John Slamas

Death 9 Jul 1913 (aged 29–30)
Lead, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 178608299 · View Source
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Courtesy of The Weekly Pioneer Times Mining Review
10 Jul 1913
John Slamas, after an illness of but a few days, passed away at the Homestake hospital yesterday at 12 o'clock. Deceased was 30 years of age, and leaves a wife and four children. The funeral willbe held from the Catholic church Monday.

Courtesy of Lead Daily Call 17 Oct 1913. Lead,SD
WANTED-Washing by the day or general housework. Mrs. Slamas 320 Washington St.

Courtesy of Lead Daily Call 17 Oct 1913. Lead,SD
This morning a most pathetic case was called to the attention of Chief of Police Keffeler, and he and the rest of the force are working on it, with the hope that they will be able to save to a poor woman $670, pr a part of it. Some time ago, the woman, Mrs. Slamas, lost her husband while he was at work in the mines, and had received from the Homestake aid fund the sum of $800, which had, until a few days ago been kept in one of the banks of the city. Some zealous friend, a man, whose object in doing so, can only be guessed at, told her that the bank in which she had her money deposited was unsafe and liable to fail at any time, and induced the poor woman to take it out and keep it herself. She received the money in gold and in bills of large denominations, and secreted it in her room in the MArohn building on Bush street. Mrs. Salamas does washing to keep herself and her three children, and goes out daily to do her work. One day while she was out at work, one of her little girls, about 6 years old, found the money and was playing with it in the hallway of the house. Mr. Marohn saw her with the money and took it from her, returning it to her mother when she returned, and cautioning her about leaving it about in such a careless manner, and advised her to return it to the bank. She promised to do so, and yesterday went out to work as ususal, and on her return missed the money. She questioned her little girl, who admitted that she had been playing with the money and said that a woman who lives in the building had gone to the room and taken it. When the chief questioned the girl, she said that a boy had taken it away from her, and then that a man had come and got it, admitting at last that she had lost it. A search of the rooms and some of the roomers who were under suspicion, failed to find any of the money, and the police are at a loss to think where it could have gone. However, they hope in the course of the day to find some trace of it, and restore it to the woman, who, needs it badly, for all of her children are small, and she had been sparing of its use, working hard to provide the necessities of life for her little ones and keeping them clothed and shod. Chief Keffeler will not give up the search until he has found some clue to the person who has the money. Two hundred dollars will be paid for the return of the money, and no questions asked. This reward will be paid to anyone returning the money, or giving information that will lead to its recovery, and will be paid to anyone except the uniformed police of the city. If the finder of the money has a conscience, he will certainly return it, for the widow needs it, and a more cruel deed than keeping it by the finder cannot be imagined.

John Slamas's wife, Veronika (age 28) married Leon Bumblis (Born:28 Sep 1880 Russian, age 30) in Lead, SD 22 Nov 1914

Courtesy of Lead Daily Call 23 Nov 1914. Lead,SD
Yesterday afternoon, at St. Patrick's cathedral, Lean Bumelis and Mrs. W.W. Salmis were united in marriage, Rev. Father Hudson performing the ceremony. The wedding was a quiet one, and was attended by but a few of the relatives and the most intimate friends of the bride and groom. The groom has lived in Lead for a number of years, and has since coming here been in the employ of the Homestake Mining company. He is an indistrious and god citizen. The bride has resided in Lead for a number of years, and is well liked and well thought of by all who know her. To the happy couple many friends extend their congratulations, and wishes for a long and pleasant life together.

1920 Census; Louie & Verona living in Neihart, Cascade, Montana with children,Ellen 11, Katie 4 & Albert 1

1930 Census;Ellen (Aka: Alina or Helen) born 1908 in Pennsylvania married Michael Luke and lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Brother, Albert Bumblis age 12 living with sister.

Daughter Alani Slamas (Female) born 01 Sep 1907 Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Father John Slamas born Lithuania & Veronica Pluguci born Lithuania

1930 Census: Catherine (Kate) age 14 living with Aunt & Uncle Anton & Anna Lubis in Chicago, Cook, Illinois

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