"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Prock, Rev. Michael A. serving St. Francis Xavier Catholic Congregation at Merrill, was born at Neillsville, Wis., June 21, 1892, son of George H. and Catherine (WEISNER) PROCK. The parents, who were of German descent, were both born in Wisconsin, the father in Dodge County and the mother in Wood County. When Michael A. was one year old the family removed from Neillsville to Rice Lake, Wis., where the father engaged in the lumber business and which city is still the home of the family. There were 14 children, seven boys and seven girls, of whom those now living are: Michael A. of Merrill; Frank of Rice Lake; Mary, who is now Mrs. Fred THOME of Hudson, Wis.; Martin, a resident of Merrill; Clara, who is keeping house for her brother, subject of this sketch; Sister Fabiola, of the Holy Family Convent at Manitowoc, this state; and Anna, who is living at home with her parents. Michael A. PROCK attended the public and parochial schools of Rice Lake until he was 15 years of age, and in 1907 entered St. Lawrence College at Mount Calvary, near Fond du Lac, in which institution he studied for eight years. In the fall of 1915 he went to Montreal, Canada, and there entered Grand Seminary, pursuing his studies there for two years and then going to St. Paul, Minn., where he attended St. Paul Seminary until June, 1919. Later in the same year in which he completed his studies there he came to Merrill as assistant to Monsignor John OWEN, then pastor of St. Francis Xavier Congregation here, and in July, 1921, he was made administrator to the congregation, in which capacity he has since remained. Besides his work here he serves a mission at Bloomville, Lincoln County, about 12 miles distant from Merrill.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 689; History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co

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