Ollie and Mabel Cirks in 1957
Ollie Cirks was born in a farm house west of Minonk in Clayton Township, Section
23. His father Dick was born in Germany and his mother on the Janssen farm
south of Minonk. Ollie learned to speak German form his parents and could
still recite his Christmas piece in German when he died. He had two sisters,
Minnie and Anna, and one brother Fred (Fritz).
Mabel was born on her Great Grandfather's Knapp's farm west of Minonk in Clayton
Township, Section 10. Her mother was also born there. Her father, Otto Falk, was
born in Germany and came to the United States with his parents in Feburary of 1903
when he was 14. Mabel had one older sister, Pearl.