Stephen Hook

STEPHEN HOOK, deceased; was born in Kent, England, in 1813; his parents came to America when he was about 15, and after a few years in the State of New York, went to Ohio.  He married in Brooklyn Village, Cuyahoga Co., O., 1841, Miss Lydia Fish, born in 1818, in Hartford, Conn., they spent the winters of 1842-43, in Union, Rock, Co., Wis. and the next spring settled in Oregon, Mr. H. claiming 240 acres, and living for a year or so in a log house on Sec. 34; he then entered 160 acres on Sec. 17, and on it built a log house which was the family home until the present frame farmhouse was built in 1876.  Mr. Hook died April 9, 1880, leaving seven children-Calvin, Albert, Matilda A., Louisa J., Charles, Henry and Alice; Charles Hook, born March 9, 1851, and Henry, born Sept. 14, 1843, are on the homestead, now a most valuable farm of 177 acres; Charles Hook married in March, 1876, Sarah A. Mitchell; they have a son, Harold L., born Feb. 25, 1878.  The family are Methodists, and the sons, like their honored pioneer father, are Republicans.  The Hook brothers have bred Poland-China hogs for the past six or eight years; have bought of Kiser and Palmer, of Oregon, and Fowler, of Hart Prairie; have exhibited at the Dane and Rock Co. Fairs and the State Fairs, carrying away their full share of premiums, $40 in 1879.Ref. 1880 History of Dane County, Wisconsin, page 1242.

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