James Hook Genealogy
James Hook (son of
James Grant Hook and Sarah Hook),
b. in Carroll Co., Ohio. Sept. 30, 1839, d. in Wapello Co., Iowa, June 30, 1905.
M. Nov. 21, 1867, in Wapello Co., Iowa, Virginia, dau. of Harvey and Mary
Caroline (Vannoy) Eller, b. in Wilkes Co., N. C., Oct. 18, 1845; d. in Wapello
Co., Iowa, Oct. 30, 1897. (See Eller Genealogy) Attended country
schools in Vinton Co., Ohio, and helped father on farm. At President Lincoln's
first call for volunteers he enlisted on Apr. 20, 1861 in the 18th Ohio Vol.
Inf. for three months' service. He was honorably discharged Aug. 28, 1861. In
the spring of 1862, he visited his brothers Stephen and William in Iowa and
shortly after his return home enlisted on Sept. 9, 1862, in the 7th Ohio Vol.
Cavalry and served continuously until he was mustered out of the service at
Raleigh, N. C., June 22, 1865. In the fall of 1865, he moved with his parents in
a prairie schooner to Highland township, Wapello Co., Iowa, where he lived the
remainder of his life, a prosperous farmer and fine stock raiser and a prominent
and respected citizen. He taught school during the winter for several years
after arriving in Iowa. In 1875 he began the purchase of land in Wapello County
which later grew to be one of the best and most productive farms in the county.
He was a leader in the activities of the community and represented the
electorate in many county and state political conventions. He was a staunch
Republican. He was a school trustee and justice of the Peace for many years. He
was several times commander of the J. M. Hedrick Post, G. A. R and represented
that body in many state and national encampments. He was not a member of any
church, but supported them all and taught Sunday School for many years. He was a
prominent importer and breeder of shorthorn cattle and Morgan horses. In 1901 he
m. his second wife, Caroline Ebelsheiser, who d. in July, 1905. There was no
issue by this marriage. He is buried beside his first wife in the Hook family
plot in Martinsburg Cemetery, Wapello Co., Iowa.
Children of James Hook and Virginia Eller:
(1) Mary Hook, b. in Wapello Co., Iowa, Aug. 27, 1868; d- in
Humboldt, Iowa, Mar. 23, 1897. M. Oct. 19, 1892, Henry Edgar Passig of Humboldt,
Iowa, b. Mar. 1, 1869. Her early education was obtained in country schools in
Wapello Co. In 1890 and 1891, she attended Iowa State College at Ames, Iowa. She
taught in public schools at Hedrick, Iowa. She was a talented writer and devoted
Christian. Issue: one son, b. Aug. 17, 1893; d. immediately.
(2) John Hook, b. in Wapello Co., Iowa, Apr. 18, 1870; m. Nov. 1, 1894, Jennie
Lentner, b. Sept. 7, 1873. Her parents were John Jacob Lentner, b. in Athens
Co., Ohio, Feb. 5, 1841; d. Dec. 15, 1902, and Almira Kirkpatrick, b. in Madison
Co., Ohio, Sept. 15, 1849. Her grandparents were George M. Lentner, b. in
Lewiston, Del., Aug. 22, 1807; d. 1907, and Mary Imes, b. in Ohio, Apr. 16,
1808; d. Nov. 19, 1892. Her mother's parents were-Minor Kirkpatrick, b. in Va.,
Sept. 16, 1816; d. Dec., 1894, and Hanna Godfrey, b. in Va., Mar. 23, 1819; d.
Oct., 1910. The Lentner immigrant ancestor was Conrad who came to America from
Germany before the Revolution and joined the Army of General Lafayette. His son.
Jacob, was an officer in the War of 1812 and moved to Athens Co., Ohio, in 1816
from Lewiston, Del. Jacob's son, George M. Lentner, m. first in 1829, Sarah Ann
McGonagle, and 2d, in 1831, Mary Imes. The latter family moved to Wapello Co.,
Iowa, in a covered wagon in 1851. John Jacob enlisted in Co. D, 18th Iowa Inf.,
served throughout the Civil War and was mustered out of the service July 2o,
1865, as a Second Lieut.
