Coopersville Observer, April 29, 1898
On Saturday, April 16, 1898, death removed from our midst, Arie COOK, an old and well-known resident of Polkton township. Deceased was born in the village of Herwynen, Province of Gelderland, Netherlands, February 11, 1830. He emigrated to America in the summer of 1847 in the party under the leadership of the Rev. H. P. SCHOLTE. Their destination was Pella, Marion county, Iowa, where a Holland colony was begun according to the custom of that day. Here, however, he remained only until the spring of 1848, coming directly to Ottawa county, Michigan.
In May 1856, he married Alida Wolcotte, who survives him. They settled immediately, pioneer fashion, in Polkton township where they have since resided. From this union ten children were born, all still living. Of this number two sons reside in South Dakota, two sons and one daughter in Grand Rapids, another daughter in Holland, the remaining four are among us.
In the peaceful quiet of Lamont cemetery the remains were laid to rest. We deem it a coveted honor to be followed to earth's last resting place by so large and respected a family and a community in which he was highly esteemed.
Since 1867, deceased was a member of the Reformed Church. Honorable and exemptary as, a man and citizen, esteemed by those who knew him best, we trust he may now have entered upon a wider sphere and higher plane of existence. Thankful to a kind Providence who so long spared him we further commend the mourning widow and children. W.H.B.
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