My apologies for being absent. Spring and summer tend to get really busy for me — I love to travel and was away over the holiday weekend.  Need to get more information organized and some more posts written up. In the meantime, I’ll post a few more of the Calvary photos that I have.

Michalina Osinska
July 30, 1859 – Nov. 8, 1931
Grave: 602, Range or Lot: 30, Section: 27

Michalina Osinska

Michalina Osinska

Jozef Zielinski
UM. 5 GRUD. 1913 (Died 5 December 1913)
HIAL LAT 50 (50 years)
Miasto Zorowag Marya

Grave 1590 Lot 11 Section 3

Jozef Zielinski

Jozef Zielinski

Mother
Wiktorya (Victoria) Okonska
Grud 21 1863 (b Dec. 21, 1863)
Grud 21 1914 (d Dec 21, 1914)
Grave 253, Lot 3, Section 30

Wiktorya Okonska

Wiktorya Okonska

Father
Jan Okonski
Sier. 20, 1858 (b Aug. 20, 1858)
Sier. 30, 1915 (d Aug. 30, 1915)
Grave: 258, Lot: 3, Section: 30

Jan Okonski

Jan Okonski

Again, via the generosity of John Plenzler, we have another mystery wedding photo.

Mystery Wedding Photo

Mystery Wedding Photo

Click the photo to get a larger version. There is no ID whatsoever for this photo, there is not even a studio identification on the photo. However, I think the best man looks quite a bit like Raymond Przybylski. Compare and see if you agree! As usual, if you have any idea who these people may be, let me know. Drop a comment here or drop me an email and I’ll follow up. Also, if anyone knows the answer to these questions, I’d like to know: Was there a period when wedding photos were taken in studios? If so, were the photos actually taken the day of the marriage or were they taken before? It seems many of the wedding photos I’ve seen from my parents’ generation and prior have been studio settings. This was not a practice when I was married 30+ years ago–wedding photos and portraits were usually taken at church or at the reception afterwards.

Came across this while browsing old newspapers online. This clipping comes from the Toledo News Bee on 14 November 1913.While I understand that the parish had been formed in 1908, the building itself was not complete and dedicated until 1913.

Transcription below.

Dedication of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Toledo

Dedication of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Toledo

POLISH CHURCH IS DEDICATED FORMALLY

St. Stanislaus Kostka church [at] Tecumseh and Detroit aves., [was] dedicated by Bishop Schremba Sunday morning. Representatives of all Polish churches in the [city] marched in a procession that preceded the ceremonies. The Rev. J. Suplicki was celebrant of a solemn high mass after the dedication. The bishop spoke briefly in Polish.

The church is a school, church and auditorium combination building. The church on the second floor of the building has a seating capacity of 1,000. The auditorium in the basement will seat 9??. Eight large school rooms are on the first floor. The building will cost $55,000. A residence for teachers of the school has just been completed at a cost of $10,000.

05.12.2012: fixed the broken link to the YANK article.

For some time, I had an article that my father had torn out of YANK magazine. On the article, he had written “This happened in my outfit and its a true story.” I have no real way of verifying this, I am suspecting the names in this story have been fictionalized and I have no date for the actual incident.

Note that this happened to my father's unit and was a true story.

Note that this happened to my father’s unit and was a true story.

I do have a vague memory of my father telling a rare story about his experiences in World War II–he told a story of being found and housed by an Italian family for a day or two while awaiting someone in his unit to come for him. Of course, dad kept the story to minimal detail and related to us the experience he had with that family–how he enjoyed the food (Army food was bad), and that he was warm and was given a bed to sleep. He did not say how he had ended up in the family’s home or why he was there. I was a kid, I didn’t know the questions to ask. How I wish I did now!

I did find the article online to at least find the date it was published. To my surprise, the magazine is archived online! You can locate the article here: YANK January 26, 1945. I have the full scan of the article also here with my dad’s handwritten note here: http://dmcmanus.biz/family/Lone_Wolf_entire.pdf.

Illustration from the Lone Wolf article

Illustration from the Lone Wolf article

As a teaser, here’s the introduction to the action:

Your call sign is Lonesome,” said the major.

The sign was appropriate. We were to fly this night as lone wolves without fighter protection. If we succeeded, it meant that American heavy bombers would no longer have to remain grounded, as they did last winter when weather made formation flying under escort impossible. The four Fortresses from our group were to take off at close intervals, and bombers from other groups were to fly at the same time to the same target. The bombers, each flying over a different route and at a different altitude and speed, would come in over Blechhammer one after the other. Our mission was to end the bogey of bad weather.

Must say, Cpl. Barrett writes a good story!

I’m not a military historian, and would love to hear from anyone who may have information on the raids on Blechhammer.

