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Harry William Marks

Last updated 21 Nov 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 25 Nov 1908 in Vergas, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States

Father: Edward K. Marks (1882 – 1963)

Mother: Emma Pauline Lemke (1883 – 1913)

Supporting evidence for:
name

birth-harry-marks-1908: Record of birth for Harry William Marks (1908); Otter Tail County, Minnesota, record number 1908-19101, registered number 35; State of Minnesota Division of Vital Statistics, filed 2 Mar 1909; privately held

Comment: Source includes name (Harry William Marks).

census-us-1910-ps-mn-ottertail-137-2a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Vergas Village, enumeration district 137, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 66A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Vergas > District 0137" image 3; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 714 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374727]

Additional detail for reference: Line 30, dwelling 28

Comment: Source includes name (Harry W. Marks).

census-us-1920-ps-mn-ottertail-132-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 132, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 171A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0132" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 847 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 25, dwelling 4

Comment: Source includes name (Harry W. Marks).

census-us-1930-ps-mn-ottertail-22-2b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 56-22, sheet 2B (form/penned) or page 108B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 November 2020) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0022" image 4; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1111 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340846]

Additional detail for reference: Line 86, dwelling 45

Comment: Source includes name (Harry W. Marks).

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Image #2.

Comment: Source includes name (Harry [Marks]).

obituary-pearl-johnson-1971: Obituary for Pearl Ellen Johnson (1971); “Pearl Ellen Johnson,” Buena Park Independent (Buena Park, California), 30 Jun 1971 (Wednesday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes name (Harry [Marks]).

religious-registry-church3-trinity-mn-1925-160: Church Record #3, Trinity Lutheran, 1925-1938 (Moorhead, Minnesota), pages 160-161; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 25 Jun 2020) > "Congregational Records > Minnesota > Moorhead > Trinity Lutheran" image 555; citing "Trinity Lutheran, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Birth, Marriage, Deaths, Chicago, Illinois"

Additional detail for reference: Entry 17

Comment: Source includes name (Harry W. Marks).

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birth

census-us-1930-ps-mn-ottertail-22-2b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 56-22, sheet 2B (form/penned) or page 108B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 November 2020) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0022" image 4; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1111 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340846]

Additional detail for reference: Line 86, dwelling 45

Comment: Source includes age (21) and location (Minnesota). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Apr 1930 gives a birth date range from 2 Apr 1908 to 1 Apr 1909.

birth-harry-marks-1908: Record of birth for Harry William Marks (1908); Otter Tail County, Minnesota, record number 1908-19101, registered number 35; State of Minnesota Division of Vital Statistics, filed 2 Mar 1909; privately held

Comment: Source includes date (25 Nov 1908) and location (County of Otter Tail, Village of Vergas, state of Minnesota).

census-us-1910-ps-mn-ottertail-137-2a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Vergas Village, enumeration district 137, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 66A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Vergas > District 0137" image 3; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 714 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374727]

Additional detail for reference: Line 30, dwelling 28

Comment: Source includes age (1 4/12 [16 months]) and location (Minnesota). Using his age and the official census date of 15 Apr 1910 gives a birth date range from 16 Nov 1908 to 15 Dec 1908.

census-us-1920-ps-mn-ottertail-132-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 132, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 171A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0132" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 847 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 25, dwelling 4

Comment: Source includes age (11) and location (Minnesota). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jan 1920 gives a birth date range from 2 Jan 1908 to 1 Jan 1909.

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father

birth-harry-marks-1908: Record of birth for Harry William Marks (1908); Otter Tail County, Minnesota, record number 1908-19101, registered number 35; State of Minnesota Division of Vital Statistics, filed 2 Mar 1909; privately held

Comment: Source identifies Edward Marks as the biological father of Harry W. Marks.

census-us-1910-ps-mn-ottertail-137-2a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Vergas Village, enumeration district 137, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 66A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Vergas > District 0137" image 3; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 714 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374727]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 26,30, dwelling 28

Comment: Source identifies Harry W. Marks as a son of Edward Marks. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

census-us-1920-ps-mn-ottertail-132-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 132, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 171A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0132" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 847 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Lines 21,25, dwelling 4

Comment: Source identifies Harry W. Marks as a son of Edward K. Marks. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

census-us-1930-ps-mn-ottertail-22-2b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 56-22, sheet 2B (form/penned) or page 108B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 November 2020) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0022" image 4; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1111 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340846]

Additional detail for reference: Lines 84,86, dwelling 45

Comment: Source identifies Harry W. Marks as a son of Edward Marks. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Image #2.

Comment: Source identifies Harry [Marks] as a child of Edward Marks, Sr. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

birth-harry-marks-1908: Record of birth for Harry William Marks (1908); Otter Tail County, Minnesota, record number 1908-19101, registered number 35; State of Minnesota Division of Vital Statistics, filed 2 Mar 1909; privately held

Comment: Source identifies Emma Lemke as the biological mother of Harry W. Marks.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Selma Ruby Hanson (? – ?)

Married: 8 Jun 1933 in Moorhead, Clay County, Minnesota, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

interview-loretta-spear-undated: Notes from conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, unrecorded date; privately held

Comment: Source notes fact of marriage.

religious-registry-church3-trinity-mn-1925-160: Church Record #3, Trinity Lutheran, 1925-1938 (Moorhead, Minnesota), pages 160-161; U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1781-1969, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 25 Jun 2020) > "Congregational Records > Minnesota > Moorhead > Trinity Lutheran" image 555; citing "Trinity Lutheran, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Birth, Marriage, Deaths, Chicago, Illinois"

Additional detail for reference: Number 17

Comment: Source includes date (A.D. 1933 / June 8) and location (Moorhead [, Minnesota]).

