Monday, September 1, 2014

Matrilineal Monday: Marriage of William Cyril Hork to Anna Marie Sullivan, 30 Nov 1922

Matrilineal Monday is a blogging theme to celebrate or share something of your mother’s line.

When I started on the process of locating my grandparent’s marriage record, all I knew from my aunt (their daughter) was they got married on Thanksgiving and the reception was at Aunt Sadie’s.

I didn't know who Aunt Sadie was.

I wasn't sure of the year, so I didn't know when Thanksgiving fell.

All I knew was William Cyril (known as Cyril) came from Hamilton in Ravalli County, Montana and Anna (later known as Anne) came from Anaconda in Deer Lodge County.

Letters sent to the county recorders in both counties came back with no record found. Gosh, why wouldn't they be married in one of their hometowns?

Letters were sent to the Catholic churches in both counties with the same results: no record of marriage found there.

So, who was Aunt Sadie?

My daughters and I had taken a trip to Montana to visit both Hamilton and Anaconda, hoping to find more information about this marriage (among other things). I made a quick call to my aunt pleading for more information about this Aunt Sadie.

It seems she was married to a Sullivan. She lived in Butte (which is in Silver Bow county) and had three children: Margaret (who never married), Daniel (who was a priest), and John (who was in the electrical business). These were better clues.

So off to Butte we went.

The county recorder’s office found no marriage for Sullivan and Hork. Sigh.

Not completely discouraged, we went to the Catholic Church close to downtown. The office woman took us to a side room and brought all of the old church record books from that church and others in the area that were no longer present. I divvied out books to each of my daughters (who were 8 and 10) and said to look for the names Sullivan and Hork together.

So quietly we searched through the old record books. We were so busy looking that I didn't think to take a photo of us working.

Suddenly daughter #1 yelled out, “I found it!” There in the St. Patrick’s Church book on page 434, Hork & Sullivan were handwritten in the margin.[1] They were married on 30 Nov 1922. The witnesses were Daniel J. Sullivan (the one who would become a priest) and Ethel Sullivan (Anna’s sister).

1922 Marriage record from St. Patrick's Church in Butte, Montana
of Cyril Hork and Anna Sullivan

With the photocopy the office secretary was so nice to make for us, we returned to the courthouse and requested another search of their records. Of course with the known date, the record was found.[2] It had been indexed incorrectly (I can’t remember now how Sullivan or Hork were misspelled).

1922 Marriage record of Cyril Hork & Anna Sullivan
The information was basically the same between the two documents with some minor misspellings.
Later at the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives, I found a newspaper notice about the marriage with a bit of help from my daughters:[3]

1922 Marriage - The Butte Miner - 3 Dec 1922 - col 4 - Hork-Sullivan
From Butte Miner, 3 Dec 1922

No mention of the reception at Aunt Sadie’s but she and her husband, Michael J. Sullivan were living at 162 West Granite Street in Butte.[4] Michael was the brother of Anna’s father, John H. Sullivan.

There is no other record of the wedding: no photos, no invitation. In fact, I have no photo of Cyril and Anne together.

[1] St. Patrick's Church, Butte, Montana, Marriage (Church) Record of William C. Hork & Anne M. Sullivan, p 434, Hork-Sullivan.
[2] Silver Bow County, Marriage Record of William C. Hork & Anna M. Sullivan, record A-14551, photocopy, 30 Nov 1922.
[3] Marriage Announcement of William C Hork & Anne M. Sullivan, Dec 3, 1922, col 4, p 7.
[4] 1920 Silver Bow Co, Montana, population schedule, Butte, ED 214, sht 3a, dwl 29, fam 43, Michael Sullivan, digital images, ( : accessed 12 Apr 2013).

Labor Day: My Union Card-carrying Ancestors

I spent over 32 years working for the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) where I was a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union 1555. I began working there as a BART Train Operator and later became an Employee Development Specialist (EDS) where I taught new employees to be train operators. I retired in 2010.

My father, William J. Hork, worked most of his life for grocery stores that were unionized. He was initially in the Retail Clerks Union 1179 which later was renamed United Food & Commercial Workers Union. My father worked for LoRay, Ralphs, Bon Appetit, and Safeway. He retired in 1993.
1993 Withdrawal Card - UFCW - William J Hork
1984 Bill Hork at Bon Appetit
My dad is the one on the right.

