GAILIUS from S^aukenai and Kursenai
My grandfather, Povilas GAILIUS, was born in S^aukenai, Lithuania in 1881.He married Josepha (xxx).They lived and worked at the Gruzewski Estate, across the river Venta from Kursenai, where my mother, Morta Julia Gailiute was born in 1908.
In July 1910, Povilas went to the U.S. (Raymond, WA).By the time that he had paid his passage, and had earned enough to send for his family, WWI interferred.When he located mother after the war, grandfather went to Lithuania in late 1922, and returned with her on 1 Jan 1923.She had been living with grandfather's sister Karoline JUSKA in Ramutsiai, not far from S^aukenai.Sometime in the interim her mother had died (nobody would discuss the details..ever).
Povilas VALIUS, grandfather's cousin, had also worked at the Gruzewski Estate at Kursenai, and came to Raymond, WA later (about 1914).He also had been born at S^aukenai, as well as his children.His sister, Ona, had arrived in Raymond in 1913 as a "promissed bride" to Joseph Berbells (Birbelis).
The family discussed NOTHING of their life in Lithuania, or the family that they left.The sparse information to date was gleaned from older "first generation" relatives and public records.Any additional information about this family will be greatly appreciated, no matter how trivial.