THE PITTSTON GAZETTE
November 6, 1862
Lieut. U. S. Cook is no more. He, from whom the educational interests of this and surrounding vincinity are much indebted, has taken his last farewell, no more to pursue his instructive vocation, no more to promote and extend the Common School System, no more to advance the youthful minds of the present generation in the flowery paths of literature, for which he was so very remarkably fitted, and no more to be the pillar and guiding star of society.
The subject of our obituary was born of respectable parents in the town of Jackson, Susquehanna County, Pa., on the 30th day of Sept., 1839. The earlier portion of his life was devoted to the pursuits of agriculture, except when pursuing his various studies.
At the age of 17 he took upon himself a teacher's responsibilities, and by close application to his most important, duties his success in the channel of instruction has been unequalled perhaps by any in his native county. During the six years which intervened between his first entrances into this great drama, the teacher's arena, and the expiration of the same, he has discharged the obligations which devolved upon him with honor to himself and credit to his parents. He was an unassuming young man; affable in his manners, polite in his conversation, impartial in his nature, and majestic in his intellect. He gained by his many and noble qualities the pride and admiration of all with whom he came in contact. He experience in this place is too well known to need publication now, suffice it to say that he came here almost a stranger, and by his industrial and perservering talent soon gained a teacher's renown, to which he was justly entitled. Subsequently, he became Principal of the Hyde School Graded School, which position he filled creditably and successfully to all concerned. Shortly after, by the request of many of his former scholors of Pittston, he again cast his lot among the studies he loved, formed a High School and replenished it with all the articles neccessary to its physical perfection, and assumed full charge of this position, and has done more in the same period towards the development and progress of all who came under his characterizing manner of making an indellible impression (intellectually speaking) than any other teacher in this vincinity.
I do not base this assertation upon my own idea, but upon the opinion of nearly all who take a deep interest in the just merits of good insructors. At one of the late calls of the Persident for reinforcements, he rallied his friends around him and went forth to protect the constitution of this Country, and one of his last patriotic sentiments before leaving was: " When I die I want no loftier sentiment written on the tombstone that marks my resting place, than I lived and died for my Country." Ah, there is a voice from the tomb sweeter than song! There is a hallowed influence to which we turn even from the homes of the living!
It is impossible to describe the irreparable loss which his most intimate relations suffer in the death of him who was taken away amidst his noble aspirations and ambition for true eminence. He died of Typhoid fever at Fort Deleware on October 17th of October, in the 23rd year of his age, a sacrifice at the alter of his Country. We sympathize with his mourning relatives in their sad misfortune, and trust that he has obtained a happier reward. Truly,
"All that's bright must fade,
The brightest still the fleetest;
All that's sweet was made-
But to be lost when sweetest."
J. M. R.
Pittston - Nov. 3, '62