Frank Cook, the capable president of the First National Bank of Marengo and of its sister institution, The Iowa
County Loan & Savings Bank, is a native of this state, born four miles northeast of Luzerne upon a farm. His
natal day was the 29th of May, 1870, and his parents, George and Christiana (Warner) Cook, were both natives of
Germany, the father born in Stuttgart on the 8th of August, 1821, while the mother's birth occurred on the 22d
of June, 1831. In 1833 George Cook arrived in the United States and in 1869 he took up his residence upon a farm
in Iowa, where he resided until he removed to the vicinity of Blairstown, where he operated a fruit farm. In 1878
he went to Belle Plaine and in 1880 came to Marengo, where he was living at the time of his death, which occurred
in September, 1907. He and his wife were the parents of seven children: George E., who is living in Washington,
Iowa; Augusta, now Mrs. W. E. Frantz, of St. Paul, Minnesota; W. L., who is living in Marengo; John W., of New
York city; Clay C., deceased; Anna L., who gave her hand in marriage to George E. Bonner, of Eagle Grove, Iowa;
and the subject of this review.
Frank Cook attended the public and high schools of Marengo in the acquirement of his education and in November,
1888, when he was a youth of eighteen years, he entered the Marengo Savings Bank as clerk. At that time Mr. Henderson
was cashier and George E. Swain, now cashier of the Farmers Savings Bank of North English, Iowa, was assistant
cashier. For two years Mr. Cook served as clerk but at the end of that time Mr. Swain resigned and he was promoted
to the position of assistant cashier. On the 1st of February, 1901, he resigned and entered the First National
Bank as cashier, holding a like position in The Iowa County Loan & Savings Bank, which is closely affiliated
with the First National. J, H. Branch was then president of both institutions and proved a most admirable official,
winning the confidence and warm regard of all those associated with him. Mr. Cook still holds him in honored remembrance.
He remained as president until his demise, after which Mr. Cook was made the executive head of the two institutions.
He has served in that capacity for eight years and has continued the policy of progressiveness tempered by sane
conservatism that has always characterized the First National Bank and its associate. These institutions have continued
to grow and their prosperity has increased from year to year, their resources having at this time reached nearly
eight hundred and fifty thousand dollars, and the general public is convinced of their stability. Many years of
active connection with the work of these banks has made Mr. Cook thoroughly familiar with the routine of banking
practice and he also has a clear understanding of the basic principles of finance upon which the conduct of a bank
is based. He has great influence in financial circles in Marengo and is recognized as an unusually able banker.
Mr. Cook was married on the 9th of June, 1900, to Miss Atlanta Conard, who was born in Ohio. Her mother, Mrs. Louisa
B. Conard, is still living in Hicksville, that state. Mr. Cook is quite well known in fraternal circles, belonging
to the Masons, the Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Elks. He is a member of the Iowa City lodge of the
last named organization. He casts his ballot for republican candidates and principles, believing in the policies
of that party. His religious faith is in accord with the tenets of the Presbyterian church and he is one of the
active members thereof. His integrity has never been questioned and it is a well known fact that his success in
life has been gained by reason of superior ability and close application to business and never by the use of questionable
practices. He is rightly considered one of the leading citizens of Marengo.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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