J. Nellis Klock

J. Nellis Klock, editor and proprietor of the Stockton Herald, is a bright and talented young journalist, with a promising future before him. His paper is a spicy, interesting sheet, an eight column folio, independent in politics, as well as ably edited, and is fast gaining an enviable reputation among its contemporaries in this county. Mr. Klock was born in St. Lawrence County, N.Y., Oct. 18, 1865, and is a son of the Rev. Nellis and Lovina I. (Oltman) Klock, natives of New York. His father, a well-known Lutheran divine, is pastor of the Yellow Creek charge at Kent, Ill.

The subject of this sketch received his early education in different parts of his native State, his father having held pastorates at various points in New York. He first attended the public schools, and at the age of thirteen years entered a printing office. He was, however very desirous to improve his education, so while working to learn his trade in the daytime he devoted his evenings to hard study in the evening schools, and completed his schooling at the Ogdensburg (N.Y.) Commercial College, where he pursued an excellent course of study. After acquiring a thorough knowledge of the art preservative, he was employed on various papers at different times, such as the Mechanicsville (N.Y.) Era, Ogdensburg (N.Y.) Signal, Century Magazine, Rochester Post, Express, and Stanford (Conn.) News. He was for some time editor of the last named paper, and acted in a like capacity on the Ogdensburg Signal, and was a reporter for the Schenectady Evening Star for nearly a year. Armed with such valuable experience in conducting lively and popular newspapers, our subject came West, conceiving that here he would find a broader field for the exercise of his editorial talents, and in April, 1888, established the Stockton Herald, the first issue bearing the date of May 11, 1888. He has every appliance for getting up a neatly printed paper, using the steam-power Campbell press, 31x46 inches, with steam from a Bookwalter three-horse power engine, and the paper thus issued is a credit to the town and county.

Mr. Klock is an enterprising young man, of exceptional habits, and is popular in the social circles of this community. He is a member of the Lutheran Church, and belongs to the I.O.G.T. He is ever active in promoting every good work for the elevation of the social and moral status of this town, and interests himself in all schemes for the promotion of its material welfare, and he is always found on the side of the right.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess Co., IL (1878)