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 Joseph “Big Joe” Moraniec

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Joseph “Big Joe” Moraniec

Birth
Poland
Death 6 Feb 1944 (aged 75)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Plot Lot no. 200, Section H, grave 880
Memorial ID 82039239 View Source

JOSEPH MORANIEC "BIG JOE"
(Please read Our Polish Ancestry and Heritage)
Jozef was born 20 Nov 1868 to Matheus Moraniec and Katarzyna Lipa in House#15, in the village of Bobrowa, Galicia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Transcription of FamilyHistory microfilm:
Record #41: Birth date, Nov. 20; Baptismal date, Nov. 20; Residing in house #15; Child's name, Jozef; Male child, Catholic, legitimate birth, attending midwife, Katarzyna Mazur; Father is Mateusz Moraniec, son of Adalbertus Moraniec who is a farmer and Malgosia Wojtowicz. Mother is Katarzyna daughter of Martin Lipa and Barbara Janora. Godparents are Jozef Moraniec and Marianna wife of Jan Lipa, both are farmers.

Parents:
Katarzyna, who was born about 1846 in House #42, died (possibly in child birth) on 16 Feb 1872 in House #39 Bobrowa.
Matheus Moraniec remarried 10 Feb 1873 in Bobrowa. The new wife was Antonina Dziedzick. Joe would be about 5 years old. Max died of asthma in Bobrowa in 1904. Joe was 36 and prospering in the new country by then.
Joe married Jozefy Garbaczyk (Garbacz on the wedding record) 24 Jan 1892. The priest was Rev. Romuald Byzewski, pastor of St Francis d'Assisi parish on 4500 Wesson Street on Detroit's west side. The witnesses were (possibly): Florian Worosz and Valenty Dziedzick (possible relation to his step-mother Antonina?)
By June 1900 Joe was a naturalized citizen. He owned a home with a mortgage at 17 Otis Street in the 16th Ward of Detroit and was employed as a Day Laborer. The 1900 Detroit Directory lists Joe as a molder. Jozefa does not speak English. Their children at this time: Mary (7), John (5), Helen (2), and Lucy (1).Later they had Sofia, Alexander, and Hedwicks (Hedy). At one time Jack was one of the drivers delivering milk for his father's creamery.
NOTE: from the HISTORY OF DETROIT: in 1900 sold his interests in the Detroit Creamery Co., the largest creamery west of NewYork, the virtual successor of the Detroit Milk House, located on the foot of Second Street. Was this Joe's Creamery? John Biedron is listed on his WW1 Draft registration as working for them.
2nd Marriage: On the 4th of June 1907 Joe married the "maid" who we think (according to Michael) is Jozefy's step-sister, Teresa Biedron. The witnesses were Jan Wisnieski and Francis Nowak. They had 5 children: Josephine, Michael, Stanley, Joseph, and Adeline. There is also Mary from Teresa's first marriage who came over from Poland. In 1909 Joe has a dairy at 1118 Junction. He's a milkman!
In May 1910 The growing family lived at 17 Otis Street, Detroit's 16th Ward. Joseph (40) was a molder in the Foundry. This is the profession that is listed on his death cert., interestingly enough, considering all of his other jobs and adventures over the years.
Teresa (28, immigrated from Glinik in 1906) spoke Polish, unlike the rest of the family. The children living with them at the time were: Mary (16, a framer in a picture factory), John (14, a laborer in the Stove Works) Helen (13) Lucy (11) Sophie ( 8) Alexander (7) Hedwig ( 4) Josephine ( 2) and Michael was a baby. They had three boarders, the first John (18) who immigrated in 1910 (listed as Joe's brother, though we know it is his cousin through his Uncle Jacob Moraniec). He was a laborer at odd jobs. Anna Garbarek (18) immigrated in 1906, she was a stripper in a tobacco factory. A Russian boarder, Rosedoy Dannin (19) immigrated in 1910; he was a street laborer. Frank Garbaczyk is listed in the 1910 Detroit Directory as boarding at 17 Otis St.
By 1912, Joe is listed in the Detroit Directory as a saloon keeper at 914 Junction Ave. and by 1913 he's also listed as a grocer (dairyman and milk dealer) with Simon Fundokowski at 1118 Junction Ave. Jacob and other Guziks as well as John Biedron (Teresa's brother) live at 16 Otis St.
In 1917, Joseph sold the grocery and creamery and bought a 187 acre dairy farm. It was located on Huron River Drive east of New Boston, Michigan. Most of the farm is now owned by the Huron Metropark System of Michigan. The property is now worth many fortunes.
In 1920 Joseph sold the farm at a loss and bought a butcher shop in Detroit's 18th Ward on the West Side. He owned his own home, without a mortgage at 125 Martin Street. Wife Teresa, Alexander (17, worked as a laborer in a factory, possibly a gun factory), Hedwig (14), Mary (17) Josephine (11) Michael (10) Stanley (7) and Joseph (6).
The Detroit City Directory lists Joe as running a restaurant at 4808 Cabot during 1921-25. Alex is a clerk at 4810 Cabot Ave. However 1920-21 also lists Joe as having a grocery at 153 Martin Ave. He lost his business due to too much credit and bad economic conditions. He later was in the candy and restaurant business as well as making illegal whisky (moonshine). In the 1928-29 Directory, Teresa is running the restaurant at 48 10 Cabot and Joe is a clerk.
According to the 1930 US census, the family now lived in the 20th Ward, 18th Precinct at 4808 Cabot Avenue. Still at home were: Joseph (61) Teresa (48, note she now speaks English), Josephine (22, a packer in wholesale drug manufacture), Mike (21, a painter for an automobile manufacturing firm) , Stanley (19, a laborer in auto manufacture), Joseph (15) Chester (10), and Adaline (7). Theresa died on March 10, 1940.
Death and burial: On 6 Feb.1944 at 75 years of age, Big Joe died of chronic myocarditis that he'd had for about one year. from Ann Kuzdale: my Mom remembered that from the letter one of Mary's sisters sent to her about Joe's death in 1944, he was described as having fallen asleep in his chair in the evening and passed away quietly.
His last address was 5316 Wesson Street, Detroit Michigan. Teresa and Joe belonged to ST. Lawrence Parish and paid $50.00 for their burial. He was laid to rest on Feb 9th at Holy Cross Cemetery in Detroit beside Theresa in Grave 880, Lot 200, Section H.


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