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Thursday, December 1, 2016

WENK, Edward

Baltimore, MD
signed "Compliments of Edward Wenk"

Lovely penmanship, by the way.

This photo of Edward Wenk was acquired earlier this year in Eugene, Oregon, at an antique store named Hollywood Antiques. It was located in the same booth as the framed photograph for Edith (Heller) Rothholz who was previously researched and posted below. Edith Rothholz is Edward's sister-in-law by virtue of his marriage to Lillian "Lillie" Heller.

Edward J. Wenk (1876-1950) was the son of Germany immigrant butcher Jacob Wenk (1835-1896) and Sadie Alberg (1860-1921). He worked as a butcher in Baltimore.

1900 Census, Baltimore MD, Orleans Street
WENK, Sadie, head, Mar 1860, (age 40) widowed, born in Germany, owns a restaurant
WENK, Edward, son, Nov 1876, (23) born in MD of German parents, butcher
WENK, Joseph, son, June 1878, (21) Maryland, teamster
WENK, Carrie, daughter, June 1881 (18), Maryland
WENK, Matilda, daughter, Mar 1884 (16), Maryland, trouser factory
WENK, Amanda, daughter, Feb 1887, (13), Maryland, trouser factory
WENK, Louis, son, Oct 1890, (9) Maryland
WENK, Lilly, daughter, Apr 1892, (8) Maryland
MILLER, William, boarder, Aug 1877 (22) Maryland, butcher

Edward married Lillian Heller in 1902.

1910 Census, Baltimore MD, Fayette Street
WENK, Edward, head, (33), butcher
WENK, Lillie, wife, (33), assistant
The census indicates they had been married 7 years, and had no children to that point.

But they did have at least two children;
  Elizabeth Wenk-Cline (abt 1912-1997)
  Edward Wenk Jr. (1920-2012)

Sometime between 1910 and 1920 his occupation changed from butcher to commercial salesman.

WWI Draft Registration 1918
Edward lists his address as 2648 Guilford Avenue, Baltimore MD, and his occupation as "Traveling Salesman" for the Frances H. Leggett Company (a wholesale grocery and goods importer). His wife is Lillie Wenk.

March 2, 1945 Lillie Wenk died.

In 2012, his son Edward Wenk Jr. (born 1920)  died in Washington State. His obituary reveals him to have been a truly accomplished and remarkable man.

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