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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Guess My Ancestor's 1940 Census Data

It's Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!!

My mission is to:

1) Pick one of the persons from your ancestry who should be in the 1940 United States Census.

2) Using the column headings below (from 1940 United States Census Questions), predict what the entries will be in each column.

3) Share your predictions on your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status or a Google Plus post.

I chose my father, William J Hork, who might be living in Rancho Cucamonga, California. this will be my father's first census. He was born Apr 23, 1930, so his mother was very pregnant in the 1930 census. I just missed seeing him by days.


* State: California

* Populated Place: Rancho Cucamonga

* Ward of City: ???

* County: San Bernardino

* Township or other division of county: ???

* Block Nos.: ???

* Enumeration District: 36-36 (I hope)

1. Location - street, avenue or road: San Bernardino Ave

2. Location - house number: 278

3. Number of household: ???

4. Home owned or rented: R

5. Value of home (if owned) or monthly rental (if rented): ???

6. Does this household live on a farm? No

7. Name of person: William J Hork, or perhaps Billy Hork

8. Relationship of this person to head of household: son

9. Sex: M (male)

10. Color or Race: W[hite]

11. Age at last birthday: 9

12. Marital Status: S[ingle]

13. Attended school or college any time since March 1, 1940: Yes

14. Highest grade of school completed: 3rd

15. Place of birth: California

16. Citizenship of foreign born: [blank]

17. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - City or town: Pomona

18. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - County: Los Angeles

19. Residence on 1 April, 1935 - State or foreign country: California

20. On a farm? No

21. Was this person AT WORK for pay or profit in private or nonemergency Gov't. work during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): No

22: If not, was he at work on, or assigned to, public EMERGENCY WORK (WPA, NYA, CCC, etc.) during week of March 24-30? (Yes or No): No

23. If neither at work nor assigned to public emergency work. ("No" in Cols. 21 and 22), Was this person SEEKING WORK (Yes or No): No

24. If not seeking work, did he HAVE A JOB, business, etc.? (Yes or No): No

25. Indicate whether engaged in home house-work (H), in school (S), unable to work (U), or other (Ot):[blank]

26. Number of hours worked during week of March 24-30, 1940: 0

27. If seeking work or assigned to public emergency work. ("Yes" in Col. 22 or 23); Duration of unemployment up to March 30, 1940 - in weeks: 0

28. Occupation: Trade, profession, or particular kind of work, as frame spinner, salesman, rivet heater ,music teacher: [blank]

29. Industry: Industry or business, as cotton mill, retail grocery, farm, shipyard, public school:[blank]

30. Class of worker: [blank]

31. Number of weeks worked in 1939 (Equivalent full-time weeks): 0

32. Income in 1939 (12 months ended December 31, 1939): Amount of money wages or salary received (including commissions): 0

33. Did this person receive income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary (Yes or No): No

34. Number of farm schedule: [blank]

Thanks, Randy, for the great template!

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 19

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."


March 19 — Have you discovered a surprising fact about one of your female ancestors? What was it and how did you learn it? How did you feel when you found out?

My grandmother, Anna M Sullivan's aunt was Helena M Gleeson.  Helena never married and was a school teacher at Prescott School in Anaconda, Montana.  What surprised me was what I found in a city directory:  in 1936, she was listed as Principal!

Anaconda City Directory, 1936, p 32

Now I need to do some research about Prescott School in Anaconda.  I will contact the Historical Society and the School District to see what I can find about her career there.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 18

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."


March 18 — Shining star: Did you have a female ancestor who had a special talent? Artist, singer, actress, athlete, seamstress, or other? Describe.
Anna is in the center to the right of the teacher


My grandmother, Anna Marie Sullivan, attended Montana Normal College, and I have her college yearbook.  In the yearbook I found she was on the basketball team and the Glee Club.  What I remember most about my Nana, was that she was always singing.  She taught us to sing little ditties while washing dishes.  That always made washing dishes much more fun.

I don't think she ever sang formally, such as in a church choir or other chorus after college.  She was an elementary school teacher and I'm sure her classrooms were full of singing.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 17

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."


March 17 — Social Butterfly? What social organizations or groups did your mother or grandmother belong to? Sewing circle, church group, fraternal benefit society or lodge? Describe her role in the group.


