Klock Connections, Issue # 24, July 2003

Paul R. Klock
In 1984, Paul transferred to the U.S. Air Force as Deputy Chief of the Energy Management Laboratory, Air Force Logistics Command at Vanderberg Air Force Base. At Vandenberg he established and operated a State certified EPA, environmental /failure analysis laboratory, supported shuttle, space lift, and ballistic operations and provided mil. spec. Quality Assurance Analysis for commodities.

Then in 1986 Paul transferred to the Air Force Systems Command Western Space and Missile Center Program Requirements Division at Vanderberg AFB as Program Manager. In this position he directed and managed national and commercial space programs and provided technical, financial, and management liaison for the Army, Navy, Air Force and NASA and commercial space office and Wing policies and program support plans.

In 1993, Paul was assigned as Division Chief of Program Requirements. There he assumed responsibility for the 30th Space Wing’s “Front Door”. In this position he managed all planning functions for new launch and test programs and was responsible for commercial space policy, compliance monitoring, support, and activities.

In March of 2002, Paul was assigned to Chief of Plans and Programs where he led five Divisions, managing Wing Military Deployment, Wing Strategic Planning. War/Operations/Contingency Planning, Program Requirements, Base Agreements and U.S. Treaty compliance monitoring. There he worked and supported headquarters and other government agencies in development of national space policies and federal support issues.

Paul is a nationally recognized expert in the commercial space field. Paul is a published author and has received numerous awards including the National Public Service Award, VAFB Civilian of the Year and AF Space Command Senior Manager of the Year.

Paul was recently promoted to GS-15, 30th Space Wing, Chief of Plans and Programs.
That made him the number 2 man in charge of 1200 Civil servants on the 3rd largest Air Base in the United States.

I asked Paul if he had any hobbies, “My professional “hobby “ of 22 years is that I am a registered, national level, Continued Soccer referee officiating matches dealing with pro-Major League Soccer ( MLS ) teams, international visiting teams, Collegiate NCAA, semi-pro amateur, and high school levels.” Paul told me in an e-mail. Paul referee’s about 120 games every year… Paul has been married to Katherine “Katie” for 26 years and they have three sons, Aaron and Philip who are 18 and Andrew who is 16.

I talked with Paul’s father, Richard Klock who also lives in California, on the phone April 29th. Richard has done some genealogy work on his family and told me that his family came to the U.S. in the late 1840’s from Germany on a ship that docked in New Orleans. I have asked him to send me what information ( Genealogy ) he has on his family.


The following story was send to me by Betty Hoagey of Newark, Delaware Her line goes like this, Betty Klock Hoagey; Morgan Becker Klock; Fredrick G. Klock; Morgan Klock; Stephen Klock;.George G.I. Klock,;George I. Klock; Johannes Klock; Johann Hendrick Klock, Jr.; and Hendrick Klock.

Morgan Becker Klock

My father, Morgan Becker Klock, was born October 1892, the second of four children. When he was 5, his father died of a burst appendix. On the day of his father’s funeral, the fourth child was born, a girl named Catharine. While she was arriving in this world upstairs in their house, the funeral was going on downstairs.

Eking out a living with four children was not easy, but my grandmother took in sewing, ironing, or anything else that would provide a little money. When my father was a little older he had a paper route and presumable did other odd jobs, to help out the family.

As a boy my father did some pretty harrowing things, one of which was going down the stairs on his sled. The stairs were not totally straight; there was a turn on the bottom. In another instance he cut some flowers in a garden in town, and the owner of the came out and said, “If you do not get out of here at once, I am going to come out with my great big scissors and cut off your ears off.”

My father was in the Army during WW-I, but I am not sure of the dates. He probably graduated form High School in 1909 or 1910 and then went into the Army. In 1920 his mother remarried William R. Molther, who was canned “the Governor.” of what he might have been governor of, I have no idea. He had a son, Francis, who was called Molly.

Upon graduation from Cornell, my father went to work for Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, in their structural engineering department, a position he held until he retired in 1957.

