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History of Cambria County, V.2

Knoepfle, first forestmaster of Walerstein, Bavaria); Fredericka, mother of Charles R. Glock, born May 29, 1831, now living in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
    The parents of Charles Robert Glock came to America in the year 1864, settling at Whetstone Valley, Huntingdon county, Pennsylvania. Christian Glock was then an ambitious and energetic young man, and at the solicitation of some friends, who prophesied a speedy development of the minerals at that point and the introduction of a railroad through the territory mentioned, he invested considerable capital and embarked in nursery and truck farming. The proposed developments, however, did not materialize and Mr. Glock's speculation met with financial disaster. In the year 1868 Christian Glock and family came to Johnstown, where he was employed by the Cambria Iron Company until a short period before his death. He worked in various capacities for the company and was foreman of the coal washer at the time it was abandoned. He was a man of good musical taste and closely associated with the singing societies of Johnstown. He was a member of the German Lutheran church. He was past grand of Cambria Lodge, No. 785, German Lodge of Odd Fellows. In politics he was a Democrat until the presidential campaign of 1880 when he supported Mr. Garfield, afterwards voting independently.
    Of the marriage of Christian Glock and Fredericka Schwaderer Heider eight children were born, four of whom died in infancy. The children who grew to maturity were: John Arthur, born July 23, 1864, died December 8, 1889; unmarried. Mary Clarissa, born September 6, 1866, married Elmer Butler, Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Charles Robert, born November 2, 1867. Catharine Margaret, born February 10, 1873, married Samuel Dorsey Griffith, now residing at Curwensville, Pennsylvania.
    Charles Robert Glock was about nine months old when his parents settled in Millville borough, now part of the city of Johnstown. He was sent to the borough public school and finished his education in night school, but when a mere boy turned his attention to work as well as to receiving an education. He began to earn money when he was eight years old by driving to and from pasture a fine blooded Alderney cow belonging to Daniel J. Morrell, who then was Johnstown's foremost citizen. After a lapse of four years Mr. Glock took entire charge of the pasture lands of the Cambria Iron Company for a term of three years, and employed three boys as helpers. He was afterwards employed in the wire mill of the same company, but the nature of the work affected his health and he apprenticed himself to the late August Stremel, working two years as an apprentice barber and one year as a journeyman. While in this capacity the impression to become a mechanical engineer settled very forcibly upon his mind and he made several unsuccesful attempts to enter the pattern shop of the Cambria Iron Company as a preliminary step preparatory to going to

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