Gustave Schock Family
Germany & Washington

Gustave Frederick Michael Schock
b. before 1833 Dandinzig, Prussia, Germany
d. possibly about 1887 Germany
buried: ?    Germany

?1m. possible first marriage based on the 1900 census of Rosy,
who says she had only three births with two surviving

?2m. Rosalie Rich/Reich
b. 18 Aug 1833 Dandinzig, Prussian, Germany
immigrated in 13 August 1888 through New York
d. 30 Jan 1907 Tacoma, Pierce Co., WA
buried: Old Tacoma Cem., Tacoma, WA
her father: ?                     mother: ?
his father: unknown Schock
his mother: unknown

Children of probable 1st m. (The first two children here may not be Rosy's- see 1900 census)
John A. Schock b. 26 Dec 1850 Germany d. 6 Apr 1934 Tacoma, WA* m. Berthe Stienke (b. 10 Aug 1850 Germany d. 23 Mar 1926 Tacoma, WA)
Theresa Juliana "Tracy" Schock b. 1856 Germany d. 2 Oct 1944 Tacoma, WA* m. John Charles Wessels about 1888
(b. about 1853  d. after 1930)

Children of Rosa Reich
Gustave C. Schock b. 11 Mar 1862 Dandinzig, Germany d . 7 Aug 1936 Tacoma, WA m. Matilda A. Gubbe (b. Nov 1869 Detroit, MI d. 19 Jun 1951 Tacoma, WA)
Emma Rosalie Schock b. 30 Mar 1869 Danzig, Germany d. 5 Dec 1923 Tacoma, WA m. Emil Albert Kiesel 29 Mar 1891 Tacoma, WA(b. 2 Sep 1868 d. 19 Jan 1943 Portland, OR)
*obituary Tacoma News Tribune

According to John Schock's immigration records the family starts their travels from Bromberg, Germany which is now almost in the center of present day Poland under the present Polish spelling of Bydgoszcz.  However, Gustav Schock states that he started in Breman, Germany but was last a resident in Thuringia which is about in the center of present day Germany.  Theresa and Gustave Schock stated in the 1920 census record to come from Danzig.   Danzig is an earlier name for the present coastal city of Gdansk, in Northern Poland. Danzig is on the coast in the state of WestpreuBen or West Prussia in the map below for 1871.  Danzig had been for a period of time a free city state.  We are still trying to understand the discrepancies of these statements.  Carol Wilkenson, grand daughter of John Schock, remembers her mother saying that John was a spy during the Franco-Prussian War. I wonder who he may have been spying for. The war started 19 July 1870 and completed 10 May 1871 with the total defeat of France.  The outcome of the war brought the defeat of Napoleon III,  the new possession for Germany of Alsace and Lorraine, and unification of Germany which included all of Prussia.  German peasants, however, remained yoked to the wealthy land owners where mechanized farms were created to the detriment of the workers.  Protests and strikes were common.

German/Prussian
        map
The blue area above is old Prussia.  map from Wikimedia.org

1882, March 30 - John Schock immigrates with his family from Bromberg, Germany on the ship "Polynesia" shipping line of Edward Carr.   Departure was from Hamburg, Germany with the destination New York.  He is 31 years old and his wife Berta is also 31.  His occupation is listed as "Arbeiter" which means "laborer".  They must have entered the United States through the Castle Garden immigration center on the tip of Manhattan Island, presently Battery Park. [Hamburg shipping manifests,  microfilm K-1727, p. 451;  Ancestry.com]
The family is listed:
Schock ,      Johann        31       Bromberg,   
"           ,      Berta           31        "
"           ,      Oscar            7         "
"           ,      Emil              6         "
"           ,      Artur             5         "
"           ,      Alfred           inf

1882, April 20 - Johs. Schock, laborer, age 31 arrives in New York at Castle Garden immigration center from Prussia.  The family is listed as Johs. 31,  Bertha 31,  Oscar 7, Arthur 6,  Emil 6, Alfred 11months.  [CastleGarden.org]

1885, 20 Feb. -  Gustav Shock(sic), age 22, from Bremen, Germany,  last residence Thuringia.  From Germany on the ship "Hermann".  His occupation is listed as "joiner".  passage paid by self.  [CastleGarden.org]