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Child: Harry Marks Jr. (1934 – 2020)

Child: <private>

Miscellaneous Facts

Attributes

Residence: 15 Apr 1910 at Vergas, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States

Occupation: (farm laborer) 1 Jan 1920

Residence: 1 Jan 1920 at Dora Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States

Occupation: (farm laborer) 1 Apr 1930

Residence: 1 Apr 1930 at Dora Township, Otter Tail County, Minnesota, United States

Residence: 30 Jun 1971 at Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Residence: at Hemet, Riverside County, California, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1910-ps-mn-ottertail-137-2a: 1910 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Vergas Village, enumeration district 137, sheet 2A (form/penned) or page 66A (stamped OR stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1910 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 14 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Vergas > District 0137" image 3; citing “Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910, NARA microfilm publication T624, roll 714 (of 1784), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 1374727]

Additional detail for reference: Line 30, dwelling 28

Comment: Source includes census date (15 Apr 1910) and location (Vergas Village, County: Otter Tail, State: Minnesota).

census-us-1920-ps-mn-ottertail-132-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 132, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 171A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0132" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 847 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 25, dwelling 4

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jan 1920) and occupation (Farm laborer).

census-us-1920-ps-mn-ottertail-132-1a: 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 132, sheet 1A (form/penned) or page 171A (stamped); 1920 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 August 2018) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0132" image 1; citing “Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920, NARA microfilm publication T625, roll 847 (of 2076), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 25, dwelling 4

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jan 1920) and location (Dora Township, County: Otter Tail, State: Minnesota).

census-us-1930-ps-mn-ottertail-22-2b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 56-22, sheet 2B (form/penned) or page 108B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 November 2020) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0022" image 4; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1111 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340846]

Additional detail for reference: Line 86, dwelling 45

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and occupation (Laborer / General Farm).

census-us-1930-ps-mn-ottertail-22-2b: 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, Minnesota, Otter Tail County, Dora Township, enumeration district 56-22, sheet 2B (form/penned) or page 108B (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1930 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 22 November 2020) > "Minnesota > Otter Tail > Dora > District 0022" image 4; citing “Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, NARA microfilm publication T626, roll 1111 (of 2667), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 2340846]

Additional detail for reference: Line 86, dwelling 45

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Apr 1930) and location (Dora Township, County: Otter Tail, State: Minnesota).

obituary-pearl-johnson-1971: Obituary for Pearl Ellen Johnson (1971); “Pearl Ellen Johnson,” Buena Park Independent (Buena Park, California), 30 Jun 1971 (Wednesday), page unknown, column unknown

Comment: Source includes city and implied state (Torrance, California).

interview-<private>-2020: Email conversation with <private>, 18-21 Jun 2020; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #3.

Comment: Source notes location (Hemet [, California]) for Harry and Selma's retirement.

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General Notes and Anecdotes

When Harry first moved to California from Minnesota, he found work as a milkman, but the nature of the work hurt his back. [interview-<private>-2020]

Following this, he and Selma worked for his brother Clifford in his bakery for a while then started their own bakery, located within a grocery store. His products included some of Clifford's. [interview-<private>-2020]

When Harry and Selma first moved from Los Angeles to Lancaster, California, they owned a chicken farm. [interview-loretta-spear-undated, interview-<private>-2020]

They worked up to a business of 3000 birds. Unfortunately, at some point the birds caught a virulent disease, and over the course of a week, they lost their entire flock. [interview-<private>-2020]

They subsequently moved to Hemet where they opened a sandwich and donut shop. [interview-<private>-2020]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

interview-<private>-2020: Email conversation with <private>, 18-21 Jun 2020; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #3.

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses 25 Nov 1908. An interview with Harry's niece gives his birth year as 1907. [interview-loretta-spear-2006]

FOLLOWUP

Harry may have left school early (4th grade) to work on his family's farm. [interview-<private>-2020]

Harry owned a gas station (Royal 76) in Lancaster, CA, on the corner of Avenue J and 15 St. West. (from an interview with Loretta Spear, but I can't find a record of it)

According to one source, Harry and Selma owned a donut shop in Los Angeles. Another indicates they owned a bakery in L.A. (which implies more than a donut shop) and a sandwich and donut shop in Hemet. For this tree it is assumed the first source was conflating business and location. [interview-loretta-spear-undated, interview-<private>-2020]

He may have lived in Hemet from at least 1993.

Harry may have died at 94, giving a death date of about 2002. [interview-<private>-2020]

Alternatively, he may have died 12 Oct 2005 in Hemet, California. [research-social-security-death-index]

Supporting evidence for:
research notes

interview-<private>-2020: Email conversation with <private>, 18-21 Jun 2020; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Message #3.

interview-loretta-spear-2006: Email conversation with Loretta Pearl (Johnson) Spear, 19 Aug 2006, includes physical notes sent by mail; privately held

Additional detail for reference: Image #2.

research-social-security-death-index: Social Security Death Index, Master File; Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA [available from many sources]

Additional detail for reference: U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com)

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