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Searching for a Cure–the Untimely Death and Exemplary Life of Albert E. Schrock

by Donna Schrock Birkey Albert Elmer Schrock   (1886-1917) Timeline of Albert’s life: 1891 Albert’s family moved to Champaign County from Tazewell County when he was five years old. 1898 Joseph Yordy family moved to Fisher when Josephine was five years old. 1907 Josephine became Albert’s wife. They were both 21 years of age. The couple […]

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Daniel Schrock and Barbara Yoder line of Schrags

Daniel D. Schrock (1821-1880) and Barbara Yoder (1830-1877) arrived in Aurora, Preston County, West Virginia, about 1859 from Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Their descendants hold a reunion every year at Deep Creek Lake, near Oakland, Garrett County, Maryland, usually held on the 3rd Saturday in July. I was recently sent this photo from their 2011 reunion […]

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The Cane Belonging to Joseph Schrock (1828-1901)

I recently spent several days in Eureka, IL, and one of the interesting activities while there was to see, handle, and photograph a 100+-year-old-cane belonging to Joseph Schrock, son of Johannes and Catherine Salzman Schrock. I asked Byron Schrock to document the cane’s history and project its future. His story and my photographs are below. […]

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Barbara Schrock Belsly: The Forgotten Wife and Mother

Barbara Schrock Belsly: The Forgotten Wife and Mother by Donna Schrock Birkey Originally published in the Winter 2011 (Vol. XXXVIII  •  No. 4) Illinois Mennonite Heritage Quarterly (http://www.imhgs.org) (Used with permission of original publisher) The Belsly family has known very little about Barbara Schrock as Joseph Belsly’s first wife; in fact, Barbara is the least […]

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Lizzie’s Friendship Coverlet and Her Daily Diary

LIZZIE’S FRIENDSHIP COVERLET AND HER DAILY DAIRY by Donna Schrock Birkey Originally published in the Spring 2010 (Vol. XXXVII  •  No. 1) Illinois Mennonite Heritage Quarterly (http://www.imhgs.org) (Used with permission of original publisher) INTRODUCTION Author’s note: While attending Ropp Immigration Day in Metamora several years ago I noticed a coverlet displayed in the Illinois Heritage […]

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Bible of Daniel Zehr (1849 – 1942)

Peter Zehr (1818 – 1886) had four sons that grew to maturity. All four–Daniel, Peter, David, Samuel–were ordained to the ministry. Daniel’s Bible is archived at the Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center in Metamora. Daniel’s obituary includes, “He was ordained to the ministry in 1895 [by Bishop John Smith]at the Goodfield [Illinois] Mennonite Church, in which […]

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