Thomas P. Shaddock. From
his activities and responsibilities as one of the progressive farmers
of Kiowa County, Thomas P. Shaddock was called by vote of his fellow
citizens to the office of county assessor in 1912. and is now in his
second term of service in that important office, and one of the most
efficient, genial and capable members of the little coterie of men
who handle the business of the county at the Hobart Courthouse.
The Shaddock family
to which he belongs originated in Ireland, but his first ancestors
emigrated and settled in New York State before the colonies were
welded into one nation by the War of the Revolution. Thomas P.
Shaddock was born at Camden, in Ouachita County, Arkansas, April 14,
1868. His father, James Shaddock, born in Alabama in 1832, removed
from that state to Camden before the Civil war, was a farmer and
stock man and died in Arkansas in 1882. In 1861 he had enlisted in
the Confederate army and was in many of the campaigns under General
Price in the Mississippi Valley, and continued in service until
mustered out at Marshall, Texas, in I860. He was once taken a
prisoner of war. but was subsequently exchanged. His church was the
Primitive Baptist. James Shaddock married Emeline
Seal, who was born in Alabama in 1840
and died at Camden, Arkansas, in 1880. Thomas P. was the oldest of
their five children; James R. is now living with his brother at
Hobart; Augusta died near Hobart as the wife of J. W. Porter, whose
home is a farm northwest of Hobart; Luey is the wife of C. Y. Gorman,
a farmer seven miles southeast of Hobart; and Benjamin is a carpenter
and builder at Longview, Texas.
The death of both
his parents when he was but fourteen years of age threw Thomas P.
Shaddock, the oldest of the children, upon his own responsibilities,
and he soon afterward went to live with his uncle, Richard Ira
Shaddock, in Harrison County of Eastern Texas, and remained with him
until reaching his majority. In the meantime he attended the local
schools of Harrison County, and at the age of twenty-one started out
as an independent farmer in that section of the Lone Star State. He
continued his activities as a farmer there until October, 1904, when
he removed to Hobart, Oklahoma, and was among the early settlers,
having lived in Kiowa County since three years before statehood. He
soon came to be known as a farmer of
excellent judgment and growing prosperity, and was also very popular
among all classes of citizens. His farm was near Hobart, but since
his first election to the office of county assessor in 1912 he has
given practically all his attention to his duties at the courthouse.
On November 6, 1914, he was re-elected for another term of two years,
and at that election received every vote in his home precinct.
Mr. Shaddock is a
member of the Primitive Baptist Church and one of its deacons. In
politics he is a democrat. On December 20, 1890, in Harrison County,
Texas, Mr. Shaddock married Miss Martha C. Koon, daughter of J. J.
Koon, who was a farmer there and is now deceased. Six children were
born to their union: Prudence V., wife of N. D. Thurman, a dairyman
and farmer at Oklahoma City; John Perry, who is attending business
college at Oklahoma City; Mary J., a student in the Hobart High
School; James I., in the grammar school; William Benjamin also in
school; and one, a son, that died in infancy.