Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: 1893 Building Permit for 1043 Sherman Ave., Evanston, Illinois

Another day trip in our a week-long visit to Chicago was to another north-side suburb, Evanston.  My German immigrant great-grandfather, John Pape (1851-1945), was settled there by 1882.  His home according to the 1882-3 Evanston City Directory was on the "w[est] s[ides] Sherman av s[outh of] Greenleaf."

The 1883 directory, which includes separate listings for the village of South Evanston, says his home was at "Sherman ave se cor[ner] Greenleaf." By the 1889 & 1890 directories, it is "e[ast] s[ide] Sherman av 2d s Greenleaf."  The abbreviation "d" is not explained in the guide, but I think this must mean two doors south of Greenleaf.  That's where 1043 Sherman Avenue, the house my great-grandfather lived in from at least 1894 through at least 1925, was located.

I'd always wondered if my great-grandfather, who started out as a carpenter, built that house.  Now, thanks to the Research Room & Archives at the Evanston History Center, I know that he did (click on documents throughout this post to enlarge them):

I found these documents in the house file for 1043 Sherman, containing old city records (such as building permits and inspection reports) and real estate listings.  The "Application for Building Permit" above and the "Permit Granted" form below were the oldest in the file, dated April 7, 1893.  The two-story with basement house (apparently designed by John Pape, as well) would have nine rooms and be 28 feet wide, 35 or 35.5 feet deep, and 30 feet tall.  It would include a water closet with sink, bathtub, and toilet bowl, be heated by steam, and lighted by gas.   The total cost of building was estimated to be $800, and the mason was James Wigginton.  The legal description of the property at the time referred to the south quarter of Lot 2 of the J. M. Meyers Subdivision (lot 6 according to the tax accessor).  The building permit cost $2.

Apparently there was an additional fee to pay for water service, based on the amount of brick and plaster used in the house, according to a note on the back of the previous document:

The next form is a bit puzzling.  Although the date written on it is April 7, 1893, it is written on a form printed for the 1920s.  It doesn't tell us anything new, and some of the details (depth of house, and subdivision name) are slightly different - perhaps information copied incorrectly from the original permit:

The file also contained a building permit, below, dated November 8, 1920,  to add a frame garage, 12 feet wide, 18 feet deep, and 11 feet 6 inches high, to cost $80.  This structure had its owner, John Pape, as architect and carpenter.  Interestingly, though, this form and the next one are both signed "John Pape per L. J. Pape," L. J. being son Lee John Pape (1893-1979), also a carpenter.

The back of the previous form had a rough sketch showing the relationship of the garage (the small rectangle at the back of the lot) to the house (the large rectangle on Sherman Avenue):

The building permit was issued (below), the permit costing $1.08 (one dollar plus one-tenth of one percent of the cost of the building):

The other document I copied from the house file was a circa-1975 real estate listing.  By this point in time, the house had been divided into three 4-5 room apartments, likely one on each floor, but each with a bathroom and a range.  The two-car garage was rented separately, and the total monthly income was $624.  Estimated expenses included taxes of $692.73, insurance of $192.60, and electricity, gas heat, and water bills likely passed on to the tenant.  The asking price was $49,500.

And here is a photograph of the house, circa 1965, from the other side of the real estate listing.  Note the garage to the right, near the back of the lot.

Finally, the Evanston History Center also had a large file cabinet with "house cards," "index cards with basic information noted by other researchers."  Here is the one for 1043 Sherman.  You'll note that according to the 1894 city directory, a molder, Carl Wegener, and his wife Elsie also lived in the house.  I'll be doing some more research on Carl to find the connection.  Around 1900, the Pape family was living in a house closer to the Senge & Pape Dry Goods store on Armitage in Chicago, and they rented out the house at 1043 Sherman.  John and Gertrude's children got separate listings in the city directories as they reached adulthood.

Someone had handwritten a note "nothing in CBR [city building records?] to indicate when built.  Here in 1893."  Apparently that notation was made before the 1893 permit was put in the file.  I'd like to know what, then, was used to determine that the house was "here in 1893."  Also, why does an arrow go from the handwritten "1889D" (D in this case meaning directory) to John's name?  The 1889 directory says only  "Pape John carpenter  r e[ast-]s[ide] Sherman av 2d s Greenleaf."  The house next door at the corner of Greenleaf, 1045 Sherman, is designated an Evanston historical landmark and was supposedly built by a Luxembourg immigrant in the 1880s.

