Wednesday, October 18, 2017

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Happy 89th Birthday to My Mom (tomorrow)!

My mom in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Birthday to My Baby Sister (tomorrow)!

Mary sometime during or before July 1966.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday's Faces From the Past: Bronė and Steponas Radauskas, BEF 1943

This is a photograph of Bronislova "Bronė" Skačkauskaitė Radauskienė (1905-1961) and her husband, my first cousin twice removed Steponas Radauskas (1899-1944).  I don't know when the photograph was taken, only that it had to be before Steponas' untimely death in early September, 1944.  More likely it was prior to 1943 (because a photograph from that year shows him with far less hair), but I think it was after 1930.  Bronė is thinner in this photo than she was in one taken in that year.

Bronė was born December 28, 1905, the daughter of Petras Skačkauskas.  She and Steponas were married January 29, 1929, in Šeduva, in the Radviliskis district municipality in Lithuania.  They had three children, daughter Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė (born 1934), son Antanas, who was born about 1934 and died about 1935 (perhaps a twin to Aldona?), and son Petras Radauskas (1937-2004).  Bronė died July 7, 1961, and is buried with Steponas and Antanas at the Rozalimas cemetery.

The photo in this post came from the private album of Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, the daughter of  Bronislova "Bronė" Skačkauskaitė Radauskienė and Steponas Radauskas (tėtis means dad or daddy or papa in Lithuanian).   Thank you Aldona!  Thanks also to Osvaldas Guokas, who has been sharing all these photographs and information with me!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Anastasia Radauskas Polianski, 1892-1978

Anastazija Radauskaite was born January 22, 1892, in Gikoniai village, Lithuania, the fifth of twelve children and the oldest daughter of Ignatijus (Ignotas) Radauskas (1858-1913) and Agota Guokiete (Guokas) Radauskiene (1861-1942), the older sister of my great-grandfather Charles (Kazimieras) Guokas (1863-1939).  

Anastasia came to the United States in 1912, and married fellow Lithuanian immigrant Joseph Anthony Polianski (1890-1978) on June 1, 1914, at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Baltimore, Maryland.  They had two daughters and two sons between 1915 and 1934, and eight grandchildren.  Anastasia died in January 1978.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Matrilineal Monday: Guokas Family Tree Chart

A couple of my Lithuanian third cousins, Audrys Guokas and Osvaldas Guokas, have been hard at work on a Guokas family tree that spans three countries (Lithuania, USA, Argentina) and goes back (from me) six generations (to our common ancestor, my fifth great-grandfather Stanislovas Guokas, married in 1775), and forward a couple generations as well!  Here's a member of one of those forward generations, pictured with the chart:

Jieva Guokaitė, my third cousin once removed, looks at the Guokas family tree chart that is almost as long as she is!  Photo courtesy my third cousin, Audrys Guokas.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Those Places Thursday: Lagoon at Dawes Park, July 1939 and August 2017

The proportions aren't quite right on this one - but here is a then (July 1939) and now (August 2017) picture of the Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park in Evanston, Illinois.  The boys in the photo are my dad, Frederick Henry Pape, and his nine-days-younger first cousin John Charles "Jack" Bleidt (1929-1973).  The boys were ten years old here, and apparently had a model boat in the water.

Here's a photo of the lagoon from August 10, 2017, one of many photos I took of it that day.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Nellie Julia Polianski Kane, 1915-1943

photo courtesy I See Dead People at FindAGrave

Nellie (Anelė) Julia Polianski Kane (1915-1943), my second cousin once removed, is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Brooklyn Park, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  Nellie was born in Maryland, the oldest child of Lithuanian immigrants Joseph Anthony Polianksi (1890-1978) and Anastasia Radauskas Polianski (1892-1978).  She grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School there in February 1933.  According to the 1933 yearbook, The Eastern Echo (page 38), "Polly" could usually be found talking and had a hobby of skating, an ardent aversion to reading essays, and a secret ambition to be a nurse.

On the 1940 Census, Nellie is living with her parents, younger sister Helen, and younger brothers Joseph Jr. and Eddie on Pennington Avenue, and working as a bookkeeper for an insurance company.  Just down the street is Vincent Kane, a college graduate from Pennsylvania about her age, doing office work for a chemical company (Nellie made more money than him the previous year).

Sometime after that census was taken (on April 11-12, 1940), Nellie and Vincent Thomas Kane (1915-1989) married.  He enlisted in the Army on February 11, 1941, and served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, ending his military career on his birthday in 1975 as a major.

