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A.D. Cook
Boardman Twp.

A. D. Cook, one of the prominent and wealthy armers of Clayton County, was born in Franklin County, Vt., on the 4th day of May, 1817. His parents, Joshua Cook and Abigail, nee Bliss, were natives of Orange County, VT., where they were married; soon after they moved to Franklin County where ten children were born, 6 living, viz.: Abigail, Louise, Orinda, A. D. and Samuel B. He was a recruiting officer in the war of 1812. In politics, Mr. Cook Sr., was an old line Whig and at the organization of the Republican party, joined them and affiliated with them until his death, which occurred in 1857. His wife died in 1859. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and received a common-school education. When fourteen years of age he went to Boston where he was employed in a furniture store as clerk. In 1837 he left Massachusetts for the Galena Lead Mines and engaged in mining there for eight years, then embarked in farming. In 1850 he went to California with teams. On the Humboldt River, their provisions giving out, they left their teams and wagons and continued their journey on foot making forty miles per day, which they were forced to do in order to make their provisions hold out. In 1851 he returned to Jo Daviess County, Ill., and in 1854 came to Clayton County, where he has been engaged in farming since. On Oct. 21, 1848, he married Caroline Schamahorn, of Cayuga County, N.Y., where she was born March 9, 1833. Eight children have blessed their union, viz.: Almira, Wartstill, Oliver, Delbert, Louisa, Thomas (deceased), Greenville, Fayette and Harriet. Mr. Cook came to the county a poor man but by good management and close attention to business has succeeded in accumulating a fine property, owning 440 acres of land, valued at $45.00 per acre. He has held several local offices of trust.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 654
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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