Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
George Klinck

George Klinck[1]

Male 1862 - 1944  (82 years)

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  • Name George Klinck 
    Born 7 Jul 1862  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Watch Maker 
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    watch maker 
    Occupation 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Jeweller 
    Religion 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1901  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Machinist 
    Occupation 1901  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    merchant 
    Occupation 1903  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    jeweller, watch maker, publisher of the Elmira Signet 
    Residence 1903  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Klinck residence 1903 Elmira
    Klinck residence 1903 Elmira
    From: Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.
    Religion 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Lutheran 
    Residence 1921  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Died 12 Dec 1944  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    publisher, merchant, educator 
    Historic Building farm 
    George Klinck's home 1903
    George Klinck's home 1903
    Church St. East, Elmira, Ontario
    Interesting story, building, business, newspaper, politics, public service 
    Organization Elmira Public Library, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • On January 24, 1888, a meeting was held to organize a Mechanics' Institute in Elmira. Membership cost $1 a year. The first board members were: David Bean, George Klinck, A. Werner, John Ratz, A. H. Erb, A. Blatz, Wm. Behrens, Sol Laschinger, Dr. Ullyot, and M. Weber. The librarian/caretaker, C. K. Jansen was paid $30 a year.
    Eby ID Number 00030-2334.5 
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I12692  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father Karl "Charles" Klinck,   b. 31 Mar 1835, , Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1924, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Hollinger,   b. 22 Sep 1840, Heidelberg, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1921, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 3 Jan 1860  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11, 13, 14, 15
    Family ID F6966  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ella Devitt,   b. 21 Sep 1866, Floradale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1926, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 30 Sep 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. Luella Klinck,   b. 18 Oct 1892, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1960  (Age 68 years)
     2. Flora Catherine Klinck,   b. 13 Apr 1894, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1970, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     3. Charles Edmund Klinck,   b. 2 Aug 1895, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1943, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     4. Edward Klinck,   b. 2 Aug 1895, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary Edna Klinck,   b. 13 Apr 1897, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Nov 1898, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     6. Laurina Magdalena Klinck,   b. 4 Jul 1898, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1965, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     7. William A. Klinck,   b. 19 Jan 1900, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Arthur Klinck,   b. Jan 1901, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. George Alfred Klinck, Jr.,   b. 23 Jul 1903, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1973, Toronto, York Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     10. Harold Klinck,   b. 27 Oct 1906, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1965  (Age 58 years)
     11. Paul Walter Klinck,   b. 29 Jul 1909, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Aug 1909, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F3514  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 7 Jul 1862 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Watch Maker - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - watch maker - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Jeweller - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Sep 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Machinist - 1901 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - merchant - 1901 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - jeweller, watch maker, publisher of the Elmira Signet - 1903 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1903 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1921 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Dec 1944 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - publisher, merchant, educator - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOrganization - - Elmira Public Library, Elmira, Waterloo, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Klinck, George 1862 1944.jpg
    Klinck, George 1862 1944.jpg
    George Klinck
    George Klinck
    From Enterprising Elmira, An historical, discriptive, and illustrated book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, published by George Klinck 1903
    George Klinck
    George Klinck
    From Enterprising Elmira, An historical, discriptive, and illustrated book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, published by George Klinck 1903

  • Notes 
    • From the Waterloo Hall of Fame Website.

      George Klinck, a native of Elmira, publisher, merchant and educator, had the distinction of being the founder in 1893, producer and editor of the highly regarded weekly newspaper, The Elmira Signet. He was the author of a book Early Days in Elmira.

      At seventeen he had been apprenticed to the Pequegnat Clock Company in Berlin as a watchmaker. In 1881 he opened a watchmaking and jewellery business of his own in Elmira, and built a chopping mill as a service to farmers.

      In 1885 he founded the Mechanics' Institute Library for workers; was instrumental in having electric street lights in Elmira in 1886; established St. Paul's Lutheran Parochial School in 1911; organized and played in the Elmira Band; served as reeve of Elmira; was the first chairman of the High School Board, secretary of the Public Library Board and a member of the Trustees and Ratepayers Section of the Ontario Educational Association.

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      "The Red House On The Hill"

      Century-Old Home Reveals How Pioneers Lived


      One of the most fascinating homes in Elmira is "The Red House On The Hill" where the Misses Laurina and Flora Klinck live. This lovely red brick home, situated on high ground near the eastern edge of town, is more than 100 years old - and has been occupied by the Klinck family for 73 of those years. One doesn't even have to enter to sense the character of this home. As you walk up the winding drive, through the rolling 10-acre grounds fronting on Church street east, you suddenly come on some small cement steps. These are where lady and gentlemen visitors, in their high button boots, used to step out of their carriages a century or so ago. The next thing noticed is that the cellar opens to the outdoors. "So you see it may be 100 years old - but it's still split level," says Miss Laurina who has a neat sense of humour.

      It is the cellar that reveals the historic background of the house, because that was where the entire family of the original owner lived - and the evidence of how they lived and worked are still there. In one room is a huge fireplace with cranes to swing the cooking pots - and from where boiling water was carried to the trough outside for scalding pigs at butchering time. [I'm sure they scalded the pigs after they were dead, to remove the hair !] At the bottom of the great chimney is a small heater - this was used for "schnitzing bees"' that is, drying quantities of apples laid out on iron rods above known as "schnitz trays." Two more rooms recall how mother and father worked. In one room, known as the "back kitchen," is a cement stand for the wash tub, with a place for the water to run away - and next to that a built-in tub where the clothes were rinsed.