My mother’s family had emigrated from New England and some of the family settled in Rochester, some in Independence, Missouri, and some in Michigan. My mother, Elizabeth Bell, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and when she graduated from Warrensburg College, she came to Ithaca to do some graduate work at Cornell. Since Ithaca is not that far from Rochester, she came to visit frequently and stayed with that part of the family who had settled in Rochester. There was a large group of young people who enjoyed doing things together, and my father was part of that group which included the cousins and, of course, my mother when she was in town. Love blossomed between my parents and they were married in 1927. I came along 3 years later.

There was a short stint in Chicago, but basically my father stayed in Rochester until he died in 1969.

Thank you for your article, Betty. Do you have a story you would like to share with the readers of Klock Connections? Just send it to me by mail or e-mail. My address and e-mail address is on the front page. _____________________________________________________________________

Joyce Berry

She decided to retire, but could not stand retirement, so she went back to work, and work she does. She drives school bus for Little Falls Fonda Bus Corporation in Little Falls School District. Joyce also works for Shults Insurance Agency and is the assessor for the town of St. Johnsville. Joyce also does web work and graphic design work as well.

Joyce’s children rang in age from 30 to 42. Joyce has 10 Grandchildren and another due in July. Joyce’s mother, who lives with her is 92, like her daughter she is very active. “ She rakes the yard, shovels snow (which they had a lot of this past winter ) and keeps house,” according to Joyce. Joyce is planning a trip to England this next winter with as many of her children that can attend.

I have gotten to know Joyce over the past few years, because of the Newsletter and the work we have done on the Klock Reunions. She is a great lady and I am proud to call her my friend…

In Search of Ira

A few months ago, while looking through Cemetery Records on the internet I found where my great-grandfather, Ira Klock was buried. The 1880 Census had him living in Tuscola County, Michigan married to Emeline Dolliver. The 1900 Census Record has Ira married to Cynthia and with five children, Hattie, Mattie, Jessie Ann, Ida and Woodruff. The 1920 Census Records had him living in Oregon with his son Woodruff. The 1930 Census Record had him living back in Michigan in Richmond in Moncomb County.

Ira was born in Jefferson County, New York in 1852/1854 and moved to Michigan with his parents, Isaac Klock and Lucy Hartwick when he was a baby. Ira’s first marriage was to Emeline Dolliver from Bridgeport, Michigan.

They were married in Tuscola County on January 22, 1871. According to his marriage license Ira was 19 and Emeline was 17 years old. That would have made him born in 1852. According to his death record he was born in 1854. Ira’s brother, Charles and sister-in-law, Fanny witnessed the marriage.

Ira and Emeline had three children, Evaline, Ira August, my Grandfather, Jacob. Evaline, died as an infant. Emeline and Ira divorced or Emeline may have died. I have not been able to find any information on her. Ira August was born in 1876. My grandfather, Jacob was born in 1886. Ira August could not get along with his stepmother, and ran away to Pennsylvania, never again to return to Michigan. Jacob was given to his Uncle Charles and Aunt Fanny to raise when he was a baby and had very little contact with his father and never saw his brother again.

I went to Richmond, Michigan June 3rd to see what I could find out about Ira Klock. First I went to the Cemetery to see if I could get some information from the head stones. I could not find the graves so I contacted the sexton and he showed me where, Ira, Cynthia and Hattie were buried. No head stones. I went to the City Hall and got a copy of the grave registration record. Arthur Salisbury purchased the grave on May 16, 1927. No dates were on the registration as to when Ira, Cynthia or Mattie had died or when they were buried. I went to the Library, nothing there. I went to the local paper, “The Voice“, and talked to a woman named, Debbie I wanted to see if I could find an obituary. She told me all the old issues were stacked up in back. Nothing on microfilm or computer. With out a date of death, she could not look up an obituary. I did not have a date of death… that is what I came to Richmond to find out…. She told me that the only place I may be able to find a date of death on Ira, Cynthia or Hattie, was to go to Mt. Clemens, to the County Courthouse. Off to Mt. Clemens… I figured he died sometime after 1930 and before 1950. He was 76 on the census records in 1930. I looked through the death records between 1930 and 1950. I only found one Klock, a Mable Bell Klock who had died Feb. 7, 1950. I found an Ira Kluck who died that died February 9, 1936. Ira Kluck parents were listed as Isaac and Lucy. This matched so I figured that they spelled the last name wrong. Ira’s cause of death was listed as cerebral arthritis sclerosis and his age was listed as 82 years, 9 months and 29 days.

