Re: John Ziola from Chicago?
I don't know about the Chicago link but my great-grandfather was Cyril Ziola.
Cyril's family were refugees from the Ukraine who fled to Poland during the Soviet Revolution.They settled in a refugee camp in Juryjampol, Poland.
Cyril married a Polish widow named Florentyna Rutski (nee Gavronska) in the mid 1920s.He immigrated to Canada in 1927, settling in Winnipeg.His wife, son and stepdaughter joined him in 1928.
Cyril eventually bought a farm near Tolstoi, Manitoba but as he happened to buy it during the eve of the Great Depression, he was forced to abandon farming and go back to Winnipeg.After World War 2, Cyril started farming again near Rorkton, Manitoba (near Dauphin).
I have zero information on who his siblings or parents were.I assume that there are no official documents due to their refugee status in Poland (probably all their records were destroyed in Ukraine).
However, a couple years ago, my family was asked to come to a Ziola reunion near Margo, Saskatchewan.This reunion was organized by descendants of Cyril's cousin, though I can't remember the name of that cousin.
According to the Western Canada landgrants database only 3 Ziolas took out landgrants.These Ziolas were Rudolf, Thomas and Emil.I assume Cyril bought his land from an original settler.I do know that Cyril had a cousin named Oneufree who lived in Canada as well.
I never met Cyril.He died long before I was born. Apparently he was a quieter man who didn't speak English well.His son, Maximilian, my grandfather, also died before I was born.Cyril and Florentyna had eight children:Max, Minnie, Olga, Victoria, Victor, Walter, Boris and Edward.Victoria passed away yesterday and Olga passed away last year.Walter passed away before I was born.Minnie lives in Manitoba.Victor, Boris and Edward all live in BC.