Monday, February 29, 2016

1944 - Girls with Fr. Tellers

Father Tellers photographed with a group of young girls. The back of the photograph is labeled Betty Hess, Fr. Tellers, Madelyn McDonald, Shirley Kershaw. The photograph was dated 1944. The photograph was most likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Father Tellers is wearing a biretta. The biretta indicates he was dressed more formally and photograph was possibly taken to document a special occasion. When photographed Madelyn Ann McDonald would have been 11 or 12 years old.
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1944 - Girls with Fr. Tellers
Betty Hess, Fr. Tellers, Madelyn Ann McDonald, Shirley Kershaw
This photograph was included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Frances Philomena Guth appears to have passed the photographs down to her daughter Frances Philomena Selker. Frances' daughter Mary Eugina McDonald ended up with her mother's photo collections which is time were handed down to me. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Madelyn Ann McDonald, affectionately known as Aunt Midge, is my Great Aunt. Her sister Mary Eugenia McDonald is my paternal grandmother. 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

1950's - Mary Eugenia McDonald & Arthur Murosky

Mary Eugenia McDonald and Arthur Murosky. The couple may have been photographed in the 1950's. The location of the photograph is currently unknown. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The Arthur & Mary Eugenia Collection &emdash; 1950's - Mary Eugenia & Arthur
Mary Eugenia & Arthur
The photograph was included in the Mary Eugenia McDonald Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Mary Eugenia McDonald and Arthur Murosky are my paternal grandparents.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Anna Gertrude Selker - Wedding Attendant

Anna Gertrude Selker, the youngest daughter of Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth, was born August 11, 1907 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. At age 21, she married Francis Thomas Shannon Sr. on August 21, 1928.

Anna is included in a series of unknown wedding photographs as a wedding attendant. The other individuals in the photographs are currently not identified. The back of one of the photographs is stamped "Carl and Don Clarion, Pa". The date of the wedding is also unknown but it likely took place in the 1920's due to the style of the bride's veil and headdress.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Selker Collection &emdash; Unknown Wedding
Unknown Formal Wedding Portrait
The only individual currently identified is Anna Gertrude Selker standing in the back on the right.

Michelle M. Murosky: The Selker Collection &emdash; Unknown Wedding
Wedding Snapshot
Unkown man with Anna Gertrude Selker
The back of the photograph is stamped "Carl and Don Clarion, PA"


These photographs were included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Frances Philomena Guth appears to have passed the photographs down to her daughter Frances Philomena Selker. Frances' daughter Mary Eugina McDonald ended up with her mother's photo collections which is time were handed down to me. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anna Gertrude Selker is my 2nd Great Aunt. Her sister Francs Philomena Selker is my great grandmother. Her daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother. 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bill

This group of photographs is part of The Unknown Photograph Collection. The photographs have been shared with the hope that in time some of the individuals will be identified. 

A grouping of unknown photographs that are labeled as "Bill". The handwriting on each photographs is similar. The identity of Bill and the location where the photographs were taken is currently unknown.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Unknowns &emdash; Bill
The first photograph shows a man chopping wood with a barn in the background
Michelle M. Murosky: The Unknowns &emdash; Bill
The second photograph shows barn with the same roof line in the background
Michelle M. Murosky: The Unknowns &emdash; Bill
The third photograph shows a man dressed up adjacent to a large pile of snow. 
The man in the third photograph has similar features to an identified photograph of William Murosky taken later in his life.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; William Murosky
Identified Photograph of William Murosky
Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

1942 - Murosky Family Photographs

A few snapshots of the Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. family dated September 18, 1942. The photographs were taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. The exact location of the photographs is unknown. On September 17, 1942 Harry Anthony Murosky enlisted with the United States Army. It is possible the family took these photographs together before he departed for service.

Family members included in the photograph are:

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr, age 46, and Helen Tillie Bukowski, age 41, photographed with their children Harry Anthony Murosky, age 21, and Marian Elaine Murosky, age 7.