Could it be the house was actually built before 1893, and the permit was issued retroactively?  Materials in the house files at the Evanston History Center only go back to 1893.  Maybe another trip to the Evanston History Center for more research is in my future!

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday: Uncle Lee's Advertising Ballpoint Pen

As mentioned in my previous post, we recently returned from a week-long trip to Chicago.  Our first full day there, we went to Wilmette.  After a stop at Walker Bros for brunch, we visited the wonderful Wilmette Historical Museum.  I had corresponded with its curator, Patrick Leary, about Papes in Wilmette in the past, and had sent him a quick e-mail that morning letting him know we were coming.

Imagine my surprise - and delight! - to find upon our arrival that Patrick had pulled a number of items for us to view - including this ballpoint pen with my great uncle Lee J. Pape's name on it!

Here is a close-up view of the information on the pen.  I will use it in this post to help date the pen.

The Overhead Door Company began in Detroit in 1921, and its Miracle Wedge was invented in 1925.  The Overhead Door Company ribbon logo has been in use since the 1930s.

On the 1930 Census, Uncle Lee listed himself as a garage door manufacturer's agent, and simply as a manufacturer's agent in the 1933 Evanston-Wilmette directory.  The 1940 Census says he is proprietor of a building business, and he describes himself as self-employed on his 1942 World War II draft registration, but these are not inconsistent with being a distributor for this franchised company.

The ballpoint pen was invented 1944 and first sold in 1945, so this pen would definitely be post-1945.

The phone number, Wilmette 3437, is another key.  A 1945 Wilmette telephone directory lists numbers as Wilmette followed by three or four digits.  A 1948 directory for nearby Evanston has numbers in the three letter - four digit format, which still could work for this pen (WIL-3437).  This would tie in with the introduction of the North American Numbering Plan in October 1947, which also introduced area codes - not necessary for a local call, though.

All-number calling (ANC - seven digits) was introduced about 1958.  According to the article "By the Numbers" in the May 11, 1962 issue of Time (pages 53-54), "11 million of the 76 million telephones in the U.S." were on ANC by that point, including many in the Chicago area (by April 1961).  I could not find detail on when ANC was implemented in Wilmette, but in September 1948 in nearby Winnetka (included in Evanston and Wilmette directories around that time), telephones were converted to the two-letter, five-digit format around the same time as in Evanston and Chicago.  I would think if that was the case in Wilmette, Uncle Lee would have changed his pens shortly afterward.

Therefore, I am guessing that this pen dates back to the late 1940s.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Mappy Monday: Chicago Nostalgia Trip

I just got back from a week-long visit to Chicago that included visits to all the sites in green (both pegs and diamonds) and orange.  Diamonds are museums or libraries; pegs are mostly houses, apartment buildings, or churches.  Green indicates an original building that I visited and/or photographed; orange means the original building is no longer there but I visited the site.  Blue indicates facilities I didn't get to visit this time that are still standing; red means I also didn't see it this visit but the original building is gone.  Purple pegs and yellow stars are other points of reference for this visit, not relevant to family history.

You can use the plus or minus in the lower left corner to enlarge or reduce the size of the map.  Click on a marker to read more about it - and maybe even see a photograph!  You can also click on the map and drag it around to better view different areas.

Markers are in Wilmette, Evanston, Rogers Park and West Ridge in far north Chicago, and Bridgeport and Marquette Park in the near south side of Chicago.  There are a number of other markers for places on the north side of Chicago that I was not able to visit on this trip; those will be for the future!

Watch this blog for future posts on these sites!

View Evanston and North Chicago, Illinois in a larger map

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Radauskas Mother and Daughter, 1983 and 1966

Continuing the story of Ona "Anna" Tamošiūnaite Radauskas (1907-1988):  After the death of her husband Leo Radauskas, my first cousin twice removed, in 1973, Ona remarried on July 2, 1983, to widower Mikolas Frank Marcinkus (1889-1987),  another Lithuanian immigrant.  Here is a photo from their wedding:

Another photo from the wedding, a section of which is below, is of Ona and her and Leo's daughter Bernice Ann Radauskas Dylo (1940-2004).  

