George W Cook


.After GEORGE W.COOK,stock dealer and capitalist,Leechburg,Pa was born in Allegheny County,Pa June 5, 1885, son of John and Sophia (Garrard) Cook. The parents were born in England and married in that country, and came to America on their wedding trip. After landing at New York they came to Pennsylvania and located on the Ross estate near Pittsburgh, and lived on one farm for fifty-five years. At that time this estate owned 1,800 acres, on which land the newer part of the great "Iron City" has been built. John Cook was a successful farmer and stock dealer and continued in the business during all his active life. He lived to be eight-six, and wife Sophia to be sixty-six years old. They were both buried in Evergreen cemetery, near Sharpsburg, Pa. They had nine children: Caroline, Mary A, Eliza, John, Charles, George W. and three who died in infancy. George W. Cook attended school on the present site of Aspinwall, Allegheny Co; Pa. He remained with his father until he was sixteen years of age, when he started out for himself. For some six years he worked for farmers through Allegheny county and later in Westmoreland County, where he was in the cattle business for ten years. After locating at Leechburg he purchased a livery business which he conducted here for nine years, and after disosing of that bought an undertaking and funeral directing. After selling out he engaged in farming from his father-in law, in Westmoreland county for two years, them returned to Leechburg and here conducted a meat market for two more years at that time selling it to his son Herbert T. Since them Mr Cook has devoted his time and attention to dealing in stock and has interests in both Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties. He was one of the organizers of the Farmers' National Bank of Leechburg, and has been one of it dirctors ever since. In all essentials Mr Cook is a self made man.

Mr Cook was married to ollie Morrison daughter of James Morrison

of westmoreland county ,and they had six children, as follow: Eddie who is deceased; George C, who who is auditor of the Los Angeles

Cal; Herbert T. who is in the butcher business at Leechburg, Pa Eliza, who is decease; James ,who conducts a meat business at Hyde Park, Pa ; and caroline, who is a student in high school.

Mr. Cook and his family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Politically he is a Republican, and on numerous occasion he has been selected for offices of responsibility. For eight years he has been a member of the town council, and he has also served for three years as director on the poor board

Source: Page 782, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
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