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The history of DeSoto Parish is intimately connected to the men and women of the past years. Yes, they made DeSoto with their dedication and hard work. Several men and women have been written about in this column most of whom this writer knew and felt should be remembered. Of course, there have been hundreds of people who should be remembered but you understand all cannot be written about – only a representative group.

Today’s person is Lifford Hill Cook of Grand Cane. Born there in 1881 and went to school in the old frame school house located behind the present two story brick Central School building. Mr. Cook left Grand Cane in 1900 to work for the Texas and Pacific Railroad as a telegraph operator serving from New Orleans to El Paso. He stated that his return to the area happened when his daddy accidentally shot himself in his leg. Curtis Cook, another son coaching in Oakdale, was home at the time and saved his daddy’s life when he tied a string around the wounded leg to prevent bleeding. Lifford’s daddy asked him to return to Grand Cane to help out. The above was told to this writer in 1975 when Lifford was 94 years old.

 

 

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