Lewis P. Cook, a representative farmer and stock-raiser of San Joaquin county, owns a finely improved ranch of two hundred and forty acres in Dent township devoted to grain raising. He is numbered among the native sons of this county, his birth having here occurred on the 15th of July, 1857. he is a son of Frederick and Caroline Cook, both of whom are natives of Germany and have now passed the seventy-fifth milestone on life's journey. The father was among the early settlers of San Joaquin county, having established his home near Atlanta early in the '50s. He has since lived in the same locality, and is to-day one of the most honored and respected pioneer residents. He now owns four hundred and eighty acres of valuable land and has led an active life an as agriculturist, his well directed efforts being the foundation for his prosperity. He has witnessed the development of the county from frontier conditoins, has seen its wild lands reclaimed and transformed into rich fields. he has also watched the introduction of the railroad, the telegraph and the telephone and has noted the onward march of civilization and of progress, rejoicing in what has been accomplished in this direction. His political allegiance is given to the Democracy, and he is numbered among the worthy and representative German-American citizens of San Joaquin county. Of his children nine are yet living, namely: Emma, William F., Lewis P., Charles H., Edward, Adolph E., Carrie, Eliza and Lillie.

In taking up the personal history of Lewis P. Cook we present to our readers the life record of one who is widely known in San Joaquin county, for here he was reared to manhood, residing upon his father's farm until 1881, when he settled upon his present ranch in Dent township. The public schools afforded him his educational privileges, and upon the old homestead he was trained to habits of industry, economy and honesty--qualities which proved an excellent foundation upon which to rear the superstructure of success. He has always devoted his life to the pursuits of agriculture, and, acquiring capital through energy and perseverance, he purchased two hundred and forty acres of land, which he now devotes to the raising of grain. he annually handles good crops and the sale of his products bring to him a good financial reward for his labors.

On the 18th of November, 1891, Mr. Cook was united in marriage to Miss Hallie B. Pride, and their union has been blessed with two children: Lilia A. and William L. Mr. Cook is a Democrat and a public-spirited citizen, co-operating in all measures for general progress and advancement. His business career will bear the closest investigation and scrutiny, and the fact that many of his stanchest friends are those who have known him from boyhood is an indication that his has been an upright, active and honorable life.

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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