|Birth: ||May 15, 1894|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1967|
My grandfather was born on May 15th, 1894 in Skawina, Malopolskie, Poland to parents Jan Tucholski and Mary Maslanka. He had blonde hair and blue eyes. He was the youngest of three boys (Joseph, Michael, John). He grew up on a farm. His family was extremely poor so he had to work at a young age.
At the age of eighteen his brothers sent him to America before the outbreak of World War I. Prior to leaving for America my grandfather resided in Wola, Galicia (Poland). On May 28, 1913, he left from the port of Bremen, Germany and sailed across the Atlantic in the S.S. Brandenburg. My grandfather arrived at Ellis Island, New York on June 11, 1913, with only twenty five dollars to his name. However, he arrived with at least two direct relatives (cousins or uncles) from his mothers side of the family. Both were named Jakob Maslanka and were 33 and 37 years old. All of which listed their final destination as Waltersburg, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. More specifically, my grandfather listed a friend, Wojciech Daniel Place Kikster Store, in Waltersburg, Pennsylvania. Later he travelled southwest only a few miles, residing in Keisterville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania where he worked as a coal miner.
Supposedly, my grandfather brought a trunk full of family documents with him when he sailed across the Atlantic; unfortunately, he lost them when one of the boarding houses he stayed at caught fire.
My grandfather was married to my grandmother, Sophia Mary Yourish on July 11, 1923 in Crabtree, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Relatives say, their wedding was so much fun that it lasted for one week. At the time of his marriage, he resided in Crabtree, Pennsylvania and worked as a miner.
By March of 1928, John and Sophia resided in Patton, located in Cambria County, PA.
By or before 1930, the family returned to Crabtree. In 1930, John and Sophia and their daughter Victoria resided at 218 (what is now Kennedy Str.) Crabtree, Salem Twp., Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. They paid rent of $7.50 a month to the Jamison Coal Company for the house. The Jamison Coal Company also had a company store located in town. The Jamison Company had alot of control over the town. The Coal Company even threated to fire my grandfather when my grandmother, Sophia went to Greensburg to purchase material to make a dress for her daughter, instead of buying it through the company store. Their neighbor's (216 Kennedy Str.) at the time were John and Susan Mulnansky and their son John. Susan later became my father's godmother when he was baptised. And Mr. Mulnansky would even drive my father to school sometimes.
They continued to reside and raise their growing family in Crabtree, Pennsylvania. My Grandfather continued to mine coal at the Jamison No. 4 and No. 5 Mines (Crabtree Mines). He was also known to lay track for the coal cars and had the ability to bend the track with his bare hands. The mines were owned by the Jamison Coal and Coke Company, Greensburg, Pennsylvania until the 1930's.
My grandfather was naturalized as a U.S. Citizen at the Court of Common Pleas in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on April 26, 1934, he was 40 years old at the time.
During the 1940's my grandfather would listen to music on his vitriola, which played records by means of a manual turntable. My father told me that my grandfather would not let them turn the handle, worried that they would over crank it and break the record player. Ironically, my grandfather later burned the vitriola, which was in excellent working condition, rather than sell it.
My grandfather's hobby was farming. He never drove a car. He was a member of the St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Crabtree, United Mine Workers of America Local 8123, and Holy Name Society. He died on October 7, 1967 at Latrobe Hospital from Pneumonia secondary to a Subphrenic abscess, which was a week after surgery to remove a ruptured gall bladder. Services were held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Crabtree. He is interred at Calvary Hill Cemetery, Crabtree, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
Sophia Mary Yourish Tucholsky (1904 - 1981)*
Mildred Touhalisky Murtland (1935 - 2013)*
Calvary Hill Cemetery
Created by: Joe
Record added: Jun 06, 2010
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