Theodore B. Stock
Theodore B. Stock, prominently identified with financial interests in Waukon as president of the Peoples National Bank and with business affairs as president of T.B. Stock & Company, dealers in hardware, is one of the best known men in the city, his varied interests connection him with practically every phase of community life. He was born in Jefferson township, this county, December 31, 1871, and is a son of William Stock a native of Germany, where he remained until after he had reached maturity. As a young man he crossed the Atlantic and come directly to Allamakee county, where he purchased a farm in Jefferson township. Here he afterward married Frederica Dravis, also a native of Germany. Mr. Stock, father of the subject of this review, continued to develop his fine property, adding to it from time to time until he owned two hundred and sixty five acres of land. Upon the homestead he raised his family and there spent the last years of his life, dying about 1900. He wife survived him for some time, passing away in 1911. In their family were nine children? William, of Howard, South Dakota; Minnie, who married Fred W. Steffen, of Diller, Nebraska; Henry, who resides in Howard, South Dakota; Charles and August, farmers in Allamakee county; Sophia, who makes her home in Waukon; Theodore B. of this review; Louis, who is engaged in farming in this county; and Edward, who resides in Oakes, North Dakota.
Theodore B. Stock was reared upon his father's farm in Jefferson township and acquired his education in the public schools. When he was a young man he came to Waukon and began his independent career as a clerk in the employ of H. F. Opfer & Brother, with whom he remained for six years, receiving a thorough and practical business training, which has been invaluable to him in his later career. When he resigned his first position he formed a partnership with P.A. Anderson and for eight years engaged in the boot and shoe business, selling out his interest at the end of that time in order to organize the T. B. Stock & Company, who for over twelve years have been prominently identified with hardware interests here, controlling an important and growing trade along this line. They have a large storeroom filled with a well selected line of stove, shelf and heavy hardware and building material and they do also a large plumbing business. Much of the credit for the continued growth of the concern is due to Mr. Stock's ability and business foresight and to the excellent way in which his business affairs are managed. In addition to this he is connected with the Peoples National Bank and as its president is a central figure in financial circles here. He was one of the promoters of the institution, which has a capital stock of fifty thousand dollars and is one to the safest and most conservative banks in the county. The officers are: T. B. Stock, president, L. T. Hermanson, vice president; and P. E. O'Donnell, cashier, and the bank occupies a modern and commodious building, finished in 1912. A general banking business is transacted and a progressive policy maintained, tempered, however, by a safe conservatism and a constant regard for the best interests of the depositors. Mr. Stock devotes his entire time to the affairs of the institution and in his position a president his organizing and executive ability have been called forth and he has labored earnestly and intelligently to make the concern one of the substantial moneyed institutions of the community.
Mr. Stock married in Waukon, on June 11, 1896, Miss Katherine Bieber, a daughter of Peter Bieber, a pioneer in Allamakee county. Mrs. Stock was born and reared in Waukon and here acquired her education. She and her husband have on daughter, Dorothea, who is now a student in the Waukon public schools.
Politically Mr. Stock is identified with the democratic party and has served as a member of the city council for a number of years. He was mayor of Waukon and by giving to the people a straightforward, constructive and efficient administration did much to promote the advancement and growth of the city. He is well known in fraternal circles, holding membership in the Knights of Pythias, in which he has been through all the chairs and is past chancellor. He represented his lodge in the grand lodge of Iowa. Always an active religious worker, Mr. Stock has done a great deal for the advancement of the German Reformed church in this county and a secretary and treasurer of the building committee was one of the leaders in securing the new church building, which is one of the finest of its kind in Waukon. He has also been a liberal contributor to the building funds of the other Waukon churches and his life has been upright and worthy in all respects. A successful businessman, a far-sighted financier, a public-spirited citizen, he has for many years labored earnestly and intelligently in the best interests of the city and has today reached a position of prominence and achieved a degree of success which places him among the men of substantial worth and marked ability.
-transcribed by Jan Miller
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