Albert Edward Cooley
b. 2 June 1884, d. 10 April 1934
- Father: Moses E. Cooley b. 21 April 1853, d. 22 March 1918
- Mother: Emma Lord b. circa 1859, d. circa 1886
- Albert Edward Cooley was born on 2 June 1884 in Winterburn, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania.
- Moses E. Cooley appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1900 in Brookville, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, at Malion Street. Other members of the household included Albert Edward Cooley, Frederick Lord Cooley.
- Moses E. Cooley appeared in the US federal census of 15 April 1910 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 446 Twelfth Street. Other members of the household included Albert Edward Cooley. Also in the household is housekeeper Sallie Thompson.
- He was a civil engineer, according to the 1910 census.
- He and Marie Katherine Kammerer witnessed the marriage of George Henry Cooley and Christiana Franziska Eimer on 18 June 1912 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at Zion Lutheran Church.
- He married Elmira Isabella Hultgren, daughter of John William Herbert Hultgren and Georgia May Higginbotham, on 29 June 1914 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, by license issued the same day, with minister Albert S. Bacon officiating.
- He served in the military during World War I, according to the 1930 census.
- Albert Edward Cooley and Elmira Isabella Hultgren appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, at 921 Westfield Avenue.
- He was a civil engineer, according to the 1920 census.
- The following appeared on 20 May 1926 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: Albert E. Cooley, former member of the Gazette editorial staff and a brother of George H. Cooley, engineer of this city, is a candidate for mayor of Elizabeth, N. J., at the primaries to be held there June 15. The prospective candidate is well known in this city where he spent a large part of his younger years. He is still a stripling in years but is a powerful influence in business, because of the early training he acquired while in the news gathering profession. He is a president of the El Mora Association in his home city and also president of the Board of Adjustment in the official life of Elizabeth. He is seeking the mayoralty on the G. O. P. platform. He is 42 years old, having been born in Winterburn, Pa., June 2, 1884. He is identified with the engineering department of the Standard Oil company of New Jersey. He is a graduate of New York University where he took courses in industrial engineering. He is a veteran of the world war.
- Albert Edward Cooley and Elmira Isabella Hultgren appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Linden, Union County, New Jersey, at 216 Morningside Avenue. Other members of the household included Georgia May Higginbotham.
- He was city engineer, according to the 1930 census.
- The following appeared on 26 August 1932 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mr. and Mrs. George H. Cooley and sons, George H., Jr. and Robert L. of Twelfth street, have left for Linden, N. J., where they will join Mr. Cooley's brother, Albert E. Cooley, and his family, for a two-weeks' fishing trip. Mr. Albert Cooley, now city engineer in Linden, was formerly a resident of this city and has many friends here.
- Albert Edward Cooley died on 10 April 1934 at age 49 in Linden, Union County, New Jersey.
- Elmira Isabella Hultgren became a widow at his death.
- The following appeared on 11 April 1934 in the Trenton Evening Times: (Linden) A piece of garden hose, 50 feet long, attached to a jet in the cellar of his home, carried gas to the garage where, police said, Albert E. Cooley, 49, former city engineer, ended his life late yesterday.
Mrs. Cooley said her husband had told her he was going to flush the garage. Some time later, she looked for him, found the door locked, and upon opening it, saw her husband in the family sedan. The hose had been run through a window of the car, which was then closed. Rags had been stuffed in the space left by the presence of the hose.
Cooley was city engineer from 1927 until February of this year. In 1925, he was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for mayor of Elizabeth.
- Last Edited: 7 May 2015