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Petar (1874-1942) & Lucia (1882-1974)

Peter was the son of Marko (1839-1881) and Katherine Spraitz (1828-1912), the founders of the Glidden Branch of the Murković name.

Peter had a child (Anna) with Lucia Murkovic9 in 1901 and they got married in Stajnica/Jezerane in 1902 when he was 28. In the next few years they had another girl (Marija) and then a boy (Peter). 

At age 31, Peter's his older brother Joe had a child with Mary in 1903. Mary was in her early 20's at the time. In 1909, at the age of 37 Joe left Stajnica for America [check: that was in fact the year that Mary arrived with Ivan. Joe may have left earlier]. Peter went to join him three years later in November 1912, likely after their mother died.

Peter's family arrived in New York in November 1912. (Peter was already there at Ironwoods, Michigan). They were headed for Glidden, WI6. In the next few years they had another two children and had changed their name to Peter (or Pete) and Lucy Murkovich. They bought a house (93 First Str, Glidden10) and took in boarders. For many years, his brother Joe and his wife Mary were neighbors. Joe was two years older than Peter.

In the 1930 census of the Great Depression, Pete said he was in the wood industry but was unemployed. His grandson Edward tells us that he was a bootlegger during the great depression. He died of TB in 1942, when he was about 66 years old but his wife Lucy lived to a ripe age of 92, dying in 1974 not far from where they lived. It is possible that she lived with her daughter Zora and her husband "Lutz" in her last days.

Peter and Lucy's children were:

  1. Anna* (Anne) left home before she turned 19 read more here... 
  2. Marija* (Mary) maried a Croatian called Nicola Stilin and had 7 sons and a daughter with him. She died in Mellen, Wisconsin in 1974 not far from her parents home in Jacobs at an age of 89. One son married a Whalen and they also had a son. The daughter's name was Mary (1931-2009) and she married a Hafferman.
  3. Peter* - died in 1985, aged 77. Buried in Wisconsin. Social Security Number: 390-01-6288 (Localities: Cayuga, Ashland, Wisconsin; Cosy Valley, Ashland, Wisconsin; Mellen, Ashland, Wisconsin; Morse, Ashland, Wisconsin). Per 1940 census, he married Margret (b. abt 1910 in Wisconsin) and had a daughter Patricia (b. 1937, Wisconsin). Found divorce proceeding somewhere online for Peter and Margueritte (sp?). Margueritte was a schoolteacher, but she wasn't from Glidden. Peter may have married another two times - details murky. 1940 Census: Eau Clair City, WI. Peter (32), Margaret (30), Patricia (3), Salesman .
    Married Eva Lynn Scholl at Reno NV on Sept 30, 1950; had daughter called Patti (married William Cigon) in Fall Creek, WI; Patti had 2 children;
    Peter J Murkovic (b.1907) charged with DUI in 1953 when he was living at 119 Hancock Street, Findlay, OH; high likelihood it's this Peter.
  4. Katherine* - died in 1924, aged 10 from scarlet fever.8
  5. Edward M* (Eddy) was born in the US in 1915 and he moved to Nevada. He died in 1999. read more here...
  6. Zora* (b. January 9, 1922 - January 6, 2014) married Louis R. Kundinger of Park Falls  read more here...


Note 1: Petar Murkovic arrived in NY on November 6, 1912. He said he was born on 29 June 1876 (aged 36) but was born on 29 June 1874 (aged 38). Arriving with Petar was his wife Lucia (said she was 32 but was 30) and three kids- Anna (9), Marija (6) and little Petar (4). They were headed for Wisconsin, USA. Correction 2012-08-25: record of Petar's landing is unconfirmed. Tom Kundinger (a grandson) and his youngest daughter Zora found a booklet from a memorial service that gave his date of birth as June 29, 1874. In the 1920 census and then again in the 1930 census he confirmed 1874 as his year of birth. The immigration document in 1912 must have been incorrect. Is it possible that there were age restrictions on immigration to the USA at the time?

Note 2: By the time of the 1920 census the family had changed it's name to Murkovich and they had another two children. Peter (46), Lucy (37, should be 38), Mary K (14, correct), Peter (12, correct), Katherine (6, born 1914) and Edward M (5, born 1915) all lived in Jacobs, Ashland, Wisconsin according to the census. Petar's occupation was boarding house owner. When reviewing the 1920 census form, I noticed that their neighbour were Joe (48) and Mary Murkovic (39)and that they too were boarding house owners. The had three children: John (16), Mary (9) and Margaret (12). These neighbours were originally from Jezerane. Question: Could this Joe be the "Joso" uncle that Petar Spreic (Sprejc) went to visit in 1933? It's the wrong town, but still... 2013-05-04: Peter's mother was Katherine Spraitz (1828-1912) (Spraitz is a name of German origin for which the Croatian spelling is either Spreic or Spejc)

Note 3: 1930 Census - Pete Murkovich lived in 93 First Str, Jacobs, Ashland, Wisconsin (unincorporated place=Glidden!!), in household = Lucy (49), Edward (15), Zora (8 b.c1922) & a boarder. The older kids were no longer at home: Anna (27), Marija (24), Peter (22) and Katherine (16). Pete's occupation was labourer in the wood industry, but on the unemployment line. (Married at 26 and 19). Neighbours (94 First Str, ) = Joe and Mary Murkovich (59 and 52). (Married at 26 and 19) Occupation=Retired and None.

Note 4: On 20 Sep 1974, a Lucy Murkovich died, aged about 92, in Park Falls, Price County, Wisconsin - 92 makes her year of birth = 1882. She is buried in cemetery in Wisconsin (1882-1974)
The Lucia that arrived in NY in 1912 was 32 so she was born in 1880.
The Lucy in the 1920 census was 37, so she was born in 1883. 
see note 5 for confirmation of Lucy's birthdate.

