Source: "Portrait and Biographical Record - Published 1894 by Excelsior Publishing Co., Chicago" Pages 321 - 322
John Klokow is an old settler and a soldier of the late war who was born
in Uchermark Prussia March 18, 1826 and is a son of Joachim and Dorothy
(Fritz) Klokow. The former died December 14, 1883 living just passed
his ninety first birthday. The mother was called home on New Year's Day
of 1865. By a former marriage she had four children one of whom is
living, Christian Henning who resides in Herman Township. A brother of
our subject came to the United States three years later then he did and
died on the farm now operated by Mr. Klokow.
Our subject is one of four children and the one of the family in the
United States. He has one brother who is still living in Germany; John
is the youngest of the family and in his native land received a good
common school education. At the age of fifteen he commenced learning
the stone mason's trade, which business he followed for eleven years.
In 1852 he sailed from Hamburg to New York in the Ship "Hirsche" and was
six weeks on the briny deep. He proceeded direct from New York to
Sheboygan County where he became owner of eighty acres on section 5 of
Herman Township. A few years subsequently he purchased his
father-in-law's farm which adjoined his own.
It was on the 18th of October 1864 that Mr. Klokow tendered his services
in the defense of the Stars and Stripes and was assigned to Company B
Sixth Wisonsin Infantry. He participated in the battles of Hatchie's
Run and Petersburgh and also took part in the Grand Review in
Washington. He was discharged may 30, 1865 at the Carver Untied States
Hospital. On one occasion his company was in a flank movement in the
thickest of the fight and were ordered to fall on their faces to let the
bullets pass over them. An order was then given to move but as he was
lying on his ear, he did not hear nor did he see the company go. In a
moment he found himself alone and it is needless to say that he spared
no effort to find his company which he overtook in the night.
Returning from southern battlefields Mr. Klokow two years later bought
one hundred and sixty acres of land the farm where he still lives. It
was nearly all thickly timbered but energetically he set to work and has
himself cleared one hundred and forty acres, brought it under good
cultivation and put a substantial brick house and other buildings
thereon. He has made his possessions by his own industrious efforts and
is justly considered one of the best farmers of the township.
On New Years Day 1853 was celebrated the marriage in Herman Township of
Mr. Klokow and Henrietta, daughter of Michael and Anna (Breger) Schultz.
She was born in Sechausen Prussia November 6, 1829 and with her parents
crossed the ocean on the same ship on which her future husband was a
passenger. The vessel encountered fearful storms and the main mast and
rigging were carried away. Six children three sons and three daughters
have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Klokow. One two are living the oldest
and youngest of the family. Charles married Pauline Willgroup and is a
farmer of Manitowac County. Frederick married Helen Kegler and has
seven children. He is now operating the old homestead.
John Klokow and his entire family are members of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church. In politics he is a Republican and has served as
Township Supervisor. Socially he is member of Gustav Wintermeyer Post
No. 187 G.A.R. of Sheboygan.
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