Who Was Ansel B. Cook? Part 2

In our last Ansel B. Cook post,  we learned about Ansel B. Cook’s youth in Haddam, CT,  his training as a stone mason, and the family’s move to Illinois in 1846. In today’s post, we’ll look at Ansel’s success in Chicago’s business and political worlds. In 1853, Ansel and Willard Cook (Ansel’s father) secured the…

Who Was Ansel B. Cook? Part 1

Cook Avenue, Cook Park, Cook Memorial Library, the Ansel B. Cook Home. Libertyville is full of things named Cook. Who is this Cook guy? Over the next few months (and several blog posts), we’ll take a look at Ansel B. Cook and learn more about the man, his work, and his legacy. Ansel Brainerd Cook was…

The Amazing, Ever-Growing Libertyville, Part 1

Before the end of the school year, local history librarians Sonia Schoenfield and Jenny Barry were invited to speak to the third grade students at Copeland Manor School. Each spring the third grade completes units on the history of Chicago including the Great Chicago Fire and how transportation impacted the growth of Chicago and the…

W. W. Boyington

In the nineteenth century a well-known Chicago architect was commissioned to design buildings in Libertyville, most likely through his association with Ansel B. Cook. Mr. Cook of course, was a town dignitary and the benefactor of the Cook Memorial Library and Cook Park.  In the 1850s he was a successful stone mason and building contractor. …