15 April 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: John & Mary Zomolski

John ( 13 November 1914 - 31 December 1985)
Mary (7 April 1920 - 5 February 2005)
buried at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery
Valley Township, Chester County, PA

13 April 2014

Historic Preservation Trust Accepting Nominations

The Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County is accepting nominations for the annual awards for excellence in historic preservation. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, 4 July.

Lancaster has one of the largest inventories of historic homes, barns, bridges, mills and other structures of any place in the United States,” said Lisa Horst, president of the board of directors for the Historic Preservation Trust.  “The annual historic preservation awards recognize those in our community who are helping to keep historic Lancaster County historic through their exceptional work to save, preserve, restore and celebrate the beauty of structures built by our forefathers. Recipients will be honored at our annual awards program on Tuesday, November 11.”

The historic preservation award categories are:

Leadership -- presented to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated the vision, wisdom and perseverance necessary to incorporate historic preservation into their long-range planning.

Sustainabilitypresented to the owner of any historically significant structure that has demonstrated over a significant period time a commitment to historic preservation through exemplary maintenance practices.

Preservation – presented to projects that comply fully with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

Restoration/ Adaptive Re-use -- presented to projects where the historical character of a structure is maintained through thoughtful and sensitive additions and/or restorations.

Community Revitalization -- presented to projects that enhance a historic area and contribute to overall neighborhood improvement.

Master Craftsman -- presented for the meritorious efforts to save a historic structure through master level building skills and knowledge.

Nomination forms are available at the Historic Preservation Trust, 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster, 717-291-5861 or joepatterson@hptrust.org.  Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Forms also are available at www.hptrust.org.

This is directly from a press release from the Historic Preservation Trust 

The Historic Preservation Trust was founded in 1966 to encourage and facilitate historic preservation countywide. The trust is a member-supported, 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in the historic Sehner-Ellicott-von Hess House (1787) at 123 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster. 

Sunday’s Obituary: Thomas H. Tracy

Thomas H. Tracy of Exton, passed away on June 18, 2013, at his residence after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 70 years old. Born in Chester on June 15, 1943, he was the son of the late Thomas and Sophie (Matys) Tracy. He was an avid golfer and had retired five years ago allowing him to spend time near Myrtle Beach, N.C. enjoying the game he loved. Tom served two years as an Army captain during the Vietnam War and later served in the Army Reserves. He was awarded an honorable discharge for his dedicated service to his country. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Kathleen A. "Kathy" (McConville); his three daughters, Brenda J. Tracy, Barbara J. Tracy, and Kelly A. (John) Livingston; and by five grandchildren. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Tracy. Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing 10 a.m. to 12 noon Monday, June 24, followed by his prayer service at 12 noon from the Logan Funeral Home, 698 East Lincoln Highway (at Ship Rd.), Exton, PA 19341. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers donations in Tom's memory may be made to Chester County Hospital, Foundation 701 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380. www.LoganFuneralHomes.com.

NOTE: Published in The Daily Local on 21 June 2013. Acquired from Ancestry.com.  

Thomas Tracy was born 15 June 1943. I am interested in his mother – Sophia Matys. 

I found a Sophia Matys, age 19, living with her parents in 1940. This would put her birth year as 1921. The Census that year shows her parents to be Harry, age 55, and Constance, age 47. Her siblings were Walter, 23; John, 21; Eugene, 17; Emil, 15; and Vera, 10. They lived in Chester in Delaware County, PA. Harry and Constance both list their birthplace as Poland. He was a naturalized citizen and she was still an alien. The family lived on Third Street. 

The 1930 Census lists Harry and Constance’s birthplace as Austria. There is, aside obviously from the dates, no difference in Sophia and her siblings. Harry was a laborer at a silk mill. Harry and Constance list immigration as 1910 for both. 

Sophia’s father – Harry Matys – registered for the WWII draft in 1942. At that time he was unemployed and living at 614 McIlvaine Street in Chester. He lists his birth as 19 August 1883 in Austria. He describes himself as being 5’6” weighing 150 pounds. He had gray eyes, brown hair and was light complexion.

