Henry W. Obrock
- Born: 1 Nov 1867, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois
- Christened: Abt Nov 1867, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois
- Marriage: Eva Barbara Schmidt on 8 May 1889 in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois
- Died: 14 Jun 1934, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois at age 66
- Buried: 17 Jun 1934, Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois
Henry Obrock is listed in the 1887 Quincy, Illinois City Directory as a carpenter, residence as Spring st., north side, 4th house east of 6th st.
He worked in his father's shop, the Christian Obrock Trunk Manufacturing Company on the north side of Hampshire, between 5th & 6th, currently the site of the parking lot for the WGEM-TV/Hotel Quincy.
Henry took over his father's business in 1891, when the company became H. Obrock Trunk Manufacturing.
Henry was the oldest boy, and second oldest overall, of the surviving children. His brothers Frederick, William and Walter, along with sisters, Louisa and Amelia moved with their father from Quincy to Cincinnati in 1894 after Christian dissolved his business, the C. Obrock Trunk Mfg. Co. This upheaval was the result of a bitter and nasty divorce from Christian's second wife, a brief marriage lasting only 6 months in 1887. To escape any claim that the wife would have had on his property, he sold the business to Henry, (who stayed in Quincy), along with divesting himself of all other property. Final resolution of this divorce would take some 6 years, with the move to Cincinnati taking place shortly after the final divorce decree.
Henry played a part in the procedings of the divorce court testimony (records from the Adams Co. Courthouse). The petitioner, Christian Obrock's second wife, Louisa Guhe Lilleman Obrock, testified that she was verbally abused by both Christian's oldest child, Louisa, and the oldest boy, Henry, her step-children. She specifically mentions Henry's lack of respect for her, and for his father. She stated that 'one day, when his father asked him to get out of bed to go to the shop and put wood in the stove, Henry told his father, "Pop, if you want the stove started, go do it yourself"'. Such remarks coming from a 19 year old in 1887 shows us that things really haven't changed all that much.
In 1906 Henry was Manager of Wahl Saloon. In 1917, he was City Salesman for Riedinger & Oertle Candy Co. and was with the company when it went out of business in 1918.
That year he was appointed Comptroller for the City of Quincy. Pay was $1400/year. The 1923 City Directory lists him as salesman for J. Musolino, wholesale fruit jobbers.
Henry was active in Republican politics, and served as deputy county recorder under Steve Lawless, in addition to his tenure as City Comptroller.
Henry married Eva Barbara Schmidt, daughter of Adam Schmidt and Anna Barbara Schmitt, on 8 May 1889 in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois. (Eva Barbara Schmidt was born on 6 Dec 1867 in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, christened on 25 Dec 1867 in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, died on 24 Sep 1946 in Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois and was buried on 27 Sep 1946 in Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois.)