of Greene County, Pennsylvania
I. COOKE, agent for the Adams Express Company, was born in Waynesburg May 7,
1853. He is a son of Joseph and Sarah
(Bowman) Cooke, the former a native of New Jersey
and the latter of Pennsylvania. His father, a journalist by profession, was
engaged in the newspaper business in New Jersey,
and after coming to Pennsylvania
was an editor until the breaking out of the war. He was the owner of the Commonwealth, a paper published at Washington, Penn. In 1853 he came to Waynesburg, where he
edited and published the Eagle, which
paper subsequently merged into the Republican. At the breaking out of the Rebellion Mr.
Cooke promptly enlisted in Company A, Eighteenth Pennsylvania Cavalry, and was
elected Commissary Sergeant of his company.
He was wounded three times, was taken prisoner, and suffered all the
horrors of Andersonville and Libby
prisons. At the close of the war he was
discharged and returned to Waynesburg, where he was appointed postmaster, and
held the position for twenty years. He
is now living a retired life in Waynesburg.
His family consists of six children, four of whom are now living. They are George A. B., an editor at Three Rivers, Mich.;
Mary A., widow of Charles B. Bradley; Henry, a soldier killed in the battle of
Winchester; Winfield Scott, Leslie (deceased), and A. I. All the sons, except A. I. and Leslie, served
as privates in the Union army. The
subject of this sketch, Mr. A. I. Cooke, was assistant postmaster in Waynesburg
for twenty-one years. Since 1874 he has
been express agent, and is now running a freight and omnibus line at
Waynesburg. He was married in 1875 to
Arabella Blackmore Adams, a daughter of Major Dawson Adams. Mrs. Cooke was born in Waynesburg. Her father was a tanner by trade, and was of
English extraction. Mr. and Mrs. Cooke’s
children are Sallie A., Robert A. and Jessie B.
Mr. Cooke Cooke [sic] is a Republican, and is a prominent member of the
I. O. O. F., in which order he has taken many degrees. He is also a member of Encampment No. 119.
History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago.
Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 11 November 2008
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