Lukas “Luke” Dennis and Veronica “Verne” (Smykowski) Dennis

April 22, 2014

Lukas “Luke” Maciora was born on April 4th 1874 to Peter Maciora and Anna (Wisniewski) Maciora. When he came to America he changed his last name to Dennis.

On September 21st 1897 in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Minneapolis he married Veronica “Verne” Smykowski. She was born on August 8th 1878 to Pawel “Paul” Peter Smykowski and Katarzyna “Catherine” (Wagner) Smykowski.

On June 8th 1898 they had a daughter named Anna. She died on September 5th 1898 due to a cholera inflammation. They had a son named Anthony who was born and died on May 23rd 1899. They had a daughter named Francisca “Frances” who was born and died on August 15th 1900.

In the 1900 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Lucas (25), Verna (21), Luke’s brother, John (27), Luke’s sister, Eva (18), and a boarder named Stanislaus Kaminski (19). He wrote his immigration date as 1895. Veronica wrote her immigration date as 1887. Luke was written as a coach cleaner for the Rail Road. His brother John was written as the same. His sister Eva was a laundress. The boarder, Stanislaus was a saw mill laborer. They lived next door to Veronica’s parents.

On June 20th 1901 they had a daughter named Pauline Barbara Dennis. On July 29th 1903 they had a son named Vincent Dennis.

In the 1905 Minnesota, Territorial State Census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 9, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Luke (31), Veronica mistakenly written as Berne instead of Verne (26), Pauley (4), Vincent (2), his brother, Ignatius (28), his brother in law, Steve Baldigo (23), his sister, Eva Baldigo (23), and their daughter, Victoria Baldigo (2). Luke, Ignatius, and Steve were all car laborers.

On April 29th 1906 they had a son named Franciscum “Frank” Dennis. Frank died on May 5th 1906.On May 28th 1908 they had a son named Joseph Francis Dennis.

In the 1910 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 9, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Luci (36), Verna (31), Pauline (8), Vincent (7), and Joseph (2). Luke was a coach cleaner.
On June 28th 1911 they had a daughter named Florence Rose Dennis. On January 25th 1914 they had a son named John Lucas Dennis.

In the 1920 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 9, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Lukas (46), Veronica (41), Pauline (18), Vincent (16), Joseph (12), Florence (8), and John (6). Luke was a coach cleaner. Pauline was a clothing cashier. Vincent was a packer in the stock food industry.

On February 18th 1928, Lukas “Luke” Dennis died. He was 53 years old. His death was from pulmonary tuberculosis and a contributory part from Diabetes. He was buried on February 21st 1928 in St Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis.

The following year on July 14th 1929 her son Vincent committed suicide.

In the 1930 census Veronica was living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Veronica (52), Florence (18), and John (16). Veronica was a dishwasher at a restaurant. Florence was a parker a creamery.

In the 1940 census Veronica was living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. She was living with her daughter, Florence. The household consisted of Preben Jorgensen (29), Florence Jorgensen (28), Wayne Jorgensen (8), Lyle Jorgensen (2), Dale Jorgensen (1), Veronica Dennis (61), and John Dennis (26). Preben was a laborer in a cabinet factory. John was simply listed as a new worker.

Veronica (Smykowski) Dennis died on January 17th 1953. She was 74 years old. She was also buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Joseph Sylvester (Smykowski) Smith and Mary Dorothy (Bierch) Smith

April 22, 2014

Joseph Sylvester Smykowski was born on September 23rd 1898 to Paul Smykowski and Catherine (Wagner) Smykowski. He changed his last name from Smykowski to Smith. On August 16th 1921 he married Mary Dorothy Bierch. She was born on September 23rd 1901 to Joseph Bierch and Rose (Wisniewski) Bierch.

On July 13th 1922 they had a daughter named Rita Dorothy.

In the 1930 census they were living in Maplewood, St. Louis, Missouri. The household consisted of Joseph Smith (30), Dorothy (27), and Rita (7).Joseph was a rate clerk at a railroad.

On April 4th 1929 they had a son named Leonard Joseph Smith.

In the 1940 census they were living in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri. The household consisted of Joseph (41), Dorothy (37), Rita (17), and Leonard (10). Joseph was an assistant general freight agent at a steam railroad.