Also included in the photograph is Mary Eugenia McDonald, age 20. Mary Eugenia was the wife of Arthur Murosky, Anthony and Helen's oldest son. Mary Eugenia was expecting her first child, James Arthur, who was born in October 1942.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1942 - Murosky Family Photo
Family Snapshot September 1942
Back: Harry Anthony Murosky and Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr.
Front: Helen Tillie Bukowski and Marian Elaine Murosky
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1942 - Murosky Family Photo
Family Snapshot September 1942
Back: Harry Anthony Murosky and Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr.
Front:  Marian Elaine Murosky and Mary Eugenia McDonald (wife of Arthur Murosky)
From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen likely recorded the names and dates on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. She married Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. my great grandfather. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Arthur married Mary Eugenia McDonald - my paternal grandmother. Harry Anthony Muroksy is my great uncle. Marian Elaine Murosky is  my great aunts.

References:

  1. National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Record for Harry A. Murosky. 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

1945 - A Postcard from Oil City, PA

A postcard sent to Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Murosky & Marian. The postcard was postmarked July 25, 1945 out of Oil City, Pennsylvania. The post card was sent to Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr, his wife Helen Tillie Bukowski and his youngest daughter Marian Elaine Murosky.

The post card was sent by their daughter-in-law Mary Eugenia McDonald, age 23,  who was traveling with her oldest daughter Barbara Jean, age 1 year and 9 months.  They were most likely traveling vising McDonald family members.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Postcard Collection &emdash; July 25, 1945
Postcard Front
Michelle M. Murosky: The Postcard Collection &emdash; July 25, 1945
Postcard Back
From Jean & Barbie to 
Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Murosky & Marian
The Postcard Collection includes postcards from the 1940’s that were included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. In addition to saving photographs Helen also saved newspaper clippings, postcards and greeting cards. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. Her son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Arthur Murosky married Mary Eugenia McDonald. Barbara Jean Murosky is my aunt. 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

1941 - Rita Ann & Marian Elaine Murosky

Murosky sisters Rita Ann and Marian Elaine, the daughters of Harry Anthony Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski, photographed in 1941. Depending on when the photograph was taken Rita would have been 13 or 14 and Marian would have 5 or 6.

The location of the photograph is unknown. The photograph was most likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.  
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1941 - Rita Ann & Marian Elaine Murosky
Rita Ann Murosky and Marian Elaine Murosky
The photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen most likely recorded the date on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. my great grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. married Helen Tillie Bukowski. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Rita Ann Murosky and Marian Elaine Murosky are my great aunts.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

1942 - Theresa Filipkowski & Helen Tillie Bukowski

Helen Tillie Bukowski photographed with her sister-in-law Theresa Filipkowski. Theresa married John Frank Bukowski, one of Helen's older brothers. The ladies were dressed up to attend the wedding of Theresa's son Raymond H. Bukowski to Veronica A. Karpinski on June 6, 1942.

The photograph was taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. The exact location of the photograph is unknown. When photographed Helen was 41 years old and Theresa was 44 years old.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1942 - Theresa Filipkowski & Helen Tillie Bukowski
Theresa Filipkowski & Helen Tillie Bukowski
The photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen likely recorded the names and date on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. She married Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. my great grandfather. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Theresa Filipkowski is my 2nd Great Aunt by marriage. Her husband John Frank Bukowski is my 2nd great uncle.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

1942 - Wedding Guests

The Murosky ladies dressed up to attend the wedding of Raymond H. Bukowski and Veronica A. Karpinski on June 6, 1942. The photograph was taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. The exact location of the photograph is unknown.

Helen Tillie Bukowski, age 41, the aunt of the groom Raymond H. Bukowski. Helen is the sister of John Frank Bukowski - the grooms's father.

Rita Ann Murosky, age 14, and Marian Elaine Murosky, age 6. The girls are the daughters of Helen Tillie Bukowski and are first cousins of the groom Raymond H. Buowski.

The ladies included in the photograph include Mary Eugenia McDonald, age 20, wife of Arthur Murosky. Arthur is the son of Helen Tillie Bukowski and was a fist cousin of the groom Raymond H. Buowski. Mary Eugenia was expecting her first child, James Arthur, who was born in October 1942.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1942 - Murosky Family Photo
Mary Eugenia McDonald, Helen Tillie Bukowski, 
Rita Ann Murosky, Marian Elaine Murosky standing in front 
The photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen likely recorded the names on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. She married Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. my great grandfather. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Arthur married Mary Eugenia McDonald - my paternal grandmother. Rita Ann Murosky and Marian Elaine Murosky are my great aunts.

