Andrew & Michael Zagorsky (AKA Zagorszky) – from Anina in Caras-Severin County, Romania to Lorain, Ohio

Andrew and Michael Zagorsky (AKA Zagorszky)

From the Banat (Anina – Caras-Severin County, Romania) to Lorain, Ohio

By Linda Jean Limes Ellis

April 14, 2020

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Andrew Zagorsky

Andrew Zagorsky - early photograph restored & colored - 3-30-2015 - WITH TEXT AND FRAME

Undated photograph of Andrew Zagorsky – restored and colorized version 

My maternal grandfather was Andrew Zagorsky (born Andreas Zagorszky). He was born Decenber 15, 1880 in Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania.  Reșița is the capitol and listed as his last residence on his Ship’s Manifest when he left for America in 1904.

Reșița is the Romanian spelling.  It is also known as Resicabánya, Resicza and Oláh Resicza  depending on the language. :

https://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resicab%C3%A1nya

Per my Aunt Irene Zagorsky Ferner, as a young lad living in the 1880’s and 1890’s, Andrew Zagorsky roamed Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and France as an orphan.  He learned to speak several languages and, along the way, taught himself to play the button box.

After Andrew matured into a young adult, he became a miner by trade to earn a living.

RESICZABANYA TO STAJERLAKANINA IN CARAS-SEVERIN COUNTY ROMANIA - MAP 1910 - RESICA AND ANINA

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1910 partial map – Caras-Severin County Romania

                                      Resiczabanaya (Resicza or Reșița in Romanian)       

To the south is Stajerlakanina (Anina).

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1880 born 15, bapt. 16 Dec[embris] [=of December]

Andreas

ma[sculinus] [=male]

illeg[itimus] [=illegitimate]

Joan̄es [=Joannes (Latin) =Johann(es)] Zagorszky operarius [=worker/worksman] et [=and] Maria Motzicz

both Rk = Roman Catholic

Theresienthal

ANDREAS ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGORZSKY BAPTISM RECORD DECEMBER 16 1880 ANINA ROMANIA - MOTHER MAIDEN NAME MOTRICS

ANDREAS ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGORSZKY BAPTISM RECORD DECEMBER 16 1880 ANINA ROMANIA - FATHER JOANNES - MOTHER MARIA

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Source typed from Ancestry.com

Description of the Baptismal record for Andreas Zagorszky (Andrew Zagorsky)

Under the second column on the right side of the document.:
“Theresienthal is a valley in the Western part of the former cole-mining region near Steierdorf.  It seems the place has become a street in Steierdorf later on.”

So it was when Andrew Zagorsky  was 23 years old that America beckoned him to its shores, and specifically, to Lorain, Ohio, where (per the ship’s manifest list) that his brother-in-law, Andreas Juris (Andrew Jurisch), was already living. 

It was almost the end of the year – December 14, 1904, and the day before Andreas Sagorski (Andrew Zagorsky) would turn 24 years old that he landed in America with the sum of $18.00 in his pants pocket.

The next leg of his long-distance journey would be to board a westbound train and head for his final stop – Lorain, Ohio, where as it turned out, where he would spend the rest of his life.

There he would meet and marry a young (17 or 18 year old and also born illegitimate – father unknown) Polish immigrant girl named Jozefa (Josephine) Szczepankiewicz who was living with her uncle, Antoni (Anthony) Szczepankiewiz.  It is said that she could speak only her native tongue, but she could understand Slovak which is one of the languages that Andrew spoke. 

Andrew and Josephine Zagorsky wedding photograph in color with Text and Frame   

Together Andrew and Josephine’s married life moved forward. Through the years, their family ultimately grew to include 11 children.

By the 1930s, the family did what was necessary when it came time to enduring one of the darkest decades in American history – a time forever defined by its name – “The Great Depression.”   

During those years, Andrew was able to keep working at least 3 days a week.  Also, some of the older children left school early and went to work; some even temporarily moving out of state to West Virginia.  As younger adults, they found work in such places as glass factory or a tobacco factory where there was still employment to be had.  They sent what income they could spare back home to help their parents and the younger siblings.  

