and Ottilie Moschcau were married September 1, 1910. They had one son,
Herbert Otto Marcks. Born in Lakeside May 7, 1911. He was nicknamed
‘Kye’ because of his German ancestry during the days of the Kaiser.
Otto was a very intelligent individual. Like all of his brothers he was
very religious knew his bible thoroughly, but did not believe in the
institution of the Church. He liked to argue and prove a point here and
there. Through these early years he had many a meeting with the various
ministers who came to Lakeside and no doubt could out-argue most of them
as to accuracy.
Otto was born in Mills County, Iowa,
near Council Bluffs, October 26, 1876. He was nine years old when his
family settled on a homestead at Eagle Peak. He received his education
in the mountain schools. He and his brothers operated a large bee ranch
there. He and his wife operated a grocery store in Lakeside for many
years. Mr. Francis M. De Weese had a dry goods department at one time.
generous to a fault, the needy of the community were always able to
obtain groceries in his store. No one will ever know how many families
he fed during the depression years, with no thought as to whether the
bills would ever be paid.
He served over 25 years as a member and clerk of
the Lakeside School Board. Following the death of Otto Marcks in 1938, a
monument was erected in his memory at the Lakeside Grammar School (now
Lakeside Middle School) on Woodside Avenue, and remains there today.
lived in Lakeside for many years, and as a young man he worked in his
father’s store until it was sold. There are many stories, rumors,
legends around my father and the gang he ran around with. “Who put the
cow in the church on Halloween those many years ago?” Herbert married
Lucille Kerns and they had two sons, Frank and Eldon, and myself,
Geraldine. They were later divorced and Herbert left Lakeside, working in
drywall construction until he retired. He and his second wife, Wilma,
lived in El Cajon for many years. My father was a lifetime member of the
Lakeside Historical Society. He died in 1985.
Henry Marcks was born in Germany, February 22, 1853. He was born Gustov
Wilhelm, but changed his name when he became a citizen of the United
States October 24, 1989, in San Diego County. He married Mary Elizabeth
Hoyer December 5, 1874, in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Mary Elizabeth was
born in Germany, February 26, 1849. They lived in Iowa for a while, then
Oregon, and finally San Diego County, locating on government land at the
head of Eagle Peak Grade in Julian. He engaged extensively in the
beekeeping business. He farmed some and ran a bunch of cattle. For some
years he was foreman of the Eagle Peak Road District. He came to the ranch
in 1887 and remained there until two days before his death in 1931 at the
age of 77. He was survived by his widow, Elizabeth Hoyer Marcks, and four
sons, Hugo Otto, William Gustav ‘Gus,’ Arthur Walter and Herbert
Henry. They all lived in the Lakeside and Julian area all of their lives,
Mary Elizabeth died at Quintard Hospital in San Diego February 8, 1942.