Mielke Twins – Eugene and Voleska


On the 4th of October 1879, John and Augusta Mielke had twins Eugene Walter and Voleska Bridgit.

The following is the birth record I found on familysearch.org. The last name was misspelled when the birth was recorded. It was actually listed as Mialkie.

Walter and Voleska's Birth Record

In the 1880 census 7 month old Eugene and Voleska were living at home.

1880 Census Big Rapids Michigan for John and Augusta Mielke and children

As of the 1900 census both Voleska and Eugene are missing from the census records. According to the 1900 census record (you can see the image on this page) Augusta had 9 children and 5 were living, I believe that Voleska was one of the deceased children. Walter from the stories my grandmother has told me had gone to Germany and was working for the Kaiser Wilhelm II during the early part of the 1900’s.

By 1909, he is back in the United States and on 20 Oct 1909 he married Margaret Elizabeth Hunter Berry, daughter of Archibald Hunter and Jane Mary McCarney. Margaret was married previously (widow?)  to Patrick Berry (Barry?) and they had two children, Patrick James and Agnes Edwardine Berry.

Eugene and Margaret Marriage Record 20 Oct 1909

In 1910, Eugene, Margaret, Patrick and Agnes were living on South Warren Street, Big Rapids, Michigan. Eugene is a deliveryman for a department store and owns his own home (along with the bank). The record is quite blurry so I’m just going to give you the link to the record.

1917 Draft for WWI, Eugene wass working in Midland, Michigan as a Trip Driver, while Margaret was living at 109 Woodward Avenue in Big Rapids. In 1918, Patrick James’ draft card states that he is living at home with his mother at 109 Woodward, Big Rapids and was a student at Big Rapids High School

In 1920, Eugene was living in Detroit and working as a plumber, while Margaret, Patrick James (orderly) and Edwardine Agnes are living still living at 109 Woodward Avenue in Big Rapids. Patrick is also listed as a resident at The Nurses Home at Richmond Terrace in Detroit, Michigan and his occupation was listed as orderly.

1920 Census Record for Eugene

1920 census for Margaret and James and Edwardine

This is the last bit of information I have about Edwardine.

By 1930 the family was living together again, this time renting a home on 776 Lewerenz, Detroit along with Margaret’s sister Mary M. Garlock. Patrick is a veteran of the first World War and is working as an electrician for the City of Detroit. Eugene is working as a foreman at a auto plant.

1930 Census for Eugene, Margaret, and Patrick

The only information I have on them past, the 1930 census is that Walter Eugene Mielke died on 28 Jun 1953 (this comes from Aunt Marion’s letter, you can see here). According to the Social Security Death Index, Patrick James Berry died in May 1970 in Detroit.

Happy Searching!

SueAnn

Sources:

Michigan Births, 1867-1902,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NQNM-PMZ : accessed 2 April 2012), Walter Mielke (1879).

Ancestry.com 1880 United States Federal Census Detail: Year: 1880; Census Place: Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan; Roll: T9_594; Family History Film: 1254594; Page: 640.4000; Enumeration District: 180; Image: 0744.

Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/N3K9-PH5 : accessed 2 April 2012), Eugene W. Mielke (1909).

Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Year: 1910; Census Place: Big Rapids Ward 1MecostaMichigan; Roll: T624_663; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0116; Image: 622; FHL microfilm: 1374676.

Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Registration Location: Midland County, Michigan; Roll: 1675816; Draft Board: 0.

Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Year: 1920; Census Place: Detroit Ward 10, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_809; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 304; Image: 650.

Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Year: 1920; Census Place: Big Rapids Ward 4, Mecosta, Michigan; Roll: T625_783; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 234; Image: 1175.

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. 1930; Census Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: 1057; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 610; Image: 651.0; FHL microfilm: 2340792.

Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Year: 1930; Census Place: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: 1057; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 610; Image: 651.0; FHL microfilm: 2340792.

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