Longtime St. Charles area resident Marjorie Stock has spent much of her life volunteering in her community, and for that reason she has been named to the Winona County Fair Hall of Fame in 2021.
Marjorie married Lawrence Stock in 1951, and the couple first farmed south of St. Charles, and then purchased a farm in Saratoga Township in 1958. Larry died in 2007, but Stock continues to live on the family farm with a grandson renting the farmland. The couple raised 3 daughters on the farm including Gloria, Lila and Mary Ann. The Stock family also grew over the years to a total of 7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Prior to marrying Larry, Stock attended the Hattie Boyd teacher training course in St. Charles, and went on to teach in a rural school in Staples, MN from 1948-1951 for grades 1 to 8. Upon her marriage she moved back to St. Charles and spent the rest of her career assisting on the family farm.
“Marjorie has spent almost her entire life here in Winona County… she loves the rolling countryside, the warm friendship of her neighbors and friends and the many opportunities it has provided her family,” say daughter Gloria Stock Mickelson about her mother’s life.
Stock’s 4-H and fair involvement began as a child when she was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Rustlers 4-H club, and when her own children joined the Saratoga Challengers 4-H Club she was not only a key leader, but assisted with fair registration and the 4-H food stand. In later years she donated her time at the fair as a open-class exhibit superintendent. Back in 1965 the Stock family was featured in a newspaper article entitled “Entry Day is a Hectic Day”, and a reporter and photographer documented the Stock siblings getting 4-H exhibits ready for the county fair. Daughter Gloria remembers that day and called it a “crazy” one as the family prepared for the fair.
Outside of 4-H, Stock was active in PTA when her children were in school, volunteered for vision and hearing screening and helped with the Heritage Fair at the school. At the United Church of Christ in St. Charles she has been the organist, sung in the choir, lead Sunday School classes, been on the Women’s Guild and was the treasurer of the church board.