Biography of Darius Cook


Cook, Darius, West Seneca, p. o. Windom, was born in Concord, N. Y.. August 27, 1839, a son of Peter and Lydia (White) Cook. Peter was an early settler of Collins and there lived until about 1860, when he moved to East Hamburg, where he spent his last days. He was a Whig and after the organization of the Republican party, was one of the first to join that party. He was one of the leading farmers of the town and very kind to the poor. Darius Cook was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools; he began life as a farmer and later engaged in the hotel business in the oil region of Pennsylvania, where he was also speculator in real estate. He came to West Seneca in 1866, where he has since lived the life of a farmer. February 19, 1863, he married Emerett Van Hyning of Ohio, and they had five children: George A. of Montana, a dealer in wood and coal, and has been a member of the Legislature; Jennie, wife of Lewis E. Willett, a real estate dealer of Buffalo, N. Y.; William W., who lives in West Seneca; Flora H., wife of a stenographer in Buffalo, and Melissa at home. Mrs. Cook died March 8, 1893. Mr. Cook is a Republican and has been very active; he is a member of South Buffalo Lodge No. 332, A. O. U. W.

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Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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