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Descendants of Vasilis Vlagopoulos

Generation No. 3

4. AGELO (ANGELA)4 VLAGOPOULOS (JOHN VASILIS3, VASILIS2, ??1)13 was born 1896, and died 1970. She married CHRISTOS LOUKAS. He died Unknown.
Children of A
12. i.   GEORGIA5 LOUKAS, b. Private.
13. ii.   SOULA LOUKAS, b. Private.
14. iii.   JOHN LOUKAS, d. Abt. 1970.

5. VENETA JOHN4 VLAGOS (JOHN VASILIS3 VLAGOPOULOS, VASILIS2, ??1)14,15,15 was born 23 Sep 1897 in Pagrati, Greece16, and died 13 Jun 1993 in Wheaton, Illinois16,17. She married THEODORE NICKOLAS GEORGAS18,18 25 Jan 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, son of NICKOLAS GEORGACOPOLAS and COSTANTINA GEORGAKOPOULOU. He was born 04 May 1890 in Pagrati, Greece19,20, and died 02 Jul 1975 in Wheaton, Illinois21.

Notes for V
Veneta Vlagos came to the U.S. on July 4, 1922 to work as a nursemaid for the John Raklios family. The ship named the "King Alexander" picked up Veneta at the port of Patras, Greece on June 11, 1922. When they arrived at Ellis Island, New York on July 1st/2nd, the passengers were not allowed to get off of the ship until a couple of days because of the July 4th holiday. She had $50.00 in cash with her that had been sent to her father by John Raklios for her to use in her travel to the United States. According to the ship arrival record in the National Archives she was 25 years old, 5ft. 1inch tall with brown hair and eyes. The record further indicated that she was to join her uncle John Raklios at 125 Chicago St. Chicago, Illinois and that she intended to stay permanently and become a citizen. She is recorded as being able to read and write in Greek. Her occupation was listed as domestic (housekeeper).

When leaving Greece she was to come to the U.S. to marry John Karantzas, which never happened. Then she got engaged to George Triffinopoulos, but finally she married Theodore Georgas on Jan. 28, 1928. The marriages in those days were usually arranged by the families. Her uncle John Raklios called off the marriage to George Triffinopolous. Raklios kept calling off the marriages because he did not want to lose Veneta as a nursemaid for his children. Finally Veneta's father, who lived in Greece wrote to Mr. Raklios and asked him to allow Veneta to get married.

One night Veneta was alone at the Raklios mansion, where she lived (the children were asleep), when Theodore Georgas came to the door and Veneta answered saying that her aunt and uncle were not home. Theodore said he wanted to talk to her and told her that he loved her and they kissed for the first time. This was , of course, after the engagement. Her first child Constance was born 9 months after the wedding. Her second and third children, the twins (Alexander and Thomas), were not born until almost 5 years later.

John Karantzas was studying to become a monk, until he found out that he was going to be marrying Veneta. He quit monk schooling at that time. After the marriage was called off he did not return to monk school, but he remained a very close friend of both Veneta and Theodore Georgas. He never did get married to anyone and always said that he loved Veneta.

Veneta went to work as a house keeper at the Raklios mansion on Sheraton Road in 1939 for 3 or 4 days a week and her daughter Connie, who was 10 years old, would take care of the boys, who were 5 years old. Connie would also clean their house. Veneta would walk to the homes that she cleaned. It was 2 or 3 miles each way. Everyone loved her work. The last few years they would come and get her and take her home.

While living in Wheaton most of her adult life, Veneta always was involved in growing a huge garden. Her and Theo also had a chicken coupe in their back yard where they would always get fresh eggs and occasionally some fresh chicken for dinner.

More About V
Burial: Unknown, Chapel Hill Gardens Oakbrook Terrace, Il
Eye color: 24 Nov 1941, Dark brown22
Hair color: 24 Nov 1941, Dark brown22
Naturalization: 24 Nov 1941, Certificate no. 528419822
Residence: 1930, Chicago, Cook, Illinois23,23,23
Social Security Number: 359-14-771024
SSN issued: Illinois24

