Thomas N. Cook. As secretary and treasurer of the Colson Company, Mr. Cook is representative of the successful
business man of Elyria. He was born at Akron, Ohio, Dec. 18, 1878, the son of Joseph and Mary P. (Norton) Cook.
Joseph Cook was born in London, England, and was a child of two years when his parents came to the United States
and settled in Ohio. He became a potter and followed his trade for a number of years at East Liverpool. Later,
he engaged in the manufacture of earthenware and pottery of Akron, Ohio. During the Civil War Mr. Cook volunteered
for service and saw active duty throughout the war period. He was living retired in Akron at the time of his death
in 1916. His wife, a native of Akron, died in 1920. Mr. Cook was a Republican in politics and served as a member
of the Akron school board. He was a member of the Methodist Church and belonged to the Masonic Lodge and Grand
Army of the Republic. The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cook: Mrs. C. O. Trulson, lives at Cleveland;
Thomas N., the subject of this sketch; Mary, lives at Akron; Martha, married M. Schumacher, lives at Akron; George
W., lives at Akron; and Mrs. Celia Oburn, lives at Akron.
The boyhood of Thomas N. Cook was spent in Akron, where he attended the public schools. He attended Hamels Business
College. Mr. Cook spent six years as secretary of the Akron China Company, and later went to Cleveland, where he
became well known as an importer of decorated china. After five years he went to Nevada as a gold prospector, but
returned to Akron after one year and entered the sales accounting department of the Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Company. In 1911 Mr. Cook came to Elyria, where he has since been identified with the Colson Company. He has served
in his present capacity as secretary and treasurer since 1915. He also has numerous other business interests in
the city, being a director of the Elyria Savings & Trust Company, president and treasurer of Telkor, Inc.,
director of the Ridge Hill Memorial Development Company, president of the Spring Valley Land Company, trustee of
the Spring Valley Country Club, president and treasurer of the Cherry Ridge, Inc., and a trustee and member of
executive committee of the Elyria Memorial Hospital.
In September, 1910, Mr. Cook was united in marriage with Miss Helen W. Barnes, of Cleveland, the daughter of William
N. and Harriet W. (Winton) Barnes, of Cleveland, both now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Cook have a daughter, Helen W.,
born March 2, 1915. She is a member of the class of 1932, Elyria High School.
Mr. Cook has been a member of the Elyria School Board since 1922 and has served for two years as president. He
belongs to the Masonic Lodge and Rotary Club. Politically, he is a Republican.
History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
North Central Ohio Biographies
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