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Wedding Wednesday – Max and Velma Green (1941)
Nov 16th, 2011 by Jessica

My husband’s grandparents Max Earl Green and Velma Isadora Bostic were married on July 19, 1941 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Their first child Barbara was born nine months later.  Their only son Jerald was born two years after that, just before Max enlisted in the Navy in 1944.

Wedding Invitation for Max Green and Velma Bostic

Wedding Invitation for Max Green and Velma Bostic

Marriage Certificate for Max Green and Velma Bostic

Marriage Certificate for Max Green and Velma Bostic

Marriage License for Max Green and Velma Bostic

Marriage License for Max Green and Velma Bostic

Max and Velma Green, September 1944

Max and Velma Green, September 1944

Wednesday’s Child – Alice Karpuk
Nov 16th, 2011 by Jessica

Certificate of Death for Alice Karpuk

Certificate of Death for Alice Karpuk

I am writing this post in honor of my Aunt Alice who should be celebrating her 72nd birthday this week.  Instead, her life was cut far too short by pneumonia.

My Aunt Pauline Alice Karpuk passed away at just four months of age.  She was born November 18, 1939 and died April 5, 1940.  Her parents were Andrew Karpuk and Mary Rose (Stroik, Kasper) Karpuk of Saginaw, Michigan.  My grandmother had a total of sixteen children.  Thirteen survived to adulthood.  Two of them, a set of twins between her last two sets of twins, were stillborn prematurely and the family story states they were buried in a shoebox in the back yard.  Remarkably, baby Alice Karpuk is the only child of my grandmother’s that was born live and died as an infant.

Obituary for Alice Karpuk

Obituary for Alice Karpuk

Mortuary

ALICE KARPUK.

Alice Karpuk, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Karpuk, 520 Gallagher, died Friday night at St. Mary’s hospital after a brief illness.  She was born Nov. 18, 1939.  She leaves her parents, two sisters and four brothers, Rose Helen, Edward, Donald, Andrew and Albert, all at home, and her grandmother, Mrs. Helen Stroik of Saginaw.

Baby P. Alice Karpuk

Baby Pauline Alice Karpuk

The funeral will take place at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the home and at 10 a.m. at St. Casimir’s church.  Rev. Fr. Frances S. Kozak will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Olivet.  She may be seen at the home after 3 p.m. Sunday.

Baby Alice’s obituary was published in The Saginaw News in Saginaw, Michigan on Saturday, April 6, 1940 on page 9.

Sunday’s Obituary – Maria (Oakes, Green) Ford
Nov 13th, 2011 by Jessica

This is the obituary for Maria (Oakes, Green) Ford, former wife of Parley Green. Published in the Union and Advertiser in Mumford, New York on May 13, 1886.

Obituary for Mrs. Maria Ford

Obituary for Mrs. Maria Ford

Deaths and Funerals
Mrs. Maria Ford, formerly Mrs. Parley Green of Mumford, died in that village at the age of 83 years. Her maiden name was Maria Oaks, and she was born at Bradford, Vt., opposite Crown Point, June 9, 1802. She was one of the earliest settlers in Mumford, and is the last of those who can properly be called the pioneers of that village. Her life was passed there, and she was greatly respected by all in that village. She raised a large family who are now residing in Scotland. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church in Mumford, and the interment was in the cemetery there. In her last illness she was tenderly cared for by her daughter, Mrs. John Munson, who was unwearied in her attentions and kindness to her invalid mother.

Treasure Chest Thursday – HFS Beanie Cap and W Letter
Nov 10th, 2011 by Jessica

HFS Beanie from Diane Dreffs

HFS Beanie from Diane Dreffs

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

This little blue Beanie cap with the initials HFS was worn by my mother, Diane Marie Dreffs, in elementary school as part of her school uniform.  She attended Holy Family School in Saginaw, Michigan in the mid and late 1950’s.  She gave it to me in the year 2000 when I took an interest in the family history.

W Letter from Diane Dreffs

W Letter from Diane Dreffs

It now resides in my closet, preserved safely for her grandchildren.

With it resides her school letter, a single W.  This was worn when she attended Webber Junior High School in Saginaw, Michigan, in the early 1960’s.

Sunday’s Obituary – Walter Dreffs
Nov 6th, 2011 by Jessica

This is the obituary for my uncle, Walter Dreffs. He was my mother’s brother.

