William Augustus Cook

14 May 1872–10 November 1952 (Age 80)
Joliet, Will, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Augustus

When William Augustus Cook was born on 14 May 1872, in Joliet, Will, Illinois, United States, his father, Fredrick Cook, was 27 and his mother, Julia Ann Cohoon, was 22. He married Nellie Leona Fugate on 21 February 1906, in Mount Ayr, Ringgold, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Ringgold, Ringgold, Iowa, United States in 1925. He died on 10 November 1952, in Ringgold, Iowa, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Benton, Ringgold, Iowa, United States.

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William Augustus Cook
Nellie Leona Fugate
Marriage: 21 February 1906
Orval Albia Cook
Viola Cathrin Cook
Effie Leona Cook
Arleta Bell Cook
Wayne Andrew Cook
Helen Mae Cook

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21 February 1906
Mount Ayr, Ringgold, Iowa, United States


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World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 3

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 5

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.
1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 21

Also known as the Chicago World's Fair, The Exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to constuct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the invetions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France.

Name Meaning

1 English: occupational name for a cook, a seller of cooked meats, or a keeper of an eating house, from Old English cōc (Latin coquus). There has been some confusion with Cocke .2 Irish and Scottish: usually identical in origin with the English name, but in some cases a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cúg ‘son of Hugo’ ( see McCook ).3 In North America Cook has absorbed examples of cognate and semantically equivalent names from other languages, such as German and Jewish Koch .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • W A Cook, "Iowa State Census, 1925"
  • William A Cook, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Will Cook, "United States Census, 1910"

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