Emily Kurdziel Walkowiak

When the New York State Census taker arrived at the Kurdziel Buffalo residence in 1915 Emily was 22 days old. She was Leokadya’s younger sister. Their parents were Joseph and Michalina.

Five years later the family was living on Lombard St. in Buffalo’s East Side. They added son Edmund 1 to the family. Not much changed over the next 5 years. By 1925 they added new born daughter: Irene.

In 1930 the family was stable and still living on Lombard. In 1932 Florence was added to the family. In 1940 Emily was still living with the family and worked as a seamstress.

Some time between 1940 and 1950 Emily married Theodore Walkowiak and moved one street over to Clark St. Within a few years they moved to 2 Cable St. in South Buffalo.

I don’t have any other information on her life until her death in 1986.

Sources:

  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • Buffalo, New York, City Directory, 1956
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • 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: 57
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 10, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1102; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 81
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 05; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 34
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 2341160
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 05; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 34
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02826; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 64-119
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Birth Index

Peter Grzybowski



Peter Grzybowski was born in Buffalo, New York on November 6, 1894 to Constantine and Balbina Grzybowski. Constantine and Balbina were both born in Poland, they arrived separately in the early 1880s. In 1910 the Grzybowski family lived at 1171 Broadway. The home at the corner of Broadway and Houghton is now an empty lot like most of the East Side. This is about 4 blocks from my old home on Newton St. Peter’s siblings were: Stanislawa12, Zofia 10, Antoni 9, Alojzy 7, Frances 2, and Kazimirz 9 months.

In 1910, at the age of 16, Peter was a laborer for a machinist. The family was now living on Ashley Street. The oldest, Stanislawa now 22 was missing from the 1910 US Census. I couldn’t find and records of her after 1900. Helen 8 and Jennie 5 were new to the family. On December 7, 1910 Peter’s father Constantine died. He was buried at the Holy Mother of the Rosary Parish Cemetery.

By 1918, the family moved to 124 Shepard St., still on the east side but closer to the suburbs. September 3, 1918 Peter started he military service. He was discharged as a private on February 15, 1919. Prior to service he was a plumber for the Larkin Company on Seneca St.

The family was smaller but still living on Shepard St.. Peter was a laborer for a plumber again. Peter and his younger siblings Kazimirz 20, Helen 17, and Jennie 15 lived with their mom.

It was just Peter and his mom in 1925. His siblings moved on.

I have no way of knowing what actually was going on in his life but it was after this time that things changed for him. In 1928 Peter and a friend; Barney Buell 58 were struck by a car at 1:12 AM on Bailey Ave. Peter had minor injuries.

Peter was back to plumbing in 1930, still single and living with his mom now on May St.

Peter plead not guilty to a drunk driving charge in North Tonawanda on April 5, 1937. He was released on $500 bail. I did not find a resolution. His mother died July 11, 1938. In January 1939 he paid a $10 fine for speeding.

Casimer and his wife Mary took Peter in after their mom died. In 1940 Peter was living with them in Cheektowaga. The 1940 US Census shows us that Peter was unemployed and did not work at all in 1939.

I don’t know when he joined but Peter was a member of the Woodmen of the World fraternity. On December 30, 1940 he was elected to sentry of the Buffalo chapter.

Sometime in 1961 Peter moved to East Pembroke, NY halfway between buffalo and Rochester. At 5:00 PM on March 4, 1962 Peter’s neighbor, Ralph Nobles, called the police worried he hadn’t seen Peter in a week. State Police investigator Leon Taggart broke a window to the home and found Peter dead. The Genesee County coroner, Dr. I. A. Cole, out of Batavia was called and declared Peter had died of natural causes several days earlier.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • National Archives at St. Louis, MO; St. Louis, MO, USA; Applications for Headstones, 1/1/1925 – 6/30/1970; NAID: NAID 596118; Record Group Number: 92; Record Group Title: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/115756050/peter-grzybowski : accessed 9 January 2022), memorial page for Pvt Peter Grzybowski (6 Nov 1894–4 Mar 1962), Find a Grave Memorial ID 115756050, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Jay Boone (contributor 46889203) .
  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 11, Erie, New York; Page: 28; Enumeration District: 0085; FHL microfilm: 1241027
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 9, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_943; Page: 22B; Enumeration District: 0082; FHL microfilm: 1374956
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 16, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1105; Page: 36A; Enumeration District: 129
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0126; FHL microfilm: 2341161
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 03; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 16; County: Erie; Page: 15
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Cheektowaga, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02527; Page: 65A; Enumeration District: 15-47
  • Publication Title: Buffalo, New York, City Directory, 1926
  • Ancestry.com. New York, U.S., 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 Abstracts of World War I Military Service, 1917–1919. Adjutant General’s Office. Series B0808. New York State Archives, Albany, New York.
  • 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: 242
  • Batavia NY Daily News 1962 00758_1 https://www.fultonhistory.com/
  • Buffalo NY Evening News 1939 – January 21 https://www.fultonhistory.com/
  • Buffalo NY Evening News 1937 – April 5 https://www.fultonhistory.com/
  • Buffalo NY Evening News 1928 b – June 5 https://www.fultonhistory.com/
  • Niagara Falls NY Gazette 1940 December 30
  • Registration State: New York; Registration County: Erie
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, Ny, Usa; New York State Death Index
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WoodmenLife

Wednesday Explained

This picture was taken in 1975, probably on January 11th as it would be the closest Saturday to the 14th. I was never one to like being the center of attention and no one understood that. Also, a birthday 3 weeks after Christmas meant you got junk. The little girl on the table licking frosting off her fingers is my cousin Melanie, she id 3 years younger.

These gatherings for cake is why I do not celebrate my birthday.