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Joe (1872-?) & Mary(1881-?)

Marija (Mary) Murkovic (29, born c.1880) arrived in the US on the s.s.Chicago with her son Ivan (John) (6, born c.1903) on 19 (23?) Feb 1909. Her father was Tome in Stajnica and she was going to her husband Josip (Joe) Murkovic in Calumet, Michigan.
Some 20 years later, in the 1920 census in Jacobs, Ashland, Wisconsin, we find: Joe Murkovic (48 born c.1872) and Mary Murkovic (39 born c.1881), originally from Jezerane and they were boarding house owners. Their boarding house neighbours were his younger brother Peter and Peter's wife Lucy Murkovich. Joe and Mary had three children: John (Ivan) (16, born c.1904), Margaret (12, born c.1908) and Mary (9, born c.1911).

On July 10, 1924 Mary Murkovic arrived in NY. She was 45 years old (i.e. b.1879). Last permanent address = Glidden; father is Ivan Stefanic from Stajnica. Husband= Joseph Murkovich, Box I06 Glidden, WI; Had $25; she had entered USA in 1909 and earlier in April 1924; gray hair, black eyes.

Per Zora/Tom, they subsequently moved to Superior, WI.
Their son John Murkovic (1903-1966) married Sophie Luzaich (1 July 1913, Duluth - 7 Sep 1998, Superior). John Murkovich, of Superior, Douglas County, Wis. was a Democrat and a member of Wisconsin Democratic State Central Committee, 1954. Sophie died in Minneapolis, MN some years after John. They had no surviving children. Both are buried in the Calvary Cemetery, South Superior Douglas County, WI.
Nothing more is known about the other two daughters Margaret (1908-?) and Mary (1911-?).

Per Zora Kundinger, two daughters were adopted. Q. Was that Margaret and Mary or did John and Sophie adopt 2 daughters?

Question: Could this Joe be the "Joso" uncle that Petar Spreic (Sprejc) went to visit in 1933? It's the wrong town, but still...

Interestingly, there are Spreic's in the family. Joe's mother was Katherine Spraitz (1828-1912)

Sophie M. Murkovich, 85, of 1100 Weeks Ave., died Monday, Sept. 7, 1998, in Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born July 1, 1913, in Duluth, she was a lifelong Superior area resident. She was owner and operator of the former Sophie’s Beauty Salon in East End for many years before retirement. She was a longtime member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Superior and Superior Eagles Aerie No. 80 Auxiliary.
Surviving are a brother, Peter Luzaich, Alexandria, Va.; a niece, two grandnieces and one grandnephew.
She was preceded in death by her husband John. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian burial on Thursday in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Fr. Dean Buttrick as celebrant. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home.


John Murkovich, "United States Social Security Death Index"

Given Name: John
Middle Name:
Surname: Murkovich
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 9 July 1903
Social Security Number: 389-18-7386
State: Wisconsin
Last Place of Residence: Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin
Previous Residence Postal Code: 54880
Event Date: November 1966
Age: 63
"United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Jun 2013), John Murkovich, November 1966.
Name: John M Murkovich
Name Prefix:
Name Suffix:
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 10 Nov 1966
Event Place: Supe, , Wisconsin
Residence Place: , Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Age: 63
Certificate Number: 033774
Collection: John M Murkovich, "Wisconsin, Death Index, 1959-1997"