Name: Longine RASZEWSKI
SANDRA BELLAS COFFEY CONFIRMS THE FOLLOWING REFERS TO HER GRANDFATHER:
Copyright © 2001 by C Barnes. This copy contributed for use in the USGenWeb Archives. Vailcd@aol.com
St Mary's Polish Cemetery
This is a survey of St. Mary's Polish Cemetery located at the corner of Lower and Upper Heckman Roads, McKeesport, PA. It was done by video camera over the week of May 21 to the 25, 2001. I personally transcribed it from tape.
Survey order, name, Birth, Death, remarks:
1725, Raszewski, Longin T, 1883, 1955, Stone is falling In - ground is sinkin in
NOTE: SANDRA suggested that I look to “http://users.telerama/com/~urichard/glass27i.htm”, for a 1927 directory, indication that he lived at 401 Iowa Avenue in Glassport, PA. That shows he was going by the name “Louis Raszewski”. Sandy confirms “Yes, he did go by the name Louis. This is definitely his address because that is where my aunt Peanuts lived later on.”
“Regarding my maternal grandparents, I am shocked and very very pleased to see that you've found their burial sites. My mother never really talked much about her parents and is quite closed-mouth on the subject, wouldn't even tell me where they were buried. I don't know why. Thank you so much because now I can go pay my respects. Obviously I never met them.”
DATA FOR 1930 CENSUS, PENNSYLVANIA, ALLEGHENY CO., GLASSPORT:
(This search was a challenge. Finally searched for everyone with the first name of Longine or Longin in Pennsylvania -- there weren’t a lot of those!)
Family is indexed under “Longin Raszewska”. Longin is 46, Kathie is (36 or 38). They own their home (at 401 Iowa Avenue), worth $2000, do not own a radio, do not have a mortgage. They were married when he was 30 and she was 21. He is not able to read and write, but she is. They and all their parents were born in Poland, and they spoke Polish before coming to the USA. He came to the US in 1907, she came in 1911. They are both American Citizens, and both are able to speak English. His job is as a helper in a foundry, and he is currently employed.
There are six children living at home. Vera is 14, Laura is 13, Joseph is 11, Stanley(?) is 9, Jennie (?Genevieve?) and Paul are both 6 (where they twins?). The four oldest have been attending school, and the three oldest can read and write.
Marriage: abt 1914
Spouse: Katherine WOLLEN
Death: 9 Oct 1936
See note with spouse -- this MAY be a match.
2128, Raskewski, Katherine, 1894, 1936
(Sandy confirms above is her grandmother, “Katarzyna”.
ELLIS ISLAND RECORDS:
November 08, 1911
Built by William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilders, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1902. 12,760 gross tons; 600 (bp) feet long; 60 feet wide. Steam triple expansion engines, twin screw. Service speed 17 knots. 1,537 passengers (343 first class, 194 second class, 1,000 third class).
Built for Red Star Line, British flag, in 1902 and named Kroonland. Antwerp-New York service. Under Belgian flag 1908-11. Laid up in 1926; scrapped in Italy in 1927.
OBSERVATIONS FROM MANIFEST:
Going to cousin (name illegible) in McKeesport, PA.
(The previous 3 people on the manifest also appear to be going to McKeesport, and they all came from Wosola, Austria, and are all Polish. Perhaps they are travelling together? The other names are Josef Krowiak, Piotr Krowiak (a baby), and Tekla Skiba.)
I also note there are a LOT of people named “Wolan” arriving from the same area in the same time period, many going to Pennsylvania. A family migration?
FROM SANDRA BELLAS COFFEY, SEPT. 2003:
When I was in ninth grade (1986), on my mother's birthday, October 9th, I was flipping through The McKeesport Daily News. The historical section always documented occurences on that specific day in decade increments. Since it was a special occasion, my mom's birthday, I wanted to see what had happened fifty years ago, ten years ago, etc. To my surprise, in the fifty years ago section, I read of my grandmother's death in an explosion on my mother's fourth birthday. Apparently the hot water tank exploded, killing her instantly. I often asked my mom what it was like to grow up without a mother but she said she didn't really notice since she was the youngest of 8 and always had a brother or sister looking out for her.
Longine RASZEWSKI (1883 - 1955) & Katherine WOLLEN (1894 - 9 Oct 1936)
Vera RASZEWSKI (abt 1916 - )
Laura RASZEWSKI (abt 1917 - ) & RUSSEN?
Joseph RASZEWSKI (abt 1919 - )
Stanley RASZEWSKI (abt 1921 - )
Genevieve (“Aunt Peanuts”) RASZEWSKI (abt 1924 - ) & Charles FIORE
Paul RASZEWSKI (abt 1924 - )
Dorothy Louise RASZEWSKI (9 Oct 1932 - ) & Frank Raymond BELLAS
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