JONATHAN M. HOOK, who owns one of the valuable old estates of Cross Creek Township, comprising ninety-five acres of farming land, was born here October 30, 1861, and is a son of Rudolph and Cora (Jenkins) Hook.
Rudolph Hook was born also on this place, July 22, 1824, and died January 6, 1904. He was a son of Jonathan and Mary (Gould) Hook, who settled here in 1818 and the farm has never been out of the Hook name since that date. Rudolph Hook followed farming all his life and was one of the representative citizens of Cross Creek Township. He lived a long, useful and exemplary life. His death was occasioned by accident, on the Pan Handle Railroad tracks at Gould Station. He was a member and liberal supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He married Cora Jenkins, who was born at Dover, Ky., in 1837, and survived him for some years. She accompanied her parents to Ohio when seven years of age. To Rudolph Hook and wife the following children were born: Mary C., whi is the widow of Edson P. McConnell; Jonathan M.; Newton M., who is train dispatcher on the Pan Handle Railroad at Carnegie; George, who died aged five years; and Lilly, who died aged three years.
Jonathan M. Hook obtained his education in the country schools and after he was seventeen years of age his time was mainly taken up with farm duties, for his father, until the latter's death. He then managed the place for his widowed mother, after which the property came to him as the eldest son. Mr. Hook was married October 14, 1896, to Miss Ruth Ekey, a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Maxwell) Ekey. The Ekey family is well known in Salem Township, where the father of Mrs. Hook is a prosperous farmer. She has one sister, Jennie B., who is the wife of Wesley Ekey, of a different branch of the family. Mr. and Mrs. Hook have two children: J. DeMar, who was born July 21, 1906; and Joseph, who was born January 2, 1909. Mr. and Mrs. Hook are members of the Methodist Episcopal CHurch. He votes with the Democratic party.