Biography of Ermond E. Cook
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Ermond Edson Cook. - All his life Mr. Cook has been identified with the newspaper business and is recognized as one of the leading journalists of Ohio. He is editor of the Columbus Citizen, as well as editor in chief of the group of central Ohio Scripps-Howard newspapers, with headquarters in Columbus.

Mr. Cook was born at Dalton, Ohio, January 21, 1874, the son of William Campbell and Ella (Fletcher) Cook. Both were born in Wayne County, Ohio. Captain Cook was a merchant for many years at Dalton, Ohio, and later served as deputy revenue collector for eight years under President Harrison. He also held the office of mayor of Dalton for a period of twenty one years. Mr. Cook removed to Columbus in 1909, where he now lives retired. He served throughout the Civil War as a captain in Company C, 41st Volunteer Infantry. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and past commander of the National Union Veterans Legion Ella (Fletcher) Cook is deceased and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbus. To Mr. and Mrs. Cook two children were born: Ermond Edson, the subject of this sketch; and Myrtle, deceased.

Ermond Edson Cook received his education in the public and high schools of Dalton, Ohio, and began his career as a reporter on the Columbus Press Post in 1895. He then became city editor, managing editor, and subsequently was editor of the Columbus Citizen. In 1922 Mr. Cook became editor in chief of the central group of Scripps-Howard newspapers in Ohio, with headquarters in Cleveland, and five years later removed to Columbus as editor in chief of the same group of newspapers, which position he still holds, and in addition he holds the responsible position of editor of the Columbus Citizen. Mr. Cook is familiarly known by his many friends and coworkers as "Erm," and may be numbered among the most popular newspaper men in the State. His biography may be found in "Who's Who in America" in the 1928-29 edition.

On July 21, 1897, Mr. Cook was united in marriage with Miss Mary Elsie Eckard, the daughter of John E. Eckard, a native of Wayne County, Ohio, now deceased. To them were born three children: Clare, manager of the Industrial Bureau, Chamber of Commerce, Columbus, served in the U. S. Navy during the World War, married Rhea Hartenstein, and they have two children, William and Betty; Mary, attends Ohio State University; and Helen, a student.

Mr. Cook is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and is affiliated with David W. Kinsman Lodge, Free & Accepted Masons, No. 617; Scioto Consistory, 32nd degree; Aladdin Temple; Rotary Club; Athletic Club of Columbus; Sigma Delta Chi fraternity; the Columbus Auto Club; Columbus Country Club; Ohio State Faculty Club; and Westwood Country Club of Cleveland. He is vice president of the Associated Ohio Dailies.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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