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165.EDWARD MILO18 MUCKLESTONE (JOHN W17 MUCKLESTON, EDWARD16, EDWARD15, JOHN14, SAMUEL13, JOHN12, DAVID11, MORRIS10, ROBERT9, ROGER8, ROBERT7, THOMAS6, WILLIAM5, THOMAS4, WILLIAM3, ROGER2DE MUCCLESTON, HOESKYN1) was born 08 Apr 1877 in Pewaukee Winsconsin USA, and died 16 Jul.He married MARY JOSEPHINE WILKINS 15 Jun 1904 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.She was born 1880 in Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin.



He was a local judge, much esteemed, that died in an auto accident at a railroad crossing.1880 US

On the 1900 census for Winsconsin

Pewaukee Town, South Side, Waukesha, Wisconsin (4th June 1900)

John MucklestonMarriedHead55 – Nov 1844Farmer WalesEnglandWales

Jane MucklestonMarriedWife45 – Nov 1854Mother of 8 children 7 livingWiscWalesWales

E Milo MucklestonUnmarried Son22 – Apr 1877WiscWalesWisc

Lizzie A Muckleston Unmarried Daughter 20 – Dec 1879WiscWalesWisc

Alice C MucklestonUnmarried Daughter 18 – Mar 1882WiscWalesWisc

R Waldo Muckleston Unmarried Son16 – Apr 1884ScholarWiscWalesWisc

Melville C Muckleston Unmarried Son13 – Oct 1886ScholarWiscWalesWisc

Lulu V MucklestonUnmarried Dau10 – Jun 1889ScholarWiscWalesWisc

Stanley R Muckleston Unmarried Son6 – Jan 1894ScholarWiscWalesWisc

Johns date of immigration 1846 married 24 years

1905 Wisconsin Census

Ward 5, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Milo MucklestonMarriedHead28LawyerWiscWalesWisc

Mary J MucklestonMarriedWife24WiscPennEngland

Frances WilkinsSister in Law19WiscPennEngland

Lulu MucklestonSister16StudentWiscWalesWisc

Edith BrownServant16DomesticWiscGermanyGermany

1910 US Census

Ward 5, Waukesha, Wisconsin (21st April 1910)

Milo MucklestonMarriedHead33Lawyer Own Office WiscWalesWisc

Mary J MucklestonMarriedWife29No ChildrenWiscPennEngland

Married 5 years

13 July 1916




Prominent Lawyer was Returning from Oconomowoc, Where he held Court for Judge Derse.

The whole city was deeply shocked and grieved last Monday noon when news was received that Judge Milo Muckleston, one of the most popular men in the county, had been killed in a collision between his automobile and an interurban car at the Elmhurst crossing shortly after 12 o'clock.

So startling were the first reports that they were unbelieved and it was only after the sheriff's office confirmed the sad intelligence that people generally came to comprehend the tragedy.

(There is a photo with the caption JUDGE MILO MUCKLESTON Whose Tragic Death Brought Gloom Upon the Community.)

Funeral to be held Friday.

Arrangements have been made to hold the funeral on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the residence on Wisconsin Avenue. The parents of Judge Muckleston left Seattle on Tuesday and will arrive in Waukesha Friday.

The Rev. Sidney T Smythe of St John's Military Academy, will officiate at the services which will be private. Only relatives and close friends will attend.

At the grave the Masonic Order of which the Judge was a member of distinction will have charge of the service.

The body will lie in state at the family residence from 9 to 12 o'clock Friday.

The Bar Association named the following honorary bearers: Judge Martin L Leuck , A J Dopp, G Holmes Daubner, A N Coombs, V H Tichenor and E D Walsh.

Was Sitting for Judge Derse

Judge Muckleston held court at Oconomowoc Monday morning. He had volunteered to act in the place of the Judge of the western district after the call for troops a fortnight ago vacated the bench at that city through the removal to the army of Judge Derse.

Judge Muckleston had been in the habit of driving to and from Oconomowoc in his car and it was while on his return from the cottage at Pewaukee lake that his automobile was struck by a rapidly moving interurban car at the crossing near the Thomas's farm.

