I ELMER COOK, M. D.
COOK, I. ELMER, M. D., was born at Floridale, Adams county, Pa., January 27, 1843. He is a son of Thomas E. and Mary (Elden) Cook, the former a native of York county, the latter born in county Armagh, Ireland. His father was an honored resident of Floridale all his life, and died there in 1879, at the advanced age of seventy-nine years. His mother died at Floridale at the age of eighty-nine years. They had five children, four of whom are living, namely: Frank, of Cambridgeport, Mass., Charles, residing in the homestead, Benjamin, residing in Cumberland county, Pa., and I. Elmer. A sister Martha died at the age of fourteen years. The father was engaged principally in agricultural pursuits. I. Elmer received a primary education in the pubic schools of his native town. In 1862 he enlisted in company G, One Hundred and Thirty-eighth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and served until the close of the war. He was mustered out at Harrisburg in June, 1865. He participated in all the principal battles fought by the Army of the Potomac. He was severely wounded in the right leg in the battle of Fisher’s Hill, Va., October 19, 1864, and was taken to the hospital till convalescent. After his discharge from the army he returned home and resumed his studies under private tutorship in Philadelphia, and completed a collegiate course. He began the reading of medicine with Dr. J. H. Marsden, of York Sulphur Springs, Adams county, and at the same time attended lectures at the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia. He matriculated with the class of 1866, and was graduated from the same institution with the class of 1868. He practiced medicine for three years in Hanover, York county. At the expiration of this time he removed to Harrisburg, and has been continuously in the practice of his profession there for twenty-three years. He was married at Harrisburg, September 24, 1885, to Sarah T. Mathews, widow of the late Gen. A. Mathews, of Lewistown, Pa., and daughter of William and Margaretta Shimp. They have no children.
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November 19, 2000
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