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Katherine Kurz
Maier Murray Family

Descendant Host: Mary Ferm


Mary Ferm Collection
c: 1885
Katherine Kurz
1860 - 1909

Parents of Katherine Kurz

Peter Joseph Kurz
Born: November 2, 1820 in Scharen, Kr. Kastellaun, Rheinland
Married: January 27, 1856 in Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin
Died: October 1, 1898 in Town of How, Oconto County, Wisconsin

Katherine Bibelhausen - wife
Born: November 25, 1835 in Valwig, Rheinland
Died: June 22, 1915 in Ladysmith, Rusk County, Wisconsin

Katherine Kurz - daughter
Born: October 16, 1860 in New Denmark, Brown County, Wisconsin
Died: September 29, 1909 in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon 

 

Katherine Kurz was born October 16, 1860 in Brown County, Wisconsin to Peter Joseph and Katherine Bibelhausen Kurz. She was the couple's third child and their first daughter. As the oldest daughter in a traditional German-American home, Katherine would have started taking on the responsibilities of being "second mother" at an early age. The family owned a farm near the community of New Denmark in northeastern Wisconsin. Her parents were among the first German immigrants to settle among the primarily Danish population of the area. The 1860 US Census lists Peter Joseph as a farmer owning real estate worth $200 in Town of New Denmark, Brown County, WI.

Being Catholic, they would have attended church in Green Bay, where the only congregations met at that early date. By 1870 there were four more children added to the Kurz family and the farm was prospering. With 7 children in the household, Katherine at age 10, was certainly needed for help by her mother.

By the year 1880, the Kurz family had moved, purchasing a farm and were living in Belle Plaine, Shawano County, Wisconsin. This was in the same county where mother Katherine Bibelhausen Kurz's two brothers, Joseph and Frank Bibelhausen, were living and her sister Margaret Bibelhausen Lieg. Daughter Katherine was not listed as living with the family in the June 1880 census. She would have been 19 years of age at the time of the census, and it was not uncommon for young women of that age to be working and living outside the family home, or married. In July of that year, her mother gave birth to the youngest of her siblings, Vincent Kurz, making daughter Katherine now one of 10 siblings.
 

Maymie Maiers - daughter of the late John Maier and Katherine Kurz Maier Murray. Taken in Polk County, Oregon. Identified by her son Ezra Galloway

Ron Kurz  Collection  c: 1895

Little has been discovered about her first husband, John Maier, or their marriage, which is assumed to have taken place in Wisconsin before the census in 1880.  The couple had one daughter, Mary Ann whom they called Maymie. She was born March 22, 1884 in Bismarck North Dakota. John Maier died in Bismarck, North Dakota in about the year 1884. To see the Library of Congress website Panoramic Map of Bismarck, North Dakota in 1884 please click HERE . Click "BACK" at the top of your screen to return to this page.

Katherine then married Lindley Byron Murray on July 7, 1885. In Lindley B. Murray's sporadic journal that he was doing some part time work for "Kate Myres" in Bismarck. Lindley was the son of Lindsey Murray and Elizabeth Murray. He was born November 10, 1845 in Oneida County, NY, and died April 03, 1934 in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon. Lindley Byron Murray's parents were Lindley Marsevan Murray and Elizabeth Margaret Moon. (Marsevan was a character in the "Arabian Nights" story called "The Adventures of Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess Badoura".) His great grandfather was captain of a sailing vessel bringing passengers to the US. On one trip he brought his wife to New York.

Their son William Henry Murray, Lindley's grandfather, was born two hours before they reached port of New York. The captain started the return journey to the British Isles but the ship was wrecked and neither he nor any of the crew were heard of again. The mother of William Henry died when he was five years old and he was brought up by an uncle and aunt. The uncle and aunt who brought up William Henry Murray were William and Hannah Johns(t)on of Rensselaer Co, NY. William Johns(t)on's will, recorded March 14, 1810, leaves a bequest to William Henry Murray's oldest son, James Johnston Murray.

Katherine and Lindley Murray remained in North Dakota for some years where several children were born to them. Lindley Byron Murray wrote in his journal that he arrived in Oregon 17 Oct 1889. The family then moved to a farm in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon, where the remainder of the family was born.
 
 

Typed from a sheet of paper found in Lindley Byron Murray's 
hand writing:

"Lindley Byron Murray, Born November 10, 1845 in (Ostego County) New York. Removed with his parents to LaCrosse Valley, Wisconsin when 9 years old."

