|ALBERT HOOK, musician, Oregon; born in the town of Oregon, Dane Co. Wis.; son of Stephen and Lydia (see sketch of Stephen Hook); received a common-school education in the Dwight District, Oregon; enlisted in 1864 in the 42nd W. V. I.; was on detached service at Cairo, Ill., until the close of the war; returning, he attended Evansville Seminary two or three years, and has taught two terms of day-school; he began as a music teacher in the Geauga (Ohio) Seminary, where Gen. James A. Garfield once attended; after this he attended the Normal Musical Institute under H.R. Palmer; and since 1870 has devoted all his attention to the theory and practice of music.
in 1871, he attended the Vinton (Iowa) Normal Musical Institute, under H.R. Palmer; in 1873, the National Normal Musical Institute, under George F. Root. July 4, 1874, he married Mary A. McWilliams, and during the wedding tour attended H.R. Palmer’s Institute at Dunkirk, N.Y.; since April, 1876, Mr. hook has resided in the village; his class of musical scholars is constantly augmenting, he now having nearly 50, including a class in Madison; he has also composed a number of popular vocal and instrumental pieces. Mr. and Mrs. Hook have two children-Harley and an infant; are both members of the M.E. Church. After leaving his study of music in school, Mr. Hook took charge of the musical department of the upper Iowa University, in Fayette Co., remaining about one year.
Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, p. 1242