Berend Klukkert was born in 1847 in Oudeorp, Prussia, now Altendorf, Bayern, Germany. He came to the United States to escape service in the Prussian Army, settling in Fredericktown, Missouri where many German immigrants were.
In 1872 he married Amanda Johnson born in 1851, daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Pinkerton Johnson. Berend and Amanda had six children: Fritz, Minnie, Lillie, Fannie, Garrett, and John. They purchased a couple of farms, selling the last one in 1881 when they departed for the west. The family traveled to Anderson by train where they filed for a homestead in 1885 and three more children were born: Jennie, Benjamin and Harry.
In 1888 they bought another 127 acres in the Anderson area. They had a large orchard, vineyard and grain farm. Their eldest son, Fritz, sold the vegetables, fruits, and wine to the miners and villagers high in the hills. Once even selling his wagon and horses, taking the profit before returning home.
Berend opened a very successful bakery in Anderson and by 1910 he had sold his farm and retired to Anderson proper. Sons John and Harry continued to run his bakery.
Amanda died in 1913 and Berend died in 1916.
Ben and his brother-in-law, Jerry Coughlin, opened a bakery in Redding, CA. Ben ran unsuccessfully for Supervisor and died from a hunting accident. Ben had one child, Jack whose daughter is Christine Klukkert.