Among the pioneer families of the county, none were more actively associated with the early history and development
than the Cox family, who settled here in 1872. They were of Irish descent and came to Minnesota from Ontario, Canada.
Ann Cox and Johannah, who married Paul Jones were the last of the five brothers and sisters who were early settlers
of Polk county. Mrs. Jonesí death occurred December 17, 1915, and Miss Cox passed away January 22, 1916. Catherine
Cox was married to James Rowe, previous to coming to the county and died here in 1875. Miles Cox joined the others
in 1879 and took a claim in Huntsville township, near the farm of Panl Jones and made his home there until his
death about ten years ago. He is survived by two children, Thomas Cox and Mary Ann Cox, who married Peter MeManus.
In 1872 the land had not yet been surveyed and brothers and sisters each selected a tract of land which they later
purchased as railroad land. Both Patrick Cox and his brother-in-law, James Rowe, located on the north side of the
Red Lake river, the formerís land being in section thirty-six of Huntsville township, where he became a well known
citizen and farmer and acquired much local fame as a hunter. James Rowe later sold his property and removed to
Saskatchewan. Ann Cox shared with her brothers the experiences of pioneer days, sturdily weathering the hardships
and capably meeting all the responsibilities of the times. She secured a homestead in section two of Bygland township,
which she later sold and upon the death of her brother Patrick Cox, purchased his farm, which adjoins that of Paul
Jones, where she made her home with her sister. From the experiences of the early days, she recalled many interesting
tales of significant events which can claim few living witnesses; the historical value of the story being enhanced
by the gift of a keen observant mind. Ann Cox was a notable type of pioneer womanhood which had always founded
the solid fabric of social organization, trained in the rigorous school of service to discern the true values of
life. She with the other members of the family are members and faithful supporters of the Sacred Heart Catholic
ehureh at East Grand Forks.
Compendium of History and Biography
of Polk County, Minnesota
Maj. R. I. Holcombe, Historical Editor
William H. Bingham, Feneral Editor
W. H. Bingham & Co.
Also see [ Railway Officials in America 1906