Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Hiram Cook

HIRAM COOK, an old settler of Labette county, and for many years a prominent farmer of this section, has attained the advanced age of eighty-two years. He is still hale and hearty, active and energetic, and manages the farm on which he has lived for the past twenty-three years. He resides in Neosho township, in section 28. Mr. Cook was born in Canada in 1820, within six miles of the United States boundary line. He is a son of Jacob and Anna (Wilson) Cook.

Jacob Cook and his wife were born in the United States and reared a family of 10 children, namely: Sallie; Crowell; Mary; Hiram; Willis; Julia; Millie; Wilson; Margaret; and Lyman. Jacob Cook was a farmer by occupation, and lived to an advanced age.

Hiram Cook located in Labette county, Kansas, in 1869. Prior to moving here, he had followed the occupation of a farmer, and has continued farming all his life. He bought his present home on first coming to Neosho township, and has been identified with the leading movements of Labette county. He is a man of honest, upright principles, is worthy of the highest respect, and his friends are many.

Mr. Cook was united in marriage with Martha (Knox) McMillan, who was born in West Virginia, in 1828. She is a descendant of a good old Southern family, her father having been James Knox, a native of Virginia. James Knox married Margaret Robinson, and seven children blessed their union, namely: Isaac; John; William; Joseph; Esther; Martha; and Bathsheba. Mr. Knox was a farmer by occupation. Mr. Cook had been previously married to Harriet Simons, of the state of New York, who died. Four of the children born of this union reached maturity, as follows: Ellis; Herman, deceased; Milton W.; and Asa.

Mr. Cook is a member of the Republican party. Religiously, he is a faithful member of the Christian church.