Julius Piekarek (1858-1897) and Julia Leczonierska (1858-1922) Married about 1883 in Poland
Julius Piekarek and Julia Leczonierska were born in Poland and died in Detroit, Michigan. They emigrated to America in 1888 and lived in Detroit, Michigan. Children of Julius Piekarek and Julia Leczonierska:
• John Piekarek (1884-1934) married Anna Goike (1887-1946) • Leonard Piekarek (1886-1926) married Agatha Candes (1889-1968) • Martha Barbara Piekarek (1889-1977) married Frederick John Schroeder (1887-1917), George Washington Munson (1889-1977) • Joseph H. Piekarek (1892-1955) married Julia Marchinak (1896-1967) • Helen Madeline Piekarek (1895-1992) married Frank Burns Rice, Sr. (1896-1963) U.S. Census Records:
• 1900, 342 Superior, Detroit, Michigan. Julia and five children in the household.
• 1910, 458 Illinois St., Detroit, Michigan. Julia and three children in the household.
The information in this paragraph comes from Ruth Konkel, granddaughter of Julius and Julia. Julius had at least two brothers, Edward and August. At their father's estate in Pelplin, Poland (at the time part of West Prussia), many people were employed to take care of beef, veal, pork, poultry, fruit, flour, and grain. Oil was produced by horse-driven press; the horse would go in a circle to operate the press. Oil was made from vegetables, grain, and fruit and supplied to stores in Pelplin and nearby Rozental. Their father was German Lutheran and their mother was Polish Catholic, and their father converted to her religion. However, when their mother died, their father married a Lutheran woman and returned to the Lutheran religion.
Julius and his brothers left Poland and came to Detroit, Michigan. Records show that Julianna Pickareck arrived in America on June 29, 1888, on a ship named Lahn from Bremen, Germany and Southampton, England. This was a new ship built in Glasgow in 1887 which had sailed its maiden voyage from Bremen to Southampton and New York in January 1888. Their two eldest children, John and Leonard, were born in Poland and traveled with their parents to Detroit. The other children were born in Detroit.
Detroit city directories from 1889-1891 list Julius Piekarek as a carpenter living at 166 Leland and 102 St. Joseph in Detroit. According to information from Ruth, Julius built, with the help of neighbors, a hardware store and barbershop at St. Aubin and Palmer in Detroit, with two apartments overhead and a two-story house on the back of the lot. One night their house caught on fire, and daughter Helen, who was a baby at the time, started crying from the smoke which awakened everyone in time. In 1897, Julius died of a burst appendix, which left Julia with five children to care for. She did dressmaking and sons John and Leonard went to work at an early age to support the family. The 1900 U.S. Census shows 16-year-old John working as a carpenter and 13-year-old Leonard working as a "day laborer". Detroit city directories show the family living at 1232 St. Aubin in 1899; 341 Superior from 1900-1905; and 458 Illinois from 1906-1916.
Julia is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Section 45, Lot 49), 17100 Van Dyke St. (at McNichols Rd.) in Detroit.
Approximate location of Rice, Piekarek, and Gutowski families, Detroit, Michigan, 1915-1930
Peter Gutowski (1877-1940) and Mary Kendzierska (1880-1962) Married 1899 in Manistee, Michigan
Peter Gutowski was born in Poland, the son of Jan Gutowski and Katarina Rozewicz; he emigrated to America about 1880 and died in Michigan. Mary Kendzierska was born in Poland, the daughter of John Kendzierski and Mary Szaredzik; she emigrated to America about 1881 and died in Detroit, Michigan. As young children, Peter and Mary traveled with their parents to America and settled in Manistee, Michigan. Children of Peter Gutowski and Mary Kendzierska:
• 1900, 42 Arthur St., Manistee, Michigan. Peter, Mary, and daughter Helen in the household; the family name is spelled Gutoski; Peter's occupation is day laborer.
• 1910, 958 Palmer St., Detroit, Michigan. Peter, Mary, and five children in the household; Peter's occupation is laborer at an auto factory.
• 1920, 96 Holborn Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Mary, three children, and two lodgers in the household; Mary's occupation is housekeeper at a hospital. (Detroit city directories indicate the family had lived at this address since 1911.)
• 1930, 6100 Mt. Elliott Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Peter is listed; his occupation is machine operator at an auto products company.
