Friday, February 19, 2010

sepia saturday: remember me to the one...

the top photo is one of my favorite photos from the family treasure box - doesn't it look like the group are at a fair? I don't know the story behind the group in the photo although the back does have stamped on it "souvenir hazle park." in googling 'hazle park' I found this stating it operated from 1892-1956. I am only certain of the identity of two of the subjects - the woman in the top right is my paternal grandmother ('grandmam'), mary magdalene urinchak, and the young woman sitting on the left is sue, my paternal grandfather's sister. as mentioned in previous sepia saturday posts, mary was the oldest child in her family of origin. she was born in 1889 and married my grandfather stephen yanoshik on may 8, 1917 (a photo of their wedding certificate is on the right, click on pic to enlarge). mary was 28 years old when she got married, which may have been fairly old for the time.

by the time she married my grandfather, mary had been living away from her family of origin for a number of years. several years ago when I was delving into census data I discovered that during the 1910 census there were only four members listed as living in the urinchak household - andrew (head), was identified as a farmer, born in austria-hungary and language 'slovak'; likewise, his wife, mary, is also identified as born in austria-hungary and speaking 'slovak' her occupation is listed as 'none' - which we know is erroneous for a farm wife works very hard. in april 1910 there were two children living at home catharine, age 15, and joseph, age 13, both were identified as having been born in 'pennsylvania' and 'english' speaking. the fourth child, helen, who I introduced a couple weeks ago, was born in august 1910. I knew mary was not married in 1910 so I asked my father if he knew where she was living at the time. he told me that my grandmother did not get along very well with her father and moved out as soon as she could. he said she lived with various families in the hazleton area where she made a living looking after children. I wish I had more information about these years and what exactly my grandmother was up to. knowing her I expect it was all very interesting - she was quite a firecracker!

grandmam was a tall and attractive woman - as a child I always thought it strange how she was so much taller than grandpap. even though she didn't get married until she was 28, she and grandpap went on to have seven children - six boys and one girl - in terms of birth order, the girl was the second born and #6 and #7 were twins who incidentally turned 80 in 2009 - in doing my arithmetic it turns out that grandmam was 40 when she had the twins, george and john. which actually wasn't that old by today's standards.

the other photos I'd like to share are of the urinchak (or uhrinchak, both spellings are abundantly found on family documents) family. a notation on the back of the photo directly below states that the photo was taken in 1916 and simply states 'urinchak farm.' although the subjects aren't identified, I'm fairly certain they are helen, joe, and catharine, who were still living at home with their parents at the time, while big sister mary was off making her own way in the world.


this next photo was also taken in 1916 or maybe 1917 and is of joe and little helen, helen is sitting on the family horse. as mentioned on an earlier post joe's life was cut short when he was 19 or 20 by influenza. most likely this photo was taken near the end of his life, although at the time no one would have known. maybe joe and helen were off to the local country fair - helen is certainly all dolled up?



imagined village's rendition of scarborough fair - which can be found on their most recent album empire and love (2010)

21 comments:

L. D. Burgus said...

Hey, you Sepia just came up. I think the fair would be the place also. Those are classic old photos. It is good I found you.

MuseSwings said...

Great photo! They look as though they are enjoying the day despite the requirement of 42 lbs of corseted clothing.

Meri said...

Perhaps it was Easter and she was all dolled up in her Sunday best. Have you searched for your Grandmam in the 1910 Census?

Betsy said...

Yes, I vote for the fair, also!
The marriage certificate is particularly beautiful! :)

John Hayes said...

Wonderful photos & history--I especially like the top photo--I can see why it would be a favorite; they look to be having a lot of fun--& the one of helen on the horse--she looks so determined!

PattyF said...

Fantastic photo! The poor gentleman looks just a bit scared, though. Perhaps spending the day with three exuberant young ladies had him a bit overwhelmed!

willow said...

The thing I like most about the fair picture is that they are smiling! So rare for that time period.

Tom said...

that guy is unhappy--he didn't get a balloon!

Poetikat said...

I love to see your photos of the Uhrinchak family, Kimy. I'm also enjoying the pictures of cattle and horses. There have been a few of those today.

Kat

tut-tut said...

Nice, Kim. It's so important to record any and all memories.

tony said...

WoW!
Hazel Park looks a good place to be.
Mary was a Beautiful Person.'Love the balloons!
Thank You For Sharing These Photos.
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Alan Burnett said...

That first image is a great find. You could set the image as an exam question in a social history paper, there is so much in there to find.

Megan said...

I haven't been here in far too long. You've been doing the Saturdays for a while now, I know, and now I have to go back and read/see them ALL.

subby said...

kimy~ the gent in the top snap doesn't seem too happy at having his photo taken! (or is that just me? )And I recall your post on Joe...1918 was when the influenza came to a head...so many lost then, alas! And so many relatives I wouid've liked to have known...

Martin H. said...

Thank you for sharing this fascinating story. The photographs are great but the marriage certificate is in a league of its own.

lettuce said...

I can see why its a favourite Kimyu, its really a cracker!

I think I can see you a bit in your grandma, don't you think so? she sounds like a great strong character.

and having the marriage certificate too, how wonderful

Stephanie said...

The people in the first photo have very contemporary faces. I'd have thought it was a relatively recent photo if not for the long skirts.

e said...

Interesting expressions on their faces, particularly the gent, who looks rather like a deer caught in headlights...

Happy Sunday!

Rhonda in OK said...

really nice photos and stories - I really like the one at the fair - people just don't get that dressed up for a day outing anymore, do they?

Kimi said...

I am actually a Rinchak also. My grandfather was Nick Rinchak. My dad brings up an Uncle George Rinchak often. My dad's cousin has been trying to solve the puzzle of the Uhrinchak family tree for a long time.

We talked about this on Easter and I was just curious, so I Googled the original last name... And here I am :)

Just thought I should comment. Love the picture

Beth Sullivan said...

can you email me at rnbkswim@hotmail.com and tell me more about Sue and the Uhrinchak name? My grandmother's maiden name is Uhrinchak and her name is Sue...thanks, Beth.