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  • 17 August 2020 12:39 PM
    Reply # 9170194 on 9003972
    Sharon

    Thank you for the info on S. Washington Ave, Scranton. It has puzzled me for quite awhile why so many Rusyns from my villages listed this address. They came and temporarily lived there, found work and then moved on. In my family they scattered  to other areas of Scranton or my grandparents to Dunmore.

  • 17 August 2020 2:02 AM
    Reply # 9169175 on 9162283
    Anonymous wrote:

    To find out what was at 425 S. Washington Ave. in Scranton, I took a look at the 1900 census.

    South Washington Ave. is in Ward 17, 1st District (Enumeration District 0169). It's on pages 34-35 of 47 pages for that district. I looked it up on Ancestry, but census records should be available elsewhere too, such as on FamilySearch.

    The records show 425 S. Washington as a place where several immigrant families lived, and quite a few boarders. The surrounding addresses are similar. Many of the occupations listed are "laborer, railroad."

    There were at least two Rusyn-owned "hotels" on that block circa 1910: George Munchak's at 422, and George Sepelyak's at 418. Both served as witnesses for the naturalization of at least a few Rusyn immigrants who lived on the same block or in the neighborhood.

    Both men listed their occupation as "hotelkeeper," but whether that was a boarding house or more of a small "hotel", who knows...

    Around the same time another witness was "Nik Blasko" at 421 S. Washington, listed as "hostler" (is that like hostel owner?).
  • 13 August 2020 8:01 AM
    Reply # 9162283 on 9003972
    Anonymous

    To find out what was at 425 S. Washington Ave. in Scranton, I took a look at the 1900 census.

    South Washington Ave. is in Ward 17, 1st District (Enumeration District 0169). It's on pages 34-35 of 47 pages for that district. I looked it up on Ancestry, but census records should be available elsewhere too, such as on FamilySearch.

    The records show 425 S. Washington as a place where several immigrant families lived, and quite a few boarders. The surrounding addresses are similar. Many of the occupations listed are "laborer, railroad."

  • 03 August 2020 10:27 AM
    Reply # 9141390 on 9003972

    The same thing happened on Drinker Street in Dunmore.    I was fishing around for Rusyns in Endicott, NY and saw a lot of Rusyns going to 3(I think that's the number) Hill St.   As best as I can figure, this was a boarding house.   When I dug through the census, these folks for the most part were tanners, who worked on the leather at Endicott Johnson company, the shoe manufacturer.   Given that today 3 hill is in the middle of an industrial complex, right by the river, my hunch is that this was, in the day, very close to the factory where they worked.

    So I looked up some old fire insurance maps (they are online) from the period, and sure enough, there had been a number of what appear to be houses at this location, and a big factory nearby.   Today it's all different.

    Take a look at the city directories for that period and that house.   It usually gives the resident's occupation.  It's not as good as a census which strives to make sure everyone is accounted for, but it's been a good shot for me.

    Which reminds  me, I have to go back and look more completely at Corning, NY.   My grandfather worked there for a few years along with his village-mates from Zboj.   They all went back to Europe after a few years, so finding them in a census is hit or miss.

    Also, don't forget to look at ancestry.com.   They seem to have filmed a lot of military records up to and including WW2.  Many public libraries today have a subscription to Ancestry, and thanks to coronavirus, have made them accessible to library patrons online.   It used to be you had to go into the library to read it.)  Same applies to consumer's digest, if you're interested.

    So Sharon, find some old maps and see what was on Washington Ave. at the time.   The city directories also list this too.    The directory is probably "Scranton" is my guess.


    Good Luck!

    Bill



    Anonymous wrote:

    My paternal grandfather immigrated first to Scranton then settled in Dunmore. I have a fascination with all things roots related but what really puzzles me with pouring over passenger lists is so many Rusyns putting as final destination 425 S. Washington Ave., Scranton. I even drove there and there is nothing there. I believe it was the flat lands and maybe flooded at some point. I know St, John's Byzantine Catholic church stands overlooking  it. 

     What was there and why so many Rusyns from all these different ships and different years  listed this as there final destination?        Any ideas on this?




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  • 30 July 2020 10:01 PM
    Reply # 9136345 on 9090902
    sharon
    Kim Insko wrote:

    I believe my great grandparents were Rusyn.  At least I was told my grandmother my great grandfather was.  They kept those things quiet in those days though because of prejudice so we don't have a huge amount of information. I have seen many spellings of the name Hautur or Havtur, we use Havtur as that is how it was spelled on the deed to their house which is likely phonetic.  His first name was Hric which eventually went to Gregory.  He supposedly came to Exeter or Scranton in 1901 on the Pretoria and listed his address as Egypt Pennsylvania with the name Petro Hartchutco (sp?)(scribbled cursive is hard!)


    Hricz Hautur is from Topolya now Topola in eastern Slovakia.

    It is a Greek Catholic Rusyn village.  The Greek Catholic records are not extant.

    Having said this, I reviewed the 1869 census of Topolya and found no one with the surname there. 

    I also review the village of Topolyan with the same results.

    Hricz Hautur was single when he arrived.

    He and his wife are buried in St. John the Baptist GC Cemetery in Exeter.

    Hric Havtur’s DC:

    His father is listed as Michael Havtur

    His mother as Mary Stanko

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  • 29 July 2020 9:55 PM
    Reply # 9134051 on 9003972
    John F Sansky

    Bill Tarkulich ,

    Thank you for creating a new post.

  • 27 July 2020 11:42 AM
    Reply # 9128201 on 9094785
    John F Sansky wrote:

    My grandparents emigrated to Dunmore, PA around 1910. They lived next to George and Irene Juba. I have not been able to find their port of entry. My grandmother'  was Maria Topolyancsin.  She was born on December 8, 1888 in Uličské Krivé.  This town is between Ulič and Zboj.   Her father was Peter Topolyancsin and her mother was Olena Kacsan. I cannot find my grandfather's  birth or any other records. He told my father he was from Zboj. His USA Military Registration says he was from Tubuji, Austria. I have never heard of this town. I was going to visit Zboj a few years ago but had to have surgery for a cancer. I have not been able to reschedule the trip. Maybe some day.

    John, I am going to create a new topic thread for this message so we keep it focused on your issue.   Bill Tarkulich


  • 18 July 2020 3:30 PM
    Reply # 9110807 on 9003972
    Sharon

    Ray,

      Have you seen the passenger list that Ann was on?  What relationship is she to the others?  A relationship might be found there. Also, could follow up on where she resided here in US on census. I have to check to see about paperwork by city leaving.   Bill Tarkulich site is very helpful with all kinds of hints. 

    Sharon

  • 17 July 2020 1:20 PM
    Reply # 9108673 on 9003972

    My paternal great grandparents were both born and raised in Vranov nad Topl'ou, Presov, Slovakia.  Jozsef Sarossy immigrated to New York on 23 Feb 1886 (Jos Saros). His wife Borbala Csapkovits followed with their 2 children (Maria & Andreas) later.  They arrived on 24 Jun 1892 (Barbara, Anna, Andreas & Maria Scharoz). I do not know nor can I find any information on Anna. Was there paperwork needed to emigrate from Vranov? If so, can it be located?

    Ray

  • 12 July 2020 12:37 PM
    Reply # 9096677 on 9003972
    John F Sansky

    Sharon, I do not know if the information you provided on  Topolyancin, Kascan will bear any fruit but the surnames are  very promising. The dates would make my grandparents too young but who knows what pays off when following genealogical leads. Thank you so much.

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