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The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
Wilhelm Loock, deceased, was born in Pomerania, Germany, July 28, 1839. He learned the trade of a tailor in Germany and after his marriage to Mary Ohm, daughter of Joachim Ohm, he and his family and also his wife's father set out for America in 1864, coming by sailing vessel, the voyage taking three months. He came to Dodge county, Wisconsin, and located at Watertown, where he engaged in his trade as tailor. After a time he bought a farm in the township of Libbenon, Dodge county. In 1887 he came to Renville county locating in Crooks township in section 35 on a tract of 160 acres which he purchased. It was all wild prairie land. He built a granary and here the family lived until a house could be built. This house has since been remodeled by his son, William who now owns the place. He had six horses to start with but no other stock. He gradually increased his farm until he owned a whole section. Mr. Loock was an active member of the German Lutheram church and held the office of trustee for several years. He helped establish the church in Renville. His wife died July 16, 1915, at the age of seventy-four. Mr. Loock died Dec. 16, 1911, at the age of seventy-two years. The following children were born to these parents: Emil, Anna, Julius, John, Emma, Louisa, William A., Rosetta, Mary and Carl.
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