My Almost Great-Grandfather

My Almost Great-Grandfather

At the age of 17, my great-grandfather deserted the U.S. Army, packed his belongings into a rucksack and made his way by foot to Lockport, New York. He changed his name to John Gates during a stop in Ohio, married my great-grandmother in Buffalo and raised five children of his own. He didn't tell anyone--not [...]

There’s Another Musician in the Family, After All

There’s Another Musician in the Family, After All

I love to sing; I wouldn't say I'll be famous anytime soon, but I took all of the music theory classes offered in school and am always singing around the house. I'm the only one, though: the music gene seems to have skipped everyone in my family, and they've never been interested in reading music [...]

The Seven Marczynski Sisters (& Eddie)

The Seven Marczynski Sisters (& Eddie)

SS Patricia Casimir and Marianna (Fabich) Marczynski left Poland for the Fourth Ward of Dunkirk, New York on January 17, 1900 with their four young children--Apolonia (b. 1895), Franz (b. 1897), Katha (b. 1897) and Stefan (b. 1899) in tow. Casimir worked as a boilermaker at Brooks Locomotive Works and opened a penny-candy store on [...]