Biography of Irving D. Cook of Byron, NY

Irving D. Cook, son of David and Tabiatha (Ballard) Cook, was born in Byron, May 5, 1829, in the house where he now resides, and where he has always lived. He was reared a farmer, and was educated in the common schools and the academy of Alexander. November 10, 1859, he married Julia A. Holmes, of Illinois. Mr. Cook's father died when he was but four years old, and his mother, a lady of great energy and a fine manager. kept her family together and educated them. He was her oldest son, and at the early age of 18 years the management of the farm was placed in his hands. When Mr. Cook was about 21 years of age he, in company with his brother, Marshall N., bought the interest of their sisters in the farm, and conducted it and another farm, which they had purchased in company, until the close of the war in 1865, when he bought his brother's interest in the homestead, and is now its sole owner. Mr. Cook is a thorough farmer and a close thinker. He has contributed to the New York Tribuue, the Cultivator, the Rural New Yorker, and the Ohio Farmer. He is one of the reliable and trusted citizens of Byron, and has a large acquaintance with leading citizens and agriculturists in Genesee County, by whom he is highly respected. Mr. and Mrs. Cook are parents of five children, viz.: Edwin I., who has been in the employ of the U. S. postal service the past six years; Clara H., who married William S. Greene, a farmer in Byron ; Ella F., a music teacher in Cottage Seminary, Clinton, N. Y.; Julia E., who resides with her parents; and Irving C. H., a student at Oberlin College, Ohio, where his brother and all of his sisters have been educated.

Our Countty and it's people
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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