ANDREW AND JOSEPHINE ZAGORSKY FAMILY - CIRCA - 1923-1924 - WITH FRAME & TEXT - COLORIZED

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Below is the Passenger Record for Andrew Zagorsky

His name is shown as Andreas Sagorski

ANDREW ZAGORSKY ANDREAS SAGORSKI - ELLIS ISLAND SCREEN PRINT SHOWING ADRES SAGORSKI

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - FULL VIEW LINE 22

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - LEFT SIDE - WITH RED BOXANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE -MIDDLE SECTION - WITH RED BOXANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - RIGHT SIDE - WITH RED BOX

Hand stamped as “Admitted” – Listed on Line 22: 

Sagorski, Andreas; age 25 years; Gender:  M for Male; Marital Status: Not sure if “M” for Married or “S” for Single;

Calling or Occupation:  Miner;

Able to Read or Write:  No for both;

Nationality (Country of Last Permanent Residence): Hungary;

Race of People: German;

Last Residence (Province, City or Town): Resica;

Final Destination (State, City or Town): Lorain, Ohio;

Whether having a ticket to such destination: No; 

By Whom was such passage paid: Self; 

Whether in Possession of $50, and if less how much?: $18.00;

Whether ever before in the United States,

and if so when and where?:  No.; 

Whether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address:

Brother-in-Law, Juris, Andreas (Andrew Jurisch) State Street 506, Lorain, Ohio. 

(July 24, 1909, State Street was renamed West 25th Street in Lorain.)

Line 23 lists Josef Bender, Male, age 3.  

Andreas Sagorski is listed as his uncle. 

All of the same information as Andreas Sagorski except listed as Single with no occupation.  Noting the “Admitted” stamp for both Andreas Sagorski (Zagorsky) and Josef Bender.

After Andrew matured into a young adult while still living in Romania he became a miner by trade to earn a living. 

The record of citizenship intention and application documents for Andrew Zagorsky more than hint at his ambition to renounce his allegiance to Franz Joseph I, (later Charles – 1916 – 1918), Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary and become a naturalized American citizen.  We can imagine that his mind may have swirled with such long-term goals when he disembarked from the ship, S. S. Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse, after it docked in New York from sailing its final voyage of the year from Bremen, Germany. 

Andrew Zagorsky - Dec of Intention - 1919

ANDREW ZAGORSKY DECLARATION OF INTENTION - JANUARY 3 1935 - Page 2

ANDREW ZAGORSKY NATURALIZATION - APRIL 16 1937

ANDREW ZAKORSKI NATURALIZATION - DECEMBER 8 1937

ZAGORSKY FAMILY 1940S COLORIZED & WITH FRAME & TEXT

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - OBITUARY

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Michael Zagorsky

 

Michael Zagorsky and Andrew Zagorsky were brothers; and their grave sites, and that of their wives, are next to each other at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. 

Michael, whose name is often seen as “Mike” in the many “Elyria-Chronicle Telegram” Society News columns of the 1930s and 1940s, mentions his brother, Andrew Zagorsky, of Lorain, who survived him in his published obituary. 

Yet, and somewhat surprisingly, their baptism records from Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania tell us that there may be more to the story of their true relationship as brothers.  Perhaps they were really half-brothers?  At this point, personally I am not able to state for certainty either way, but one thing I do know is that I have a high DNA match with a descendant of Michael Zagorsky leading me to believe there had to be a strong family connection between Andrew and Michael Zagorsky. 

MICHAEL ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGURSKY BAPTISM RECORD APRIL 6 1874 ANINA ROMANIA - MOTHER MARIA LIKO - WITH SOURCE CITATIONSMICHAEL ZAGORSKY AKA ZAGURSZKY - LINE 128 - ANINA - BIRTH BAPTISM - APRIL 5TH AND 6TH 1874 - WITH RED BOX - TEXT & FRAME

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MICHAEL MIHALY ZAKORSZKY - SHIP MANIFEST RECORD EXPLANATION

MIHALY ZAGORSZKY SHIP MANIFEST LINE 16 - MICHAEL ZAGORSKY CLOSE UP

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Mihály Zagorszky’s ship manifest shows that he was born in Stajer…something.

