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Transcribed biography of George C. and Irma Mae (Shook) Marquart


Irma Mae Shook was born April 6, 1896, Union Twp., Jasper Co., Ind., the eldest child of William Addison Shook and Mary (Florence) Shook, both born Barkley Twp., Jasper Co. William Addison Shook's father, William Shook, and grandfather, Jacob Shook, were born in Virginia, moving to Champaign Co., Ohio, mid-1840's. William Shook came to Barkley Twp., 1860; he married Margaret Dawson, born Jasper Co., the daughter of Thomas and Mary Ann Dawson. Mary (Florence) Shook was the daughter of Isaiah Florence, born Madison Co., Ohio; he came to Indiana as a child with his parents, Obed and Eleanor (Hunt) Florence; their Florence, Hunt, Hill, Sleeper and Burrough ancestors were living in Virginia and Ohio in early and mid-18th century. Isaiah Florence married Rhoda Ellen Williams, born Barkley Twp., daughter of William O. Williams and Margaret (Mackey) Williams, both born in Kentucky, married in Johnson Co., Indiana; they settled in Barkley Twp., 1850. Margaret Williams' parents were David Mackey, born in Ireland, and Ellen Mackey, born in Kentucky.

In February, 1917, the William Addison Shook family moved to Porter County. On August 11, 1921, Irma Mae Shook was married, in Kouts, to George C. Marquart, born March 1, 1883, in Union Twp., Porter Co., on the farm of his father, John Marquart, Sr., born 1830 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, coming to Porter Co. in 1853; he married, in Valparaiso, Dorothea Gottsche, born in Schleswig-Holstein. John Marquart, Sr., gave a part of his farm for the site of Gordon Grade School, built in the 19th century, and assisted in its construction. George C. Marquart was for many years a carpenter, employed by Sinclair Oil, Whiting. He and his four sons all were graduates of Wheeler High School. He died October 29, 1961.

Irma Mae (Shook) Marquart has resided in Wheeler 54 years. Her son, George H. Marquart and wife, Donetta (McBride), live in Sullivan, Ind. Her son, Ralph M., owner and operator of Marquart Service Station, Wheeler, his wife, Emmajean (Glynn), their children, Barbara, teacher at Grissom Middle School, Portage, and Dean, Hobart High Senior, live in Hobart. Harold A. lives in Wheeler. Paul E. Marquart, employee Overhead Door Company, Lake-Porter, lives in Valparaiso with his wife, Wanda (Naillieux) and children, Jeffrey, employee David McDaniel Co., Janie, dental assistant, David, Valparaiso High Senior, and Diane, 4th grader. George H. and Ralph Marquart served in the Army, Harold in the Marines, in WWII; Paul Marquart was in the Army from 1952 to 1954, 17 months in Europe.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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