Obituary for Walter Dreffs

Obituary for Walter Dreffs

WALTER ‘DONKEY’ DREFFS

Walter “Donkey” Dreffs, 62, Brandenburg, died June 14, 2010 at University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville.
He was an army veteran and retired from civil service.
Mr. Dreffs is survived by his wife, Judy Ann Cowsert Dreffs; a daughter, Michelle Poling, Shipshewana, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Donna Toney, Muldraugh, and Cheryl Thomas, Elizabethtown; two brothers, Albert Karpuk, Saginaw, Mich., and Don Karpuk, Skidway Lake, Mich.; four sisters, Rose Dreffs, Susan Dreffs and Wilma Rivera, all of Saginaw, Mich., and Diane Kane, Mio, Mich.; four grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held June 17, from the chapel of Hager Funeral Home. Cremation followed.
Condolences may be left online at www.hagerfuneralhome.com.

Surname Saturday – Yach or Jach
Nov 5th, 2011 by Jessica

This week we take a look at the lineage of the Yach or Jach surname as it pertains to my family’s history.  I know almost nothing about this family line.

Earliest Known Ancestor

Mary Yach, also known as Marianna Szulfer Jach, may have been born in Klukowo Huta, Kartuzy, Prussian, Poland in 1840.  I haven’t done enough research myself on her to know for sure, but it seems researcher Susan Chapman has.

The only thing I know about my 2nd great-grandmother Mary for sure is that she married my 2nd-great-grandfather Adam Goretski (aka Gorecki) circa 1864 presumably in Poland before immigrating to the USA in 1866 or 1868.  She and her husband Adam had about 15 children, many of which died young.

After her first husband Adam died, Mary remarried a man named Ignac Betker (aka Nick).  She and Nick lived together until his death in 1912.  Mary died sometime after 1920, presumably in Portage County, Wisconsin.  I have been told she is buried with her second husband Ignace in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery in Alban, Wisconsin.

Lineage of the Yach or Jach Family

Lineage of the Yach or Jach Family

Lineage

Jessica Marie Cole > Diane Marie Dreffs > Mary Rose Stroik (1910 – 1994) > Helena Frances Goretski (1891 – 1982) > Mary Yach (1842 – )

Family Notes

  • I don’t have any of the vital records for Mary Yach, nor many of the important historical records.  I have not researched her family line at all.

Additional Information

Check out my Ancestry Family Tree for Mary Yach.

See the memorial for Mary’s second husband Ignac Betker on Find A Grave.

Look at the research for the Jach family completed by Susan Chapman.

Treasure Chest Thursday – Mom’s Golf Ball Dog
Nov 3rd, 2011 by Jessica

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

Mom's Golf Ball Dog

Mom's Golf Ball Dog

This little fellow was handmade by my mother, Diane Marie (Dreffs) Cole in the early 1980’s.  Seven golf balls were hot glued together and the whole thing was spraypainted black in our back yard.  She spread out newspaper over the picnic table and went to town with a spray can.  She used a black puffball for a nose, a small piece of red felt for the tongue, two googly eyes and a pink doll hat.  It’s hard to see in the picture, but there is a white goose feather in the hat.  There’s also a black felt tail and two matching ears.

My mother made dozens of these goofy golf ball dogs and sold them at craft fairs at the high school.  I’m not sure how I managed to salvage one.  She must have gave this to me before she gave up the hobby.  I love it!

Sunday’s Obituary – William John Romaine
Oct 30th, 2011 by Jessica

This is the obituary for William John Romaine, published in The Saginaw News in Saginaw, Michigan on Saturday, April 23, 1966 (page A11). William is the son of Alexander Romaine, who was the fourth and final husband of my grandmother Mary Rose Stroik.  William passed away in 1966 and his father Alex did not marry my grandmother until 1979.

Obituary for William John Romaine

Obituary for William John Romaine

Romaine, William John,

1801 North Bond Street.

Passed away early Friday evening at Hurley Hospital, Flint, of injuries received in an automobile accident.  Age 30 years.  He was born June 30, 1935 in Flushing, and attended schools in Saginaw, graduating from Arthur Hill High School in 1965.  He was presently attending Delta College.  For the past five years he had been employed at the Chevrolet Transmission Plant.  He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.  On June 8, 1963, he married Norma Meyerhalt, who survives him.  He also leaves one daughter, Tracy Lynn Romaine; also three step-sons and one step-daughter, Barbara A., Karl F., Kenneth A. and Kevin J. Meyerhalt, all at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Romaine, Fosters; one brother and one sister, James Romaine, Grand Rapids; Mrs. Earl Campbell, Saginaw.  Funeral announcement will be made later by the Case Chapel, 409 Adams St.  Friends may call at the chapel after 7 p.m. Sunday.

