August D. Cook
August D. Cook, president of the A. D. Cook, Inc., manufacturers of tube well supplies and pumps, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., passed away on Sunday evening. March 27. Mr. Cook was born in Germany, November 18, 1844. His parents emigrated to the United States in 1851, locating in New Orleans, where they resided for one year and later going to Manchester, Ind., thence to Lawrenceburg, Ind. Mr. Cook followed his father’s vocation as a tinner and afterward established a hardware and coal business, to which he later added pumps and other equipment. In experimenting to develop some improved method of lining wells in the water bearing sands underlying Lawrenceburg and devising some more dependable type of pump for delivering water for the citizens he invented the seamless brass container, which since has been adopted by some of the largest cities, notably Louisville, Indianapolis and Washington. D. C. With the growth of the business he built the Cook block in Lawrenceburg in 1881, which is one of the city’s most substantial buildings. At this time his brother H. F. Cook introduced the strainer into the South. Mr. Cook perfected the Cook steam pump, included in which is a patented valve movement invented by him. The factory of A. D Cook, Inc., which is in Greendale, Ind., is said to be one of the largest in the world devoted exclusively to deep well pumps and accessories. Mr. Cook was vitally interested in the growth and improvement of Greendale and installed the water works and electric light plant in that town. He was a director of the Lawrenceburg People’s National Bank, of which he was vice-president, and also a member of the Greendale Cemetery Association. Funeral services were held at his home in Greendale, March 30.
Isaac Webb Searing, for many years president of the board of water commissioners of Dover, N. J., and who also served as mayor and councilman of that city, died on April 12 at his home in Dover. He was born on a farm at Millbrook, N. J., April 9, 1835, and was consequently eighty-six years of age on his last birthday. He had been ill only a few days from a throat trouble and it was thought that his heart was affected. Mr. Searing remained on the farm where he was horn until he was seventeen years old and then went to Newark, N. J., to learn the carpenter’s trade. When twenty, he went to Indiana and remained eighteen month, returning from there to Dover. At the time of his death he was president of the Dover Lumber Company.
“Ten Years Progress in Water Works Pumps”
Under the above title the De Laval Steam Turbine Company of Trenton, N. J., has issued a handsomely printed book, 8 1/2 x 11 inches, with double cover. The first halt of the book is devoted to the discussion of economy of the different types of pumping units and a description of notable installations of turbine driven centrifugal pumps in municipal pumping plants. The second half takes up the testing of steam turbines and centrifugal pumps and the measurement of head and discharge. Data is presented on the measurement of water by means of Venturi tubes. Pitot tubes, orifices and wheels. The book is distributed free of charge.