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Peter Joseph Kurz, Jr. Family

Peter Joseph Kurz

1870 - 1934

Parents of Peter Joseph Kurz Jr.

Peter Joseph Kurz Sr.
                    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 

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

Peter Joseph Kurz Jr. - son 
                     Born February 8, 1870  in New Denmark, Brown County, Wisconsin 
                     Married: February 20, 1900 in Shawano County, Wisconsin
                     Died: October 24, 1934  Argyle, Marshall County,  Minnesota


Photo taken from a tintype of Peter Joseph Kurz Jr. as groom's man for the wedding of his sister Veronica Kurz to John Holl in Shawano, Wisconsin, 1885


Peter Joseph Kurz Jr. at age 30. Photograph taken at the time of his wedding in 1900 



Peter Joseph Kurz Jr. was born in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, according to his birth certificate. He was the seventh child born to Peter Joseph and Catherine Bibelhausen Kurz Sr. on February 8, 1870. The family farm was in nearby New Denmark, Brown County, Wisconsin. By 1800 the family had moved to a farm in Red Springs Township in Shawano County, Wisconsin, having sold the original farm in the early 1870's.

Peter grew up among many Bibelhausen relatives of his mother Katherine. His grandparents John and Katherine Kenali Bibelhausen were pioneers twice, having moved to unsettled Shawano County in 1852 from their original 1844 wilderness homestead near Pine Grove, De Pere, Brown County, Wisconsin. As a young man in the 1890's, Peter followed in the family tradition, homesteading near Argyle, in Eastern Minnesota, not far north of where his brother John had settled a few years earlier in Warren, Minnesota.

This is the 1880 Federal Census entry for the Peter Joseph Kurz Senior family on the Red Springs,  township of  Belle Plaine, Shawano County, Wisconsin farm. Peter Junior is age 10, with oldest brothers Philipp "Joe" and John already homesteading in the wilderness of western Minnesota. Oldest sister Katherine is also not living on the farm. The census was taken in June and youngest brother Vincent is not listed,. He was born the next month.
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On February 20, 1900, in Shawano, Wisconsin, he married Rose Muskavich just after his 30th birthday. His bride was age 24. Rose Muskavich was born July 03, 1875 in Behle, Prussia the daughter of Christ Muskavich and his wife Magdalen Trinka. They had immigrated to Bella Plaine, Shawano County, Wisconsin in 1878 and were neighbors of the Kurz family there. Rose was the oldest of 6 children. She and her oldest brother were born in Europe and the rest of her siblings in Wisconsin.

The young Kurz couple settled at their homestead farm in Boxville Township, Minnesota, near Argyle, Minnesota. Their first born, Margaret Catherine Kurz joined the family November 13, 1901. She was followed by Anna Josephine, Francis Peter (Frank), Clara Martha, Clarence Bernard and Alice Agatha, all born in Boxville Township, Marshal County, Minnesota.

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Wedding - February 20, 1900
Rose Muskovich - bride
Peter Joseph Kurz - groom
Josephine Kurz - sister of the groom
Joseph Muskovich - brother of the bride

Descendants of Peter Joseph Kurz

 Peter Joseph Kurz 
             b: February 08, 1870 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

             d: October 24, 1934 Argyle, Minnesota.
+Rose Muskavitch/Muscavich
             b: July 03, 1875 in Behle, Prussia

             d: August 02, 1960 Argyle Minnesota m: February 20, 1900 in Shawano, Shawano, Wisconsin

Children of Peter and Rose:
........ Margaret Catherine Kurz b: November 13, 1901
........ Anna Josephine Kurz b: August 18, 1903
........ Francis Peter (Frank) Kurz b: April 26, 1905
........ Clara Martha Kurz b: May 23, 1907
........ Clarence Bernard Kurz b: January 24, 1911
........ Alice Agatha Kurz b: November 25, 1912

On the Farm 
Argyle Minnesota

Left to right:
Anna, Frank, little Clarence and Clara Kurz. Children of Peter and Rose Muskavich Kurz.


Like most of the Kurz offspring, the children of Peter and Rose were blond and fair as small children with their hair turning darker as they grew older.

