Bloomington (IN) Telephone
July 14, 1914
[NOTE: Consider Jesse a spelling variant.]
When Jess Cooper, age 30, a barber, was picked up on the Illinois Central right-of-way west of Bloomington, he was starving to death. He was unconscious when found lying in the hot sun and a few hours more without food would have meant a dead man from starvation. He had nothing to eat for several days when found and had evidently been semi-conscious and delirious for probably 12 or 14 hours. Given food at the jail, he is rapidly recovering.
Cooper had been at Bedford and could not get food or work in that city and came to Bloomington Thursday afternoon hoping to get a job. He was badly starved at that time and could get neither food nor work, and he wandered about in a dazed condition from Thursday night until he was found Friday. He will be all right in a couple of days.
Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.