Neil Haven Klock

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Neil Haven Klock, Sr.

Louisiana State Representative
for Rapides Parish
In office
Preceded by Three at-large members:

W. T. Bradford
Richmond C. Hathorn
Jesse F. Lucas

Succeeded by Three at-large members:

Carl B. Close
Crawford Hugh "Sammy" Downs
John R. Hunter, Jr.

Born November 9, 1896
Place of birth missing
Died August 10, 1978 (aged 81)
Resting place Trinity Episcopal Church
Cemetery in Cheneyville
Spouse(s) (1) Olive Ruth Cloud Klock (married 1922-1926, her death)

(2) Flora B. Klock (married 1927; length of marriage unavailable)

Children From first marriage:

Doris Ruth Klock
Katherine Sedonia Klock
Surviving child:
Neil Haven Klock, Jr.
John Charles and Camila Watson Klock

Residence Cheneyville

Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Occupation Farmer; Businessman
Religion Episcopalian

Military Service
Service/branch United States Army
Battles/wars World War I

Neil Haven Klock, Sr. (November 9, 1896 – August 10, 1978), was a sugar planter from Cheneyville, Louisiana, who represented Rapides Parish from 1940 to 1944 in the state House of Representatives during the administration of Governor Sam Houston Jones. He served alongside T. C. Brister of Pineville and W. H. Smith.[1]

Klock was a son of John Charles Klock (1843-1921). One of Klock's older brothers, Ernest Lorne Klock (1879-1967), an engineer, had worked in the sugar industry in Cuba and the Dominican Republic, where he built a railroad, golf course, a large estate, a school, and housing for workers and became friends with President and Generalissimo Rafael Trujillo and the aviator Charles Lindbergh. By 1940, the brothers were operating the Edgefield Plantation in Cheneyville, a 300-acre sugar and cotton and 200-acre cattle operation. The Klocks owned the local bank and the Meeker Sugar Refinery in Meeker in Rapides Parish.[2] In 1987, the Meeker refinery was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Klock's first wife, the former Olive Ruth Cloud (1899-1926), a native of Kurten in Brazos County, Texas, died in Rapides Parish of typhoid fever at the age of twenty-seven. She was the daughter of William Elisha and Sedonia Griffith Cloud. Klock had two daughters from this five-year marriage, Doris Ruth (born 1922) and Katherine Sedonia Klock (born 1926).[3] Olive is interred at the Bryan City Cemetery in Bryan, Texas.[4]

In 1927, Klock married a young woman named "Flora B.," whereabouts unavailable, presumed deceased.[5] Klock has a surviving son, Neil, Jr. (born February 1937), a 1960 engineering graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge,[6] who resides in Alexandria, the seat of government of Rapides Parish, with his wife, the former Sarah Pottinger (born June 1941).[7]

Along with several other family members, Klock, who died at the age of eighty-one, is interred at the Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery in Cheneyville.[8]


  1. Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812-2024: Rapides Parish. Louisiana House of Representatives. Retrieved on January 8, 2021.
  2. Ernest Lorne Klock. Retrieved on January 8, 2021.
  3. Mrs. Olive Cloud Klock. ''Bryan-College Station Eagle'' (October 14, 1926). Retrieved on January 8, 2021.
  4. Olive Ruth Cloud Klock. Retrieved on January 8, 2021.
  5. Neil Haven Klock. Retrieved on January 8, 2021.
  6. Neil Haven Klock, Jr.. Retrieved on January 8, 2021.
  7. Neil Klock. Retrieved on January 8, 2021.
  8. Neil Haven Klock. Retrieved on January 8, 2021.