Genealogie Familie van Roekel - Inleiding Naamlijst Bronnen

Peter Kooi

Zoon van Pieter Remges Kooi en Gerrje Pieters Abbenga, geboren 9-12-1866 USA IL Chicago, overleden 25-10-1935 USA CO Denver en begraven USA WY Sheridan Municipial Cemetery

Trouwt Mary Helen Brown, dochter van William Brown en Anne McCaffery, geboren 22-4-1872 USA MI Detroit, overleden 17-9-1952 USA WY Sheridan en begraven Municipial Cemetery


  1. Vera Kooi, geboren 1881, overleden 1970 en begraven USA WY Sheridan Municipal Cemetery
    Trouwt 22-6-1921 Thomas J Hurst, zoon van Robert J Hurst en Hettie Esther Rhode, geboren 1885, overleden 7-11-1971 en begraven USA WY Sheridan Municipal Cemetery
  2. Doris Elaine Kooi, geboren 6-6-1898 USA IL Chicago, overleden 3-1-1989 USA WY Sheridan en begraven Municipial Cemetery
    Trouwt 30-10-1923 James Crew Reynolds, zoon van Peter P Reynolds en Clara Augusta Crew, geboren 9-6-1896 USA WY Parkman, overleden 3-8-1957 USA WY Sheridan en begraven Municipial Cemetery
  3. Lorna Helen Kooi, geboren 19-8-1900 USA IL Chicago, oerleden 24-1-1995 USA WY Cody en begraven Riverside Cemetery
    Trouwt 29-6-1929 Milward Lee Simpson, zoon van William Lee Simpson en Margaret Burnett, geboren 12-11-1897 USA WY Jackson, overleden 11-6-1993 USA WY Cody en begraven Riverside Cemetery


Lorna en Milward hebben in ieder geval een zoon Alan Simpson die in 1954 trouwt met Ann Schroll
Email Donal Baar 31-7-2007
Email Donal Baar 18-8-2007:
Continuing with my research, I discovered a brother of Remko named Peter. Peter was an orphan as was Remko. Peter became a very prominent coal mine owner/operator in the state of Wyoming, county of Sheridan. He was the employer of hundreds of people. Later, when coal ran out, he became a banker in Sheridan. Peter's daughter, Lorna married Willmerd Simpson,an attorney in Cody,Wyoming. Two sons were born to them. One son, Alan Kooi Simpson also an attorney retired in 1996 after a distinguished twenty year service as a US Senator from Wyoming. The University of Wyoming has a tremendous amount of family documents including photos of the family.
University of Wyoming, Wyoming Biography db:
In this biography db we find: "Source Men of Wyoming" - the national newspaper reference book of Wyoming containing photographs and biographies of over three hundred men residents, on page 142 of this reference book there is a photo and a short biography of Peter Kooi:

Biography: PETER KOOI, coal operator; b. Dec. 9, 1866, Chicago, Ills.; s. of Peter and Gertrude Kooi; educ. pub. schls., Chicago; ticket broker, Chicago, 1880-1893; located in Wyoming, Sept., 1904, and assisted in opening and developing the properties of The Wyoming Coal Mining Co., at Monarch, Wyo,; opened the Kooi coal mines at Kooi, Wyoming, 1907; mem. Elks; Masons, Shriner. Address: Kooi Wyoming.

Email Donald Baar 22-1-2008:
Donald sent me a series of scans of interesting articles about Peter Kooi, all from the Sheridan Press, Sheridan, Wyoming. What follows are transcriptions of these articles:
Website Find A Grave
Obituary of Mary Helen Brown


Mrs. Peter Kooi, prominent Sheridan woman died Thursday afternoon at her home, 375 West College, following a long illness. Widow of the late Peter Kooi, who operated the Kooi Coal Mine, north of the city for several years. Mrs. Kooi had lived in the community since the early 1900's. Like her husband, she was known for her philanthropic work in the community. After his death in 1935, she continued many of the civic projects she had inaugurated. Her particular interest centered upon youth and she did much to promote worthwhile activities.

Best known of these in recent years was her endowment of the extensive library for Northern Wyoming Community College. Mrs. Kooi not only gave the first nucleus of books, but continued to build up the library by providing additional volumes as well as much needed furnishings for the library room at Stolt Hall. Another youth activity popular among school children launched by the Koois and continued by Mrs. Kooi was sponsorship of the annual marble tournament.

Mrs. Kooi was born in Detroit, Mich., the daughter of William Brown and Anne MacCaffery Brown. Her age was not given. Her marriage to Mr. Kooi took place in Chicago. Her husband came to Sheridan from Chicago in 1904 and immediately engaged in the coal business, assisting in opening and developing the properties of the Wyoming Coal Mining Company at Monarch. Later in 1907, he opened his own mine at Kooi which he operated until selling his interest to the Sheridan-Wyoming Coal Company about 1920.

At first, Mrs. Kooi spent summers with her husband at Monarch and later made her home there until she and her husband moved to Sheridan after the sale of their mining property. From then on the couple devoted much of their time to community affairs, both through organizational work and individual enterprise. In addition to her work with the college library and sponsorship of the marble tourney, Mrs. Kooi was actively interested in youth welfare activities, including sewing for crippled children's hospitals.

As a member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, she had been active in church projects throughout the years she had lived in Sheridan. Mrs. Kooi was a past matron of Siloam Chapter, Order of Eastern Star of Chicago and on arrival in this community, she had transferred her membership in that group to Naomi Chapter No. 2 in Sheridan. She was a member of the Past Matrons Club of Sheridan, a charter member and Honorary Junior Past Queen of Sahida Temple No. 86, Daughter of the Nile; a member of Assembly No. 70, Social Order of Beaucant of Casper; a charter member of The Women's Association of the Memorial Hospital of Sheridan County; the Sheridan Woman's Club and the Book Review Club and Women of St. Peter's.

She is survived by her three daughters, Vera Kooi Hurst and Doris Kooi Reynolds, Sheridan; Mrs. Milward Simpson, Cody; nine grandchildren, Mrs. J. Edward Amschel, Jackson; Joan, Elaine, Carol, Thomas and Barbara Hurst, Sheridan; Mrs. Selmar E. Moeller of Sheridan, Formerly Crews Kooi Reynolds; Peter Kooi Simpson and Alan Kooi Simpson, Cody; three great-grandchildren, Edward, Peter and Stephen Amschel of Jackson, and one sister, Miss Anna J. Brown, who had made her home with Mrs. Kooi for many years.

Funeral arrangements, under the direction of Champion's Funeral Home are incomplete.

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