1888 - The earliest record that we have so far found is the ship manifest record for the ship Arizona.  John Schock came over as early as 1881.  Kiesels and Schocks didn't seem to associate with one another until they arrived together in Tacoma, Washington.  Rose arrived in New York on the ship "Arizona" on 13 August 1888 from Germany with stops in Liverpool, England and Queenstown(now known as Cobh), Ireland.  The ship departed Liverpool on Aug. 4th.  Rose Schock 55 is traveling with her two daughters, Tressa 33, and Emma 19.  They are listed as passengers "#169, 170, and 171.  They all enter New York through the Castle Garden immigration center.   [New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, August 13, page 4,  Ancestry.com]   [CastleGarden.org]
 
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According to one researcher Rosalie Schock immigrated as a widow.  Her husband seems to have died before arriving.  It is interesting that his oldest son,  John Schock, immigrated about seven years earlier than his mother or step-mother in 1881, Gustave, the second son, immigrated in 1883. This give credibility to the argument that Gustave died in Germany.  We suspect that after his death the women sold everything to pay for their passage.

Elsie Kiesel Marshall wrote that her mother's father's name was Gust Schock.

His daughter's death certificate says her father's name was Fred, born in Germany, mother UNKNOWN; informant was Fred F. Kiesel, 1112 So 58th St (I believe he was her son) He probably was named both Fred and Gust and maybe more, who knows.

1889- Nov 16- Charles Wessels and Therese Wessel, both of Europe, give birth to a son in Tacoma, WA.  no name is given.
         [Washington Births  1891-1907]

The Pioneer of Washington Book listed this name Michael as the father's name. We knew him as Gust or Fred or both.

See the history of the Sugar Plantation on Kaua'i, Hawaii.

1890 -

In the Superior Court of The State of Washington
for Pierce County, United States of America

Present:  F. Campbell   Judge
In the matter of John Schock                                 }                               In this Twenty Fifth
An Alien,                                                                      }                               day of October 1890
To become a citizen  of the United States of America }

At the appearance to the satisfaction of the court, by the oaths Fred A. Meier and Andreas Fritz, citizens of the United States of America, witnesses for the purpose, firsts duly sworn and examined John Schock of a native of Germany

has resided within the limits  and under the jurisdiction of the United States five years at least, last past, and within the state of Washington for one year at least, last passed; and that during that time he has behaved as a man of good character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same;  and it also appearing to the court, by competent evidence, that the said applicant has heretofore, and more than two years since,  and in due  form of law, declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States, and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state, or soverienty whatsoever, and particularly to The Emperor of Germany
It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreeded by the court that the said
John Schock     be and here by admitted and declared to be a citizen of the United States of America.                   #337

(a note written next to the document:)  Cert copy issued Jan 24 1926  Geo. F. Murray Clerk by Libby

1892- Washington Territorial Census, Pierce Co., page 338  This is an interesting census, in particular, John Schock was married in Germany and emigrated with four children with only one born in Minnesota.  Emil also seems to have come over with his family from Germany, moves to Minnesota by 1883 and then to Washington by 1889. 

Schock,  J.  (John)      38   m        w          hacksmith              Germany
"          , B.  (Berthie)   38        f     w                                              "
"          , O.                     14 m          w                                              "
"          , Arthur             13 m           w                                              "
"          , Arnie               13 m           w                                              "
"          , Alfred                8 m           w                                              "
"          , Paul                   5 m           w                                           Minn.

page 342- April 1st
Schock, Emil                 40 m         w           policeman            Germany (this person may be a child of Gustave but no proof)
"           , Bertha              40        f    w                                           Germany
"           , Paul                  18 m         w                                              "

"           , Otto                  19 m         w                                              "
"           , Emil                  19 m        w                                              "
"           , Alfred                 11 m        w                                              "
"           , Paul                     9 m        w                                            Minn.
"           , Bertha                 3       f    w                                            Wash.

page 316, [Ancestry.com]
Schock, Emma               20       f   w                 none listed        Germany

page  333   [Ancestry.com]
Shock        G.                     29 m        w              brewer                Germany
"                 M.                     19        f   w              wife                    Canada
"                 Otto                    3  m        w            at home               Washington
"                 Louisa               5 days f   w            "    "                          "
"                 Rosa                  50  m        w           domestic              Germany


page 396  [Ancestry.com]
Wessels, Chas.                  36  m          w             engineer            Germany
"             , Theresa             35        f    w               H. W.                Germany
"             ,  Emma                4 days f    w              at home             Wash.

