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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


A. 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.


Page 654-655
History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888

Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –
Date of Transcription: 11 November 2008
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