Sunday, June 15, 2008

St. Anthony Catholic Church

This poster tells the early history of St. Anthony's Catholic Church (1882-c. 1928?) and will be part of the first exhibition organized by the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St. Anne's in Calumet, Michigan. The exhibit is entitled: FROM FOREIGN TO FAMILIAR - Congregational histories. The exhibit opens the week of June 23, 2008.

The poster displays photos of the Petlewski Boys and cemetery stones for Stanislaw Petlewski (1852-1916) from the collection of Jeff Antaya. The 1883 marriage portrait of Steven Baranowski and Aplonia Szatkowska and the marriage record is from the collection of Kathy Atwood. Dave Montgomery shared the 1900 marriage portrait and certificate of Casimir Malczewski and Helen Flens. The family portrait of Nicholas and Marcianna Kaptur and their children (1893) is courtesy of Joseph Martin who also contributed the history of the parish for the poster.

The poster was created and donated by Ceil Wendt Jensen of Michigan Polonia as part of her participation in the MTU Research Travel Grants Program.

The mission of the Keweenaw Heritage Center at St Anne's is to preserve and interpret the culture and heritage of the Copper Country through the preservation of buildings, development of exhibits and other educational activities. Located at the head of downtown Calumet's commercial district, The Keweenaw Heritage Center, formerly St Anne's Church, is a pivotal structure of the Calumet Downtown National Historic Landmark District. The building is being adapted for service as a museum and educational facility. The Center is a cooperating site of the Keweenaw National Historic Park. The Heritage Center is unique in its plan to highlight the social aspect of mining community life.

Anton Garbarek 1849-1906

Hello Kathy Franklin and Larry Garbarek,

Just back from a week of research in Calumet and Houghton. I made a visit to Lake View Cemetery and took a photo of your ancestor Anton Garbarek's headstone. I also ordered the cleaning of the stone. Ten dollars to clean a 102 yr. old stone seemed too good of a deal to pass up! I also found a small write up about his death in the newspaper.

Daily Mining Gazette 22 November 1906, p.6

Found Dead On Floor

Anton Garbarek Found Dead Yesterday Morning by Family

Anton Garbarek was found dead at his home on Isle Royale street, Laurium, by members of his family. The man had died some time during the night suddenly, apparently heart failure being
the cause of death. Coroner Fisher was summoned to the scene but decided that an inquest was unnecessary. He informed the county physician Dr. Matehette, if the case, and a post mortem will be held. Upon this will depend the decision as to the future course to be followed. It is believed that the inquest will develop nothing out of the ordinary.

Garbarek lay on a couch in his home Tuesday night in apparently good health and said he wanted to take a nap before retiring. Members of his family went to bed rather early, and expected that the father would follow. They did not notice that he had not done so, and when they awoke in the morning they saw the man laying dead on the floor, apparently having fallen from the coach.

Mr. Garbarek was an elderly man about sixty years of age, and had been for some time a milkman. He is survived by a wife and family of grown children.

Here are the notes I took from the cemetery cards:

Frank Garbarack
age 7 mths
Sec J, Row 3, Grave 4
Death Jan 10, 1901, Burial Jan. 13, 1901
Director: Ryan

Baby Garbarack
Birth/Death Jan 27, 1902
No Section nor lot listed
Director: Ryan
Baby Garbarack
age 7 mths
death:Swedetown Sec K, Row 3, Grave 5
Burial Sept. 8, 1902
Director: Ryan

Anton Garbarek
age 56
Sec. A, Lot 36
Burial Nov. 23, 1906

Happy Father's Day to all our ancestors!