Joseph Sylvester (Smykowski) Smith died on October 27th 1975. He was 77 years old. Mary Dorothy (Bierch) Smith died on December 27th 1975. She was 74 years old.

Casimir Carl Zeman and Rose (Smykowski) Zeman

April 22, 2014

Rose Smykowski was born on April 27th 1895 to Paul Smykowski and Catherine (Wagner) Smykowski. On February 11th 1914 she married Casimir Carl Zeman. He was born on March 3rd 1889 to Vincent Zeman and Theresa (Kwiek) Zeman.

On July 29th 1914 they had a daughter named Dorothy Frances. On June 30th 1916 they had a son named Henry Joseph.

In the 1920 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Casimir (30), Rose (24), Dorothy (5), Henry (3 and 6/12), and Rose’s father, Paul Smykowski (65). Casimir was a machinist.

In the 1930 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Casimir (41), Rose (34), Dorothy (15), and Henry (13). Casimir was a machinist.

In the 1940 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Casimir (51), Rose (45), and Dorothy (25). Casimir was a machinist. Dorothy was a packer.

Rose (Smykowski) Zeman died on November 11th 1970. She was 75 years old.

Casimir Carl Zeman died on January 21st 1981. He was 91 years old.

Martin Gabrys and Frances (Smykowski) Gabrys

April 22, 2014

Frances Smykowski was born on May 16th 1892 to Paul Smykowski and Catherine (Wagner) Smykowski. On June 26th 1912 she married Martin Gabrys. He was born on October 8th 1890 to Martin Gabrys and Josephine (Szymansky) Gabrys.

In the 1920 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Martin (28), Frances (27), Frances’s brother, Joseph Smith, and a boarder named Walter Fender. Martin was a circulation manager at a newspaper. Joseph was a traffic clerk at a railway.

In the 1930 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Martin (38) and Frances (37). Martin was an assistant traffic manager.

In the 1940 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Martin (48) and Frances (47). No occupation was listed for either Martin or Frances.

Martin Gabrys died on February 8th 1970. He was 79 years old.

Frances (Smykowski) Gabrys died on July 6th 1970. She was 78 years old.

John Frank (Smykowski) Smith and Helen Adelaide (Rakowski) Smith

April 22, 2014

John Frank Smykowski was born on August 3rd 1888 in Pittsburg, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to Paul Smykowski and Catherine (Wagner) Smykowski. Between 1908 and 1909 he changed his last name from Smykowski to Smith. On June 8th 1909 he married Helen Adelaide Rakowski. She was born on August 26th 1888 to Michael Rakowski and Frances (Beneke) Rakowski.

In the 1910 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 10, Henenpin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John Smith (23), Helen Smith (23), and a boarder named Frank Augstine (26). John was a manger.

On January 31st 1912 they had a son named Lloyd Arthur. On September 17th 1913 they had a daughter named Margaret Evelyn. On July 25th 1915 they had a son named Eugene Donald.

In the 1920 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 9, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John Smithkofski (30), Helen (28), Lloyd (7), Margaret (6), Duvey (4 and 5/12), John was a salesman at a drug store.

On April 21st 1923 they had a daughter named Collette Helen.

In the 1930 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John Smith (42), Helen (41), Lloyd (18), Margaret (16), Eugene (14), and Collette (6). John was a Sunday buyer at a drugstore. Helen was a beautician at beauty parlor.

In the 1940 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John Smith (53), Helen (52), and Collette (17). John was a Sunday buyer at a wholesale drugstore. Helen was a beauty operator.

Sadly on June 17th 1961, John Frank (Smykowski) Smith died. He was 72 years old.

Helen Adelaide (Rakowski) Smith died on June 10th 1962. She was 73 years old.

Frank Andrew Kaniewski and Anna (Smykowski) Kaniewski

April 22, 2014

Anna Smykowski was born on November 30th 1881 to Paul Smykowski and Catherine (Wagner) Smykowksi. She arrived in America with her parents and older sister Veronica aboard the Hermann on June 15th 1887.

On June 15th 1904 she married Frank Andrew Kaniewski. He was born on October 4th 1879 to Joseph and Agnes Kaniewski. They had a daughter named Cecelia on November 29th 1904. Sadly, Cecelia died on February 4th 1905.

In the 1905 Minnesota, Territorial and State Census, Frank (25) and Anna (23) were living with her parents. Neither of them had a job listed.

