For over 150 years, Milwaukee has been home to a large community of people of Polish descent. The Milwaukee Polonia Project hopes to show the interweaving, intertwining family trees that resulted in this community. It is hoped that, eventually, all the families can be connected to one another. The Milwaukee Polonia Project is also a means to explore our common history and celebrate our shared heritage.

THE ACTUAL DATABASE OF THE TREE IS NOW LOCATED AT THE MILWAUKEE POLONIA PROJECT TREE at Tribal Pages. (We still have much work to do, so don't assume that families are shown completely.) YOU DO NOT NEED A PASSWORD TO ACCESS INFORMATION ON DECEASED INDIVIDUALS.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Featured Profile #50 - Albert Dix - Polish Pioneer

Albert (Wojciech) Dix (1850 - 1945)



This is the fifth in our series on the Polish Pioneers.

The following appeared in the Kuryer Polski on May 6, 1917:

POLISH PIONEER - WOJCIECH DIX

One of the elderly Polish settlers in Milwaukee is Mr. Wojciech Dix, who has lived in Milwaukee about fifty years . He was born on 15 April 1850 in Skic in West Prussia .  He attended school in that village. He was only eight years old when his mother died, and in 1865, when he was fifteen years old, he moved to America with his sister.  Her name now is Anna Sonnenberg currently residing at Racine Street in Jadwigowo [Note:  I believe this is a reference to the neighborhood around St Hedwig's Church.].
 

In 1866, he came to Milwaukee and remained in this city.  His first job was in a bakery on Third Street and there in two years he learned the bakery trade. He practiced the bakery trade for a few years and saved a bit of money, and finally, in 1875, he built his own bakery on Second and Windlake Awenue.
 

Wojciech P. Dix was always progressive in his beliefs so he frequently experienced persecution by the priests. But citizen Dix did not give up the right way and his perceptions have not changed.
 

On May 20, 1872 he married Miss Julia Palaska  [Pulaski] in the  St. Stanislaus church, located at Grove and Mineral Streets. They already have a significant group of seven children from this marriage. Currently, Mr. W. Dix, his wife, and three daughters are living at number 215 Graham Street ( Bay View).
 
 

Two daughters of Mr. Dix are teachers in public schools in Milwaukee. Miss Julia Dix has a job at the school on Dover Street. The youngest daughter, Cecilia, is a trained pianist and gives lessons on the piano.
 

Three daughters are married, and son Arthur is working in the bakery which he took over from his father in 1916. Daughter Emilia get married to Mr. M. [sic.  should be S. ] Kadow , a noted architect. The second daughter, Agnes, got married to Mr Anthony Tomkiewicz, a pharmacist at Fifth and Lincoln Avenue. Third, Lucy, got married to Mr. Siegfried Kuczynski, a broker. He is residing on Otien Street.
 

Mr. Dix has removed quite out of business, but sometimes he helps his son. He is still in good health and feels at full strength.
 
Note:  Joanna Białkowska, who provided this translation, added that her ancestors were from Skic, the hometown of Albert Dix.  According to her mother, there is still a Dix family living in Skic.  In fact, the Dix residence is next to the house of her grandparents.
  
   Relation to Nearest Featured Profile: Michael Domachowski (Featured Profile #3) and Joseph Domachowski, (Featured Profile #5):  No near relationship.

Path From Nearest Featured Profile:  Michael and Joseph Domachowski > sister, Frances (Domachowski) [Grosz] Jagodzinski > daughter, Marta (Grosz) Kobza > husband, Sylvester Kobza, > sister, Helen (Kobza) Kadow > husband, Max Kadow > brother, Stanley Kadow > wife, Emily (Dix) Kadow > father, Albert Dix
 
This is the article in the original Polish:
 
