Thomas Jefferson Cook

Digger Odell Publications 2007


Thomas Jefferson Cook Led an Active Life in the Drug

Trade for Half a Century.

Indianapolis, April 25.-Thomas Jefferson Cook, widely known as " Jeff." the oldest traveling salesman in the Indianapolis drug trade, and longest in continuous service on the road, was stricken with apoplexy while looking at the flowers in the yard of his home and died a few minutes later. He took great interest in his flowers, and on the morning of the stroke had been unusually cheerful and apparently in good health. Though not physically strong he was a man of great energy and activity, his genial disposition bringing to him many friends who held to him all his life. He was born September 9, 1842, at Lewisville, Ind.. and after some experience in a drug store at Newcastle, Ind., entered the Union army, March 18, 186;. He was first lieutenant of Company K, 147th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served as an ambulance officer in the Army of the Shenandoah in Virginia. At the close of the war he opened a retail drug store at Faribault, Minne sota, which he conducted for several years. In 1871 he came to Indian apolis which was his home until his death. In that year he entered the service of the wholesale drug house of Browning & Sloan. afterwards Robert Browning, and was a traveling salesman for that house until it closed, about ii years later, after which time he held a like position for nearly a quarter of a century with the Daniel Stewart Company, and was known to the trade in Indiana and in parts of Ohio and Illinois. For the first three years he had only made .short trips of two or three days each week visiting special customers of the house.

He was a prominent member of the Indiana Commercial Travelers' Association of which he had held the presidency two terms. He was a member of the Indiana Commandery Loyal Legion, and always active in Republican politics though he never held any office. He was also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He leaves a widow and one child, a daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Moore.

Pharmaceutical Era 1908