As farming and residency in the Southeast Valley go, the Cooley name has been a mainstay. For more than 90 years, four generations of the Cooley family have been farming in the Southeast Valley. Each successive generation has watched and contributed as the landscape has grown from sleepy agricultural towns to prosperous and ever-expanding communities.
The Cooley family’s road to the Southeast Valley began in 1919 when Freeman and Pearl Cooley, on the advice of Freeman’s brother, left their home in Lakeside, Arizona, and moved to Gilbert. It was in Gilbert where Freeman would spend the remainder of his life as a farmer of cotton, alfalfa, and grain, in addition to operating a small dairy. Together, Freeman and Pearl would also raise eight children in their new home town.