The crossing has always been considered dangerous, a house and a small grove of trees cutting off the view of the tracks in both directions. The road dips from both sides to meet the railway, and the depression makes a dangerous pocket. The train which hit the judges car left Waukesha at 11.30 am for Oconomowoc.

Thrown over 100 Feet.

The spot where the accident occurred is known as Elemhurst crossing and the Thomas's cottages are nearby. Robert Thomas a nearby farmer was riding on the running board Judge Muckleston having picked him up a way down the road. Young Thomas jumped as the car was moving on the track. He saw the interurban; the judge did not.

The force of the collision threw Judge Muckleston 100 feet along the track. The automobile was literally smashed to pieces. The interurban must have struck it squarely, as it was half way across the track.

Bring Body to Waukesha

News of the accident was immediately telephoned about, and the body was picked up and brought to Waukesha soon afterwards.

An examination by physicians showed that the entire left side of the chest was crushed to such an extent that the heart was prevented from continuing its functions. The jaw was also fractured. Death must have been instantaneous.

Coroner Schaeffel immediately impanelled a coroner's jury, and the members were taken to the spot at which the accident occurred. An adjournment was taken for hearing at the latter part of the week.

Queer Chain of Circumstances

The life of Judge Muckleston was terminated through a queer chain of circumstances, every link of which led clearly to the tragedy. The first link was forged when the call for troops came. Judge Derse was summoned and upon the impulse Judge Muckleston telephoned him that he would look after his court while Judge Derse was absent.

Then came several days of travel to Oconomowoc to hold court and last Saturday the decision that he would dispose of the Oconomowoc business early Monday morning, and clean up the Waukesha matters in the afternoon, Judge Muckleston was ready to leave Oconomowoc about 11 o'clock. He had agreed to take luncheon at his Pewaukee Lake home which his family moved to last Thursday.

An acquaintance at Oconomowoc had a hunting dog that he wished the Judge to look over. Although protesting that he must hurry back to the Beach, he took the time to look at the dog. He spent only a moment at this inspection, however, and proceeded. He returned a minute later for a part of a gun stock, which his friend, Bert Morris, had. When near Thomas Crossing the young man who rode with him turned into the road. The judge stopped to pick him up. When the railway was reached the automobile was running only eight or nine miles an hour.

One break in the circumstances which led to the tragedy would have prevented its possibility.

Prominent Through State

Judge Muckleston was one of the most popular men in Waukesha County. He was keenly interested in the lives of his fellow men, an eager seeker for the rights of maintenance and justice. He developed a general acquaintance throughout the county after returning from the university, and could go to no corner of the county where he was not known or where there was not a warm welcome awaiting him.

From early youth he was a leader in manly sports and pastimes, and upon entering college immediately took a prominent position in athletics. Since entering the practice of his profession he has found time to patronize and follow outdoor sports of all kinds and in most of these he was an adept.

Born Near This City

He was born near Waukesha on April 8, 1877, being in his fortieth year at the time he met his death. He was the son of John and Jane (Davis) Muckleston and his grandfather settled in this country in 1840, having come here from Wales. As a youth Milo went to the public schools here, after which he attended Carroll College and later St John's Military Academy near Delafield.

After St John's where he was one of the leading athletic exponents, he went to the University of Wisconsin, first taking a special course then entering the law college. He was graduated in 1903, and returned home to go into practice shortly afterwards.

One of the "U"s Great Athletes

During his years at college Judge Muckleston developed as an athlete and was one of the states foremost amateurs before his graduation. He was prominent as a football and baseball player, and was considered a marvel of physical development and athletic headwork by critics of national reputation. Just before the close of his schooling, he was offered a position with a "big league" baseball team, and it was only after much hesitation that he declined to go into professional baseball, preferring to return to the adoptive home of his grandfather and father. At the University he had been captain of the baseball team and had been on the athletics board.

The judge typified what the Americans mean when they use the term "Good Sport". During his early college days at academy days he taught school about the county to replenish his purse, although he was always sought by athletic promoters to do a little "semi" work during the spring and fall seasons.

