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From: "K. B. Cook" <>
Subject: [YAMCO] Amos Cook Home, National Register of Homes, Yamhill Co., OR
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 13:47:38 -0600


From: an unidentified newspaper article about the home of Amos Cook, Lafayette, Yamhill Co., OR; posted FYI:

OLD HOME EYES CHANGING SCENE
STATELY LAFAYETTE RESIDENCE SEES SLEEK NEIGHBORS

Lafayette, Aug. 23 (Special) Contrasting the old and the new, a stately early Oregon home at the edge of Lafayette is watching the development, on adjacent acres, of the ultra-modern in Oregon agriculture -- resettlement farming.
Built in the late 1850s on a donation land claim taken in 1840 by Amos Cook, the broad veranda at the front commands a view of resettlement farms 36 and 37 in the "Yamhill farms" project.
In contrast to Amos Cook, who settled here after a trip by ox team over the plains of Missouri, future occupants of the sleek, glistening resettlement buildings will represent a new generation from the dry and dusty midwest.
Venerable Lands Divided
The old Cook home, looking tolerantly down on the parading decades, now sees on the north a peaceful picture of the winding Yamhill, while just across a steel bridge lies Lafayette, old-time county seat of Yamhill. To the west, and around a bend in the river, extend the more than 700 acres of the old St. Joseph orchards tract, recently purchased by the resettlement administration and being divided into some 20 farming units.
Mrs. Amos Cook, known more familiarly here as Fannie Cook, was a maternal aunt of the present editor of The Oregonian, Paul R. Kelty of Lafayette, and a sister of Harvey W. Scott, for many years a trenchant editor of The Oregonian.
Mrs. Abigail Scott Duniway, too, was a sister of Mrs. Cook, and was renowned, even in those early days, as an ardent advocate of women's suffrage. Folklore hereabouts yet recalls stormy events at a meeting, called by Mrs. Duniway to further the votes-for-women movement, in which the principals were Mrs. Duniway and Jim Olds, father of P. P. Olds, now justice of the peace at McMinnville.
Home Has Ten Rooms
Both Harvey W. Scott and Abigail Scott spent many hours beneath the Cook rooftree, and romped over its spreading acres, on their almost daily visits from their home, near the present Lafayette postoffice site.
The sturdy Cook home has ten rooms, while the original massive fireplace, capacious chimney, handhewn timbers, wide two-inch flooring, matched wainscotting throughout, and several cupboards and closets still are in place. While some remodeling has been done over the years, the building still stands as a faithful monument to its builder.
A. P. Adams of Portland, present owner of the remaining 205 acres, is understood to be planning an extensive restoration, or replacement with a more modern farm home.
Sentiment expressed here is that plans may encompass the saving of the landmark structure.
(end of article.)

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