Elmer, Missouri - Early History
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James Mock was one of Elmer's leading citizens and widely known in the area. He was in business for himself for many years. Mr. Mock graduated from the Chillicothe Business College and worked as a bookkeeper for the Santa Fe Railroad. Later he went into the field of banking and was very successful. After the Elmer Exchange Bank closed, where he was cashier, he operated a general store in the town. He had previously managed business concerns in Gifford, LaPlata and Atlanta. The Elmer store was an asset to the community.
Mr. Mock's hobby was baseball and in his younger years he played in the minor leagues. He was a great Cardinal fan. After retirement, his hobby was gardening. He was a well loved member of the Elmer Christian Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Jim and Ina (Atterberry) were married in 1919. They had one son, Bernice, who was part owner of the Mock and Mathis store in Elmer. Mr. Mock was a loyal supporter of any community activity, and when asked, he and his wife were willing to give all the help that they could.