John Ziola from Chicago?
I am a Ziola from Western Canada curious about how we got here! About all I know is that my great-grandfather, John Ziola, came to Winnipeg alone, married, and had 3 boys, Mike, Frank, and Peter. (Frank is my grandfather, and now lives in Ladner, BC, but we aren't related to a whole other branch of Ziolas who live out there, as far as we know.) My family is aware of everyone descended from John, but as for his siblings or parents, we really don't know.
What we have heard is that he settled first in Chicago before coming to Winnipeg, and at some point went back to Poland for a few years when Mike was young to help his parents or brothers to build a barn, before coming back to settle for good in Winnipeg.
So did anyone lose a brother John a few generations back? Anything you know about the Chicago connection would be helpful!