SURNAMES:Cartwright, Corwin,

MARION VIRGIL COOK.—Of the third generation of California’s earliest settlers, Virgil Cook  can well look back with pride on the long association of his family with the Golden State. He was born in Fresno county on July 9, 1894, the son of Francis M. and Sarah Elizabeth(Cartwright) Cook. Both parents were descended of old pioneer families, the father coming here in 1868, while the mother crossed the plains with horse teams, leaving their home in Coles county, Ill., the day Fort Sumter was fired upon, taking four months and eleven days to make the journey across the continent, arriving in Chico, Butte county. Mr. and Mrs. Cook were married in Colusa County and became the parents of four sons, Francis Elmer and Thomas Edwin, both deceased; James E. and M. Virgil. Francis M. Cook passed away in Tulare County on September 13, 1914.

    When Virgil Cook was five years old, the family moved from Fresno County to Tulare County,and there he was reared, having the advantage of three years of high school and a good course in a business college at Fresno. After his father’s death he returned to the home ranch and with his brother, operated it until 1917. When the World War broke out he enlisted in the Quartermaster Corps and after five months spent in this country he was sent overseas and spent sixteen months and then was discharged in May, 1919, in New York. He once more took up ranch work in Tulare County  and on Januray 1, 1920, he removed with his wife and mother to Valley View, where he purchased seventy acres and he has a fine prune orchard of forty-five acres.

    Mr. Cook’s marriage, which occurred on June 25, 1919, at Porterville, united him with Miss Harriette Corwin, a native of Montana. Although one of the later residence of this district Mr. Cook has entered heartily into all its affairs and with the industry and care which he giving his orchard, he is making of it a successful and profitable investment. He belongs to the Masonic lodge in San Jose.
Transcribed by Marie Clayton, from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. page 1683