This is possibly Stájerlakanina, now Anina in Romania, 20 miles from Reșița. Mihály was joining his brother Andreas in Lorain, Ohio:

Name: Mihaly Zagorszky

Gender: Male

Race: German

Birthdate: 1874

Age: 33

Arrival Date: 10 Apr 1907

Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany

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Below are a trio of newspaper clippings from the “Elyria Chronicle Telegram”

They each relate to Michael Zagorsky. 

Two are ‘tidbit’ type announcements; and one is his obituary.:   

NEWS NOTES mentioning  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Voykofka and their son visiting  the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky that was published July 26, 1938. 

Michael Zagorsky’s obituary published September 3, 1941.  His brother, Andrew Zagorsky, and their sister were mentioned.  His sister’s surname was misspelled, however. The surname was Voykofka.  The family’s surname was later changed to Wykof.

Also, the third one is dated September 21, 1937 under the heading of “BRIEFS” and it is a short yet highly informative one sentence that tells of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky  entertaining the former’s son and family from Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Sherwood. 

MICHAEL ZAGORSKY OBIT & VOYKOFKA & MIKE SHERWOOD

 

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

 Below:
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.

Elyria Chronicle Telegram -September 21 1937 - MIKE ZAGORSKY AND MIKE SHERWOOD - SON REFERENCE WITH TEXT AND FRAME

BIRTH RECORD DELAYED FOR MICHAEL SHERWOOD

MIKE ZAGORSKY ESTATE - 1942 - Widow daughter son - 1

Above.:
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, 

Locations: 
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)

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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.

But……

My DNA with hers is:  189cM across 8 segments

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

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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)

ANDREW ZAGORSKY - SHIP MANIFEST FROM ELLIS ISLAND WEBSITE - FULL VIEW LINE 22

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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? 

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.

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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”).

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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.

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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.

The Eagles Building in Lorain, Ohio – A favorite historic building crumbling due to lack of restoration work.

A visit to my hometown of Lorain, Ohio on February 5th, 2019 brought an unanticipated scene – part of Broadway being cordoned off due to some loose structural pieces of the Eagles Building that had broken off near the top of the building and crashed down to the street and alley; thus alerting those in the area that there was a potentially serious problem.  

BLUE RIBBON GRAPHIC FOR USE ON CEMETERY BLOG

The Elyria “Chronicle-Telegram” has published an in-depth story about this incident with the Eagles Building on February 5, 2019 along with a video. 

BLUE RIBBON GRAPHIC FOR USE ON CEMETERY BLOG

Below are photos of the Eagles Building that I took. 

The top photo was taken November 23, 2012 – with a close up view of the upper left portion of the building, and the lower photo was taken February 5, 2019.  

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LORAIN EAGLES BUILDING - 11-23-2012

Below is a close up of the left upper portion of the Eagles Building – November 23, 2012 –  showing more details of the structural deterioration.

EAGLES BUILDING CLOSE UP - NOVEMBER 23 2012 WITH TEXT AND FRAME

KODAK Digital Still Camera

BLUE RIBBON GRAPHIC FOR USE ON CEMETERY BLOG

 

BLUE RIBBON GRAPHIC FOR USE ON CEMETERY BLOG

Dan Brady’s Blog Post about the Eagles Building – September 10, 2012

Spotlighting my grandfather, Winfield Scott Limes, and other Limes ancestors who made the news in the “Columbus Dispatch” in the 20th Century

My paternal grandfather, Winfield Scott Limes, has been among my most fascinating and personally rewarding ancestors to research.  I remember seeing him as a young child since he died when I was age eleven.  I remember sitting across from him at our dining room table on Sundays when he came over for a big Sunday dinner that my mother would make.  

