was President Rockford Mitten & Hosiery operated a corn-cob factory before Rockford. Emigrated from Essen, Germany died in 1905.
Source: Rockfordiana-Historic Houses and Landmarks-1 & Rockford Register Republic 11/8/1958
1830 Germany – 1905 St. Louis, Mo was born to Heinrich Wilhelm Ziock (1801-1883) and Sophie Elizabth Schaeffer (1806-1870) in Hattingen, Westfalen, Germany. Heinrich was a woolen maker in Germany; the large Catholic family with 11 children moved to the U.S. in groups in the 1850’s. William came before the parents and settled in St. Louis
William was sworn in as a U S Citizen in 1855. In 1855 he married Elizabeth Bolinger. His parents both died in 1883 in St. Louis. William was comfortably engaged in the textile industry in St Louis; he operated St, Charles Textile Mill. In the early 1880’s he contracted to supply the new Rockford Mitten Co. After several visits to Rockford he moved his entire plant and all his employees to Rockford in 1855. He bought the company nd renamed in Rockford Mitten and Hosiery Co. Production was converted to hosiery, yarn socks and blanket goods that year. His son, William H. Ziock, Jr worked at his side from the onset he was issued 2 patents; 1 in 1867 and 1 in 1893. When William Ziock, Sr. died in 1905, he was replaced by his son. William Ziock Sr. is buried in Rockford.