|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1876|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 1929|
Christina Anna "Tena" was one of 11 children born to Martin and Theresa Mary Karl Schulte. Tena's father, Martin Schulte fought in the Civil War. Both of her parents were from Germany and had settled down in Wisconsin.
On 16 Feb. 1897 she married William Arthur Clark in Milwaukee, WI. The couple led a somewhat nomadic life, William finding work wherever he could. He was a "Jack-of-All-Trades", back in the days when you could support a family that way. Tena and William had three children: Orin Ellsworth "Sonny", Frances "Toots", and Freda Wilhelmina "Fritz".
The family spent most of their lives in Wisconsin, but one of William's jobs took them to North Dakota, where they managed a ranch. It's said that Tena wrangled horses. One of Tena's granddaughters remembers a story told of the family's adventures in N.D.: "At that time Indians had been robbed of their lands by the white man, and some in North Dakota were left to wander about, begging for food and clothing. Tena was always generous with them. In those days, if you were going to fix chicken for dinner, you had to chop its head off, do some other disgusting stuff to it and put it in a pot of boiling water to loosen the feathers, making the chicken easier to pluck. The Indians who occasionally stopped by the Clark residence to see if they could get something to eat, or some clothing, knew how the chicken thing worked. It got so that they would watch Tena kill the chickens and throw them into the water. They would say: 'Bye-bye, hot water'".
Having had enough of frontier life, the family moved back to Wisconsin where William had a dray line, worked as an ice man and played a mean fiddle. At one point, when they lived in Fountain City, WI, the couple managed a hotel. One day a fire broke out, and William and Tena worked feverishly to save the contents of the building. William was seen carrying linens out the front door very carefully, so as not to dirty them. At the same time, Tena was busy tossing furniture out of the second story windows!
Tena was a beautiful woman, but died of Parkinson's Disease when she was 53 yrs old. In the final stages of her disease, she was unable to move and spent her time on the sofa in the living room. Her daughter, Freda spoke many times about her beautiful whistling, which gave her pleasure even when nothing else was left for her.
Tena died in 1929, and William lived nearly another three decades.
Martin Schulte (1833 - 1924)
Teresa Mary Karl Schulte (1842 - 1933)
William Arthur Clark (1869 - 1958)*
Orin Ellsworth Clark (1900 - 1978)*
Frances Clark Hunnicutt (1903 - 2001)*
Freda Wilhelmina Clark Mader (1907 - 1973)*
Frank Infant Schulte*
Ferdinandt Infant Schulte*
Joseph Infant Schulte*
Martin John Schulte (1874 - 1924)*
Christina Anna Schulte Clark (1876 - 1929)
Saint Marys Cemetery
Plot: Lot SE, 2 Graves, 86 Block
Created by: Git `Er Dug
Record added: Sep 19, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58905529