Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Walter L. Cooper

The photo is of Walter and Ellen Cooper




Walter L. Cooper was born August 4, 1849 in Ontario, Canada to William and Mary Larsh Cooper. He married Ellen J. Helson in Saginaw, Michigan in 1877. Ellen was born October 11, 1847 in Canada.











Walter and Ellen's children were:


  1. Sarah (Sadie) Maria Cooper was born January 5, 1879 in Lakefield Township and she married Scott W. Liebrock November 12, 1895 in Merrill, Saginaw County, Michigan.

  2. William R. Cooper was born September 6, 1880 and died October 23, 1881 in Lakefield Township at the age of 1 year, 1 month and 16 days old.

  3. Emily Cooper was born February 3, 1881 in Lakefield Township.

  4. Edith Maude Cooper was born February 3, 1882 in Lakefield Township and she married Glen Rouse.

  5. Male Cooper born May 5, 1885 in Lakefield Township and died May 5, 1885 in Lakefield Township.

  6. Bessie Jane Cooper was born September 8, 1886 in Lakefield Township.

  7. David Cooper was born April 1, 1890 in Lakefield Township.

  8. Joseph E. Cooper was born May 16, 1892 in Lakefield Township.


In 1870, Walter and his brother, Albert, are living in Thomas Township, Saginaw County, Michigan and they are both lumberman. In 1880, Walter was living with his wife, Ellen, daughter Sarah and his two brothers, Thomas and John Cooper in Lakefield Township.


In 1880, Walter owned 5 acres of tilled land and 115 acres of forest or woodland.. In 1896, Walter owned 40 acres of land in Section 12 on Merrill Road between Chapin and Steel Roads. His neighbor was his brother, Albert Cooper.


Walter served Lakefield Township in the following positions:

     1.  Constable in 1878, 1889, 1893, 1894

     2.  appointed to Building Committee for Township Hall on April 13, 1895

     3.  a member of the Board of Review in 1888

     4.  Drain Commissioner in 1896

     5.  Overseer of Highways in District #1 in 1897


Walter and Ellen sold their property in Lakefield Township and moved to Gaylord, Livingston Township, Otsego County, Michigan by 1910.


Walter died August 1, 1941 and Ellen J. died September 1, 1928. They are both buried in Fairview Cemetery, Gaylord, Otsego County, Michigan.





SOURCES: 1870 census; 1880 Michigan Agricultural Census; 1880, 1900, 1920, 1940 United States Census; 1896 Lakefield Township Plat Map; Lakefield Township Records; Edith Maud Cooper's birth record; male cooper birth and death records; Maud Cooper's marriage record; Emily Cooper's birth record; Bessie J. Cooper's birth and marriage records; David T./J. Cooper's birth record; William R. Cooper's birth and death records; Joseph E. Cooper's birth record.






Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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