1892 - Tacoma City directory, alphabetical order. [Ancestry.com]

Schock, Authur,  tinner Peters & Miller Co.,  bds 2712 S. Tacoma Ave.
Schock, Emil,      tinner  Peters & Miller Co., bds 2712 S. Tacoma Ave.
Schock, Gustave brewer, res S 47th, Lakeside add.
Schock, John A.  policeman,                          res 2712 S. Tacoma Ave.

1896- In the Superior Court of The State of Washington

for Pierce County, United States of America

Present:  Hon. Emmett N. Parker   Judge
In the matter of Gustav Schock                               }                               In this 2nd
An Alien,                                                                      }                               day of June 1892
To become a citizen  of the United States of America }

At the appearance to the satisfaction of the court, by the oaths Thomas Desmond and J. A. Schock, citizens of the United States of America, witnesses for the purpose of a native of Germany

has recided within the limits  and under the jurisdiction of the United States five years at least, last past, and within the state of Washington for one year at least, last passed; and that during that time he has behaved as a man of good character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same;  and it also appearing to the court, by competent evidence, that the said applicant has heretofore, and more than two years since,  and in due  form of law, declared his intension to become a citizen of the United States, and that he doth absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign prince, potentate, state, or soverienty whatsoever, and particularly to The Emperor of Germany
It is therefore ordered, adjudged and decreeded by the court that the said
Gustave Schock     be and here by admitted and declared to be a citizen of the United States of America.                   #2016

1900 - US Census. Washington, Pierce Co.,  Tacoma.  Series: T623  Roll: 1749  Page: 193 (Rosy is living next to Karl Keisel (Sr.).  However in this census he is listed as Keiser. One thing we see here is that John Schock, the son, preceeded his mother in immigrating to the USA by seven years.)

Pierce Co. Tacoma, Ward 4, page 193
Schock, Rosy
     head      w f   Aug '33  66 wd       3/2                   Germany     
Germany    Germany        immig.  '88   12yrs USA
Keiser, Carl       head      w m Aug '31  68 m          35                   Germany      Germany    Germany                      '87   13 na   day laborer
           , Augusta  wife       w f   Dec  '31  68 m          35  12/7        Germany      Germany    Germany                      '87   13

Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma.  Ward 5 page 202(son of Emill and Rosy
Schock,  John      head      w m  Dec. 1850  49 mar 26yrs             Germany         Germany    Germanay   1881 19yrs USA  Na     policeman
"            , Berthie   wife      w  f   Aug 1850  49  mar 26yrs   6/6    Germany         Germany    Germany     1881 19yrs USA  Na
"            , Alfred    son       w  m  May 1879 21  s                            Germany        Germany    Germany     1881 19yrs USA  Na   house painter
"            , Paul          son     w  m  Nov  1883 16 s                            Minnesota      Germany    Germany
"             , Bertha T.  dau   w  m  June 1889 10 s                              Washington    Germany    Germany
next door
Schock,  Arthur    head     w  m  Feb 1876  24 s                              Germany          Germany    Germany     1881 19yrs USA Na  R. R. yard Laborer

Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma . Ward 5,  page 205
Schock,  Oscar       head    w  m   June    1874  25  mar 4 yrs        Germany          Germany   Germany         1881  19yrs USA  Na    carpenter
"           ,   Sophia    wife     w  f     Sept     1875  24  mar 4 yrs        California        Germany   Germany
"           ,  Laura        dau      w  f    Aug     1898    1  s                     Washtington     Germany   Germany

Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma.  Ward 5, page 231
Schock, Gustave   head   w  m   Mar 1862   37  mar  13yrs            Germany        Germany     Germany        1883  17yrs USA  Na Brewer
"           , Matilda    wife    w  f    Nov  1869   30  mar 13yrs   2/2    Michigan       Germany     Germany 
"           , Arthur       son     w  m  Aug  1888   11  s                           Washington   Germany     Michigan
"           , Louise      dau     w  f    Apr   1892      8  s                          Washington   Germany     Michigan
next door
Kiesel,  Gustave   head   w m  Nov 1869  30  mar 10yrs                 Germany        Germany    Germany         1888  12 yrs USA  Na Fireman
"         ,   Mary         wife    w  f   Feb 1873  27  mar  10yrs              Germany        Germany   Germany           1888  12 yrs USA 
"         ,   Anne         dau.    w  f   Sep  1890    9  s                             Washington   Germany   Germany
"         ,   Ella           dau.    w   f  Sep   1894    5 s                             Washington   Germany   Germany
"         ,  Albert        son      w  m  Feb  1897   3  s                             Washington   Germany   Germany

Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma. Ward 4, page 285
Kiesel,  Emil         head     w  m  Sept 1868  31  mar 8yrs 
               Germany     Germany      Germany            1887  13 yrs USA   Na Day Laborer for RR
           ,  Emma       wife      w  f    Mrch 1869 31 mar 8yrs
             Germany     Germany      Germany             1888  12 yrs USA
"          , Fritz            son       w  m  Sept   1891   8                               Wash           Germany     Germany
"          , Rudolf       son        w  m  Sept   1893   6 s                            Wash           Germany     Germany
"          , William      son       w  m  May  1895   5  s                            Wash           Germany     Germany
"          ,  Edward      son      w  m  May   1896  3  s                             Wash           Germany     Germany
"          ,  Elsie           dau      w f    June    1899  0  s                            Wash           Germany     Germany

1910- US Census, Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma.  enum. dist. 256 sheet 2b

Schock, Gust           head      w  m     48 mar  22yrs         Ger.  German     Ger. German     Ger. German    receiver
"          , Mathilda     wife       w    f     39 mar  22yrs 3/3     Minnesota         Ger. German    Minnesota
"          , Arthur          son        w  m     21  s                       Washington       Ger. German    Minnesota        grocer   grocery store
"          , Louise          dau       w    f     18 s                         Washington       Ger.  German   Minnesota         clerk     grocery store
"          , Hazel           dau        w    f       8  s                       Washington       Ger. German    Minnesota
same page - (this is the son of John Schock)
Schock, Oscar         head       w  m    35 mar2 2yrs           Ger. German       Ger. German          Ger.   German
"            , Millie        wife       w   f     25 mar   2yrs           Wisconsin          Nor.   Norweigen   Nor.  Norweigen
"            , Laua          dau        w    f    11  s                         Washingon         Ger. German           Wisconsin
"           ,  Glayds       dau        w  f        8  s                         Washington        Ger.  German         Wisconsin

Tacoma, Ward 5, enum. dist 262.  sheet 5, page 78
Wessels,  John G.       head     m  w    54 mar 21                Germany             Germany            Germany
"             , Juliane T.  wife      f   w     53 mar 21 4/1         Germany            Germany            Germany
"             , Emma B.    dau        f   w    18  s                         Washington         Germany            Germany

1918, Sep 12 - Alfred G. Shock  registers for the draft in Tacoma, WA.  #46-2-14c  This is the son of John Schock.

Home address - So. 23rd  Tacoma, Pierce, WA
Age 39
date of birth - May 26 1879
where born - Tacoma, WA
father's birth place - Germany
name of employer - Todd Ship Yards
place of employment - Tide Flats, Tacoma, WA
name of nearest relative- Addie Schock
address of relative - 1214 So. 23rd  Tacoma, WA
height tall   slender   eyes blue   hair med. brown[WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. ]


1920 - US Census, Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma. enum dist. 299, sheet 1a   page 196  Gustave is shown here with no job listed.  Next to his birth place of Dandinzig is his native language of German.  His mother and father are similar.  "Na" means Naturalized Citizen. 

Schock, Gustave    head  owner   m w 57 mar 1886 Na 1890   Dandinzig German  Dandinzig German  Dandinzig German none
   "        , Matilda      wife                 f  w  52 mar                              Michigan                  Germany    German   Germnay   German none
"           , Arthur O.   son                   m w 31  s                                  Washington              Dandinzig                  Germany                 grocer  retail
"           ,  Hazel          dau                  f  w  19 s                                  Washington              Dandinzig                  Germany                 stenographer, chemical plant

Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma, enum. dist. 329, sheet 7A, page 153