Fond of Manly Sports

From the time he entered practice the preferences of his youth continued and there was never an important football game at Madison or Chicago or Minneapolis which he missed, if possible to leave the city. He was a constant patron of boxing and attended all events worthwhile. All games of skill appealed to him wonderfully and in the latter few years he developed as a trapshooter of no mean quality.

In the early days of automobiles he acquired a high-powered racing car and for years piloted the heavy machine safely through the highways and byways of Waukesha County. Last summer he discarded the big car and bought a smaller one, to be used for business purposes, and it was in this that he was killed on Monday.

Interested in Politics

From the field o university athletics Judge Muckleston stepped into the field of politics. He was keenly interested in the political game as in the former contests. His first political venture was in securing the election as Town Clerk of Pewaukee. He has represented his (Republican) party in county, assembly and senatorial conventions: and was twice elected District Attorney. In 1912 he became a candidate for Municipal Judge and defeated Judge Charles E Armin in that year.

In the past four years his interest in politics has extended throughout the state and he ahs been high in the councils of the Phillips administration in the past two years.

It was understood that he intended running again for municipal judge, at the end of the present term.

Engaged in Law Practice

Upon entering the practice of law in Waukesha he formed an association with James E Thomas, under the title of Muckleston & Thomas and was connected with this firm up to the time of the fatal accident.

Judge Muckleston was married on June 15, 1904, to Miss Mary J Wilkins daughter of Joseph Wilkins of Waukesha. The family resided at 208 Wisconsin Avenue. One child aged less than two years, with Mrs Muckleston survives.

Judge Muckleston was a member of the following orders: Masonic, Knights of Pythias, Elks, Modern Woodmen.

To Honor Judge Muckleston

Mayor Estberg has requested that business houses close for an hour during the funeral services of Judge Muckleston on Friday.


It is with deep emotion that the multitude of friends of Judge Milo Muckleston say farewell in this life to one of the most kindly, manly generous and friendly characters of our community. The judge will be missed quite as much if not more, than any other individual in Waukesha would be. His friendships penetrated to all classes of people. He was a schoolboy here and his early days were spent here. He taught school through the county. He studied played and worked here. He travelled the county so thoroughly that the most remote corner knew his kindly smile and genial visits. He knew our citizenry well and our people knew and appreciated Judge Muckleston. He typified the American expression "Good Sport". Justice he insisted upon. He was wonderfully free from the common defects of ambitious humanity - for he was ambitious. Avarice, spite, hatred or trickery had no place in his lexicon. He carried himself upon a lofty plane of ethics and humanitarianism. He forgave his enemies. Those who were so fortunate to be numbered amongst his close friends will miss him most; but the memory of his high character and his noble deeds will live as long as the present generation remains above the sod. The shock of his taking was sudden and affecting. A good man has been removed from Waukesha and the state. His career makes it possible to say of him that he was a clean, square and capable man - as clean square and capable as any who has done us the honor to dwell within our gates.


Our people were greatly shocked Monday when news came of the death of Judge Milo Muckleston. The Judge had numberless friends here who's sympathy goes out to the bereaved family.

J E Thomas May Succeed

Law Partner of Deceased Judge Likely to be Appointed.

It is probable that J E Thomas law partner of the late Judge Muckleston, will be appointed to succeed the deceased for the balance of the term, which is until 1918. Close friends of Judge Muckleston believe that such an appointment would have been his wish and the governor will be asked to comply. At the present time there are no Municipal judges in Waukesha County, and an immediate appointment will be necessary.

Judge Muckleston's parents who reside at Seattle Wash., were notified immediately. Mrs Muckleston who was waiting at the lake cottage for her husband to come to luncheon, was notified by friends there. There are three brothers surviving, R Waldo a civil engineer in South America, Melville C., an attorney of Seattle and Stanley of Waukesha; Also three sisters Mrs Elizabeth A Forde, Seattle; Mrs A C Burkett, San Francisco; Mrs Lulu V Sorenson, Wenatchee, Wash.

20 July 1916


Law Partner of deceased is Appointed Eastern District Magistrate

Inquest Held Last Monday.