Friday, February 12, 2016

1942 - Wedding of Raymond H. Bukowski & Veronica A. Karpinski

Raymond H. Bukowski and Veronica A. Karpinski photographed on their wedding day. They were married June 6, 1942 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Raymond H. Bukowski, the son of John Frank Bukowski and Theresa Filipkowski, was born February 28, 1920 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. Veronica A. Karpinski, the daughter of Walter Karpinski and Veronica Smolenski, was born May 8, 1921 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Bukowski Collection &emdash; Wedding of Raymond H. Bukowski & Veronica A. Karpinski
Raymond and Veronica photographed on their wedding day
Their marriage license  application was filed on May 8, 1942 in Erie, Erie County Pennsylvania. The license was issued on May 11, 1942. Raymond was working as a welder was living at 629 East 21st Street. Raymond's father John Bukowski was also working as a welder. His mother Theresa is recorded as a housewife. Her maiden name is recorded as Filipowski. The marriage license indicates Raymond's parents were born in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Veronica was living at 615 East 3rd Street. Her father Walter was recorded as a drill press operator. Her mother Veronica was recorded as a housewife. Her maiden name is recorded as Smolenski. The marriage license indicates Veronica's parents were born in Poland.

The couple were married June 6, 1942 and the duplicate record was returned June 8, 1942.
Michelle M. Murosky: Historical Records &emdash; Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950 004480652 Image 218 of
Application for Marriage License for
Raymond H. Bukowski and Veronica A. Karpinski 
The wedding photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen likely recorded the names on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Raymond H. Bukowski is my 1st cousin 2x. His father John Frank Bukowski is my 2nd great uncle. John Frank Bukowski is the brother of Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen Tillie Bukowski is my great grandmother. 

References:
  1. "Pennsylvania, County Marriages, 1885-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VF7M-JQ8 : accessed 13 February 2016), Raymond H. Bukowski and Veronica A. Karpinski, 06 Jun 1942; citing Marriage, Pennsylvania, county courthouses, Pennsylvania; FHL microfilm 2,260,336.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

1942 - Murosky Siblings with Delores

The Murosky siblings photographed September 1942 with Delores. The identity of Delores is currently unknown. She may have been a family friend. The current records for the Murosky and Bukowski families do not include any cousins named Delores.

The Murosky siblings included in the photograph are Harry Anthony Murosky age 21, Edward V. Murosky age 17, Rita Ann Murosky age 15 and Marian Elaine Murosky age 7. The siblings are the children of Harry Anthony Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski. The oldest child in the family, Arthur Murosky, is not in the photograph.

The location of the photograph is unknown. The photograph was most likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1942 - Murosky Family Photo
September 1942
Back: Rita Ann Murosky, Edward V. Murosky, Delores Surname Unknown
front: Edward V. Murosky and Marian Elaine Murosky

The photograph was included in the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen most likely recorded the names and date on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. my great grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. married Helen Tillie Bukowski. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Harry Anthony Murosky and Edward V. Murosky are my great uncles. Rita Ann Murosky and Marian Elaine Murosky are my great aunts. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

1938 - Murosky Family Gathering

During our conversations about family history my grandfather, Arthur Murosky. told a story about how his family traveled from Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania to visit the Murosky relatives living in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. His Aunt Margaret Murosky and her husband John Chanis were living in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania in 1938 with their three children -  John E. Chanis, Jr., Irene Chanis and Margaret Chanis.

Shortly after arriving back in Erie my grandfather's family received word that Margaret Chanis had died after contracting meningitis.  My great grandfather, Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. then traveled back to Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to attend the needs of his sister's family. Considering the times and how the family had just been in close contact it is remarkable none of the other Chanis children or Murosky children became infected with meningitis.

Given that the date on the photographs is 1938, the photographs were most likely taken during that visit. The distance would have made it challenging for the two families to visit often and the ladies and girls are wearing short sleeved dresses. The photographs would have been taken prior to Margaret's death on July 21, 1938. These are currently the last known photographs taken of Margaret Chanis. Prior to locating these photographs there was only one other known photograph of Margaret Chanis from her First Holy Communion.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1938 Murosky Family Gathering
1938 Murosky Family
Left to Right: Margaret Chanis (age 14), Margaret Murosky (age 40 or 41),
Helen Tillie Bukowski (age,37 or 38) Rita Ann Murosky (age 10),
Marian Elaine Murosky (age 2 or 3) standing in front.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1938 Murosky Family Gathering
1938 Murosky Family
Left to Right: Margaret Chanis (age 14), Margaret Murosky (age 40 or 41),
Helen Tillie Bukowski (age,37 or 38) Rita Ann Murosky (age 10),
Marian Elaine Murosky (age 2 or 3) standing in fron

