Wednesday, January 16, 2008

John Zwierzchowski was born in Piotrkowo, Poland

History of Cook County, Illinois : being a general survey of Cook County history including a condensed history of Chicago and special account of districts outside the city limits, from the earliest settlement to the present time Chicago: The Goodspeed Historical Association, 1909, 1572 pgs. , 2_729-30 Transcribed by Dave Montgomery

John Zwierzchowski was born in Piotrkowo Poland in 1844, wife Josephine was born in Sroda Poland in 1848. This article is per the "History of Cook County, Illinois, Volume 2,Page 30, 729-730" Rev. John Zwierzchowski, pastor of Holy Innocents' Polish Roman Catholic church, was born in Calumet, Mich., on May 9, 1877, and is a son of John and Josephine (Maciejewska) Zwierzchowski, natives of Piotrkowo and Sroda,Poland, respectively. The parents immigrated to the United States in 1870 and settled in Calumet, Mich, where they still reside and where the father is employed with the Calumet & Hecla Mine company.

To these parents ten children were born, as follows: Stephen, a lawyer; Hedwig, wife of Arthur Robbilard; Theresa, wife of N. J. Tobianski ; Wladislaus, John, Casimir, Stanislaus, Pelagia, wife of Frank Banaszewski, Frances and Teckla. John of this family was reared in his native city and was educated in the public schools, St. Viateur's college, Bourbonnais Grove, Ill., where he pursued his philosophical studies, and St. Francis seminary in 1895, where he finished his theological studies in 1899. On April 1, 1900, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Francis seminary.

His first appointment was as assistant pastor of St. Adalbert's church at Seventeenth and Paulina streets. After seven months he was appointed assistant of St. Michael's church, South Chicago, where he remained five years with the present Bishop Rhode. On October 12, 1905, he was appointed pastor of his present parish,which has about 700 families and nearly 4,000 souls. The school inconnection has over 500 pupils under the instruction of eight Felician sisters. Connected with the church are fourteen beneficent societies. The parish in a flourishing condition and is growing rapidly. There is one assistant, Rev. Felix Feldheim.