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Collection TitleCL 66 Cook Family Photograph CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:March 2010
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Elaine Vander Brook in 2008.
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Genealogy - Cook Family; Photographs - Albums; Photography of families; Sidney (MI)

Cook Family-Aaron Cook (born March 16, 1850) of Addison, New York married Ruth Vanpelt (born November 3, 1953) on January 11, 1872.  The couple settled in the town of Lindley in Steuben County before heading to Michigan in 1877.  Their children were Justus (born October 22, 1872), William (born July 18, 1874), Lillie (born April 30, 1876), Edith (born July 6, 1878), Charles (born September 16, 1881), Bertha (born June 4, 1884) and Jessie (born May 9, 1887).  Their second son, William, married Mary Baird (born February 18, 1889) of Michigan and, in 1916, the couple moved to Elmira with their young son, Arthur (born July 17, 1909).  Their daughter, Ruth, was born January 8, 1919.  William and Mary moved to Binghamton some time in the 1930s, but their son Arthur and his family continued to live in Elmira.

Scope:The Cook Family Photograph Collection contains three photo albums, 1880s-1940s; miscellaneous loose photographs, 1940s-1950s; genealogical notes and documents. 
Extent1 Linear Foot
Date Span1878-1960
AbstractThis collection contains photographs of the Cook family and their associates as well as supplementary genealogical material. 

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Photo Album - Cook Family, Michigan, featuring Aaron & Ruth Vanpelt Cook and their children Justus, William, Lillie, Edith, Charles, Bertha & Jessie, 1880s-1900.Photograph Album010001
Photo Album - Cook Family, Elmira, featuring Arthur & Ruth Cook, Lt. Vander Mark, Fran Hoban, Bill Pomper, Esther Mills, the Sheffields, Bob Seward, Annie Chaffee, Thelma Edsall, Eleanor Ward and various Elmria views, 1920s-1950s.Photograph Album020001
Photo Album - Cook Family, Elmira, featuring the Cook family and Elmira and other local views, 1910s-1920s.Photograph Album020002
Birth certificate, delayed registration form, for William Franklin Cook, born July 18, 1874. Document020101
Birth Certificate for Mary R. Baird, February 18, 1889.Document020102
Geneological notes on the Cook family births, marriages and deaths, 1850-1950.Notes020103
Newspaper clippings on Jean Drew, Lt. Don Ripley & Nettie Cook, 1940-1958. Newspaper Clippings020201
Misc. Cook family photographs including: William, Mary, Arthur & Ruth Cook, various dates; Frank and Arrabelle White, ca. 1940s; Dorothy Sexton, ca. 1940s; Jean Clapper, ca. 1940s; Pat Hayes, ca, 1940s; Jean Drew, ca. 1943; Edgar Russell Jr., 1950s; Dan Barclay, 1953; Peter Warren Jr., 1950s; Kenneth James Warren, 1959; Arthur Cook funeral, May 9, 1957; Lake Street Bridge, March 4, 1945; Oasis Grill, 103 State Street, 1950; children's music group, ca. 1920s. Photographs020301

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