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Mike Anton Werner History
Agram, Austria - Zagreb, Croatia
Mike Anton Werner married Hulda Kristina Magdalena Johnson on April 28, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Mike Anton Werner stated on his social security application that he came from Agram, Austria. After WWI however, the town became Zagreb, the capital of Croatia (Hrvatska).
This historical information came from Mr. F. Kurchina of the CROATIA-List at Rootsweb: "Before WW I, Croatia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The 1910 - 1920 U.S. Census enumerations would have listed Austria-Hungary or some similar designation as the country of origin. Following the First World War, new borders for Austro-Hungarian Monarchy were set by the Treaties of Saint Germain-en-Laye (September 10, 1919) and Trianon (June 4, 1920). As a result, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was utterly transformed into smaller territories and new countries."
Mr. G. Rotter from the AUSTRIA-List suggests,
"Werner is a very common German/Austrian name and surname. Since Croatia was
part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire for many centuries your ancestors
surely came in as soldiers or administrators. So, your starting point should
be the archives of Vienna/Austria."
Here is a copy of Mike Anton Werner's Declaration of Intent filed in 1906. Here we found an A. Werner who traveled from Rotterdam on the SS Rotterdam and may or may not be related...
The Town of Wilton, County McLean, North Dakota 1910 Census states that Mike Anton Werner immigrated in 1906 and Hulda Johnson in 1914. Mike became a naturalized citizen in 1919.
"While looking for Mike Werner in the 1910 McLean county census today, I found him boarding at a hotel in Wilton, ND and he was listed right after an Otto Johnson as follows:
Father b. Aust-German, Mother b. Aust-German, to USA 1906, Alien, Speaks-English, Miner, Coal Mine, Can Read & Write
1916-1917 Bismarck City Directory
Pg 2 Mike
Werner, Hulda C. Wife, fw 30, Immigrated
to US 1914 Naturalized,
In the 1930's they migrated to a farm in Illinois. Stuart and Marianne Catherine were born in Illinois.
In 1936 Mike Werner's Social Security Application (Chicago 28 November 1936) states that he was born 2 June 1888 in Agram, Austria. It lists his father as an Anton Werner and inexplicably states that his mother is unknown.
Mike worked at the Arlington Park Jockey Club in 1936; he probably played there also. We never met him. I am not certain that any of the grandchildren met him. When questioned our mother would tersely state that he later worked in a small film studio on Devon Ave. We heard later that he was employed there as a janitor.
Despite a challenging childhood and growing up during the Great Depression, Mike & Hulda's children did fairly well for themselves. They also managed to look out for one another throughout the years.
Harriet married Wm. Tannehill and they ran a successful custom saddle business outside of Chicago known as Raceway Saddlery. Bill's beautifully crafted saddles (many with hand tooled leather) were very much in demand amongst many jockeys. Bill and his tack traveled to the larger races around the country. When they had time to relax, Bill and Harriet were expert square dancers and belonged to the ____?____ Club.
Occasionally the demand for Bill's wares would be so high that he would press my Dad, his brother-in-law Joe, into service. We older children would often pitch in assembling riding crops; sawing fiberglass rods and twining rubber cemented leather. After Bill passed on we were lucky enough to inherit some of his leather working tools.
Sterling (who also
worked at Arlington) married
Angelina Pennino, the daughter of Frank Pennino & Patricia Bratyanski. Frank - Sterling's father in law AND Bill Tannehill's stepfather - was a track judge at an Illinois horse race track. Hey, maybe it was Arlington! Or Sportsman's Park. Frank was also a skilled craftsman and had a big heart. He built a walk-in playhouse for his grandchildren. Sterling and Angie settled in the Berwyn-Cicero area and lived there for many years raising their 3 children and several broods of singing Chihuahuas.Still seeking cousins; Dennis, Gerald, and Patty Werner (Patricia Stapleton in Texas)
Things we've heard, but haven't substantiated-
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