Children of Peter Joseph and Rose Muskavich Kurz
Left to Right:
Frank, Clarence, Margaret, Alice, Anna, Clara Kurz
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This is the 1930 Federal Census entry for Peter and Rosa Kurz in Minnesota.  The two youngest children, Clarence, 19, and Alice, 17,  were single and living with their parents.  Peter was age 60 and Rose was age 54. The census also indicates that at the time they were married Peter was age 30 and Rose was 24.
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Three Kurz Brothers Visit
Left to right:
John, Jake, Pete
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Died October 24, 1934

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P. J. and Rose Kurz

Peter died there on October 24, 1934. Rose lived among a large number of descendants in Minnesota, and followed Peter on August 2, 1960. They are buried in Argyle, Minnesota.

Funeral Rites Held Saturday For (Peter Joseph) P.J. Kurz

Many Attend Services For Prominent
Argyle Farmer and Former
Warren Resident

Funeral rites were conducted at St. Mary's Catholic church in Argyle Saturday morning for P. J. Kurz, prominent Argyle farmer who died last Wednesday after a prolonged Illness of heart disease and other complications.

Mr. Kurz came to Marshall county in l89l coming first to Warren, but later purchased a farm on the outskirts of Argyle which he has steadily improved, making it one of county's many fine farmsteads.

Born in Germany on Feb. 8, 1870, Mr. Kurz came to the United States with his parents when a boy. (Peter Joseph Kurz was actually born in New Denmark, Brown County, Wisconsin. His parents met and married in Wisconsin after immigrating separately from parts of Germany). He was married on Feb. 20, 1900 to Miss Rose Muskovich at Shawauo, Wisconsin. His wife, together with the following children and other relatives,  survive his passing: Margaret Frank, at home; Mrs. Arthur Nelson, Argyle; Mrs. Gerald Eagan, Oslo; Mrs. Anne Skeie and Clarence, Minnesota; brothers Jacob and Anton in Kansas; Vincent and Henry and a sister, Mrs. John Hall (Holl) in Wisconsin.

A large host of friends and relatives of the Warren and Argyle communities attended the funeral services held for the pioneer Saturday morning. Arrangements for the rites were made by Carlson Funeral Home of this city. Honorary pallbearers were Charles Cheney, Charles Johnson., J.S. MacArthur, Chas. Wittensten, A.W. Headrich, Henry Keye, E. Amundgaard and Dr. J.E. Borsseau. Actual pallbearers were Joe Coninx, Walter Crummy, Leo Fitzimmons, Ed Erickson, Emil Petersson and Fred Diedrich.

Those attending the funeral services from a distance included Mr. and Mrs. Frank Muskovitch, Minot N. Dak., Mrs. Anne Skele and Clarence Kurz, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kurz, Miss Lillie Kurz and Fred Kurz of Warren, al of whom are relatives.

Margaret Kurz
Henry Kurz Collection

Eagan Collection

Margaret Kurz
69, Is Interred
At Argyle Mon.

Services for Margaret Kurz, long-time housekeeper for Rev. John Merth, were held Monday morning from Holy Trinity Catholic Church at Tabor. Burial was made at St. Rose Cemetery at Argyle. She died Thursday at Park Rapids, where she was serving as Father Merth's housekeeper.

Pallbearers were Frank Brda, Robert Pribula, Frank Novak, Amos Gust, George W. Gust and Amos Kotrba. Rev. John Merth officiated.

She was born Nov. 13, 1901 near Warren. She had served for more than 20 years as housekeeper for Father Merth, first at Tabor and then at Park Rapids.

Surviving are two brothers, Clarence of Caledonia, and Frank Kurz of Argyle: and three sisters, Mrs. Anne Skeie of Minneapolis, Mrs. Alice Nelson of Bottineau, N. D., and Mrs Clara Eggen (Eagan) if Warren.

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Anna Kurz
 Henry Kurz Collection

Former Argyle
Resident Passes

Former Argyle resident, Anne Kurz Skeie, passed away March 9, 1977, in Minneapolis. The Mass of Christian Burial was conducted by the Reverend Harold Fuchs at the Gearty-Johnson-Delmore Chapel; in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, on Thursday, March 10, at 11 a.m.