The 1920 Census lists Harry and Constance as both aliens having immigrated in 1909. They both list their birthplace as Ukraine Rus. Two sons are listed: three year old Vladimir (Walter), and one year old John. Harry was a furnace man for the steel foundry. The young family lived on West Third Street, Chester. 

His WWI Draft Registration, dated 1918, lists his birth date as the 18th instead. He is a non declared alien and lists his citizenship as Austria Ukrainian. He was a laborer at the Penn Steel Co. His home address then was 3031 W. Third Street, Chester. He describes himself as medium height with a slender build. He had blue eyes and dark hair. 

Harry passed on 5 January 1976. Constance passed on 6 June 1949. They are buried together at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery in Linwood, Delaware County, PA.

12 April 2014

2014 Gourmet Gala to be at Historic Mylin House

The 2014 Gourmet Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, will be held on Sunday, 18 May, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the historic Mylin House (1787) and the Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street.

"The venue is ideal for the gala which has become Lancaster’s premier food and beverage social and our primary fundraiser,” said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Board of Directors. “The Mylin House will be the gala’s centerpiece while food and beverage will be in the adjacent and beautiful Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities.  The care that has been taken in preserving and restoring the Mylin House is a must see and the reason why this venue was chosen for the 2014 Gourmet Gala.”

The recipient of a 2013 historic preservation award by the Preservation Trust, the Mylin House was built in 1787 by Martin Mylin III and his wife Barbara Baer (granddaughter of Christian and Anna Herr, the 1710 immigrants who built the 1719 Hans Herr House).  Mylin III was the third generation to live on and work the farm.  Mylin III’s German grandfather, Martin Mylin I was one of the first Mennonites to settle in Lancaster County.  Mylin I is credited with inventing the Pennsylvania Long Rifle in a gun shop on the original Mylin homestead.

More than 30 of the area’s best restaurants, caterers, bakeries, personal chefs, wineries and coffee companies will be serving their specialties. A Gourmet Gala ticket costs $75 for members of the Historic Preservation Trust or the Central Pennsylvania Preservation Society or $85 for non-members.  A block of 10 tickets may be purchased for $650. 

Horst said Gala sponsors are being sought to join Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster County Magazine, PPL Electric Utilities, Discovery Map, RPLS Architects, CCS Building Group, Despard Associates, LLC, Donegal Insurance , Kline’s Services and Senator Lloyd Smucker.  “Auction items are needed too because we have both live and silent auctions that are popular,” she said, adding that current auction items include vacation, entertainment, food and beverage, antique and art items.

The above article is from a press release from the Historic Preservation Trust

The Genealogy of Governor Curtin

Andrew Gregg Curtin was born 22 April 1817. He married Katharine Irvine Wilson (1821 – 1903). Katherine was born to William Irvine Wilson (1793 – 1883) and Mary Potter (1798 – 1861). They had seven children: Mary, Myron, Katherine, Bessie, Jane, Martha, and William. 

  • Mary Wilson Curtin (March 1846 – 1927) married a physician George Fairlamb Harris (March 1843 – 1911) in 1871
    • Catherine Curtin Harris (1871-1936) married a bank cashier named John McCoy Shugart (1870 - 1924) in 1899
      • Infant son (1900 - 1900)
      • George Harris Shugart (b. 1 February 1903 – 23 June 1963) married Helen Cruse on 2 January 1937.
        • George Harris Shugart, Jr. (b. 4 January 1940 – 7 April 2013) married Elizabeth Russell on 12 December 1980.
          • Allison Elizabeth Shugart (9 May 1983 – 9 May 1983)
          • Ame Laurine Shugart (9 May 1983 – 10 May 1983)
      • Mary McCoy Shugart (b. 31 May 1907)
    • Adeline (b. circa 1878)
  • Jane Gregg Curtin (b. 17 January 1847 d. 11 November 1893) married William H. Sage, the son of Cornell University benefactor Henry W. Sage
    • Katharine Curtin Sage (b. 3 July 1871) married Ernest Ingersoll White on 22 October 1895
      • Jane Sage White (b. circa 1897)
      • Marayan Strong White (b. circa 1898)
      • Katharine Curtin White
    • Henry W. Sage (b. circa 1872)
    • Andrew C. Sage (b. circa 1874)
    • De Witt L. Sage (b. circa 1875)
  • Martha Irvine Curtin (b. circa 1849)
  • Myron Stanley Curtin (1854 – 1857)
  • William Wilson Curtin (b. circa 1851)
  • Katherine “Kate” Irvine Wilson Curtin (May 1861 – 1930) married Moses Dewitt Burnett (1854 – 1920) in 1888
    • Katherine Munro Burnet (1889 – 1973)
    • Margaret Barber Burnet (February 1890 – 1977)
    • An Infant (1892 – 1892)
  • Bessie Elliott Curtin (1865 – 1866) 
1850 US Census
1860 US Census
1870 US Census – surname as “Cartin”
1880 US Census
1900 US Census
1910 US Census