My mother, Lea Johnston, served as Social Secretary in her Freshman year.

Later after she was married to my father, William J Hork and had a couple of children, was a member of the Junior Women's Club in Pittsburg, California.    From a newspaper clipping in the  23 Jun 1960 Oakland Tribune,  I learned:

"Junior Club Officers Inducted.  The Junior Women's Club of Pittsburg has installed Mrs. Bess Gibson as president, succeeding Mrs. Edward Marchoke.  Other 1960-61 officers include: Mrs. Frank Pieriszkiewicz, vice present; Mrs. William Hork, secretary; Mrs. Cyril Bruno, treasurer; Mrs. Ally Petchal, pariamentarian; Mrs. Marchoke, auditor, and mrs. James Hanges, club coordinator."




Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 15

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."


March 15 — Write a six-word memoir tribute to one of your female ancestors.


This is an interesting project.  I'm to write a memoir of someone with just six words.  Here goes:


Lea Nell Hork:  
Creative, artistic, loving mother of six.
















Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 14

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."


March 14 — Newsmakers? Did you have a female ancestor who made the news? Why? Was she famous or notorious? Did she appear in the social column?


No female ancestor that I have found has been the subject of "news" in the newspaper, however many ancestors have been the subject of Society News.  My husband's grandmother, Matilda (Davey) Gorrell was very active in Society affairs in Webb City, Missouri.  She was active with her church group,

Joplin (Missouri) Globe, 9 Oct 1938, p B3

the Webb City Temperance Union, and with the Webb City Garden Club.  

Joplin (Missouri) Globe, 13 Jul 1947, p B3

I even found a notice of her illness.

Joplin (Missouri) Globe, 5 Jan 1935, p 4



Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 13

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 13 — Moment of Strength: share a story where a female ancestor showed courage or strength in a difficult situation.


Julia A. Hork
This was a difficult theme for me.  I feel I don't know my female ancestors well enough to answer this. But I came up with my great-grandmother, Julia (Sievert) Hork.  She separated from my great-grandfather, John A. Hork.

It probably took a lot of courage to send your husband out of the house.  I don't know any of the details.  He probably drank too much.  And because of the drinking problem, probably had little work.  He was a tailor.  Newspaper articles I have found said he was an excellent tailor.  But maybe the drinking got in the way of making a good living.  The family moved around a lot before settling in Hamilton, Montana.  Perhaps his drinking reputation forced him to move periodically to a new place.

Anyway, she sent him off when she still had young children at home.  My grandfather was but four or five.  Did she ever regret it?  I'll never know.  But I'm sure she did it to save her family.


Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 11

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."


March 11 — Did you have any female ancestors who died young or from tragic or unexpected circumstances? Describe and how did this affect the family?

Ethel Quigley with son, John
I have not found any direct line female ancestors who died young or from a tragic or unexpected circumstance.  However my grandmother, Anna Sullivan's sister, Ethel E. Quigley, died young on 26 Oct 1927, directly following the birth of her second child, Ann.  The baby died, too.

Ethel was born 11 Feb 1891 in Montana to John H. Sullivan and Anna Marie Gleeson.  She was their youngest child and she grew up in Anaconda, Montana.  When her mother died in 1912, she moved to Portland, Oregon to live with her grandparents, John and Margaret Gleeson. Later, she returned to Anaconda and worked as a stenographer.

She married John Vir Quigley "Vir" sometime before 1926 when her first son, John James Quigley, was born. I have not found the marriage record yet, but now think that since John James Quigley was born in San Francisco, the couple might have been married in California.  Vir worked as a mining engineer in California since the 1920's.

What is really sad, is she died so young and probably as a result of the pregnancy or birth.  I wonder if I would have survived giving birth had I lived 100 years ago.  Both of my children were born through a Cesarean section.  Today, we have so much available in medical treatment.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Fearless Females - Day 10

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."
March 10 — What role did religion play in your family? How did your female ancestors practice their faith? If they did not, why didn’t they? Did you have any female ancestors who served their churches in some capacity?

My father's side of the family were all raised as Roman Catholics.  His German family came from Westfalia in Germany and Posen in Poland.  His Irish family came from County Tipperary and County Cork.  There are a couple of men who became priests and one woman who became a nun.

