Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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James M. Cooper

JAMES M. COOPER, one of the prominent and highly respected agriculturists residing in Neosho township, Labette county, Kansas, is a man of firm principles and strong character. He has been identified with the leading events of Labette county since his residence here, and is always ready to support any measures which tend to promote the good of the community. Mr. Cooper was born in Greene county, Missouri, in 1856, and is a son of James F. and Martha J. (Dunn) Cooper.

James F. Cooper was born in Virginia in 1828, and his wife was born in Tennessee in 1826. They reared the following children, namely: George; William B.;. Robert; James; Mary; Jennie; Kellie; and Ella. Mr. Cooper moved to Neosho township in 1866, - locating in section 34. He died in 1875, and his wife lived until 1900. August 11, 1862, he enlisted in Company D, 8th Reg., Mo. Cav., and was discharged July 20, 1865, at Little Rock, Arkansas.

James M. Cooper was reared and schooled in his native state, and moved with his parents to Labette county in 1866. He settled on his present farm in sections 28 and 33, in 1895. His land is east of the Neosho River, in Neosho township. He has a thorough knowledge of agricultural matters, and has been highly successful. His success has been due entirely to his own efforts, as he has worked many years with untiring energy. He is a man of sound judgment, and has shown good management in the care of his farm.

Mr. Cooper married Vinia M. Nedarmire, who was born in Illinois, and is a daughter of G. and Mary (Fester) Nedarmire. G. Nedarmire was born in Germany, and his wife was a native of Pennsylvania. Their children were: Vinia Anna; Gertrude; Dora, deceased; Ida; Grace; Viola; Ollie; Louisa; William; and Elsie. Mr. Cooper and his wife have been blessed with six children, namely: Effa; Hattie, deceased; Roy; Ralph; Alta; and Lloyd.

Mr. Cooper is a Populist in politics. He has served as road commissioner for seven years, and as constable for four years. Mr. Cooper belongs to the Anti-Horsethief Association, and to the M. W. of A., McCune Lodge, No. 2870. Mrs. Cooper is a member of the Methodist church.