WOJCIECH DIX
 Do rzędu starszych polskich osadników w Milwaukee, zalicza się także p. Wojciech Dix, który przebywa w Milwaukee blisko lat pięćdziesiąt. Urodził się dnia 15 kwietnia 1850 roku w Skicu w Prusach Zachodnich. W tejże miejscowości uczęszczał do szkoły. Miał zaledwie osiem lat, gdy umarła mu matka, a w roku 1865, gdy liczył piętnaście lat, wyjechał do Ameryki wraz z siostrą, obecnie panią Anną Sonnenberg zamieszkującą przy Racine ulicy na Jadwigowie.
            W roku 1866 przyjechał do Milwaukee i pozostał na stałe w tym mieście. Pierwsze zatrudnienie otrzymał w piekarni na Trzeciej ulicy i tam w przeciągu dwóch lat wyuczył się piekarstwa. Następnie praktykował w zawodzie piekarskim jeszcze kilka lat i zaoszczędził sobie nieco pieniędzy, a wreszcie w roku 1875, pobudował własną piekarnię przy Drugiej i Windlake Aleji.
            P. Wojciech Dix był zawsze poglądów postępowych i z tego powodu nie miał miru w obozie klerykalnym. Doświadczał też często prześladowań ze strony księży. Lecz obywatel Dix nie dał się z drogi prawej sprowadzić i zapatrywań swych nie zmienił.
            Dnia 20 maja 1872roku połączył się węzłem małżeńskim z panną Julią Palaską w kościele św. Stanisława, znajdującym się wówczas przy Grave i Mineral ulicy. Małżeństwo to dorobiło się znacznego grona dziatek; jest ich bowiem przy życiu siedmioro. Obecnie p. W. Dix z żoną i trzema córkami mieszka pod numerem 215 Graham ulica (Bay View).
            Dwie córki p. Dixa są nauczycielkami w milwauckich szkołach publicznych. Panna Julia Dix ma posadę w szkole przy Dover ulicy. Najmłodsza córka, Cecylia jest wyszkoloną pianistką i udziela lekcji na fortepianie.
Oprócz tych trzy pozostałe córki wyszły za mąż, a syn Artur, pracuje w piekarni, którą objął po ojcu w roku 1916. Córka Emilia, wyszła za p. M. [sic.] Kadowa, znanego architekta. Druga córka, Agnieszka, wyszła za p. Antoniego Tomkiewicza, aptekarza przy Piątej i Lincoln Avenue. Trzecie zaś, Łucja wyszła za p. Zygfryda Kuczyńskiego, brokera. Zamieszkałego przy Otjen ulicy.
Pan Dix usunął się całkiem z interesu, lecz pomaga czasem synowi. Znajduje się jeszcze w dobrym zdrowiu i czuje się w pełni sił.
 

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Status Update - June, 2016

New Points of Origin:

Góra, Żnin, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland
a.k.a. Gora, Bergen
Co-Ordinates:  52.6809° N, 17.752° E
Family Names; Blachowski, Cieply

Kołdrąb, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland
a.k.a. Koldrab, Koldromb
Co-Ordinates:  52.7367° N, 17.568° E
Family Names: Kabacinski, Kryger

 
Krajenka, Wielkopolskie, Poland
a.k.a. Krojanke
Co-Ordinates:  53.3° N, 16.9833° E
Family Names: Kachalek, Klimek, Plewa

New Family Names Added Since Last Update:

Borowicki
Cicstik
Dorzynski
Dux
Frenczak
Gadarski
Halupniczak
Janczak
Kielczynski
Książkiewicz
Kralvczewicz
Kiestrzin
Kubert
Kudlinski
Kunikowski
Lesczynski
Matuszak
Migowski
Okrongly
Radecki
Ristow
Sass
Snopek
Sobiech
Suichninski
Sulkowski
Tackowiak
Walendowski
Welzant
Wotczak
Zdaniszewski
Zuzelski

Profiles Added Since Last Update:  204


New Intra-Connections  (Lucht to Fons):

400)  ….Stanley B. Cesarz > brother, Raymond F. Cesarz > wife, PRIVATE (Snopek) Cesarz > sister Irene (Snopek) Placzek > husband, William D. Placzek > brother, Steven L. Placzek....

401)  ….Stanley B. Cesarz > sister, Agnes (Cesarz) Betanske > husband, Harry Leonard Betanske > mother, Josephine (Cichy) Betanski > sister, France (Cichy) Rozek > son, Roman Rozek > wife, Anna (Janicki) Rozek > father, Leon Janicki....

