CLARENCE H. SHOCK died June 19, 1990. His life was taken by a rare form of cancer. He was 78 years old on May 17 of this year. He was born in Union County New Mexico, near the little town of Hayden, where his parents were homesteading. Their home was a cabin made of sod from the prairie. New Mexico was a territory when the Frank B. Shocks settled there, but became a state Jan. 6,1912. So Clarence was born in the U.S.A.
The family moved back to Council Grove, a community west of Oklahoma City, and Clarence went to school at Council, Putnam City and graduated from high school in 1931. Clarence and his brother Frank operated a service station and garage until his marriage to Grace Lay in 1938. After an extended honeymoon in Colorado, it was back to Oklahoma in November. And back to Colorado to stay in 1939. For 10 years, during World War II, they lived and worked in Cottonwood Lake above Buena Vista, and Santa Maria Reservoir above Creede. Clarence was superintendent of the Santa Maria Reservoir and the Continental Reservoir, storing and releasing water to irrigate the San Luis Valley.
Their next move was to Delta County on the western slope. They bought a farm in the Surface Creek Valley where they have resided for 41 years. In addition to farming, Clarence worked at a machine shop for 21 years. He retired at 62 and started a hobby that combined his talents. He started collecting antique gasoline engines, restoring them and making replicas of old tractors and gasoline engines. He was a member of the Four Corners Antique Power Club. He exhibited engines in Fort Scott, Kansas; Pawnee, Oklahoma; Colorado Springs, La Jara, and Duran-go, Colorado; and Farmington, New Mexico.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Grace, a son, James Stanley Shock, a grandson, a brother and other relatives, and dear friends and loved ones who will miss him, but will cherish, respect, and honor the memory of his life.
Submitted by Grace Shock, 1214 Highway 65, Austin, Colorado 81410.
OLIVER C. STRINGER (O.C.), 70, passed away at his home in rural Hebron, Indiana on June 17, 1990. He was born on June 12, 1920, in Moweaqua, Illinois. He married Clara Marie Alton in 1943. Clara survives, as well as his son, Neal Stringer, and daughter, Doris (Del) Cole, and four grandsons.
O.C. moved to northwest Indiana in 1948 and became employed by the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway as a switchman. He retired in February 1978 with 30 years of service.
Mr. Stringer was a member of the United Transportation Union Local 1383, Loyal Order of Moose 783, Northern Indiana Historical Power Association and Southlake County Agricultural Historical Society. He was a very active member at various steam shows and over the years promoted several shows on his own.
He had a collection of 20 gas engines and his pride and joy-a 1939 John Deere G-he restored, which had been bought new by his father. O.C. also built a complete ? scale old time sawmill and machine tooled all the needed parts. He was a man who could fix anything, like his father before him. If you met him only once you liked him.
He spent a lot of his time helping others whenever they called. O.C. was a hard working man who will be missed greatly by all the lives he touched.
Submitted by Neal Stringer, his son, 3600 Maine St., Gary, Indiana 46409.