Biography of Elias Cook of Byron, NY

Elias Cook started about the first-if not the first-nursery (mostly apple stock) grown in the county, from which many thrifty bearing trees are now standing in different parts of the county. He also, in 1862, commenced the planting of one of the largest apple orchards in the county, on the original farm which 50 years before was covered by dense forests. His second marriage was to Elizabeth Holmes, in 1833. Three children were born to them, two of whom are now living, viz.: Mrs. Dr. G. U. Gleason and Charles E. The latter still retains the homestead, on which he resides. Besides regular farming Mr. Cook is engaged quite extensively in the cultivation of standard fruits, having about 50 acres, 2,000 bearing apple trees, 2,000 dwarf and standard pears, and quince and other fruits. Mr. Cook is also the inventor of a fruit gatherer.

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a descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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