402)  ….Stanley B. Cesarz > father, Stanley F. Cesarz > sister, Frances (Cesarz) Rutkowski > husband, Frank Rutkowski > half-sister, Anna (Okraj) Jakubicz > son, Harry Jakubicz....

403)  ….Stanley F. Cesarz > sister, Anna (Cesarz) Jakubicz > husband, John Jakubicz > brother, Anton Jakubicz > son, Harry Jakubicz....

404)  ….Stanley F. Cesarz > sister, Mary (Cesarz) Jakubicz > husband, Peter Jakubicz > brother, Anton Jakubicz....

405)  ….Anton Jakubicz > second wife, Mary (Balcerzak) [Okrongly] Jakubicz > brother, Nick Balcerzak > wife, Lucille (Schultz) Balcerzak > brother, Frank Schultz > wife, Cecelia (Martynski) Schultz > brother Valentine Martynski....

406)  ….Frank Komorowski > daughter, Amelia (Komorowski) Senk > mother, Balbina (Lewandowski) Senk > brother, Vincent Lewandowski > wife, Petronela (Suchala) [Durski] Lewandowski > sister, Anna (Suchala) [Luczak] Ryterski....

407)  ….Petronela (Suchala) [Durski] Lewandowski > son, Sylvester, Durski > daughter, Florence (Durski) Cieslik > husband, Erwin Cieslik > father, John Cieslik (II)....

408)  ….Balbina (Lewandowski) Senk > brother, Andrew Lewandowski > wife, Catherine (Helminiak) Lewandowski > brother, Michael Helminiak > wife, Anna (Welniak) Helminiak >brother, Frank Helminiak > wife, Agnes (Fons) Helminiak > sister, Veronica (Fons) Duszynski > husband, Felix Leo Duszynski ....

409)  ….Anna (Hausz) Plewa > son, Frank S. Plewa > second wife, Josephine (Czyzmowski) Plewa > sister, Anna (Czymowski) Malczewski > husband, Frank Malczewski....

410)  ….Frank S. Plewa > third wife, Polly (Czyzmowski) Plewa > sister, Anna (Czymowski) Malczewski....

411)  ….Frank S. Plewa > brother, Joseph L. Plewa > daughter, Felice (Plewa) Janowiak....

412)  ….Clement Rakowski > sister, Mary (Rakowski) Konkol > husband, Aloisius Konkol > brother, Bolesclaus Konkol > wife, Frances (Sokolowski) Konkol > father, Andrew Sokolowski > brother, Stanislaus Sokolowski > wife, Anna (Kwasniewski) Sokolowski > brother, John Kwasniewski > wife, Mary (Wojcik) Kwasniewski > sister, Casmira (Wojcik) Fons > husband, Edward H. Fons....

413)  …..Mary (Zalewski) Plewa > daughter, PRIVATE (Plewa) Dudzik > husband, Jerome Dudzik > mother, Agnes (Sokolowski) Dudzik > father, John Sokolowski > brother, Stanislaus Sokolowski....

414)  ....Agnes (Pluta) Domachowski > sister, Mae [Marianna] (Pluta) Banaszynski > sister, Jadwiga (Banaszynski) Bielawski > husband, Adalbert Marion Bielawski > father, Joseph Bielawski > brother, Felix Bielawski > daughter, Jozefa (Bielawski) Michalski > husband, Jan Michalski > brother, Bennedick Michalski....

415)  ….Bertha (Kitzke) Perlaczynski > sister, Rose (Kitzke) Yach > husband, Stanley M. Yach > mother, Weronica (Szelbraczykowski) Yach > sister, Josephine (Szelbraczykowski) Polcyn > husband, Joseph Polcyn > son, by first wife, John Polcyn ….

416)  ….Weronica (Szelbraczykowski) Yach > husband, John Yach > first wife, Michalina (Magdalena) (Szelbraczykowski) Yach > sister, Josephine (Szelbraczykowski) Polcyn....