"Married in Sparta, Wisconsin, October 1872 to Miss Albina Josephine Roberts. She died at Bismark North Dakota, July 1884. From that union 5 children was born. Only one now living. Mrs Etta J. Spahr, now in Spokan, Washington (Nov. 1919). Married again at Bismark North Dakota in 1885 to Katharine Kurz Myres (Maiers - spelling wrong). She had one child, now Mrs. Maymie Calloway, now at Sand Lake, Oregon."

"Second wife died near Falls City, Oregon September 1909. From that union 7 children was born, 6 of them now living, Nov. 1919. Namely Mrs. Margaret E. Trueax, W. H Murray, Carrie A. Harber, Byron A Murray, Nettie L Murray and Pearl E. Murray. All now in Polk County, Oregon. Nov 21 1919."
Signed: Roberta Smith, daughter of Will Murray.
 

c: 1903  Left to right,

Back row standing - Margaret Elizabeth Murray, William Henry Murray, Carrie Murray

Front row - Nettie Lorene Murray, father Lindley Byron Murray, baby Aaron Carlyle Murray (on lap), mother Katherine Kurz Maiers Murray, Byron Albert Murray. Youngest child, Pearl Evaline Murray was not shown. She was born in 1906

Mary Ferm Collection

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Above left - One copy of this photo is labeled "(left) Carrie Alice Murray age 2 yrs 8 mo (right) Byron Albert Murray age 3 mo taken Aug/Sept 1894" another copy is labeled "Byron and Arron Murray in 1902",  so for now,  please take your choice on this one.
Above right - c: 1908 Niece and aunt are the same age. On the left is Clara Galloway (later married Henry Harold Proctor), she is the niece of  Pearl Murray on the right. Both were born in 1906 to Maymie Maier Galloway, and her mother Katherine Kurz Maier Murray.

Ron Kurz Collection

Philipp Joseph "Joe"  Kurz, oldest brother of Katherine, came from Kansas to live with the family in 1892. He had been diagnosed with spinal Tuberculosis and slowly lost the use of his legs over the 20 years with the family before he died in 1915. Katherine and her daughters took care of him. After Katherine's death in 1909, the daughters continued his care at their home. The treatment at this time before antibiotic medications, was to expose the infected person to as much fresh air and sunlight as possible and Joe spent much of his time in Oregon in a tent near the house.


Photograph taken in Oregon with second husband Lindley Murray. c: 1900 Left to right: Byron Albert Murray (1894), father Lindley Murray,  William Henry Murray (1888), baby Nettie Lorene Murray (1899), mother Katherine Kurz Maier Murray, Carrie Alice Murray (1891).

c:1909 Left to right
Youngest daughters Carrie, Pearl and Nettie Murray
Henry Kurz Collection

 
 

Katherine Kurz Maiers Murray 

Louie Oatman Collection 


 

Son Aaron Carlyle Murray who was born February 21, 1902, died August 21, 1906. Katherine Kurz Maier Murray died from cancer September 29, 1909, in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon. Her youngest daughter, Pearl, was three years old .

Pearl is shown as the only child still living on the farm with father Lindley in the 1920 U.S. Census. By the 1930 Federal Census, at age 23, she was a Laboratory Assistant at Hopkins Marine Laboratory in Monterey, California. She had taken up residence with her older sister Nettie and brother-in-law George MacGinitie. She later married William Wagner.

Nettie Murray worked her own way through college, receiving her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregon State College, and became a marine biologist, Nettie being the first female to earn a college degree as such in the United States. Working with her husband, who was also a marine biologist, together they authored "Natural History of Marine Animals" published in 1949 and (2nd edition) 1968. Among other positions, Nettie was a research associate or fellow at the California Institute of Technology, at the Arctic Research Laboratory at Point Barrow, Alaska, and at the US Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu, CA. She was Director of the Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory (a CalTech facility at Corona del Mar, CA) from 1957-1959.The MacGinities worked with Walt Disney on the film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954), and their research was instrumental in preserving Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, CA.  MUGU LAGOON is a precious marine sanctuary along the California coast that is dedicated to the work of George and Nettie MacGinitie.

Husband Lindley Byron Murray died April 03, 1934 in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon.

