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Biography of George William Cook

George William Cook, born on September 10, 1850, in Elkader, Clayton County, Iowa, is a prominent farmer in Grovena Township, Moody County, South Dakota. The son of Henry and Mary (Beckman) Cook, he received a common-school education and worked on the family farm until 28. In 1878, he moved to Moody County, where he established and improved a 160-acre homestead. Cook is also involved with the Egan Elevator Company and the Egan Lumber Company. A supporter of the People’s Party, he served as the first treasurer of Grovena Township and as a board member. Cook is affiliated with the Modern Brotherhood of America and attends the Methodist Episcopal Church. Though a bachelor, he is known for his hospitality and has many friends.

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Biography of Rev. Edward Ashley

Rev. Edward Ashley, a prominent Protestant Episcopal clergyman in South Dakota, was born on December 12, 1854, in Road Hill, Wiltshire, England. He emigrated to the United States in 1873, settling in Muskegon, Michigan. Initially working as a carpenter, he later became a missionary teacher among the Sioux Indians in Dakota Territory, and was ordained a deacon in 1877 and a priest in 1881. Ashley served on various Indian reservations and became rural dean and examining chaplain for the state. He married Elizabeth Ann Martin in 1877, and they have five children. Ashley is also active in Masonic and fraternal organizations.

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Biography of James W. Cone

James W. Cone was born on December 4, 1850, in Conesville, Coshocton County, Ohio, to Beebe S. and Lucinda D. (Davison) Cone. His lineage traces back to Daniel Cone of Edinburgh, Scotland, who settled in Haddam, Connecticut, in 1660. The family moved to Muscatine County, Iowa, in 1854, where Cone later attended Iowa State University, earning a law degree in 1873. He practiced law in Iowa before moving to Brule County, South Dakota, in 1883. In Sioux Falls, he compiled abstracts of titles for Minnehaha County. Politically active, Cone served in various legislative and political roles, including chief clerk of the South Dakota House.

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