Biography of Walter Cook

Cook, Walter, an old and well-known resident of Bergen, N. Y., was born in Easton, Washington county, N. Y , in March. 1822. and brought to the town of Bergen in 1824 by his parents. He grew to manhood on the farm, received a limited education, and in 1845 concluded to try his fortune in the west, going to Illinois. He spent that year in the lead mines, thence to Wisconsin, where he spent another year in the lead mines, and then returned to Bergen. In 1852 he went to California. where he spent eight years, four years in the gold mines and four in the mountains, building and attending a water reservoir and ditch for mining purposes, a company being organized for that purpose, in which Mr. Cook was an active stockholder; he still retains his interest in the company. He returned to Bergen and purchased his present choice farm of fifty acres, on which he has ever since resided. In politics Mr. Cook has been a Republican ever since the organization of that party, and while often urged to accept nomination for office, he steadfastly declines the honor. In 1862 he married Mrs. Delana H. (Green) Gifford, who was born in Phe1ps, Ontario county, in 1823.

Our County 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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