RUEL R. & LEONA (BEALL)
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one family in
that is not so concerned about rain on their grass in the front yard,
but they will certainly welcome it on their garden and orchard in their
front yard. They are Rev. and Mrs. Ruel Cook at 609 E. Leslie.
recently had a most enjoyable visit with them and found them to be a
retired couple who are far from being retired.
Cooks have had a very colorful and interesting life. Bro. Cook was born
, but spent much of his boyhood at Hedley in the Panhandle. After his
marriage to Leona, he taught school for seven years, and then became
connected with the U. S. Corps of Engineers. They did much of the
construction work ay
, during W.W.II; here is where some of the work was being done on the
atomic bomb, but he did not know it at the time.
, he bought a home nearby at Espanola for his family. While living at
Espanola, at the age of 40 he felt a call to the ministry, so soon began
making plans to attend a seminary. He enrolled in the Golden Gate
Baptist Seminary at
. His great urge to preach soon resulted in connections with churches in
the western states, and here is where he did most of his work. It would
take too long to tell you of all the places he served as much of the
time he was with the Home Mission Board of Southern Baptists. They were
for five years and did other mission work in
were serving at
, when it came time for them to retire, so they had to choose a place
for a permanent home. They had been through
several times on their way to
to see their daughter. Their son-in-law suggested
as a place for them to live, because of it’s neatness, it’s quite
life and not being as expensive as a city.
here looking for a house to buy, they learned that the
was pastor less, so upon applying, he was called to serve them. After
serving there for over two years, he became pastor of the
and served there for three years until recently.
“retirement” years have been far from retirement, as you could see
if you visited their home. Due to his experience in the construction
business, he has been able to accomplish a lot. They first bought a
mobile home and placed it well back on their large lot under a huge Live
Oak. Bro. Cook built a house type roof over it and extended it on out to
make a carport. He is now building a large room on the front of the
house which will give lots of room.
out in the back yard and there he has converted a horse stable into a
storage and utility room, and he has added more to one end, paneled it
and made a nice guest room.
rock-walled walkway leads one into a storm cellar that is completely
underground in the side of the hill. Bro. Cook laid concrete blocks for
the walls and then poured a concrete slab for the roof and then covered
it back with soil. Shelves in the cellar are loaded with canned fruits
and vegetables. As he opened the freezer door, he said he had thought of
planting a fall garden, but then where would they put the surplus. The
freezer was stocked to the limit.
take a book to contain all the experiences they have had in their happy
life together. During these years, they have accumulated many
interesting souvenirs. Let me tell you of just one.
have a beautiful black bowl that was made by some Indians, Maria
Martinez and her husband, Julian. Maria is famous out there for her work
in making pottery, and for teaching it to her people, which has greatly
added to their economy. I had wondered how they got the pottery so
glossy black. Bro. Cook said that to fire it, they made a pile of wood,
placed the pottery on it and they covered that with cow chips and then
placed a piece of tin over that. The slow burning of the chips would
turn it black.
been with the Cooks on several occasions and found them to be very
enjoyable company. They are very young at heart and keep an optimistic
outlook on life. If you are getting down in the dumps and think you want
to find a rocking chair to spend the rest of your days in, go by and
spend a little time with Bro. Ruel and Leona. You will go away a
Rev. Ruel R. Cook died May
26, 1995. He was buried in the Gentrys