Cook started the Daily Star

You never know where the lives of those who rest within Silverbrook Cemetery will take us. This week, our research brings us to the front page of this very newspaper.

In the mid 1800s a newspaper known as the Niles Gazetteer and Advertiser was followed by the Niles Gazette and the Niles Intelligencer. In 1839, a Whig paper called the Niles Republican showed up on the scene.

Darius B. Cook was born in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1815. He began his newspaper career as a journeyman printer in New York City.

When he decided to move west, he got a job as a compositor in the offices of the Detroit Free Press until 1838 when he started out for Chicago. He travelled with an ox-team and an old Washington hand press in the wagon.

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Published May 24th, 2008