A0062 – A.R. Cook Papers

A0062 – A.R. Cook Papers


Title: A.R. Cook Papers
 Date span: 1923-1978    
 Physical description: .25 linear ft. (1 box)
 Creator(s): Arthur Richard “Cookie” Cook, 1899-1993

Language note: English



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Acquisition Information: Gift of the Boynton Beach Historical Society (2016.022)

Preferred Citation: Collection title including series, box, and folder numbers, Boynton Beach City Library



Historical Note: Arthur Richard "Cookie" Cook (1899-1993) probably arrived in Lake Worth in c. 1925 (he is recorded as living in Massachusetts in the U.S. Census in 1920; his niece Arlene Gowen reported that they arrived Lake Worth in 1925). His brother Earle Francis Cook (1892-1948) served in WWI and the Coast Guard and died of a heart attack in Nantucket. His brother Joseph Bailey Cook was a sailor; his military service or date of death is unknown. (In his oral history, Cooke erroneously notes that his brothers were merchant marines who died in WWI and WWII) The earliest mention of A. R. Cook working for the City of Boynton Beach is December 1926, as Superintendent of the Water Department. He was also employed as an engineer of the water works at Morrison Field, West Palm Beach (1941-1946); returned to Boynton Beach as Superintendent of Public Works (1946 to 1947);  and then served as Superintendent of Public Works of Delray (1948-1965). Cook was also a fireman, both paid and volunteer, in Boynton Beach and Delray Beach, and Fire Chief of the Boynton Beach Fire Department (1945-1948).

Scope and Content Note: Three articles on Boynton Beach history, including the “History of the Boynton Beach Fire Department,” chiefly a recollection of significant fires from 1923-1939; “Boynton as it was in 1930: Listing residences and businesses by streets,” and "Boynton Fire Department history" clipping. Also a handwritten journal with daily entries noting the date, temperature (high, low, and average), weather (indicated by a code), and occasional notes on local events, deaths, marriages, storms, and Cook's movements (June 1971-Nov 1978).

Processing Information: Collection processed in 2017 / sms
Date of Finding Aid: May 2019 / gc


Box 1
Folder 1: “History of the Boynton Beach Fire Department.” Chiefly a recollection of significant fires, 1923-1939.
Folder 2: “Boynton as it was in 1930: Listing residences and businesses by streets.”
Folder 3: Clipping: Boynton Fire Department history.
Folder 4: Journal, June 1971-Nov 1978.