Meet Governor Andrew Curtin

Andrew Gregg Curtin was the Governor of Pennsylvania during our nation's Civil War.  The son of Scots-Irish immigrant iron founder Roland Curtin (1764–1830) and his second wife, Jean Gregg (1791–1854), he was born 22 April 1815 in Bellefonte in Centre County. He was the grandson of Pennsylvania politician and president pro tem of the U.S. Senate, Andrew Gregg.

Before becoming Governor, he served as schools superintendent. During that time, he started the state system of teacher training in "normal" schools - like Lock Haven State Normal School, now Lock Haven State University.

As a war-time governor, he did sponsor taxes to finance the war but managed to keep the state's debt low. More military units for the war were organized in Harrisburg than in any other recruiting point in the North. He organized "The Loyal War Governors' Conference" to foster support among fellow governors. It was this unified group of governors who suggested General George B. McClellan, commander of Union forces, be replaced. A two-term governor, he was known as "The Soldier's Friend."  After the war, Curtin led the repeal of the State Tonnage Tax. That repeal paved the way for the Pennsylvania Railroad to become the nation's largest transport system.

After his service as Governor, he was Minister to Russia until 1872. From 1872 - 1873, he served as a delegate to the 1872-1873 state Constitutional Convention.

He passed on 7 October 1894 and is buried in the Union Cemetery in Bellefonte. According to Find A Grave, four identical statues commemorate him: one in Bellefonte, one on the Pennsylvania State Monument at Gettysburg, one in the rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building, and one at the site of Camp Curtin, which was a military training camp during the Civil War.

Tomorrow - Sunday, 13 April, David Klinepeter will portray the Governor. The event is hosted by the Historical Society of Dauphin County and the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion in Harrisburg.

PHOTO: Find A Grave

10 April 2014

Sibling Day

Today is National Sibling Day!
me & Noreen

Historic Preservation Trust Documents Now Available Online

A major first step toward making records on more than 10,000 historic properties in Lancaster County available online has become a reality. The Preservation Trust’s Our Present Past has been digitized and is posted on the Preservation Trust’s website – www.hptrust.org.
 “This is a significant achievement not only because it makes research of our county’s architectural history easier but also because it gives us peace of mind in knowing that we have digital files of the massive paper records that we maintain at our downtown Lancaster library,” said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County Board of Directors. “Our records date back to the founding of Lancaster County in 1729 so it is very reassuring to have digital backup files. Digitizing Our Present Past is phase one. The second phase involves digitizing hundreds and hundreds of file folders and other references. The third phase will merge phase one with phase two.”

Funding for the Preservation Trust’s digitization initiative came from the Steinman Foundation and the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
 The 559-page Our Present Past is a compilation of thousands of thumbnail sketches on homes, barns, bridges, mills and other Lancaster County structures that are historically significant. The reference is organized by township or borough and then property by street address based on county-wide surveys of historic properties that were conducted in the 1970s and 1980s. It also contains chapters on “The History and Development of Lancaster County,” “Lancaster County’s Architectural Terms and Styles,” “Preservation Aids” and “Preservation Techniques.”
 Our Present Past was published in 1985 and was compiled by Historic Preservation Trust volunteers with support from the Lancaster County Planning Commission, the City of Lancaster, the Bureau for Historic Preservation, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and LancasterHistory.org.
 Horst said online users of Our Present Past -- such as realtors, architects, attorneys, contractors, students and historians -- can now find information on historical properties with a simple word search. “This is a vast improvement over manually going through almost 600 pages looking for addresses and sometimes partial information on property locations,” she added.