A few days ago, Lukasz Bialecki of the Poznan Project emailed me the civil marriage record for Martinus (Martin) Rochowiak and Catherine (Katarzyna) Switala. Martin was a half-brother to my great-grandmother, Frances Rochowiak Przybylski. The civil marriage record provides us with a bit more detail about the family. The thumbnail below is difficult to read, but click it to enlarge to see the detail.

Civil marriage record for Martin Rochowiak and Catherine Switala November 1877

Civil marriage record for Martin Rochowiak and Catherine Switala, November 1877

Lukasz kindly sent along a translation of the record to me since it is written in German:

Farm worker Martin Rochowiak, born 3 Nov 1850 in Zendowo, resident in Murczyn, son of the farmer Adalbert Rochowiak (died in Zendowo) and his wife Marianna (married name missing, died in Zendowo).

Maid Catharina Switala, born 24 Sep 1857 in Murczyn, resident in Murczyn, daughter of the farmer Matheus Switala (resident in Murczyn) and his wife Marianna Zablocka (resident in Murczyn).

Witnesses Johann Wesolek, age 33 from Jaroszewo, Johann Zablocki, age 52 from Murczyn.

Now, from this translation we cannot ascertain for sure that Martin was a son of Marianna Chlebowska or Marianna Marzana. I’ve “assigned” him within my tree as the son of Marianna Chlebowska, based on the fact that per the this civil marriage record, he was born 3 November 1850 and Aldabertus married Marianna Mazana on 27 October 1851. So, not quite a year after Martinus was born, Aldabert married his third wife.

We also have the location where the Rochowiaks, Switalas, and Zablockis were living in 1850: Murczyn. Additionally, we now know that Adalbert was a farmer. We also now know that Adalbert and Marianna Mazana (using deductive logic for which Marianna) died in Zendowo.

If you note the signatures, as Lukasz pointed out to me, the groom was illiterate–he signed the record with three Xs but the bride was able to write and signed her own name.

Two obituaries today. One I was actually seeking, the other happened to be, quite coincidentally, published the same day and of some interest to my family tree. I often go back through the archived newspapers on Google to backfill my data with obituaries. So I purposefully went to seek Victoria Przybylski Sieja’s obit, I hadn’t located it before. However, published on the same day as hers — October 21, 1937 — was the obituary of my aunt’s (Celia Mierzejewski Starzynski) husband’s brother, John Starzynski.

Both obits are below and are transcribed.

Obituary, Toledo News Bee, Victoria Sieja, 21 October 1937

Obituary, Toledo News Bee, Victoria Sieja, 21 October 1937

Mrs. Victoria Sieja

Mrs. Victoria Sieja died Wednesday in her home at 1451 Avondale Avenue of a stroke suffered while working in the yard of her home. She was 53.

Mrs. Sieja was a member of St. Anthony’s Church. She leaves her husband, Frank Sieja; three daughters, Mrs. Clem Plenzler, Mrs. Casper Roman, and Miss Alice Sieja; six sons, Roman, Chester, Andrew, Daniel, Edmund and Norman, two sisters, Mrs. Anastazia Plenzler and Mrs. Eva Hejnicki, two brothers, Frank and John Przybylski, and seven grandchildren.

Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the residence and at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary. The body is in the residence.

John Starzynski, Obituary, Toledo News Bee, 21 October 1937

John Starzynski, Obituary, Toledo News Bee, 21 October 1937

STARZYNSKI SERVICES FRIDAY

Services for John (Starr) Starzynski, 27 E. Pearl Street, who died Wednesday, will be at 6:45 a.m. Friday in Stanley Urbanski Mortuary and at 7 a.m. in St. Adalbert’s Church. Burial will be in Calvary.

Mr. Starzynski, who was 29, had been ill a month. He was employed by Willys-Overland Motors, Inc. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Helen Starzynski; his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Marion Starzysnki, and three bothers, Walter, Joseph, and Edward, all of Toledo.

Still working on that backlog of Calvary photos that I have. Today’s photos are names within my family tree but I have not made any connections.

George and Lucy Mielcarek, Calvary Cemetery

George and Lucy Mielcarek, Calvary Cemetery

Mielcarek
Father George
1865 – 1945
Mother Lucy
1868 – 1962
Grave: 337, Range or Lot: 13, Section: 41

Magdalena Koralewski, Calvary Cemetery

Magdalena Koralewski, Calvary Cemetery

Droga Matka
Magdalena Koralewski
1872 – 1919
Grave: 117, Lot: 4, Section: 43

Aloizy Lawecki, Calvary Cemetery

Aloizy Lawecki, Calvary Cemetery

Aloizy Lawecki
1914 – 1921
Grave: 17, Range or Lot: 1, Section: 32

Teofila Kempski Mruk, Calvary Cemetery

Teofila Kempski Mruk, Calvary Cemetery

Mother
Teofila Kempski Mruk
Grave: 2841, Range or Lot: 23, Section: 32

Per death certificate, Teofila’s father’s name was PRUCHNIAK.

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