Mrs. Skeie, the daughter of Peter and Rose Kurz, was born in Warren, Minnesota, August 18, 1903. The family moved to Argyle in 1914. Anne graduated from Argyle High School and the Minnesota School of Business in Minneapolis. She worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis from 1927 until her retirement in 1968.

Anne Josephine Skeie is survived by two brothers: Frank Kurz of Argyle, Dr. C. B. Kurz of Caledonia; two sisters: Mrs. Gerald (Clara) Eagan, Argyle, and Mrs. Art (Alice) Nelson of Bottineau, North Dakota. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Anne's parents and a sister Margaret, preceded her in death.

Interment will be in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery at Argyle in spring.

Obituary of Joyce Brosseau Kurz
Widow of Dr. Clarence Kurz
contributed by: Ron Kurz

Caledonia Argus

October 22, 2008

Joyce E. Kurz, of Caledonia, died Monday, October 20, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Rehab Center, LaCrosse, WI. Joyce was born in Frankfort, S.D. to Dr. Jesse and Elizabeth (Young) Brosseau.  She graduated from Argyle High School, Argyle, Minn and attended nurse’s training in Rochester, Minn. She married Dr. Clarence Kurz on January 24, 1940 in Minneapolis and they were happily married for 62 years. Clarence died July 9, 2002.

Joyce was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women.

 She is survived by special friends, Dr. Kemper and Nancy Cowgill, Dr. Mark and Joanne Zard, Father Clayton Haberman and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Blanche, and 2 brothers, Douglas and Bert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will at 11:00 am, Friday, October 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caledonia. Father Clayton Haberman and Father Gregory Leif will concelebrate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Caledonia. Friends may call from 10:30 am until 11:00 am Friday morning before the service at the church.

 McCormick Funeral Home, Caledonia is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joyce Kurz

CALEDONIA, Minn. ­ Joyce Kurz, formerly of Caledonia, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2008, at St. Joseph Rehab Center in La Crosse, Wis. McCormick Funeral Home of Caledonia is assisting the family with arrangements.

The funeral will be Friday, Oct. 24 at 11 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Caledonia.  Visitation will be from 10:30 - 11 AM that morning; burial will be in Caledonia following the service.  A noon meal will be served following the service.

Frank and Ruth Kurz 
Ron Kurz Collection


Frank and Ruth Kurz and on a visit to Oklahoma and Kansas from their home in Warren

Ron Kurz Collection

Ruth Storm Kurz 
(Died December 25, 2006) 

Ruth Kurz, 85, Argyle, MN, passed away on Monday evening, December 25, 2006 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND. 

Ruth Storm was born on May 29, 1921 in Warren, MN, the daughter of Sig and Amelia (Nelson) Storm. She was a life long resident of the Argyle community where she graduated from high school. On September 29, 1941, she was united in marriage to Frank Kurz. They made their home in Argyle where they farmed. Frank died on November 20, 1986. 

She enjoyed flowers and embroidering dish towels. Ruth was proud to be a Gold Star Mother. 

Left to mourn her passing are her five children; Evelyn (Rodney) Oja of Squaw Lake, MN, Helen (Paul) Anderson of Warren, MN, Mary (Sherman) Loges of Renton, WA, David Kurz of Warren, MN and Ilene (Jon) Slusar of Warren, MN; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, John Kurz. 

FUNERAL SERVICE: 2:00 PM on Friday, December 29, 2006 at the DuBore Funeral Home of Warren, MN. VISITATION: One hour before services. 
INTERMENT: St. Rose Cemetery, Argyle, MN. 

Evelyn Oja Collection

John Peter Kurz
son of Frank and Ruth Kurz
Grandson of Peter and Rose Kurz

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Funeral services for John Peter Kurz held on Tuesday

SP4 - Medic

Funeral services for SP4 John Peter Kurz were held Tuesday, Dec. 12, at St. Stephen's Catholic Church, Stephen. Father Henry Rousseau, Argyle officiated.

Mr. Kurz was killed while in the performance of his military duties. He was stationed in Vietnam. At the time of his death, he was 23 years, seven months and 17 days of age.

