S. S. COOK, b. 1862

S. S. Cook, living on section 11 , Cedar township, is engaged in general farming and stock-raising upon what is known as the old homestead farm adjoining Fremont. He is a native son of Iowa, his birth having occurred in Keokuk county, on the 7th of December, 1862. His father was Dr. S. S. Cook, a pioneer physician of this state, who located in Keokuk county and practiced there for several years; In 1863, however, in response to the country's call he joined the army as surgeon and thus served until his death,. which occurred on the 15th of January, 1864. His widow, Mrs. Sarah Cook, is one of the estimable pioneer women of the county and is mentioned elsewhere in this work. S. S. Cook came with his mother to Mahaska county at the time of the father's enlistment in the army and soon afterward they located on a farm where they now reside, he and his elder brother, Albert N. Cook, working the place for their mother. Here the subject of this review was reared to manhood and his education was acquired in the schools of Fremont. He early became familiar with all the duties and labors incident to the cultivation, development and improvement of the fields and that he is a practical and enterprising farmer is shown by the splendid appearance of the place at the present time. In 1883 he was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Bryan, a native of Iowa, who was born in Madison township. Unto this union have been born five children: Alfred, who assists in carrying on the home farm; Clara, Lucy, Harry and Ronald S. Mr. Cook has had charge of and carried on the home farm for seventeen years and in connection with the tilling of the soil he has a specialty of raising, feeding and fattening hogs for the market. He is now a breeder of pure Chester White hogs and has some fine specimens of this breed. For the past three years he has also acted as rural mail carrier. In his political views he is a stanch and earnest republican, but has never cared nor sought for office, giving his time and attention to his farming and business interests, save that he is acting as mail carrier. He is also a member of the school board, the cause of education receiving his hearty endorsement, while his cooperation is given to any movement for the benefit of the schools. He belongs to Fremont lodge, I. 0. 0. F., in which he has filled all of the chairs and is now a past grand. He is a member and one of the officers of Fremont lodge of the Knights of Pythias, and is now serving as vice chancellor. He likewise belongs to the Woodmen of the World, in which he is council commander. A gentleman of exemplary habits and upright character and worth, he commands the trust and good will of his fellow men and has many warm friend in the circle of a wide acquaintance.


from Past and Present of Mahaska County, Iowa by Manoah Hedge The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. 1906

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