"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg. 571-72
William H. Cook. A fine representative, not only of the prosperous and progressive agriculturists of Jefferson township, Huntington county, but of the native born citizens of that place, William H. Cook is eminently worthy of honorable mention in a work of this character. A son of Nathan Cook, he was born, October 31, 1863, on a farm lying in section nine, Jefferson township, his birthplace being situated fives miles west, and two miles north, of Warren.
Nathan Cook was born in Wayne county, Indiana, and there grew to manhood. In 1849 he came to Huntington county, and having purchased land in Jefferson township there carried on farming until his death. He married, in Ohio, Martha Mills, who was born in Hamilton county, Indiana, and died on the home farm, in Huntington county, Indiana. They reared two children, as follows: William H., the special subject of this sketch; and Anna, wife of Oliver P. Miles.
A life-long resident of Jefferson township, William H. Cook, obtained his education in the district schools, attending regularly all of the terms until attaining his majority. Choosing for his life work the free and independent occupation of a farmer, he first rented land, and after his marriage settled on the Cook homestead, where he has since resided. Mr. Cook has a good farm of seventy-one acres, and in its management is in every respect up-to-date, using the most modern machinery and appliances in his work. He is a natural mechanic, handy with tools of all description, and in addition to owning and operating two sawmills has three threshing outfits, and an automobile, it being a five-passenger Maxwell. Mr. Cook also has an Emerson engine gang plow, the first one introduced into the township. It has four 16-inch bottoms, capable of plowing ten acres in ten hours, and he is going to put on two more bottoms, which will enable him to plow from ten to fifteen acres per day.
Mr. Cook married, February 27, 1890, Ella Miles, who was born, February 8, 1869, in Polk township, Huntington county, a daughter of Thomas and Anna (Keener) Miles. Seven children have blessed their union, namely: Everett, Ernest, Iva, Glenn, May, Ralph, and Goldie. In politics Mr. Cook is a sound republican, and in addition to having served five years as supervisor has been an important factor in the movement to facilitate the making of good roads throughout this section of the state.