Biography of Isaac P. Hallock, Jr.
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ISAAC P. HALLOCK, JR., a leading farmer of Audubon County, Iowa, was born in Kendall County, Illinois, March 21, 1840. He is the youngest son of Isaac P. and Abigail H. (Smith) Hallock, who were among the first settlers of Oakfield, Audubon County. Isaac P. Hallock, Sr., was born in Clinton County, New York, in 1802; his father was Israel Peter Hallock, of Scotch and French extraction. Abigail H. Hallock was born in the State of Massachusetts, in the year 1800, and died in the year 1885; she was the mother of eight children, six of whom lived to maturity ó Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Diss. more; Julia A., wife of E. B. Bradley; Richard S., John A.; Sarah M., wife of J. H. Basham, and Isaac Peter, the subject of this sketch. He was fourteen years of age when his parents removed to Eariville, Illionis, in which place they lived two years. In the fall of 1856 they came to Audubon County, Iowa, and settled on a tract of land which is now the old town site of Oakfield, as platted by Richard S. Hallock and E. D. Bradley in 1857. Isaac P. Hallock, Sr., erected the first house in the village; soon after coming to the county he was elected judge for one term; he was then elected justice of the peace, a position he held for several terms. He was appointed postmaster of Oakfield, and held the office for many years. Mr. Hallock is still living, in his eighty seventh year. Isaac P. Hallock, Jr., received only the advantages of a common school education. The school house at Oakfield was a cabin of rude construction, which was afterward replaced by a frame building. At the age of nineteen years he assumed the care and responsibility of his fatherís farm, as his father was at that time afflicted with asthma. He was very successful in the management of the place, and at the same time made some profitable trades in live stock, He then embarked in the mercantile business at Oakfieid, being associated with I. H. Jenkins and D. W. Powers; this firm continued to transact business successfully for five years, and at the expiration of that time Mr. Hallock purchased the interest of both his partners and carried on the business alone. After a prosperous career of several years Mr. Hallock sold his stock to T. E. Cotton, now deceased. He then bought a stock of goods owned by his brother, J. A. Hallock, at Exira, and managed that store for several years. At one time he also owned a stock of hardware and farm implements at Brayton, Iowa. In the early spring of 1881 Mr. Hallock opened a hardware store in Carson, Pottawattamie County, Iowa, having as a partner L. L. Archer; they afterward sold out and invested the proceeds of the sale in Salt Lake City real estate. Mr. Hallock is now largely engaged in feeding sheep for Chicago markets; he also feeds large numbers of cattle and hogs. Of later years lie has given especial attention to the breeding of heavy draft horses. His landed estate now covers 2,400 acres, and with the direction of this and the care of the stock his time is fully taken up. Mr. Hallock was married in his twenty eighth year to Malinda A. Norton, of Oakfield, daughter of William C. Norton,who came to Oakfield in 1856. They have had born to them seven children, four of whom are living - Abbie H., Keese C., Alice and Isaac Percy; three died in infancy. Mr. Hallock has been identified with almost every enterprise that had for its object the advancement and growth of the town and progress of the community. He was one of the originators, directors and stockholders of the Atlantic National Bank at Atlantic, Iowa, and held his connection with that institution for many years. At one time he was owner of the Oakfield flouring mills He is a staunch member of the Republican party; has held the offices of township clerk, trustee, and been a member of the board of supervisors of Audubon County, Iowa, and township assessor at one time.

Biographical History of Shelby and Audubon Counties Iowa
W. S. Dunbar & Co., Publishers.
Chiago, 1889.