William F. Cook, classed with the representative agriculturists and stock-raisers of San Joaquin county, was born in this county June 4, 1856, and is of German lineage. His parents, Frederick and Caroline Cook, are natives of germany and now reside in San Joaquin county near Atlanta. They are now well advanced in years, having passed over the three-quarter of a century mark. It was in pioneer days that the father came to the Pacific coast, and for a time was engaged in mining for gold at Placerville, which city was formerly called Hangtown, so named because of the justice administered there at an early day. Later Frederick Cook removed to San Joaquin county and established his home near Atlanta, where he has since lived, and a valuable property of four hundred and eighty acres now returns to him a good income for the care and labor bestowed upon it. He is familiar with this history of the county from the pioneer epoch down to the present and can relate many interesting incidents concerning the early days. Frederick Cook is a self-made man who during more than a half century's residence in America has manifested loyalty to his adopted country and her institutions. He has found in its business conditions and advantages opportunities for advancement, and has worked his way continually upward until with effort crowned by prosperity he is now enjoying a well earned rest, benefiting by the fruits of his former toil. Of his children the following now survive; Emma, William F., Lewis P., Charles, Edward, Adolph, Caroline, Eliza and Lillie.

William F. Cook was reared to manhood upon his father's farm in San Joaquin county. He is a native son of California and is imbued with the progressive spirit of the west--the spirit that has led to the rapid and substantial advancement of the states along the Pacific coast. He was educated in the district schools in his home neighborhood, enjoying n better privileges than most lads of the period. When he entered upon his business career he determined to win success, and as the result of his indefatigable energy he is now the owner of a ranch of two hundred acres under a good state of cultivation, pleasantly located not far from Atlanta in San Joaquin county. There he raises grain and stock and the fields are well tilled, while in the pastures are seen good grades of horses and cattle. Everything about the place is kept in good condition, and the neat and thrifty appearance of the farm indicates to the passerby the supervision of a progressive owner.

Mr. Cook was married to Miss Lizzie Pope, of Oakland, California, and they have two daughters, Myrtle and Alice. Gracie, the eldest, died in infancy. The parents are well known in San Joaquin county, and the hospitality of many of the best homes of Atlanta and the surrounding district is extended to them. Mr. Cook gives his political allegiance to the Democracy, but has never sought or desired office, preferring to devote his energies to his business affairs.

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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