Here is a photo of Bernice (Bronyte in Lithuanian) from 1955:

And this photo is from Bernice's June 1966 wedding to Donald J. Dylo (1941–1996) in Chicago.  That's her father Leo Radauskas in the white jacket behind her.

The first three photographs in this post came from the private album of Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, the daughter of Steponas Radauskas, a brother of Leo Radauskas.  The last photo came from my third cousin Mary Gina Hulshoff-Stitz, whose grandmother is Leo's younger sister Anastasia Radauskas Polianski (1892-1978), and who attended Bernice's wedding.  Thank you to Aldona, Mary Gina, and my third cousin Osvaldas Guokas, who sent me Aldona's photos.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Trys Damos - Ona and Two Agotas, ABT 1937

From left: my second great aunt Agota Guokaitė Radauskienė (1861-1942), sister of my great-grandfather Charles Guokas (1863-1939); her daughter-in-law Ona (Anna) Tamošiūnaitė Radauskas (1907-1988), the wife of Agota's son Leonas (Leo) Radauskas (1889-1973); and Ona's mother Agota Kiškūnaitė Tamošiūnienė (born ABT 1875).

Ona visited her mother and mother-in-law in Lithuania, and brought them new (and nearly identical) dresses from the USA.  I'm thinking the visit might have been in September 1937, as I found Ona on a passenger list traveling from Gothenburg, Sweden, to New York City at that time (click on the image to enlarge it):

As you can see, Ona is on the passenger list as a U. S. citizen.  She became one on April 25, 1935.  Here is her petition, which provides lots of useful information on her date (June 17, 1907) and place (Smilgiai, Lithuania) of birth, the date (October 8, 1928) and place (Smilgiai) of her marriage to Leo; his date (June 22, 1895- the year is not right) and place (Kovno, Lithuania - more specifically, in Gikoniai) of his birth, and the dates of his U.S. entrance (June 28, 1909, in New York City) and naturalization (December 23, 1926 in Chicago).

And here is her oath of allegiance:

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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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday to My Brother Mark (tomorrow)!

Mark's 8th birthday, August 3, 1968.  Our maternal grandmother, Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald (1907-1997) is on the right.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Leo and Ona, 1934

The photograph above is of Leonas "Leo" Radauskas (1889-1973), my first cousin two times removed on my Guokas (maternal grandfather's) line, and his wife, Ona "Anna" Tamošiūnaite (1907-1988) .  It was taken about 1934.

In an earlier post about Leo, I related the story about his return to Lithuania in 1928 to seek a wife.  I wonder if the photo above was taken about the time Ona had to appear in the district court in Chicago in her quest to become a U.S. citizen.

Here is Ona's certificate of arrival, which is part of her 1934-35 petition for naturalization.  In Lithuania, Radauskiene is the married woman form of the last name Radauskas.

Here is the left side of the passenger list for the November 29, 1928, sailing of the S.S. George Washington from Bremen, Germany, to New York City, arriving on December 10, 1928 (I "cut and pasted" to move Ona's information directly under the column headings at the top of the page).  Click on it to enlarge it.  It says she was born and last lived in Jasoniai, although her petition for naturalization lists both places as Smilgiu (probably Smilgiai).

And here is the right side of that same passenger list - click on it to enlarge it.  It shows that her mother's name is Agata (probably Agota) Tamosuniene (the married woman form of the surname Tamošiūnas), and that she is going to be with her husband Leo Radauskas of 3548 S. Halsted Street in Chicago.  It also tells us that she's never been to the United States before, she plans to reside there "always" and become a citizen, and that she is 5'7" (tall for that era), fair complexioned, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

The photograph of Leo and Ona 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 my third cousin Osvaldas Guokas, who has been sharing all these photographs and information with me!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Leo Radauskas and Two Ladies, Chicago, 1937

The photograph above is of Leonas "Leo" Radauskas, 1889-1973, my first cousin two times removed on my Guokas (maternal grandfather's) line, and two unknown women.  It was taken about 1937.

I'm guessing that the two women might be co-workers from one of the famous hotels or restaurants where Leo worked in Chicago in his long career as a chef.  According to an obituary, besides the Edgewater Beach Hotel mentioned in the earlier post about Leo, he also worked at the Morrison, the Imperial, and the Latin Quarter.

