Charles H. Cook, who is engaged in general farming in San Joaquin county near Atlanta, is numbered among the native sons of this county and has so directed his efforts here as to gain signal success in business and win the respect and good will of his fellow men. His natal day was March 28, 1859, and he is a son of Frederick and Caroline Cook, both of whom were natives of Germany, and during the pioneer spoch of the history of California came across the plains to the Pacific coast. Frederick Cook is a shoemaker by trade and in early manhood followed that pursuit for some time, engaging in shoemaking in St. Louis, Missouri. It was from that city that he started for California, accompanied by his wife. After arriving in the far west he engaged in mining gold, but in 1852 came to San Joaquin county and finally settled near Atlanta, where he has since made his home. Both he and his wife have now reached an advanced age and are numbered among the most honored and worthy pioneers of their neighborhood. Frederick Cook has taken an active and helpful part in the work of pioneer progress, doing everything in his power to promote the substantial upbuilding of his community, and he has seen it emerge from pioneer conditions, the county becoming one of the most progressive in this great commonwealth. His political support has ever been given to the Democracy, and he is a self-made man in business, his energy being the basis of all success and representing what may be accomplished through close application.
Charles H. Cook was reared to man's estate in San Joaquin county upon the old homestead farm near Atlanta and in the district schools he acquired his education. When his attention was not claimed by his school books he assisted in the work of the home farm, and thus gained practical knowledge of the occupation which he has made his source of living since attaining his majority. He is now the owner of three hundred and fifteen acres of land, which is well cultivated and the farm is equipped with many modern accessories that indicate the supervision of a painstaking owner and also are proof of his progressive spirit. Diligence is numbered among his strong characteristics and has been one of the leading elements in his prosperity.
Mr. Cook was united in marriage to Miss Louise Meiers, a daughter of Henry Meiers, of San Joaquin county, now residing near Ripon. To Mr. and mrs. Cook have been born three children, but only one, Henry L., is now living. Those who have passed away are Georgie and Edna. Mr. Cook has firm faith in Democratic principles as containing the best elements of good government and always votes for the men and measures of the party. As one of the native sons of the county he deserves mention in this volume, and his life has ever been in conformity with the principles that in every land and clime command respect and confidence.
Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II
The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine
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