Clark House News – April, 2021

Spring is here and things are happening at the Jonathan Clark House Museum. All the info is in our latest newsletter. Click the image or this link to open (and save) your own copy of the full pdf:

Young Historians

As you’ll see, our Young Historians have been busy. Take note of Clara Klimczak’s festive card announcing Mary Turck Clark’s upcoming 200th birthday party at the Clark House, Sunday, May 2, 2021, between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Please join us and bring some non-perishable groceries for the Ozaukee Family Sharing Food Pantry.

Also this month, Young Historian Spencer Holloway has written a second essay about Peter Turck, Mary Turck Clark’s father and an early Mequon pioneer and man-of-many-trades. This article focuses on the remains of Peter Turck’s historic 1838 sawmill, the first sawmill in old Washington/Ozaukee county, and other aspects of Turck’s life.1

We had a “Become a Young Historian” exhibit and contest at the Weyenberg Library in March. A fun part of the exhibit was the “Find the Red Fox” contest, managed by Young Historians Kate and Kolby Zellmann.

Do you know someone who might be interested in our Young Historian program? See page 5 of the newsletter for more details on how to participate, from our JCH Education team of Margaret Bussone and Judy Button.

Executive Director Search

In case you missed our earlier announcement, the Friends of the Jonathan Clark House board of directors is looking for a new, part-time, Executive Director. For more information, see the newsletter, our earlier post Big Clark House News!, or email Dr. Nina J. Look at Applications are due April 30th. Please help spread the word.

The Ozaukee County History Co-Op

Our area is home to not one, but three local history organizations: the Jonathan Clark House Museum, the Mequon Thiensville Historical Society, and the Trinity Freistadt Historical Society. All three organizations are dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing local history. And, as you can see from the article in this month’s newsletter, they each have unique and complementary purposes and resources. All three organizations unite from time to time during the year to promote shared goals and projects. See page 3 of the newsletter for details, and some handsome photographs.

Clark House Crossword

How much do you know about Clark House history? Page 6 of the newsletter has a first: a Clark House Crossword. It was put together by our Young Historian Silas Toppe. Give it a try and, if you’re stumped, answers may be found on the Clark House website, Nicely done, Silas!

Thanks to our donors!

The April newsletter concludes with news of recent grants, donations and sponsorships. I know, this is just the sort of thing you might be inclined to skip over, but do take a moment to look and see how the Clark House collection—and our ability to present and interpret the lives of our early Mequon settlers—continues to grow through the generous support of so many individuals. Many thanks to all!


You may have noticed a lack of posts on the blog this past week. Sorry about that. It was—for a variety of reasons—”one of those weeks.” I expect to be back for the usual three or more posts per week starting on Monday. See you then.

Be well. Wear a mask. And don’t forget to brush and floss.



  1. An earlier version of the April newsletter’s essay “Meet the Turck Family – Part Two” contained a sentence that misstated some facts regarding Peter Turck’s legal activities in relation to Milwaukee publisher Sherman M. Booth, conflating aspects of the Joshua Glover case of 1854-55 (known to historians and legal experts as “In re Booth“) and S. M. Booth’s later—and possibly related—trial on a morals charge in 1859. These cases, and the exact nature of Peter Turck’s involvement in each, are very interesting and need further research. Meanwhile, the confusing sentence has been removed.