Funeral of Late Jurist Held on Friday But Parents were Delayed on Journey From West

James E Thomas former assemblyman and for many years law partner of the late Judge Milo Muckleston, was appointed last Friday by Governor Philipp to succeed his friend upon the bench of the Eastern Municipal Court district of Waukesha county.

Judge Thomas inducted into office on Monday, assuming his judicial duties at the opening of court on that day. The appointment was expected, as it was the general belief that it would have been Judge Muckleston's preference, had the necessity for such an appointment come during his lifetime. The appointment was made hurriedly, as the county was without a municipal judge since the death of Judge Muckleston, Judge Derse of the Western District being at the Mexican border with his troops.

Funeral Held Last Friday

The funeral of Judge Muckleston was held at the residence on Wisconsin Avenue last Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. The Masonic ritual was served. The service at the house was conducted by the Rev. Sidney T Smythe of Delafield.

From nine o'clock until noon on Friday the remains of Judge Muckleston lay in state at the home and hundreds of friends journeyed to obtain a last look at the remains of one of the most popular men of Waukesha County.

The parents of Judge Muckleston through some railway delays were unable to arrive at Waukesha before 7 o'clock on Friday night.

Friends are Pallbearers

Six of the most intimate friends of Judge Muckleston served as bearers they were Mayor E R Estberg, S A Perkins, J A Haertel, George B Harris, A Wirt Jones and Frank Fuller the latter of Mukwonago. The honorary bearers were Judge M L Leuck, A J Dopp, G H Daubner, V H Tichenor, A N Coombs and E D Walsh.

Judge Muckleston it was announced carried $15,000 dollars of accident insurance and a life policy of about $2,000. The cause of the unusually heavy accident policy was an incident two years ago. At that time the Judge carried a small accident policy and one day sustained a broken arm while cranking his car. When his benefits were paid he decided to re-invest the amount and has since kept insured to the amount stated.

The following extracts are taken from various undated newspaper extracts:

"At an election held by the University Baseball team yesterday, Milo Muckleston, a senior law student whose home is in Wapun, was chosen captain. The election of Muckleston meets the hearty approval of all of the students. He is popular amongst the student body and members of the baseball team. His skill with the bat and mitt have won many scores for Old Wisconsin. Last year he filed a record of 942 and batted at a 287 clip."

"The captain of the '02 team was Milo Muckleston, whose brother Waldo was captain of the '08 team and played right half on the football team the last two years. Milo was without doubt the most popular man in the school in those days. He was a star in both Baseball and track work and incidentally demonstrated that he was the best boxer in the university. Muck won his baseball "W" in '00 playing a remarkable game in the infield and at bat. In '02 he was the western intercollegiate champion batter with an average of over 500.

Muck also held the university pole vault record for 4 years and tied Meyer for the indoor record for all colleges East and West, in the winter of '02 in Chicago. Muck established his reputation as a boxer in a memorable contest with Earl Schreiber, of football fame, who outweighed him by about fifty pounds. The mill was held in the baseball cage on the top floor of the gym one Saturday afternoon. Schreiber had a reputation as a boxer, which added to the advantage given him by his weight, made it appear hopeless for Muck, who was practically unknown along that line. But after a few rounds of the fiercest battle ever seen at Madison, the football man gave up the fight and Muck was admitted to be the champion boxer of the university.

Muck was elected District Attorney for Waukesha County for the second term in the recent election, defeating another Wisconsin man, who, by the way, was not an athlete, by an almost 2 to 1 vote, in a district where a split ticket was elected."

Milo Muckleston died on November 7th 1916, age 40 when his car was in collision with an inter suburban street car.

Letters between The Reverend William Jeffries Muckleston and Judge Milo Muckleston in 1916.

April 13 '16 (1916)

Rev Muckleston, Perth, Ontario, Canada.

Dear Sir,

Impelled by curiosity, I am writing you a letter on account of the similarity of our names. I am wondering if there is any family connection that can be traced between us.

You are the only Muckleston that I know of in this part of the country, and I have never heard of any other until I run across your name.

