April 22, 1925

In the past month I have been working on blogs about the prayer cards I found going through my mother’s stuff.  In the same box I found a clipped article about my great grandfather Jozef Alajko.

J alajko suicide

I had no other information but this was an interesting story.  So, in March with the help of the wonderful genealogists on Twitter I was presented with this article.


J alajko suicide w pic

Nothing about my great grandmother’s story makes logical sense.  There was no note, he had a job at the railroad, and he had a part time job as a reserve cop.  Even the police at the time seemed confused.  It’s almost like they saw what happened and helped cover it up.

So this Easter Sunday I discussed this with my aunt and 2 uncles.  Here are some  possibilities that lead to that night:

One uncle was told by his father Joseph that …

Ok I have to stop for a minute.  Story telling at this point is nuts because Joe Alajko told me that Joe Alajko told him that Joe Alajko slept with a gun under his pillow.  He had a nightmare and grabbed the gun in his sleep.  So the middle Joe was the son that was in the home when the shooting happened.  It is possible that he was just told that story as a child so he wouldn’t have problems deal with the truth.

My aunt thinks he may have killed himself after finding out his wife cheated and his daughter was not his.  After Joe’s death she raised the children alone and did not remarry.  I could not find and reoccuring men in her life like a boarder.

Lastly, great grandma shot him.  We just don’t know why.  Maybe he did hurt her or the kids but they kept it quiet.  Or the police knew and found a way to solve the problem.

We may never know since my family never wrote things down for posterity.  That gene is one of the reasons I have so much trouble writing this blog.

We also noticed that both articles misspell Alajko as Atajko.  All the other facts bear out as the correct family.






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