The Morrison Hotel, at the southeast corner of Madison and Clark streets downtown, had at least three restaurants - the famous Boston Oyster House, the Terrace Garden dinner theater, and the Grill restaurant.  It also had private dining rooms and hosted banquets, so Leo would have been very busy as a chef.  This hotel was torn down in 1965-66.

The Latin Quarter at 23 W. Randolph was also a dinner theater restaurant.  And the Imperial House was a fancy French restaurant, in Chicago at 50 E. Walton from at least 1952 to at least 1965.   According to a May 22, 2002 article in the Chicago Tribune, it "specialized in fresh food, flown from anywhere on the globe, it seemed. Meals were stately affairs, a rear-guard action against the 'speeded up' tempo of American dining, according to Patricia Bronte in her 1952 restaurant guide, Vittles and Vice. The menu offered 85 variations on Caesar salad."

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, July 23, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Lithuanians in Texas

Me (one-quarter Lithuanian) with the "Lithuanians in Texas" historical marker on Hwy 119 in DeWitt County, Texas, 3.2 miles south of Yorktown at the intersection with Lee Alves (County) Road 3024.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Stanley Guokas and Anna Narusevicate, about 1925-1928

The bride in the middle of this photograph is Anna Barbara Narusevicate (as spelled on a duplicate Social Security application; likely her father's name was Narusevičius in Lithuania, 1903-2002).  To the right of her (looking at the photo; from her viewpoint, he would be seated to her left) is her groom, Stanley (Stanislovas) Joseph Guokas (1897-1969), the oldest son of Peter (Petras) Paul Guokas (1874-1948) and his first wife, Konstancija Aleksandravičiūtė (ABT 1876-1906).  Peter Paul is the youngest full brother of my great-grandfather Charles (Kazimieras) Guokas (1863-1969), so his son Stanley is my first cousin twice-removed.

Jennie Merritt, my third cousin once-removed, identified the woman in the dark dress with the wreath in her hair as her great-grandmother, Katherine (Karolina) Helen Guokas Sadouskas (1905-1966), Stanley's younger sister, and the man to the right of Katherine as her great-grandfather, Anthony John Sadouskas (1900-1959).  Note that in Lithuania, Sadouskas would be spelled Sadauskas.

We don't know who the rest of the people in the photograph are.  Most likely they are members of the bride's family.  I have narrowed the date of this photograph to sometime between October 1925, when Anna returned from a trip to Europe under her maiden name (spelled differently, but the birth date and place match), and 1928, when Stanley and Anna both appear in the Alexandria, Virginia, city directory.

This photograph is from the private album of Rasa Petrauskaitė from Čelkiai, Lithuania, a descendant of Peter Paul (Petras) Guokas and his second wife, Aleksandra Michelina Javaišaitė Guokienė (born in 1869), who stayed in Lithuania with her daughter Ona (born in 1908) when Peter Paul immigrated.  Thank you, Rasa, for sharing the photograph through our cousin Osvaldas Guokas!

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Unbroken Chain of Tombstones

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge by Randy Seaver is:
Determine what is your longest unbroken line of ancestral gravestones - how many generations can you go back in time?  Do you have photographs of them?

Thanks to a Find-a-Grave volunteer, I can go back five generations on my maternal grandmother's side:

Above:  My maternal grandmother, Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald, 1907-1997.
Below:  Her father, Louis Henry Wolfe, 1872-1929.

Above:  My great-great-grandfather, Joseph William Wolfe, 1845-1918.
Photo courtesy Kathi Lynn King.

Above:  My 4th-great grandfather, Alfred Smallwood, ABT 1800-1868.

I have a lot of information about Sara, Louis, and Joseph (see also the links within these links).  I don't know as much about my Smallwood ancestors.  

