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girls made up their family, eight of whom still live close by, mostly in the Clanwilliam area.
Ethel, Andrew's youngest daughter, taught school for a number of years then married Orr Trembley. They had a family of four sons, three still living. They made their home in Bredenbury and Yorkton where, as the only surviving member of the family, she still resides.
Francis, the youngest son, lost his life at age nineteen while training in the Air Force during the First World War.
Andrew Cook died in 1906, leaving his wife to carryon with the help of her family until they were grown up. She wasa superb horsewoman, as well as being very fond of gardening, always having a house bright with flowers. She passed on in 1940.
One of the traditions passed on by the early Cook's was the pride of serving their community. Several of the fourth generation of each of the different families have,
Andrew and Elizabeth Cook.
and still are, serving on school boards, municipal councils and many other community committees. Even now, the fifth generation are taking their places in their respective communities.
By 1945, there were forty-four descendants of John and Christina Cook. To date there are well over 200 with most of the families now being the sixth generation since the coming of the Cook's to Clanwilliam.
COOK, JOHN AND TILLIE
by Irene Burton
My dad John, the eldest son of Andrew and Elizabeth Cook was born on April 13, 1887. His father died in 1906, when dad was 19 years of age, leaving him, as the eldest of a large family, much responsibility of running the farm. In 1915, John married Regina Matilda Kaufman (Tillie), daughter of Henry and Phillipena Kaufman, who were also pioneers of the Clan william district. They purchased a farm near his father's homestead which was N. 1 /2 1 0-16-18W. Dad and Mother worked very hard through very hard times to raise their family of seven children; three boys and four girls. Dad cleared and broke up the land, picked stones, raised cattle and pigs. I can still remember the cold winters - our old house was cold and many nights dad stayed up all night and kept the wood heater in the living room going so we wouldn't freeze. Dad cut and hauled a lot of wood to Minnedosa, a twenty-mile round trip, with a team of horses and open sleigh in the cold winter. He got his first tractor in 1939.
Dad was very active in the church. He sang in the choir, served on the church board, and was chairman of the building committee for the present United Church at Clanwilliam. He was also a school trustee for some time. Dad always looked after the separator for threshing. We kids loved threshing time. We'd rush home from school to ride with the stook teams. I'm sure mother never enjoyed it so much with all those large gangs to feed. Dad always took pride in his horses. He always had a good dependable team of horses for us to drive to school. We drove with the van in winter, and the democrat in summer and sometimes walked. We lived three miles from school. We all received our education at Grey school in Clanwilliam. Times were hard back then but we had a great family life. Being a large family, we played many games together and pretty well made our own entertainment.
Andrew, the eldest son was born August 8, 1916. After completing school, he spent three years at home helping out on the farm. In 1936, he started as a grain buyer with Inter Ocean Grain Company in Clan william and later in Weyburn and Eden. He also spent one and a half years in the army. Andy was always very well liked, always cheerful and helpful. He had and still has a host of friends. In 1960, he was employed with the Federal Government at Fort Churchill for 16 years. In 1939, he married Greta McGorman, a school teacher from Kelwood. Greta's first year teaching was at Little Clanwilliam school in 1937-38. Andy and Greta are