Orrie W. Cook
"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
ORRIE W. COOK, who has numerous business interests at Maplewood, O., is one of the representative men of Salem township and came from one of the old families of Champaign county. He was born there May 25, 1878, and is a son of William I. and Mary C. (Curl) Cook. William I. Cook, who, for many years was a prosperous farmer in Champaign county, was born in Shelby county but spent his married life in the former county, where he died, his burial being at Quincy, O. He married Mary C. Curl, who was born in Champaign county and lives on her home farm there. They had three children: Daisy, who is the wife of Samuel D. Yoder; and Orrie W. and Elmer W.
After completing the common school course in Champaign county, Orrie W. Cook went to Indianapolis, Ind., where he received a commercial training and from there entered the Ohio Northern University at Ada, where he was a student for five terms and completed his school course in the higher branches, in Glover Institute, at West Liberty,O. For eight years of the above period he alternated teaching with school attendance and continued until he became interested in a grain business with the firm of Simmons, Faulkner & Cook. Since 1908 he has been sole owner and proprietor of the grain elevator at Maplewood, and additionally deals in coal, lime, cement, New American fencing, red cedar and steel fence posts, lubricating oils and the popular brand of flour known as the Pride of Lima. He is a very enterprising business man and is a prominent factor in everything of importance at Maplewood.
Mr. Cook was married in June, 1902, to Miss Daisy A. Yost, who was born in Champaign county, a daughter of Elisha and Caroline (Weimer) Yost, who now live retired at Sidney, O. They had the following children: Ethie, Myrtle, Dora, Belle, Mary, Daisy and Norma. Mr. and Mrs. Cook have two sons: Harold E. and Robert W. They attend the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically Mr. Cook is a republican and has served as treasurer of Salem township. He is identified with the Masons at Port Jefferson and the Knights of Pythias at Maplewood.