Wedding Portrait for Andrew and Helen Stroik
I beg of you, do not store your family treasures in the basement. Especially if your basement has a history of flooding. Most especially, not in a cardboard box.
This is was a beautiful wedding portrait of my great-grandparents Helen Frances Goretski and Andrew Anton Stroik. The couple was married in Stevens Point, Tipton County, Wisconsin around September 1906.
Unfortunately, I grew up in central Michigan. My parents kept everything in cardboard boxes in the basement. Thirty years and many, many floods later I can fully appreciate the significance of their poor storage decision.
This is the only photograph we have identified for certain as Andrew Anton Stroik. It was peeled off the bottom of a cardboard box after being soaked multiple times in sewage water.
Notes on back of photo:
On the front of photo card are the markings: “Stankowski Studios, Stevens Point, Wis.”
On the back of the photo is a handwritten note: “Andrew Stroik, R2, Hatley”