June 2010


Bob was the sixth child born to Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler. He was born January 3, 1891 and baptized January 4, 1891 in St. Stanislaus Parish. It’s interesting to note on Bob’s baptismal record that his mother’s lineage is noted. Look closely at the record for Boleslaw Plencner (the first record on the page).  Here is a transcription:

Datum Nativ. and Baptism
3rd Januarii Natus
4th Jan. Bapt.
Nomen: Boleslaus
Genus: Mas
Thorus: Leg.
Parentes: Plencner (Plenzler), Josephus, fil Josephi et Evae Dauer
Dauer, Eva fil Andrea et. Marianna n. Omler
Patrini: Michael Brzoskov (sp?) et Antonia Szcrepankorvska (sp?)

So, a clue to Eva’s mother would be that Marianna’s maiden name may be Omler. Also, when transcribing Mary Plenzler’s baptismal record, I have found that Marianna’s maiden name was provided as Aumiller. (I will provide more information on Mary on the next post.)

I can find no reason for naming the paternity of the mother, and yet all children born during this period have the paternity of their parents provided as well. Additionally, the priest’s name is not provided.

Bob was listed as living with the family at 1541 Avondale at the time of the 1910 census, he would have been about 19 years old at the time.

It appears Bob was drafted into the Army during World War I. His World War I draft card provides his employment as a carpenter. He was listed in the Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, World War, 1917-18 (as was his brother, Frank). Both Bob and Frank served at Meuse-Argonne and with the American Expeditionary Forces. Bob was also listed as having served at the battle of St. Miheil. Bob was honorably discharged from the Army on July 21, 1919.

A transcription of Bob’s record in the Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, World War, 1917-1918 is below:

PLENZLER, ROBERT F.
3093314, White
1541 Avondale Ave.,
Toledo, O.

NA LB 4 Toledo, O. June 26/18. Br Toledo, O. Feb 8/95. 158 Dep Brig to July 18/18; Co F 336 Inf to Oct 5/18; Co K 358 Inf to disch. Pvt. Meuse-Argonne. AEF Sept 9/18 to June 8/19. Ho disch June 15/19.

The 1930 census shows Bob living again at 1541 Avondale with his sister, Mary and employed as a machinist at a steel mill. It appears as if neither Bob or Mary ever married but continued to live together to support each other.

Bob died December 11, 1973 and was buried at Calvary Cemetery. His obituary was published in the Toledo Blade on December 12, 1973 and is transcribed below:

Robert Plenzler

Robert F. Plenzler, 83, of 1541 Avondale Ave., died Tuesday in his home. He was employed 12 years by the Acklin Stamping Co., retiring 18 years ago. Earlier he had worked 25 years for the Toledo Metal Wheel Co. He was a World War I veteran. Surviving is his sister, Mrs. Sophia Szymanowski. The body is in the Sujkowski Mortuary. Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in St. Stanislaus Church. The Rosary will be recited Thursday at 8 p.m.

He was buried at Calvary Cemetery through St. Stanislaus parish. The burial record from the church is transcribed below:

1973
#18
Name:  Plenzler, Robert
Address: 1541 Avondale
Age: 83
Parents or Spouse:
Sister: Sophia Szymanowski
Date of Death: Dec. 11
Cemetery Date of Burial: Dec. 14, 1973
Celebrant: Rev. S. J. Wojciechowski

The burial record from Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 77881
Name: Robert Plenzler
Residence: 1541 Avondale
Age: 83
Cause of Death: Prov. Death Cert.
Date of Interment: 12/14/1973
Grave: 5
Range or Lot: 193
Section: 44
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: R3407

For some reason, I had an itch to see the Air Force Museum this weekend. So I drove out to Dayton, snapped some pictures, and used the time to start thinking about my father. My dad served as a ball turret gunner for the 42nd Bomb Squad, 2nd Bomb Group in 1944 over Europe. Gave me some time to think about attacking and organizing the Mierzejewski information I have.

Found some information about the 49th Bomb Squad, 2nd Bomb Group and remembered an article that Dad had from Yank Magazine. On the website for the 49th Bomb Squad, there is a searchable database for service members and their missions.

A few pics from the National Air Force Museum.

Bockscar--dropped the Fat Man bomb over Nagasaki.

Strawberry Bitch--supposedly haunted

Valor

Valor

Monument to American Airmen who air-dropped shipments in Warsaw, 18 September 1944

Monument to American Airmen who air-dropped shipments in Warsaw, 18 September 1944

Never Forget

Never Forget

Vincent was a bit of an accidental find for me. While browsing St. Anthony’s baptismal records to locate Kaiser (Casper or Charles), I stumbled upon Vincent.

Vincent was the fourth child born to Eva Dauer and Joseph Plenzler. He was born July 3, 1886 and baptized July 18, 1886. He passed away January 4, 1887 per St. Anthony Parish interment records. I have no burial records. Calvary Cemetery’s burial records begin in late 1887, prior to Vincent’s death.

I have written to the Poznan project (http://bindweed.man.poznan.pl/posen/search.php) to obtain the marriage certificates for Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak and for John Plenzler and Eva Dauer. I am hoping that it is possible to obtain them–I have found possible records for these marriages in the database. I am sure it will take some time, but I do hope to locate these certificates. If I can obtain these documents, I will post more here.

I will be updating again starting this weekend. It’s been a wicked two weeks.

My mother is settled in at a lovely assisted care facility (#1 reason for my absence) and I’ve finally caught up with a work project in Orlando (#2 reason for my absence). Unfortunately, I can be called for TDY with short notice and be gone for long stretches. (I love to travel, but work and travel combined is sometimes hell!)