My grandfather, Tom J. Johnston, worked as a carpenter most of his life. His last job was with the Contra Costa County Community College District and he worked at the Diablo Valley College (DVC) campus. I remember visiting him there once with my grandmother. He gave me a wooden tennis racket and frame. I loved playing with that racket.

Updated 4 Sep 2014. I found Tom Johnston's cards in his wallet.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

52 Ancestors: Julia Ann Sievert Hork, 1910 Census

I’ve written about Julia Ann Sievert before for Fearless Females and you can read it here.

Today for 52 Ancestors, I would like to write about the information I learned about her from the 1910 census.[1]

1910 Ravalli Co MT - Julia A Hork-crop
1910 Ravalli Co, Montana census for Julia A. Hork household

The Julia A. Hork household lived on Seventh Street; however no house numbers were listed. Julia was listed as head of household with six children. She was 54 years old and a widow. Comparing that age to the known birthdate of 31 Oct 1854, her age was off by one year.[2]

Although it is unknown who gave the information for this census, it probably was Julia herself. Ten children were listed as being born with nine still living. This is more accurate than the previous census which listed seven children born and seven living (the seven who were listed in the census). Julia had ten children, five girls and five boys. Her oldest daughter, Maria Catharine “Mary” died 28 Sep 1895 in Portland, Oregon.[3]

Julia was listed as being born in Illinois of German immigrant parents. She spoke English and had no occupation. Four adult children were living with her: Albert who was the deputy clerk for the County Court; Carrie who was a saleslady at a dry goods store; Tony who was a freight clerk for the steam railroad; and Raymond who was a printer for the newspaper. Urselle was 18 and Cyril 10, who both attended school.
Julia did not own the house she lived in.

Looking at the birthplaces where her children were born, the family traveled quite a bit. Two were born in Illinois, two in Iowa, one in Oregon, and the youngest in Montana.

More information about the family can be found in the 1909 and 1911 city directories.

1909 Dir - Hamilton - Horks p 502-crop fam
1909 entry for Hamilton, Montana

In 1909, five entries were listed as living with Julia Hork: Albert J as the Deputy County Clerk and Recorder at the Court House; Anthony as a baggageman with the N.P. Ry [Northern Pacific Railway]; Carrie as a clerk at the Valley Mercantile Company; and Raymond as a foreman with the Western News.[4] The ad for the Valley Mercantile Company was on page 435 and said the company sold general merchandise both wholesale and retail.

1911 Missoula & Hamilton Dir - Horks p 377-crop fam
1911 entry for Hamilton, Montana

The 1911 directory listed six Hork members.[5] The additional person was Urselle who now worked as an operator with the Montana Independent Telephone Company. The family also lived at 506 South 5th Street now. Albert was now the County Clerk and Recorder and his brother, Tony was the Deputy Clerk.

By the 1920 census, the record indicated that Julia owned the South 5th street residence free and clear.[6] Perhaps her children helped her purchase the home.

This indicates that I should look into researching land records in Ravalli County, Montana for this purchase and what happened to it after Julia’s death.

[1] Montana, Ravalli, 1910 U.S. census, pop. schedule, Hamilton, ED 86, sht 19b, dwelling 370, fam 425, Julia A Hork household, digital image, ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.),.
[2] Montana Bureau of Vital Statistics, Death Certificate for Julia Ann Hork (Certificate), RAV 940, Ravalli Co, Julia Ann Hork.
[3] Multnomah County, Oregon, Death Certificate, 1895, Mary Hork; Oregon State Archives, Salem, OR.
[4] Missoula and Hamilton City Directory, R.L. Polk & Co, 1909, p 502, Julia (wid John) Hork, digital image, ( : accessed 29 Aug 2014).
[5] Missoula and Hamilton City Directory, R.L. Polk & Co, 1911, p 377, Julia (wid John) Hork, digital image, ( : accessed 29 Aug 2014).
[6] 1920 Federal census, pop. sched., Ravalli Co, Montana, Hamilton City, ED 182, sht 12b, dwelling 281, family 315, Julia Hork household, digital image, ( : accessed 29 Aug 2014), citing NARA T625, roll 975.