The parent of Minor Kirkpatrick was Thomas, a veteran of the War of 1812, and
his grandparent was Hugh Kirkpatrick who was one of several brothers who fought
in the War for Independence from Virginia.
John Hook always showed an artistic bent. He is a cartoonist and landscape
painter of no small ability and some of his work was exhibited at the World's
Fair in Chicago in 1893. He is now the California General Sales Representative
of the Pitcairn Varnish Company. His home is in Claremont, Calif., where both of
his children live. As a side line he has developed a fine lemon ranch which his
son manages. He is a member of I. O. O. F. and various clubs and is an
accomplished public speaker. Issue, two, as follows:
(1) Mary Louise Hook, b. June 17, 1900; m. George H. Hinshaw.
Issue: John Wallace Hinshaw, b. 1919 and Robert Eugene Hinshaw, b. 1922.
Resides at Claremont, Calif.
(2) Max Morris Hook, b. Nov. 21, 1902; m. Esther Arnold. Issue: Earle Hook, b.
1922 and Louise Hook, b. Sept. 21, 1924. He was on the destroyer "Fuller" that
was wrecked off the coast of California, Sept., 1923. Resides, Claremont,
(3) Orin Hook. b. in Wapello Co., Iowa, Feb. 13, 1872; m. 1st,
Mar. 8, 1905, Pearl Richards, b. July 8, 1884; d. June 20, 1923, dau. of George
W. Richards, b. in Ohio in 1851, and wife whose maiden name was Debolt. b. in
Illinois, 1856. The Richards family resided for many years in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Orin Hook was educated in the country schools near the parental home. He is a
great lover of horses and a successful farmer. He left the farm in 1904 and for
a few years was part owner with his father-in-law of a grocery store in Ottumwa,
Iowa. In 1909 he returned to the farm where he remained until the untimely death
of his wife in 1923. During the World War he was appointed by the Governor of
Iowa as Food Administrator in his community and received a medal for his work
that was made from metal taken from the first cannon captured by American Troops
from the Germans. He was also an active worker in all Liberty Loan Campaigns. He
is now residing in Pomona, Calif., where on July 19, 1924, he m. Idylmarch
Naugle (nee Rockwell), formerly of Galesburg, Ill. Issue:
(1) Warren Mernie Hook, b. I906, who is a private in the 8th
Field Artillery, U. S. A.
(4) Wallace Hook, b. in Wapello Co., Iowa, Jan. 12, 1874; m.
Dec. 6, 1895, Isis Leota Edwards, b. Aug. 29, 1877. Her parents were Levi
Chesterfield Edwards, b. in Hopkinsville, Ky., 1835; d. in Pleasant Plains,
Iowa, 1898, and Elizabeth Montgomery, b. 1836 near Pittsburgh, Pa.; d. 1894 near
Salina, Iowa. Her grandparents on her mother's side were Andrew Montgomery and
Jane Montgomery (nee Courtney), the latter of whom was b. in County Antrim,
Ireland, in 1800.
Wallace Hook attended the country schools near home until 1888, when he entered
the Normal School in Hedrick, Iowa, graduating with the class of 1889. He again
attended this school in 1893 and 1894, as well as the Teachers Institute in
Ottumwa, Iowa, and obtained a teacher's certificate for both Wapello and Keokuk
Counties. He was a teacher in various schools for several years.
In 1902 he entered Iowa State College and attended for two years, taking the
agricultural course. He then became a scientific farmer and tried out many
theories that later made him known generally throughout the state as a corn and
grain breeder. He wrote a text book for the farmer that won wide distribution
and has contributed liberally to farm papers throughout the country. In Feb.,
1918, he entered the Federal Service as County Agricultural Agent, devoting his
entire time to educating the farmer along lines of scientific farming. Family
now resides in Salem, Mo., where they are active as members of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. Issue, six, as follows:
(1) Gladys Marie Hook, b. at Hedrick, Iowa, Dec. 14. 1896; m.
