Darrell Shock says he has a new cemetery sign to erect
Tall trees and old markers throughout Shock Cemetery
By Bob Weaver 2003
Winding up the mountain road to the Shock farms on Little Rush Run, we were
greeted by Darrell Shock, who said "You're a little lost, aren't you?" I told him I
started to his birthday party a few days ago, but the trip was interrupted.
There are not many door-to-door sales people up Little Rush Run, between Russett
and Stumptown. The narrow rocky road is edged by tall trees and surrounded by
meadows and pastures.
One thing for sure, Darrell Shock is proud of his farm. You can tell that about Calhoun
people when they refer to it as "the home place." Even more telling is when the
conversation switches to farming, family members and ancestors, and the cemetery
where most of them are buried.
It wasn't long before Darrell and I drove up the steep hillside to the Shock family
cemetery, located on land owned by his grandfather Archibald Shock (1857-1950).
Archibald was the son of Robert "Robbin" Shock (1812-1958), who moved to the
Rosedale area (a community called Shock) from Greenbrier County.
"This is granddad Archibald Shock's grave..."
Archibald's old home place stands vacant
Archibald actually built a log room over his cellar
Darrell built this log pole barn by hand in
1983 from trees he cut to clear a meadow
Darrell's dad was Robert Shock (1897-1961), who married Hilda Gherke (1895-1980).
Darrell had nine brothers and sisters, Lora, Denzil, Marlene, Arlena, Edith, Dennis,
Ruby, Rita and Grace ("Toots"). In addition to Darrell, four are living, Marlene, Ruby,
Rita and Grace.
His sister Ruby lives next door. Ruby was just selected the Folk Festival Belle from
Calhoun, but she passed us on the way out, going to the store.
Darrell retired early from a 30-year hitch with General Motors in Ohio and returned to
the farm in 1983. He has been dedicated to the sod ever since, raising livestock and
working daily on the farm.
"My little bout with cancer took a lot out of me, but I keep right after it," he said.
He has long been active in Calhoun farming activities and groups, currently with the
Many of Darrell's friends organized a surprise 72nd birthday party for Darrell a few
weeks ago (May 15). "It really caught me by surprise," he said.
Most notable about Darrell - he is full of spirit, and upon leaving, you will likely feel
better than when you came.