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Vandercook & Company c.1890
The image to the left is for a bill head for a wood and photo engraving company partnership between an H.R. Vandercook and F.N. Tucker in Chicago. The relationship of R.H. Vandercook to R.O. Vandercook (1866-1951) the founder of Vandercook & Sons is unknown. R.O.'s father was named Frederick Augustus (1829–1871). No mention of R.O. having worked there appears in any trade articles, alumni records, or obituaries.
H.A. [Hale Asher] VanderCook (1864–1949). Composer and founder of VanderCook Cornet School in Chicago 1909, now the VanderCook College of Music. In the 1880 Michigan census, he was listed with his family at the age of 15 as a "learning printer." Third cousin to R.O Vandercook, with Michael VanDerCook (1715-1786, husband of Cornelia VanNess) as their common ancestor.
John [Filkins] Vandercook (1873–1908). Editor of the Cincinnati Post who in 1905 directed the newspaper's campaign for municipal reform. In 1906 he became a founder and first President of the United Press Association. His book The Complete Revolution (1909) was privately published after his death at age 35 from appendicitis. Father of author and radio commentator John W. Vandercook. See George Edward Stevens' thesis A History of the Cincinnati Post (1968). Second cousin to R.O Vandercook, once removed, with Simon VanDerCook (1749-1829, husband of Fevine VanDerHoef) as their common ancestor. [M'Lissa Kesterman of the Cincinnati Historical Society Library contributed information to this biographic abstract].
Margaret [Womack] Vandercook (1876–?). Wife of John F. Vandercook, author of the popular Red Cross Girls, Ranch Girls Series and Campfire Girls Series books.
John W. Vandercook (1902–1963). Son of John Vandercook and Margaret W. Vandercook. Author of 14 books in a wide range of genres (mystery, biography, travel and science fiction). An expert on the South Pacific and the West Indies, his bestselling biography Black Majesty, The Life of Christophe King of Haiti (1928) was illustrated by Mahlon Blaine (as were several other titles). John Vandercook's novel Murder in Trinidad (1933) was made into a film the following year and starred Nigel Bruce (best known for playing Dr. Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles). In 1940 he became a correspondent and commentator for NBC radio.(Hear his pool report Reaction to the D-Day Invasion). Second cousin to R.O Vandercook, twice removed, with Simon VanDerCook (1749-1829, husband of Fevine VanDerHoef) as their common ancestor.