Malinda Jane Smallwood Wolfe Peden was born about 1823 in Pennsylvania.  She married William C. Wolfe (1820-1855) in 1840.  They had eight children.  After his death, Malinda married William Peden (born ABT 1830) and had four children with him.  Malinda died April 9, 1874, and is buried at the Highland Cemetery in California, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Malinda's father, Alfred Smallwood, was born about 1800 in Virginia.  By 1840, he was in East Pike Run, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and the 1850 Census lists his occupation as millwright.  
According to page 1133 of the 1861 Boyd´s Pennsylvania State Business Directory, Alfred Smallwood owned a saw mill in Pike Run, Washington county, Pennsylvania, although the 1860 Census lists his occupation as farmer.  He died September 24, 1868, "in the 68[th] year of his age," and is buried at the Howe Cemetery in Coal Center, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Vytautas Guokas, 1944-2005

This is the tombstone of Vytautas Guokas (1944-2005), my second cousin once removed, the grandson of Antanas Guokas (1861-1936), the older brother of my great-grandfather Charles (Kazimieras) Guokas (1863-1939).  Vytautas is the father of my incredibly helpful third cousin Osvaldas Guokas.  This tombstone is in the Pakruojis Old Cemetery in Lithuania.  It is the only Guokas tombstone there and is the most northern tombstone in Lithuania.

This beautiful tombstone is a sculpture called "Broken Window," by Arūnas Guokas, the brother of Osvaldas Guokas, who took and kindly sent me this photo.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Those Places Thursday: Palujanskas House, Čelkiai, Lithuania, ABT 1947 and 2017

This house is in Čelkiai, Smilgiai parish, Panevezys, Lithuania, the birthplace of my great-grandfather Charles (Kazimieras) Guokas, 1863-1939, and many of my Guokas relatives.  My third cousin Osvaldas Guokas tells me that it was "not moved ever to any other place during land reforms. It looks and it is more than 100 years old."

At one time it belonged to Petras Palujankas and his wife, Virginija Radauskaitė Palujanskienė, who married on February 19, 1922.  Petras is the younger brother of Joseph Anthony Polianski (1890-1978), who emigrated to the United States and married Virginija's older sister, Anastazija (Anastasia) Radauskas (1892-1978).  Virginija and Anastazija are the daughters of Ignatijus Radauskas (1858-1913) and Agota Guokaitė Radauskienė (1861-1942), the latter being my great-grandfather's sister.

Above:  Palujanskas house in Čelkiai in Soviet times, 1945-1950.  Photo from Osvaldas Guokas.

Below:  Palujanskas house in Čelkiai, Lithuania, in June 2017.  Photo by Osvaldas Guokas.

Osvaldas said that the Palijanskas family left this house when the Communists came to Čelkiai. After they left,  it was the property of the community, then an Aleksandravičius owned it followed by a Radaukas.  Today this house is empty, but is the property of Osvaldas' uncle Stanislovas Guokas and his wife Aldona Kanišauskaitė Guokienė.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Birthday to My Brother Brian (tomorrow)!

My brother Brian, Christmas, 1965

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Zakers, St. Casimir Cemetery, Chicago

This is the grave marker for Konstantinas "Tony" Zaker (born Zakarauskas, 1893-1976) and his two wives, Helen Tamolevich Norkavic Zaker (1894-1942) and Agota Radauskas Phillips Zakar (1902-1980), in section 24 of St. Casimir [Lithuanian] Catholic Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois:

photos above and below used with permission of Michael Z at

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Agota and Virginija Radauskas and Friends

The photo below dates from sometime before August 1922, when Agota Radauskas Phillips Zakar (1902-1980) came to the United States.  Agota is standing on the left.  Seated in front of her is her older sister, Virginija Radauskas Palujanskas (1896-1968).  The other two women in the photograph, taken in Lithuania, are unknown.

Continuing Agota's story from the previous post:  sometime after marrying Konstantinas Zaker, they moved to Kenosha, Wisconsin.  They were there in 1966, as another third cousin, Mary Gina, the granddaughter of Agota's and Virginija's older sister Anastazija (Anastasia) Radauskas Polianski (1892-1978), remembers visiting her there.  Mary Gina says, 

We referred to her as "Agotyte" (pronounced "Ogatete")...She eventually had a farm in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where I stayed for a week visiting her.... I helped in the barn with the cows.... When we all went to Chicago to Bernice Radauskas' wedding in 1966, Agotyte was there and she asked if I wanted to stay for a week. I flew home to Baltimore by myself a week later.

I wondered if the "tyte" part of her nickname comes from teta, the Lithuanian word for aunt.  But our mutual third cousin in Lithuania, Osvaldas Guokas, tells us "Agotytė level of diminutive.  Agotytė is pronounced in English like Agoteete."

