Wilhemina Dombrowska

I can’t find much on Wilhemina prior to 1900. And of course there were 2 Wilhemina Dombrowska born around the same time. It appears that some Ancestry trees have information of both as the same person so they were not useful in finding a new direction of research.

Here is what I could find. Wilhemina was born in the Polish portion of Germany around 1849. The census lists her immigration year as 1889. In 1900 she was living in Buffalo, NY with her husband of 28 years Martin Dombrowski. The home was at 1033 Broadway about a block from Corpus Christi Church original building. Also in the home were her children: Joseph 26, Walter 24, Frank 22, Mary 16. The census says she has 4 living children out of a total of 10. Five years later Joseph and Walter were gone from the household.

I did not find the family on the 1920 US Census or the NYS Census 1915 or 1925. I found that Mary moved and was living at 404 Sweet Avenue which was still close by. By 1910 Mary married Micheal Turski and had a 1 year old daughter Isabelle Turski. In January of 1913 Wilhemina’s youngest child died.

1919 finds Wilhemina a widow. By 1928 she was living at 326 Goodyear Ave. a few block further east along Broadway. It is probable that she was living with her oldest son Joseph’s family.

The 1930 the US Census shows she is living with Joseph’s family at 326 Goodyear Ave. Joseph Dombrowski family included wife Anna and children: Gertrude 25, Edmund 24, Bernard 22, Joseph 20, Eugenia 10. Four years later Wilhemina joined her husband in death.

Sources:

  • City of Buffalo; Buffalo, NY; Index to Deaths in Buffalo, New York
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 03; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 36
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 2341161
  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 11, Erie, New York; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 0083; FHL microfilm: 1241027
  • Ancestry.com. New York, U.S., State Census, 1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 03; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 36
  • Year: 1889; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Line: 48; List Number: 1500
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • City of Buffalo; Buffalo, NY; Index to Deaths in Buffalo, New York

Wednesday Translated

She died on January 16, 1934
The funeral took place on Monday January 19, from home at 326 Goodyear Ave. to the church of St. Luke.

The remains laid at the cemetery of St. Stanislaus.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal Rest, etc.

Frank E. Orlowski
Funeral Director
1476 Broadway 852 Clinton
Buffalo, N.Y.
Phone Jefferson 7100

Jason A. Tymorek

This prayer card is another sad one with limited information. Also, confusing to me. Jason was born in July 1982, this is just after I finished 6th grade at Corpus Christi. He lived in Cheektowaga, New York on the other side of the tracks from my grandparents. Neither side was better but it is a distance of over half a mile with only 2 roads several miles apart to cross. I do not expect my grandparents knew the family. It is more likely this prayer card was added by my mother.

Sometime prior to 2001 his family moved to Amherst, NY just north of Buffalo and Cheektowaga.

The article below from the July 5th 2001 The Sun and the Erie County Independent tells how Jason’s body was found after a search after he was pulled by an under water.

Snyder Beach is one of many beach along the west coast of Western New York south of the Buffalo area.

I have no recollection of these events or knowledge of why my mother would have know them. At the time I was at Mercy Hospital with my while as she gave birth to our youngest. I write these out a head of time and it is July 1 as I type this, we have ice cream cake in the freezer for his birthday. Life is odd but in 2001 one family was worried for a missing son while another family celebrated the birth of a son.

Jason was buried at St. Stanislaus Cemetery is Cheektowaga.

Sources:

  • Newspapers.com – The Sun and the Erie County Independent – 5 Jul 2001 – Page 6
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2020.

Rev. Daniel E. Balcerak Update

When I last wrote about Danial I had almost no information on his early years. Now I have some things to add.

In 1915 Daniel went by the name Emil, he was 4 years old. He was living with his parents John and Mary Balcerak. His siblings Edmund 12, Celia 10, Aloise 6, and Czeslaw 2. along with grandfather Val Dondajewski
60 and aunt Agnes Dondajewski 18 also shared the home.

Five years later in 1920 the family minus Aunt Agnes were living at 225 Clark Street. They added siblings Clara 3, Juanna 3, and Cazimer 1. His father John was born in Posen/Poland and immigrated to the US in 1896. The family owned a grocery store on Clark St. By 1925 Edmund had moved out.

Daniel’s family didn’t change much by 1925. Still a large family living above a small business.

He joined the church in 1927 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1934. Him mom died in September 1932 and did not see his ordination.

