William Edward Shook

27 January 1871–1 April 1954 (Age 83)
Sandoval, Marion, Illinois, United States

The Life of William Edward

When William Edward Shook was born on 27 January 1871, in Sandoval, Marion, Illinois, United States, his father, James Henderson Shook, was 28 and his mother, Harriet Elizabeth Thomas, was 24. He married Viola Victoria Decker on 6 May 1894, in Douglas, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Four Mile Township, Wayne, Illinois, United States in 1880 and Tuscola Township, Douglas, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 1 April 1954, in Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States, at the age of 83, and was buried in Mattoon, Coles, Illinois, United States.

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William Edward Shook
Viola Victoria Decker
Marriage: 6 May 1894
Eva L Shook
Grace Gladys Shook
Isabelle A Shook
Archie Edward Shook
Clarence Shook
Blanche Alma Shook
Glenn Eugene Shook

Spouse and Children

6 May 1894
Douglas, Illinois, United States


+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

    James Henderson Shook


    Harriet Elizabeth Thomas




+5 More Children

World Events (8)

1872 · The First National Park

Age 1

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.
1877 · The First Workers Strike

Age 6

The country was in great economic distress in mid-1877, which caused many workers of the Railroad to come together and began the first national strike in the United States. Crowds gathered in Chicago in extreme number to be a part of the strike which was later named the Great Railroad Strike. Shortly after the strike began, the battle was fought between the authorities and many of the strikers. The conflict escalated to violence and quickly each side turned bloody.
1893 · The World's Columbian Exposition

Age 22

Also known as the Chicago World's Fair, The Exposition was held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the New World. The centerpiece of the Fair was a large water pool that represented Columbus's voyage across the Atlantic to the Americas. The Fair had a profound effect on new architecture designs, sanitation advancement, and the arts. The Fairgrounds were given the nickname the White City due to its lavish paint and materials used to constuct it. Over 27 million people attended the fair during its six-month of operation. Among many of the invetions exhibited there was the first Ferris wheel built to rival the Eiffel Tower in France.

Name Meaning

Variant of German Schuck .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Edward Shook in household of Richard Shook, "United States Census, 1880"
  • William E Shook, "United States Census, 1940"
  • William Shook, "United States Census, 1930"

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