Clarks and Turcks: 1864-1865

No Milwaukee city directory in 1864

As we discussed previously, it appears that there was no Milwaukee directory published in 1864. Did the publisher go out of business? Did the war years cause manpower shortages that made canvassing for information impossible? Do any of our readers know more about this missing 1864 directory? If so, please reply. I’d like to know more.

Clark Mary Mrs. r. 474 Jefferson

As you can see in the new and improved Edwards’ Annual Director […] in the City of Milwaukee for 1865, Mary still resided at 474 Jefferson street in Milwaukee’s seventh ward.

Mary Clark in Edwards’ Annual Director […] in the City of Milwaukee for 1865, page 180.
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We assume all the children are living there with Mary, except for eldest daughter Caroline. She married William W. Woodward in November, 1861. and in 1865 was probably living with William on the Woodward farm in Granville, Milwaukee county, Wisconsin.

There is one other Clark child that may have been elsewhere. Was Henry Clark—Mary’s only son—drafted in 1863 and off serving the Union army somewhere in 1864 and 1865? That’s a very good question and one of our most pressing History Mystery! topics, It will get a full treatment in an upcoming post.

Father moves out

Mary Clark’s father, Peter Turck, left 474 Jefferson street by the time the 1865 city directory was published. He moved his residence and business to 421 Main street.

Turck, Peter and James B. Turck in Edwards’ Annual Director […] in the City of Milwaukee for 1865, page 286.
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Or should we say Peter moved back to Main street? In 1861, he was not listed in the city directory, but we know the funeral for his second wife, Christina, was at the family home, “372 Maine” (sic). It seems that the 1861 death notice’s “Maine” is a misspelling of “Main.” I can’t find a Maine street in the 1862 directory or on the 1859 map of the city. So in 1865, Peter Turck “removed to” his previous street—only a block or two north of his 1861 address, and just two blocks west of the 474 Jefferson house—and was now living and doing business as a notary public at 421 Main.

Brother James, still nearby

Mary’s brother, James B. Turck, was still living at 263 Pleasant, in the first ward. James and his young family had been in this house, or at least on this same street, since at least 1862. And James was still a bookkeeper for Page & Crosby, wholesale boot and shoe dealers.

By 1865, the twice-widowed Peter Turck had set up a new home and business close to his daughter and grandchildren, leaving Mary Clark and her family more room for themselves in the 474 Jefferson house. Life for the James B. Turck family continued apace on Pleasant street in the first ward. The Civil War had ended in April, and there was an optimistic spirit in the air. Unfortunately, 1866 would prove to be the beginning of a very trying time for the Clarks and Turcks.

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