Victoria Clara Kniat

This weeks prayer card is for Victoria Clara Kniat Wackowski my great uncle’s mother in law. She was born August 24, 1901. Her parents were Frank and Michalina Kniat. In 1905 she was the youngest of four children; Mary 14, Agnes 12, Francis 8, and Victoria 3.

I cannot find her in the 1910 or 1920 US Census. It seems strange and I hope to find more information later. She was in the area as I found her in city directories.

In 1916 at the age of 15 she was a clerk, by 1919 she was a box maker.

She married John Wackowski in 1920, they lived at 186 Stanislaus Street. By 1930 they had three children; Alice 9, Alfred 7, Dolores, infant. Her mother was living with them at the time. The home was at 238 South Ogden Street. This is in Kaisertown, a German neighborhood between the East side of Buffalo and the eastern suburb of Cheektowaga. Ten years later Theresa 8, and John Jr., 6 were now part of the family. Daughter Theresa years later married my great uncle Leonard Switkowski.

A year later the family was living at 86 Weiss St. about 6 blocks away from the previous home on South Ogden. They were their until at least 1951. I haven’t found here final address. This prayer card has lead me to more question than answers. She seems to disappear several times over the years. Her son Alfred died in 1944, husband John died in 1969, and daughter Theresa died in 1973. Her funeral was the first I ever went to.

Sources:

  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0087; FHL microfilm: 2341158
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02827; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 64-162
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 04; City: Buffalo Ward 14; County: Erie; Page: 27
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 15, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1103; Page: 28B; Enumeration District: 118
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • Publication Title: Buffalo, New York, City Directory, 1916
  • Publication Title: Buffalo, New York, City Directory, 1919

Ludwika Switkowski

Last week I did the prayer card for Wladyslaw Switkowski. Since I don’t have much about them pre arrival in the US most of the information is the same up to Wladyslaw’s death on June 25, 1936.

By 1940 she was still living at 50 Lombard. Her son’s Matthew (38) and John (31) were still living with her. Four years later her son Joseph died on October 15, 1944. Three weeks later, November 6, 1944 she joined Joseph. Joseph, his wife Joanna, and Ludwika are buried together at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Sources:

  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 11, Erie, New York; Page: 24; Enumeration District: 0084; FHL microfilm: 1241027
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 8, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_942; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0073; FHL microfilm: 1374955
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 10, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1102; Page: 29B; Enumeration District: 81
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0063; FHL microfilm: 2341160
  • Staatsarchiv Hamburg; Hamburg, Deutschland; Hamburger Passagierlisten; Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 068 B; Page: 841; Microfilm No.: K_1742
  • New York Department of Health; Albany, NY; NY State Death Index
  • 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
  • Year: 1890; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Line: 26; List Number: 1288
  • Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02826; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 64-120







Wednesday Translated

(widow of Wladyslaw, née Szymanska)

She died on November 6, 1944. The visitation took place on Friday, The funeral tool place Mon. November 10, at 9:30 in the morning, from home at 50 Lombard St. to the Church of Corpus Christi, then to the St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Section FF, Line 39, Grave 35.

Prayer:

Most merciful Jesus, through the goodness of Your Heart, deign to forgive this soul all sins, so that through humble requests it may obtain Your love, Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest, etc.

Amen

Kaz. Urban
Parish Funeral Service
and the embalmer
188 Clark Street
Phone 7647 and 7544

Wladyslaw Switkowski

This week is another Switkowski. Wladyslaw Switkowski is my great great grandfather. He is the father of several of the last few Switkowski prayer cards I’ve written about. He was born around 1864 in Galicia, Austria once Poland. His last residence before leaving for America was in Mielec, Österreich. He and Ludwika Switkowski nee Szymanska left on August 17 1890 from Hamburg, Deutschland on the ship Rugia. Passage was on the Zwischendeck or tween deck. They arrived in the Port of New York. I wonder what made a couple in their mid twenties decide to pack up and move across the ocean to start a new life.

Once they arrived in the United States they made their way to Buffalo, New York. After a while in the US he went by Walter. By 1903 they lived at 101 Clark Street near the soon to be rebuilt Corpus Christi Church. Walter was a laborer. I have not found a record of where he worked but the railroad was a big employer in the area.

The US Census of 1900 shows the family had expanded. They now had five children; Bronislawa 7,
Joseph 6 (my great grandfather), Annie 4, Mieczyslaw 2, and Antoni 9/12. That is a big expansion of a family considering they just started life in the US ten years earlier.

Ten years later Walter was working as a laborer for the railroad. I don’t have a record for which of the many railroad that may have employed him. He is listed as naturalized. The family was now Bronislawa 18, Joseph 17, Anna 14, Mierzyslaw 12, Anthony 10, Bronislaw 8, Stanislaus 6, Sophia 4, and John 2.

The family moved to 72 Clark Street by 1916. They stayed there until the 1920 US Census. They moved a couple blocks away to 50 Lombard Street. Walter was now a section hand for the New York Central Railroad. The older kids had moved out, the kids left were Anna 22, Mierzyslaw 21, Anthony 19, Bronislaw 18, Stanislaus 15, Sophie 13, and John 11.

In 1930 they had four adult children living with them; Anna 33, Matthew 32, Stanley 26, and John 22. Six years later Walter died. There is no Find a Grave entry for him. I will need to drive over to the cemetery and find the headstone. He is not buried with Ludwika.


Sources:

  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 11, Erie, New York; Page: 24; Enumeration District: 0084; FHL microfilm: 1241027
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 8, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_942; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0073; FHL microfilm: 1374955
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 10, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1102; Page: 29B; Enumeration District: 81
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0063; FHL microfilm: 2341160
  • Staatsarchiv Hamburg; Hamburg, Deutschland; Hamburger Passagierlisten; Volume: 373-7 I, VIII A 1 Band 068 B; Page: 841; Microfilm No.: K_1742
  • New York Department of Health; Albany, NY; NY State Death Index
  • 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
  • Year: 1890; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Line: 26; List Number: 1288
  • Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Wednesday Translated

He died on June 25, 1936. Funeral took place on June 27, at 10:30 am, from the house at 50 Lombard Street to the Church of Corpus Christi at 11:00. The body is interned at the St. Stanislaus Cemetery.

Section FF, Line 9, Grob 3.

Prayer:
Hear us, Lord, who pray for the souls of Your servants, that You may free them from all sins, and make them participants in Your redemption. Who live and reign for ever and ever.

Amen

Kaz. Urban
Parish Funeral Service
188 Clark Ul., Buffalo, N.Y.
Phones: Jeff. 7647 Jeff. 7544