One of the best-known and reputable citizens of the Mohawk Valley and the owner and occupant of the old Fort Klock died very suddenly Sunday morning. “Mr. Klock was on his way to the conveyance which was waiting for him to take the milk from his dairy to the condensary here, when he was seen to fall by Stephen Clemons, one of his farm employees. Mr. Clemons signaled Mrs. Klock, who was a few stops in advance of her husband and both reached him at the same time, but life was extinct. Mr. Klock was in the 79th year of his age, having been born November 20, 1834. He was born on the farm which came into the hands of Johannes Klock, great grandfather of Amos Klock, by purchase from the owners of Harrison’s patent in 1742.
Mr. Klock’s health has been declining for some years, but only during the two last years has it caused any anxiety. Last spring his physical situation became quite critical but he rallied temporally and up to the fatal moment was in good spirits. He was well aware, however, that the malady known as Bight’s disease, had seized on him, and this morning in leaving the house he was careful to avoid using a flight of two or three steps, the family having been warned that the ascent of the acclivity between the house and the barn might be perilous. Mr. Klock had resided on his ancestral farm with the exception of a few years when he was engaged in this village in the hardware trade, in the store now part of R.B. Beekman’s establishment. Since he returned to his farm he had busied himself in rearing a fine herd of Holstein cattle, to which he delighted to call the attention of the guest’s at the annual reunion. Only a few years ago he laid the injuction on those who might survive him that his team of horses should be taken care of on the farm as long as the place produces a mouthful of fodder. He was one of the founders of Grace Christian church and for many years was one of its trustees. He was also honorary president for life of the Klock family association. In politics he was a Democrat.
Two children, both the Issue of the first marriage, survive: Catherine widow of William Don, and Lipe Klock. There are also nine grandchildren, seven children of Lipe Klock, and two of Mrs. Don. One of the latter, Frank W. Don, is one of the rising young business men of St. Johnsville.
The funeral was held this afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence. Rev. W. McUtope of Grace Church officiating, and internment made in the family plot on the homestead, in compliance with Mr. Klock’s wishes.
The bearers were four grandsons of the deceased.
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