Stephen J. Oniszczak

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Steve Onizchak was born in Buffalo, NY in 1920 to Danial and Rosalia. Both of his parents were born in Poland. In the 1925 New York Census the 2 other members of the family were siblings Elisabeth 7 an Josephine 3.

By 1930 the family was living at 106 Coit Street in Buffalo’s East Side. The house currently looks like an old store front that has been covered to be an extra room. Many of the neighboring homes have been torn down in recent years. The family size increase in the past 5 years. Steve’s siblings were now: Elizabeth 12, Josephine 8, Florence 5, Teresa 2, and newborn John.

Ten years later Stephen was a salesman. I didn’t find where or what he was selling. He was still living with his parents on Coit Street. Elizbeth moved out but the family added 2 more sister. Living with him and his parents were: Josephine 18, Florence 14, Theresa 11, John 10, Anna 8, and Gertrude 3.

A year later he was a Steel Worker at Bliss & Laughlin Co. In November of 1941 he married Angeline Skotarczak in Buffalo. He lister her as next of kin on his draft registration on February 16, 1942. Their son Dennis S Oniszczak was born in February of 1943. He was selected for service September 15, 1943.

Their second son: Ronald G Oniszczak was born April 5, 1947. I can’t be positive with out more records but they may have had a daughter: Patricia born in 1952. I was able to find a record that Stephen was living at 64 Milsom Ave. in Cheektowaga, NY in 1968.

On March 1, 1991 Stephen died, later buried at Saint Adalbert’s Cemetery in Lancaster, NY.

In trying to locate how my family may have known Stephen I found that his father lived at 30 Newton St. in 1918. Many of my family lived on and around Newton St. at that time. Later in 1986 Stephen lived at 64 Milsom Ave. My maternal grandparents lived on Milsom for decades.


Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/228112836/stephen-j-oniszczak : accessed 22 November 2021), memorial page for Stephen J. Oniszczak (1920–1991), Find a Grave Memorial ID 228112836, citing Saint Adalberts Cemetery, Lancaster, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Mark Peebles (contributor 46514135) .
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0067; FHL microfilm: 2341160
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02826; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 64-122
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 05; Assembly District: 04; City: Buffalo Ward 11; County: Erie; Page: 12
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • 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
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015 Original data: Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007.
  • National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland, USA; Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946; NAID: 1263923; Record Group Title: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789-ca. 2007; Record Group: 64; Box Number: 14928; Reel: 4
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2020. Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.
  • “U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012”; School Name: John F. Kennedy Junior High School; Year: 1968
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Select Military Registers, 1862-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Original data: United States Military Registers, 1902–1985. Salem, Oregon: Oregon State Library.
  • Buffalo Evening News, BUFFALO, NEW YORK, Wednesday, May 22, 1918

Fred G. Penny

England, April 13, 1891 saw the birth of Fred G. Penny. Then suddenly he is in Buffalo. I found no records be between birth and a city directory in 1913. There are several Fred Penny, at least one was also born in England but the birthdates were very different to be the same person.

He was living as a border at 239 Titus Avenue in Buffalo, NY. In 1917 he filled out his draft card for World War I. He was brown hair, blue eyed medium height and build welder. At the age of 26 he entered military service on September 27, 1917. His service ended June 7, 1919.

He returned to Titus Avenue after the war. The family where he lived had a daughter Mary Hauser. On January 8, 1920 Mary Hauser became Mary Penny. The census that year shows Fred and Mary lived with her family. Her parents were John and Anna Houser, also in the home were her siblings Matuesz 29 and Zofia 26. In 1920 Fred was a welder but in 1921 is listed as a painter in the city directory.

In 1925 still living on Titus Ave., Fred was now head of household. Fred and Mary now had 2 children: Mary 4 and Fred 2. His mother in law: Anna and brother in law; Matuesz (Mathew) were still living there.

By 1930 Fred and Mary added Charles to the family. The 5 of them still lived on Titus Ave. Fred worked as a painter in a car shop. My guess is at one of the railroads.

There years later at age 42 Fred died. I did not find a cause of death. He is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Cheektowaga, NY. I don’t have a death date for Mary but she was still living at Titus Ave. in 1953. Thank you Ancestry for having Fred listed as still living when the city directory said she was widowed.

Sources:

  • City of Buffalo; Buffalo, NY; Index to Deaths in Buffalo, New York
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 16, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1105; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 127
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 06; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 16; County: Erie; Page: 82
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 29B; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 2341161
  • Title: Buffalo, New York, City Directory, 1953
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • 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.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT. USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2019.
  • Publication Date: 8/ Jan/ 1920; Publication Place: Buffalo, New York, USA; URL: https://www.newspapers.com/image/352525603/?article=0def8fa1-52a4-4c6b-8dbd-d69f0a2ee79d/938d9b69-b3b2-49f0-b446-5fc3c1533726&focus=0.606437,0.6000654,0.72288686,0.81718224&xid=3398
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/191166362/anna-m-hauser : accessed 14 October 2021), memorial page for Anna M. Hauser (1855–1934), Find a Grave Memorial ID 191166362, citing United German and French Cemetery, Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by carol fasc (contributor 48727277) .

Walter F. Lachman

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.

Sources:

Sophie Switkowski Lachman

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

Sources:

  • 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
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • 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 Marriage Index
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Death Index

Jesse Francis Meyer

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.


https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/158204016/jesse-francis-meyer

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.

Sources:

  • 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
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Registration State: New York; Registration County: Erie
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 04; City: Buffalo Ward 18; County: Erie; Page: 56
  • New York Department of Health; Albany, NY; NY State Death Index
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 16, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_945; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 0155; FHL microfilm: 1374958
  • Year: 1880; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: 830; Page: 353D; Enumeration District: 151

James S. Kowal

Curtiss was the cross street at the end of Newton St, where I grew up. Right at the corner was the Kowal family. James Kowal was the father.

James Stanley Kowal was born October 21, 1944 in Buffalo, New York. I can’t find a record of his parents to connect him with last week’s prayer card Helen. He was in the Air Force from July 29, 1965 to November 25, 1968.

I do know he married Kathy and had 2 sons and a daughter. They lived on Curtiss Street, the last house on the street before it went under the New York Central Terminal. Some time after 1996 they moved to Lancaster, New York. He lived there for 10 years before his death in February of 2006.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • City: Buffalo; State: New York; Year(s): 1993-1997
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Helen Kowal Jaworowicz

Helen Kowal was born August 27, 1942. Her parents were Stanley Kowal and Stella Marciniak, I may have met them when I was younger. I went to grade and high school with a Kowal, he was a year behind me. James and Kathy Kowal lived at the end of the block from me. There is no record proof at the moment but I believe that Helen was James’ sister. It would explain why my family had the prayer card.

Helen Kowal married Davis J. Jaworowicz on October 28, 1961 in Cheektowaga, New York. Her last address was 128 Autumn Lea Road in Depew, New York.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2020.

Jan Newdana

I searched multiple databases, newspapers, and all the other usually places and can’t find anything except a death record. He may not have been here long enough to create records in the US. I did find a passenger index record for a Jan Niewdanos that arrived in the US in 1910. If they are the same person that would explain the lack of other records.

Sources:

  • New York Department of Health; Albany, NY; NY State Death Index
  • New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942