During my absence, I heard from the Plenzler family, requesting photos. Mom didn’t have any that were immediately accessible to me, but I do believe she at least would have her wedding photos packed away somewhere. As we slowly go through her possessions, photos may appear. Never underestimate the amount of possessions your long-lived relatives may have!

As a side note, I’ve noticed a bit of spamming going on here from Facebook. I’ve readjusted my profile accordingly so that only friends can see my Facebook profile and contact information, including websites. Fortunately, the first time anyone comments, I have to approve the comment. Once you’ve been “whitelisted,” you can comment freely (unless of course, I decide the comments are inappropriate). If you’ve commented here and don’t see it on the blog, it’s likely I deleted it by accident. Please contact me if you believe your comments were deleted in error.

Hopefully some day soon, I can migrate this blog to my personal domain for better control, but we all know that if wishes were horses, beggars would ride — I wish for more than 24 hours to a day and I’d probably sleep or work for pay more than 24 hours a day!

Family is visiting from out of town and then I’m off to Orlando for work. Am still working on and organizing the Mierzejewski information sent to me by Garret and have some Plenzler information to post. In the meantime, enjoy these videos courtesy of Public TV WTGE Toledo. The first is a short (less than two minutes) clip of the Polish community in Toledo. The second is a 41 minute episode from the “Cornerstones” series produced by WGTE Public Television in Toledo that provides interviews and historical information about the Kuschwantz and Lagrinka neighborhoods in Toledo.

I can’t directly embed the entire episode, but here is the link to the WGTE website and the full episode:

Full Cornerstones episode

Enjoy!

If time permits before I leave for Florida, I may post a bit on the Plenzlers, but I can’t promise anything. I will return in a few weeks.

Eva is the youngest child of Frances Rochowiak and Andrew Przybylski. Born May 14, 1893, she was a twin to Adam. Eva and Adam were baptized May 15, 1893. Adam survived only to the age of  five months, passing away October 10, 1893, just months before his father’s (Andrew Przybylski) death.

Stanley was born September 2, 1892 in Posnen per his World War I draft registration card. He was the son of Frank Hejnicki and Agata Pawlaczyk.

It appears that Eva lived most of her life at the home at 1637 Vance Street. Adam’s burial record reflects this address, as does the 1910 census and the 1920 census. In 1910, she was residing at the residence with her mother, Frances Rochowiak, sister Anastasia, and Anastasia’s first  husband, Stanley Lawecki. After her marriage to Stanley Hejnicki, she remained at the residence.

Eva and Stanley were married October 14, 1914 in St. Stanislaus Parish. The marriage produced four children:

  • Leonard, born 1916, died 1973.
  • Virginia, born 1920, died 1978.
  • Delphine, born 1926, died 1988.
  • Agnes (no birth date or death date found).

Delphine also married a Przybylski. Agnes joined the Felician Order (Sister Agnes Rita).

Stanley passed away August 4, 1934 due to heart disease and was buried through St. Stanislaus Parish. He was buried at Calvary Cemetery on August 8. His burial record through Calvary is transcribed below:

No. 335027
Name: Stanislaus Hejnicki
Residence: Vance Street
Age: 41
Cause of death: Heart disease
Date of Interment: Aug. 8
Grave: 2825
Range or Lot: 22
Section: 32
Undertaker: Gasiorowski Bros.

Eva passed away February 21, 1979. Her obituary, published February 22, 1979 in the Toledo Blade reads:

Mrs. Eva L. Hejnicki, 85, formerly of the 1600 block of Vance Street, died Wednesday in the Sacred Heart Home for the Aged, where she had lived six years. She was the widow of Stanley Hejnicki. Surviving are her daughters, Sister Agnes Rita Hejnicki, CSSF, and Mrs. Delphine Przybylski. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Stanislaus Church. The Rosary will be recited at 7 tonight in the Sujkowski Mortuary.

Eva was buried through St. Stanislaus church and buried in Calvary Cemetery. Eva’s burial record from Calvary is transcribed below:

No.: 83632
Name: Eva L. Hejnicki
Residence: Form. 1600 Bl. Vance St.
Age: 85
Cause of Death: Prov. Death Cert.
Date of Interment: 2/24/1979
Grave: 8
Range or Lot: 83
Section: 48
Funeral Director: Sujkowski
Remarks: 457

Stanislaus was the fifth child of Andrew Przybylski and Frances Rochowiak. He was born April 19, 1891 and baptized at St. Anthony’s Parish on April 26, 1891.

Helena was born about about 1892 to John and Miriam Lawecki. Her brother, Stanley, was the first husband of Anastasia Przybylski.

Stanislaus and Helena married early — possibly about 1908.  Their marriage produced six children:

Per Stanislaus’ World War I draft registration card dated June 5, 1917, the family was living at 705 Woodstock.

Stanley was employed at Acklin Stamping (at the original factory on Dorr Street).  His death on June 26, 1919 was due to an industrial accident. Stanley was buried through St. Stanislaus Parish and was interred at Calvary Cemetery on June 30, 1919. His burial record through Calvary is transcribed below:

No.: 21007
Name of Deceased: Stanislaus Przybylski
Late Residence: 705 Woodstock
Age: 28
Color: W
Sex: M
Disease: Hemorrhage
Date of Decease: June 26
Date of Interment: June 30
Married, Single, or Widowed: M
Place of Death: Toledo
No. of Grave: 384
No. of Lot: 167
No. of Section: 6
Name of Physician: Hartung
Name of Undertaker: Gasiorowski Bros.
Remarks: Removed 11/18/19 to N 1/2 Lot 196 Sec. 4

The 1920 census reflects that Helena was living with her mother, Mariam, at 1708 Vance Street.

The 1930 census reflects that Helena was remarried to James Richalski and was residing at 723 Woodstock.

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