Ray William Smith, Jr., married Mary Jane Lentz August 20, 1940, in King County, Washington. They were married by a Catholic Priest in the Holy Family Church in Kirkland. He passed away at the age of 89 years old in November of 2000 while living in Orange County, California.
In 1910, Charles, 56, and Sara A., 52, were living with their two youngest sons, Carl Thomas, 15, and James Kennedy, 13, in the Cat Canon Oil Fields in Santa Barbara County, California. Sarah and Charles had been married 30 years. Charles was working as the manager of a general farm, but most of their neighbors were working for the oil company, including several drillers, teamsters, and tool dressers, as well as a foreman, a storekeeper, a machinist, a pumper and a lease foreman. Charles was renting his farm.
Sadly 9 years later Charles Richard Cooper passed away at the age of 66 years old on February 4, 1919, in Santa Barbara County, California. According to his Find A Grave.com memorial, he was the eldest of two sons born to Mary Kennedy and her first husband, Alexander Cooper. In 1870 Charles and his brother appeared in the census in the household of their stepfather, Wesley Burnett, at Arroyo Grande in San Luis Obispo, California. Further, Find A Grave shows that Charles was a farmer who had resided in San Luis Obispo county for many decades before coming to Santa Barbara County where he settled near Sisquoc. Charles was buried in the Santa Maria Cemetery District in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County, California.
In the 1920 census for Sisquoc, Santa Barbara, California, Sarah Ann Cooper, a 63-year old widow, was living with her 34-year old widowed daughter, Carrie A. Cox, 34, and her children, Lyle Ambrose, 16, Celeste, 14, Sara M., 12, Henry C., 9, and Alta A., 6 years old. Carrie was running a boarding house for the oil fields and her son Lyle was working as a laborer at the oil field. Sarah was listed as "retired."
By 1930, Carrie's son Lyle Ambrose Cox was living in Long Beach, California, at 2826 Coolidge Street, and was married and had a daughter. They were listed as follows in the census record: Ambrose L. Cox, 26, Mary S. Cox, 23, and Shirley M. Cox, 4 years, 10 months old. Ambrose was working as an oil field worker and they were renting their home for $25 per month. In 1932, 1933, and 1935 U.S. City Directory listings they were still living on Coolidge Street and Lyle Ambrose Cox was still working as an oil worker.
In 1930, Sarah, 72, and her daughter, Carrie, listed as Carolyn, 44, had moved to Southern California and were living not far from Long Beach in Compton, Los Angeles County, California, at 1031 E. Golden Avenue with Carrie's children, Sarah, 22, Henry C., 19, and Alta, 16. They were renting their home for $30 per month. Carrie was doing laundry at home, her daughter Sarah was working as a telephone operator for a canning factory, her son Henry was a laborer, and Alta was waitress in a restaurant.
In 1940 they were living at 524 West 50th Street in Los Angeles, and were listed in the census as follows: Carolyn Lackey, 34, head of household (should be 54 years old), and her daughter, Alta Harter, 26, a granddaughter, Dorinne Smith, 8, (perhaps her sister Annie May's daughter), her mother, Sarah Cooper, 82, and also living with them was John L. Stone, 27, a lodger. Both Carolyn and Alta were listed as being married, but no husbands were living with them at the time.
Alta was working as a saleslady at a steel works, and John Stone, the lodger, was working as the superintendent in the textile industry. Alta's income for the 52 weeks she worked at 40 hours per week in 1939 was $1,600 which was a pretty good income for a woman in those days. Mr. Stone only earned $1,121 that year. Neither Carolyn nor Sarah had any income that year.
Just a few months later, Sarah Ann Walker Cooper passed away on November 15, 1940, in Los Angeles County, California, and was buried with her husband, Charles in the Santa Maria Cemetery in Santa Barbara County. She had her 83rd birthday just 6 days before her death. According to the Find A Grave memorial for her, there was no headstone for Sarah. She was buried in an older part of the cemetery and her grave is behind many Japanese headstones.