Surname Saturday – Goretski & Gorski
Oct 29th, 2011 by Jessica

This week we take a look at the lineage of the Goretski and Gorski surnames as they pertain to my family’s history.

Earliest Known Ancestor

I have seen this surname spelled as variants of Goretski and Gorski throughout my research.  It is not clear to me what it originated as in Poland.  It seems some of the family still carries the name Goretski while other branches, such as with my great-grandmother Helen Frances Gorski, changed the name sometime in the early 1900’s.

My 2nd great grandfather, Adam Goretski, was born in Prussia, Poland.  His birth year is unclear and it may have been as early as 1828 or as late as 1837, depending on the source.  It seems that he may have immigrated to America in June 1866, according to a Petition for Naturalization dated January 4, 1874 that might be his.  It is indexed as Adam Goritzki, and I will order a copy to see if it matches his family details.

According to other researchers, Adam Goretski died on March 1, 1893 in the Town of Sharon, Portage County, Wisconsin.  I have no proof of his death date or his burial, and I could not find an obituary in Portage County to support this date.

Along with his wife Mary Yach/Jach, we believe Adam had ten children: Martha, Joseph, Rozalje, John, Agatha, Antonia, August, Toefil (aka Charles), Alexander, and my great-grandmother Helena Frances Goretski.  Adam died at age 56 when his youngest daughter was less than 2 years old.  He is buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Polonia.

Lineage of the Goretski Family

Lineage of the Goretski Family

Lineage

Jessica Marie Cole > Diane Marie Dreffs > Mary Rose Stroik (1910 – 1994) > Helena Frances Goretski (1891 – 1982) > Adam Goretski (1837 – 1893)

Items of Interest

  • Adam Goretzki is listed as a defendant in a criminal court case brought against him by the State of Wisconsin.  You can see the case entry published in the Stevens Point Daily Journal on February 20, 1886 on Page 7.  I was not able to find any further details about the case in the newspapers, so I need to contact the courts in Wisconsin to see if there is additional information available.
  • Adam and Mary Goretzki are listed in the 1880 US Census in Sharon, Portage, Wisconsin (ED143, Sheet 27, Line 28).
  • Adam Gorecki is listed in a store ledger as a customer in Stevens Point.  The well-known article documents a list of residents of the town in the 1880’s and 1890’s.

Family Notes

  • I do not have any of the immigration details for Adam Goretski.  There is a Soundex Index card for Adam Goritzki who came to the USA in June 1866 via the port of Baltimore and filed a Petition for Naturalization in Stevens Point, Wisconsin on January 4, 1874.  I will request a copy to see if it might be him.
  • I do not have any details on the marriage of Adam and Mary.
  • Much of the information I have came from interviews my DaD did with Helen Stroik in the early 1980’s before she died.  The rest of it came from contact with two Goretski researchers, Mary Stutzman and Amy Goretski, in 2002.

Additional Information

Check out my Ancestry Family Tree for Adam Goretski.

See the Find A Grave memorial for Adam Goretski.

Treasure Chest Thursday – The Dreffs Twin Dolls
Oct 27th, 2011 by Jessica

In an effort to document my family treasures which cannot be scanned in, I am publishing this series of pictures as part of the Treasure Chest Thursday theme at Geneabloggers.  Someday in the future, I hope to shed some light on these treasures for my family who might inherit them.  What were they for?  Who did they come from? Why were they considered treasures?  Let’s find out.

Dreffs Twins Toys

Dreffs Twins Toys

These little plastic dolls were once owned by my mother, Diane Marie Dreffs and her twin brother, Daniel Ray Dreffs.  I’m guessing they would have entered the family in 1953 or 1954.

As you can see, they have seen better days but are generally still in pretty good condition.  The girl doll has one precious shoe remaining from her needlepoint outfit.  The little beanie belongs to the set although I’m not entirely sure if it goes with the girl or the boy doll.

My mother gave me these dolls in 2000 when I took up an interest in family history.  They are a true family treasure.

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