Am not researching this line; however, have a contact who is a grandaughter to the above. Encourageing her join your bulletin board. Will forward messages to her, but will not give her e-addy without her permission.
Frank and Antonia were in the Iowa census for 1925. He born in Bohemia. If this makes him Polish, I have some info for those searching Indiana.
Knox, Starke, and Pulaski Counties in northern Indiana had a large population of Polish farmers that were Catholic. Many of the same families just stuck around the area. It is still a big farming community and in North Judson, there is a St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church where my aunt is a member. Told her I thought that was not the usual name for a Catholic church and she said it was named for Polish saints.
Also, if you lived in this area and were/or were not a farmer, you would have worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad. North Judson, always changes time (most of the rest of Indiana does not!) to be in sync with Chicago since that is the closest main railroad terminal for those who work on the railroad.
My brother is a 4th generation railroader and the names have changed: Pennsylvania (PRR and Pennsy) to PennCentral, Conrail, and now has been bought by CSX.
Also, those who were close to Pulaski County (named for Czamir (spelling?) Pulaski (a general?) could have worked on the Monon Railroad which went through White County. White County and Pulaski adjoin.
There are still many Polish women at St. Cyrils who make the traditional Polish foods.....I like the kolatchkis? Don't laugh, I'm doing my best here! They are like cookies with jam in the hole in the middle!
I would imagine that Chicago would have been a very likely place for your Bostonian relatives to have migrated. And then possibly drift down to the farms in northern Indiana (close enough to Chicago to visit city relatives) and then westward to Missouri and Iowa.
The Public library at Winamac, Indiana 46996 (Pulaski County) is small but very mighty in genealogy. You would do well to contact them regarding the above-mentioned counties.
Barbara Bechtol Flory
Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana
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