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some of the information on this page taken from family tree provided by Richard Pfleger. Dates for Mary and Edwin Enk taken from a family tree posted on Rootsweb by Shirley F. Martin (attempted to email, got no reply, suspect out of date email address)


Gallery One, miscellaneous Mary shots: pics

Gallery Two, Mary and kids at her parents' golden anniversary: Wirtz 50th

Paper Trail:

1920 & 1930 census; article on parents' anniversary, article on 1935 article on shooting of her son, Joseph


Mary Gertrude Wirtz Enk

8-27-1882 to 10-2-1966



c.1878-Gertrude Wirtz (Wiedemann)


c.1879-Barbara (Sr. M. Louise O.S.F.)


1880-Annie Wirtz (Pfleger)


1887-Charles Wirtz


1890-Tony Wirtz


And one child who did not





Edwin Joseph Enk

1-6-1883/84 to 12-4-1957



  1905-Marie Johanna

  1907-Charles Edwin

  1909-Eleanore Edith

  1911-Harry J

  c.1914-Oscar Vincent


  1919-Anthony John





Hubert Wirtz


Mary Krump

spouse's parents:

John A. Enk


Johanna Blencherd


maternal grandparents:

William Krump & Gertrude Simons


paternal grandparents:

Martin Wirtz & unknown


maternal aunts & uncles:



paternal aunts & uncles:

George Wirtz & Barbara (on Hubert Wirtz page)

Click on image to enlarge. Once enlarged, to zoom, move cursor to right of image, back onto image, and click again. Note: it's quite possible I have repeatedly mislabeled her husband, Edwin Enk, as being possibly one of her brothers.

1902 wedding of Oscar Pfleger & Annie Wirtz, Mary Wirtz (Enk) on left, other is Dell Pfleger. Ctr. man Henry Pfleger, end man & kids unknown

Wirtz and Pfleger families intermingled. See next for labels

Same as previous, labeled.

John Pfleger, Marie Enk, Herbert Pfleger

1924. Presume there's a strong chance there are Enks in this crowd. Next shot is same, partially labeled.

same as previous, labeled

from left: Harry Wachdorf, Oscar Pfleger and son John (I think), then perhaps Edwin Enk or perhaps it's a Wirtz brother, then Emil Wiedemann (I think)

April 1929 Bornhofen's 50th anniversary, Mary, her parents, and sisters are in the crowd. Link to labeled version of photo beneath this gallery

1927. Groom Tony Trulley, John Pfleger seated bride Marie Enk, Eleanor Enk

1-6-1934 wedding of her nephew (next shot is same without label). Mary Wirtz Enk is #41 (names supplied by the bride 50 years after the wedding)

clean copy of previous photo

same occasion, slightly less blurry shot

To see labeled version of 50th anniversary gathering for her sister's husband's brother's in-laws (there has to be more connection than that), in which she, her parents, and two of her sisters, if not more family members, are in the crowd, click here: Bornhofen's 50th

Paper Trail

1920 census, Chicago, 5405 S. Shields:

Hubert Wirtz, owns free of mortgage, age 68, born Saxony, immigrated 1874, naturalized in 1885, laborer in furniture industry

Wife Mary, 72, also born in Saxony, immigrated 1872, naturalized 1885

Grandson Carl, 11

Grandson Martin, 7

Son Arthur J. Wirtz, 28, assignment clerk for telephone co. Arthur? Assume that's actually Tony (Antonio)

Same house, renting, new head of household:

Edward Enk, age 36, automobile mechanic, born in IL, father born in Hanover

Wife Mary Enk, age 38

Daughter Marie Enk, age 14

Son Charles Enk, age 12

Daughter Eleanor Enk, age 10

Son Harry Enk, age 8

Son Oscar Enk, age 6

Son Joseph Enk, age 3 years 6 months

Son Anton Enk, 2 months (all children born in IL)


Article, Southtown Economist 7-28-1926

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Wirtz To

Celebrate Golden Wedding

Fifty years ago August 2, St. Martin's Church, 59th st. and Princeton ave. was the scene of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Wirtz.

    Monday it will again be the scene of their wedding, this time golden, to be observed at 9 o'clock in the morning with solemn high mass, celebrated by the Rev. Frank J. Schikowski.

    Following the mass a reception will be held at the home of a daughter, Mrs. E.H. Wiedeman, 6207 (might say 6297) Mozart st. Mr. and Mrs. Wirtz have lived at 5405 Shields ave. since their marriage 50 years ago. Other children are Mrs. O.S. Pfleger, 5648 Wells st., Mrs. E.J. Enk, 5405 Shields ave., Sister M. Louise, Milwaukee: A.G. Wirtz, Midlothian, and Charles Wirtz, 1283 Early ave. There are 17 grandchildren in the family as well.

    Music and a program will entertain the 130 friends and relatives who have been invited to the reception. 


1930 census, S. Shields:

Hubert Wirtz now 79

Wife Mary, now 82

Also in the house (renting):

"Edwin" Enk, 46, general mechanic

Wife Mary, 47

Son Charles Enk, 23, electrician with Edison Company

Son Harry, 19, machine operator for (illegible)

Son Oscar, 16, errand boy for packers

Son Joseph, 13

Son Anthony, 10 (all children born in IL.)


Chicago Tribune, May 31, 1935

Youth Shot by Cornered Robber Dies of Wounds

Joseph Enk, 19 years old, 5405 Shields avenue, who was wounded last Saturday when a cornered robber attempted to shoot his way out after a crowd had chased him into a basement at 5631 South La Salle street, died of his wound yesterday in St. Bernard's hospital. The youth was shot by Leonard Favaro, 21 years old, 6701 Blackstone avenue, after Favaro had robbed a nearby grocery. Favaro was captured by Sergt. Joseph Morrison of the detective bureau.


Connection: Mary's sister, Annie Wirtz Pfleger, was sister-in-law to Irene Pfleger Wachdorf