Joseph Edward Switkowski

My maternal great grandfather.  In an earlier blog I posted his Funeral Book.  He is probably my favorite Ancestor to research.  I grew up in the room where he died.

Joseph was born in Buffalo, NY to Austrian/Polish immigrants.  In 1910 the family of 10 was at 103 Clark St..  They also had 2 boarders.  He is the oldest son and second child of Wadyslaw and Ludwika Switkowski.

On June 5, 1917 he filled out his draft card for the World War.  He asked for an exemption but said he would go if necessary.  At the time he lived at 72 Clark St. about 5 blocks away from the future family home.

As this picture shows it was necessary for him to go to war.

Joseph E Switkowski

My great grandfather was an engineer in the 302 Company A, part of the 77th Division.  There is a book written about the 302 engineers that talks about the history of the unit that formed May 14, 1917.  It offers a great look at the hardships and duties that they went through in France.  The PDF can be found here.

He received a “slight gunshot wound” on November 1, 1918.  Then 10 days later the war ended.

In 1920 Joseph was a single head of household at what may be 50 Lombard.  Also, at that home were his parents and siblings listed as a separate family.  There were two other families listed at that address.  The four members of the Preneta family and four person Prusik family.

Here I find my tree has branches crossing.

The Preneta family was Joseph’s sister Bronislawa (Bertha).  In 1920, she and husband Andrew has two children.  Later in 1920 that had a daughter Helen.  She married Eugene Janusz.  Eugene’s Brother Richard ended up marrying Joseph’s oldest daughter Joanna.  The children of siblings married siblings.

In 1935 he lived at 27 Concord around the corner from 18 Newton. They were still there in 1940.

On September 14, 1943 Joe and Joanna put $100 deposit on 18 Newton St.  One year one month and one day latter he died at his new home.

Joseph and Joann Switkowski

My great grandparents Joanna and Joseph Switkowski.

Joseph Switkowski

His grave marker at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY.

 

Joseph Switkowski shadow box

 

Source:

1940 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.;

New York, State Census, 1915 Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2012;

1910 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2006;

U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta) Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2011; R

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2005;

1920 United States Federal Census Publication: Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2010; Repository: [[#R1]]

Buffalo Evening News 12 October 1917

1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 8, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_942; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0073; FHL microfilm: 1374955

* Source: Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 10, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1102; Page: 29B; Enumeration District: 81; Image: 392* Source: Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: T627_2826; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 64-108* Source: Ancestry.com. New York, Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917-1919 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: New York (State). Adjutant General’s Office. Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917–1919. Series B0808. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.* Source: New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 05; Assembly District: 06; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 63 Source Information Ancestry.com. New York, State Census, 1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.* Source: New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 04; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 51* Source: Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.* Source: [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=150970793 Find-A-Grave Virtual Cemetery memorial #150970793] in Name and Location of the Cemetery

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