Late last week, I had the pleasure of hearing from Fr. John Extejt. His family history relates back to Kuschantz and he very kindly shared a historic photo of Nicholas J. Walinski, Sr. (1889 – 1948), who residents may remember, was the father of the famed Polish-American legal family. Nicholas, Sr.  was born in Berea, Ohio and after obtaining his law degree at the Cleveland Law School, moved to Toledo in 1908. He spoke Polish when he set up his law practice. Nicholas had two sons: Thaddeus (Ted) who became vice mayor of Toledo (serving under John Potter) and became a Toledo Municipal Court judge and Nicholas, Jr. who became an assistant Toledo city law director and a judge in the Toledo Municipal Court, Lucas County Common Pleas Court, and US District Court.

Nicholas, Sr. was given a dinner in his honor on 5 January 1939. Fr. Extejt shared the photo below.


Dinner in honor of Nicholas J. Walinski, Assistant Attorney General, January 5, 1939

The dinner was given by the Junction Civic Club, and took place above the J&K Drug Store at the corner of Junction and Nebraska Avenues. The club likely was made up of neighborhood Republicans. Fr. Extejt’s mother, Gertrude Rejent Extet, recorded the names of the attendees:

Seated, from left to right: Phil Malikowski, Ed Wawrzyniak, unknown, John Sabin (Sabiniewicz), Ollie Orzchechowski, Charlie Czolgosz, Leo Czarnecki, Nick Walinski Sr., Dr. John Pietrykowski Sr., C.S. Rejent, Siegried Putz, Frank Czolgosz, and Ignatius (Jim) Regent.

Standing, from left to right: Bob Slomowicz, ? Kazczmarek, John Osmialowski, Anthony Prybyla, Steve Putz, Dr. Leo Rejent, Dr. ? Jagdozinski, Frank Klap, Dr. A. J. Rejent, Louis Czajkowski, Leo Figmaka, John Davis, Robert Konwin, Dr. ? Beasecker.

The photo was taking by Zygila Studios. This photography studio was well-known in Toledo during the 1930s and had two locations: one in Kuschwantz on Nebraska Ave. and another in Lagrinka on Lagrange Ave. The business and operated by Katherine (Perzynski) and Edward Zygila and was in demand for portraits and large group shots.

Yes, I’ve been away. Yes, I know I’ve been negligent. It’s March Madness. Not much else needs to be said! Since it’s Selection Sunday and is quiet before my team is announced an automatic first seed, I thought I’d catch up a bit — but way to go Kentucky!

The past few weeks have been producing some offline conversations and email exchanges. One of these email exchanges surrounds a photo with the name of Figmaka attached to it–I have two copies. Each photo is exactly alike, but one scan has the name of Figmaka written at the bottom. I’ve provided the scan without writing on it.

I am unfamiliar with the name of Figmaka, but this photo was provided to me by John Plenzler. The gentleman in this photo is also in this mystery photo that I like to refer to as the GQ 7. No Przybylski or Plenzler brother married a Figmaka as far as I have been able to document, but it may be possible. So this is a real mystery.

Possible Figmaka Wedding Photo

Possible Figmaka Wedding Photo

If you can identify either the bride or groom in this photo, please let me know. Drop me an email or leave a comment here. There likely would be a Plenzler or Przybylski connection.