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OGS Car Raffle

And the winner is...John E. Cook of North Fairfield, Huron County, Ohio.

The lucky winner of the OGS Ohio Built Car Raffle claimed his prize on May 2, 2013, at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library on State Route 97 West, Bellville. He chose to receive the $24,000 check, since his wife had recently purchased a 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco. After he pays the taxes on his prize, he says he will pay off the loan on his wife Kathleenís car.

John is a life member of OGS and he purchased the winning ticket by mail just to support the society. He wishes he could find more time to research at the OGS Library. He is active in the Marine Corps League, serving as Jr. Vice Commandant of the Department of Ohio. He belongs to the Marine of the Year Society and is the Paymaster for his detachment. He enjoys genealogy and gardening.

The Cooks, who will celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary on May 18, have 4 children, 7 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren, with another great grandchild on the way.

Johnís favorite ancestor is the lady called "Widow Sample." About 1815, Nancy Sample came to Ohio. She did not own land, but was a "squatter," and she is considered to be the first settler in Fairfield Township, Huron County, Ohio. She built a house or lean-to and, amazingly, survived the winter. She raised 7 children, all of whom did later own land.

John says, "You canít win if you donít play. I was just giving a donation. I didnít expect to win. But, it sure is nice! Weíll take it."

Congratulations, John and Kathleen!