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.