On May 22nd 1908 they had a son named Lawrence Henry Kaniewski.

In the 1910 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Frank (30), Anna (27), Lawrence (1 and 11/12), and Frank’s brother, Walter (18). Frank was a blacksmith at a railroad. Walter worked at a knitting factory.

On July 18th 1914 they had a daughter named Margaret Frances Kaniewski.

In the 1920 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 9, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Frank (40), Anna (38), Lawrence (11), Margaret (5), and two boarders named William Moore (20) and Oliver Halvorsen (22). Frank was a stationary engineer at the Rail Road.

In the 1930 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Frank (50), Anna (47), Lawrence (21), Margaret (14), a nephew, Raymond Kaniewski (22), and a boarder named Andrew Anderson (43). Frank was a stationary engineer at a railroad shop. Lawrence was a telephone repairman.

In the 1940 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Frank
(61), Anna (58), Lawrence (31), their son in law Leonard Vashro (25), and their daughter, Margaret Vashro (26). Frank was a stationary engineer at the railroad. Lawrence was a telephone repairman. Leonard was a laborer. Margaret was a helper (seamstress) at a casket company.

Sadly on November 10th 1959, Frank Andrew Kaniewski died. He was 80 years old. Anna (Smykowski) Kaniewski died on November 11th 1961. She was 79 years old.

Ignatius Smykowski and Veronica (Brzeski)Smykowski

April 21, 2014

Ignatius Smykowski was born on December 3rd 1865 in Poland. I do not know the names of his parents. In about 1884 he married Veronica Brzeski. Veronica was born in September of 1862 in Poland.

I am unaware of when Ignatius arrived in America but I do know when Veronica and her three children born in Poland arrived in Canada. The date of their departure was on April 22nd 1893. The ship name was Stubbenhuk. They departed from Hamburg and arrived in Montreal. The Smykowski family listed were Veronica (27), Bronislaw (5), Antonius (3), and Raphael (2).This record also tells us their residence was in Brzorze, Westpreußen.

In the 1895 Minnesota, Territorial and State Censuses they were residing in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Ignatius (30), Veronica (29), Bronislaw (9), Anthony (6), and Raphart (5). Ignatius was a church organist. At least Ignatius had been residing in Minnesota for three years.

In the 1900 census they were living in Rochester Ward 17, Monroe County, New York. The household consisted of Ignacy (34), Veronika (35), Bernard (14), Anthony (11), Rafael (10), and Cecelia (2). Ignatius was a machinist. Bernard was a store clerk.

In the 1910 census they were living in Edwardsville Ward 1, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of Ignatz (45), Veronica (46), Anthony (21), and Cecelia (11). Ignatius had returned to being a church organist. Anthony was a driver in the coal mines.

In the 1920 census they were living in Evanston Ward 5, Cook County, Illinois. The household consisted of Ignatius (55), Veronica (55), and Cecelia (21). Ignatius was an Organist at a Catholic Church. Cecelia was a telephone operator.

Sadly on March 24th 1922 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, Ignatius Smykowski died. He was 56 years old.

Veronica (Brzeski) Smykowski died on November 22nd 1924 in Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut. She was 62 years old.

Pawel “Paul” Peter Smykowski and Katarzyna “Catherine” (Wagner) Smykowski

April 21, 2014

Pawel “Paul” Peter Smykowski was born on January 6th 1857 in Poland. I do not know the names of his parents. He married Katarzyna “Catherine” Wagner in about 1877. Catherine was born on December 1st 1856 in Germany to Joseph Wagner and Mary (Jerfelka) Wagner.

On August 8th 1878 they had a daughter named Veronica. On November 30th 1881 they had a daughter named Anna.

On June 15th 1887 they arrived in America aboard the Hermann. They departed Bremen, Germany and arrived in Baltimore, Maryland. The Smykowski family listed on the passenger list was Josephine Smykwoski (19), Paul Smykowski (33), Catherine Smykowski (31), Veronica Smykowski (6), Anna Smykowski (4), and Bronislaw Smykowski (2).

The Passenger list gives us a question that I am currently unable to answer. Who is the 19 years old Josephine Smykowski? Paul and Catherine are the parents of Veronica and Anna. Paul had a brother named Ignatius who did have a son named Bronislaw which makes since that this Bronislaw is in fact his son.

