Constable Kenneth C. Klock

Kenneth C. Klock is a Constable in Craw-Ford County, Pennsylvania. He has held this elected position for about two years now. A Constable is one of the first law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania, which was established in 1664. In his job, Constable Klock serves warrants, and civil papers. He is a full time Officer and assists other law enforcement agencies with Civil, Criminal, Transport, Security, Investigation and the hunting down Bail Jumpers. “ I have an exciting job, but I can’t tell you everything because it is confidential and due to pending court cases in these matters, “ Ken told me in an e-mail. Ken did tell me about one case incident while assisting the State Police on a parole violation; they ran across a Drug Lab. With guns drawn they went room to room looking for the parolee. “It was pretty intense”, Ken told me.

Ken and his wife, Trish has been married four years this June. They both attended high school at Upper Darby Senior High in Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania. In 1999, they moved to the Northwestern Pennsylvania area, which is Amish Country. “Our neighbors are Amish and we get along very well with them,” Ken told me. Ken and his wife, Trish has learned a lot about country living from the Amish. “We have 3 dogs, two horses, a cat and 8 chickens,” Ken told me. Ken does not know his line or if he is related back to Hendrick Klock. Pennsylvania is home to quite a few Klock Families. New York State has the most Klock Families, followed by Pennsylvania.

Ken’s wife, Trish is a Job Developer; She works with underemployed and unemployed people and helps them find jobs, or better jobs.


Staff Sgt. Benton Klock and his friend PO2
Mike Bettilyon in Sarajevo

Staff Sgt. Benton Klock 25 and a U.S. Marine (on the left) and PO2 Mike Bettilyon, 28 of the US Navy were stationed in Sarajevo in November of 2000. They were on a mission to Tuzla from Sarajevo when they came upon a bad accident, which was holding up traffic on the Python Road. “The accident was pretty fresh and I just wanted to pass by because I don’t like getting stuck in traffic,” Staff Sgt. Benton Klock said. But they couldn’t just drive by. A dump truck had crushed a VW van and a passenger was hanging out, he was dead, but there was someone inside alive and he had to be pulled out. Benton and Mike jump out of their Humvee, and they tried to pry open the door with a pickaxe. “The problem is that the frame of the van had been crushed over the door and there was no way of opening it,” Staff Sgt. Benton Klock said. When he tried to open the door with the pickaxe, the handle broke off. They drove their Humvee next to the van and used a winch to rip the back seat out to free the driver who was still alive. After freeing the driver, they towed the van out from under the dump truck and pulled out the body of the dead passenger. “Your instincts take over and you do the job,” Benton said. “But I know one thing, I don’t want to be an ETM,” After the incident their boss at the P3 Imagery Detachment in Sarajevo, Commander David Mitchell, said he was not surprised that his men acted the way they did. “These guys are outstanding and when I thought about the accident, it took a lot of courage and empathy to help these people,” said Commander Mitchell. “ They will be commended for it.”

Information for the article came from SFOR Informer #98 Oct. 11, 2000. Does anyone know Staff Sgt. Benton Klock? I have been unable to contact him.

Note: I have still not been able to locate Staff Sgt. Benton Klock. (4-5-04) I think he is still in the service of our country. I found out that he also served it Kuwait. Also Serving in Kuwait with him is a Russell Klock.


The Palatine Lutheran Church

The Palatine Lutheran Church will be the first stop on the Bus Tour, August 2, 2003, at the Klock Reunion. During the Revolutionary War, Tories burned almost all the buildings in the Mohawk Valley. The Palatine Church was one of the structures left standing. It was built in 1770 from limestone. It was patterned after the churches in Germany along the Rhine River Valley. The chapel looks just like it did when it was built. It has arched windows and a white pulpit and pews. The Palatine’s, escaping Germany from religious persecution, numbered nearly 3000, immigrated to this country in 1710. Over 500 lost their lives in the trek. The Palatine’s faced many hardships in the Mohawk Valley. Through all these hardships, of living on the edge of the new frontier, they were able to build this beautiful church. It stands today as a witness to how much their religion meant to them.

Today a historic preservation group called the Palatine Society owns the church.

The Palatine Society, opens the doors of the church to tourists, schedules worship services and holds weddings for various area congregations.


Spring Break At My Home

Joshua, 19 and Nicholas Klock, 18 went to Macon, Georgia to visit their sister, Stacia during Spring Break. (March 31 through April 4th.) Joshua graduated High School last June and works for a local company and installs siding while Nicholas will graduate this year.

This was the first big trip Josh and Nick have ever taken alone. Joshua drove the 19 hour trip, while Nicholas slept. My wife and I were a little worried about letting them go, but they did not have any trouble finding their way.

While there they visited their sister, and brother in law, Jim Goben their niece, Jenna and nephew, Shane. While in Georgia, they took in the sites. They visited High Falls, in Jackson, Georgia and went swimming. They also visited the Museum of Aviation and Flight & Technology Center at Robins Air Force Base. They also went Bowling and had a great visiting with their sister. I would not be forgiven if I did not include a picture of my grandchildren, Shane and Jenna at High Falls too.


Erwin Klock Was Buried Saturday.

This Obituary comes from the Canastota, New York Newspaper September 27, 1940.

The body of Erwin K. Klock, 76 livelong Whitelaw section resident was laid to rest in the family plot on an elevation in the Whitelaw cemetery a few hundred feet distant across the highway from the Klock Farm home following the funeral at the house Saturday P.M.

The final rite was largely attended with practically every home in the Whitelaw community represented. Canastota friends also were present and several former Whitelaw residents now living elsewhere. Rev. A.D. Stearns, pastor of the Canastota Presbyterian churches officiated and as port of the service read the 24th chapter of Matthew, which he quoted as a favorite Biblical chapter to the late lifelong churchman in the Whitelaw parish. The minister said that Mr. Klock in his Biblical thought emphasized the verse in the chapter, which reads: “ therefore, be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”


Genealogy:

“Germans to America” is a series of books that lists German Passengers that arrived at U.S. Ports be 1850 and 1880. Despite some errors and omissions, “Germans to America” is a good research tool for tracking down immigrants who entered the United States during this time. Remember that some ships came by indirect routes, like Bremen to Liverpool to Havre and then to New York. Some ships started out from an English ports, then stopped at German ports and then French ports before proceeding to America. In previous issues I said that Havre was in Germany. Havre is short for Le Havre which is in France, not Germany... Havre or Le Havre was one of the largest ports in France. Barb Curtindale, who receives this newsletter e-mailed me and pointed out this error. Thank you, Barb for the correction…

Joyce Berry, the web master of the Fort Klock Historic Restoration and Indian Castle web page has been putting this list on line on the Fort Klock Web Page for other researchers looking for their family. You can check it out at: www.threeriverhms.com.

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