ALFRED G. COOK, a native of England, born in Norfolk County, January 16, 1839, is an honored resident of Stockbridge, and an important factor in the industrial interests of that town.
George Cook, grandfather of our subject, was a farmer in England, where he always lived. The parents of our subject, William and Susanna Cook, spent their entire life in their native country, England, dying at the ages of eighty-two and eighty years, respectively. They were farmers, and descendants of a well-known family, Cook being an old and respected name in England. They reared a family of ten children, the following being their record: William, who was a sailor, and died at the age of sixty-one years from the effects of a shipwreck, in which he was the only one out of a crew of thirty-four who escaped drowning; Harriette, who lives in Norwich, England; Maria, who married Joseph Stiles, and died at the age of fifty-eight years; Lydia, who resides on the old homestead in
England; Susanna, who is the widow of John Colton, and lives in Norwich, England; Robert, who also lives in Norwich, England; Alfred, subject of our sketch; Mary Ann, married, and living in Oxford, England; Joseph, who lives in London, England; and Emma, who lives with her sister Lydia on the old homestead.
Alfred G. Cook, of whom we write, was reared to manhood in his native country, remaining there until twenty-one years of age. He was an industrious, ambitious youth, and learned the trades of a baker and of a miller. Feeling assured of better facilities in the United States for earning a livelihood at one of his trades, our subject emigrated to America in 1860 ; and after a voyage of six weeks, on a vessel called the "Chancellor," under command of Captain Murray, he landed in New York City. He came directly to the town of Smithfield, locating near Siloam, and soon entered into the milling business with Wheeler Holmes. At the end of two years he closed his business there, and soon after, forming a partnership with Charles Graham, leased the mill that he now owns in Stockbridge. The partnership was soon dissolved, however; and our subject, removing to Munnsville, leased the mill there, and for seven years managed it skillfully. The succeeding six years Mr. Cook was engaged in farming, and January 1, 1880, bought the milling property in Stockbridge, and has met with pecuniary success in operating it. This mill was built many years before; and the stone in use in it is the very first millstone used in Madison County, and is yet in good condition. Mr. Cook has acquired other property, and now owns ten acres of valuable land and a comfortable dwelling-house in the town, and
is also proprietor of a mill in Morrisville, which is under the supervision of his son. Our subject is a man of good business capacity, and is an extensive wholesale dealer in flour and feed, and, in addition to the grain he handles, deals largely in hop-poles,--an industry especially profitable in this section of the country,--importing direct from Canada
Our subject was married before leaving his native country, being wedded in 1858 to Eliza Groom, a native of England, born July 31, 1841. Of their union six children have been born: Katie, living at home; Alfred, a miller, living in Morrisville; Arthur, Earl, Ethel, and Erving, all living at home. Mr. Cook is straightforward and methodical in his business transactions, and as a citizen is held in high respect by all who know him. Politically, he is a supporter of the principles of the Democratic party. Religiously, both Mr. and Mrs. Cook are regular attendants of the Methodist Episcopal church.
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