On August 3rd 1888 in Pennsylvania they had a son named John Frank Smykowski. On May 16th 1892 in Minneapolis they had a daughter named Frances Smykowski. On April 27th 1895 in Minneapolis they had a daughter named Rose Smykowski. On September 23rd 1898 in Minneapolis they had a s on named Joseph Sylvester Smykowski.

In the 1895 Minnesota, Territorial census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Paul (41), Katherine (39), Veronica (17), Annie (13), John (8), Francisca (3), Rozia (1), and two boarders named Frank Demeroki (28) and John Fnechrsoki (22). The boarders were laborers. Paul was a car washer. Veronica was a housekeeper.

In the 1900 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Paul (48), Catherine (43), Annie (18), John (12), Frances (8), Rosa (6), and Joseph (1). Paul was a coach cleaner at the Rail Road. Annie was listed as a paper box cutter.

In the 1905 Minnesota, Territorial census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Paul (47), Kate (45), Frances (13), Rose (10), and Joseph (7), their son in law, Frank Kaniewiski (25), their daughter, Anna Kaniewski (23), and John Smykowski (17). Paul was a day laborer. John was a clerk.

In the 1910 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Paul (55), Katie (53), Frances (18), Rosy (15), and Joseph (12). Paul was a coach cleaner at the Railroad yard. Frances was a saleslady at a retail dry goods.

Sadly on September 26th 1913, Katarzyna “Catherine” (Wagner) Smykowski died. She was 56 years old. According to his death record she died from Uremia following Pyonephrosis, an infection of the renal collecting system. In this infection pus collects in the renal pelvis and causes distention of the kidney. She had a surgery three days before her death called Nephrostomy to try and save her life.

In the 1920 census he was living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota with his daughter, Rose. The household consisted of Casimir Zeman (30), Rose Zeman (24), Dorothy Zeman (5), Henry Zeman (3 and 6/12), and Paul Smykowski (65). Casimir was a machinist. Paul was a flagman at a railway.

Sadly on March 20th 1928, Pawel “Paul” Peter Smykowski died. He was 71 years old. According to his death record he died from Cardiac Failure due to myocarditis Chronic. His contributory causes were Asthma and Arteriosclerosis.

Stephen “Steve” John Baldigo and Eva (Maciora/Dennis) Baldigo

April 21, 2014

Eva Maciora was born on May 10th 1882 to Peter Maciora and Anna (Wisniewski) Maciora. When she came to America she changed her last name to Dennis.

In the 1900 census she was living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota in the home of her brother, Lukas. The household consisted of Lucas (25), Verna (21), John (27), Eva (18), and a boarder named, Stanislaus Kaminski (19). She wrote her immigration date as 1899. She was a laundress.

In about 1902 she married Stephen John Baldigo.

On December 23rd 1902 they had a daughter named Victoria Florence Baldigo.

In the 1905 Minnesota, Territorial State Census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 9, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of her brother, Luke Dennis (31), his wife, Veronica Dennis, mistakenly written as Berne instead of Verne (26), their daughter, Pauley Dennis(4), their son, Vincent Dennis (2), her brother, Ignatius Dennis(28), her husband, Steve Baldigo (23), herself, Eva Baldigo (23), and their daughter, Victoria Baldigo (2). Luke, Ignatius, and Steve were all car laborers.

On August 29th 1905 they had a daughter named Frances Cecelia Baldigo. On June 6th 1909 they had a daughter named Rose Margaret Baldigo.

In the 1910 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Stephen (28), Eva (28), Victoria (7), Frances (4), Rose (10/12), and Stephen’s brother, John (24). Stephen was a repair man. John was a laborer in the oil mills.

On March 6th 1911 they had a daughter named Emma Evelyn Baldigo. On February 21st 1915 they had a son named Edward Michael Baldigo.

In the 1920 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Stephen (38), Eva (37), Victoria (17), Frances (14), Rose (10), Emma (8), Edward (4 and 10/12), and Stephen’s brother, John (33). Stephen and his brother John were both repairmen.

In the 1930 census they were living in Brooklyn Center, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Stephen (48), Eva (48), Frances (23), Margaret (21), Emma (19), and Edward (15). Stephen was a proprietor at a grocery store. Frances was s stenographer at a whole sale dry food. Margaret and Emma were clerks at a grocery store.