Feb. 3, 1915, Bert E. Homer, b. 1890. Family now living in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Issue, two children: Edward Eugene Horner, b. July 25, 1916, and Maurice Hook
Horner, b. 1918.
(2) Lorena Margaret Hook, b. at Hedrick, Iowa, Nov. 12, 1900; m. Mar. 7, 1918,
William S. Oaks, b. 1897. Issue: Donna Jane Oaks, b. June 3, 1919. Family now
living near Kirkwood, Ill.
(3) Virginia Rae Hook, b. at Ames, Iowa, Sept. 24, 1902; m. June 14, 1922,
George E. Stevens, b. 1901. Family lives, Salem, Mo. Issue: Jack Harlan
Stevens, b. Apr. 18, 1924.
(4) James Chesterfield Hook, b. at Ames, Iowa, Jan. 15, 1906.
(5) Marvin Eugene Hook, b. at Packwood, Iowa, Jan. 21, 1910; d. 1913.
(6) Wallace A. Hook, b. at Lockridge, Iowa, Sept. 21, 1916.
(5) Sarah (Sadie) Hook, b. in Wapello Co., Iowa, Feb. 22, 1876;
m. Sept. 7, 1904, Henry Edgar Passig, b. Mar. 1, 1869 in Sigourney, Iowa. He was
the son of Henry Frederick Passig, a Civil War Veteran, as bugler in Co. F, 5th
Iowa Infantry, who was b. in Schleswig Holstein, Denmark, and d. on Mar. 10,
1871 in Sigourney, Iowa. His mother was Katharine Salome Keller, b, in Baden,
Germany, Jan. 7, 1842; d. in Sigourney, Iowa, Feb. 4, 1920. His grandparents on
his mother's side were John George Keller, b. in Baden, Germany, Sept. 8, 1815;
d. by an accident at Sigourney, Iowa, Sept. 22, 1874, and Margaret B. Yaeger, b.
in Baden, Germany, Dec. 27, 1816; d. Mar. 20, 1897. The latter were m. in Baden,
July 14, 1840, and emigrated to America between 1846 and 1848, and settled in
Crawford Co., Ohio. They moved to Keokuk Co., Iowa, about five years later.
Sarah (Hook) Passig attended public schools of Wapello Co., Iowa until 1893,
when she spent the winter with her sister in Humboldt, Iowa, and attended High
School. Entered Iowa State College 1895, graduated 1898 with degree of B.Sc.
After the death of her mother she kept up the home for her father until 1901,
when she joined the faculty of Iowa State College as instructor in Public
Speaking. She introduced in 1903 and directed the Department of Physical
Education for women in the college; was acting head of the Department of Public
Speaking in the college in the absence on leave of Professor Adrian M. Newens,
1902-1903. She resigned her position with the College at the time of her
marriage in 1904. She at once became active in the affairs of her community and
succeeded in obtaining a free public library for her town, 1906190'7. She has
been an active member of the Unitarian Church, teacher in its Sunday School, a
member of its Board of Trustees, and a member of the Board of Directors of the
Unitarian Association of the State of Iowa. She was chairman of the loth Iowa
District Woman's Suffrage Campaign, 1916-1920, also chairman of that same
district of the Woman's Division Liberty Loan Campaign, 1917-1919. She was
County Chairman of the Finance Committee, Iowa Red Cross, 1917-1919, and
Chairman of the County War Savings Stamp Campaign, 1918. At present she is a
member of the Board of Governors of the Iowa Division of the English Speaking
Union of the U. S., Treasurer and Third VicePresident Iowa League of Women
Voters, President of the Iowa State College Alumni Association, Member Iowa
State Historical Association, P. E. 0. Sisterhood and W. R. C. and for two years
has been on Speaker's Bureau of Federated Woman's Club. She has addressed many
audiences and is a monologist and public speaker of much talent. Resides,
Humboldt, Iowa No issue.
(6) Jesse Hook, b. June 12, 1878; d. Sept. 8, 1880.
