Biography of William A. Waldock
Erie County, OH Biographies





WILLIAM A. WALDOCK. Worthy of special mention in a work of this character is William A. Waldock, who holds an assured position among the esteemed and respected citizens of Sandusky, his industry, integrity and thrift having gained for him the confidence and good will of the community in which he resides. A son of the late Frederick David Waldock, he was born August 10, 1866, near Bloomingville, Erie County, Ohio, on a farm, and is of English descent, his grandfather Waldock, who as an ironmonger dealt in metals and implements, having been a lifelong resident of Huntingdonshire, England.

Frederick David Waldock was born in 1832 in Huntingdonshire, England, where, at the age of twelve years, he began an apprenticeship at the butcher's trade. Embarking in business on his own account in his native place, he carried on butchering until 1859, when, accompanied by his family, he crossed the ocean to the United States. Coming directly to Ohio, he joined his brother in law in Erie County, hoping to soon find remunerative employment. Business was then very dull throughout the Union, and the times unusually hard. Being offered the job of digging a ditch, he agreed to do the work for fifty cents a day. As the man demurred at giving so much for the labor, Mr. Waldock offered to take the job by contract at fifteen cents a rod, the ditch to be five feet wide at the top, two feet at the bottom, and three feet deep. The man agreed to the price set, and at that rate Mr. Waldock earned seventy five cents per day. A year after his arrival in Erie County, he purchased four acres of land half way between Bloomingville and the "seven-mile-house," and there started in the butchering business, having one horse and a wagon, and retailing his meat in Sandusky. He was soon enabled to buy eight more acres of land, and as his means increased he bought live stock, and greatly enlarged his operations. He bought a farm situated one mile north of the seven-mile-house, and there continued his business successfully until his death, in 1912. He was a man of good business judgment, and made wise investments, at the time of his death having title to 365 acres of valuable land. He married Fannie Greene, who was born at St. Ives, England, and died in Erie County, Ohio, in 1913. Of their union eight children were born, as follows: Frederick; Lizzie, deceased; John; Charles; Annie, deceased; William A., the subject of this brief sketch; George; and Fannie.

Educated in the district schools, William A. Waldock learned the trade of a butcher when young, and in early manhood became associated with his father in the live stock and butchering business, and has been actively engaged in the same business until the present writing, in 1915. In 1900 he bought a farm lying one mile south of Sandusky, and occupied it until 1913, when he removed to his present beautiful home on Wayne Street, Sandusky.

Mr. Waldock married, on April 26, 1900, Ida Erbe, who was born on a farm in Margaretta Township, Erie County, of German ancestry. Her father, Philip Erbe, was born, reared and educated in Baden, Germany, and as a young man there learned the trade of a miller. In 1849, lured by the wonderful reports of the prosperity of the Americans, he came to the United States, being six weeks in making the ocean voyage in a sailing vessel. After spending a very few days in New York City, he came to Ohio, and for a while operated a mill in Castalia. When ready to invest in land, he purchased a farm in Margaretta Township, Erie County, and was subsequently engaged in tilling the soil until his death, at the age of seventy six years. Mr. Erbe married Emilia Warnke, a native of Mecklenburg, Germany, who in 1849 came to America with her parents. Her father died a few years later, leaving his widow with eight children, four sons and four daughters, the sons being Charles, Frank, Ernest and William, and the daughters Charlotte, Louise, Minnie and Amelia. Mrs. Emilia (Warnke) Erbe, who died at the age of seventy four years, reared seven children, as follows: Anna, Caroline, Tillie, Charles, Rose, Ida and Minnie. Mrs. Waldock taught in the Castalia High School for twelve years. Mr. and Mrs. Waldock are the parents of four children, namely: Frederick, William, Lucille and Marion.

Fraternally Mr. Waldock is a member of Sandusky Lodge No. 669, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and of Sandusky Council No. 278, United Commercial Travelers.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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