Notes for T
At age 15 he ran away from home because his father had died when Theodore was a small boy and his mother had so many different men staying with her that he could not stand it any more. His mother had became pregnant, however the baby did not live. This embarrassed Theodore so much that he left home for good. He could not live with his mother any more. His mother owned the mill of the region, so people came from all around the region to bring their wheat to have it ground into flour at the mill. His mother was very wealthy for people living in that part of Greece. People would pay her with goods and services and any way that they could for her to mill their wheat. Theodore's mother sent men all over Greece to try to find her son Theodore. He never saw his mother again, although he always sent her money.
Theodore worked at the port of Piraeas, Greece for two years until he earned enough money so that he could afford boat fare to the U.S. At the age of 17, Theodore Georgas left the Greek port of Piraeas on September 2, 1907 on the steamship Moraitis. This was the second voyage to New York for the new ship. He arrived at the port of New York on September 25, 1907. His name was listed as Theodoros Georgacopulos in the book "Greek Immigrant Passengers 1885-1910" by Mary Voultos. There were 1448 Greek passengers aboard this ship. This was the only ship of this era to carry more than 1100 Greeks to the port of New York. Most ships carried only a few Greeks to the U.S. According to the ship manifest he did not know how to read or write in Greek. However he may not have been telling the whole truth because he was trying to avoid being found by his mother. For example he gave his place of birth as Olympia, Greece instead of Pangrati. Or was he really born in Olympia? He had 15 dollars with him when he arrived at the United States and he said that he was going to Beloit Wisconsin to join his cousin, Nic Chronopulos. I do not know if he really had a cousin by this name.

He migrated to Chicago, Illinois, where he became a concert violinist. He also co-owned a pool hall with John Krangos (pronounced Karanges) at 316 S. Halsted in Chicago in the 1930's. The pool hall was located in what is now the south half of the Parthenon Restaurant in Chicago's Greek town.

Theodore worked as a cook and also a bookkeeper at Raklios Restaurant from 1918 until 1937. The family legend is that John Raklios became the first restaurant chain owner west of New York City. In reality there were numerous Thompsons Cafeterias operating in Chicago at the same time and maybe even prior to Raklios restauants. John Raklios gave Theodore many promissory notes each for $100 in 1936. Raklios lost all of his wealth and restaurants and went bankrupt. The Georgas family was never able to collect the debts from John Raklios.
One of Raklios Restaurants was the scene of a famous murder. On September 7, 1928 Antonio Lombardo who then controlled the Chicago Mafia known as the "Unione Siciliane" came out of the Unione headquarters at 8 South Dearborn Street turned left and as he and his two bodyguards walked in front of the Raklios restaurant at 61 W. Madison Street. Bugs Moran and his men came out of the restaurant and shoot to death Lombardo. Al Capone then took over the Chicago Mafia. A few months later the famous St. Valentines Day massacre took place on the north side of Chicago.

The 1928/29 City of Chicago Directory lists Theo Georgas of 2957 N. Halsted as being the manager of the Diversey Restaurant, which was located at 2806 N. Clark Street.

Theodore lived at the following addresses in Chicago: 6 months at 3713 N. Halsted St.; 2 years at 727 1/2 Aldine Ave.; 6 months at 2653 N. Halsted St.; 6 months at 875 King Pl.; year 1929 at 2957 N. Halsted; 4 years at 841 Barry Ave; and about 10 years at Box 60A Geneva Road in Wheaton; and at 170? N. President St., Wheaton for the last 28 years of his life. Theodore and his family moved from Chicago to Wheaton in May 1938.

Theodore loved to play the violin and the mandolin. He appeared on concert stage with the violin. He was very athletic. He loved to dance and even took dancing lessons before marriage. I remember him doing some amazing jumps and kicks while Greek dancing (in a circle) when he was in his 70's.

He and his uncle John Karantzas (sometimes spelled Krangos) bought 5 acres of land in unincorporated Wheaton on Geneva Road. Years later (1938) he and Veneta decided to build a 3 room house on the property and later they purchased the other 2 1/2 acres from his uncle John. The house had no bathroom, water or electricity. Water had to be brought in from the road which was as far as the water pipe came. They had an outhouse. In those days most of the neighbors were farmers who also had no running water. Little by little electricity was brought in and also water. They added on a bathroom and an enclosed back porch. They dug out the basement by hand and raised the house to put in a basement. Three bedrooms were built after that with a garage under the bedrooms. A furnace and hot water heater were installed. Before that they had a space heater. The whole house was plastered on the inside.
The farmers would mow the back 4 1/2 acres and the kids (Connie, Tom & Alex) would always ride on the hay wagon. Geneva Road was only 2 lanes and gravel, as was President, Stoddard and Summit Streets. In the winter all the kids in the area would go to the top of Stoddard hill and hook all of the sleds together and slide down the hill and down Geneva Road almost to President Street. In the summer all the kids would play baseball in the cow pasture (at Gustafsons farm) and use dried cow pies as bases. The kids all rode bikes and all played together, whether one was 6 years old or 15 years old. Everyone was welcome. Also in the winter the kids had a their own skating rink on the swamp which is now the north end of President Street almost at St. Charles Road.