Grey Nun, Sister St. Melanie (aka Mary Martha Tierney)
My great-great grandmother, Margaret Tierney's youngest sister was Mary Martha Tierney.  She was born July 7, 1858 in Napean, Ontario, the daughter of John Tierney, a farmer, and Ann Murray.(1)  She was baptized Mary Martha.  She entered the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns of Ottawa) on Dec 24, 1874 at the age of 16 years, 5 months and made her profession on Dec 13, 1877.(2)

When the order formed an American branch, she joined.  She taught for many years.  She was also hard of hearing for years and finally became totally deaf.  She read Catholic periodicals and was interested in community affairs.  She followed the Way of the Cross daily.

She retired to D'Youville College where she lived until she was transferred to St. John's Hospital in Ogdensburg, NY after a heart attack in 1946.  She died 21 Feb 1950.



1. St. Phillips Church, Richmond, Carleton Co, Ontario, Canada, Parish registers, 1836-1917, Mary Martha Tierney, FHL 1304679.
2. Letter from Sister Mary Charlotte Barton, archivist, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Yardley, PA, dated 1 Jun 2005.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 9

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 9 — Take a family document (baptismal certificate, passenger list, naturalization petition, etc.) and write a brief narrative using the information.
S.S. Belgenland ship list with Clementine & Albert Hork(1)

This is a ship record for my great grandfather's brother, Rev. Albert Hork, and sister, Clementina Hork, who arrived in the United States in 1891.  This was at least the second time that Albert had arrived.  He had lived previously in Wisconsin.  But I think this is the first time for Clementina.

The record states that the S.S. Belgenland arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the 9 November 1891.  The Rev Albert M Hork and Clementina Hork were passengers in the Saloon (probably means the Salon), Second Cabin.  Albert is listed as 38 years old, male, a Rev., a citizen of America, going to Philadelphia, and has 1 bag.  Clementina is listed as Miss Cle Hork, 40, female, occupation listed as private, citizen of Germany, going to Philadelphia, and has 1 bag.  All passengers were listed as being a settler.


I was very excited to see this record on Ancestry.com.  I didn't know any other Horks had arrived in America except my great grandfather, Johan Anton and his brother, Rev Johan Albert M Hork.  Now I want to find out as much as I can about Clementina.

I have a birth and baptism record for her. She was born 9 Aug 1951 and baptized the next day.(2)  I have also found her in Brooklyn, New York city directories, living at 1031 DeKalb av.  She is a dressmaker.  This coincides with her brother's and father's occupations as tailors.  I first find her in the 1897 listing.(3)  She is also listed in the 1900 and 1910 Kings County, NY censuses.(4) 

But this is where I lose the trail.  What has become of her?  Online sites for death records has no Clementina.  Online cemetery sites had no Clementina.  She's probably too old to marry, but I checked marriage records, too.

So she's one of my mystery women I'm anxious to learn more about.

1 "Philadelphia Passenger Lists, 1800-1945," online images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Dec 2010), manifest, S.S. Belgenland, 9 Nov 1891, Rev. Alb. M. Hork & Miss Cle Hork. 
2  Baptism of Maria Clementina Horoch, Intl 1257843, Taufen 1848-1878, pg 16, 1851.
3 Lain & Healy, Lain & Healy's Brooklyn Directory, 1897-1898: 625, Clementine Hark; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 Dec 2011). Also 1898-1899: 538; 1900: 709.
4 1900 U.S. census, Kings, New York, population schedule, Brooklyn, enumeration district (ED) 344, sheet 6a, p. 285 (stamped), dwelling 77, family 111, Clementine Hork; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Mar 2011); also 1910 U.S. census, Kings, New York, pop. sch., Brooklyn, ED 886, sheet 11A, p. 48 (stamped), dwell. 59, fam. 247, Clementina Hork.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 6

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month. I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts. These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 6 — Describe an heirloom you may have inherited from a female ancestor (wedding ring or other jewelry, china, clothing, etc.) If you don’t have any, then write about a specific object you remember from your mother or grandmother, or aunt (a scarf, a hat, cooking utensil, furniture, etc.)

Cast iron pans from Nana
We don't have many heirlooms from my ancestors.  My family did not have a lot of money but the few items that have been passed down are cherished.  I especially love the black cast iron frying pans from Nana, my grandmother, Anne M Hork.