In the 1940 census they were living in Brooklyn Center, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of Steve (59), Eva (59), Vicotria (35), Emma (29), and Edward (25). Stephen was now a manager at a retail grocery. Victoria was a stenographer at a wholesale implement. Emma was a clerk at a retail grocery. Edward was an intern in a hospital.

Sadly on July 3rd 1951, Stephen John Baldigo died. He was 68 years old. Eva (Maciora/Dennis) Baldigo died on September 22nd 1960. She was 78 years old.

John Martin (Maciora) Dennis, Augustina (Fordaszewski) Dennis, and Cecelia (Fordaszewski) Dennis

April 21, 2014

John Martin Maciora was born in June of 1867 to Peter Maciora and Anna (Wisniewski) Dennis. When he came to America he changed his last named from Maciora to Dennis.

During the 1890s both John and his brother Luke worked in the logging camps near Aitkin, Minnesota. Each of them at one end of a long crosscut saw did the laborious task of cutting down the big timber trees. Branches were trimmed from each tree and the logs were dumped into the Missississippi River and floated to a saw mill.

It was said that John was an energetic, impulsive man while Luke was calm, mild mannered man.

There is a story that has been told about John. While John was residing in one of the camps he trapped and killed a bear that had wandered into camp. He drove the bear into a hole in a hollow stump. He then quickly drove a pointed sapling in front of the opening so the bear could not escape. Then, with another pointed stick, he antagonized the bear and when the bear went to bite the stick, John shoved it down the bears throat and killed it. The camp was said to have fed on bear steak, instead of their regular salt pork and beans for some time after.

In the 1900 census he was living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota with his brother, Lukas. The household consisted of Lucas (25), Verna (21), John (27), Eva (18), and a boarder named, Stanislaus Kaminski (19). He wrote his immigration date as 1895. He was listed as working as a coach cleaner for the Rail Road. His brother, Lucas (Lukas) was a coach cleaner as well for the Rail Road. His sister Eva was a laundress. The boarder, Stanislaus was a saw mill laborer.

On July 17th 1900 he married Augustina Fordaszewski, she was born in August of 1882 in Prussia to Frank and Frances Fordaszewski. John was 33 and Augustina was 17.

They soon had a son named Florian Lawrence Dennis on March 30th 1901. Sadly in about 1902, Augustina (Fordaszewski) Dennis died. She was about 20 years old.

On May 20th 1903 he married Augustina’s younger sister Cecelia Fordaszewski. Cecelia was born in Michigan. John was 35 and Cecelia was 17.

On June 5th 1904 they had twins George Henry Dennis and Maryanna “Marie” Cecelia Dennis.

In the 1905 Minnesota, Territorial and State Census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John (30), Cecelia (20), Lawrence (5), George (1), and Mary (1). John was a fireman at a Rail Road.

On July 29th 1908 they had a daughter named Dorothy Dennis.

In the 1910 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John (41), Cecelia (23), Lawrence (9), George (6), Mary (6), and Dorothy (1 and 8/12). John was a fireman at a malting company. Cecelia was a seamstress.

On April 2nd 1914 they had a daughter named Frances Marcella Dennis.

In the 1920 census they were living in Minneapolis Ward 1, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John (51), Cecelia (34), George (15), Mary (15), Dorothy (11), Frances (5), and Lawrence (18). John was a laborer at a malting company. Cecelia was a midwife. Mary was a seamstress. Lawrence was a foreman.

On January 11th 1922 they had a son named Robert William Dennis.

In the 1930 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John (58), Cecelia (42), Marie (25), Frances (16), and Robert (7). John was a fireman at a security building.

In the 1940 census they were living in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. The household consisted of John (68), Cecelia (53), Marie (35), and Robert (17). John was a stationary fireman.

Another story about John is that later in his life he worked as a night watchman at a malting plant. He been crippled earlier in an accident and had to walk with a cane. When he was limping along with his cane one night as a night watchman he was held up by two men. He used his cane to knock out the two men, leaving them on the sidewalk. Later the police found the two men, they were still dazed and bewildered with egg sized lumps on their heads.

Sadly on November 29th 1946, John Martin Dennis died. He was 79 years old.

Cecelia (Fordaszewski) Dennis died on May 5th 1954. She was 68 years old.


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