William Cook, who passed away on the 20th of October, 1912, at the venerable age
of eighty seven years, was long numbered among the representative agriculturists
and esteemed citizens of Delaware county, owning and operating a valuable farm
comprising one hundred and fifty acres in Coffins Grove township. His birth
occurred in England on the 6th of March, 1825, his parents being Richard and
Jane (Warren) Cook, who were likewise natives of that country. In 1851 they
crossed the Atlantic to the United States, locating first in St. Charles, Kane
county, Illinois, and subsequently taking up their abode on a farm near
Hopkinton, Delaware county, Iowa, where they spent the remainder of their lives.
To them were born eleven children, two of whom survive, namely: Richard, who is
now in the ninety-first year of his age; and Jane, who is the wife of Thomas
Simpson of Lamont, Buchanan county, Iowa.
It was in 1849, when a young man of twenty four years, that William Cook
emigrated to the new world. General agricultural pursuits claimed his attention
throughout his entire business career and at the time of his demise he owned a
valuable and well improved farm of one hundred and fifty acres in Coffins Grove
township, Delaware county, which is now in the possession of his widow. He
always kept the property in the very best condition and its attractiveness is
enhanced by a pretty pine grove and surrounding walks. Mrs. Cook now rents the
farm and displays excellent business ability in the management of her affairs.
Mr. Cook was first married in England, on the 14th of September, 1846, to Miss
Mary Frow, who passed away on the 18th of April, 1882. On the 26th of February,
1883, he was again married, his second union being with Miss Emily Cocking, of
Manchester, Iowa. She was born in England on the 21st of February, 1859, a
daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Osgerby) Cocking, who spent their entire lives
in that country. They had eleven children, eight of whom are still living. In
1882 Mrs. Cook came to the United States in company with an uncle, Jabez Osgerby,
and took up her abode in Delaware county, Iowa. By her marriage she became the
mother of two daughters. Susan J., born October 3, 1884, is a graduate of the
Manchester high school and there followed the profession of teaching. She is now
the wife of Herbert McDonald of Brooklyn, Iowa, and has one son, Horace F., who
was born October 14, 1913. Lizzie Maye, born October 26, 1893, is likewise a
high school graduate and also pursued a course in music. She is now giving
instruction in music.
Mr. Cook gave his political allegiance to the democracy and always took an
active and helpful interest in public affairs, filling several township offices
in a highly creditable and commendable manner. He died October 20, 1912, and his
remains were interred in the Oakland cemetery at Manchester.
He had won an extensive circle of warm friends during the long period of his
residence here, so that his loss was deeply and sincerely mourned. Mrs. Cook is
also well known throughout the community, and this record cannot fail to prove
of interest to many of our readers.