Bio: Trnka, Dr. Edward Matthew (History - 1909)


Contact: Marsha




----Source: LOYAL CENTENNIAL BOOK (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.) - 1970



Trnka, Dr. Edward D. (Note: This published biography should have read, "Edward M. Trnka")



Dr. Edward D. Trnka, Chiropractor, was born in New Prague, Minn., received his degree from the Minnesota Chiropractic college in 1938 and opened his first office in Loyal, Clark County, Wis., the same year. This office was located on the second floor if what was then the Richardson Building. Three years later he moved to his present location at 217 Main St.


The basic chiropractic science is the system, or practice, of adjusting the joints, especially of the spine, by hand for the curing of disease. A valuable tool used by the chiropractor to pinpoint the source of pain is the X-ray machine. Dr. Trnka purchased his first X-ray two year after he began his practice. The one he uses today is his third.


He was president of the Wisconsin Chiropractic Basic Research in 1949, has been a member of the City Council in Loyal and was on the Loyal Public Library Board for several years. He was chairman of a committee to put on Loyal Days and also chaired a committee, which presented a talent show in Loyal around 1939. Dr. Trnka is a member of the International Who's Who.


Shortly after moving to Loyal, Dr. Trnka met Miss Arleen Erickson, who taught English and Music at Loyal High School. They were married in 1940. Mr. Trnka gave up teaching after their marriage but still gives private piano and organ lessons.

The Trnkas have four children, Kathryn, Ruth, John, and Kenneth.




The ad above appeared in the Spencer Record,

Spencer Wisconsin, 17 Jul 1941



1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Edward Trnka     Age in 1910: 1     Estimated Birth Year: 1909

Birthplace: Minnesota    Relation to Head of House: Son

Father's name: Thomas Trnka       Father's Birth Place: Minnesota

Mother's name: Cathrine Trnka     Mother's Birth Place: Minnesota

Marital Status: Single     Race: White     Gender: Male

Home in 1910: Helena, Scott, Minnesota

Thomas Trnka       35  MN-Austria Bohemia    Head     married 5 years    Carpenter - house builder

Cathrine Trnka      31  MN-Austria Bohemia    Wife      3 of 3 children living

Ludmilla Trnka       4  MN-MN-MN             Daughter

Joseph Trnka           3  MN-MN-MN                  Son

Edward Trnka                     1  MN-MN-MN                  Son

Mary Turek           11  MN-MN-MN              Boarder     attending school


1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Edward Tinka [Trnka]       Age: 10    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1910

Birthplace: Minnesota                    Relation to Head of House: Son

Father's name: Thomas Tinka        Father's Birth Place: Minnesota

Mother's name: Katherine Tinka    Mother's Birth Place: Minnesota

Marital Status: Single    Race: White    Sex: Male   Able to read/write: Yes/Yes

Home in 1920: New Prague, Le Sueur, Minnesota

Thomas Tinka              48  MN-Bohemia-Boh    Head      Carpenter - Flour Mill

Katherine Tinka          38  MN-Bohemia-Boh    Wife

Ludnita Tinka                         14  MN-MN-MN         Daughter            << Ludmilla

Joseph Tinka               13  MN-MN-MN            Son

Edward Tinka                         10  MN-MN-MN            Son

Helen Tinka                   7  MN-MN-MN        Daughter

Emil Tinka                     5  MN-MN-MN            Son


Could not find Edward (would have been attending college)

1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Thomas M Trnka     Age: 57     Estimated Birth Year: abt 1873

Birthplace: Minnesota         Relation to Head of House: Head

Race: White     Occupation: Truckman      Rent/home value: Rent, 16.00

Age at first marriage:  Thomas 32, Catherine 26     Parents' birthplace: Czechoslovakia

Home in 1930: New Prague, Le Sueur, Minnesota

Thomas M Trnka    57  MN-Czech-Czech      Truckman - Flour Mill

Cathrine Trnka        52  MN-Czech-Czech     

Helen Trnka            17  MN-MN-MN             Operator - Telephone Exchange

Emil T Trnka           15  MN-MN-MN


Social Security Death Index

Name: Edward M. Trnka     SSN: 469-01-6020

Born: 22 Feb 1909     Died: 1 Aug 1990

State (Year) SSN issued: Minnesota (Before 1951)