When Theodore worked in the Raklios restaurants in Chicago he was heavy, about 180 pounds. He was about 5 foot 6 inches in height and got shorter as the years went on. He lost weight after moving from Chicago to Wheaton and became careful about what he ate. He would always exercise in his basement when he thought no one was watching him. He could walk on his hands across his basement.

After moving to Wheaton he commuted to Chicago and would come home once a week until he got a job at the mushroom plant on St. Charles Road. He used to cut though the fields behind his house to get to the mushroom farm. When World War II started in December 1941 he quit the mushroom farm and went to work at the International Harvester (formerly Buick) plant on North Avenue in Melrose Park as a maintenance man. Buick probably made tanks during World War II. Theodore worked for International Harvester long enough to get a pension of about $90/month. He also grew grapes and made wine in his basement. The wine was quite powerful in taste.

In 1951(or 1948?) Theodore Georgas built a house at 1704 N PRESIDENT Street, which he lived in until the time of his death. It was a one story ranch home that had 1120 sqaure feet including one bathroom on the main floor plus a partial bath in the unfinished basement. It also had a one car garage underneath the large enclosed porch.

More About T
Burial: Unknown, Chapel Hill Gardens Oakbrook Terrace, Il, Lot 41A, Space #125
Eye color: 29 Jan 1929, Brown26
Hair color: 29 Jan 1929, Dark brown26
Naturalization: 29 Jan 1929, Certificate no. 301240126
Other-Begin: Chicago City27,28
Residence: Bet. 1938 - 1948, Geneva Ave. Box 60A Rural Route 1 RFD
Social Security Number: 347-05-3919 Issued in Illinois
SSN issued: Illinois29,30

Marriage Notes for V
Theodore and Veneta were married at the North Side Church in Chicago on January 29, 1928 by Reverend C. H. Demetry. The Greek Orthodox Diocese of Chicago issued certificate No. 1177 for this marriage, which was signed as approved by Bishop Philarctos. No best man was recorded.

More About T
Marriage: 25 Jan 1928, Chicago, Illinois
Children of V
17. iii.   THEMISTOCLES THEODORE GEORGAS, b. 28 Aug 1933, Chicago, Illinois; d. 01 Oct 2005, Wheaton, Du Page, Illinois.

6. THEODORA4 VLAGOPOULOS (JOHN VASILIS3, VASILIS2, ??1)31 was born 1909, and died Bef. 200432. She married THEODORE MOUSIS. He died Unknown.
Children of T
18. i.   COSTAS5 MOUSIS, b. Private.
19. ii.   DEMITRA MOUSIS, b. Private.
20. iii.   JOHN MOUSIS, b. Private.
21. iv.   PETER MOUSIS, b. Private.

7. GUST J. VLANGOS4 (VLAGOPOULOS) (JOHN VASILIS3 VLAGOPOULOS, VASILIS2, ??1) was born 01 Sep 1914 in Pagrati, Greece, and died 28 Jan 1998 in Wheaton, Illinois. He married PAULINE (PANAGIOTA) KYRIAKOULIS, daughter of JOHN KIRYAKOULIS and DAMONDO ?????. She was born 20 Mar 1913 in Greece, and died 15 Dec 2000 in Wheaton, Illinois.

Notes for G
Gust was originally named Konstantine Vlagopoulos. As a young man Kosta as he was probably called in Greek, worked in the family owned mill. He ground the wheat brought to the mill by farmers in the region, into flour. He also ran another mill that was owned by the Askunis family. Askunis now has a great grandson living in Chicago. The Vlagopoulos family would pay a regular fee to the Askunis family to allow them to run the mill. When the Vlagopoulos family became too poor (because times were hard especially during World War 2) to pay, the Askunis family allowed them to pay less rent.

Kosta joined the Greek army in September, 1937 for five months. The Greek government required military service of two years for the elder males of all families. The family paid the government a fee of 2,500 drachmas to get the length of his enlistment reduced to only five months.