For a time he was the pastor at Corpus Christi Church on Clark Street on the street he grew up.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, U.S., Death Index, 1901-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
  • Gale Research Company; Detroit, Michigan; Accession Number: 220776
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Dziennik Dla Wszystkich = Polish Everybody’s Daily. (Buffalo, N.Y.), June 18, 1953, Page 20, Image 20
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 03; Assembly District: 06; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 06
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 03; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 4

Anna K. Havens

Early records for Anna Draves Havens are hard to find. The earliest is the 1905 New York State Census when she was 15. She was living in Buffalo with her parents Fred and Fredericka Draves and her siblings: George 26, Hilda 18, Edward 17, Frank 11, and Charles 10. Three years later she married Roy Havens, they lived at 101 Thomas St. This was 1 block from the Buffalo Stockyards. It was one of the largest stock yards in the US. 10s of thousands of livestock passed through the area daily. I have a difficult time understanding the smell of that much animal waste and how they lived with it.

In 1915 Anna and Roy had a 4 year old daughter named Vivian. Five years later the family of 3 is living at 1209 Seneca St. in South Buffalo. They have 2 borders: Frances Pellay 33 and Charlotte Shattuck 19.

By 1930 Vivian has moved out. Anna is working at a cafeteria. I don’t know the location she worked but today the building next to their home is a pizzeria. It is possible it was a café in 1930. The second apartment is now tenanted by Harold J. and Elizabeth Williams. At this time a sister, Lillian, that was married and out of the home was living in West Seneca, NY with her husband George Sugg. Also in that home were her mother and brother Charles. Four years later Roy died and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Orchard Park, New York.

In 1940 Vivian was a widow living with he brother George and widowed sister Lillian in West Seneca, NY. I found Anna living at 104 Portland Ave in Buffalo in 1953. This is less than a mile from where I live now. She was working as a hostess.

Then on July 11, 1966 Anna died and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Orchard Park, NY.

I have not found and connection to my family. My grandmother, mother, and aunt did work at a restaurant in downtown Buffalo in the 1960s. I don’t know where Anna worked but she did work in the restaurant business.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: West Seneca, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02532; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 15-181
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/186141673/anna-g.-havens : accessed 31 May 2021), memorial page for Anna G. Havens (1892–1966), Find a Grave Memorial ID 186141673, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Orchard Park, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by 49149366 (contributor 49149366) .
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 01; Assembly District: 04; City: Buffalo Ward 04; County: Erie; Page: 32
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 0090; FHL microfilm: 2341158
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Death Index
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 9, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_943; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0078; FHL microfilm: 1374956
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 4, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1100; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 36

Leokadya Ozdych Kurowska

This week’s prayer car has a sad ending. Sadder than most since they all end with someone’s death.

Leokadya Ozdych was born in 1908 in Buffalo, NY. Her parents were Anthony and Agnes Oydejch, both were born in Buffalo. In 1915 she was the only daughter and oldest of 3 children. Her siblings were Edmund 5 and Florian 2. They were living on Detroit Street near St. Stanislaus Church. Five years later siblings Susan 2 and new born Stella were added to the family giving Leokadya sisters.

Leokadya began going by Laura as she got older. In 1925 a new sibling Dorothy 3 was a new addition to the family. One year later at age 18 Laura married Joseph Kurowski on August 18 1926. In 1930 Laura had a 2 year old daughter Florence. Joseph, Laura, and Florence lived at 211 Titus Avenue. The home is in an area that has seen better days and has many empty fields that were once homes.

Her son Eugene was born February 1933. Laura died February 9, 1933. Eugene died March 1933. Both are buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 02; Assembly District: 06; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 73
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/117017899/leokadya-kurowska : accessed 31 May 2021), memorial page for Leokadya “Laura” Ozdych Kurowska (1908–9 Feb 1933), Find a Grave Memorial ID 117017899, citing Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by gravefinderStStans (contributor 47637865) .
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/216669736/eugene-kurowski : accessed 31 May 2021), memorial page for Eugene Kurowski (1933–Mar 1933), Find a Grave Memorial ID 216669736, citing Saint Stanislaus Roman Catholic Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by DKonopa (contributor 48024718) .
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 06; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 16; County: Erie; Page: 82
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 30A; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 2341161
  • New York Department of Health; Albany, NY; NY State Death Index
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 9, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1101; Page: 26A; Enumeration District: 73
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 8, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_942; Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 0070; FHL microfilm: 1374955