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Ida Ione Cook

21 April 1851–29 February 1924

Born 21 Apr. 1851 in Lafayette, Onondaga Co., New York.[1] Daughter of William J. Cook and Sophia King.[2] Attended the New York State Normal and Training School at Oswego, Oswego Co., New York, 1 Oct. 1869–30 Sept. 1870.[3] Moved to Salt Lake City, by Oct. 1870.[4] Opened an academy with her sister, Mary E. Cook, in Salt Lake City, fall 1870.[5] Baptized as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Heber J. Richards, 29 Mar. 1871, in Salt Lake City.[6] Worked as an instructor in the academic department of the University of Deseret, spring 1871, in Salt Lake City.[7] Visited with EBW on several occasions, 1874–1881.[8] Sent to Logan, Cache Co., Utah Territory, by Brigham Young to take charge of the Logan Seminary with the intention of establishing a college, 1875.[9] Taught at Logan Seminary, Aug. 1876–1877.[10] Appointed as a member of the board of trustees of Brigham Young College, serving as secretary, 7 Aug. 1877.[11] First principal of Brigham Young College, 1878–1884.[12] Served as first counselor in the presidency of the Cache Stake Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association, 1881–1884.[13] Taught at Brigham Young College, 1884–1889.[14] Selected as part of a committee to draft and present a memorial to the president and U.S. Congress “calling attention to the injuries and wrongs inflicted upon the people of Utah,” 1886.[15] Appointed as principal or general coordinator of schools in Logan, 1892–1893.[16] Elected as superintendent of city schools in Logan, 1893–1894.[17] Reportedly moved to Denver, by 1896.[18] Died 29 Feb. 1924 in Los Angeles.[19]

 

[1] “Certificate of Baptism Duplicate for H O Office,” CHL (restricted access). “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. H, 10 Nov. 1872–27 Sept. 1878, p. 261, line 5757, Ida Ione Cook, 30 Aug. 1875, microfilm 183407 (restricted access), FHL. “Family Tree,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org, accessed 10 Feb. 2020), Ida Ione Cook (KC1D-BK8).

[2]  “Certificate of Baptism Duplicate for H O Office,” CHL (restricted access). 1855 New York State Census, Lafayette, Onondaga Co., p. 152, Ida Cook. “Deaths,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 18 Jan. 1890, [2]. “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. H, 10 Nov. 1872–27 Sept. 1878, p. 261, line 5757, Ida Ione Cook, 30 Aug. 1875, microfilm 183407 (restricted access), FHL.

[3] Annual Report of the State Normal and Training School at Oswego, for the Year Ending September 30, 1870 (Albany: Argus, 1871), 17. Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 245.

[4] Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 245.

[5] “Academy,” Deseret News, 9 Nov. 1870, 1. Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 246. “Leaves from Old Albums: Ida Ione Cook, Noted Pioneer Teacher,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 14 June 1919, 7.

[6]  “Certificate of Baptism Duplicate for H O Office,” CHL (restricted access). “Endowments of the Living, 1851–1884,” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Endowment House, vol. H, 10 Nov. 1872–27 Sept. 1878, p. 261, line 5757, Ida Ione Cook, 30 Aug. 1875, microfilm 183407 (restricted access), FHL. Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 246.

[7] Third Annual Catalogue of the Officers and Students for the Academical Year 1870–1871 (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Office, 1871), 5. “Leaves from Old Albums: Ida Ione Cook, Noted Pioneer Teacher,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 14 June 1919, 7. University of Deseret Records, 1 Mar. 1869–4 July 1871, pp. 22–25, MS 4291, box 1, folder 1, images 28–31/33, CHL. Ralph Vary Chamberlain, The University of Utah: A History of Its First Hundred Years, 1850–1950 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1960), 69, 96–97. Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 246.

[8] EBW, Diary, 25 Nov. 1874; 6 Feb. 1875; 1 Apr. 1876; 3 Sept. 1881.

[9] “Establishment of Brigham Young College,” Mendon Utah.net (http://mendonutah.net/history/cache_county/26.htm, accessed 12 Feb. 2020). Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 251. “Home Affairs,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 Sept. 1875, 61.

[10] Joel E. Ricks, ed., The History of a Valley (Logan, UT: Cache Valley Centennial Commission, 1956), 338.

[11] “Establishment of Brigham Young College,” Mendon Utah.net (http://mendonutah.net/history/cache_county/26.htm, accessed 12 Feb. 2020). Arnold K. Garr, “A History of Brigham Young College, Logan, Utah” (master’s thesis, Brigham Young University, 1973), 7.  

[12] “Brigham Young College: Principles & President Profiles,” Utah State University, University Libraries Digital Exhibits (http://exhibits.usu.edu/exhibits/show/byc/presprofiles, accessed 12 Feb. 2020). Joel E. Ricks, ed., The History of a Valley  (Logan, UT: Cache Valley Centennial Commission, 1956), 351. Arnold K. Garr, “A History of Brigham Young College, Logan, Utah” (master’s thesis, Brigham Young University, 1973), 9, 11. Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 253. “Editorial Notes,” Woman’s Exponent, 15 Sept. 1881, 61.

[13] “Stake Conference of Relief Societies,” Logan (UT) Leader, 9 Sept. 1881, 3. “The Temple,” Salt Lake Daily Herald, 20 May 1884, [8]. “A Circular,” Woman’s Exponent, 1 Apr. 1884, 166–167. Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 254.

[14] Joel E. Ricks, ed., The History of a Valley  (Logan, UT: Cache Valley Centennial Commission, 1956), 353–354.

[15] “The Ladies’ Appeal,” Salt Lake Herald, 14 Mar. 1886, 12.

[16]  Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 254.

[17]  Jill Mulvay Derr, “The Two Miss Cooks: Pioneer Professionals for Utah’s Schools,” in Sister Saints, ed. Vicky Burgess-Olson ([Provo, UT]: By the author, 1978), 254–255.

[18] R. L. Polk & Co’s Salt Lake City Directory 1896 (Salt Lake City: R. L. Polk, 1896), 228. “Leaves from Old Albums: Ida Ione Cook, Noted Pioneer Teacher,” Deseret Evening News (Salt Lake City), 14 June 1919, 7.

[19] California, State Board of Health, Los Angeles Death Records, 1905–1930, no. 2181, 1924, Ida Ione Cook, 29 Feb. 1924, microfilm 2369257, DGS 5597678, image 1990/2767, FHL. “I See by the News,” Deseret News (Salt Lake City), 27 Mar. 1924, 2.