For sixty-five years Henry Schock has lived in Siskiyou county and has been a witness of and a participant in the remarkable development that has characterized this section of the Sacramento Valley. He has stood consistently for those things that contribute to the welfare of a community and is regarded as one of the substantial citizens of Yreka, where he was born on the 24 of September, 1865, a son of Chris and Henrietta (Denamon) Schock, both of whom were born in Gotha, Germany. The father came to the United States in 1852 and at once started for the Pacific coast, crossing the plains with ox team and covered wagon. In due time he arrived at Yreka, where he followed his trade, that of a butcher. During the war with the Modoc Indians, he butchered for the government, the troops coming to his slaughter house to get their meat. Later he took up the dairy business, and also began hauling of fuel, wood, and similar lines, in which he continued until the time of his death, which occurred in 1922. His wife passed away in 1916, and both are buried in the Yreka cemetery. Of the seven children who blessed their union, two are living, Henry, of this review, and Emma, the wife of William Minaker, a fruit merchant in San Francisco.
Henry Schock attended the public schools, after which he took up the transfer business, which he has followed continuously since, developing a large and profitable enterprise. He has been connected with the Standard Oil Company for thirty-seven years and has been a local manager for that company for many years, delivering its products to Scott Valley, Happy Camp and all points in the Yreka district. He has done some prospecting for gold, but was never successful, though he has never been intensely interested in the subject.
In 1908, Mr. Schock was united in marriage to Miss Ollie Clark, a daughter of Henry and Lucina (Blanchard) Clark, who came across the plains in an early day and settled in Siskiyou county, where they reared their family. Both parents are deceased. The father was a rancher and stock man and was greatly respected by all. He and Mr. Schock’s father were in the Modoc Indian war and “bunked” together and they passed away only two months apart. Mr. and Mrs. Schock are the parents of a daughter, Dorothy, who at the present time is a music teacher in the Weed grade schools. She attended grammar and high schools, then the College of the Pacific at Stockton, for one year, and afterward the Chico State Normal, from which she graduated in 1929. In politics Mr. Schock is an independent, voting according to his judgment as to men and measures. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Fraternal Order of Eagles at Yreka, and is very highly regarded by all who know him.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.