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Karl "Charles" Klinck

Karl "Charles" Klinck[1]

Male 1835 - 1924  (89 years)

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  • Name Karl "Charles" Klinck 
    Born 31 Mar 1835  , Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Gender Male 
    Interesting life story, pioneer 
    Immigration 1853  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Immigration 1854  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Name Charles Klinck  [2
    Name Charles Klink 
    Naturalization 1856  [3
    Residence 1860  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Residence 1860  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Occupation 1870  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    carpenter 
    Residence 1871  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    farmer 
    Occupation 1881  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Farmer 
    Occupation 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Farmer 
    Residence 1891  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Lutheran 
    Occupation 1901  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    farmer 
    Occupation 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Income 
    Residence 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Lutheran 
    Retired 1911  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-26624 
    Died 11 Jun 1924  Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    Cause: enlargement of prostate gland and septic peritonitis 
    Buried Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I26624  Generations
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2021 

    Father Nicholas Klinck,   b. 5 Oct 1800, , Bavaria, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1888, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Philipine Christman,   b. Abt 1800, of, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1861  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Family ID F6967  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Hollinger,   b. 22 Sep 1840, Heidelberg, Wellesley Twp., 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  [8, 11, 12, 14, 15
    Children 
     1. Catherine Klinck,   b. 29 Nov 1860, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943  (Age 82 years)
     2. George Klinck,   b. 7 Jul 1862, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1944, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     3. Margareth Klinck,   b. 12 Nov 1864, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1951  (Age 86 years)
     4. Noah Klinck,   b. 1867, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Jacob Klinck,   b. 18 Nov 1867, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1872, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 4 years)
     6. Caroline Klinck,   b. 1869, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Carolina Phillipina Klinck,   b. 29 Aug 1870, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Elizabeth Klinck,   b. 11 Feb 1873, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1928, Guelph City, Wellington Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)
     9. Emma Klinck,   b. 9 Oct 1875, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1875  (Age 0 years)
     10. Charles Klinck,   b. 1876, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     11. Charles Nicholas Klinck,   b. 19 Apr 1877, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jun 1944  (Age 67 years)
     12. August Klinck,   b. 19 Dec 1879, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958  (Age 78 years)
     13. Clara Klinck,   b. 15 Apr 1881, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1972, Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     14. Carrie Klinck,   b. Aug 1881, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     15. Ida Klinck,   b. 22 Oct 1883, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1958  (Age 74 years)
     16. Lizzie Klinck,   b. Feb 1884, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 18 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F6966  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Charles Klinck
    Charles Klinck
    From Enterprising Elmira, An historical, discriptive, and illustrated Bool of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, published by George Klinck 1903

  • Notes 
    • VETERAN CITIZEN IS CALLED BY DEATH
      Mr. Karl Klinck, Patriarch of Community Lays Down His Task


      WAS SPLENDID TYPE

      Came to Canada From Germany When Nineteen Years of Age

      Yesterday morning Elmira's veteran citizen, Mr. Karl Klinck, laid down the weapons of battle after having fought the good fight as one of the earliest pioneers of this district for nearly three-quarters of a century. He was the oldest male resident of this town, having just celebrated his eighty-ninth birthday a week ago. His illness was of short duration, as he was seriously ill for only a few days. He had for years been a familiar figure on the streets of Elmira, and his death has caused universal regret.

      Mr. Klinck was born in the Palatinate (Rhinish Bavaria), that picturesque province of Germany, which came so near destruction at the end of the great war, just before the armistice was declared in November, 1918. His old home was but a few miles from the place where the cannons uttered their last roars.

      After his school days he was apprenticed to the Cabinet Makers' trade in a neighboring town. The reminiscences of Mr. Klinck's apprentice years, as he occasionally related them for the benefit of the younger generation, are interesting. The ways of the world in those days were hard but they were productive of men well able to take care of themselves and men admirably fitted to take up the pioneer life of the new world to which many later emigrated. His duties as an apprentice were to pay a certain amount of money as "Lehrgeld"; to rise at 5 o'clock in the morning; to do certain chores in the shop and house of his master and to work at the bench from six o'clock in the morning until late at night. Breakfast was served at six and consisted of a few buns and a cup of coffee. Then there was nothing to eat before dinner was served. Dinner consisted of meat and soup, which was served so hot that the eating of it was a painful operation.

      If an apprentice ever forgot that he had no business in the company of his journeyman fellow workers after hours, he was effectively reminded of his place in society by a thorough boxing of his ears. Under such conditions the life an apprentice was not a "cinch" as the expression now goes. However he grew to be a strong healthy young man of 18 when his apprenticeship ended. Then he entered upon his "Wandershaft," going from place to place working a few weeks in a shop, thus learning methods practiced by other masters.