Note 5: Per someone else's tree (named Forrest Stilin, created by stajnica26), Petar died on 11 May 1942, had a daughter Marija (born in Stajnica on 2 Oct 1905 - died Aug 1994 in Mellen, Wisconsin, USA) to wife Luce Murkovic (born 3 Jan 1882 in Stajnica - died 20 Sep 1974). Marija married Nicola Stilin (Born: 3 Nov 1888 in Stilini, Croatia - Died: 27 Jul 1966 in Mellen, Wisconsin, USA). Marija and Nicola had a son "Living Stilin" (no details), who married a "Living Whalen" and these two have a "Living Stilin" (male).

Note 6: Jacobs, Ashland, Wisconsin. (immigration doc says Ironwood, Mich)

Note 7: per Wisconsin Social SecurityDeath index, Edward M. Murkovich (SSN: 390-01-6289); Last Residence: 89432  Sparks, Washoe, Nevada, United States of America; Born: 1 Jan 1915; Died: 2 Sep 1999;

Note 8: per Zora Kundinger.

Note 9: Lucia Murkovic was the daughter of Maria Murkovic and she married Petar Murkovic. Zora Kundinger mentioned that her mother's maiden name might have been Murkovic and the immigration document confirms it. Zora also mentioned that Lucia's father lived to be 102. Confirmed: On her immigration form Nov 1912, she says he nearest living relative in the country she came from was her mother Maria Murkovic from Stajnica, Jezerane. She was heading to Ironwood, Michigan. Her and her children's fares were paid by her husband, Peter Murkovic from Ironwood. Mich. She was 4'10", blonde with blue eyes.

Note 10: per documents it reads Jacobs but Tom Kundinger explains that it is Glidden

HAFFERMANN, MARY CATHRYN (STILIN), 78, of Louisville, died Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at Baptist Hospital East. 
She was born June 26, 1931, in Mellen, WI, to Croatian immigrants, Nick and Mary (Murkovich) Stilin, the only girl with seven brothers. During her life, she was an ice skater, a drum majorette, a homemaker, a sewing teacher, a knitter, cross-stitcher and quilter, a Girl Scout leader, a wedding dress maker, a rehab athlete, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Besides her family, she loved reading, shopping and politics. Although she lived 48 happy years in Kentucky, she never lost her Wisconsin accent. She was married to Bill Haffermann, her soulmate, for almost 60 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Nick Jr. and Bob Stilin; and her sister-in-law, Jane Stilin. She is survived by him and their three children, Susan Harmansky, Mary Margret Spann (Ray) and Robert (Charlotte); her grandchildren, Peter Harmansky (Shellaine), Meredith and Maggie Spann, Patrick Evans and Jack Haffermann; her great-grandchildren, McKenzie and Cooper Harmansky; her brothers, Tom, Jack, Dick, Jim and Bill Stilin; her sisters-in-law, Jeannie, Caroline, Peggy and Sheila Stilin; and 42 nieces and nephews. She had many good friends in her Highlands neighborhood and at the Baptist East Pulmonary Rehab Center. A memorial funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 7, at St. Raphael Catholic Church, 2131 Lancashire Avenue in Louisville, followed by a private burial at a later date. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2009 at Highland Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, Louisville. From her husband: "When the sunlight clasps the earth, and the moonbeams kiss the sea, what are all these kisses worth, if thou kiss not me?" (Shelley) Sorely missed by her husband, children, son-in-law and daughter-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family expresses its special thanks to Dr. Yi-Yi Tsai and the staff, nurses and doctors at the Baptist Hospital East Coronary Care Unit who took such good care of her.


MELLEN — Funeral services for Mrs. Lucy Murkovich, 92, Mellen, who died Friday were held this morning at 11 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Glidden, with the Rev. Dean Buttrick officiating. Burial was in the Glidden Catholic Cemetery. Mrs. Murkovich was born
Jan. 3, 1882, in Austria and lived in the Glidden - Mellen area G2 years. She married Peter Murkovich Jan. 7, 1901, in Austria She was a member of the Christian Mothers Society, Glidden, and a 50-year member of the Slovene National Society.
Given Name: Lucy
Middle Name:
Surname: Murkovich
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 3 January 1882
Social Security Number: 390-52-2256
State: Wisconsin
Last Place of Residence: Price, Wisconsin
Previous Residence Postal Code: 54552
Event Date: September 1974
Age: 92
Collection: Lucy Murkovich, "United States Social Security Death Index"

Surviving are two sons, Peter, Grand Rapids, and Edward, Reno,Nev.; three daughters, Miss Ann Murkovich and Mrs. Mary Stilin, Mollen, and Mrs. Louis Kundinger, Park Falls; 15 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and a sister and a brother
in Austria.
[if Lucia's maiden name was Murkovic, it appears that she was from a Slovene branch and she had a brother that would have been a Murkovic]

School Roof and Murkovich Building Damaged.
Glidden, March 29—Tho roof of the Union Free high school became ignited Tuesday forenoon, and luckily was discovered very shortly thereafter, so that the flames were put out before any serious damage occurred. This is the second occurrence of this nature. 
Fire swept the rear end of the Peter Murkovich building Wednesday forenoon, and also charred and damaged the upper story of the
structure. Having its origin near the chimney the fire spread rapidly, and prompt action by the fire department saved the building from
complete destruction.

*=ID completed
Dario Murkovic,
May 12, 2013, 1:40 PM