(7) Infant dau., b. Sept. 20, 1880; d. Sept. 22, 1880.
(8) Freddie Hook, b. Jan. 3, 1882; d. Mar. 19, 1883.
(9) James William Hook, b. Jan. 9, 1884 in Wapello Co., Iowa; m. Sept. 17, 1907,
Hattie Rosamond Bechtel of Fort Dodge, Iowa; b. Dec. 16, 1885. (For Bechtel
Genealogy see forward.) Graduated, 1905, from Iowa State College, in Mechanical
Engineering Course. Having edited college paper, went to Cody, Wyo., fall of
1905, became acquainted with Buffalo Bill and bought into and became editor of
Cody, Wyo., "Enterprise." Returned to Iowa, 1906. Employed as engineer with
Globe Machinery and Supply Company of Des Moines, Iowa, 1907-1909. Sales Manager
and General Manager, C. A. Dunham Company of Marshalltown, Iowa, 1909-1916.
Awarded a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering by Iowa State College in
1912. Vice-President and President, Allied Machinery Company of America in New
York City, 1916-1923, during which time he resided at Tarrytown, N. Y. Was
prominently identified with the large war activities of The American
International Corporation of New York, 1917-1919. At present, President and
Treasurer of The Geometric Tool Company of New Haven, Conn., where he resides.
Issue, three, as follows:
(1) James Phillip Hook, b. at Marshalltown, Iowa, Jan. 22,
1911; d. Mar. 15, 1911.
(2) James William Hook, b. at Marshalltown, Iowa, May 30, 1912.
(3) Rose Virginia Hook, b. at Marshalltown, Iowa, May 23, 1914.
(10) Frank Leslie Hook, b. July 4, 1886. He attended the public
schools in Wapello Co., Iowa, until 1903 when he entered Iowa State College
where he remained for two years. Accompanied his father in 1905 to Park Co.,
Wyo. Returned after his father's death and turned his attention to cement
manufacture. In 1909, he enlisted in the National Army stationed at Fort
Leavenworth. Was honorably discharged Aug. of 1910. Re-enlisted Jan. 2, 1911 in
Co. I, 3d Battalion Engineers, and was granted furlough Oct. 4, 1911, from which
time he has not been heard from. He was a promising youth, a leader in his
classes in school and at the time of his disappearance was in line for important
advancement in the army. There is little doubt but that he met with foul play
and that his assailant left no trace.
(11) Morris Glen Hook, b. May 7, 1889, in Wapello Co., Iowa; m. May 30, 1912,
Elizabeth Clark of Toronto, Ont., who was b. June 14, 1888. She is a dau. of
John Clark, b. 1856 in the Province of Quebec, and Janet Knox, b. near Stoneman,
Quebec, 1856; d. 1892. Parents of John Clark were James Clark and Miriam Berry.
Morris Glen Hook attended public schools in Wapello Co., Iowa, until 1905 when
he went to Humboldt, Iowa, to live with his sister Sarah, where he graduated
from high school in 1908. Attended Iowa State College for two years. Employed by
C. A. Dunham Company of Marshalltown, Iowa, 1910. Sent by that company to its
Canadian Factory in Toronto, Ont., same year where he remained until Jan. 1,
1912, when he went to Winnipeg, Man., to become engineer to the Provincial
Architect. In 1915 he resigned his position in Winnipeg intending to reenter
college. Remained in college but one semester when he accepted position with C.
A. Dunham Company as its Eastern Division Engineer with headquarters in New York
City. On July 1, 1917, he was advanced to the position of Manager of his
company's New York Office, which position he still holds. He is a heating
engineer of repute and has published many articles on heating of buildings in
Engineering Journals. He is a member of the American Society of Heating and
Ventilating Engineers and has served upon its Nominating Committee. He is also a
Mason and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the fraternity club of N. Y. and
Westchester Biltmore Country Club. He lives in Tuckahoe, N. Y. Issue, one dau.:
(1) Marguerite Hook, b. Apr. 22, 1913.