Karl W. Strzelec’s first born child Marianne/Mary, married a prominent attorney, author and genealogist by the name of Michael J. Anuta (brother-in-law to your grandmother Angelina).
Mary Snow mentioned him and his book “East Prussians From Russia” in her posting to you.Here are a few excerpts from an article in the Peshtigo Times dated December 20, 2000 and written when Anuta was 100 years old.
In addition to his published books, "Ships of Our Ancestors," "East Prussians From Russia" and the most recent, "The Beautiful People...Czudnochowski," Michael J. Anuta has produced a 1,500-page register of the Anuta family, which is distributed only privately to family members and is registered with the Library of Congress. (Jennifer, this is the document you should get).
His (Anuta’s) office is filled with records, reference books, maps and photographs. They are the materials he retained after donating two truckloads to the University of Minnesota Immigration Records, where they have the materials cataloged in a special Michael J. Anuta History Room, and countless other reams of information to the Michael J. Anuta Research Center of Menominee County Historical Society. He had to disperse some of his precious collections when he and Marianne, his wife of 79 years, moved from their spacious farm-style home in rural Menominee to their current apartment in Northland Terrace Estates Retirement Community in Marinette. Marianne also writes and at the time of the interview she was busy in another room on one of her projects.
He (Anuta) and Marianne (Strzelec) were married on Nov. 23, 1921, and soon there was a child on the way, first of the five children they were to have.
He (Anuta), Marianne and Mary Hope, their firstborn child, moved to Milwaukee in October of 1923. Just five months later, in March of 1924, the manager of the firm asked Anuta to run a branch office, "Cloverland Shippers Service," in the Marinette/Menominee area.
A move to Marinette/ Menominee was something of a homecoming for the Anutas, both of whom were raised mostly in the Coleman/Pound area as children of the Prussian/Russian immigrants he would later write about.
Anuta speaks and reads the Bible in English, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Polish and Russian and can say the Lord's Prayer in all six languages. He still corresponds in German with relatives. His wife's father, Rev. Karl W. Strelec, is a minister in the Baptist churches. Strelec "got along" in 12 languages, Anuta said, and had preached in six. Like Anuta's father, East Prussian Strelec was of Bohemian heritage and born in Russia, but Strelec was not of their colony. Marianne was his oldest daughter. When they came to Pound from Detroit in 1905 she could speak only Bohemian. Her mother died when Marianne was born.
Anuta's forbearers were Baptists dating back to 1855 in East Prussia and Russia. His father and his father-in-law were both ordained ministers. But when the young Anuta family arrived in Marinette/Menominee the only English Baptist church was in Marinette and it closed in about 1931. The Knights of Columbus building is now located on the lot it occupied. They became Presbyterians in Menominee near their home and his office.
Michael and Marianne Anuta had five children. The oldest, Mary Hope, became a registered nurse and married Michael Milidonis, now a retired art teacher and principal. She died in 1998. One of her sons, also named Michael, lives in Ann Arbor, Mich. and was the main executive for the gymnastics portion of the Australian Olympics.
Daughter Nancy married George Beauchamp and was a teacher for 30 years.
Daughter Janet Dalquist, now retired, was a librarian at Michigan Technological University at Houghton.
Son Michael John is a retired traffic manager for Inland Steel Company and other industries, and lives at White Bear Lake, Minn.
Karl Frederick, the youngest son, is an attorney at Boulder, Colo.
Anuta may not be a very large man but he leaves huge footsteps for his 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild to follow.
Here is hyperlink to the full article:
Strelec or Strzelec.
From the book; East Prussians from Russia by Michael J Anuta :
Carl V. Strelec was born in Russian occupied Poland not far from the southern border and near the Carpathian Mountains. His people had fled from Ruthenia which had been part of Austria because of the persecution of Protestants in that region. Of minor nobility, Strelec's forbearers embraced the faith of the Bohemian Bethrans. The Strelec family was in the leather business. When they came to Russian dominated Poland they entered into an arrangement to supply saddlery to the Czar’s Cossack Troops. They found that it would be more convenient to perform the service to the Czars forces in a more central Russian location so they moved to Berdecev south of Kiev.It was while Strelec family was in the Ukraine that the Baptist movement which had been initiated by Johann Gerhard Onchen reached there and Mr. Strelec had a moving conversation to the Baptist faith.
He served an enlistment in the Cossack Cavalry attaining the rank of sergeant.
He enrolled in the German Department of the Rochester Theological Seminary in 1894, graduated in 1899 and ordained May 24th 1899.
Wilhemina Patz was the daughter of Adam Patz from Koenigsberg in East Prussia.
More from “Poles in American History and Traditions”article by Joseph A. Wytrwal.
Reverend Karol W. Strzelec, who was born in Russian Poland, on October I, 1869, reached the United States in June 1893.
From the Polish Baptist Mission in Buffalo, New York, he was recommended to Rochester Theological Seminary in 1894. After five years of preparation, Rev. Strzelec was ordained by the First Polish Baptist Church of Buffalo, New York, to the ministry. The first five years of his active service in the Kingdom of Christ were spent in Detroit, Michigan and Pound, Wisconsin. In each of these two places, he organized congregations. During his career, he organized four congregations, accepted nearly 400 Polish converts and built three churches. He is the first Polish Protestant writer on religious, social, and patriotic topics in the United States. He also organized the Polish department of the National Baptist Seminary Theological School and has proved himself a successful teacher and writer. His poems and stories were well received by young people.
During his school years, Rev. Strzelec was supported by George Parks of Buffalo, New York. Parks, who saw Rev. Strzelec in a dream gathering stones for a new building, explained to himself the vision symbolically. Inspired by this explanation of the dream Parks influenced Rev. Strzelec by his promise to support him. According to Rev. Strzelec, "Mr. Parks' living faith and Christ-like gentleness have been, and will be always the motive of my inspiration. Rev. Karol W. Strzelec, The Burning Bush-Trials and Hope of the Polish People, (Chicago: 1917), p. 34.