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April meeting in Cooper features a visit with “Isaac Cooper,” town’s namesake
April 12 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Greene County Iowa Historical Society has its regular April meeting on Friday, April 12, at the United Methodist Church in the town of Cooper, and there will be a special guest presenting the program — Isaac Cooper, the pioneer Iowa businessman after whom the town was named. (This event was originally scheduled for April 5, but then re-scheduled because of a funeral.)
Actually, Isaac Cooper died in 1902, so his visit will be a historical portrayal, performed by Dennis Peer, a talented native son of the town of Cooper. He was one of the best athletes at Cooper High School, where he had completed his junior year when the school closed in 1959. He went on to graduate from Jefferson High School the following year. Peer now lives in Iowa Falls, where he taught theater at Ellsworth Community College for nearly 40 years before retiring.
The town of Cooper was founded in 1881 as a stop on a new railroad being built from Des Moines to the Iowa Great Lakes. One of the railroad’s developers was Des Moines business leader Frederick M. Hubbell, and he named the new town in southern Greene County after his father-in-law Isaac Cooper.
The 1 p.m. program in the church sanctuary is free and open to the public. It will be the second time Peer has portrayed Isaac Cooper, the first being when the town celebrated its quasquicentennial in 2006.
On April 12, there will be a catered lunch in the Cooper church basement at 12 noon, $8 for historical society members and $10 for others who are not members but would like to eat with us. Historical society members should RSVP about lunch to their community contacts by Tuesday evening, April 9, and others who want to have lunch should RSVP to board member Nancy Hanaman at (515) 436-7684.