      In 1854, at the age of 19 years, Mr. Klinck emigrated to America. He embarked at Havre, on a sail ship, which required about six weeks to make the voyage and which had the cholera on board. He saw twenty-six of his fellow passengers who had died from the disease placed on a board in a covering of sail cloth, slid into the sea where the monsters of the deep took possession of the bodies before they had time to sink. From New York harbor he came by rail to Berlin (Kitchener) whence he started off on a rainy, muddy autumn day, by foot, to Elmira, where his uncle, the late Henry Christman, kept hotel, in the house which formerly stood where now stands the Steddick House. There were then but few houses in the village. The streets were in a lamentable condition and altogether, the contrast between the country he had left and the wilderness to which he had wandered was not calculated to impress him favorably with his adopted country. Nevertheless, he looked for work and found it with the late Mr. Henry Martin who was the pioneer builder and contractor of this part of the country.

      After his marriage 1860, he took up residence on the farm and converted the primitive, stumpy acres into one of the finest and most fertile farms of the district, at the same time following his trade of building and manufacturing furniture, etc. during the winter months. He bought building lots in the village, prepared the material in the winter and erected some fifteen houses and stored [worked?] on them during the summer months, his enterprise helping materially in making Elmira the central place of business in northern Waterloo. He was also identified with many forward movements and his influence could always be found on the side of enterprise and progressiveness. To write a history of his activities would be to write a history of Elmira and the district around it. Briefly he adapted himself to the conditions he met, was an energetic worker, was blessed with good health, took reverses philosophically and while rearing a large family with the assistance of his good wife, he attained easy circumstances, so that he was able to retire from the farm to the village in the year 1903, since which time he was active and busy as formerly though not so severely taxed for production. He possessed many of the sterling qualities of character as well as the high sense of justice and respect for the law which were so instrumental in laying the foundations for the moral solidity of this comparatively new country and which might well be emulated by the present generation. Socially he was genial and considerate and made many friends by whom he will be greatly missed. With few interruptions he enjoyed good health so that he was able to be about and to take a live interest in his surroundings.

      Deceased was a member of the Lutheran church and a firm adherent to the excellent precepts of the great Reformer which descended to him through his forefathers of several centuries, before the religious sky of the old land was clouded by the modern theology which precipitated Germany into a maze of doubt and unbelief. He is survived by his eleven children, namely Catherine at home; George, until lately editor of the Elmira Signet, and now engaged in various business enterprises in Elmira; Margaret (Mrs. J.B. Lein); Caroline (Mrs. John H. Miller); Lizzie at home; Charles N., optician; August, mechanical foreman in the Elmira Rubber Factory; Clara (Mrs. Wm. Heckendorn) and Ida at home. Besides these he leaves behind twenty-one grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Mrs. P. Jansen and Mrs. Henry Dunke. These will mourn the loss of a generous, kind-hearted family head who enjoyed their love as well as the respect of the whole community. The funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock from his late residence at 14 Arthur Street. A service will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran church after which interment will take place in the Elmira Union Cemetery.

      The Elmira Signet 12 Jun 1924



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      In 1881 living with Carl in Woolwich was an 18 year old Nicholaus Klinck who was born in Germany.

  • Sources 
    1. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration, 34805-1928 Elizabeth Klinck.

    2. [S98] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - Elmira Union CC#4578 Internet Link.
      Klinck/ In Memory Of/ Karl Klinck/ Born May 31, 1835 - Died June 11, 1924/ His Wife/ Elizabeth Hollinger/ Born Sept. 22, 1840 - Died Jan. 4, 1921./ A - Cornerstones - K (Right).

    3. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 20.

    4. [S116] Vit - ON - Death Registration, 31758-1924 Carl Klinck.

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

    6. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B Page 20.

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

    8. [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

    9. [S176] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1911, Div. 48 Pg. 11.

    10. [S144] Census - ON, Waterloo, Woolwich - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 74.

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

    12. [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

    13. [S57] Vit - ON - Birth Registration, 5426-1870 Carolina Phillipina Klink.

    14. [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

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

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Mar 1835 - , Bavaria, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1853 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1854 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1860 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Jan 1860 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - carpenter - 1870 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1871 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1891 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1901 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Income - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Lutheran - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1911 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: enlargement of prostate gland and septic peritonitis - 11 Jun 1924 - Elmira, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Elmira Union Cemetery, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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