Julius F. Bock

    Julius F. Bock, a well known rancher and stockman of Wyoming, living at Newcastle, was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, June 5, 1867, and is a son of John and Magdalena (Rushman) Bock, the former a native of Schleswig-Holstein, born April 17, 1834, while the mother's birth occurred in the same section of Germany on the 23d of September, 1840. The father is now living retired in Plattsmouth, Cass county, Nebraska, where he settled on crossing the Atlantic to America in 1872. His wife passed away there on the 28th of March, 1910.
    Julius F. Bock was the third in order of birth in a family of ten children, three sons and seven daughters, all of whom are living with the exception of his two brothers, who died in infancy. Mr. Bock of this review was brought to America by his parents when only five years of age and was reared upon the old home farm in Cass county, Nebraska, where he attended the country schools in his home district until he reached the age of thirteen. He then began to work upon the farm and continued to devote his time and attention to the labors of the fields until he reached the age of nineteen. In 1886 he left home, anxious to make a start in the business world on his own account. He removed to what was then Crook county, Wyoming, but is now Weston county, and began work as a ranch hand, entering the employ of Lagrave Delaney, a prominent rancher, engaged extensively in raising horses. Mr. Bock remained in that employ for a year and a half and in July, 1888, he settled upon his present ranch, having taken up a preemption claim upon arriving in Wyoming. Upon his land he built a log house, barn, sheds and a bunk house and all of these buildings are still standing as landmarks of the pioneer days. His present residence, however, is a very attractive modern home built in a pleasing style of architecture and tastefully furnished and it is both commodious and convenient. In 1888 Mr. Bock entered into partnership with an uncle and they continued their ranching interests together until 1892, when the partnership was dissolved and Julius F. Bock started out independently. He is now one of the most prominent ranchers and stockmen of northeastern Wyoming, his home ranch comprising about eight thousand acres. Everything about the place is indicative of the spirit of modern day enterprise and progress. The attractive home, which he erected in 1911, is supplied with furnace, bath and all modern conveniences. He also has one of the largest barns in his section of the state and it is possible for two teams to drive in at one time and unload hay. He also has an extensive granary where he keeps his seed. Other improvements upon his farm are a number of substantial cow sheds and barns furnishing ample shelter for horses, cattle and all of his stock besides his hay. This ranch is located on Skull creek and from his house to the upper and north end of the ranch it is a distance of fifteen miles, while the distance to the lower or south end of the ranch is twelve miles from his home. There is much timber upon the place, with beautiful canyons, springs and creeks, and the place is picturesque and attractive as well as productive. In fact, the volume of business carried on there is so extensive that the place is almost a town in itself. He has a complete blacksmith shop on the ranch, also a lumber camp, where all kinds of lumber are cut from his own forests, which can supply lumber to build anything, from a bridge to a house. There are various kinds of lumber and a number of men are employed in this work. Mr. Bock also owns another ranch comprising four thousand acres. This he purchased from John L. Baird, of Newcastle, in the spring of 1918. At this writing Mr. Bock has over nine hundred head of cattle and he also raises horses and sheep quite extensively. All of his stock is of high grade. He has reached a point of notable success through careful management, thrift and energy. He has never been afraid of hard work nor of close application and his advancement is attributable entirely to his own efforts, for he started out as a poor boy, working as a ranch hand, and remained in the employ of others until he could save from his earnings a sufficient sum to enable him to purchase property. He rode the range as a cow puncher, meeting all of the hardships of life in the early days in Wyoming, but he never faltered in his purpose and in the course of time was enabled to purchase land, to which he has added as his financial resources have increased until he is today one of the prominent ranchmen of the state. There are upon his land a number of modern dwellings for the use of his employes and these are all connected by telephone with his residence.
    On the 3d of June, 1897, Mr. Bock was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Johrig, a native of Saxony, Germany, and a daughter of Liberal and Hannah (Scheinbach) Johrig, both of whom were natives of Germany. They came to America in 1879 and settled in Plattsmouth, Cass county, Nebraska, where Mrs. Bock attended school, there acquiring her education, for she was but five years of age when the family came to the United States. She was the second in order of birth in a family of six children, one of whom has passed away. To Mr. and Mrs. Bock have been born the following named: Clara, Tillie, Julia, Ella, John, Fred and Carl, all of whom were born upon the home ranch and are yet living with the exception of Carl, who died in infancy. The two eldest daughters are expert cow riders. They can ride and rope as well as any cowboy that ever rode the range and have attended contests and roundups all over the state. The children are all at home. Mr. Bock has never sought or held office. He and his family are members of the Lutheran church and are very prominent and most highly respected throughout this part of the state.

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