John Cooley (Joseph, John Sr.) , Salt Works

From: Jane Wisdom <>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 21:56:53 -0500

The following information was supplied by Nancy Meadows, cemetery finder for
Randolph and neighboring counties in Mo. Nancy is trying to find the
burial place for John Cooley near Burton Station, in Howard County, Mo. We
know he was murdered but do not know any details. She also supplied the
information that John's wife, Elizabeth White Cooley, supposedly buried in
the Mark Teter Cemetery near Jacksonville,(Randolph County) Mo. had no
stone. The stones found in the cemetery were moved to Huntsville, Mo.
Cemetery when the coal mine bought the land in that area.
Jane Wisdom

"History of Howard and Cooper counties, Missouri"

On Judge McCafferty's land, in east half of southwest quarter

section 16, township 51, range 15, there is an old lick which is known

as Cooley's lick. Mr. McCafferty states that salt was first made here

fifty or sixty years ago, and that John Cooley made salt at the lick in

1841. He says he first saw the spring in that year, and at that time

there were trees growing up from old stumps that he judged to be thirty
years old. According to Mr. McCafferty's calculations, salt must have been
made here as far back as 1811. Mr. Cafferty has owned the lick for
twenty-five years and made salt in 1862, using the few remaining kettles
that were first used fifty or sixty years ago. He was unable to state how
much water was required to make a bushel of salt, but says that in making a
bushel he burned four cords of wood. At one time he would obtain more salt
from a certain amount of water than at another. The water has a sulphurous
smell, and leaves and pieces of wood left in the spring are soon covered
with a yellowish-white coating.
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