John Peter Kurz, the son of Frank and Ruth Kurz, was born at Warren, April 12, 1944. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Argyle, a graduate of Argyle High School in 1962. In May, 1966, he graduated from Bemidji State College with a major in German, minor in Biology.

He attended a German Institute, Deutsche Sommerschule, at Marlyhurst College, Marlyhurst, Ore., the summer of 1966. In July 1966, he entered the United States Army. SP4 Kurz was killed in action in Vietnam on Nov. 29 1967.

Military rites were conducted at the funeral by the American Legion Post of Argyle. Active pallbearers were Bill Robertson, Kenneth Dufault, Melvin Ethier, Holland Brouillard, Charles Anderson and Emil Helberg. Honorary pallbearers were LeRoy Topeka, Steve Loranger, Wm. Riopelle, John Lubarski, Oscar Erickson and Evald Clausen.

Interment was in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Argyle. Arrangements were by the Colling Funeral Home of Argyle.

John Peter Kurz is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kurz, of Argyle; one brother, David, Argyle; four sisters: Miss Evelyn Kurz, of Chisholm; Miss Ilene Kurz, Argyle; Mrs. Sherman (Mary) Loges, of Grand Forks, N. D.; and Mrs. Paul (Helen) Anderson, of Warren; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Sig Storm, of Argyle; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the Frank Kurz family in the death of their son, John, Marshall county's fourth Vietnam death.

A death like this is particularly hard for everyone to take. John was a young man with so much promise. Again and again I've heard people talk of his politeness, his good nature, his high intelligence and wonderful record in high school and college. There is no doubt that this was a young man on the way up who would have contributed much to his country if he had lived. By his death, he gave his all to his country.

Even those of us who did not personally know John Kurz feel a sharp pang at the news of his death. Those parents who had lost a child in previous wars, can not help but feel old wounds open as they remember, all too well, what the Kurz family is feeling. Those parents whose sons have served in Vietnam certainly feel a deep kindship with the bereaved family. Just having a son, makes you feel a very special association with the Kurz's sadness.

May God be with them now and in the days to come.

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 Gerald Eagan and Clara Kurz Eagan celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends in Argyle, Minnesota, 1980.

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Clara Kurz Eagan

Clara Eagan passed way at the Marlene Zolton Nursing Home at Morgantown, West Virginia on December 30, 1994, at the age of 87.
    Clara Kurz was born on May 23, 1907 at Warren, Minnesota, the daughter of Peter and Rose Kurz. She was a graduate of St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing at St. Paul, Minnesota and worked as a nurse at that institution prior to her marriage to Gerald V. Eagan on November 4, 1930. They made their home in Argyle, Minnesota. Gerald died on December 16, 1986. Clara spent the last couple of years in Morgantown.
    She was a member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Argyle.
    Left to mourn her passing are a son, Gerald Eagan of Morgantown, West Virginia, brother, Clarence Kurz of Caledonia, Minnesota, sister, Alice Nelson of Sidney, Montana, son-in law, Joe Arends of Fargo, North Dakota, three granddaughters and six greatgrandchildren.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Muriel Arends in 1991, two sisters, Margaret Kurz and Anne Skeie and brother, Frank Kurz.

Gerald Eagan

Gerald V. Eagan was born on Dec. 2, 1904 at Minto, N.D. He passed away at the Good Samaritan Center in East Grand Forks, Minn., on Dec. 16, 1986 at the age of 82.
    He spent his early years in the Oslo, Minn., area.
    On Nov. 4, 1930 at Argyle, Minn., he was united in marriage to Clara Kurz. They made their home in the Argyle, Minn., area where they farmed. They moved into Argyle, Minn., in 1977. Mr. Eagan also drove school bus for the Argyle School and was employed at the Argyle Imp. Co.
    Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Clara, and one daughter and one son: Murial, Mrs. Joe Arends of Fargo, N.D., and Gerald Eagan Jr. of Morgan-town, W.V. Also surviving are three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mary and Dorothy Eagan of Minneapolis, Minn.

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Muriel Eagan Arends
Daughter of Gerald Eagan and Clara Kurz Eagan

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