Charles D. Cook, farmer, was born in Orleans County, N.Y., February 22, 1830. He was reared and educated in his native State, and came to Eaton County, Mich., in the spring of 1852. He had been married to Miss Lucinda J. Ferren, also of Orleans, on May 6, 1850. On September 19, 1853, Mr.. Cook was bereaved of his beloved wife, and eleven days later he lost an infant son. Shortly after this he returned to his native place, and on November 12, 1854, he and Miss Philena Hammond, also of Orleans, were united in marriage. She was born in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., May 6, 1833. He has now two children, Philena J., (now Mrs. George W. Davis) and Charles R., also two adopted children, Lettie (now Mrs. A. Loucks), and Frankie M. In November, 1854, Mr. and Mrs. Cook came to Oakland County, Mich., and about one year later they settled in section 27, in Akron, where he had bought eighty acres of land on which they still reside. His land was 50 cents per acre. There was then no township organization, and they had to underbrush a trail some distance among the trees to reach their chosen spot. Mrs. Cook remained five miles from their place while he made a small opening in the woods and prepared a dwelling, then she came and joined her husband in the pioneer experience of those early days. Their nearest postoffice was Vassar; but the waving forest has disappeared, and they have in their farm home 120 acres of land, with eighty acres improved, and with ample supplies of large and small fruits and inviting home comforts. Mr. Cook also owns eighty acres of other lands, and property in Caro and at Akron Station. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the Twenty-third Michigan Infantry, Company D, and in a few months received a personal injury and was honorably discharged and returned home. Some time after he recovered, and again enlisted in the Twenty-ninth Michigan Infantry, Company A, and served until liberty and the Union triumphed over slavery and rebellion. Religiously Mr. Cook belongs to the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Politically he is a straight Republican.
from History of Tuscola and Bay Counties, Michigan, by H. R. Page & Co., Chicago, 1888, pages 130 & 131.
Submitted by Sherrye Woodworth July 2000.
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