Randolph County, Indiana
Theodore H. Shockney
Human life is made
up of two elements, power and form, and the proportion must be invariably kept
if we would have it sweet and sound. Each of these elements in excess makes a mischief
as hurtful as would be its deficiency. Everything turns to excess; every good
quality is noxious if unmixed, and to carry the danger to the edge of ruin
Nature causes each manís peculiarity to superabound. One speaking from the
standpoint of a farmer would adduce the learned professions as examples of the
treachery. They are Nature's victims of expression. You study the artist, the
orator or the man of inventive genius and find their lives no more excellent
than that of merchants, farmers or manufacturers. Many men get but glimpses of
the delights found in Nature in its various elements and moods, but there is
always ample opportunity to enjoy life in its varied phases, whatever the
profession. It depends upon the individual. The late Theodore H. Shockney,
for many years a prominent citizen of Randolph county, was one who took a
delight in existence. It was because he was in touch with the springs of life.
He did not permit material things to supplant his better nature. His life was
filled with good deeds and kindly thoughts, and all who knew him entertained
for him the highest regard, by reason of his upright, honorable career, his
public spirit and his genial disposition. From his career many useful lessons
may be gleaned by the youth standing at the parting of the ways, for he was a
man who believed in the old adage, "Lose no time in getting off the wrong
road as soon as you discover that you are traveling it." He was an
advocate of progress in all phases of life, progress at any sacrifice.
Mr. Shockney was born in Randolph county, January 3, 1868. He was
a son of Samuel and Sarah (Butts) Shockney, and was one of seven children,
namely: Alisa married Charles Burkett, a farmer living now in
Michigan, and they have one child, Frank; Thomas is farming in
Darke county, Ohio, and he married Lillie Wallace, who has borne him
eight children; Valeria, who lives in Winchester, married Riley
Hoffman, a stone cutter, and they have two children; Harry of Union City,
is a merchant, and he married Minnie Henning; Pearl, who is
connected with the city government of Chicago, married Ada Colton and
they have two children; Grover, who is farming in Randolph county,
married Bertha Way, and they have one child, and Theodore H., of
Samuel Shockney, father of our subject, was born in Maryland,
where he grew up and was educated. When a young man he came to Randolph county.
The Butts family came from Shelby county, Ohio, the mother of our
subject having been a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Butts, who lived
on a farm, and had a family of three children, Sarah, Nathan T.
Theodore H. Shockney was educated in the public schools of
Randolph county and later studied in Lebanon, Ohio. He devoted his life to
farming, dealing in live stock and teaching school, making a pronounced success
of all three, for he was a man who applied himself closely to whatever claimed
his attention and he dealt honestly with his fellow men.
Mr. Shockney was married April 4, 1888, to Hattie Kennon, a
daughter of Thomas S. Kennon, a farmer of Randolph county, who also was
a noted auctioneer. His death occurred in 1902. The mother of Mrs.
Shockney was known in her maidenhood as Hannah Perkins, a native of
Randolph county. These parents had five children, two sons and three daughters,
of whom Hattie, who married Mr. Shockney is the oldest; William
is deceased; Minnie, who lives in this county, is the wife of Marion
Ohler who was a farmer, and she has two children; Orla, who lives in
Winchester, engaged in the stock and bond business, married Margaret Carver
and they have three children; Lillian, who lives in Randolph county, is
the wife of Lucas Macy, a hardware merchant of Spartanburg.
grandfather of Mrs. Shockney was born in Ireland, from which country he
emigrated to the United States in early life and settled in Randolph county,
Indiana, where he engaged in farming. Mrs. Shockney's mother was born in
this county and here she was reared and educated, her people being among the
early settlers here.
To Mr. and Mrs.
Shockney the following children were born: Raymond K., born August
10, 1889, is a teacher, and he lives at home with his mother; Ada Lee,
born September 26, 1891, is also at home-she has been a student of
domestic science; Mary Frances, born January 31, 1894, has also
been a student of domestic science, and both she and her sister were graduated
from the high school.
Shockney was a Democrat, and while he took an abiding interest in public
affairs, he was not a seeker after political leadership. He was an attendant of
the Methodist church.
/The death of Mr.
Shockney occurred on June 30, 1908. He was sadly missed by his host
of warm friends throughout the locality.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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