Nellie died on February 12, 1943, in Huntsville, Alabama, so I am guessing Vincent must have been stationed there about that time.  They had no children.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Anastasia Radauskas Polianski with daughters Nellie and Helen, ABT 1930

The photo above is of Anastasia (Anastazija) Radauskas Polianski (1892-1978), in the center, and her two oldest children, daughters Nellie (Anelė) Polianski Kane (1915-1943), on the left, and Helen (Elena) Eugenia Polyanski Hulshoff (1916-2007), on the right.  Anastasia looks a lot like she did on her trip to Lithuania in 1930, and the girls look to be in their early teens, so I'm guessing this photo was taken about 1930.

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

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Those Places / Treasure Chest Thursday: 1959 Houston Directory; Sam Houston Park

photo courtesy Bill R. Hill

This isn't really my treasure - my high school friend Bill posted this photo on Facebook.  He found this 1959 Houston directory among his mother's things after she passed away three and a half years ago - you can see names and numbers scribbled on the cover.  Of course Bill is now getting requests from his friends who grew up in Houston to look up their parents' old phone numbers.

In 1959, my parents, Fred & Gerrie Pape, were living with me and my sister Karen at 7913 Cedel Drive in the Spring Branch area of Houston.  Bill says our phone number listed in the book was HOmestead 8-6002.  The Homestead exchange definitely rings a bell with me.  I was age 7 when we moved away from this house to 8015 Sharpview in Houston, where I memorized our number: PRescott 4-5681, later PR4-5681, later 774-5681.

Of the cover photo, Bill notes that "the predominate building on the far left is City Hall; in the center is the Bank of the Southwest. Both these buildings are still standing but cannot be seen from this vantage point with all the construction since."  (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)  He originally thought the photo was taken looking east on Allen Parkway, just east of Waugh Drive.

However, the statue on the left in the photo caught my eye - it's not in the Allen Parkway / Waugh vicinity today, so I was wondering if it had been moved.  After a little research, I figured out that this is actually the Spirit of the Confederacy statue in Sam Houston Park.  

Souvenir Folder of Houston, Texas - Confederacy Monument in Sam Houston Park, Houston, Texas, [1912-1924], Historic Texas Postcards, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed September 27, 2017,

The bronze statue on a pedestal of rough-hewn granite was sculpted by Italian immigrant Louis Amateis (who also did the Brownie statue at the Houston Zoo). It was dedicated in January 1908. A 1912 postcard shows it to be even higher above the road level then than it was on the cover of the 1959 directory.  It is still in the same spot, albeit lower (or perhaps earth has been mounded up around it), and more surrounded by trees, so it is hardly visible from this same vantage point, where Allen Parkway enters the downtown area just west of the park and splits into Lamar and Dallas streets.

 Spirit of the Confederacy, Sam Houston Park [6 January 2013, cropped] / Brian Reading - Own work / CC BY-SA 3.0

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Leonas and Ona Radauskas, St. Casimir Lithuanian Catholic Cemetery, Chicago

Here is the marker for the graves of Leonas "Leo" Radauskas (1889-1973) and his wife Ona "Anna" Tamošiūnaite Radauskas Marcinkus (1907-1988), at St. Casimir [Lithuanian] Catholic Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois:

The words "Ilsekis Ramybeje" at the bottom of the cross are Lithuanian for "Rest in Peace."  Here are photos of the engravings for Leonas and Ona at the base of the stone:

There are two other names engraved on the stone.  On the far right, it says "Agota Zakaras 1902-".  This was supposed to be for Leonas' sister Agota "Agnes" Radauskas Phillips Zaker (1902-1980), but she is buried in the same cemetery next to her second husband.  

The other name, on the far left, is "Justin Kiskunas 1892-1978."  He was buried in the plot on February 13, 1978, with "o.t. [one-time?] permit #161," according to the burial record available at  That record shows only that his home address was Toronto, Canada.  Some Canadian records at (not fully accessible to me, since I don't have a world membership there) indicate that he was living in Ontario province in 1972.  

My third cousin Osvaldas Guokas discovered a birth record for Justinas Kiškūnas that proves he is Ona's uncle, younger brother to Ona's mother was Agota Kiškūnaitė (born about 1875).  They were both children of Baltramiejus Kiškūnas and Ona Dzinkus Kiškūnienė.

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