Monday, February 11, 2013
MY POLISH ROOTS
I am done procrastinating, well at least about this blog! I have thought about blogging about my Polish ancestors for the past year or so. My poor Polish ancestors have been ignored while I blogged about my Irish and German ancestors on my HomeoftheSherlocks blog. In my mind, I didn't have enough stories to blog about. What happens if I run out of things to say? Well, I have decided to put caution to the wind and dive headfirst into the Polish genealogical pool! So, here goes ...
Both of my maternal grandparents are 100% Polish even though they were both born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My grandma Lillian (Leokadia) Braciszewski or as we affectionately called her "Little Grannie" was 4'9" and 70 pounds soaking wet. For her entire life, she shopped in the "little girls section" of the store for her clothing. Lillian's parents were John Braciszewski and Josephine Gruszka.
My grandpa Leonard Stachowiak was probably 5'11" in height but always seemed so much taller, probably because he was standing next to the diminutive Lillian. Leonard's parents Charles Stachowiak and Anna Szukalski moved to the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles in the late 1920's after residing in Milwaukee. Soon all their children followed suit, moving to Southern California.
The above photo is of Little Grannie. I am not sure when this was taken or what the occasion was. I will just call it my "Rose Queen" photo of Lillian.