Klock Connections Dave Klock
Issue #25 P.O. Box 402
August 2003 Marcellus, Michigan 49067
E-mail: klock@swmcom.net

David G. Klock, MD, MPH

David G. Klock, specializes in Orthopedic Medicine at the Park Nicollet Clinic - Meadowbrook in St Louis, Minnesota.

David attended the Oregon State University where he earned his BS in 1985. He attended Vanderbilt School of Medicine where he earned his Medical Degree in 1989. He attended the John Hopkins School of Public Health and received his masters in Public Health and received his masters in Public Health in 1992-1993. David holds a Certification with the Board of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

“ I chose occupational medicine because it allows me to combine my interest in industrial health and sports medicine along with a strong belief in proactive health care.” according to Dr. Klock. “ Keeping the injured or sick employees in the workplace results in minimal disruption on their life, socially and financially and leads to quicker recovery,” says Dr. Klock.

David likes to spend his spare time bicycling, cross-country skiing, attending musicals and in pursuit of making the perfect bagel.

Lost and Found

Whenever possible I try and contact the people I profile in the Newsletter. I found a Brian Klock who lives in California on the Internet a few days ago and e-mailed him. I told him I wanted to write an article about him for the Newsletter. He e-mailed me and said he would be happy to help me with the article. Brian asked if I could locate his brother, Randy T. Klock. He had not heard from his brother in twenty years. There had been a falling out in the family and Randy had disappeared. I have found people before so I thought I would give it a try… I did a Yahoo People Search and found 10 Randy Klock’s but only one Randy T. Klock. This Randy lived in Springfield, Oregon. I got his phone number from information and gave him a call. I wanted to make sure this was the same Randy Klock I talked with him and he told me he was Brian‘s brother. I e-mailed Brian and gave him Randy’s phone number and mailing address. Brian is going to call him this weekend. I was happy that I was able to help. I was lucky; usually it is not that easy to find someone. I am going profile Brian in the next issue of Klock Connections. He is going to let me know how it goes when he contacts his brother.
Klock’s of Louisiana

While searching the Net, I ran across several Klock’s that were buried in Cheneyville, Louisiana in the Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery.

John C. Klock 1843-1921 Father
Camilla V. 1853-1932 Mother
Belle B. Klock Nov. 18, 1899- June 7, 1988
Neil Haven Klock Nov. 9, 1896- August 10, 1978, US Army WW-1
Smith, Lula Klock Nov. 4, 1885- Jan., 14, 1975
Laura E. Klock Nov. 21, 1877-Sept. 8, 1974
Ada M. Klock Nov. 15, 1887- May 2, 1972
Hazel S. Klock Sept. 4, 1888-May 2, 1978 ( D.A.R. Bronze Emblem )
Ernest Lorne Klock Aug.2, 1879-July 11, 1967
Deselle, Amelia Klock 1876-1912

I had a John C. Klock that was born in On. Canada that married a Camilla V. Watson on my family tree. ( John C. Klock, John David Klock, David Klock, Jacob Conrad Clock, Conrad Clock, Hendrick Klock ) I also found an obituary on the net on Philip H. Klock, who died March 14, 2003 in Cheneyville, Louisiana. The obituary of Philip H. Klock is below.

Obituary of Philip H. Klock

Cheneyville, LA -- Services for Philip Howell Klock will be at 2 p,m, Monday, March 17, 2003 in the First Baptist Church of Lecompte with Rev. Johnny Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Christian Cemetery, Cheneyville under the direction of Melancon Funeral Home, Bunkie.

Mr. Klock, age 34, of Cheneyville expired on Friday, March 14, 2003 in Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was a rice farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Christie W. Klock of Cheneyville; two daughters; Julia Grace Klock and Hannah Marie Klock of Cheneyville; his parents Jana S. and John L. Klock, Sr. of Bunkie; one brother and sister-in- law, Megan B. and John L. Klock, Jr. of Baton Rouge; one niece, Mollie B. Klock of Baton Rouge; aunts, uncles, and many wonderful friends.

Pallbearers will be Chris Land, John Bonnette, Robert Lachney, Jerry Willingham, Justin Ouchly and Bryan McFarland.

Friends may call at Melancon Funeral Home from 4:30 p.m. -- 8 p.m. today and from 12 noon until service time on Monday at the First Baptist Church of Lecompte, Melancon Funeral Home.

There must be some descendents of John C. Klock living in Louisiana. I wrote the Church in Cheneyville to see if they could give me any further information on the family. I did not get a response from the church, so I mailed a copy of the Newsletter along with a letter to every Klock Family that I could find in Louisiana asking if they knew anything about John C. Klock and Philip H. Klock. I received several responses to the letter. I received a telephone call from John L. Klock and his wife Jana. Philip Klock, was their son, and John C. Klock, buried in the Trinity Episcopal Church was his grandfather. He got me in touch with Estee Smith who lives in Texas and does the genealogy for the family. I called Estee Smith and she sent me the rest of the story on John C. Klock and Carmilla V. Watson Klock.

John Charles Klock was born in York County, Vaughan Twp. On. Canada in 1843. John was the son of John David Klock and Elizabeth Steggs. He married Ann Martindale, July 1, 1873. John and Ann Martindale had one child, Christina. After the death of his wife, Ann, who died February 2, 1874 in Lincoln County Ontario, John remarried Camilla Watson on July 1, 1875. John and Camilla had twelve children.