 
Newly Discovered Changed Names:
 

Kosmaczynski to Werner
 
New Alternate Spellings:
 
Balcerzak Baberczak
Banaszynski Banaszenski
Betanski Betanske Bakanski
Cesarz Cesaez
Cichy Cicha
Czajkowicz Czafkowicz
Czyzmowski Czyzmoski
Drzewiecki Drziewicki
Dudzik Dujick
Frenczak Frentczak
Guszkowski Gluszkowski
Hausz Hanz Hares Hans
Jakubicz Jakubiez Jakubic Jakubisz
Jankiewicz Jankewich Jaukiewicz
Jutrzenka Inbrzenka
Kabacinski Kabaczynski
Kachallek Kachalek Rachalek
Kiestrzin Kristrzyk Kristrzyn Kasten Kistzyn
Krygier, Kryger
Kunikowski Kuaikowski
Lesczynski Liszczynski Tessesynski
Mikoljczak Mikotajcsyk
Milecki Milewski
Murkowski Mrukowski Muekowski
Okraj Okroj
Okrongly Okragly
Pankowski Pankau Panko Pankan Paukowski
Senk Sek
Sikora Siekora
Sobiech Sobiechow
Stencel Stenzel Sztencel
Suchala Suchola
Suichninski Suichminski Suidwinski
Szelbracykowski Shelbracykowski Szebracykowski
Tomasz Tomas
Tutaj Tutay
Wolszleger Walschlaeger
Walendowski Wylandowski
Zdaniszewski Zdanczewski
Zuzelski Zuzielski
 
Corrected Names:
 
Chica to Cichy
Gradkowski to Grundkowski
Koscieinlak to Koscielniak
Muekowski to Murkowski

 
PCN:  1.94
Rank:  4th lowest
(For an explanation of the PCN - "Project Completeness Number") see Status Update - February, 2012 and Status Update - March, 2012)
 
Historical PCN Data:
 
Previous Two: 
April, 2016: 1.71
February, 2016: 2.43
 
 
Average PCN:  5.51
 
Median PCN: 3.89
 
Lowest PCN:  1.08 (December, 2014)
 
Highest PCN:  19 (January, 2012 - the start of the Project)




Thursday, May 26, 2016

Honoring Our Heroes - 2016

Happy Memorial Day - As is our custom, we celebrate Memorial Day by discussing some of the individuals who lost their lives while in the military or in time of war.  This year, we have information on three first cousins who were all killed serving in the military in World War II.

Stephen Sokolowski (@1908 - 1944) - the son of Andrew Sokolowski and Anna (Kwasniewski) Sokolowski, he was career military having entered the Army about 1926.  He had served in such places as Fort Sheridan, Illinois; Fort Custer, Michigan; Fort Douglas, Utah; the Philippine Islands; Fort Sam Huston, Texas; Camp Shelby, Mississippi; Camps Knot and Coxcomb, California; and Fort Dix, New Jersey rising to the rank of First Sergeant.  He was ultimately assigned to the 339th Infantry Regiment of the 85th (Custer) Division where he served first in North Africa and then Italy.  He died on September 22, 1944 when his unit was attacking the German's Gothic Line in Italy.  He left behind a young wife.







  Alex F. Sokolowski  (@1915 - 1945) - the son of  Stanislaus Sokolowski and Anna (Kwasniewski) [Sokolowski] Danielewski, he graduated from Pio Nono High School.  He was employed as a water meter reader for the Town of Lake at the time he went into the service in June, 1943.  He was assigned to the Headquarters & Service Company of the 167th Engineer Combat Battalion eventually rising to the rank of corporal.  The 167th did basic training in Mississippi and then maneuvers in Louisiana.  They went ashore on Utah beach.  The 167th was attached to Patton's Third Army where the unit helped bridge the Moselle River and then went on to help with crossing the Rhine.  Alex Sokolowski was not killed by enemy fire.  Sadly, he was killed by an American bullet when a companion's gun accidently discharged.  He left behind a wife and three young children in Milwaukee.



Stephen B. Sokolowski (@1909 - 1945) - the son of Joseph Sokolowski and Marianna (Tomaszewski) Sokolowski.  He trained at Camp Carson in Colorado.  He was a sergeant in the 473rd Infantry Regiment when he was killed in action on April 14, 1945.  He is buried in the American Cemetery in Florence, Italy.  From his unit and date of death, it can be inferred that he was killed in the assault on the Gothic Line in Italy.