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Cobb, Warner


Warner Cobb, deceased, was born in Breckinridge county, Kentucky, October 7, 1832. The family is of Scotch lineage, having been founded in America by his grandfather, who came from Scotland and settled in Virginia. The birth of his father, Jesse R. Cobb, occurred in Bedford county, Virginia, and throughout his life he followed the occupation of farming. He died, however, in 1839, and was long survived by his wife, Mrs. Sallie (Lamb) Cobb, who was born in Campbell county, Virginia, representing one of the pioneer families of that state, and died in Fairfield, Washington, in May, 1889.
Warner Cobb acquired his education in the public schools of Illinois and Iowa and made his initial step in the business world as a farmer in the latter state, but in five years removed to Clark county, Missouri, where he also carried on general agricultural pursuits. Later he went to California where he spent six years, residing there from 1852 until 1858. He then returned to Missouri where he engaged in farming until 1861, at which time he enlisted in the Confederate army and served for three years. He was first a member of Company H of the Missouri State Guard for six months, and then joined the Confederate forces that were with General Price at Lexington. He participated in the battle at that place, also at Prairie Grove and in other smaller engagements, remaining at the front until disabled by a broken collar-bone in 1864, when he was honorably discharged.

Following his military service Mr. Cobb went to Illinois, where he engaged in farming for two years, and then purchased a tract of land in Bates county, Missouri, upon which he resided until 1880. In the spring of that year he came to Washington, bringing his family across the plains in wagons. At length they reached Hangman Creek and Mr. Cobb bought a relinquishment and filed on a homestead. The nearest place where he could purchase goods then was at Colfax, about forty-five miles away, Spokane at that time boasting only of a little trading store. He gave his attention to the development and further improvement of the farm until the spring of 1905, when he sold out and came to Spokane, having in the meantime served for a number of years in public office. In 1882 he was elected probate judge of Spokane county on the democratic ticket and filled that position for two years. In 1886 he was elected for a two-years' term to the office of county commissioner and in 1910 was again chosen county commissioner, in which capacity he served until his death which occurred August 9, 1911. A democrat in politics from the time when age conferred upon him the right of franchise, he had been a delegate to many county and state conventions, and was a member of the county central committee, doing all in his power to promote the growth and secure the success of democracy.

In January, 1867, in Jackson county, Missouri, Mr. Cobb was united in marriage to Miss Alice Carter, a daughter of Joseph Carter, who was a farmer and a representative of a pioneer family of both Kentucky and Missouri. Seven chil¬dren have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Cobb, as follows: Nevada, the wife of W. C. Clark, a government employe in the collector's office at Nashville, Tennessee; Elizabeth, who married J. C. Lodge, of Tacoma, Washington, where he is engaged as bookkeeper for a lumber company; Jesse T., a farmer of Montana; Joseph E., who is married and resides in Northport, Washington, where he carries on mining; John P., following agricultural pursuits in Malheur county, Oregon; James W., who married Miss May Cleary and is serving as deputy assessor of Spokane county; and Cordell* Ann, the wife of H. C. Worley, a druggist of this city.

Mr. Cobb belonged to Fairfield Lodge, No. 342, F. & A. M., and held nearly all of the offices in the organization, save that of master. He was a member and president of the Spokane County Missouri Club for three years, until the time of his death. He was recognized as a public-spirited and progressive citizen and was thoroughly loyal to the interests of Spokane and his adopted state. The city had a population of only two hundred when he arrived here and he witnessed its growth to its present proportions. The village has been converted into a city of many thousands with every kind of commercial, industrial and manufacturing enterprises, while all the educational advantages known to the older east are also to be found here. Mr. Cobb was very enthusiastic in his support of the city and of the northwest and in the discharge of his public duties proved himself thoroughly loyal to the state.

History of the City of Spokane and Spokane County Washington 1912

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