The Most Valuable And Productive Farms Section - In The Book:
The New Century Atlas Of Cayuga County, New York - 1904 - Page 122









14th FARM ON PAGE 122



ASHLAND FARM. This fine property is owned by Elisha Cook. Postoffice address, Poplar Ridge. It consists of one hundred and eighty acres on the Ridge Road, one-half mile south of Poplar Ridge and five miles from Aurora, which is its market for hay and grain; Auburn s fifteen miles distant. A special feature is its fine dairy, the milk of which is sent to the Poplar Ridge Creamery. The farm is managed and ably so by the owner's son, Charles H. Cook, who resides on the farm. Previous to 1848 it was owned by Samuel Chitsey, and subsequently by Peter Cuddebach, who continued in possession from 1848 to 1863, Nathan Cook from 1863 to 1868. A novelty in this section was the mulberry orchard, and considerable attention was given to the culture of silk worms. Some forty acres of the farm are devoted to apple culture, mostly seedlings and used extensively in the manufacture of cider brandy. The name was adopted on account of the extensive black ash swamp, valued at one time very highly because of its rail timber. Ashland farm is watered by four wells, for buildings and stock, and several ponds located in the back lots. Mr. Cook was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, in 1839, and moved with his parents to Harrison County, Ohio, in 1840, where he resided until 1863, in which year he moved to Cayuga County, New York, and purchased his present farm from his father in 1868, under an indebtedness of four thousand dollars, which was paid off with marvelous promptness, and the present commodious farm buildings were erected within ten years after the purchase was made. Latterly the active management of the farm has been left to his son Charles H. Cook, and Mr. Cook, Senior, devoted all his attention to the insurance business, being Secretary of the Patron's Fire Relief Association of Cayuga and Onondaga Counties; also an adjuster of losses for the company since 1882. He has been Secretary of the Poplar Ridge Elgin Creamery since its first organization in 1894. He was for several years its general manager and until the business became so extensive as to require all his attention to the books and accounts of the company. He is a member of the Patrons of Husbandry, and for nine years a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Grange, and most of the time its chairman. He is a Mason, Odd Fellow, and Good Templar, in good standing, and represented the town of Venice on the Board of Supervisors from 1876 to 1882, and at present a Director of the proposed Ithaca and Auburn Railway.

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