He has been featured here in several posts, but not with exactly the same focus about his life. That’s because I just recently discovered a 1906 article in the “Columbus Dispatch” that my grandfather had submitted and they saw fit to publish.  My grandfather, “Scott”, had lived in Columbus a number of years when around 1905 he and his wife, Essie Lillian (Lombard) Limes, and 4 sons — Ernest, Albert, Tom, and Harry — all moved to Lorain (as it turned out it was a temporary move.  The family returned to Columbus around 1907.  Then later in the 1920s, my grandparents, my father Harry, and later Albert, all moved back to Lorain County and made it their permanent residence.)

Scott Limes was not only a member of the International Wood Wire & Metal Lathers’ Union, Local #1 in Columbus, Ohio, but he was one of the founders of the union itself in 1899. During his time in Lorain he changed his union membership affiliation to Local #171.

wood wire & metal lath pin 1899

In the November 26, 1906, with “Higher Wages Attract”, we find “Scott” Limes writing about the encouraging building prospects he saw in the city of Lorain.  As it turned out for him, those prospects rippled out to the wider area including Sandusky.  That is because he and his two brothers (John Warren and Thomas Limes) did lathing work on the grand original Breakers Hotel at Cedar Point that when completed was placed on the National Register of Historic Places — that was until sadly it lost that status years later due to modern upgrades made to the buildings. 

Scott also felt it important for the “Columbus Dispatch
to include how excited he was that Local #171 in Lorain County won a baseball championship in that city in 1906. He was a part of that team playing as a young 21-year-old.  I had known he played baseball with the team because of the two photographs I had inherited of him wearing his Local #171 baseball uniform.  This published article tells me that my two photographs could have been from 1906.  How unexpectedly excited it was for me learn the year he probably wore the baseball uniform in those photographs.  I was able to have one colorized, which I feel brings him back to life for me; sort to speak, because it is such a life-like version.

As I continued with my research of the “Columbus Dispatch” I found additional stories or ‘tidbits’ with references to other Limes family members including the first marriage of my uncle Albert Limes.

Below are some of the stories I found that help round out the lives of some of my Limes relatives and ancestors who lived in Columbus, Ohio.

scott limes collage of 1906 columbus dispatch story and lather baseball photos - 3

winfield scott limes local 171 baseball in bent position - restored & colorized - 1-23-2019 with text and frame - new

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Poor maintenance practices plague Lorain’s Elmwood Cemetery – Lorain, Ohio

Below is the related Lorain “MorningJournal” News Story;

“Lorain cemetery grounds-keeping raises concerns”

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These photographs below were taken on August 12, 2018 at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain.  They illustrate maintenance practices that are causing clumps of thick dead grass to stick to the stones and dry in the hot sun; making it difficult to remove the clumps from the stone.  

I think most folks would consider this an unsightly mess and disrespectful to the deceased.  This situation means that family members must clean off the dried up clumps from their family’s markers and monuments.  What about the markers and monuments where there is no family to handle this situation?  Will the cemetery groundskeepers come back to remove the thick clumps from the surface?  We just don’t know at this point.  

Sadly, this is the worst Elmwood Cemetery has looked since I have been visiting it for over 20 years.  

 

 

 

 

This last photo above illustrates where part of the problem lies.

Taking too long between trimmings.  

Allowing gravemarkers

to become too overgrown means taking too aggressive

of an approach to remove the grass/weeds around them. 

As we can easily see here; it has been awhile since there has been any trimming around this flat marker.  

Thankfully, there is no dead grass/weeds covering it; but live grass/weeds are covering over and around it to the point eventually it may no longer be seen. 

Sharing Photos of Grave Markers and Monuments that Stand Along the Main Roadway at Section 6 at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio

Sharing various photographs taken February 14, 2018 at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. 

These monuments and markers seen in the photographs are at or near the cemetery’s main roadway in Section 6 which leads up to the cemetery’s exit.  

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Of particular note regarding some of the older monuments, and smaller size markers, is that the ceramic photographs are missing from the insets placed for them on the stone.  I don’t know if there was vandalism that caused their removal or another reason, but it is something to make one wonder about.  Otherwise, the angel topped monuments seem to be intact, which is indeed good news!  

It can be noted also that some of the angels are praying.