Jul 01 2015

Lodi Post Office StampSteven Thorne Cook was born in South Carolina in 1833. He and his older brother, William James (1827-1898), came to Texas in the 1850s. William settled in the Pleasanton area, while Stephen chose to settle in Lodi on the San Antonio River.

In Lodi 

On September 20, 1858, Stephen was appointed the first postmaster of Lodi then located in Bexar County. Stephen was a founding member of the Brahan Masonic Lodge in La Vernia. On August 4, 1859, Stephen married Mary M. Volk in San Antonio. Stephen established a mercantile business in Lodi, and on June 21, 1860 he purchased 228 acres on the San Antonio River in present day Wilson County. In 1860, the Lodi post office became part of newly formed Wilson County.

Map of Lodi, Texas (Near present-day Floresville)
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The Civil War

During the Civil War, Stephen continued as postmaster of Lodi for the Confederate States of America. He also served with the Wilson Guards during the war years. After the war, Stephen continued as postmaster until the Lodi post office was closed on November 5, 1866. When the Lodi post office was reestablished on December 28, 1869, Pierre R. Trial was postmaster.

After the War

Stephen and Mary had four children:  Martha (1861-1951), Mollie (1863-1944), Rebella (1954), and Samuel G. (1870-1923).  All of the children were born in Floresville. After Stephen’s death in the early 1870s, Mary and the children moved to San Antonio to live with Stephen’s brother, William. Mary and William died two weeks apart in the late fall of 1898.  They along with the girls are buried in City Cemetery #5 in San Antonio.  The burial date and location for Stephen are unknown at this time.

The community of Lodi, was likely named for Napoleon’s triumphant Battle of Lodi in Northern Italy, in 1796.  Napoleon believed this triumph established his superiority over European generals and that he was, as a consequence, a man of destiny.