John’s father, John David had left his wife and family in Canada and came to the United States. Later, John Charles found him living in Nebraska, working as a Blacksmith. John’s wife, Camilla did not like the climate in Nebraska, so John moved his family to Cheneyville, Louisiana. John was in the sugar business. In 1888 John developed the first mechanical cane-loader in the Cheneyville area, which he later patented. Ernest, coming from a sugar background studied at L.S.U. receiving degrees in mechanical engineering and in sugar chemistry. In 1905, Ernest worked as a chemist in the Shadyside Sugar Factory in Louisiana, and in 1906 at the El Dorado Sugar Company in Mexico. Ernest then moved for several seasons to Cuba, working as superintendent in Central Vertientes and Central Niquero. In 1909 he was an assistant fabrication superintendent of the Gramercy plant of the American Sugar Refining Co. He later returned to Louisiana with his wife Hazel Sewell, two sons and a servant.

John Klock, while visiting Christina, his only child from his first marriage, who lived in St. Catharines, Ontario, John Charles Klock died. He died from chronic interstitial nephritis at the age of 78. His body was taken back to Louisiana and buried in Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Most of the Klocks of Louisiana, not all, that I found are descended for John C. Klock.

Fort Klock Postcard from the Early 1900

Fort Klock

Fort Klock, constructed in 1750, was the fortified homestead of the Klock Family. Constructed by Johannes Klock, the home served a place of safety and refuse during the French and Indian War and later the War of Independence. The site, well chosen by Johannes Klock for it’s advantages in fur trading and for defense. Fort Klock is located along a shelter cove. Directly below, a river which provided safe anchorage for the trading vessels that navigated the river. The stone walls, nearly two feet thick rests on a solid rock foundation, constructed in two layers filled with rubble, providing a form of insulation against the extremely cold winters of the Mohawk Valley. The walls, heavily loopholed (holes through the wall about 3 by 5 inches) on every side so that muskets could be fired from inside the home creating a stone fortress. In the cellar, a bubbling spring provided a constant supply of fresh water which they were able to retrieve without going outside in times of danger.

In 1775, John Klock, a descendant of Johannes, occupied the home during the American Revolution. John was a member of the Tryon County Committee of Safety, which was the governing body in the area between the removal of the British officials and the formation of a new state government. It fell to this committee the task organizing a militia. John marched with this militia to try and relieve the battle that was raging at Fort Stanwick. On August 6, 1777, only three miles from Fort Klock, the militia under General Nicholas Herkimer were caught in an ambush by a small party of British, Loyalists and Indians. Today this battle is know as the Battle of Oriskany. The militia was decimated in one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution. John Klock survived to return home but his Uncle Adam and several other members of his family lost their lives in this battle. Although this battle was lost, it paved the way for the ultimate defeat of the British.

In 1775 the population of the Mohawk Valley consisted of about 15,000 settlers which provided a militia force of about 2500 men.

On October 16, 1780, General Van Rensselaer received word that Indians and Tories were destroying crops and houses in the Schoharie Valley. He wasted no time in assembling 700 men in Albany and marched to meet the enemy forces. Two days later he arrived at the mouth of the Schoharie Creek and found that the enemy had moved into the Mohawk Valley, burning homes and churches in Stone Arabia. Joining forces with Colonel Dubois and troops from Fort Plain, General Van Rensselaer found the British Loyalists waiting in a field south of Jacob Klock’s near the present day village of St. Johnsville. At dusk, Colonel Dubois pushed his troops past the enemy’s left in what looked like an easy victory, but ten minutes after the battle began, it became so dark that Van Rensselaer’s militia began firing on DuBois’ troops instead of the enemy. The Loyalists took advantage in the confusion and slipped across the river and escaped. This outraged the Mohawk Valley residents and General Van Rensselaer was charged with cowardice and treason. A court martial was held, but the General was acquitted of any charges.

In 1781, after six years of constant warfare, more than 700 homes had been burned in the Mohawk Valley, the white population was reduced to 5,000 and its militia to 800 men. Ten thousand people fled to Canada or out of the valley, hundreds had been killed or taken prisoner. There were about twenty four fortified stone homes and churches in the Mohawk Valley and it was the these fortified structures, like Fort Klock, that enabled the 5,000 settlers still living in the Mohawk Valley in 1781 to survive until the end of the war.

In 1973, Fort Klock was designated a National Historic Landmark, commemorating the history of the United States. Fort Klock is a 30 acre farm complex that contains the Colonial house, a Dutch Barn, and a 19th Century School house and Blacksmith Shop.

To me, it is much more. Fort Klock is my ancestral home, where several generations of the Klock Family worked the fields, milked their cows, attended their Church, raised their children, lived and died fighting for the land they loved. ______________________________________________________________________

Do You Have a Story

Do you have a story you would like to share with your extended family. I spend several hours on the computer every day looking for information for the Newsletter. I would like to write more articles about Klock and Klock related people who made their living working in a factory, driving a 16 wheeler or dig coal from the ground. I cannot find these people on the Internet. I need your help…write the story yourself or send me the information and I will write the article.. Send it by e-mail or just drop me a line. My address is on the front page.

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