Dennis Peer as Isaac Cooper in 2006. In a Greene County Historical Society program now rescheduled to April 12, Peer will portray Cooper, for whom the Greene County town of Cooper was named. Lunch at United Methodist Church in Cooper will begin at noon, and the program will follow at 1 p.m.
Dennis Peer as Isaac Cooper in 2006. In a Greene County Historical Society program now rescheduled to April 12, Peer will portray Cooper, for whom the Greene County town of Cooper was named. Lunch at United Methodist Church in Cooper will begin at noon, and the program will follow at 1 p.m.

April 2, 2019

Due to a death and funeral in a family that has long been active in the Greene County Historical Society, the organization’s lunch and program that had been scheduled for this Friday, April 5, in Cooper has been re-scheduled one week later — on Friday, April 12.

The historical program will feature Cooper native and actor Dennis Peer, now of Iowa Falls, portraying Isaac Cooper, the pioneer Des Moines business leader after whom the Greene County town is named.

Historical society president David John made the decision to postpone the program this week because many members of the society want to attend the funeral of Rev. Dr. Steven Harberts, 72, of Jefferson, who died Monday. Harberts is a son-in-law in the Coon family, longtime leaders in the historical group. His memorial service is scheduled this Friday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Jefferson.

The historical society’s gathering in Cooper now shifts to Friday, April 12.

Lunch will be at 12 p.m. in the basement of the Cooper United Methodist Church, with Peer’s presentation as Isaac Cooper at 1 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Lunch is $8 for historical society members and $10 for others who are not members. Members should RSVP about lunch to their community contacts by Tuesday evening, April 9, and others who want to have lunch should RSVP to board member Nancy Hanaman at 515-436-7684. The program is free.