Family photograph taken for advertising in a mail order tree catalog. C: 1910

Henry Kurz Collection

William Henry Murray

Henry Kurz Collection

Byron Albert and Nettie Lorene Murray

Henry Kurz Collection

c: 1910 
Mother Katherine Kurz Maiers Murray is missing from this family photograph, 
with Pearl appearing to be about age 3-4 on her father's lap.
Back row, left to right -
Maymie Maier, Byron, Will, Margaret
Front row, left to right - Carrie, Pearl, Lindley Murray, Nettie

Mary Ferm & Henry Kurz Collections

Above:
Mary Ann "Maymie" Maier

Henry Kurz Collection

Right:
Nettie Murray

Henry Kurz Collection

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Descendants of Katherine Kurz

Researched and contributed by descendant: Mary Ferm

1 Katherine Kurz b: October 16, 1860 in Brown County, WI d: September 29, 1909 in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon
.. +John Maiers m: Wisconsin d: in Bismark, North Dakota
........ 2 Marie Ann "Maymie" Maiers b: March 22, 1884 d.September 24 1970, Tillamook County, Oregon.
............ +George Washinton Galloway b: April 30, 1879 d: September 01, 1951, Linwood County, Oregon m: December 09, 1901
................... 3 Alta Mae Galloway b: January 10, 1903, Oregon
....................... +Otis Edwards b: March 07, 1896 d: July 1970 in Hillsboro, Washington, Oregon m: May 20, 1923
...................................4 Delmar Otis Edwards b. August 20, 1925 d. June 24, 1976
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
................... 3 Mabel Evelyn Galloway b: November 06, 1904, Oregon
....................... +Richard Craig b: September 03, 1903, Wisconsin m: December 01, 1922 (Note" born in Wisconsin according to the 1930 census when they  were in Cedar Hill, Washington Co, OR)
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
................... 3 Clara Alice G. Galloway b: November 07, 1906, Oregon d. Sept. 7, 1986 Cornelius, Washington, Oregon
....................... +Henry Harold Proctor b: January 04, 1904 m: November 07, 1931
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
................... 3 Living Galloway b: July 26, 1912, Oregon
....................... +Eileen Lottie Ellis b: April 30, 1917 d. October 11, 1991 in Multnomah County, Oregon m: September 09, 1936
...................................4 Peter Galloway b. July 4, 1937 d. February 20 1938 (in infancy)
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
................... 3 Paul Galloway b: August 11, 1914, Oregon
................... 3 Living Galloway b: December 24, 1917, Oregon
....................... +George Coe Metcalf b: May 16, 1908 d: December 3, 1970 in Springfield, Lane County, Oregon m: April 09, 1939
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
.........................+ Living Second Husband
*2nd Husband of Catherine Kurz:
.. +Lindley Byron Murray b: November 10, 1845 in Oneida County, NY d: April 03, 1934 in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon m: July 07, 1885 Bismarck, (North) Dakota Territory (Note:

  Katherine Kurz Maier was Lindley’s 2nd marriage.

   He married 1st Albina Roberts 27 Oct 1872 in Sparta, WI. She was born 9 Apr 1852 Marcelon, Columbia Co, WI and died 22 Jul 1884 Bismark, Dakota Terr. 4 days after the birth of twins who died in August, 1884. They had one child who survived infancy: Etta Isobel Murray b 10 Oct 1881 Bismarck, Dakota Terr. Etta married James William Spahr, and had no issue. She died 22 Mar 1935 in WA.

   Lindley & Albina also adopted a child, Lindley Martin Murray b 24 May 1877 in Sparta, Wisconsin, before the Murrays moved to Dakota Territory.

  Adopted son Lindley Martin Murray married Daisy E. Bowles in Nov. 1897 in Oregon, and they had one son, Lindley Murray. Daisy died in 1901, so after Lindley Martin's death, their son Lindley Murray was brought up by Daisy's parents, Joshua and Alice Bowles. He was renamed "Lindley Murray Bowles" He died 25 Jan 1906 in a train wreck in Oregon.

