Michael Zagorsky of Elyria Ohio & his son Michael Sherwood of Cleveland, Ohio

Titled “News Notes” and sub-titled “Briefs” from Elyria, Ohio – September 21, 1937 — these short and seemingly insignificant titles reveal important information that tells of a much bigger story.



MIKE ZAGORSKY ESTATE - 1942 - Widow daughter son - 1

1937 city directory of Cleveland.  Michael Sherwood

Surnames, either correct or erroneous, found in various records.: 

Bender, Zagorsky, Sherwood, Jurisch/Yurisch /Urich, Ott, Bosar, Bartosch, 

In Europe:  Reșița in present day Romania; also known as Resicabánya, Resicza. Stájerlakanina, now Anina in Romania, 20 miles from Reșița 

In the United States:  Ohio – Lorain and Elyria (Lorain County) and Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)


I am seeking to learn more about Michael Sherwood and how it came to be that he was the son of Michael Zagorsky.  

My DNA has a strong match with Michael Sherwood’s grand-daughter. Sadly, the older generations have passed away. Also, and rather ufortunately, the  grand-daughter at this point doesn’t feel too connected to me because she had never heard about Michael Zagorsky before.


My DNA with hers is:  189cM across 8 segments


Let me start with the fact that Michael Zagorsky was my maternal grandfather’s brother. My maternal grandfather was Andrew Zagorsky.


It seems that Andrew (Andy) Juris – Jursich Yurisch was a brother-in-law to my grandfather, Andrew Zagorsky when he came to America in December of 1904 to go live with Andy Juris in Lorain, Ohio. Also with Andrew Zagorsky (listed as Sagorski) on the voyage was a nephew named Joseph Bender aged 3.

(See below)



All of the records that I have for Michael Sherwood show his birth date of September 12, 1899. On his Social Security application he shows his name as Michael Joseph Ott. His father’s name as Carl Ott and his mother Anna and her maiden name of Bender.

Could Joseph Bender aged 3, who came to America with his uncle Andrew Zagorsky, be the same Michael Joseph Ott —  who would be the same Michael Sherwood — who was the son of Michael Zagorsky? 


However, this birth record shows Michael Sherwood born in Cleveland, Ohio. :
Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 :

Name: Michael Sherwood
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 12 Sep 1899
Birth Place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Father: Michael
Mother: Anna Urich
FHL Film Number: 1852525


There are a lot of surnames in play here so it is not easy to sort them all out so they would make some kind of sense.


I saw in 2005 there was a thread in a Rootsweb message board from someone with just the name Pam looking for more information. Her query was in part.:

“My great grandmother came to the US in 1904. My great grandfather came in 1906 to find and marry my great grandmother. His name was Carl Ott. My great granmother’s maiden name, according to my grandmother, was spelled Yurisch (Anna). I need the correct Hungarian spelling. She had a sister Mary Urosch, which makes me believe they translated their names differently in English. Also, when she came to America, she had fled from her current husband and took their son. Translated, his records show his name as Michael Sherwood.”


I wish I would have seen this query when it was written because I could have told Pam that Michael Zagorsky was Michael Sherwood’s father.  This is further supported by several Elyria Chronicle-Telegram newspaper “social notes” where some have mentioned that Mike Zagorsky visited with Michael Sherwood, his son. 


Anna Jurisch’s May 4, 1907 marriage record is also attached where we see even more surnames. Her father was listed as Stefan Jurisch, her mother’s name appears to be Zuzanna Bosar, and that Anna Jurisch was divorced when she married Carl Ott. Her previously married name is listed as Bartosch. So, somehow we lost Bender as Anna’s maiden name (per Michael Sherwood’s Social Security Application) that appeared in her marriage record to Carl Ott.


To note: The parents of Andrew and Michael Zagorsky were Michael Zagorsky and Mary Motrich. (Mary Motrich Zagorsky did marry a second time to an unknown man with the surname that appears to be “Stechwach”).


Resicza in Hungary seems to be a city or village that played a part in these people’s lives when they were living in Europe.

Thus, I hope to hear from some who is a descendant of Michael Sherwood of Cleveland, Ohio. He married Katherine Karcher in 1922. Their children as I know their names to be were: Marian J., Robert J., Elizabeth “Betty”, Frances, and Ruth Elaine who died young.

If you lived in Northeast Ohio from the 1960’s until the present you will remember these familar faces!

Sharing this link from Cleveland.com’s Entertainment Files spotlighting memorial Cleveland TV broadcasters and program hosts.  

I browsed through the latest link of “46 more memorable TV personalities from Cleveland’s past” and the previous initial one posted in March that was included as a link in the story’s first paragraph.

I recall watching almost all of these folks during their time as broadcasters and personalities on the different Cleveland TV stations.  

Looking at their faces and reading their life stories brought back a flood of memories about how I remembered them, and also my own life and its events during those years of each of their careers.  

Some may be missing from these two stories (I can think of one, Gary Short, who worked on Ch. 43 WUAB who had a more extensive career in radio), but there can’t be too many that were somehow left out.  Some got a ‘nod’ to their careers while others have more extensive write-ups about their broadcasting days before, during, and after their time in Cleveland.  Sadly, some are now deceased.   

So, if you lived in Cleveland, or anywhere in Northeast Ohio, and watched Channels 3, 5, 8, or the UHF channel 43, you are in for a real treat!  

Unwind as you re-wind your thoughts back to an earlier time in your life when your only TV choices were 3 or 4 channels, beginning with the black and white days of television and moving into the mid-60s and the advent of color TV.

We watched them on black and white floor model TVs, portable TV’s, table top TVs, swivel base TVs, Stereo and radio/ color TV combination models, TVs with remotes, and later flat screen display “TVs”, but no matter how we watched them, they were who we watched. They were the people whom we trusted to bring us our latest news and who entertained us day after day.  

It is quite amazing to learn how many broadcasters either started their careers in Cleveland or advanced them while in Cleveland before moving on to larger television markets.  

Their smiling faces and recognizable voices were part of our daily routines. They appeared in our living rooms or other rooms of the house as time went on. We would set aside the evening newspaper, or stop whatever we were doing,  to watch them and hear what they had to say about the events of the day.

We gathered with families and friends to watch these familiar faces without truly realizing it was a shared time together because we didn’t live any other way.  

There was no Internet, no computers, no cell phones or tablets.  Watching the local news took on an important role in our lives as a place to learn the latest happenings in our neighborhoods and beyond.  

We can remember it as a time of trust in news reporting from journalists and broadcasters.  The words “Fake News” were not even remotely in our thoughts about these professionals.  

What time has taken away as it moved us into the 21st Century.  It meant we had to leave those years and our relationships with those TV folks behind.  Now they are memorable people as we contemplate our time with them during those special golden years.