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Ezra F. Shock

Posted: 2 Jul 2002 12:39PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 10 Aug 2002 10:58PM GMT
Surnames: Shock, Flory, Beverly, Colclazer, Miller, Schlusser, Buckwalter, Lingle
"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.806-07

Ezra F. Shock. The Highland Farm in Clear Creek township, of which Mr. Shock is proprietor has for many years borne a high reputation among stock raisers, especially for its Jersey cattle, and the present owner has jealously guarded the substantial reputation of his stock, and as a result there are few men in the county who have upheld the standards of the stock business more uniformly through a course of many years. Mr. Shock has lived in Huntington county nearly all his life, a period of about fifty years, has acquired a substantial interest in the agriculture and general civic affairs and has also been honored with positions of public trust and responsibility.

Ezra F. Shock was born in Montgomery county, Ohio, near the city of Dayton, March 16, 1860, a son of Henry and Mary (Flory) Shock. The mother died in 1907 while the father still lives in Clear Creek township. Both were natives of Montgomery county, Ohio, where they grew up in the same neighborhood, were educated in the district schools, and were married. In August, 1864, when their son Ezra was four years of age they moved to Huntington county and located in Clear Creek township. The father through many active years followed farming, and is now one of the oldest residents of this section of Huntington county. There were eleven children in the family, and all but one are still living: Ezra F.; Clare, the widow of Samuel Beverly; Cora, wife of David Colclazer; Rosella, unmarried; Joseph H., who is principal of the schools in Lafayette, Indiana; William A., teacher of manual training in the Huntington public schools; Rev. D.W., a minister of the Brethren church; Harvey M., a farmer in Clear Creek township; Jennie, wife of Edwin Miller; Arminda, wife of C.E. Schlusser.

It was in Clear Creek township that Ezra F. Shock spent his early years, and until he was about eighteen his time was divided between attendance at the district schools in the winter and work on the farm during the summer. His father operated a sawmill in the township and he was early made an assistant in the conduct of that enterprise.

Soon after he became of age, in December, 1881, Mr. Shock established a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Sarah Buckwalter, a daughter of George Buckwalter. Mrs. Shock was educated in the district schools of Huntington county. After their marriage they settled on a farm, and from that time forward their prosperity has been steadily on the increase. For a quarter of a century Mr. Shock has made a specialty of the breeding of pure strains of Jersey cattle, and his progressiveness in this as in every other enterprise he takes hold of has been the source of generous profit. Mr. Shock is the owner of one hundred and twenty acres of land, and the farm for a number of years has been well known among stock raisers throughout this part of Indiana as the Highland Farm. In addition to his farm Mr. Shock finds time pretty well employed through his position as solicitor and adjuster for the Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Association. In this position he has charge of territory including Jackson, Clear Creek, Warren, Dallas, Huntington, and Union townships.

To the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Shock were born six children: Albert W., who is married and lives in Dayton, Ohio; Effie B., the wife of Charles S. Lingle; Laura, a graduate of the Clear Creek high school, and now a teacher in the schools at Richmond, Indiana; George A., unmarried and living in the southern states; Davis E., unmarried; and Mabel E., at home. Mrs. Shock is an active member of the Brethren church. In politics Mr. Shock has for years given his active support to the democratic interests, and has done much as a leader in his party in this part of Huntington county. He was elected and served four years as assessor of this township.

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