Fred B. Bock, the leading retail grocer of Girard, Illinois, and one of the city's progressive and public-spirited business men, was born in Girard, November 16, 1869, and is one of a family of four children born to Henry and Bertha (Bajohr) Bock.
The late henry Bock, father of our subject, came to Illinois from Germany, when about 14 years of age. he had his own way to make in the world, and the success which he attained and the honor, and respect with which he was long regarded, are facts well known in the city where he so long made his home. In addition to taking a very prominent part in civic life, being again and again elected to public office, he was honored as a survivor of the great Civil War, in which he spent more than four years. He participated in a number of the most notable battles of the war, suffered at Andersonville, and was spared to share the triumphs of the grand review at Washington City. Until his death, Mr. Bock was an interested member of Luke Mayfield Post, No. 516, G.A.R., where he was valued and beloved. An extended sketch, including his military career, will be found in another part of this volume.
Fred B. Bock was educated in the common schools of Girard, and at the age of 12 years learned the trade of cooper from his father. He worked 12 years as a coal miner and spent two years with the Eureka Mercantile Company, and was connected for one year with the firm of Dodson & Sheppard. Mr. Bock had then accumulated, by his own efforts, a sufficient knowledge of the mercantile business to enable him to embark in a grocery business, and he entered into a partnership with Mr. Lindner, the firm name becoming Lindner & Bock. this was succeeded by Bock & Gill, which continued until 1903. On January 1, 1904, Mr. Bock opened up a fine store in his own name, his goods including a complete line of first-class groceries and table delicacies, and, in addition, queensware and mining supplies. the value of his stock comes not much under $3,500. his upright business methods and obliging manner, combined with the superior quality of his goods, have brought him very satisfying returns.
In 1893 Mr. Bock married Sophia Holland, who is a daughter of Frank Holland, and they have two children, viz.: Cecil H., born in October, 1894, and Crystal, born in October, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Bock are members of the Christian Church.
In politics, Mr. Bock is a Democrat, and has served as town clerk, and for several years was town collector. Fraternally he is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Lodge No. 192, of Girard, and he is also connected with its auxiliary, the Rebekah lodge. the family has long been a prominent one in Girard.