Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
EDWARD F. SCHROCK, who dwells
about five miles west from Lincoln postoffice, in the vicinity of the noted
land mark, Steamboat Rock, is one of the largest stock men of the entire
Big Bend country. He controls nearly two thousand acres of pasture,
besides a large amount of hay producing land. His place is certainly
an ideal one, located as it is in the Grand Coulee, and well laid out and
improved with good residence, extensive barns, animal corrals, buildings,
and other accessories. Mr. Schrock is one of the earliest pioneers
in this section and his labors have always been characterized with wisdom
and excellent judgment. He is a man of influence and worth and has
the good will and esteem of all who know him.
Edward F. Schrock was born in Linn county,
Missouri, on July 19, 1859, being the son of Joseph and Mary (Gilmer) Schrock,
natives of Virginia and pioneer settlers of Missouri. The public
schools of his native country furnished our subject with his educational
training and until 1881, his life was spent there. Then he crossed
the plains in wagons, stopping for a short time in Walla Walla. It
was in the year, 1883, that he first settled in Douglas county, taking
a pre-emption and later a homestead and a timber culture. In 1885,
he bought out William H. Fleet, who built the first house in the Coulee.
This property had been owned by Jack Hardy, who was among the very first
white men to settle in the Big Bend country. Mr. Schrock has continued
on this estate since those days and has applied himself somewhat to general
farming but almost entirely to stock raising. He has a large holding
in thoroughbred cattle, perhaps the finest on the range.
Mr. Schrock has the following brothers and
sisters, Andrew J., Mrs. Arbella Taylor, deceased, James, David, Joseph,
Samuel, Willis, George L., Mrs. Dora Streeter, and Mrs. Mollie Gibson.
At Spokane, on April 7, 1897, E. F. Schrock
married Miss Anor A., daughter of William and Clara (Silver) Bernard, natives
of Illinois and Maine, respectively. The mother is now living in
Wilbur. Mrs. Schrock was born in California, on May 16, 1875, and
has five brothers and two sisters, Herbert J., Walter G., deceased, Victor
C., Joseph W., Emma G., deceased, Rolland G., and Mrs. Jessie White.
To Mr. and Mrs. Schrock three children have been born; Ethel G., on May
4, 1899; Doris N. on February 13, 1901; and Walter B., on October 19, 1902.
Mr. Schrock is a supporter of the Methodist
church and an active and progressive citizen, always allied with those
measures that are for the advancement and upbuilding of the community.
His labors have not only won for him a very generous holding in property
but have stimulated others and he certainly has done a lion's share in
the development of the country.