Fond Memories Of Broughton
My name is Fred R. Cook. My mother is
Ruth Wilson Cook, daughter of Fred and Kate Wilson of Broughton.
My father is Orlie Cook, son of George and Mary Cook of
Broughton. My parents left Broughton in the mid 1930's and moved
I have many fond memories of our almost weekly trips to Broughton and the summer days of vacation that I spent at the Broughton grain elevator where my grandfather, Fred Wilson, was manager. I was in grade school then and it is a miracle that I survived those days roaming all over that elevator when they were unloading grain or loading grain into the railroad box cars. I waited in great anticipation for the steam engine train to arrive and drop-off or pick-up box cars.
My grandfather, George Cook, owned the poultry house located behind
Allen's Store. I spent time with him and my grandma Cook at the poultry house. I was fascinated with "candling eggs" in the box that held the light bulb and had a hole about 1 inch in diameter. You would inspect each egg by placing it in the hole and the light from inside would shine through the egg so that you could see if the yolk and white of the egg was clear. If so, it was a good egg.
So much for my memories of Broughton.