By the way - Virginija Radauskas married Petras Palujanskas (1891-1954), the younger brother of Anastasia Radauskas Polianski's husband Joseph Anthony Polianski (Juozapas Palujanskas or Palijankas, 1890-1978)

Agota's obituary, below, I believe came from Draugas, the Lithuanian newspaper in Chicago.  

Osvaldas provided a translation, down to the fold line:

Amžiną atilsį - Rest eternal Agnes Zaker
Lived in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Before lived in Chicago,  Illinois. 
Died October 22, 1980 at 7:14 in the evening,  she was 78 years old.  Born in Lithuania,  Panevėžys county, Rozalimas district, Gikoniai village. Lived in America 58 years. 
She leaves in sadness son Albert Philips, daughter-in-law Julaine, 3 grandchildren -  Gary,  John and Sharon,  brother's wife Ona Radauskienė with family;  in Lithuania brother's wife  Bronė Radauskienė and family and children of sisters, other relatives,  and friends. 
She was the widow of Konstanto (Konstantinas) Zaker. 

The obituary goes on to say (from what I can figure out from other sources) that Lack-Lackawicz at 2424 W. 69th Street in Chicago is the funeral home, and the service will be at Nativity B.V.M. Church (Svc. M. Marijos Gimino).  She will be buried in St. Casimir (Kazimiero) Lithuanian cemetery.

Photos from the cemetery will be in the next post.

Both the photograph and the obituary came from the private album of Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, the daughter of Steponas Radauskas, a brother of Agota and Leo.   Thank you Aldona!  Thanks also to Osvaldas, who has been sharing all these photographs and information with me!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday's Faces From the Past: More About Agota Radauskas Phillips Zaker

The photograph above is of Agota Radauskaitė Phillips Zakar (1902-1980) and her sister-in-law, Ona Tamošiūnaite Radauskas Marcinkus (1907-1988).  It was taken by Walter J. Stankunas, popular Lithuanian photographer in Chicago from at least 1916 to at least 1942.  His studio was located at 3315 South Halsted Street.  Ona's husband and Agota's older brother, Leo Radauskas (1889-1973), was living just two blocks away at 3548 South Halsted from at least 1926 to at least 1928.  Ona (more about her in a future post) did not arrive in the United States (in New York City) until December 10, 1928, so it's likely the photo was not taken until 1929 at the earliest.

Agota's first husband was fellow Lithuanian Jonas Pilipavičius (born 1889), who changed his name to John Phillips.  They married in June 1927 and had a son, Albert, in May 1928.  On the 1930 Census, Agota, John, and Albert are living at 3313 S. Union Avenue (in the heavily-Lithuanian Bridgeport area) in Chicago, and John works for a punch press company.  They have a boarder named Jim Konsurevitch, a Lithuanian immigrant about the same age as John, who works as a salesman for an automobile company.

Sadly, Agota and John were divorced on July 27, 1938, due to his cruelty.  Agota got custody of their son, and John was required to pay $7 a week in support, according to his 1941 petition for naturalization.  Below is a photograph of John from his August 1938 Declaration of Intention:

On the 1940 Census, Agota and Albert are living with Leo and Ona at 3258 S. Union in Chicago, still in the Bridgeport district.  Agota, like Ona, works as an upholsterer for a wholesale furniture company. 

On September 26, 1942, Agota married another Lithuanian immigrant machinist, widower Konstantinas "Tony" Zaker (1893–1976).  He was born August 25, 1893 (or 1894 or 1895, all three years are given on various documents), in Upytė, Panevėžys, Lithuania.  He entered the United States at New York City on April 28, 1913, on the SS Kleist, under the name Konstantas Zakarauskas.  He married Helen Tamolevich Norkavic, also a Lithuanian immigrant who was a widow with three daughters, on April 25, 1920, in Chicago.  Helen died on May 18, 1942.  Here is a picture of Konstantinas from his March 1931 Declaration of Intention:

More about Agota (and Konstantinas) in future posts.

