Born: 1864, a son of Edward Cochran and Sarah

Died: 1935, buried in Merrillsville Cemetery

Married: Ella Mary Dyer about 1887

Children: George E. Cochran, Herbert R. Cochran (1892-1908), Noble O. Cochran, Ruby O. Cochran and Mary E. Cochran

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Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Friday, August 7. 1953


The late Grant Cochran was a good neighbor and friend. He and his family lived for many years on a farm at Merrillsville where they managed by dint of much hard work and careful planning to make a comfortable living.

One of Grant's characteristics was his great sense of humor, and his enjoyment of a joke even though it might be on himself.

The late Mrs. Jennie Lamson lived a farm nearby which she continued to run after the death of her husband, George Lamson. It was in 1918 that Grant told me the folIowing story:

Mrs. Lamson had been raising a veal calf, and sent word to Grant to come over at a certain time to kill the calf for her.

Grant was on hand at the appointed time. Jennie met him at the door with a rifle in her hands and they went to the barn where Jennie showed him the calf hitched in a corner. She handed Grant the gun and said "Don't shoot until I get in the horse-stall and cover my ears."

So Grant waited, and as he waited he looked at the calf and the calf looked back at him. He said that calf had the most beautiful eyes! He would raise the gun and aim, but the calf was watching him so trustfully that he just could not shoot, so down would go the gun. This happened several times, and then Jennie was at his elbow, supposing the deed was done.

Grant looked at her, then at the calf, then he pushed the gun into her hands and said, "Here, you shoot the calf while I go in the horse-stall and cover MY ears."

And Grant was laughing so heartily when he told me about it that I can't remember who did kill the calf.