Lancaster-based NxtBook Media, a global full-service digital publication platform developer, is digitizing the Historic Preservation Trust archives. Nxtbook Chief Inspiration Officer Michael Biggerstaff said: “Digitizing historic documents opens up the possibility of discovery to anyone with access to a computer or smartphone, and allows for future linking of assets with related information. This is a best-case scenario of using the technology of today to build upon the history of yesterday.”
 Biggerstaff said the NxtBook development team is already working on phase two with a goal of having it ready to post online over the next 24 to 36 months, depending on how well the manual scanning of Preservation Trust’s paper archives goes. Horst said volunteers are needed to help with the scanning of documents as well as the general maintenance of the archives.
 “Phase two will be an on-going process as new information on historical properties is gathered through survey updates and individual property owner sources,” she added. “The work by NxtBook Media is making all of this possible.”
 Volunteers interested in helping with the scanning should contact the Historic Preservation Trust at 717-291-5861 or joepatterson@hptrust.org.

The above is a press release from the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County

09 April 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Onifer Romanko & Rose Wasylkow

Onifer Romanko and Rose Wasylkow in May 1917. A friend sent me a link to Family Search for another relative and I stumbled across this --> It is the marriage application for Onifer and Rose. Both are from Austria and both had previous marriage according to this.

I first "met" my Uncle Onifer Romanko through my great grandfather Panko Hruszczak. Panko had listed Onifer on one of his immigration papers. He had to list who he was coming to see in America and he list his uncle.

It dawned on me that I had seen the name Romanko - or something similar - and realized it was at our cemetery!

I know little else about Onifer, except that he is my Panko's mother's brother.

08 April 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Hlady

buried at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery, Valley Township, Chester County, PA
Father John Hlady (1894 - 1965) ... He stated he was born 27 June 1894 in Galicia Austria. He arrived in New York in 1909 and was, at that time, a citizen of The Republic of Poland. In 1917 he registered for the WWI Draft. He was single then, living on New Street in Coatesville with his father, mother and sister. John was 36 when he filed his Declaration of Intention and Petition for Naturalization in 1930. At that time he was living in New York. He lists his last residence as Hlyszczaua, Austria. He mentions also that when he immigrated, he did so spelling his name Ivan Hladij.
He and Sophia were married in Coatesville on 2 June 1918. Their children - William (b. 21 March 1919) and Mary (b. 19 June 1921) were born in Coatesville. The 1920 census shows them (John, Sophia and William) living with Sophia's parents: Harry & Helen Monko on New Street. By 1930 the Hladys live in New York.

Mother Sophie Hlady (1902 - 1954) was, according to John's Naturalization papers, born in Horodyncia, Austria on 30 May 1899. She immigrated on 3 January 1913.
Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
The National Archives and Records Administration; Washington, D.C.; Petitions for Naturalization from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1897-1944; Series: M1972; Roll: 973.
Year: 1920; Census Place: Coatesville Ward 2, Chester, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1549; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 812.

06 April 2014

Sunday's Obituary: Andrij Szczesniuk

Andrij "Andy" Szczesniuk, 63, husband of Caroline Wike Szczesniuk of Honey Brook, died on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Brandywine Hospital. Born in Germany on December 13, 1947, he was the son of Ewdokia Babenko Szczesniuk of Honey Brook and the late Onufrij Szczesniuk. Andy worked at Honey Brook Nursery, their long-time family business. He and enjoyed fishing as a hobby. He was a Vietnam veteran. In addition to his wife and mother, Andy is survived by; four sons, Andrij (Andy), Joseph, and Christopher all of Coatesville and Steven Szczesniuk of Ohio; three grandchildren; and a brother Stefan Szczesniuk. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Panakhyda Service at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 10, at the Maclean-Chamberlain Funeral Home, Inc., Route 340, Wagontown, with a visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Private interment at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery. In his memory, those who wish may make contributions to Holy Ghost Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 399 Charles St., Coatesville, PA 19320 Arrangements by the Maclean-Chamberlain Funeral Home, Inc.

Note: This obituary was originally published by the funeral home and the Daily Local News.