Biography of B. F. Cook


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B. F. COOK, farmer, P. 0. Elgin, is a son of John F. and Mary (Wiggins) Cook. J. F. Cook was born January 1, 1806, in New London, Conn., is descended from an old New England family, and for twenty-five years was in business in New York City. lie married Mary Wiggins, of Babylon, L. I., November 2, 1827, and settled in Hanover, Cook Co., Ill., in 1845. His first visit to Chicago was in 1832, when he was offered eight acres of land in the vicinity of the Tremont House for $100 per acre, but refused it as a worthless "frog pond." Mr. Cook was a successful farmer in Hanover until 1882 when, with his wife, he retired to his peaceful home in Elgin, where his life will be easier and more quiet. The old farm is now in the hands of B. F. Cook, who was born upon it in September, 1845. He married Mattie Etheridge, of Rochester, N. Y., and has three children, all horn in Hanover Township.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.