Daniel L. Bockes
BOCKES, KINSINGER, YUTZY, MAST, GINERICH
Posted By: Gail Meyer Kilgore (email)
Date: 3/20/2004 at 02:29:06
DANIEL L. BOCKES who devotes his energies to farming on section 32, Palermo Township, is a worthy representative of one of the prominent families of Grundy County. When he came into possession of his one hundred and twenty acres of land in May, 1869, there was not a single improvement upon the place, not a rod of fence had been built, or a furrow turned. He erected a house and at once began breaking prairie. He labored early and late, and the result of his toil was seen in well tilled fields. He continued the operation of his first farm until 1884, when he removed to the farm on which he now resides. It comprises eighty acres on section 33, forty acres on section 34, and one hundred and sixty acres on section 32, making in all two hundred and eighty acres. His home is a comfortable residence, in the rear of which are a large barn and other outbuildings, and these in turn are surrounded by highly cultivated fields. A good grade of stock may always be found on hand, and he raises draft horses for market.
The owner of this desirable place is a native of Somerset County, Pa. He was born September 18, 1846, and is a son of Lewis Bockes, whose sketch appears on another page of this work. No event of special importance occurred during his boyhood and youth, which were passed upon the home farm and in attendance at the common schools. At the age of twenty-one, he came to Grundy County, in 1869, in company with his brother-in-law, A. J. Kinsinger. Mr. Bockes was married on the 12th of August, 1868, in his native county to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel Yutzy. In 1886, Mr. Bockes was married to Elizabeth Ginerich, who was a native of Pennsylvania, and is of German descent. Six children were born of the first marriage, four of whom are yet living: Susanna, wife of David Mast, a resident of Palmero Township; Russell, Elmer and Eva, who are still at home. One child died in infancy, and Sarah died at the age of seven years. A little son, Lloyd, graces the second marriage.
Mr. Bockes exercises his right of franchise in support of the Democratic party, and is now serving as School Director of his district. He and his wife hold membership with St. Paulís Reformed Church, and are earnest workers in it interest. All educational, social and moral enterprises find in him a friend, and whatever tend to benefit the community and promote the general welfare receives his hearty support and co-operation.
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