- The Tenterfield Star, Thursday 10th January, 1918, p. 4
WALLANGARRA PIONEER GONE
DEATH OF MR J McCOOK
There died suddenly at Wallangarra on Monday night last one of the oldest and most respected residents of Wallangarra, in the person of Mr J McCook, proprietor of the Royal Hotel. The deceased was 66 years of age. Up to a few days before his death, he enjoyed good health. The cause of death was heart failure.
The late Mr McCook was one of the pioneers of Wallangarra, where he resided for the past 25 or 30 years. He was a great lover of sport, and a staunch supporter of the Union Church at Wallangarra. In the early days, he went in extensively for cattle breeding, and his Jerseys were known far and wide. More than once he took prizes at the Brisbane Show with his Jersey bulls. He was already a resident of Wallangarra of some years standing when the railway from Tenterfield was carried through the border town. He possessed a photograph of the big Sunnyside railway bridge just on completion, with himself standing beside the structure. He was the first person to have charge of the refreshment rooms at the Wallangarra station.
Deceased was very widely known along the border. He was a very public spirited man, and kind-hearted to a fault. Many a tramp and many a family experienced his generosity when they were stricken down by poverty.
Besides a sorrowing widow, he leaves to mourn a number of adopted children, whom he reared to be a credit to himself and the district. All these children are now married and doing well, owing to the start that the deceased gave them in life.
The remains were interred yesterday in the Presbyterian portion of the general cemetery at Wallangarra, the Rev Mr Clark, of Stanthorpe officiating.
To the sorrowing widow and relations we extend our sympathy.
The Tenterfield Star, Thursday 17th January, 1918, p. 5 col 1.
Mrs J McCook and relatives, desires to tender her thanks to her many friends for messages of sympathy and floral tributes sent her in her recent sad bereavement.
The Tenterfield Star, Monday, 7th January, 1924, p. 4.
Publican Licenses -
Royal - Jas McCook 1885-1900. Index only went as far as 00 so he could have had the license longer than this
In sad but loving memory of my dear husband and our dear uncle who departed this life January 7th 1918.
His smiling face, his gentle ways,
Are pleasant to recall.
He had a kindly word for each,
And died beloved by all.
(Inserted by his loving wife,Knox, Polly and family)«s114», «s114», «s114»