John Sprock, a leading diaryman of Sacramento county, has been engaged in this industry and has resided on his present place since 1871. He owns a fine estate of three hundred and eighty acres, all of which is devoted to the dairy industry, and he has the reputation of having one of the best equipped and best managed establishments of the kind in Sacramento county. Mr. Sprock is a man of self-attainment, and the prosperous material circumstances which now surround him are entirely the result of his own well directed industry and sagacity in management. Thoroughly public-spirited and interested in all that concerns the welfare of his community, he has never withheld his efforts or influence from public enterprises. For several years he has been a member of the Point Pleasant school district, in which his home is situated.

Mr. Sprock was born in Hanover, Germany, December 29, 1838, and his father, John Sprock, as also his mother, were natives of the same province. The parents came to America in the seventies and lived with their son John until death, both being interred in the cemetery at Franklin. The father was a venerable man of eighty-eight years at the time of his death, and the mother was in her eighty-fifth year.

Mr. Sprock, after being reared to manhood in his native land, receiving his education in the German schools, came to America in 1866, taking passage at Bremen on the American steamer Atlantic and being four weeks on the voyage to New York city. His first sojourn was in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he was employed in a blast furnace, and in 1868 he went to New York and embarked on a steamer for the isthmus, whence he arrived in San Francisco the same year. He obtained employment in the railroad shops at Sacramento, and remained there until he took up his abode on his present ranch, in 1871.

October 24, 1882, Mr. Sprock was married to Miss Annetta Schmidt, also a native of Hanover, Germany. She was a faithful and devoted wife for nearly twenty years, when death took her away from home and family on May 26, 1902. She was the mother of eight children, and seven are living: John, who is the deceased son; John, Bernard, Magdalena, Emma, Henry, Frank C. and Albert. Mr. Sprock is a member of the German Evangelical association, as was also his wife.

Source: History of the New California - Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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