Birth of John R Cook
The Founder John R Cook was born in Virginia on January 24, 1863, descended from English colonists who came to America in the 1600's. Growing up after the Civil War may have inspired him to a career serving those in need.
At the age of 21, he completed a course in medicine and surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1884. In 1886, he moved to Rivesville, WV.
Dr. Cook was the company doctor for Montana Mines and New England Mines, the latter owned by the Watson family. He recruited two other doctors to join him, Dr. James Durant and Dr. E.W. Howard