Crook, Capt. William H., was born at Clark's Ferry, Dauphin county, Pa., February 29, 1844. He is a son of Gabriel and Catherine (Dale) Crook. His grandfather, William Crook, was born in Cumberland county, Pa., and was one of the prominent farmers of that county. He was the son of James Crook, a native of England, who was the first of the family to settle in this country.
Gabriel Crook, Captain Crook's father, was born in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland county, and came to Dauphin county in 1842. He located on the Pennsylvania canal, in Reed township, and was lock tender at Clark's Ferry until the breaking out of the war. He enlisted in company C, One Hundred and Thirty-sixth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, for nine months; at the expiration of that term he re-enlisted in the Fourth regiment, United States regulars. He lost an arm at North Ann river, immediately after the battle of the Wilderness; this was the ground of his honorable discharge from the service. He had been a soldier in the Florida war and the Mexican war also, and died at Steelton, Pa., December 29, 1892. He was a member of the G. A. R., and of the United Brethren church. His wife died in 1876. They had six children: William H., Samuel A., of Rockaway, N. J., served one year in company H, Thirty-third regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers; David R., deceased, enlisted in the Forty-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, was transferred to the Twenty-seventh regiment, and was ordered on the staff of General Miles; Wesley, of Harrisburg; Hannah (Mrs. William Leply), of Lewisburg, Pa., and Margaret Ethel.
Capt. William H. Crook was brought up in Reed township, and educated in the township schools, and was also at school six months at Mechanicsburg, Pa. On August 27, 1861, he enlisted in company C, Seventy-seventh regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, as a private, and served three years. He was wounded at the battle of Camp Nevin, Ky. He re-enlisted in company K, Two Hundred and Third regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and was commissioned captain of his company. He was finally discharged, August 29, 1865. He participated in the battles at Mill Springs, Ky., Shiloh, Chickamauga, Deep bottom, Va., Bentonville, N. C., and many other important engagements. He was wounded while on picket duty at the New Market Road, Va., and again at Folsom's Station, Va. He was confined in the David Island Hospital. After the war closed he engaged in contract work in Harrisburg. He helped to build the Phoenixville and West Chester railroad, the Schuylkill Valley railroad, and the Baltimore and Ohio railroad through Delaware. He has also been engaged in the sand business for a number of years.
He is a Republican, and was elected supervisor of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth wards in 1889, and has filled that position ever since, with the exception of one year. He was re-elected in 1896. He is a member of Post No. 58, G. A. R., and was appointed on the staff of General Adams, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1894, which gave him the rank of post commander. In 1895 he was delegate to the State convention of the G. A. R., in Williamsport, Pa., and was elected by the State convention a delegate to the National convention, held in Louisville, Ky., September, 1895. Captain Crook is a member of the Mt. Vernon Hook and Ladder Company, and the Firemen's Beneficial Association of Harrisburg. He was married, in 1890, to Miss Mary E., daughter of Levi Whippo, of Huntingdon county, Pa. The family are members of the Bethel Lutheran church.
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9 Nov. 2000
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