Biography of Alexander O. Cook
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Cook, Alexander O., plumber and stemheater, son of Perry and Lydia (Gifford) Cook, was born at Tiverton, R. I., May 29, 1827. He is a lineal descendant of Thomas Cook, one of the early settlers of Rhode Island. His grandfather, Joseph Cook, was a farmer at Tiverton, and his father was a carpenter and builder. In his youth Mr. Cook worked on the farm in summer and attended school a few months of the winter. In 1843 he united with the Baptist Church in Tiverton, R. I. In 1844 he came to Fall River and learned the trade of tin plate and sheet iron worker and in the mean time went to night school. He worked as a journeyman until 1851, when in company with John Johnston he bought the business of his employer and established the firm of Cook & Johnston in the stove, sheet iron and tin plate business on South Main street. In 1860 the firm was changed to Shaw & Cook, which afterwards became Cook, Grew & Ashton. Mr. Ashton died in 1873, when the present firm of Cook & Grew was formed. In 1870 they added plumbing to their business and soon had a large trade in that line. Mr. Cook has confined his attention closely to his business in which he has prospered and is one of the oldest merchants of Fall River. This firm carries on a general plumbing, steam heating, hot water heating, gas fitting and sheet iron business. Mr. Cook united by letter with the Second Baptist Church of Fall River in 1853. He served on several of the committees at different times and in 1880 was elected deacon, serving in that capacity until 1897 when he withdrew with others and formed the Third Baptist Church, where he is now serving in the capacity of deacon and superintendent of the Sunday school. This church is the outcome of a small Sunday school that was started by and through his efforts and those of his associates thirty six years ago, and has become a flourishing church. He also assisted in forming, in the year 1868, the Fifth Street Sunday school, so called, which is known as the Foster Street Mission and is a branch of the Second Baptist Church of Fall River. In 1853 he married Mary S. Bronson, daughter of the late Rev. Asa Bronson, who was pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Fall River for several years, and who was one of the prominent factors in the rebuilding of the city after the great fire of 1843. Their children are Charles C. Cook, the well known real estate and insurance agent, and Charlotte E. G. (wife of Walter Titcomb).

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A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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