Klock Connections



Obit of Fred D. Klock

Fred Danial Klock (Lipe Klock, Amos Klock, Adam I. Klock, John J. Klock, Johannes I. Klock, Hendrick Klock)

Fred D. Klock Met His Death While in the Employ of Barge Canal Contractors.

Fred D. Klock, aged 17 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lipe Klock of Averill street of this village, met his death by drowning Saturday in the Mohawk river at Fort Plain. Young Klock was employed on the day force of the Barge canal work by F. Pearson & Son, Inc. on dredge No. 2, that is located about one mile east of the river bridge at Fort Plain. He worked as a deck hand and placed the ranges on the river bank which was about 15 feet from the dredge, making the trip to the shore in a rowboat. As one range had toppled partly over he was instructed to return to the shore and set it.

A few moments later, Christopher Flander, cranesman, noticed that this had not been done and that the boat which he had used in making the first trip to the shore was fastened to a coal scow near the dredge, and it was evident that he had not made the second trip. No one saw the young man again or witnessed the accident.

The captain, Jerry Bodena, became alarmed and instigated a search for him. Mr. Flander first discovered a Prince Albert tobacco can floating by the row boat. When he touched it, it sank in the water and later with a pike pole he fished a cap out of the water, which was Klock’s.

The whistles blew and summoned men from all the other dredges in the vicinity to assist in the search. The body was recovered about one hour later. In the meantime Dr. J. C. Jackson of Fort Plain had been summoned. All efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. Dr. W.N. Simons, coroner of St. Johnsville was notified and the body was taken to the undertaking rooms of D. C. Schiffer in this village and from there to his home. Fred was a young man generally liked among the community. He was formerly employed in the Don market and his cheerful disposition won the favor of their patronage. His strongest ambition was to enter the service of the U. S. Navy. Two years ago last February Mr. and Mrs. Klock lost an older son, his death being presumably as a result from an injury received while employed as an engineer. Besides the parents he is survived by three brothers, William, Walter, and John Klock, also three sisters, Mrs. Clinton Shaut, Mrs. Benjamin Fusmer and Miss Catherine Klock, all of St. Johnsville. The funeral was held from his home on Tuesday at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Rev. H. W. McCrone, officiating. The bearers were Frank Don, Alexander Don, Nellis Shaver and L.J. Shaver, Interment was made in Prospect View Cemetery.

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