Last Residence: 54446  Loyal, Clark, Wisconsin, United States of America


Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997

Name: Edward Trnka         Death Date: 1 Aug 1990

Location: Clark County     Certificate: 020769


U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1

Name: Edward M Trnka      Birth Date: 22 Feb 1908 [20 Feb 1909]

Address: PO Box 305, Loyal, WI, 54446-0305 (1994)

              [201 W Draper St, Loyal, WI, 54446-9581 (1982)]



to  Trnka, Arleen B.    22-Feb-1913     11-Dec-2009

            B. Racine, Wis.       Edward M. Trnka     20-Jun-1940

                        Wilhelm & Augusta (Kihl) Erickson

to  Trnka, Edward M. "Doc"    20-Feb-1909     1-Aug-1990

                                            Arleen B. Erickson   20-Jun-1940

                         Thomas & Katherine (Svboda) Trnka


--- ----Source: TRIBUNE-RECORD-GLEANER (Clark County, Wis.) 08/08/1990


Trnka, Edward (1909 - 1990)


Edward M. (Doc) Trnka, D.C., Loyal, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1990, at 7:20 p.m. at Memorial Home, Neillsville Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 3, 1990, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Loyal. Father Roman Kaiser officiated and burial was in St. Anthony's Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Irvin Drach, Tom Lindner, Wilbur Kehrberg, Norman Roth, Leonard Denk, and John A Schultz.


Mr. Trnka was born Feb. 20, 1909, in New Prague, Minn., to Thomas and Katherine (nee Svoboda) Trnka. He attended St. Wencelaus School and graduated from New Prague High School.


He was a boy soprano and sang for many programs in his youth. As an adult he sang with the Twin City Opera Company. He studied voice at St. Olaf, McFail and Hamline University. He went to Northwester Chiropractic College and graduated in 1938.


He opened his office in Loyal and practiced for 45 years, retiring in Oct. 1983, when he sold his building and practice. He also attended Logan College for Basic Research in St. Louis, Mo. He became president of the Wisconsin Basic Research society.


He married Arleen Erickson at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Loyal June 20, 1940. In Loyal he was head of the original Loyal Days and participated in plays put on by the city. He was a Loyal Alderman and served on the library board. He was a charter member of the Loyal Rotary, Knights of Columbus, St. Anthony's Church and American and Wisconsin Chiropractic Societies.


Survivors include his wife, Arleen sons, John and Patty Trnka, Rochester, Minn. Ken and Terrie Trnka, Puyallup, Wash. daughters, Kathryn and Chester Berkey, Eau Claire and Ruth Trnka, Mosinee four grandchildren, Chris and Ben Berkey, Jennifer and Michael Trnka and one brother, Joseph and Leatta Trnka, Montgomery, Minn.


He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother and two sisters.


Rinka Funeral Home handled the arrangements.



--- ----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Sunday, 13 Dec. 2009


Trnka, Arleen Bernice (22 Feb. 1913 - 11 Dec. 2009)


Arleen B. Trnka, 96, of Colby and formerly of Loyal, died Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, at Saint Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Loyal. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery.


Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday.


Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.


--- ----Source: The Loyal Tribune  (Loyal, Clark County, Wis. 16 Dec. 2009)


Trnka, Arleen  (22 FEB 1913-11 DEC 2009)


Arleen B. Trnka, 96, Colby, formerly of Loyal, died on Friday, Dec. 11, 1009, at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 16m at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Loyal. The Rev. Jerome Naduvathaniyil officiated. Burial followed in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Trnka, Mike Trnka, Chet Berkey, Ben Berkey, Chris Berkey and Harvey Denenhardt.