Wessels, Chas.        head   owner   m  w  64 mar  1888 Na  1885  Germany German   GermanyGerman     Germany German   Engineer Stationary
"            , Tresia       wife                f   w   64 mar  1888 Na 1885  Germany  German   Germany  German   Germany German

Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma, enum. dist. 329 sheet 4b, page 151
We don't know if this family is related but the fact that they are about the right age to be brothers of Gustave may mean that Charles is a cousin.
Schock, Charlie      head  owner   m w  69  mar 1882  Na 1890     Germany German   Germany German    Germany German   none
"            , Bertha       wife               f   w  68  mar  "        Na              Germany German   Germany German    Germany German   none

Washington, Pierce co., Tacoma, enum. dist. 332 sheet 6a, page 174 Son of John A Schock.
Schock,  Alfred  G. head  owner   m w 40 mar 1880 Na 1890   Germany German        Germany German    Germany German   painting foreman shipyard
"            ,  Addi         wife                 f  w  35 mar                               Iowa                       Germany German    Iowa                          none.   
"            ,  Alice K.   dau                   f  w  16 s                                   Washington            Germany German    Iowa                          packer    wholesaler
"            ,  Robert L.  son                  m w  12 s                                   Washington             Germnay German     Iowa                         none

Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma, enum. dist. 329 sheet 7a, page 153 dau of Gustave Schock.
Wessels, Chas.      head   owner   m w 64 mar  1888   Na 1885   Germany  German   Germany German     Germany  Germany   engineer   stationary
"             , Tresia    wife                   f  w  64 mar  1888  Na 1885  
Germany  German   Germany German     Germany  Germany    none

1930 - US Census, Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma. enum. dist 27-165, sheet 2b
            Schock, Gustave
C.   head  owner   2500 m w 68 mar at 24                Germany         Germany     Germany    German   no job    naturalized 1885

               "        , Matilda A.     wife                        f  w  60 mar at 18                Michigan        Germany     Germany                     no job

US Census, Washington, Pierce Co., Tacoma. enum. dist 27-142, sheet 6b
Wessels, Chas. G.    head   owner  3000   m  w  75  mar  34      (Breman) Germany   Germany     Germany   German        Na 1870    watchman       city light
"             , Therese    wife                         f    w  74  mar 33        (Danzig)Germany     Germany     Germany    German        Na  1878   none

US Census, Washington, Pierce Co. Tacoma. enum. dist. 27-98 sheet 3a (Oscar is the son of John Schock)
Schock, Oscar E.    head   owner   3500   m  w 55  mar  21        Germany           Germany           Germany      German         Proprietor    sheet metal shop
"            , Millie        wife                           f  w  44 mar  22         Wisconsin         Norway             Norway
Majeskie, Gladys   dau.                              f  w  28 mar  20         Washington      Germany           California
"               , Frank W. son-in-law                 m  w 42 mar 34         Wisconsin         Poland              Swedish                              Proprietor    gas station
"               , Elizabeth  granddau.                f  w     6  s                   Washington      Wisconsin        Washington
Ness, Nelda M.       niece                            f  w   12  s                   Washington      Norwasy           Wisconsin

1934, Apr 6 - Obituary, Tacoma News Tribune. 

John A. Schock, 83, the first Tacoma policeman to receive a pension under the present pension system. ... for 47 years a resident of Tacoma died Friday at his home, 2712 Tacoma Avenue.  For 23 years Schock served as a policeman and was retired in --- at 61 years of age.  He was one of the most popular membersof the department during his time and was known as a "Walking City Directory," answering travelers questions at the train depot.  Schock was a member of the---------Lutheran Church and a native of Germany.  He is survived by three sons; Oscar E., Alfred G. and Paul --- and a daugter, Mrs. Bertha T. Boerner,  all of Tacoma; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddchild; a sister Mrs. Charles Wessels, and a brother Gustave of Tacoma. Buckley-King Mortuary.  [US Naturalization Records]

1944, Oct 2 - Obituary, Tacoma News Tribune,.

Mrs. Theresa Juliana Wessels, 88, of 823 North K Street, died at her home Monday,  Born in Germany, she had been a resident here 55 years and was the widow of John Charles Wessels.  She was a member of the Sisters of Herman and The German Lutheran church.  Survivors are a daughter, Mrs Emma Sullivan;  two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.  Funeral arrangements will be made by Buckley-King.


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