Carroll County Biographies

Mt. Carroll

This gentleman occupies a prominent place among the business interests of Mt. Carroll, owning, and operating a blacksmith and carriage shop, and also has farm lands in Salem and Woodland townships. He is numbered among the prominent and well to do citizens of the central part of the county, with whose growth and development he has been identified for many years.

The subject of this sketch was born in Perry County PA Feb. 10, 1832, and lived there until attaining his majority, acquiring a practical education, and becoming familiar with farming pursuits. At the age of 21 years he started out for himself, emigrating to Shirleysburg, Huntingdon Co., PA where he learned the trade of blacksmith, and where he sojourned a period of four years. Upon leaving there, he started for Illinois, and for two years worked as a journeyman blacksmith in Mt. Carroll. At the expiration of this time he established in business for himself,opening up the shop which he now owns and occupies.

In the meantime, however, after the outbreak of the Civil War, and before leaving his native State, Mr. Cluck enlisted as a Union soldier in Company K, 125th PA Inf., on the 13th of July 1862 and served in the Army of the Potomac as Corporal. He participated in the battle of South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and many other important engagements. At Antietam there of his comrades were shot down by his side, but Mr. Cluck miraculously escaped. He however, suffered greatly on account of hardship and exposure, and returned home before the close of the war.

Not long after coming to Mt. Carroll he purchased land first in Salem Township, and later in Woodland Township, and carried on the improvements which had been begun. In 1872 he was obliged to retire from active labor for a time, having not yet fully recovered from his army experience. In 1865 he put up an elegant residence on Clay street, Mt. Carroll - one of the finest in the town - and there he makes his home, surrounded by all of the comforts, and many of the luxuries, of life. Aside from giving his uniform support to the Republican party, he has nothing whatever to do with politics.

The marriage of our subject with Miss Louisa Boyer was celebrated on the 10th of March 1864 in Mt. Carroll. Of this union there were born no children, but Mr. and Mrs. Cluck adopted a little girl, Maggie M., in 1886 who died Feb. 1, 1889 when 11 years old. Mrs. Louisa (Boyer) Cluck, was born in Washington County MD, Feb. 5, 1844 and is the daughter of Jacob and Susan Boyer. The father was a native of the State of PA, and a farmer by occupation. The parental household numbered 12 children, 8 of whom lived to mature years. Mr. Boyer came to this county in 1846, and took up a tract of land in Woodland Twp., from which the parents constructed a good home, and where they spent the remainder of their lives; Mr. Boyer departing hence June 22, 1865 at the age of 64 years and his excellent wife, March 14, 1886 aged 76. The daughter is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The parents of Mrs. Cluck were among the first settlers of Woodland Twp., and first put up a little log house in which they lived a number of years. Mt. Carroll, shortly before this, had been frequented by the Indians, and remnants of the tribe visited here until probably 1848.

Daniel Cluck, the father of our subject, was born in Union County PA about 1879 and there married Miss Katie Holman. Of the 12 children born to them, only four lived to mature years; Britton, our subject; Jacob, a resident of Mt. Carroll; Kate (Mrs. Hommel) of Springfield IL. The father followed farming until quite well advanced in years, and was a prominent official of the Methodist Episcopal Church during a long period. He lived to be 83, his death taking place at Altoona PA in 1882. The wife and mother had died when her son Britton was a lad of 12 years in PA. During his younger years the father was a section boss on the PA RR and had his headquarters at Altoona.

The father of Mrs. Cluck assisted in organizing the first public school of Woodland Twp., and also in the erection of the first school-building. Mrs. Cluck became identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, at the early age of 13 years and Mr. Cluck has been almost a lifelong member. They have hosts of friends in Salem Twp., of which they have been residents so many years, dispensing a cordial hospitality to all who came within their doors, and doing good as they had had opportunity.

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