Debbie from the local newspaper had told me if I could find a date of death, she would look in the old papers for an obituary. Debbie gave me her e-mail address so I could e-mail her in case I found a date of death.

After I returned home I e-mailed Debbie and told her Ira’s date of death was 2-9-1936. She e-mailed me Ira Klock’s Obituary.

Ira Klock

Ira Klock, 82, died in his home here Sunday morning.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the H.H. Bauer funeral home. Rev. Frank Hartley, Methodist Episcopal pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Richmond cemetery.

He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Salisbury, of this village, a son; 12 grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Ira August and my Grandfather were not mentioned in the Obituary…I guess bad feeling must have ran on both sides. At least I have a little more information. Now to see if I can find the family of Arthur Salisbury. He married one of my grandfather's sisters. I will have to see if I can find someone in his family. ____________________________________________________________________


“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. I was able to locate the rest of the volumes at the Library in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I have gone thought volume 1 through 67 looking for Klocks. There were several variations of the name Klock in these books, Klocke, Klocker, Klockert, Klockin, Klockinbecker, ect. Joyce Berry, web master of the Fort Klock and Indian Castle Web Site has been putting this information on line and can be seen at www.fortklock.com.

Arriving on the ship, “ Belgenland ” was Susanne Klock. The Belgenland arrived in New York from Antwerp on July 15, 1880. Susanne is listed as a 25-year-old female wife.

Vol. 36, page 35 ( July 1880-Nov. 1880 ) Arriving on the ship, “Hermann ” was Dorothea Klock. The Hermann arrived in Baltimore from Bremen on November 2, 1880.
Dorothea is listed as a 56-year-old female from Prussia.

Vol. 36, page 393 ( July 1880-Nov 1880 )

Arriving on the ship, “ Henry Edye ” was Robert Klock. The Henry Edye arrived in New York from Antwerp on July 27, 1881.
Robert Klock is listed as a 43-year-old farmer.

Vol. 39, page 356 ( June 1881-Aug. 1881 )
Arriving on the ship “ Bohemia ” was Carl Klock. The Bohemia arrived in New York from Hamburg on April 16, 1883. Carl Klock is listed as 24-year-old butcher from Prussia.

Vol. 45, page 390 ( Nov. 1882-April 1883 )
Arriving on the ship, “ Fulda ” was August Klock. The Fulda arrived in New York from Bremen on October 27, 1883. August Klock is listed as a 26-year-old farmer.

Vol. 47, page 412 ( July 1883-Oct. 1883 )

Arriving on the ship, “ Labrador ” was Jaques Klock and his family. The Labrador arrived in New York from Havre on November 8, 1883. Jaques is listed as a 55-year-old carpenter. Listed with him were Marguerite, his wife, and a 44-year-old female. Victor, a 10 year old male child, Emile, a 9 year old male child, Anida, a 4 year old child.

Also listed as arriving on the same ship was Pauline, a five-year-old child and Adam, a one-year-old child. I am not sure if they were traveling together because they were not listed together. But they were on the same ship.
They are listed as going to Missouri.

Vol. 48, page 38 ( Nov. 1883-April 1884 )

Also arriving on the ship “ Labrador ” was Rosa Klock. The Labrador arrived in New York from Havre on November 8, 1883. Rosa Klock is listed as an 18-year-old female. Also in route to Missouri.

Vol. 48, page 33 ( Nov. 1883-April 1884 )

Arriving on the ship, “ General Werder ” was Magda Klock. The General Werder arrived in New York from Bremen on November 17, 1884. Magda is listed as a 19 year old female.

Vol. 50, page 397 ( July 1884-Nov. 1884 )

I will continue with Germans to America in the next issue of Klock Connections.

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