Edwin Ben VIRKLER
I apologize, I started my very first post wrong by putting my email address in and asking people to use that - I did not know how easy this was going to be ... I promise to get better! In the meantime, I am trying to put the wonderful information I have been getting - into the proper place. Thank you for your patience.
BIO: Not much is known about Ed. After he left the family in 1918 he was not referred to. His last daughter, who never met him, did try to locate him without the knowledge of her family. (That was my mother) He did have two sisters in East Cleveland, near 117th St. somewhere, but their names are lost to me at this time. Ed was born Ed LUCAS but adopted by his step father whose name was Virkler. He was born in "Upstate NY" (as Edwin LUCAS) wherever that entails about 1888-1890 -
Rec'd a letter from my Uncle Bill that says there was no divorce, he just abandoned his family. No wonder not much is remembered about him, and none of it fondly. Uncle Bill says their was a national warrant for his arrest, but never was heard of again.
Received letter from Helen VIRKLER HORST... "His mother's 1st marriage was VIRKLER... Two daughters... Divorced... 2nd marriage to 'LUCAS' divorced... changed Edwin's name to be the same as older sisters Virkler. [Just the opposite of what I had been told for years]
I know he was a chauffeur to the Wilson Family at the time of his disappearance.
He was not born and raised a Catholic, but converted to marry Elizabeth Mary "Tibby" HARTY on October 7th 1908 in Youngstown, Ohio.