Amanda Jane Johnson was born November 15, 1851 in Fredericktown, Missouri
to Edward Albert and Elizabeth Pinkerton Johnson. Amanda met Berend some
time between 1868 and 1872; they were married in Fredericktown, February
4, 1872 by a Justice of the Peace. Before leaving Missouri they had bought
and sold two farms and had six children:
|Fannie||b. Feb-6-1878 - d. 1884|
|Garrett Henry||b. Dec-6-1879|
In 1888, they bought 127 acres on the County Road parallel to the railroad tracks between Redding and Anderson; they had orchard, vineyard, grain, and truck garden. The oldest son, Fritz sold vegetables and wine to miners and villages high in the hills; he even sold his team and wagon before taking his profit back home.
Berend, also, opened a bakery in Anderson. Both operations were successful because Berend made several trips back to Germany and on at least one occasion took Amanda with him.
The 1900 Census shows sons Garrett, John, Ben, and Harry as farm laborers, but the 1910 Census shows that Berend had sold the farm and retired to a small house in Anderson; sons John and Harry were living with them and listed as working in the Anderson Klukkert and Sons Bakery; Ben is listed as Proprietor of a Bakery in Redding.
On March 3, 1913, Amanda Johnson Klukkert passed away; she had suffered a stroke sometime during the previous year and gradually weakened until her death. She was buried in the IOOF Cemetary in Anderson.
By 19l6, Berend had gone to San Francisco to live with Lillian Klukkert his unmarried daughter until his own death April 20, 1920. His body was buried in Anderson beside his wife and two of their children in the lOOF Cemetary. His tombstone refers to him as Bernard the Americanization of his name and the form most often used as a middle name by his descendants.
Source: Shasta Historical Society