"History of Huntington County, Indiana"1914 By Frank S. Bash pg.620-21
E. M. Bocock has long been connected with the development of the resources which nature has provided in Huntington county, being well known as a representative of the agricultural interests of Wayne township. A native son of this locality, he has grown up amid its rural surroundings, and his career has been devoted to the tilling of the soil, in which vocation he has been successful because of his persistent and consecutive efforts. In his life the elements of chance have played little part, for he has been the architect of his own fortunes and has won recognition and position through his own ability to grasp and make the most of opportunities.
Mr. Bocock was born on a farm in section 35, Wayne township, Huntington county, Indiana, June 10, 1868, and is a son of Granville and Mary (Culbertson) Bocock. His father was born in Washington township, Grant county, Indiana, in 1842, and in young manhood came to Huntington county, where he engaged in farming and became one of his communityâ€™s influential agriculturists. He had the esteem and respect of the people of his section who repeatedly honored him by election to offices of public trust, and on one occasion he was elected coroner of Huntington county but never qualified for the position. He died May 3, 1905, when passed away one of his communityâ€™s leading men. Mrs. Bocock still survives and is a resident of Wayne township, the mother of three children, namely: E. M.; Maude I., who is the wife of William Martin, of La Fontaine, Indiana; and Silas H., who is successfully engaged in farming in Wayne township.
E. M. Bocock was reared to manhood on the old home place and his education was secured in the district schools in the vicinity thereof, his boyhood and youth being divided between the two. He continued his studies until reaching the age of twenty-two years, and at that time began to concentrate his energies upon his farm work, and this has continued to be his vocation throughout life. On April 9, 1895, he was married to Miss Lena Carl, who was born in Wayne township and was one of Mr. Bocockâ€™s classmates at the district school. They have had three children, namely: Granville, who was born June 11, 1903; Carl, born September 20, 1905; and Martha, born August 25, 1910. The occupation to which he was reared Mr. Bocock has made his life work. He has continued the work and developing and improving his present farm since his marriage, until it now yields golden harvests and the property has become a paying one. In addition to tilling the fields he raises considerable stock and his business interests are carefully managed. He has a well equipped place, and neatness and thrift characterize all departments of the farm work. Mr. Bocock is known as a man who carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes, forming a definite plan of action and accomplishing results while many others would stop to theorize.
Fraternally Mr. Bocock is prominent in the ranks of the Masonic order, belonging to Mount Etna Lodge No. 333, F. & A. M., and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Landissville, being past grand and a member of the Grand Lodge of the state and the Encampment, and both he and his wife are connected with the Rebekahs at Landissville. In political matters he is a democrat, and has taken some interest in local affairs, although he has not been a seeker after personal preferment.