"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Cook, Jay B. proprietor of the Service Garage in Eagle River, Vilas County, was born at Black Creek, Outagamie County, Wis., April 11, 1874, son of Lyman J. and Ann Eliza (BUTLER) COOK. In 1883 he came with his parents to Eagle River, where he has since made his home. His industrial life began early, as at the age of 12 he began working on tug boats and for 22 years thereafter he followed the river. In the summer of 1908 he took up the work of guide for tourists, and followed it for three summers, during the winters being engaged in scaling logs. Then in 1911 he took the civil service examination for the position of first ranger, and after receiving an appointment for the Wisconsin Conservation Commission, followed that occupation until 1918. In that year he purchased the building formerly occupied by the Sanborn Lumber Co. on S. Railroad Street, and there established the Service Garage, which he has since conducted. In 1921 he built an addition of 50x50 feet, which he uses for his repair department. He is agent for the Dodge car, carries a full line of accessories and during the summer months employs from six to eight mechanics. He is a prosperous business man and respected citizen and for several years has served as village trustee. A Royal Arch Mason, he belongs to the loge at Eagle River and the chapter at Rhinelander. Mr. COOK was married in Rhinelander, Wis., Oct. 30, 1910, to Effie FULLER, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. FULLER. Her father is now a resident of Portland, Maine, her mother being deceased. Mr. and Mrs. COOK occupy a comfortable residence on the county road.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 450, History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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