Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Joseph Polianski Jr. and his Lithuanian Uncles, 1930



In 1930, my first cousin twice removed Anastasia (Anastazija) Radauskas Polianski (1892-1978) traveled back to Lithuania to visit members of her family of origin who were still living there.  She took her then-youngest son Joseph Anthony Polianski Jr. (1924-2002).  While there, the family members still in Lithuania had a portrait taken with their American daughter/sibling and her son.  Joseph also posed for this picture with his Lithuanian uncles.

Standing from the left are brothers Ignacijus Radauskas (Jr., born 1894), Steponas Radauskas (1899-1944), and Kazimieras Radauskas (born 1886). Sitting are Petras Palujanskas (ABT. 1891-1954), the husband of Virginija Radauskaitė and the brother of Anastazija Radauskaitė Polianski's husband Joseph Sr.; and Joseph Anthony Polianski Jr. (1924-2002) from America, son of Anastazija Radauskaitė Polianski.

The photo in this post came from the private album of Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, the daughter of Steponas Radauskas, a brother of Leo Radauskas.   Thank you Aldona!  Thanks also to Osvaldas Guokas, who has been sharing all these photographs and information with me!


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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Radauskas Family in Lithuania, ABT 1930



In 1930, my first cousin twice removed Anastasia (Anastazija) Radauskas Polianski (1892-1978) traveled back to Lithuania to visit members of her family of origin who were still living there.  She took her then-youngest son Joseph Anthony Polianski Jr. (1924-2002).  While there, the family members still in Lithuania had this portrait taken with their American daughter/sibling and her son.

Back row from left: Petras Palujanskas (ABT 1891-1954), husband of Virginija Radauskaitė and brother of Anastasia's husband Joseph Polianski; Steponas Radauskas (1899-1944) and wife Bronė (Bronislova Skačkauskaitė Radauskienė, 1905-1961), daughter of Petras Skačkauskas; Bronė (Bronislova) Tamošiūnaite Radauskienė, wife of Ignacijus Radauskas (Jr.) and cousin to Bronė Skačkauskaitė Radauskienė; Ignacijus Radauskas (junior, b. 1894); Kazimieras Radauskas (b. 1886).

Front row from left: Adelė Palujanskaitė, daughter of Petras and Virginija Radauskaitė Palujanskas; Virginija Radauskaitė Palujanskienė (1896-1968), Joseph; Anastazija; Agota Guokaitė Radauskienė (1861-1942), mother of Virginija, Steponas, Ignacijus Jr., and Kazimieras, and Anastazija; and Teklė Savickaitė Radauskienė, wife of Kazimieras Radauskas.

I would have posted this picture sooner, but we were unsure of the identity of the little boy until recently (we thought he might have been Joseph's younger brother Edward, born in 1934).  My third cousin Mary Gina showed the picture to Joseph's widow, who confirmed it was him.  Mary Gina says, "I remember my mother telling me that her brother, Joseph, went to Lithuania when he was a child."  I also found the passenger list for Anastasia's and Joseph's return to New York City on August 20, 1930.

The photo in this post came from the private album of Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, the daughter of Steponas Radauskas, a brother of Leo Radauskas.   Thank you Aldona!  Thanks also to Osvaldas Guokas, who has been sharing all these photographs and information with me!


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday's Faces from the Past: Old Photos at the Memorial Service



Wonderful old family photos and a newspaper clipping on display at the luncheon following the memorial service this past Sunday for my uncle Frank James "Bud" Streff Sr. (1925-2014) and aunt Elizabeth "Betty" Marie Pape Streff (1927-2017).  I really hope my Streff cousins digitize and share the photos on this board SOON!  I see lots of family stories here - besides Papes and Streffs of various generations, I see Hedgers, Dietzes, and Massmanns too! (Click on the photo to view a larger version.)


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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Streff Memorial - Family Reunion


A memorial service this past Sunday for my uncle Frank James "Bud" Streff Sr. (1925-2014) and aunt Elizabeth "Betty" Marie Pape Streff (1927-2017) morphed into a fun family reunion.  The photo above was taken just before the luncheon after the memorial service at the cemetery, and includes family from Bud's side and Betty's side.


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Matrilineal Monday: Happy 87th Birthday to My Aunt (tomorrow)

Jo Ann (now Sister Jean Marie) Guokas at a high school prom in the early 1940s.


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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Happy 63rd Anniversary to My Parents (tomorrow)


Frederick Henry Pape and Geraldine Margaret Guokas,
married September 11, 1954, in Houston, Texas


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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Fearless Females Addilee Harris and Lemore Stroud, 1960s

Today, September 9, is the 90th birthday of my first cousin twice removed Elise Lemore Thompson Stroud.  She is the oldest daughter of a younger sister (Euna Ann Shelton Thompson, 1905-1959) of my great-grandmother Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris (1890-1977).




By 1935, Addilee and her third husband, Charles Burroughs Harris (1887-1959), had moved back to Louisiana from Texas.  Charles and Euna both died in 1959, within two weeks of each other, and Addilee and Lemora became close, as evidenced by this photograph, in an album owned by my first cousin twice removed Shirley Thompson, Lemora's youngest sister, which I got to see at a Shelton family reunion in June 2016.

The photo above is probably from sometime in the 1960s.


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday's Faces from the Past: 2093 W. Lunt, Chicago, Illinois, 1952-3 and 2017

I superimposed two photographs onto a present-day photograph of 2093 W. Lunt Avenue in Chicago's West Ridge / Rogers Park neighborhood, where my father Fred Pape's family lived from about 1927 to about 1955.  One photo, from around April 1952, is of my father, home on military leave, his brother-in-law Frank James "Bud" Streff Sr. (1925-2014), and family friend Bill Doyle.  The other photo, from about 1953, is of Dad's sister and Bud's wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Marie Pape Streff (1927-2017), and her two oldest daughters, Rosemary Jean Streff Grandusky (1949-2016) and Marianne.



Here's the view of the east front side of the house from August 9, 2017:




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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: 2547 Hastings, Evanston, Illinois, 1962 and 2017

I superimposed a photograph from March 1962 of my paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000) on the front steps of hers and my paternal grandfather Paul Robert Pape's home at 2547 Hastings Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, onto a present-day photograph of that triplex home, where they lived from about 1956 until about a year after Paul's death in April 1971:




Here's a more wide-angle view of the home, still with Nana on the front step, showing the second floor:





And finally, here's the view of the home as it looked on August 7, 2017.  Other than being painted red and the storm door removed, the front door appears to be the same, and the house number is the original sailboat design (that also appears in a 1956 photo taken on these same front steps).




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Sunday, September 3, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: 1043 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 1918 and 2017

I superimposed a photograph of my great-grandparents, John Pape (1851-1945) and Gertrude Kramer (or Cramer) Pape (1859-1919) along with three of their four sons, probably from December 1918, standing in front of their home at 1043 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, onto a present-day photograph of that home, which John built in 1893:



From left to right, the sons, standing in front in uniform, are my grandfather Paul Robert Pape (1896-1970), his younger brother Walter Francis Pape (1900-1975) and his older brother Leo John "Lee" Pape (1893-1979). Walter is recorded as having enlisted in the Army on October 5, 1918, and released November 14 of that year.  Lee served in the Navy from July 19, 1917 to February 15, 1919.  I could not find a record, but it appears that Paul served in the Navy as well.

And here is the "present-day" photo in full, from August 10, 2017, almost 99 years after the black-and-white photo was taken, probably in December 1918.




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