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

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wedding Wednesday: Agota Radauskas Phillips Zaker, ABT 1927

This beautiful bride is my first cousin twice removed Agota Radauskaitė, the youngest of seven children (who survived to adulthood) of my second great aunt  Agota Guokaitė (1861-1942, the older sister of my great-grandfather Charles Guokas Sr.) and Ignacijus Radauskas (1858-1913).

Agota Radauskaitė was born on May 2, 1902, in Gikoniai village, Smilgiai Parish, Rozalimas administrative division (Valsčius), Lithuania.  According to her first husband's petition for naturalization, she arrived in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 14, 1922.  It is likely that she spent some time with her older sister Anastazija (Anastasia) Radauskaitė Palijanskas (Polianski) (1892-1978), who was living in Maryland, but she ultimately went to Chicago, where another older sibling,  Leonas (Leo) Radauskas (1889-1973), was living.

Agota married Jonas Pilipavičius (born December 21, 1889, in Lygumai, Siauliu, Lithuania) in Chicago, Illinois, on June 25, 1927, when she was 25 years old.  According to his naturalization records, Jonas arrived in New York City from Hamburg, Germany, aboard the SS Kaiserin Auguste Victoria on July 11, 1911.  He had been living in Chicago since at least May 1926, and went by John Phillips at least by the 1930 Census.

I believe this photograph is from their wedding.  The style of dress, the "Juliet" cap for the veil, and the huge bouquet with trailing ribbons were all common for 1920s weddings.

Agota and John had one child, a son named Albert Phillips born in May 1928 in Chicago.  Unfortunately the marriage did not last - more about that in a future post.

This photograph came from the private album of Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, the daughter of Steponas Radauskas, the older brother of Agota.   Thank you Aldona!  Thanks also to my third cousin Osvaldas Guokas in Lithuania, who has been sharing so much with me!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Father's Day!

My dad, Frederick Henry Pape, my sister Mary, and me in a pool during a summer vacation trip to New Mexico in 1966.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday: Lithuanian Radauskas Relatives, Rozalimas Cemetery

Some time ago, my Lithuanian third cousin Osvaldas Guokas sent me some photographs of tombstones with our family names on them from the cemetery in Rozalimas, Lithuania.  Here is one where I know how the people buried here are related to me:

Steponas Radauskas is my first cousin twice removed.  He is the son of my second great aunt Agota Guokaitė Radauskienė (Guokas Radauskas) (born in 1961, the older sister of my great-grandfather Charles Peter Guokas Sr.) and Ignatijus Radauskas (ABT 1853-1913).

Steponas was born February 14, 1899, in Gikoniai village in Lithuania, the tenth of the twelve children of Agota and Ignatijus.  Two of his older siblings, Leonas (Leo) Radauskas (1889-1973) and Anastazija Radauskas Polianski (1892-1978), and his younger sister Agota Radauskas Phillips Zaker (1902-1980), came to the United States.

On January 29, 1929, Steponas married Bronislava (Brone) Skačkauskaitė (1905-1961) in Šeduva, in the Radviliskis district municipality in Lithuania.  This is just 17.4 kilometers from Gikoniai.  You can also see from the map below that Rozalimas and Smilgiai are nearby.

The last name on the tombstone is Steponas' and Brone's son (sūnus in Lithuanian), Antanas, who was born about 1934 and died about 1935.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Odin Frederick Pape, 2002-2017

Yesterday my brother Brian and his wife Paige lost their 15-year-old golden retriever, Odin Frederick, described by Brian as "'the best dog we ever owned' and whoever owned us."  He was a great companion in all their adventures and pretty lively (albeit slower) when I last saw him a few months ago.  Here are some pictures of him from the past:

Above:  Odin in May 2002, shortly after Brian and Paige got him.
Below:  Paige and Odin, May 2002.

My brother Brian captioned these two photos from June 11, 2002, as follows:
Above:  "Odin - I need a file and hacksaw."
Below:  "Odin - Which to chew first."

Above:  My son Eric with Odin on our visit to Texas in August, 2002.
Below:  Brian with Odin on June 24, 2011.  Our family had all gone together to see "Late Nite Catechism" in Austin that evening - good times.

Above:  Brian with Odin at my parents' home in Austin on March 13, 2016.
Below:  My brother Mark with Odin on the right, and Odin's housemate Thorin on the left, at Thanksgiving at Brian and Paige's home in Austin, 2016.

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