When Charles and Sarah Ann Walker Cooper's son, Charles William Cooper completed his U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card on June 5th (no year given, but probably 1918), he was 26 years old, having been born July 4, 1893, in Adalaide, California. He described himself as being tall with a medium build with grey eyes and brown hair, and was working as a store manager for California National Supply Company in Shale, Kern County, California. Charles indicated he had a wife and one child under the age of 12 years old at the time.
In 1920 Charles William Cooper, 29, was living with his wife, Kathleen, 29, and their two children, Charles Kipp, 3 years, 11 months old, and Martha Ann, 1 year, 7 months old, in Taft, Kern County, California, and he was still working as the manager of a supply company. They were renting their home located on Supply Row. His wife was Kathleen Morgan Kipp, born August 24, 1888, in Lawrence, South Dakota, the daughter of George Daugherty Kipp and Helen Morgan, both of Kansas.
By 1930, Charles, 39, and Kathleen, 39, and their children Charles Kipp, 14, and Martha A., 11, were living at 441 N. Flores Street in Los Angeles, California, in a home they were renting for $70 per month. Charles was working as a salesman for a pipe manufacturer. In 1940 they were living at 601 Croft Street in Beverly Hills, California, and were listed as Charles, 44, Kathleen, 47, son Charles K., 24, and Martha A., 21. Charles was an engineer for a power house and refining company, Kathleen was a make-up artist for the movie studios, Charles Kipp was an aeronautical engineer for an aircraft factory, and Martha was a clerk typist for a commercial bank. No income was listed for Charles and Kathleen, but Charles Kipp earned $1,200 for the 52 weeks he worked at 40 hours per week in 1939, and Martha earned $850 for the 50 weeks she worked at 44 hours per week that year.
Charles William Cooper, born July 4, 1890, passed away at the age of just 51 years old on June 26, 1942, in Los Angeles County, California. His son Charles Kipp Cooper, born January 22, 1916, passed away May 28, 1948, in Los Angeles County, when he was just 32 years old. Kathleen lived to be 91 years old and passed away on November 28, 1978, in Los Angeles County, California. Their daughter Martha Ann Cooper Sies, born June 14, 1918, in Los Angeles, passed away at the age of 75 on August 3, 1993, while living in Santa Monica, California. She was buried in the Pacific Crest Cemetery in Redondo Beach, Los Angeles County, California. For some reason, Martha traveled from Yokohama, Japan, on the ship S.S. Chichibu Maru, arriving at the port of Los Angeles, California on December 24, 1938, when she was 20 years old. At the time she was living at 332 N. Croft Avenue in Los Angeles.
When Charles and Sarah's son Carl Thomas Cooper completed his U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card on June 5, 1917, he was 22 years old, living in Pozo, San Luis Obispo County, California, and described himself as being tall with a medium build, light blue eyes and light color hair. He was born in Paso Robles, California. At the time he registered he was married and working as a farmer in Pozo, California. In the 1920 census he was listed as Carl T., 25, with wife, Gladys, 25, and Wesley Wimmer, 24, her brother. They were living on Cayucas Road in Josephine, San Luis Obispo, California, and Carl was still farming and so was Wesley.
By 1930 they were living at 1628 8th Street in Bakersfield, Kern County, California, and were listed as Carl T., 35, Gladys I., 35, and daughter Winnie E., 4 years and 6 months old. They were renting their home and Carl was working as a tool pusher for the oil fields. When Carl completed his U.S. World War II Draft Registration card in 1942, he was 48 years old, living at 309 Lincoln Avenue in Oildale, California, a suburb of Bakersfield. He was working for California Star Oil Company, in Fellows, California, on the West Front Lease in Bakersfield. He gave the name of the person who would always know his address as his brother-in-law, Wesley Wimmer of Paso Robles, California. Carl was born August 7, 1894, and passed away at the age of 75 years old in April 10,1970 while still living in Bakersfield, California.
When Charles and Sarah's youngest child, James Kennedy Cooper completed his U.S. World War I Draft Registration Card on September 12, 1918, he was 20 years old, having been born November 22, 1897. He described himself as being tall with a medium build, brown eyes and brown hair. He was working as a tool dresser for R.E. MCKay of Palmer Huron Oil Company in Sisquoc, California. He listed his father, Mr. Charles Richard Cooper of Sisquoc, Santa Barbara County, California, as his nearest relative.
