Father Wladyslaw Maria Grochowski was born 12 December 1878 in Thorn, Prussia (now Poland). He became a member of the Oblate Fathers in Hunfeld, Germany, attending a seminary in Fulda, Germany. He died in Alma, Minnesota, 8 February 1928. Father Grochowski was a missionary priest and worked in many small town in Manitoba, Canada, and the region around Alma. My mother Mary B. Borkowski atended his funeral in Alma. She was a cousin through her father's side of the family. Father Grochowski spoke eight languages and edited the Gazette Katolienska in Canada and the U.S.