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Ryskewecz/Ryskewicz/William,Joseph, Julius/Michigan/Illinois

Updated November 9, 2000

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This is the family Ryskewecz/Ryskewicz consisting of four brothers and a sister who emigrated from Russia/Poland in the early 1900's, establishing themselves in Detroit (Hamtramack), brother Julius; Chicago, brother Joe; and Ironwood, MI-Hurley, WI area, brothers William and John, and sister Carrie.

Family history of the Chicago family is virtually unknown to me, eldest grandson of William Ryskewecz of Ironwood, Michigan.

The descendants of Julius, one Van Ryskewicz, I can remember, used to communicate with my grandparents during the fifties, but we have lost touch with them ever since William died in 1954.

The William Ryskewecz family had three children: Roman, Frances, and Samuel. Roman died in 1982, leaving five children:
Susan Buck, Gary Ryskewecz, Michael Ryskewecz, and Jon Ryskewecz all still residing in Ironwood, MI as of January, 2000. Peter
Ryskewecz resides in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Frances Calto nee Ryskewecz (born 1914) resides in Appleton, WI with her husband George Calto. They have no children.

Samuel Ryskewecz legally changed his surname to Riske and resided in Iron Mountain, MI until his death in 1995. He is survived by eight children: Robert, William, Richard, Anne, Mary, Elizabeth, Thomas, and James. Richard still resides in Iron Mountain, Robert and William live in lower MI, Anne in Denver, CO and James in Appleton, WI.

William Ryskewecz married Veronica (Verushka?)Plaza who died in 1981. She and four sisters Kathryn Armada, a Mrs. Grambow, and
a Mrs. Lucy Zawlocki of Ironwood; and one Mrs. Romatoski of Mosinee, WI all emigrated from the Krakow, Poland area around 1910, arriving through Ellis Island. Veronica Plaza is already registered on the wall monument at Ellis Island. The two oldest sisters Kathryn and Mrs. Grambow (first name escapes me) were step-sisters to the three yougest ones. There were two younger sisters yet left in Krakow area and one brother who died as a child. The father had had two wives. Contact with Poland disappeared in the late 1950's.

Frances Calto is the only family member still alive who had had actual contact with the Julius and the Joe Ryskewicz familes as she grew up. She and her father William traveled to Hamtramak (Detroit) area sometime in the 1950's to pay a visit. She used to live in the Chicago area 1930's-1950's and knew "Uncle Joe Ryskewicz".

The brother John was never married and when he died I don't know.
He was handicapped (missing part of a leg, I believe, and went around with a wooden prosthesis.

The sister Carrie was married and had children, but they all moved from the Hurley, Wi area to, I guess, Eau Claire, Wi.

William and John used to operate a route for the Jewel Tea Co., selling wares from wagons and early delivery trucks.

Roman Ryskewecz operated Romy's Body Shop in downtown Ironwood for many years (l940's-1970's). His sons Gary, Michael, and Jon are all mechanics who work at the Bessemer Auto Company, Bessemer, MI to date.

Peter Ryskewecz (me) is a retired school teacher living in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Susan (Ryskewecz) Buck operates B&S Uphostery in Ironwood, MI.
She has one son, Steven Buck, who lives in Hurley, WI.

The original William Ryskewecz and Roman Ryskewecz's homes still survive in Ironwood as does Samuel Riske's home there.

This is a quick listing of family information/history as needed by any of the other family descendants of Ryskewecz/Ryskewicz/Riske/Plaza/Zawlocki/Armada/Wierzbicki/Romatoski. Hope this helps someone.

Peter F. Ryskewecz January 2, 2000

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