• 1930, 3750 Holborn Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Mary is listed with two children (Pearl and Virginia) in the household.
• 1940, 3750 Holborn Ave., Detroit, Michigan. Mary is listed with one child (Pearl) in the household.
• 1940, 298 Third Ave., Manistee, Michigan. Peter is boarding with brother Joseph; the family name is spelled Gutoski. (Peter also lived at this address in 1936, according to the Manistee city directory.) Peter and Mary separated twice, once before 1910 and again about 1915.
Peter is buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery (Block K, Lot 10) in Manistee. Mary is buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Section 19, Lot 194), 17100 Van Dyke St. (at McNichols Rd.) in Detroit.
Peter and Mary, wedding photo, 1899
The Gutowski Family, circa 1908 (top: Joseph, Helen, John; bottom: Mary, Harry, Pearl, Peter)
Jan Papierkiewicz (1880-1917) and Anastazia Beatrice Siwinska (1891-1977) Married about 1908 in Poland
Jan Papierkiewicz was born in Poland and died in Duryea, Pennsylvania. Anastazia Beatrice Siwinska was born in Zabowo, Poland, the daughter of Josef Siwinski, and died in Waterbury, Connecticut. Anastazia and daughter Sabina arrived in America in 1913. Jan arrived before them and found work in Duryea, Pennsylvania, where the family settled. Children of Jan Papierkiewicz and Anastazia Beatrice Siwinska:
• 1920, 77 Chittenden St., Duryea, Pennsylvania. Anastazia, her second husband Edward Nawrocki, her four children, and his three children in the household; Anastazia is listed as "Nesti".
• 1930, 77 Chittenden St., Duryea, Pennsylvania. Anastazia, Edward Nawrocki, and eight children in the household.
• 1940, 77 Chittenden St., Duryea, Pennsylvania. Anastazia, Edward Nawrocki, and four children in the household. Anastazia and daughter Sabina sailed on the Rotterdam, departing July 26, 1913 from Rotterdam, The Netherlands and arriving August 4, 1913 at Ellis Island, New York. They are listed as Polish, but citizens of Russia, from the town of Sabowo, Plock, Poland (at that time part of Russia). Anastazia arrived with $12 in her possession, is listed as 4'11" in height, and headed to husband Jan in Duryea, Pennsylvania who paid for her passage. This was one year after Titanic. The Rotterdam was a large ship holding 3,575 passengers.
Jan worked in Duryea as a coal miner. On April 25, 1917, he was killed by a blast inside the Hallstead Colliery mine. At the time, Anastazia was pregnant with their fourth child, Sophie. Coal production in Pennsylvania reached its peak in 1917 when more than 100 million tons were mined from underground operations near Duryea. Ninety percent of Polish workers in the region were engaged in mining and processing coal and there were more than 500 deaths per year in the coal mines.
After her husband's death and with four children to care for, Anastazia worked by caring for people during the influenza epidemic of 1918. Wladyslaw "Edward" Nawrocki's wife, Josephine Ostrowski, died from the epidemic. Anastazia cared for Edward's children (Della, Gertrude, Marie, Anthony, and Louis Nawrocki) and married Edward in 1919. They had four more children born in the 1920s (Henrietta, Cassie, Johnny, and Joseph Nawrocki). Edward was also a coal miner and suffered from black lung disease. He died in 1940 at the age of 58.
Anastazia had a brother Zigmund who served as a Private in the U.S. Army during World War I and was killed in action. He listed her as his beneficiary in a life insurance policy, and the money from the policy greatly helped Anastazia's family during hard times.
Anastazia did not want her daughter Sabina to stay in Duryea where her future husband would likely be a coal miner, so she sent her to Detroit in 1927 to attend the funeral of Jan's brother Anthony. Sabina initially lived with cousins in Detroit and then moved into the home of Helen Gutowski, a sister of Sabina's future husband, Harry John Good.
Jan and Anastazia are buried in the Holy Rosary Church Cemetery in Duryea, Pennsylvania.
The Rotterdam arrived at Ellis Island in 1913
Jan and Anastazia with daughter Sabina, circa 1913
Rice children Steve, Nancy, Ken, Ron, and Elaine visit great-grandmother Anastazia in Waterbury, Connecticut, 1971