Bio: Bock, Alfred A. (1854 - 19??)




Surnames: Bock, Markstrum, Strobridge, Anderson


----Source: History of Marathon County Wisconsin and Representative Citizens, by Louis Marchetti, 1913.


Bock, Alfred A. (28 April 1854 - 19??)


ALFRED A. BOCK, formerly clerk of the circuit court of Marathon County and at present engaged in the real estate, loan and fire-insurance business at Wausau, is a representative citizen here, widely known and valued in every circle. He was born in Warmland, Sweden, April 28, 1854, and is a son of Charles J. and Mary Elizabeth Bock. The parents of Mr. Bock came to America in 1868 and established their home at Lansing, Ia., where the father followed his trade of blacksmith. He was a good workman and the family prospered and became identified with local affairs. The father died there in September, 1905, aged over seventy-nine years, and the mother died in April, 1906, her aged being eighty-one years. Seven sons and one daughter were born to them, namely: Charles, residing at New Albin, Ia.; Julius, a resident also of New Albin; Alfred A.; Andrew, of Waukon, Ia.; William, of New Albin; Mary, wife of William Cutting, of La Crosse, Wis.; Edward, of New Albin; and Leonard, who is deceased.


Alfred A. Bock attended the public schools of Lansing until sixteen years of age. In 1873 he became a clerk in a local store and remained at Lansing until 1879, when he went to New Albin, where he was engaged in the mercantile business until the spring of 1884, when he came to Wausau. Here he was associated with K. S. Markstrum in the mercantile business for two years and then purchased his partner's interest and formed a partnership with E. Strobridge which was continued from 1886 until 1900. In the spring of 1889, he was elected city treasurer and served from April, 1889, until April, 1891. In 1896 he was elected clerk of the circuit court in which office he continued to serve until January, 1911, a period of fourteen years and when he retired from public life immediately embarked in his present line of business. Politically he is a Republican and for nine years has served as a member of the board of education at Wausau.  


Mr. Bock was married in 1881 at New Albin, Ia., to Miss Mary E. Anderson, a daughter of Joseph R. Anderson. Mr. and Mrs. Bock have three children: Grace, Arley and Marie, the son being in partnership with his father and the daughters being teachers in the public schools. Mr. Bock and family attend the Methodist Episcopal Church. His fraternal connections include membership with the Masons, the Modern Woodmen of America and other organizations.  



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