From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 422-423, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Casper Stock, general farmer on section 34, of the precinct of
Beardstown, was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, 1832. He was the son
of Thomas and Margaretta (Shaffer) Stock, who both came of old Hesse
families of pure German blood. Thomas was reared to the business of
distiller and was thus engaged until he came to the United States. He
and his wife with their two children came from Bremen and landed in
Baltimore after a six weeks' voyage in a three-mast sailing vessel.
After the usual trip they arrived in Beardstown, October 26, 1836. The
father purchased and settled a year latter on land in the precinct of
Arenzville, which he cultivated successfully until his death, March 14,
1846. He was a good hard-working man and was very ambitious, but did
not live long enough to realize his hopes. His wife is still living
with her son, Thomas, Jr., on the old homestead. She is eighty-one
years of age, but is quite active and mentally strong. She and her
husband were all their lives members of the German Lutheran Church.
Casper was brought to this county when four years of age and was
raised as a farmer. He has always been a resident of this county and
one of its most worthy German citizens. He is a quiet, unassuming man,
and when he took charge of his farm the land was raw and unbroken, but
by quiet, persevering effort he has made it one of the finest places in
the county. He owns 260 acres, all improved. He has lived on the place
for thirty-six years and has owned it for twenty-six.
He was married in Cass county to Catherine Seeger of Ohio, and
came when very young to Cass county with her parents. Her father, Henry
Seeger, is a retired merchant who lives in Beardstown. He is one of the
old German settlers and came to the United States in 1830, living in
Beardstown since 1849. He was for years a merchant there and his wife
died in the same place. Mrs. Stock is one of five children, all living.
Mr. and Mrs. Stock are the parents of three children: Henry, a farmer
of Beardstown, married to Minnie Hansmeir; Mary Pilger, living in
Beardstown; Rosa Hinners married a farmer of Arenzville precinct. Mr.
and Mrs. Stock attend the Lutheran Church and are good, prosperous
people. Mr. Stock is a member of the Democratic party.
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