These pans are so well-seasoned, that I can cook anything in them without sticking.  Plus they can be washed gently without worrying about losing the seasoning.  In these pans, I have cooked French Toast, salmon patties, fried chicken, scrambled eggs, baked cornbread, and many other treats.  They have also went on many camping trips with our Girl Scout Troop where the girls fixed burritos, tacos, and spaghetti sauce.




Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 5

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month.  I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts.  These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family." 



March 5 — How did they meet? You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit. Do you know the story of how your parents met? Your grandparents?


These are my parents, Lela Nell Johnston & William Joseph Hork.  They were married 19 April 1953 in Concord, California. They met on a blind date.  Even though they both graduated from the same high school, Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, they did not attend at the same time.

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Monday, March 12, 2012

Girl Scouting in the 60's

I'm with my brother, Steve.  I think this is end of 5th grade.

Today, March 12, 2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Girl Scouts of the USA by Juliette Gordon Low.  I joined Girl Scouts in the 5th grade in the fall of 1964.  Our troop met in the kindergarten room at Parkmead Elementary School in Walnut Creek on Thursdays after school and our leaders were teachers.  In those days, the troops were multi-grade.  Junior Girl Scouts were 4th, 5th and 6th grade.  I don't remember the girl's name who asked me to join the troop but I sure had a lot of fun.

Hiawatha
A few things I remember doing in Girl Scouts: earning badges, learning folk dancing and attending a festival, camping at Bothin in Marin County, camping in Sonora, backpacking, hiking up Mt. Diablo and camping, camping with skunks, having a tea party with our mothers, reciting the poem Hiawatha, and going to the state capital.

I was in Girl Scouting for just four years: two years as a Junior, and two years as a Cadette.  I regret now quitting after the end of 8th grade.  I was just afraid of the "leadership" responsiblities the 9th graders had and just wasn't mature enough to do that.

When my two daughters were old enough to join Girl Scouts, I was their leader.  Elizabeth made it to Cadettes and Margaret finished Cadettes, earning the Silver Award.  Sports and Drama in high school became their focus.

Camping in Sonora

I still am active with Girl Scouts.  I helped run a summer day camp for nearly 10 years.  I teach Girl Scout Leaders and parents how to take their troops camping.  And I teach classes at Discoveree. 

Camping in Sonora

Happy Birthday, Girls Scouts, and I hope you have 100 more good years.










Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 4 Marriages

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month.  I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts.  These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

I have the marriage record for my great-grandparents, Johan Anton Hork & Julia Ann Sievert.  This record came from St. John the Baptist German Catholic Church in Joliet, Illinois.  The secretary there was very nice to photocopy the record from their marriage register.  This was a grand record, because I found the names of their parents and the names of the villiages the families came from.  The Horks are from a part of German that is in Nordrhein-Westfalia and the Sieverts come from a part of Germany that is now in Poland, near Posen.  This was a major breakthrough for me and enabled me to do real research in German Church records that the Family History Library had microfilmed!

I don't know much about Johan Anton Hork and Julia Ann Sievert.  Johan Anton was born in Germany while Julia was born in Illinois, shortly after her family arrived in Joliet.  They had ten children and my grandfather, William Cyril, was the youngest.





Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fearless Females - Day 2

This is a blogging theme for the month of March which is Women's History Month.  I'm a bit behind but do want to participate in the daily blogging posts.  These 31 posts will be posted between my two blogs "My Trails Into the Past" and "Mam-ma's Southern Family."

Day 2: Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

Anna Marie Sullivan Hork

This is my paternal grandmother, Anna Marie (Sullivan) Hork.  I don't know when the photo was taken but the date written on the photo is 2/28/47.  Loretta is her sister.  My guess is this was a studio photo.

Anna was born 15 October 1892 in Anaconda, Deer Lodge Co, Montana to John H. Sullivan and Anna Marie Gleeson.  She was a devout Catholic, a school teacher, and a CCD teacher.  She loved to sing and taught us grandchildren lots of little songs, especially ones to help pass the time while washing dishes.  I loved being read to by her.  We also loved snacks she made, especially sugar rolled up in lettuce.  The sourballs she kept in her candy jar was also great, too.  We always had great fun with "Nana."

Copyright © 2011 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, My Trails into the Past