I have since discovered that grandfather Wiktor was b. 1900 in east Poland, in the village Ostrow in WOLYN. (early Poland paritions).That is now Ukraine (Rivne Oblast). My father Jan (John) was b. 1930 in Ostrow.
Wiktor's father is MARCIN PODGORSKI and siblings that I have discovered are: Grzegorz, Malvina, Hania,and Kasia PODGORSKI.
Marcin's wife is Florianna BIELECKA. Marcin's siblings: JanGan PODGORSKI Edward PODGORSKI Julian PODGORSKI Anela PODGORSKI
Marcin's father is TOFIL Podgorski.
Tofil's brother Julian Podgorski also came to the USA and lived around the Chicago area. He ended up being an officer in the Russion (The Czars) army. He married Apolionia and they had not only the sons but also five daughers named Maria, Tofila, Wladzia, Stashia, and Zoshia--who died before the war. Sons are Kosket, Feliks and Bolek.
Julian's son Bolek was my father's best friend (besides being his cousin) and they got into trouble together both in Poland and in Chicago.I used to play with Bolek's younger kids, Susie and Jerry Podgorski in Chicago, when we were small children. There is a photo of the 3 of us and we look identical. The older girl, Lily, used to do our hair and nails. My mother saw Bolek's wife Trudi at a dance 7 years ago, but it is unknown if she is still alive or not.
Julian Podgorski and his family came to the USA and lived around Chicago, IL. My grandfather Wiktor Podgorski came to the USA in the 1940's and also lived in Chicago. He later moved his family to Bangor, Michigan.
I do not know the name of Tofil's father or if the family was living around Ostrow, Wolyn Poland in the 1840s or not. I do not who else may have immigrated, or where they lived.
Ostrow was near the Bug River. I was told that on Sunday they would attend church in Sarney and would travel there via horseback and wagons. In the winter the families would travel via sleigh. They raised crops and among the animals were horses. Wiktor was known in the area for his expertise and ability with horses.
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