By 1920 he was living in Careaga, Santa Barbara County, California, and was 22 years old, married to Della Flores Cooper, 20, and was still working as a tool dresser on an oil lease. In 1930 they were living at 1932-A Cherry Avenue in Signal Hill, Los Angeles County, California, in a home they were renting for $25.00 per month, and James was working as a driller for an oil drilling company. James and Della had been married for 11 years.
A 1940 U.S. City Directory Listing showed that James and Della were living at 3582 Lime Avenue in Long Beach, California, and James was working as an oil worker. In a 1960 U.S. City Directory listing, James K. Cooper and Della S. Cooper were living at 835 Hungerford Street in Long Beach, and he was working as a fishing tool operator for Houston Oil Fields Materials in Long Beach.
Just two years later, James passed away February 2, 1962, in Los Angeles County. His California Death Index record indicated he was born November 22, 1896, not 1897 as his draft card showed. His wife, Della Susan Flores Cooper, born July 19, 1899, in California, passed away May 28, 1989, in Riverside, California. She was the daughter of Charlie and Enardina Flores, from Santa Barbara County, California.
Carolyn Abigail Cooper, "Carrie", daughter of Sarah Walker and Charles Richard Cooper, born July 20, 1885, in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California, died at the age of 70 on October 29, 1953, in Santa Ana, Orange County, California. Her U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index showed her as Carolyn Cooper Lackey Peters. Her Find A Grave Memorial indicates she was buried in Westminster Memorial Park Cemetery in Westminster, Orange County, California. Her headstone reads "Mother" Carolyn A. Peters, 1885-1953. She is buried in the Memories Section of the cemetery.
According to California Birth Records, Carolyn's daughter, Sarah, born December 4, 1907, in Santa Barbara County, California, was listed as Sally M. Cox, not Sarah. Her full name may have been Sarah Sally Maxine Cox. In the 1940 census she was listed as Sally M. Hammond, 32, living with her husband, Joe G. Hammond, 31, and children, Shirley J., 15, Joe, 8, and Sally J., 4, at 1952 Myrtle Avenue in Long Beach, California. They owned their home which was valued at $3,500. Joe was working as a printer for the Long Beach Press-Telegram Newspaper, and for he 52 weeks he worked at 42 hours per week in 1939 his income was $2,800. Joe George Hammond, born April 16, 1908, in California, died at the age of 49 on December 2, 1957, in Los Angeles County. Sarah or Sally Cox Hammond passed away 12 years later in October 25, 1969, while living in Stanton, Orange County, California.
In the 1940 census, Carrie's son Ambrose Lyle Cox, 36, and his wife, Mary, 33, and daughter, Shirley, 14, were living at 2922 Coolidge Street in Long Beach, a home they owned valued at $3,300 and he was working as a production foreman in the oil industry. For the 52 weeks he worked at 40 hours per week in 1939 his income was $2,400. Ambrose was born in California as was his daughter Shirley and his wife, Mary, was born in Texas. Previously in 1937 they had been living in Bakersfield, Kern County, California where A. Lyle Cox was an oil worker. Mary's full name was Sudie Mary Burch Cox, and she was born in 1907, the daughter of James Oscar Burch and Sudie Lucetta Carrell.
According to U.S. City Directories from 1951 to 1953 for Long Beach, California, A. Lyle Cox was living with wife Mary at 2922 Coolidge Street and he was working as a plumber. At some point, Ambrose Lyle and his wife Mary must have moved back to Texas because according to a U.S. Public Records Index, Ambrose, born December 18, 1905, was at one time living at 3630 Charles Street in North Richland Hills, Texas, which is a suburb of Fort Worth. Their daughter, Shirley Mae Cox, born May 11, 1925, in Bellflower, California, passed away in August 11, 1994. She was married to a Mr. Peters but I don't know his name or date of birth or death.
Charles Richard Cooper's Timeline
November 9, 1854
San Juan Bautista, San Benito, California, United States
California, United States
July 20, 1885
San Miguel, San Luis Obispo, California, USA
July 4, 1890
Adelaide, San Luis Obispo, California, USA
August 7, 1894
Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California, United States
November 22, 1896
February 4, 1919
Siaquoc, CA, United States