Note this is the same photograph as above with slightly different labels. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1938 - Harry Anthony Murosky & Margaret Chanis
1938 Murosky Cousins
Harry Anthony Murosky (age 17) and Margaret Chanis (age 14)
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1938 Murosky Family Gathering
1938 Murosky Cousins
Rose Surname Unknown, Helen Tillie Bukowski (
age,37 or 38) 
and Margaret Murosky (age 40 or 41).

These photographs were part of the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen most likely recorded the names on the photograph. Helen was married to Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Anthony was the brother of Margaret Murosky, Margaret is the mother of Irene Chanis and Margaret Chanis. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Margaret Murosky is my 2nd great aunt. Irene Chanis and Margaret Chanis are my 1st cousins 2x.  Margaret Murosky is the sister of Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. my great grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. married Helen Tillie Bukowski. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Harry Anthony Murosky is my great uncle. Rita Ann Murosky and Marian Elaine Murosky are my great aunts.

References: 
  1. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Year: 1930; Census Place: Edwardsville, Luzerne, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2066; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 0031; Image: 883.0; FHL microfilm: 2341800. Record for John Chanis.
  2. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.  Record for Margaret Chanes. 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

1937 - Murosky Family Gathering

Murosky family members photographed at a gathering in 1937. Family members included in the photograph:

  • Esther Murosky the daughter of Anthony Murosky, Sr. and Eva Zielinski. Esther would have been 28 when the photograph was taken. 
  • Esther is seated next to her sister-in-law Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen, the daughter of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski, married Esther's brother - Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Helen would have been 36 when the photograph was taken. 
  • Helen is holding her youngest daughter Marian Elaine Murosky. Marian would have been 2 in this photograph. 
  • Ester's niece Irene Chanis is seated to the far right, the daughter of John Chanis and Margaret Murosky, would have been 17 years old when this photograph was taken. 

The location of the photograph is unknown. The photograph was most likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. This photograph was likely taken at a Murosky family gathering. Esther and Helen are wearing the same clothing in this photograph and in a photograph from the gathering. To view photographs from the Murosky family gathering Family Photos: 1937 Murosky Family Gathering.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1937 Murosky Family Gathering
Esther Murosky, Helen Tillie Bukowski holding Marian Elanin Murosky, Irene Chanis
The photograph was part of the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen most likely recorded the names on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Esther Murosky is my 2nd great aunt. She is the sister of Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. my great grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. married Helen Tillie Bukowski. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. Marian Elaine Murosky is my great aunt. Irene Chanis is my 1st cousin 2x.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

1937 - Irene Chanis & Arthur Murosky

Murosky cousins Irene Chanis and Arhur Murosky photographed in 1937. Irene Chanis, the daughter of John Chanis and Margaret Murosky, would have been 17 years old when this photograph was taken. Arthur Murosky, the son of Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski, would have been 18 years old when this photograph was taken. 

The location of the photograph is unknown. The photograph was most likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. This photograph was likely taken at a Murosky family gathering. Arthur is wearing the same clothing in this photograph and in a photograph from the gathering. To view photographs from the Murosky family gathering Family Photos: 1937 Murosky Family Gathering.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1937 - Irene Chanis & Arthur Murosky
Irene Chanis and Harry Murosky
The photograph was part of the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Helen most likely recorded the names on the photograph. Helen was married to Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Anthony was the brother of Margaret Murosky, Irene's mother. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Margaret Murosky is my 2nd great aunt. She is the sister of Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. my great grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. married Helen Tillie Bukowski. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather.

References: 
  1. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Year: 1920; Census Place: Forest City Ward 1, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; Roll: T625_1655; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 68; Image: 226. Record for John Chanis.
  2. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Year: 1930; Census Place: Edwardsville, Luzerne, Pennsylvania; Roll: 2066; Page: 19A; Enumeration District: 0031; Image: 883.0; FHL microfilm: 2341800. Record for John Chanis.
  3. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.  Record for Margaret Chanes.