For the little old village that it is— the village “that time forgot”—the Village of Cooksville has many special historical anniversaries to celebrate this year, 2016, and next year, 2017, all with nicely rounded numbers to remember, commemorating events from 55 to 175 years ago.
During this year, 2016, for instance, Cooksville celebrates the following special anniversaries:
♥ 170 years since the founding of the Village of Waucoma in 1846, which is Cooksville’s larger “Siamese” sister, as it were, attached to the east. Waucoma was platted by Dr. John Porter on land he bought from his Massachusetts neighbor Senator Daniel Webster. The two villages are now collectively known as “Cooksville.”
|Cooksville map of 1891|
♥ 160 years ago, in 1856, seven local men from “Waucoma” petitioned the Grand Lodge of Wisconsin Masons to establish a Waucoma Lodge. The petition was granted in 1858, and the Lodge headquarters eventually moved to the second floor of the Cooksville General Store, which the Lodge purchased in 1864 and still owns.
|Cooksville Cemetery sign|
♥ 155 years ago the Cooksville Cemetery was established on land purchased from Dr. John Porter for $25.00 and the “Waucoma Cemetery Association” was organized in 1861. (The Cemetery is located in Porter’s Village of Waucoma., thus its original name) However, the first burial ground in the village during the 1840s-50s was located behind the present Store in Cooksville proper. The earliest born person resting eternally in the Cemetery is Charlotte Rose Love born in 1772.