He and his family survived the destruction of their Village two times. In November 1943 the entire Village of Pagrati was burned to the ground by the German soldiers would were retaliating for the death of some of their soldiers. The second time the Village was destroyed it was done by communist Greeks. Pagrati residents were not communists, they were loyalists. A neighboring Village was communist and supporting the communist rebels by supplying them with food and weapons. When a communist rebel was killed by a Pagrati resident, the rebels retaliated by burning the Village down. They destroyed the entire Village for the second time in only a few years. This probably happened during the Greek civil war that took place right after World War 2. Gust Vlagos survived by taking his family and hiding up in the hills.

He lived in Greece until 1958, when he came to the United States. He worked in the U.S. for three years before his wife and six children took the long journey across the Atlantic Ocean and joined him in Wheaton, Illinois.

The Vlanggopoulos family nickname in Greece is Skooras. If you go to Pangrati, Greece and say that you are a Skooras they will immediately know what family you belong to.

Sun Publications (IL) - January 30, 1998
Author: Stacy Strunk / STAFF WRITER

"An 83-year-old Wheaton man, who lived more than half his life a block away from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, was killed Wednesday when he accidently walked in front of a train shortly before noon.
Gust J. Vlangos was declared dead at the scene by a DuPage County assistant coroner.
Based on what they have heard from witnesses, police said that Vlangos was crossing the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at Cross Street even though the traffic gates were lowered and warning lights were flashing.
Vlangos started across immediately after an eastbound train had passed, apparently assuming it was safe.
He was walking with his head down and was not able to see the 116-car freight train on the next track.
Jim Gower, a spokesman for the Federal Railroad Association, said this is one of the most common type of accidents at railroad crossings.
"More than 50 percent of fatal accidents at railroad crossings take place where there are working safety devices," he said.
"What people don't realize is that it takes an average train at an average speed of 50 mph a mile and a half to come to a full stop," said Gower. "When an engineer sees a car or a pedestrian ignore the safety devices, all he can do is throw the emergency break and watch what unfolds."
The train which hit Vlangos was traveling at 39 mph prior to the accident. Although there are traffic gates and flashing lights and bells at the intersection, there are no pedestrian gates.
What adds to the tragedy is that Vlangos lived one block away from the tracks, and only four blocks from where he was killed.
Even with his advancing age, he loved his independence and walked to the store and to run other errands whenever the weather was nice, said his daughter Georgia Tasoulis .
He walked because he never learned to drive.
"He was very determined," said Tasoulis .
"His son had taken him to the grocery store in the morning.
We don't know what he forgot, but he decided to head back out."
Vlangos was a Greek immigrant, coming to the Wheaton area in 1955. For his first three years in this country, he worked as a dishwasher at a downtown Wheaton restaurant while he lived with his sister.
During those first few years, he saved enough money to bring his wife and six children to the United States as well as enough money to put a down payment on a home.
Later, he got a job as a custodian at Wheaton Central High School.
He worked there until he retired.
He was janitor there when John and Jim Belushi attended school there.
Tasoulis said her father used to help John sneak into school when he was late or skipped class.
Tasoulis said her father was a proud man who never forgot the village he came from.
After he and his family were settled in the Wheaton area, he helped other Greeks immigrate by finding work for them or having his children teach them English.
"Things were much different then," said Tasoulis .
"When we went to school, no one had even seen a foreigner before."
Vlangos leaves behind his wife, six children, 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A wake will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Comboy Funeral Home in Westchester.
Funeral services will begin at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow at Comboy and will continue at 10 a.m. at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester."

More About G
Burial: Unknown, Chapel Hill Gardens, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Cause of Death: Hit by a train in Wheaton walking to the bank.
Occupation: Wheaton Schools maintenance man
Social Security Number: 1955, 341-32-3287

Notes for P
Pauline in from the Greek Village of Philya, which is across the valley from Pangrati, both of which are in Kalavrita. Her mother and
father died when she was very young. She was born in either 1911 or 1913. Her family nickanme was Trongas. Gust married her because she was a hefty strong woman.

More About P
Burial: 18 Dec 2000, Chapel Hill Gardens, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
Social Security Number: 1971, 333-52-7908 Illinois
Children of G
24. iii.   GEORGYIA KOSTADINOS VLAGOS, b. Private.

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