Sunday, June 15, 2014

52 Ancestors, Week 14: Urselle Clementine Hork Schwalen (1892-1951)

Urselle Clementine Hork was the sister of my grandfather, William Cyril Hork, making her my great-aunt. She was the ninth child born to Johann Anton Hork and Julia Ann Sievert and Cyril was the tenth and last.

She was the only child born in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, on 23 Mar 1892 to parents who moved around a lot.[1] By 1900, the family was living in Hamilton, Ravalli County, Montana, the last place that they would live as a family.[2] Even though she was 8 years old in the 1900 census, she was not listed as attending school as her older brothers and sisters were.

Ten years later she was listed in the 1910 census with the family as attending school at the age of 18.[3]  It is believed that she graduated from high school as she stated in 1940 that her highest education achieved was 4 years of high school.[4]

After finishing school, Urselle worked as an operator for the Montana Independent Telephone Company.[5] This company was located in the Chamber of Commerce building.

She and Bernard V. Schwalen were married by Father M.A. Lynch on 25 Jun 1913 at Saint Francis Church in Hamilton, Montana. [6] Their witnesses were Tony Hork, her brother, and Mai Howley. At a party held for them on 18 May 1913, they announced their engagement.[7] The wedding was written up in the newspaper the following day[8]:

Miss Urselle Clementine Hork and Bernard Victor Schwalen were wedded at the St. Francis Catholic church yesterday by the Rev. Father M.A. Linch. Miss Elizabeth Lemn played Lohengrin’s processional while the couple marched to the altar and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March was played after the ceremony. The bride was attended by Miss May Howley and the bridegroom by Anthony Hork. Justin Shannon and A.E. Walsh acted as ushers.

The bride was beautifully gowned in a dress of cream marquisette over crepe mescaline and a blue hat trimmed with pink rosebuds. She carried a bouquet of pink carnations. The church was decorated in pink, white and green, roses, peonies, and ferns being tastily used in the color scheme.

After the ceremony a wedding lunch was served at the home of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Julia Hork. The bride and bridegroom left in the evening for Missoula, where they caught the 7:30 train for Helena. After a week’s honeymoon in the eastern part of the state they will begin housekeeping in the Holrod house, South Third street.

The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. Julia Hork. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schwalen of Stevensville. He is employed in the engineering office of the Bitter Root Valley irrigation company. Many fine presents were received, among them being a china closet from the Bitter Root Valley irrigation company employees, a locker from the Independent Telephone company’s linemen and a check from the bridegroom’s father.

Bernard, born 27 Aug 1888 in Wisconsin, was the son of Joseph H. Schwalen and Mary Bristel.[9] They moved to Missoula where he worked for the Anaconda Mining Company in the lumber department as a stenographer. By 1917, they were living in Bonner, just outside of Missoula. The Anaconda Mining Company had a large sawmill there where they made plywood.[10] On 19 Jan 1919, a large portion burned to the ground. By 1920, Bernard and Urselle were living in Tacoma, Washington.[11]

Bernard and Urselle had four daughters: Elizabeth, Marjorie, Mary Juliette, and Jo Ann.

Urselle is to the right holding a child. Her mother is in white to the left.
Probably in Hamilton but it could be in Tacoma. From Marjorie Nelson, given to me in 2001.
I don’t know much about Urselle. Her middle name Clementine might be to honor her father’s sister, Clementina Hork. Once she married, she didn’t work and raised four beautiful daughters who all married and had children of their own. I find her as a housewife in the 1920, 1930 and 1940 censuses. She was listed as the wife of Bernard V. Schwalen in many Tacoma, Washington city directories. Bernard worked at a lumber company and seemed to make good money. He made more than $5000 annually in 1939 which was more than twice what others on the same page of the census made.[12]

Urselle died 24 Nov 1951. I have a short obituary for her, given to me by one of her daughters.[13]

"Mrs. B.V. Schwalen Succumbs at Age 59"
Mrs. Bernard V. (Ursulla C) Schwalen, 59, of 506 No. 2nd St died Saturday morning at a local hospital. She was born in Portland, had called Tacoma home for 32 years and belonged to St. Patrick's Church. Survivors are her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Curtis G. Onstad of Shelton and, in Tacoma, Mrs. Merritt D. Nelson and the Misses Juliette and JoAnn Schwalen; a sister and two brothers, Miss Carolyn Hork and Anthony Hork of Hamilton, Mont. and Cyril of Los Angeles, and five grandchildren. Faffney's mortuary will announce the services."
I have a copy of her death certificate and it is difficult to read the cause of death [update: I found the cause on Wikipedia: glomerulonephritis, which is a term used for several renal diseases], but the contributory cause was hypertension and heart disease, something that seems to run in our family.[14]

She was buried on 27 Nov 1951 at Calvary Cemetery in Tacoma next to her husband, Bernard, who died 4 Jan 1962.[15]

[1] Ravalli County, Montana, Marriages, v. 3-4 1912-1929, 1913, p 114, Schwalen & Hork; Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, film 1905837.
[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Ravalli County, Montana, population schedule (digital image, ( : accessed 28 Jun 2011), citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 914.), ED 81, Sheet 15, p 31, line 17, Urselle Hork.
[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Ravalli County, Montana, population schedule, Hamilton, ED 86, sht 19b, dwelling 370, fam 425, Julia A Hork; digital image, (, citing National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. 
[4] 1940 US Census, Pierce County, Washington, Tacoma City, ED 42-9, sht 10a, family 274, Bernard Schwalen, digital image (, citing National Archives and Records Administration, roll T627_4388.
[5] Missoula and Hamilton City Directory, R.L. Polk & Co, digital image, (, 1911, p 377, Urselle Hork.
[6] Saint Francis Catholic Church, marriage certificate, Bernard V. Schwalen and Ursella Hork, 1913, dated 20 Oct 1997.
[7] "In Hamilton," Anaconda Standard, 25 May 1913, p 6, col. 5, story of the engagement of Miss Urselle C. Hork and Bernard V. Schwalen.
[8] "In Hamilton," Anaconda Standard, 29 Jun 1913, p. unk., story of the wedding of Miss Urselle C. Hork and Bernard V. Schwalen.
[9] Ravalli County, Montana, Marriages, v. 3-4, p 114, Schwalen & Hork; FHL film 1905837.
[10] “Bonner-West Riverside, Montana,” (,_Montana : accessed 14 Jun 2014)
[11] 1920 US Census, Pierce County, Washington, Tacoma City, ED 332, sht 4b, dwelling 84, family 86, Bernard V. Schwalen, digital image (, citing National Archives and Records Administration, roll T625_1937.
[12] 1940 US Census, Pierce County, Washington, Tacoma City, ED 42-9, sht 10a, family 274, Bernard Schwalen,
[13] "Mrs. B.V. Schwalen Succumbs at Age 59," obituary clipping, newspaper unknown, from the collection of Marjorie Nelson.
[14] Washington State Board of Health, Certificate of Death, King Co, no. 20442, Ursulla C. Schwalen; FHL film 2033056.
[15] ibid; Also "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave  (, Memorial# 94307200, Calvary Cemetery, Tacoma, Pierce Co, Washington, Urselle C Hork Schwalen.

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