Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Mr. Bock was one of the earliest arrivals in the infant village, coming in the year 1848. He was born in Belgium,
in May, 1800; came to American in 1882. He lived for a time in Missouri, and moved from that State to Michigan
in 1840: He was thus a pioneer beyond the Mississippi before he became a pioneer in the Wolverine State. Shortly
after his arrival in Dowagiac, he built the American House (now the Commercial), which he still owns, and of which
he has been most of the time landlord. He has accumulated considerable property and recently built a fine brick
residence, which is known as the Bock House, where he entertains "the wayfarer and tbe stranger" as he
did in earlier years at the American.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.