   So, with Katherine Kurz Maier’s daughter Mary Ann “Maymie” Maier,  Lindley and Katherine had a "yours, mine, ours and theirs" family. researched by Mary Ferm

........ 2 Margaret Elizabeth Murray b: April 18, 1886 in North Dakota d: January 6, 1976 in Redmond, Deschutes, Oregon
............ +John W. Trueax b: October 22, 1874 in Tekamah, Burt Co, Nebraska d: May 11, 1944 in Deschutes, Oregon m: August 20, 1905 Falls City, Polk Co, OR. (John’s parents were William Leonard Ebenezer Trueax and Bosaleas Miller).
................... 3 Fred Leroy . Trueax b: August 4, 1906 in Oregon d. June 11, 1979
....................... +Alice Louise Waterhouse, b 1 Apr 1913 d. Mar 5, 1997 Deschutes Co, OR. m. about 1929.
................... 3 Leonard B. Trueax b: July 7, 1909 d. July 23, 1960
................... 3 Charles H. "Henry C." Trueax b: July 27, 1910 d. November 25, 1992 Deschutes Co, OR
................... 3 Living Trueax
................... 3 Lulu Agnes Trueax b: December 18, 1915 d. April 28, 1990
....................... +Mr. Benchley
................... 3 Boselase Alice "Alice" Trueax b 2 Dec 1916 d 29 Sep 2000. (Note: She was close to her aunt, Nettie Murray MacGinitie, and visited her most  summers. Alice graduated from Fresno State, in CA. She was a chemistry teacher in Madeira, CA, Washington Union High School in Fremont, CA. She never married.)
................... 3 Albert J. Trueax b: January 28, 1922 d. November 1992
................... 3 Margaret H. Trueax b: September 23, 1927 d. February 5, 2003
........ 2 William Henry Murray b: January 01, 1888 d: January 27, 1979
............ +Laura Baker b: March 02, 1901 d: September 14, 1982 m: January 21, 1919
...................................4 Donald Henry Murray b 2 Sep 1919, d 6 Oct 1996
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
........ 2 Carrie Alice Murray b: November 26, 1891 d: January 07, 1971  burial: Dalas Cemetery, Dalas, Plk County, Oregon
............ +Seldon Simuel Harber b: April 20, 1887 d: December 19, 1966 m: July 20, 1919 Falls City, Polk County, Oregon. (Note: They resided in Oregon for most of their lives, but in the 1930 census they were in Nampa, Canyon Co, Idaho ).
...................................4 Elsie Eunice Harber, b 13 Feb 1926, d 18 Apr 1958
...................................4 Living
........ 2 Byron Albert Murray b: May 28, 1894 d: September 28, 1955 Forence, lane, Oregon
..............+Marie Fabian b June 1, 1896 Germany d. June 11, 1986 Lane Co, Oregon m. May 22, 1921 in Dallas, Polk Co, OR.
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
...................................4 Living
........ 2 Nettie Lorene Murray b: February 27, 1899 in Falls City, Polk County, Oregon d: June 16, 1993 in Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington (Note: 
Pioneer In Science

and
Women’s Achievements

   As a single woman, coming from a modest pioneer homestead background, Nettie Lorene Murray worked her own way through college at a time when Victorian Era born women rarely attended university, and female graduates were not awarded advanced degrees. Nettie did both. 
   Overcoming significant financial and distances challenges alone and with little family encouragement , Nettie Murray received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregon State College, and became a marine biologist, working with her husband, George MacGinitie (1899 - 1989), who was also a marine biologist.
   Together they authored "Natural History of Marine Animals" published in 1949 and (2nd edition) 1968.
   Among other positions, Nettie was a research associate or fellow at the California Institute of Technology, at the Arctic Research Laboratory at Point Barrow, Alaska, and at the US Naval Missile Center, Point Mugu, CA. She was Director of the Kerckhoff Marine Laboratory (a CalTech facility at Corona del Mar, CA) from 1957-1959.
   Nettie MacGinitie was also a cinematographer, known for
Secrets of Life (1956) and Mysteries of the Deep (1959).
  The MacGinities worked closely with Walt Disney on the film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (1954),
   Their research was instrumental in preserving Elkhorn Slough in Monterey Bay, CA.
 Researched by Mary Ferm


............ +George E. MacGinitie born 5 Apr 1889 in Nebraska d: September 06, 1989 in San Juan, Washington
........ 2 Aaron Carlyle Murray b: February 21, 1902 d: August 21, 1906
........ 2 Pearl Evaline Murray b: November 04, 1906, d. May  24, 1997 Salem, Polk Co, Oregon
..............+William Wagner  b Mar 13, 1905, d Jun 4,  1983 Marion Co, Oregon m: March 13 1958 (Note: they had no children; it was William's 2nd marriage).



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