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Ada Laura “Da” Cook

Female 1870 - 1954  (83 years)


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  • Name Ada Laura “Da” Cook  [1
    Gender Female 
    Born 12 October 1870  Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Suffragist and Philanthropist  [1
    Died 8 July 1954  Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I45756  Clan Moffat Genealogy
    Last Modified 22 October 2008 

    Father Captain Edward Leigh Cook,   b. 1839, Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1919  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Mary Elizabeth Moffett,   b. 1850, Portageville, Wyoming Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932  (Age 82 years) 
    Family ID F29326  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 William Nahum Gates,   b. 17 October 1857, Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 March 1913, Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 12 May 1897  Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. William Nahum “Bill” Gates, Jr.,   b. 28 December 1900, Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 June 1988, Westport, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +2. John Monteith “Jack” Gates,   b. 25 June 1905, Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 September 1979, Danville, Broome Co., New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    +3. Geoffrey McNair Gates,   b. 25 June 1905, Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 November 1962  (Age 57 years)
    +4. David Edgerly Gates,   b. 13 November 1911, Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 August 1979  (Age 67 years)
    +5. Edward Leigh “Tippy” Gates
    Family ID F29313  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Major George Stevens,   d. 1939 
    Married Y  [1
    Family ID F29333  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Prominent Suffragist and founder of the Elyria Women’s club which met in her home Monteith Hall. After her death, her home became the headquarters for the group:

      From an Oct 2008 article in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram:
      “In 1908, Mrs. William Gates, a socially prominent and  philanthropic Elyria woman, invited a few women to her East Avenue mansion to meet some leaders in the suffrage movement. This led to the founding of the  Woman’s Club. Soon after, 12 women met at the home of Mrs. W.W. Dean on Third Street to
      organize a club to study political conditions affecting women,  especially the right to vote. The original name was “The Era Club,” but before long it  was changed to “ Political Study Club,” auxiliary to the Ohio Suffrage  Association. It was the first women’s civic group in Ohio.
      Two years later, still unable to vote, the group’s members  nominated their president, Emma S. Olds, to run for the school board. She won  by a landslide and was the first woman on the board.
      In 1916, the club’s name was changed to the Women’s Civic  Club and in 1927 the club was incorporated as the Elyria Woman’s Club,  settling into the former Wooster home at the corner of Fourth Street and  Middle Avenue. Twenty-seven years later, that locale was outgrown, and the  club bought the Gates mansion on East Avenue.”

      Puffin notes: “Her family had owned Edgerley, a farm in Nunda, NY, for five generations. Edgerley was used as a summer house by the Gates family who traveled there from Cleveland to Buffalo by lake steamer, and then to the farm by horse-drawn buggy, and later by car. In 1909, the family acquired a summer house at Salters Point, near New Bedford, MA. In 1918, Da gave funds to establish Elyria’s Gates Home for Crippled Children in memory of her husband William Nahum Gates. Quite a while after his death of pneumonia in 1913, Da married Major George Stevens (d. ca. 1939), known to all of us as “Uncle Major.”

      Memorial Day 1910 horrible trolley crash in Cleveland. Ada donation created in 1915 the Gates Hospital for Crippled Children.

      8th cousin, once removed from William Nahum Gates. (via Deacon Edmund Rice) [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S2096] GEDCOM file titled “Moffatt.ged”, submitted by Katharine Gates.


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