Biography of William W. Cook
Carroll County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM W. COOK.

William W. Cook, a well-to-do farmer and landowner of Democrat township, Carroll county, Indiana, who lives one-half mile north of Cutler, is a native of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, born on January To, 1862, a son of John A. and Olive (Adams) Cook, the former of whom was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania. John A. Cook was a son of Hugh Cook, of either Irish or Scotch descent, who came to America from his native country in an early day. Hugh Cook emigrated from Pennsylvania to Clinton county, Indiana, traveling from Pittsburgh to Madison, Indiana, and from Madison to Indianapolis on the old wooden railway. From Indianapolis to Clinton county the journey was made overland by wagon. Hugh Cook's wife, before her marriage, was Hannah Aiken, and after their marriage they settled at Rossville, where, for many years, he followed the shoemaker's trade.

John A. Cook remained at home with his parents until he reached the age of twenty-three years, and then began working upon neighboring farms. Eventually he purchased a farm of his own, which he operated very successfully. Mr. Cook helped build the dam and mill on the site of the present Adams mill. After his marriage to Olive Adams he was engaged in the milling business in Wisconsin for two years, when he returned to Indiana and purchased eighty acres of land in the Wildcat bottoms, in Carroll county. After living in this district for a few years his wife died and Mr. Cook moved to the farm where William Draper now lives. He afterward moved to Kansas, but returned to Indiana and died at the home of his son, William W.

William W. Cook remained at home with his parents until he was twenty three years of age and then purchased the farm of seventy-five acres where he now lives. Mr. Cook has gradually added to his land holdings until he is now the owner of two hundred and twenty-eight acres.

Mr. Cook married Jennie B. Long, a daughter of William and Mary Ann (Smith) Long. Mr. Cook was born and reared in Carroll county. Mr. and Mrs. Cook are the parents of four children, Nellie, Joseph, Edith and Mina, all of whom are living at home. Mr. Cook is a member of the Presbyterian church at Cutler, in which he is actively interested. Politically, he is a Democrat.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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