Olive Rambo Cook (1892-1981)
American author of children's novels and short stories. She was born on a farm in Avalon in 1892 but when her mother died when she was just a small child, she and her father moved to the town of Chillicothe where she was raised by him and her grandmother. However, though they left the farm behind, Ms. Cook recalled it was like a miniature farm with various pets, chickens and even cows living in the garden!*
She had 6 books published between the 1950s and the 1980s, but also wrote many short stories. Her books were set in Livingstone county and many of the events in them were based on real life happenings in the county. The pioneer lifestyle was a favourite topic of the author's, as were horses who appeared in three of her books. Her last book - Trails to Poosey - was published posthumously.
As well as being a writer, Ms. Cook was also a talented artist and had her first picture exhibited at the ripe old age of 80!
*Reference: Constitution Tribune October 24, 1959.