I called my Dad’s sister today. I have NO idea how long we talked…an hour maybe? Who knows… It was so great. I think we might be cut from a similar mold.
Here’s a teeny “surgical” bit on my Dad’s Mom’s family.
Margaret Pauline (Kacur) Whitaker 7/24/1909 – 12/25/2008
She JUST missed that 100th birthday party.
Her parents were Joseph and Mary E (Roth) Kacur. My kids snorted at the Joseph and Mary thing. They both were born in Austria-Hungary. I’ve got to brush up on my Austria-Hungary history because I – um – don’t know when or why they separated. They immigrated in 1889 and 1890 (respectively). I have to do some more research on that part. They both spoke Slovak as their native language. Mary was a kitchen maid in Vienna, Austria, before coming to the US.
In the 1910 and 1920 US Federal Census records, it shows that Joseph was a real estate agent. In 1910, they owned a house at 548 New Salem Rd., Menallen Twp, PA (near Sandy Hill Church – as it’s written on the report). Now, it’s Uniontown, PA. On GoogleMaps, here’s the house that is there, now. I highly recommend “driving up and down the street” on GoogleMaps. It’s so much fun! Uniontown is Western PA / Pittsburgh area.
In 1920, they lived at 407 Market St., Scottdale Borough, PA. Sorry. There’s no street view on that one.
Joseph & Mary had 14 children (in approximate order):
A stillborn baby
Albert (drove a truck for the coal mining industry – noted on the 1920 census – at age 18)
Pauline (died in childhood)
Steve (died in childhood)
That’s all for the moment!