CALEB COOK

Caleb Cook, through persistent and well directed efforts, has attained a place among the successful farmers of Snohomish county. Nearly forty years ago he came to Snohomish county and has had an active part in its progress and upbuilding. Mr. Cook was born in Warren county, Iowa, April 23, 1861, and is a son of D. J. and Judith (Wright) Cook. His father was born in Indiana in 1816 and was a member of one of the pioneer families of that state, living near Indianapolis for many years. In 1866 he moved to Miami county, Kansas, where he operated a farm and also worked as a millwright. His wife was a native of Ohio and Caleb is the youngest of the twelve children born to his parents. Three of his brothers served in the Union army during the Civil war, two of them making the supreme sacrifice.

Caleb Cook received his education in the public schools and remained with his parents until after his marriage, which occurred when he was nineteen years old, when he went to Coffey county Kansas, and bought eighty acres of land, to the operation of which he devoted his efforts for two years. He then went back to his father's place, which he rented for two years, and in 1888 came to Washington. He first went to Lewis county, where he had a brother living, and from there went to Seattle, looking for a favorable location. He took up a claim five miles north of Bothell, in King county, which he sold a year later, and then leased school land near his present place in Snohomish county, remaining there seven years, when he bought six acres of land near Larimer Corners, on which he lived two years, after which he rented land across the river from his present farm two years. About 1900 Mr. Cook bought seventy six acres of his present place, to which he has since added more acreage, and has continuously engaged in its cultivation. When he came here the only highway was but a trail and Mr. Cook petitioned for the present road. The only clearing which had been done on the land was a part of the old camp on the Bailey claim, which had been logged. He now has about sixty acres of his land cleared, the remainder being in pasture. He raises plenty of feed for his stock, and also has a good yield of corn, while a part of the land is planted to berries. He keeps eight cows and has been very successful as a dairy farmer. Several years ago he was on the eastern side of the mountains, and while there became the owner of a good orchard. He was off his present place about six years, returning in 1923. He has also done a good deal of clearing on other land here, including about forty acres of the school land which he had rented before coming here, and he has also done a good deal of free road work in order to hasten the improvement and development of the locality.

On January 1, 1880, Mr. Cook was united in marriage to Miss Sara Alice Inman, who is a native of Wisconsin and related to the Inmans so prominently connected with lake shipping interests. She is the daughter of John and Hannah (Sidmore) Inman, the latter a native of Ohio. Her father, who was a native of Pennsylvania, became an attorney by profession, moved to Wisconsin in the formative days of that state's history, and named Rock county and Rock River, Wisconsin. Mr. and Mrs. Cook became parents of six children; Cora May, the wife of George Walters, of Monroe, and they have two children Kenneth, who is with Purdy & Sons, undertakers, of Monroe, and Iola; Myrtle, who died at the age of twenty-four months; W. W., a garage owner at Monroe, who is married and has six children; John Inman, who lives in Monroe, and is married and has four children; Frank Leslie, who was married and had two children and died May 12, 1923, in Arizona; and Ralph Clinton, who remains at home. Mr. Cook has been deeply interested in educational affairs, has served many terms on school boards, was largely instrumental in organizing the school district near Bothell and has built the schoolhouse. In every relation of life he has been true and loyal and has enjoyed to a marked degree the confidence and esteem of his community.

(This being an autobiography written by Caleb Cook in 1925 for Whitfield's History of Snohomish County.)

Submitted by Georgia Chirieleison