A brief history of our family will perhaps interest you. About all I know is that my grandparents emigrated from North Wales. The name is no doubt Scotch. Grandfather I understand was both Scottish and Welsh. He married a Welsh woman who is connected to the Ceiriog Hughes family. Ceiriog Hughes was a noted Welsh Bard, cherished by the Welsh people about the same as the Scotch cherish Robert Burns. I have the family history from that side of the family tree but know very little about the Muckleston side, and thought perhaps you may be able to throw some light thereon.

Grandfather had three sons, who all spent most of their time in Waukesha County, in the state of Wisconsin. I have some brothers and sisters who went west and are in the states of Washington and California. One of my sisters married a merchant in Seattle and another sister is at Wenatchee, Washington, wife of the District Attorney there. The other sister is the wife of the President of the Pacific National Telegraph and Telephone System. I have a brother who is a lawyer in Seattle.

I would be glad to hear from you, and would be pleased to have you give me some of your family history.

Respectively yours,

Milo Muckleston.

April 26th, 1916

Stanley Court, Stanley Street, Montreal, Canada.

To his Honor Judge Mukleston

Dear Sir,

I was glad to receive your letter of the 13th which was duly forwarded to me here. I am a clergyman of the Church of England, retired four years ago in broken health after forty years service. I am an honorary Canon of the Cathedral of Manor.

The name Muckleston is very English, derived from a small place of that name in Staffordshire, where one at least migrated to Shropshire, taking his surname from his place of birth as was the common custom. I have a pedigree fairly full from Henry VIII, but with scattering names back to Richard II showing my family first at Oswestry and for centuries at Shrewsbury where Samuel my father was born in 1808. He came to Kingston Canada about 1830 where he prospered as a merchant and died in 1873. There are none of the family now in Shrewsbury. My father left two sons and three daughters all still living. My elder brother John is nearly seventy years of age. He is living at Calgary. He has two sons and a daughter. His elder son Hugh has thrown up a good position in the CPR and is going overseas as Captain of Engineers. He is 43. His second son is at St. Paul.

I am 67. I have two sons living, the elder Alan having given up a good bank position to doclerical work for the army Medical Corps with the rank of Captain. The younger son Harold (a doctor) is a Major attached to the Headquarters Staff here. Both were anxious to go to the front but neither could arrange it. We know what this war is to us. My two sons and my brothers younger son are married but as yet we have no male grandchildren I am sorry to say. I should be glad to here from you again. My nerve trouble affects my writing as you can see.

Yours very truly

William Jeffrys Muckleston

Both Milo and William Jeffries had a common ancestor in Edward Muckleston who married Anghared. Edward's exact date of birth is not known but he is believed to have died prior to 1582. Edward was Milo's 8 times great grandfather and William Jeffries 7 times great grandfather making them sixth cousins once removed.

At the time of his death it was said that Milo Muckleston had one child aged under 2 years old

We have Milo's probate records.


Burial: Praire Home Cemetery, Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin


1905 Wisconsin Census

Ward 5, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Milo MucklestonMarriedHead28LawyerWiscWalesWisc

Mary J MucklestonMarriedWife24WiscPennEngland

Frances WilkinsSister in Law19WiscPennEngland

Lulu MucklestonSister16StudentWiscWalesWisc

Edith BrownServant16DomesticWiscGermanyGermany


i.MILO F19 MUCKLESTONE, JR., b. 01 Feb 1905, Waukesha Wisconsin.


Almost certainly fits in to the family group containing the other 2 Milo's but need to identify exactly where.

ii.EDWIN MILO MUCKLESTON, b. 1913; d. Mar 1915.


Edwin Milo Muckleston

Edwin Milo Muckleston, two years of age, son of the late Judge E Milo Muckleston, and only child of Mrs Mary Muckleston, died on Saturday afternoon at the family residence on Wisconsin Avenue. The child was a victim of pneumonia. The funeral services were private and were held from the home on Monday afternoon. Burial was at Prairie Home cemetery.

iii.EDWARD MILO MUCKLESTON, b. 03 Mar 1915; d. 07 Dec 1916.


Burial: Praire Home Cemetery, Waukesha, Waukesha, Wisconsin

iv.NOT NAMED MUCKLESTON, b. 16 Jul 1908.

v.UNKNOWN MUCKLESTON, b. 1910; d. 1915.