      In what was the "woodshed" are tools which reveal what a versatile man the pioneering home-owner had to be - they include a scythe, bucksaw, mitre box, wooden plane, chopping block, cooper's tools, including a cooper's plane. Still another is the "milk room" - and even the water supply which ran through the cooling troughs is interesting. Miss Laurina can remember that the household water came out of the pipe "thick as a man's thumb" - yet this water from a single spring ran first to the barn, through the barn to the house, to the kitchen into a big tank, downstairs to cool the milk, and out of the house to a goldfish pond, and on to a trough to water the cattle in the fields.

      The builder of this unique home was an English carpenter named Mr. Grey who lived outside of Elmira. Not too much is known of the first owners except that their name was Kenning and the property was once known as the "Kenning place." They were the family that lived in the cellar, and four rooms above. The next owner was a grandfather of the Klinck family, George Hollinger. He added the four rooms and kitchen which comprise the present attractive home. The number of rooms, as the house now stands is, however, rather indefinite. Depending on how many basement rooms are counted, as well as two small sunrooms since added, the total could be 12 or 14.

      The next owner was George Klinck, who moved in, in 1890. All of Mr. and Mrs. Klinck's nine children were born in the house. The four members of this distinguished family still living are the Misses Klinck; George of Toronto, teacher, writer and editor of the Modern Language Review, and Harold of Oldcastle, near Windsor, Ontario, former teacher who is now a scientific fruit-farmer as well as president of the Ontario Educational Association.

      A pleasing feature is the manner in which the master bedroom has been maintained. The original bed, washstand, child's chair and other furniture are kept right where they were when Mr. and Mrs. George Klinck occupied the room. Around the corner is the desk where the illustrious Mr. Klinck - schoolboard chairman, library founder, feed merchant, jeweller and watchmaker, historian and publisher - did his work. The family has vivid memories of their father and a deep appreciation of the impact he had on his community. "He was always on the go," recalls Miss Laurina. To illustrate the point, Miss Flora produced a copy of the first issue of Elmira's weekly newspaper which Mr. Klinck published.

      At that time, 70 years ago, this many-sided man included a furniture business among his many interests. In the first issue of his newspaper, he advertised a "bedroom suite - bed, bureau and washstand" - at $12. "That $12 bedroom suite is still in use - and still solid," reports Miss Laurina. Of the historic basement, Miss Laurina said: "When you've tidied it up, you know you've done some work." She notes that the coal supply is now kept in what was the dining room of the original family. One of the most picturesque memories the sisters have is of a Klinck grandmother who used to sit at the back kitchen fireplace making apple butter. "But with four boys in the family there were always lots of pants to mend," recalls Miss Laurina. "So she'd sit there, stirring the apple butter - and mending pants."

      The Elmira Fair Dealer May 15, 1963

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 529.

    2. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B Page 21.

    3. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 21.

    4. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      In Memory Of / George Klinck / 1862 - 1944 / Mary E. Devitt / Beloved Wife Of / George Klinck / 1866 - 1926

    5. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration.
      011881-91 - George KLINCK, 29, jeweler, Elmira, same, s/o Chas. & Elizabeth KLINOK, married Mary Elizabeth DEVITT, 25, Woolwich, Floradale, d/o Issac & Mary DEVITT, witn: Arnold JANSEN, Elmira, Ella DEVITT, Woolwich Twp., William DEVITT, Woolwich & Catharine KLINCK, Elmira, 30 Sept. 1891 at Elmira

    6. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Division 2 Page Number 70 Household Number 320.

    7. [S130] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1881, Div. 2 Page 70.

    8. [S176] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1911, Div. 49 Pg. 22.

    9. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 75.

    10. [S2592] aaaaElmira 1891, Sect. 1 Page 1.

    11. [S77] News - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - Elmira Signet (1893-1982), Obituary of Mrs. Chas. Klinck - 6 Jan 1921.

    12. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

    13. [S14] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berlin Chronicle (1856-1860), 10 Jan 1860.
      By the Rev. F. W. Bindeman at Berlin on the 3rd inst., Charles Klink, to Elisabeth Hollinger, of Woolwich Township

    14. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Charles Klinck, 24, res. Woolwich b. Germany s/o Nicholas Klinck & Philippine Christmann married 3 Jan 1860 to Elisabeth Hollinger, 19, res. Woolwich, b. Canada, d/o George Hollinger & Margareth Brechbill, wit: Ludwig Hllinger of Woolwich

    15. [S5] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - 1858-1869 Marriage Register.
      Charles Klink Birth Place: Germany Residence: Woolwich Township Age: 24 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1836 Father Name: Nich. Mother Name: Philipina Christman Spouse Name: Elisabeth Hollinger Spouse's Age: 19 Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841 Spouse Birth Place: Ontario Spouse residence: Woolwich Township Spouse Father Name: George Spouse Mother Name: Mary M. Breckbiel Marriage Date: 3 Jan 1860 Marriage County: Waterloo