Arleen Bernice Erickson was born on Feb. 22, 1913, in Racine, the oldest of three children born to Wilhelm and Augusta (nee Kihl) Erickson. She was raised and received her education in Racine, graduating from Par High School in 1932. She then attended Milwaukee State Teachers College, currently the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she graduated in 1936, with a major in music. Her first job was at Dorchester High School, where she taught music until becoming supervisor of vocal music in West Milwaukee Schools from 1939-40. In 1940, she moved to Loyal, where she taught both music and English at Loyal High School. She married Dr. Edward M. Trnka on June 20, 1940, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Loyal. She was the organist at the church for many years, and also gave private piano and organ lessons. She resided in Loyal until moving to Angelus Retirement Community, now Colby Retirement Community, in Nov. 2000.


She was an independent person, who was outspoken and feisty. She was also very intelligent, you never challenged her unless you were very sure of your facts. She was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and thoroughly enjoyed her visits with friends, who frequently came to see her.


Survivors include two daughters, Kathryn (Chester) Berkey, Eau Claire, and Ruth Trnka, Mosinee; one son, John (Patty) Trnka, Rochester, Minn.; and four grandchildren, Christopher Berkey, Dr. Benjamin Berkey, Jennifer Trnka and Michael Trnka.


Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Edward "Doc" Trnka, on Aug. 1, 1990; one son, Dr. Kenneth Trnka; and two brothers, Russell Erickson and Irving Erickson.


Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, Loyal, assisted the family with arrangements.

Could the year be wrong in this article?  He is reported to have graduated in 1938, and I thought he did not move to Loyal until he set up his practice after graduation.

      (article on Loyal Public Library - excerpt)

"The treasury was improved in 1921 by the R. N. A. giving an entertainment: Harry Haslett and Harry Moore arranging a baseball game. In 1937 Dr. E. W. Trnka directed a play and in 1940 Mrs. Gwin did likewise. Funds were solicited from time to time. In 1925 a Christmas tree was set up in the telephone office where 71 books and $23 were collected. The Towns of Sherman, Beaver and Loyal, as well as the village, contributed."

In the Fourth Ward, R. B. Giese won in a three cornered race for alderman, receiving 52 votes to 16 for Edward M. Trnka and 50 for Albert Witt, incumbent trustee.  The post of alderman-supervisor went to Bert B. Brown, who received 58 votes, while Arthur Schutte received 35 and Melvin Zettler received 23.

In the Fourth Ward R. B. Giese won in a three cornered race for alderman; receiving 52 votes to 16 for Edw. M. Trnka and Albert Witt, incumbent trustee.  The post of alderman-supervisor went to Bert B. Brown, who received 58 votes, while Arthur Schutte received 35 and Melvin Zettler received 23.

The introductions will be followed by numbers of the high school chorus, and a baritone solo to be sung by Edward Trnka.  An introduction of the Loyal Village President Fred Laosky will be made as well as representatives of other village business organizations.


His sister Ludmilla / Ludnita

record title: Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980

name: Trenka        gender: Female        birth date: 06 Mar 1906   

birthplace: Helena, Scott, Minnesota     race: White

father's name: Thomas Trenka    father's birthplace: Minnesota    father's age: 32y

mother's name: Katie Svoboda   mother's birthplace: Minnesota   mother's age: 26y

indexing project (batch) number: C59680-9    system origin: Minnesota-EASy

source film number: 1379417




My mother was Arlene Bernice Erickson Trnka and was originally from Racine, WI.  She taught at Loyal High School and taught piano lessons in Loyal for many years.  She also played the organ at St. Anthony’s in Loyal for many years. She died in December 2009 at the age of 96.


They had four children:  Kathryn Berkey, Eau Claire; Ruth Trnka, retired teacher, Mosinee; WI, John Trnka…retired from IBM Rochester, MN; & Ken Trnka (cardiologist, deceased). Kathy Berkey




Thanks for the information. My sister said she'd find a picture to send you. The family came from Bohemia in 1862. Czechlaslovakia did not exist until after WW1 when the three countries of Bohemia, Slovakia, and Moravia were combined into one with the name of Czechlaslovakia----Ruth Trnka








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