Dr. J. W. Kurz, 1914-1919 was the first resident
doctor in the Village. He was blind. His office was in
the west end of the First State Bank building which is now the
drug store. This information taken from the 50th anniversary book of Cook.
Dr. Wilfred McKechnie, 1919-1926 served as a contract doctor. He was
by subscriptions and was subject to being called anytime by the ones he
was contracted to in advance. He was on
the staff of the hospital at St. Peter, Minnesota in 1943.
Dr. Royal Gray, 1926-1928 served until Dr. William C Heiam came.
Dr. William C. Heiam served from 28 February 1928 until retiring
on 31 Dec 1969.
Doctor Heiam was born in Duluth MN on the 8th
of September 1889, he died 30 Oct
1976 at the Cook Community Nursing
Home. Dr. Heiam and his wife Louise Neal had two children, William "Bud"
Heiam the father of Becky (Larry) Barnes of Cook, and Barbara Barriger.
After Louise passed away Doctor Heiam later married his long time nurse Margaret Beatty (Tom*) Savage, she passed away on the 7th of April 1987.
Margaret was the daughter of James & Mary
Lillian Beatty who were early
Cook settlers. The Heiam's had a beautiful yard with a greenhouse. This house was later the home of Dale & Sandi Olson, Tim & Kari
Johnson and now Dan & Jodi Julkowski. Dr. Heiam served as the mayor of Cook from 1945 to 1969, he was active in community affairs.
1928, 20 June, the first baby delivered in the village of Cook by Doctor
Heiam was Norman Johnson who is still of the Cook area and his twin sister
Marcia. He had delivered other babies in
the country at their homes.
In 1932 Doctor Heiam established the first hospital in Cook, it was
as "Cook General", it started with four beds and grew to 15. This
building was the Amundson Apartments, next to the Cook News Herald.
Adolph Johnson was the first patient in
the new hospital. The first baby
born in the Cook General Hospital was James Amundson on the
3rd of October
1932. James is an uncle to Joe Amundson of Cook. The Amundson Apartment
was totally destroyed on the 22nd of January 2000.
Dr. Floyd Swenson, 26 Oct 1959 joined the Lenont-Peterson Clinic
in Cook, left 10 Dec 1961. The
office was in the Brown Building next to the post office. The Swenson's had a
house constructed just north of Cook which later the
home of John & Verdella Musech, presently the home of Richard "Buck"
& Penny Buckingham.
Dr. Roy Toyama, 07 Jul 1960, joined the Lenont-Peterson Clinic,
left 15 Dec 1962. His office was in the clinic which was located next to
the old Post Office in the Black Building.
Dr. David Dixon, 10 Jul 1960, joined the
Cook Hospital staff. He lived
in Dr Kahn's house in Cook which is now the home of Clara Chosa. His office
was in the Lenont-Peterson Clinic next to the Post Office. Dr. Dixon was married
while living here. He left in September of 1964.
Dr. Hans Peter Bartholdt, 16 Nov 1964 started his practice in
Cook at the Lenont-Peterson Clinic. After moving his Lake Vermilion Clinic from
Soudan in 1965, Dr. Hans Peter Bartholdt took over as the practicing physician
in Cook in the old post office building that he shared with the dentist, Dr.
Kahn in the Brown Building
(the old post office). The Doctor left in 1972 to practice at Mora, Minnesota,
he died on 08 Jul 1973 at 50 years of
age at Mora. Dr. Bartholdt was from Germany, his wife Helga and
their children; Sabine Joy and Rolf Peter & Lynette Bartholdt. While living in
Cook they lived in the
house that is now the home of John & Jane Marconett.
Dr. Masuad Farooq,
04 Dec 1968 started his practice, in the office
vacated by Doctor Heiam which was the old Cook General Hospital Building.
Dr. Farooq was born in India in 1933, his wife was Susan, daughter Yasmin,
sons Michael and James. They made their home south of Cook 2.5 miles on
highway 53 which is presently the home of George & Lucy Pellinen. He left on
25 Jun 1971 to take a practice at Waupun, Wisconsin. He passed away in 1982.
Drs. James & Morgan Hostetter, 01 Jul 1972 a husband and
wife team started practicing at the Cook Hospital where they also held office
Dr. Guido Schynoll started 1 Sep 1973, he was the first
to practice in the new Northland Medical Center Clinic building which is
our present Cook Area Health Services Clinic. Doctor Schynoll, his wife
Ute, sons Gerald & Wolfram lived in the house he bought from Walter
& Marge Miller.
Recently the home of Joe & Valerie Amundson, now the home of Tim & Angie Waldner
and family. Tim is the plant manager at the hospital. Dr Schynoll died on 15 Dec 1973 at this house.
Garbisch , 01 Jul 1977 joined the Ashawa Clinic.
Doctor Garbisch lives a mile out of town with his wife Lois and children; Andrew and Naomi.
Their daughter Anna is now attending Gustavus Adolphus College. Dr.
Garbisch left the Cook Clinic on January 1, 2005 to serve at the Hibbing
Veterans Clinic. Dr. Garbisch continues to serve as the Medical Director of the
Cook Nursing Home. He is there every week working both seeing his nursing home
patients, as he did before, and also doing the work necessary as Medical
Director. He is certified in geriatrics and pursuing his certification in
nursing home director work. He is also director of the Cook Ambulance Service.
The other doctors are directors of the other area ambulances.