Before relating stories about our forebears, it would be well to
consider the background of life of
The World Almanac states that
Nazi Germany and the U.S.S.R. invaded
The Map of Poland on the following page reveals the problem any
genealogist attempting to trace our family's roots will encounter. "
The Flag of Poland in 1892 looked like the one on the next page. Since the War, however, the Royal Emblem is not found in the upper portion. There is a movement afoot, that with the newly created political environment, it might be appropriate to restore the original flag design.
The reasons why our family emigrated might have been few or extensive. There may have been one good reason, not identified here, but again, some or all of the following might have contributed to their decision.
Local Russian bureaucratic oppression may have been unbearable.
The lure of a new life where agrarian oriented people could find a better standard of living derived from farming and its associated activities, could have been strong.
The erection of the Statue of Liberty in 1886 and its attendant publicity must have reached the literate Poles. Anton Nagorski certainly was literate since we have examples of his having been a reader and he wrote well. Perhaps Emma Lazarus' famous poem "The New Colossus" inscribed now at the base of the Statue, and translated in local Polish newspapers had its effect. If a family had a trying existence, could they resist the message...
· Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
This is heady stuff when a growing family's future looks bleak.
The stories of prosperity, the prices of land, the size of the country
and the fact that the word had gone all over the world that
A better climate might have been a reason.
Whenever the decision was made, we'll never likely know, but by the Spring of 1892, land probably had been sold, possessions
were packed, last going-away parties were held, and the whole group entrained
for the Port that would be their departure point from Europe, probably
Following these introductory thoughts, one will find as best as can be reconstructed, the profiles of the families about whom this story is written.
N.B. Grodno, the family town of origin, is now located in a newly
created country named
Our Family Name is located on
Panel 293 of the Wall of Honor at
Anton & Catharine Nagorski
Michelina & William Chapulis
Albina & Frank Pisarek
July 20, 1908
Josephine & Walter Milewski
November 15, 1915
FELICIA ALEXANDRA & JOHN JOSEPH SUSSMUTH
ALEXANDRA NAGORSKI: Born
February 12, 1889 in
Father- Anton Nagorski
Mother- Catharine Pankiewicz-Nagorski
Death: June 19, 1955 (Buried St. Mary's Cemetery,
JOSEPH SUSSMUTH: Born
March 13, 1883 in
Father- August Sussmuth
Mother- Catharine Hellert
Death: April 13, 1951 (Buried St. Mary's Cemetery,
N.B. European spelling would be either Suessmuth or Sussmuth. Name means courage, dauntless, or literally sweet mood.
1911 at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church
Carmen Sylva Sophia Born Aug 1, 1912
Norma Catharine Born Aug 16, 1916
Mignon Felicia Eugenia Born Dec 11, 1917
Anton Born Sep 21, 1923