Although he is now giving his time and attention to various business enterprises, Frank J. Cook, of Youngstown, has made a name for himself as a capable educator, and is recognized as a leader among his associates. He was born at Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania, May 28, 1880, a son of Jason and Eliza (Wright) Cook, natives of Erie County, Pennsylvania. The father was a lumberman during his earlier life, but is now living at Albion, Pennsylvania, being now eighty years old. The mother died many years ago, when she was forty-five.

Ambitious from boyhood, Frank J. Cook studied hard in the local district schools, and as soon as he was old enough secured a teacher's certificate and began teaching school. Recognizing that he had need of further instruction, he studied at night, and during vacations took up work at the Ohio State Normal School at Edinburg, and also at Grove City College, Pennsylvania. In the meanwhile his added knowledge advanced him in the educational field, and he was made district superintendent of the schools of Washington County, Pennsylvania. Later for two years he was principal of the schools of Kane, Pennsylvania. In 1905 he returned to the Edinburg State Normal School and completed his work, being graduated with his class, covering forty weeks' work in seventeen weeks. At that time Prof. John F. Bigler, of Farrell, Pennsylvania, was principal of the school, and Mr. Cook has a testimonial from Professor Bigler to the effect that he was never tardy nor did he miss a single class during the time he was a student under his charge. For three terms thereafter Mr. Cook was connected with the faculty of his alma mater, and for one term held a similar position with the Southwest State Normal School, California, Pennsylvania.

In the meanwhile he began to turn his thoughts to business, and in 1911 embarked in a mercantile venture at Kane, Pennsylvania, which proved so profitable that he decided that in the marts of trade had he found his life work. In 1914 he sold his interests at Kane, and, going to Ashtabula, Ohio, he conducted a mercantile business for four years, when he sold it, and, coming to Youngstown, for a year was a stock salesman. Having looked the ground over, in 1919 he incorporated the Frank J. Cook Company, of which he is president and general manager, his wife secretary and treasurer, and Joseph N. Evans vice president. With these three, K.T. Sanders and Wilbur Scott are associated as directors. Mr. Cook is also president of the Modern Apartments Company, which he organized in 1919, associated with him Thomas Rowney as treasurer, John Zimmerman as vice president, and Mrs. Cook as secretary. Still another concern of which Mr. Cook is president is the Nu Era Company, which manufactures and sells a ready-prepared waffle flour. The other officers of this third company are: James Evans, vice president; K.T. Sanders, secretary, and Marion Foltz, treasurer.

On August 19, 1911, Mr. Cook married Miss Pearl E. Weis, born near Warren, Pennsylvania, a daughter of Joseph Weis. In religious faith Mr. Cook is a Baptist, while in politics he is a progressive republican. A Mason, he belongs to Connellville, Pennsylvania, Lodge No. 58, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. A man of unusual talents, and one who has carefully developed his mental faculties, Mr. Cook exerts a strong influence in his community, and his efforts are directed toward the enforcement of law and the maintenance of a high standard of morals.

 

History of Ohio, The American Historical Society Inc., 1925, Volume IV