Henry C. Hobrock is successfully engaged in farming on section 35, Highland township, and has made good improvements
upon his place, which is in a high state of development. He was born in Meredosia, Illinois, on the 1st of February,
1867, a son of Herman and Eliza (Krems) Hobrock. The father was born in Hanover, Germany, but removed to America
with his parents, who settled at Beardstown, Illinois, when he was fourteen years of age. There he grew to manhood
and in 1866 was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Krems, a native of that town and a daughter of Henry Krems. Mr.
Hobrock engaged in farming and accumulated a competence, which enables him to live retired in Hastings. His wife
also survives. They became the parents of six children who grew to maturity, those besides our subject being: F.
W., a resident of Hastings; W. C., who is living in Lincoln; Carrie, the wife of F. H. Kilver, of Denver, Colorado;
Emma, who married Charles Rolfe, of Alma, Missouri; and Anna, now Mrs. Henry Kilver, of Bluffs, Illinois.
Henry C. Hobrock was reared in his native town but when twenty years of age accompanied his parents to Bluffs,
Illinois. He remained at home until he was twenty four years old, giving his father the benefit of his labor. On
beginning his independent career he determined to follow the occupation of farming, with which he was thoroughly
familiar, and rented his father's farm, which he operated on his own account for some time. He then purchased a
farm in that locality and concentrated his energies upon its cultivation and development until the spring of 1907,
when he sold and removed to Adams county, Nebraska. He had purchased his present farm of one hundred and sixty
acres on section 35, Highland township, two years previously and on removing to this county at once took up his
residence upon that place. He does general farming, growing wheat, corn, oats and alfalfa and raising stock for
his own use. Although all of the buildings upon the farm were there when it came into his possession he has improved
it in other ways and keeps everything in excellent condition. He is at once practical and progressive and his industry
and good management enable him to gain a gratifying financial return from his land.
Mr. Hobrock was married in 1891, when twenty four years of age, to Miss Lizzie Finigsmier, a daughter of Henry
and Mary Finigsenier, of Meredosia, Illinois. She passed away within a year of her marriage and on the 12th of
March, 1896, Mr. Hobrock wedded Miss Louisa Marsh, a daughter of Henry and Clara ( Sheuter) Marsh, also residents
of Meredosia. Following the marriage of their daughter to Mr. Hobrock, however, they removed to Bluffs, Illinois
Mr. and Mrs. Hobrock have four children, namely: Mabel E., who was born March 2, 1897, and is at home; Harvey H.,
who was born on the 20th of February, 1899; Elmer H., born April 14, 1901; and Helen M., whose birth occurred on
the 16th of February, 1911.
Mr. Hobrock is a stalwart republican and takes a commendable interest in everything affecting the public welfare.
He attends the Lutheran church at Hastings, to the support of which he contributes. He possesses marked public
spirit and no movement for the advancement of his community lacks his hearty cooperation. He is respected for his
ability and genuine worth and his personal friends are many
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