Treasure Chest Thursday – Wedding Portrait for Andrew and Helen Stroik
September 8th, 2011 by Jessica

Wedding Portrait for Andrew and Helen Stroik

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”

4 Responses  
  • DaD writes:
    September 9th, 20111:12 amat

    Jess – As a young man your late uncle Daniel Dreffs was the spittin’ image of the man in this photo. They could have been twins.

  • Heather Roelker writes:
    September 15th, 20119:59 amat

    You are so lucky this survived! A good reminder to not store in the basement or the crazy hot attic.

  • Jessica writes:
    September 17th, 20111:53 pmat

    The Dreffs and Stroik men sure were handsome!

  • Jessica writes:
    September 17th, 20111:56 pmat

    Thanks! It’s so critical that photos and documents be kept indoors in a controlled climate. I’ve been trying to digitize everything just in case something ever were to happen to it. So many of the photos that ended up with my mother she had stored in the barn, and they are chewed up with rat pooh all over them. It’s not pretty!

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