|Birth: ||Mar. 9, 1847|
|Death: ||May 15, 1927|
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)
John W. Cook is a retired rancher and live stock man who is numbered among the pioneer residents and valued citizens of Emmett. He came to Idaho about thirtyfive years ago, arriving in this state in 1885, and for five years he was a resident of Cassia county, since which time he has lived in or near Emmett. He was born in Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania, March 9, 1847, and has therefore passed the seventythird milestone on life's journey. His parents were Hugh and Catherine (Harkins) Cook, both of whom spent their entire lives in the Keystone state.
John W. Cook obtained his education there and before leaving Pennsylvania resided for a time at Eatonbury, near Oil City. In young manhood, however, he left the east and made bis way west to Buffalo Park, in western Kansas, where he conducted a livery stable for two years, from 1880 until 1882. He afterward spent several years
at Robinson Camp, seventeen miles from Leadville, Colorado, becoming the first proprietor of a livery stable in Robinson Camp and running a stage line between that place and Leadville. He drove the first buggy in that camp. In 1885 he came to Idaho. For five years he lived in the Snake River valley, in the vicinity of Oakley, making his home on a ranch, and during that period he was engaged in buying and selling cattle and horses. Thirty years ago he established his home in the vicinity of Emmett and has continued to deal in ranches, horses and cattle. He today owns a number of ranches in Gem county together with one hundred and sixty acres of land in Idaho county and also has several properties in Emmett, from which he derives a good income. One of his Emmett holdings is a twelve acre ranch in the heart of the city. He was one of the organizers of the Bank of Emmett.
While in Colorado, in the early '80s, Mr. Cook was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Ramsay, who passed away in 1917, leaving one daughter, Ida, who is now the wife of H. B. Mumford, deputy sheriff of Canyon county and a resident of Caldwell, Idaho. To Mr. and Mrs. Mumford have been born a son and a daughter, who are
the delight of their grandparents. On the 22d of November, 1919, Mr. Cook was married again, his second union being with Mrs. Laevenia Coffey.
Mr. Cook Is a Roman Catholic in religious faith and his political support is given the democratic party. His life has been an active, busy and useful one. As the years have progressed he has prospered in his undertakings and throughout the greater part of his life he has engaged in loaning money, so that he is now doing something of a private banking business. He long figured as a prominent ranchman and with the pioneer development and upbuilding of the state has been closely associated.
Margaret Ramsay Cook (1848 - 1917)
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Aug 05, 2008
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