Biography of John H. Stock


Stock, John H., Cheektowaga, p. o. Forks.-The parents of the subject of this sketch, John and Christina (Schadt) Stock, came to Cheektowaga in 1851 from Beudingen, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. Being in stringent circumstances, and as Cheektowaga was at that time mostly covered by a virgin forest, the father built a small cabin on what was at that time known as the Bower farm, on the present French Road, and went to work for the Ebenezer Society, which then was in a flourishing condition in the town of West Seneca, receiving as compensation twentyfive cents per day, half of which was to be paid in what in those days was known as store pay. As this was barely sufficient to keep the wolf from the door of their log cabin, Christina, his wife, in 1853 began the peddling of Yankee notions, which vocation she followed for seventeen years, often carrying 150 pounds of notions from four to six miles a day. During the period of the Civil war her daily income often amounted to from six to eight dollars per day. During this time she accumulated a small fortune, some of which was invested in real estate and mortgages, a portion of which she now holds. She is still hale and hearty at the ripe old age of eighty-one years. Her husband died July 29, 1888, aged seventy-two years. John H. Stock was born in Cheektowaga, July 24, 1853, in the little cabin built on the Bower farm two years before. He received his education mostly in the common schools of Cheektowaga, together with a short course in the High School at Buffalo. When he reached his majority he engaged in the sale of wooden pumps; after one year he began the manufacture of the same and also carriage jacks, which business he has successfully followed; from time to time he has added several machines for boring wells in the earth and drilling the same in rock. November 15, 1877, he married Annie C. Slade of Elma, N. Y., whose parents were early settlers Of Cheektowaga. Mr. Stock is an ardent Democrat; in 1876 he was elected commissioner of excise, being nominated by both parties, and in 1881 he was elected town clerk, holding the office for eight consecutive years; in 1889 he was elected supervisor, and has since held that office, being re-elected for two years, March 9, 1897, by 254 majority. He was appointed postmaster at Forks, September 9, 1895. Mr. Stock had one brother, Charles H., who died March 24, 1890, aged forty-two years; he was a printer by trade and also followed well-drilling from 1869 to 1877; he served in the regular army on the frontier as cook for the officers of Co. K, 23d U. S. Infantry. Mr. and Mrs. Stock are the parents of seven children, as follows: Ada M., aged nineteen; Lillie L., aged seventeen; Frank J., aged sixteen; Clista L., aged twelve; Archie A., aged ten; Stella A., aged six; and John H., born June 2, 1896.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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