The 1910 US Census says Henry Wozniak was born in the Russian portion of Poland in 1896. This was 2 years after he immigrated to the US. The record is all in the same hand writing so there may have been some translation error between the census taker and whoever gave the information. His parents were John and Antonina Wozniak, they had 9 children and 7 were still living. In 1910 there were 4 families living at 293 Lovejoy St.. Besides Henry and his parents he also had 3 other children living with them: Tadeusz 17, Hattie 11, and Felix 7. Living at the same address was Frank Wozniak and his family. The other 2 families were not Wozniak. Is it possible Frank and and the wives of the other 2 families were the other 3 children of John and Antonina? Could all 7 have been living under one roof?
They moved to Clark St. by 1915, The records show the names of the youngest changed to Jadwiga and Joseph. Ages and rest of family match except these 2 which could again be a mistake of the informant or census taker in either census.
In 1918 Henry filled out his draft card. He lived at 170 Clark St., he was medium height, slender with blue eyes.
I loose him in records for a bit but find him after he became a priest. In June of 1923 he was assigned to St. Hyacinths Catholic Church as his first assignment as a priest.
In 1925 he was living at 805 Clinton St., currently it is an abandoned church. A year later the city directory lists him living at 363 Willet St. at St. Bernard Church as assistant Rector.
Five years later Henry was still at St Bernard. The pastor was Francis Wannenmacher, also living there was Housekeeper Ella Kuhn.
By 1940 he was in North Tonawanda as assistant pastor. As far as I can find he was in North Tonawanda until his death April 24, 1963. He is buried at St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Buffalo Courier, BUFFALO, NEW YORK, Saturday, February 6, 1926
New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Death Index
Year: 1940; Census Place: North Tonawanda, Niagara, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02698; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 32-130
The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of New York; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System; Record Group Number: 147; Box or Roll Number: 677
New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 05; Assembly District: 04; City: Buffalo Ward 08; County: Erie; Page: 77
Walther is the husband of my 2x great aunt Sophie. I don’t have much to add to last week’s blog about Sophie. There are few records for Walter before 1927. He worked as a machinist for Buffalo Forge Company most of his life. Nothing I found showed records of parents or siblings. There are some trees online that show parents and half siblings but they have no records attached.
He was Naturalized in New York District Court on February 11, 1930. His WWII draft registration lists him as 145 pounds with brown eyes and hair and light brown complexion.
A local Polish Newspaper does have a small article where Walter Lachman received a suspended sentence for attacking Boleslaw Michalski at his residence at 38 Lombard St.. There was nothing stating a motive or how they knew each other.
He died July 28, 1964 less than a year later Sophie joined him.
Publication Title: Buffalo, New York, City Directory, 1927
Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0063; FHL microfilm: 2341160
Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02826; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 64-119
New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Death Index
New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for New York State, 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Index, 1906-1966 Petitions for Naturalization, U.S. District Court, Western Dist. of New York, M1677; Microfilm Serial: M1677; Microfilm Roll: 10
Sophie Switkowski was born in 1906 in Buffalo, NY. Her parents were Ludwika and Wladyslaw Switkowski. I wrote about them already so Sophie’s childhood in Buffalo’s east side on her parent’s posts. Sophie is my 2x great aunt.
At age 20 she was living at 50 Lombard with her parents while working as a housekeeper. By 1928 she moved to 29 Detroit St. and worked as a box maker. It was June 12, 1928 when Sophie married Walter Lachman. Walter was born in 1905 in Poland and arrived in the US at age 7 in 1912.
Sophie and Walter moved to 77 Gibson by 1930 and had new born Irene. Three years later they added son Raymond to the family. By 1940 they moved about 2 blocks to 80 Clark St. By 1951 they were at 119 Young St. until they died. Walter died July 28, 1964, 10 months later May 31, 1965 Sophie joined her husband
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
Jesse F. Meyer was born December 21, 1875probably in Buffalo, NY to parents George Meyer and Christina Oster. Most of the records I found are from after 1905. I cant’ be better than 80% sure of parents. If it is correct then his mother died when he was 3 and father when he was 13. I don’t know who raised him into adulthood.
So, I will leave that sentence in. Minutes after writing it I reviewed the 1880 census for the 10th time and found him at a Catholic Orphanage in Buffalo, NY. It appears George put his son in the orphanage instead of caring for his kid, possibly the best option at the time. There is a Katherine 7 and Benjamin 10 listed with Jesse in the census, it doesn’t say if they were related.
By 1905 Jesse was married to Henrietta. They were living in Buffalo. I could not find anything showing what he did once out of the orphanage. Jesse was a hotel keeper in 1910. The census says he and Henrietta were married 5 years. They had 2 daughters: Florence 3 and Agnes 2. The family lived on Fillmore Ave.
The family was larger in 1915, Jesse and Henrietta now had 4 daughters and a son; Florence 8, Agnes 7, Bernice E. 4, Jessie J. 2, and Vincent F. 9 months
September 12, 1918, Jesse filled out his draft card for World War I. He listed his employer at the Meyers and Marigold Restaurant at 599 Main St. 103 years later that location is a TGI Fridays. The family was living at 123 Bissel St. Jesse was described as short and stout with grey hair.
In 1920 He was an assistant foreman at a mill. 123 Bissel’s mortgage was paid off. The family got a little larger between census; Florence, Agnes, Bernice, Jessie, Vincent, Henrietta, and infant Jerome. The family got larger by 1925 with 11 people in the home. Jesse and Henrietta had 9 children living with them at 123 Bissell; Florence, Agnes D., Bernice E., Jessie E., Vincent F., Henrietta M., Jerome H., Albert F., and infant Robert J.. I cannot imagine so many people living in a Buffalo telescope house even though I know it happened so often. What is even more astonishing is by 1930 they added Clement and Dolores. No one had moved out yet. Their home was worth $12,000 in 1930 and they had a radio. The house is no longer there, just an empty field. Jesse worked as an oiler for the city.
Four years later Jesse died and left the family to their own devices. The older children were working but the youngest were still in school. I hope the family was able to make things work.
Jesse Francis Meyer is buried at Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery in Cheektowaga, New York.
I could not find a reason or connection to my family for the prayer card to be in the collection. I noticed that most connections are usually marriage or work of the men. Not much in Buffalo talks about the social gatherings of the women in immigrant neighborhoods.
Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 16, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1105; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 123
Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 2341161
New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 01; Assembly District: 07; City: Buffalo Ward 16; County: Erie; Page: 11