JESSE A. ZOOK.
In every department of newspaper work, the newspaper men of Missouri have proven their ability through many years
of exacting, often arduous service, and Missouri is to be congratulated upon the efficiency of its newspaper workers.
The position of mining editor is one that requires not only an ample knowledge of journalistic work, but special
technical knowledge of mining in its practical aspects as well as a thorough knowledge of the local mining field,
its resources, its activity and its possibilities, and of all conditions under which its development is being carried
The best posted mining editor of the zinc and lead district of the state is Jesse A. Zook, of Joplin, Jasper county.
He was born in Muncie, Indiana, May 19, 1863, a son of John W. and Anna M. (Little) Zook. His parents were both
of Pennsylvanian nativity and his father died in 1883, aged seventy seven; his mother, now aged eighty one, resides
in Muncie, Indiana. His parents immigrated to Carthage, Missouri, in October, 1869, where he received a common
school education until he entered the office of the Carthage Press, January 2, 1878, as a printer's apprentice.
In 1881, at the age of eighteen, Mr. Zook founded the News, a weekly newspaper, at Golden City, Missouri; in 1883-4
he edited the Democrat at El Dorado Springs, Missouri, of which Nat Cruce was the publisher; in 1885-6 he edited
and published the Times at Webb City, coming to Joplin in 1887 to accept a position on the Herald. From February,
1892, to June, 1896, he was editor and proprietor of the Register, a daily newspaper at Webb City, returning to
the Joplin Herald, after disposing of his paper to advantage, for two years, then accepting a position with the
Joplin News, as mining editor, which he continued to hold after the consolidation of the News and Herald in March,
In addition to his work on the Joplin papers Mr. Zook began, in 1886, representing St. Louis and Kansas City papers
as correspondent, sending from Joplin all of the statements of the weekly sales of zinc and lead ore shipped from
the Missouri-Kansas mining district.
He married Miss Ida Snodgress, of Webb City, November 6, 1887. She was born in Iowa. They have a daughter named
Dixie, born December 26, 1888, and a son named Hamilton Zook, born November 25, 1890. Matter of considerable interest
concerning the Snodgress family is included in another biographical sketch which appears in this work.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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