Born 1906 in Wishek, North Dakota, USA
Married 1925 to William Schock
On Nov. 18, 1925, William Schock of Burnstad, North Dakota married
Caroline Raile. They lived near Englevale, North Dakota where they
farmed from 1938 to 1956. In 1956, they moved to West Fargo, where he
worked for Armour and Gold Label Feeds. He retired in 1967. Caroline
Raile was the daughter of Jakob Raile and Karolina Wanner; and the
granddaughter of Gottlieb Raile and Magdalena Kirchenmann. Her great
grandparents were Johann Gottlieb Raile and Christina Barbara Ginger.
William and Caroline had eight children. One son, Ervin, died at about
age four months of a heart defect.
Willie and Caroline Schock farm in North Dakota - about 1954
Because of the drought and hard times around the Wishek area in 1938,
they decided to move to the southeastern part of North Dakota near the
Englevale and Verona area. They farmed there for 19 years. In the
winter of 1941, the family was away from home visiting for the evening
and when they returned home, the house was on fire and burned to the
ground. Everything was lost. The older children stayed with neighbors
and attended school until housing could be found. They couldn't find
housing right away so they lived in a granary during the summer and, in
the fall, they moved into a house.
After those years, things started to improve. Crops and prices were
better enabling them to buy their own farm. They farmed until the
remaining children were married and starting families of their own. In
1957, William and Caroline decided to sell the farm and move to West
Fargo, North Dakota, where he was employed with Armour Meat Packing and
Gold Label Feeds until he retired.