Deputy Prohibition Officer Leander M. Cook

Deputy Prohibition Officer Leander M. Cook

West Virginia Department of Prohibition, West Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, November 15, 1924

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Leander M. Cook

Deputy Prohibition Officer Leander Cook was shot and killed in Van, West Virginia, while attempting to arrest a constable who was wanted for making a false arrest.

Despite being wounded, Officer Cook returned fire and killed the subject. Officer Cook died two days later.

Officer Cook was survived by his wife.

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  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, November 13, 1924
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Leander Oliver Cook [149068], son of James Madison Cook [198420]1 and Flora Nelson (Twin) Perry [198458],1 was born on 15 Dec 1874 in West Fork, Crook Dist., Boone County, West Virginia, died on 15 Nov 1924 in Van, Crook Dist., Boone County, West Virginia at age 49, and was buried on 17 Nov 1924 in Jasper Workman Cemetery, Bald Knob, Boone County, West Virginia.

General Notes: Murdered In Line Of Duty By F. Boyd.

Another account of Leander Cooks death, is that he died from wounds received in a shootout with another law officer Sam Mays.

My Aunt Joyce (Hager) Mahone has told me the story of how Leander Cook was killed and she said that he went to a house to arrest a man and he ran out the back door and hid in his barn. When Leander approached the barn he started shooting. He returned fire and both were shot. Leander although injured went to a nearby creek and scooped up some water in his hat and went to the mortally wounded man and gave him a drink of water. Leander later died from his wounds.

http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=1567817&Type=Death

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/173380167/leander-oliver-cook

Noted events in his life were:

• Cause of death (2): Collapse of lung from gunshot wound to chest.
• He worked as a Constable.

Leander married Laura Anna "Fern" Perry [149067] [MRIN: 83632], daughter of James Madison Perry [48724] and Margaret Jane Mangus [258998], on 21 Dec 1892 in Boone County, West Virginia. Laura was born in Oct 1871 in Logan County, West Virginia and died on 15 Nov 1930 in Logan County, West Virginia at age 59.

Noted events in her life were:

• She has conflicting birth information of Baldknob, Boone County, West Virginia and Oct 1871.
• She appeared on the Crook Dist., Boone County, West Virginia census in 1910.
• She appeared on the Lorado, Logan County, West Virginia As Laura Perry census in 1920.
• She appeared on the Lorado, Logan County, West Virginia As Laura Perry census in 1930.

Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M i. William "Willie" Elsworth Cook [167740] was born on 1 Nov 1893 in Boone County, West Virginia,1 died on 11 May 1942 in Whitesville, Sherman Dist., Boone County, West Virginia at age 48, and was buried on 14 May 1942 in Mordue Cemetery, Whitesville, Boone County, West Virginia.

William married Bida Jarrell [340589]1 [MRIN: 5811] (b. 18 May 1897, d. Apr 1973) on 23 Oct 1916 in Raleigh County, West Virginia.

3 F ii. Female Cook [198079] was born on 2 Oct 1894 in Boone County, West Virginia and died on 2 Oct 1894 in Boone County, West Virginia.

+ 4 F iii. Ollie Corba Cook [149069] was born in Jun 1896 in Boone County, West Virginia.1

Ollie had a relationship with Orland Cook [149071] [MRIN: 83633] (b. Bef 1896) before 1923.

Ollie next had a relationship with Sgt. Lonzo "Lonnie" Walton Hager [247783] [MRIN: 123250] (b. 14 Jan 1908, d. 29 Sep 1990) before 1926.

5 F iv. Mamie Cook [170670]1 was born on 24 Feb 1898 in Crook Dist., Boone County, West Virginia,1 died on 4 Aug 1929 in Lorado, Triadelphia Dist., Logan County, West Virginia at age 31, and was buried in Jasper Workman Cemetery, Bald Knob, Boone County, West Virginia. Another name for Mamie was Minnie Cook.

General Notes: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=1924074&Type=Death

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Cook&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=52&GScnty=3066&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GSsr=161&GRid=89199761&df=all&

+ 6 F v. Ruth Clara Cook [24792] was born on 24 Jul 1900 in Bald Knob, Crook Dist., Boone County, West Virginia, died on 13 Jun 1987 in Lesage, Union Dist., Cabell County, West Virginia at age 86, and was buried in Oaklawn Memorial Park, East Pea Ridge Road, Barboursville, Cabell County, West Virginia.

Ruth married Robert Ballard Hager [24782] [MRIN: 37607] (b. 2 Mar 1900, d. 15 Apr 1967) on 8 Mar 1920 in Lundale, Triadelphia Dist., Logan County, West Virginia.

+ 7 M vi. Guy Richard Cook [197787] was born on 26 Jul 1902 in Boone County, West Virginia, died in May 1976 in Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia at age 73, and was buried in Lovejoy Cemetery, Palermo, Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Guy married Virginia "Peachie" Hager [223352] [MRIN: 19029] (b. 17 Mar 1905, d. 5 Jun 1965) on 12 Aug 1924 in Logan, Logan County, West Virginia.

+ 8 M vii. James Howard Cook [198015] was born on 16 Jul 1906 in Boone County, West Virginia, died on 31 Jul 1972 in Guyan Valley Hospital, Logan, Logan County, West Virginia at age 66, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, Logan County, West Virginia.

James married Rosa "Rosie" Opal Cook [39489] [MRIN: 47600] (b. 4 Aug 1908, d. 27 Sep 1959) on 21 Mar 1928 in Logan County, West Virginia.

James next married Helen Louise Chambers [306543] [MRIN: 111480] (b. Abt 1918) on 3 Nov 1962 in Lyburn, Logan County, West Virginia.

9 F viii. Annis Faye Cook [198055] was born on 26 Nov 1908 in Boone County, West Virginia.

Annis married Clarence Paul Burdine [231697] [MRIN: 19031], son of Thomas Brown "Bud" Burdine [200657] and Ethel Pearl Dooley [148518], on 11 Nov 1930 in Logan County, West Virginia. Clarence was born about 1905 in Dawson County, Georgia.

Marriage Notes: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=10900880&Type=Marriage

http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=10900477&Type=Marriage

Noted events in his life were:

• He appeared on the Clarence R. Burdine census in 1940 in Lebanon, DeKalb County, Alabama.

Leander next married Ollie Mae Jarrell [258971] [MRIN: 57844], daughter of Victor Dell Jarrell [258962] and Letha "Minnie" Green [258961], on 18 Aug 1909 in Bald Knob, Boone County, West Virginia. Ollie was born on 15 Nov 1872 in Boone County, West Virginia, died on 14 Dec 1962 at age 90, and was buried in Green Cemetery, Bandytown, Crook Dist., Boone County, West Virginia.

Marriage Notes: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=11659785&Type=Marriage

Joel Hager
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March 2, 2019

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