While the blog has been quiet for a while, behind the scenes I’ve been pursuing some hot leads as we try and solve the mysteries of Jonathan M. Clark’s parents, siblings and birthplace. More on that in the near future. Meanwhile, here are a few upcoming events that may be of interest:
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 10:00-4:00, Jonathan Clark House museum volunteers will have an indoor exhibit with family-friendly activities at the Mequon Nature Reserve Winter Frolic. For more information and parking directions, see their Facebook page.
Monday, February 3, 2020, the Ozaukee County Historical Society’s quarterly meeting will feature a presentation by Jim Draeger, co-author of Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin’s Historic Bars and Breweries. It’s an excellent book, with lots of interesting history, photographs and illustrations. The OCHS business meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. and the talk starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. Free and open to everyone. Cheers!
As a side note, you may be interested to know that alcohol and temperance are subjects that had a substantial effect on several members of the Clark and Turck families. For example, during Jonathan M. Clark’s service with the U.S. Army at Ft. Howard, the commanding general complained on more than one occasion about the negative effects upon the regiment of unrestrained alcohol sale and consumption in nearby Green Bay. Mary Clark’s father Peter Turck was a life-long teetotaller. And Clark daughter Caroline Clark Woodward was a vigorous and well-known temperance activist through much of her adult life. More on these and related topics in future posts.