Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church, Chicago Illinois

It is to this parish that Anton came when he first immigrated to America

It is the church of the oldest Polish community in the greater Chicago area, founded as the Saint Stanilaus Kostka Benevolent Society in 1867.  Four years later, a wooden church was built.  Construction for the present edifice commenced in 1875, while the towers were added in 1892





1.  Anton Jozef Jan von der Dressel called Dressel or Dreszel

      *April 15, 1876, Chorzele, Russian Poland

      February 15, 1926, age 49, Chicago, IL. USA

      x January 20, 1896, age 19, Przasnysz, Russian Poland

      to the noble Marianna Regina Grudzinski from the clan Grzymala


      Owner of the Dressel Leather Goods Co. Chicago IL


Anton and Regina had 7 children.  See generation XXV.1-7 to see their biographies.















The First Family of the XXV Generation


Click here to see Anton’s death certificate




1876: April 15, Born in Chorzele, Poland


1887: Age 11, Anton organizes his cousins to throw tomatoes at the occupying Russian soldiers marching through the city.  The children were arrested and the parents were warned that if it occurred again the children would be physically punished.


1889: Age 13, Anton and his younger brother were caught throwing dead animals into the Russian military reservoir.  Again the parents were warned.


1890: Age 14, Anton’s mother decides that Poland is not the place for her children.  She was afraid that they would continue their activities against the occupying forces and end up being executed just as their father was.  She decides that her sons must go to America for their own protection.  She then decided that when they go to America that they must be prepared to earn a living.  Therefore Anton’s mother decides he should become an apprentice to a leather manufacturer to learn how to make all types of leather goods, and his brother Stanislaus becomes and apprentice to a master tailor, to learn to make clothing.


1891: Anton and his brother Stanislaus were sent to Przasnysz as apprentices to a leather manufacturer and a master tailor.  During this year Anton meets the daughter of the leather manufacturer, Regina and announces to everyone’s amazement that he is going to marry her when he grows up.  At the time she was 20 years old and he was only 15.


1896: January 20, For the past five years Anton pursued Eugenia at every opportunity and used every religious holiday to bring her handmade presents, flowers or mushrooms.  His ardent and persistent dedication to her was a popular subject of discussion in the town.  When she eventually relented, she announced that she would not marry him until he was twenty.   However at the age of nineteen he persuaded her to marry him, during the end of the Christmas season. 

Since their romance was such a popular subject in the town, their wedding became a major social event with everyone participating and contributing food and liquor to the event, which lasted more than the usual three days.

    After his wedding he was employed by his father in law in the leather industry.


1899: Julianna sold the small Dressel estate.  Half of the proceeds from the estate were given to her younger son Stanislaus when he immigrated to America, with the instructions that after he became a master tailor that he was to open a small factory and make men’s clothing.   The second portion she held for Anton, who expected to immigrate, but his wife Regina did not want him to leave.  However, since business was not as good as expected, and after the birth of their fourth child, Stefania, they decided to accept Julianna’s money and move to America and establish a leather factory.  Anton left for America alone with the notion that he would send for his family once he was able to establish himself in the US.


1906:  May 15, Age 29, Anton arrives on Ellis Island, on the ship Zeeland.  His port of departure was Antwerp, Belgium.   To see more information on the ship Zeeland see Exhibit 19.2


190?: The night before Regina and her children were to arrive in Chicago, Anton’s little factory was robbed of all its supplies, machinery, and completed merchandise. 


190?: When his family arrived in Chicago he was bankrupt.  He survived financially by selling some of the jewelry which was Regina’s dowry, that she had brought with her.  In order to help the family financially Regina began her own business of designing women’s and children’s clothing.  At one point she had five seamstresses working for her.

Anton was deeply psychologically affected by the theft of his business and never quite recovered from that loss.


1924: May 6, Regina died; Anton never was able to come to terms with her death.  He left the management of the family to his oldest daughters Stefka and particularly Anna who was called “little mother”.  His business was reduced and by the time of his death he only had two assistants.


1925: Anton contracted diabetes.  It first affected his right leg and then soon after his left leg, walking became very difficult and painful.  By the end of the year he was told that in order to control the gangrene that was spreading in his legs, they would have to amputate them.  He absolutely refused to allow this saying that he was born with two feet and that he would die with two feet, and that he in no way would become a burden to his children.  He lived for three months in this state.


1926:  February 15, Anton died at the home of his son Joseph.  The beneficiaries of his insurance were his three youngest children, Anna, Boleslaw, and Sabina.  The equipment, inventory and merchandise of his shop were sold, and the proceeds were divided equally between his three oldest children, Joseph, Kazimierz, and Stefania.


Click here to see Anton’s death certificate


New Chronology:

Anton Jozef was born in Chorzele, Poland on April 15, 1868.  He was a frail, blue-eyed beautiful child, and his nickname was Antek. From an early age, he was very eager to help his father on the family farm.  As a child he attended the local Roman Catholic grammar school.  When older, he attended a secondary school for sons of property owners in Przasnysz.  His mother, Julianna, strongly believed that her sons had no future in Russian dominated Poland and they must eventually immigrate to America.  Therefore, he was apprenticed to a prosperous leather merchant, Matheusz Grudzinski, in Przasnysz with the hope that with this knowledge, he would someday establish a leather business in America.  During his apprenticeship, he met and fell in love with his employer's daughter, the beautiful Marianna Grudzinski.  Since Marianna was five years older than he, her father would not allow them to marry until Anton reached at least the age of 20.  They were married in Przasnysz in 1895.  Throughout his youth under the influence of both his father, who was a member of the partisan group working for the freedom of Poland, and his mother, who was a socialist, he was very active in local patriotic and partisan youth groups.  His and his brother's growing active participation in such groups was a source of great worry for his mother.  After the tragic death of his father, Julianna decided that Anton and his brother must immigrate to America as soon as possible.  Anton and his brother and their cousin, Jozef Dryszel, his future son-in-law, immigrated to America in 1906 (?).  Since Chicago was one of the fastest growing cities of America and had one of the largest Polish populations, Anton and his brother decided to settle in Chicago.  Through friends they found stepping accommodations at a boarding house in Chicago's Polish neighborhood in the parish of St. Stanislaus.  Anton immediately set out to establish his leather business which he called the Dressel Leather Co. With his portion of the money that he received from the sale of the Dressel farm, he paid a year's rent in advance for a shop on Division Street.  He also began making contacts and purchased supplies for his shop.  His original idea was to supply various types and grades of leather to tradesmen who would then make this into shoes, handbags, saddles, harnesses, gloves, etc.; however, his main business was supplying local shoe-makers leather for the making and repairing of custom made shoes.  In 1905 (?), his business was advanced to such a degree that he felt comfortable in sending for his wife and his three children from Poland.  They arrived in 1906 (?) and they remained in the St. Stanislaus area.  In 1907 (?) his shop was robbed by a former employee of all its merchandise.  With the needs of his growing family, he was not able to restock his little company and the emotional upset-ness that one of his friends would actually steal his merchandise and cause him such great financial loss dampened his spirits to continue in the leather supply business.  He then began to concentrate in the making of custom-made shoes.  From a staff of approximately 8 employees, he was reduced to himself and two apprentices.  Three additional children were born to him and his wife, Anna in 1907, Boleslaus in 1911 and Sabina in 1913.  He had difficulty supporting his family and was helped by his wife who opened a dress shop and by the salary of his oldest son, Jozef.  Anton was a very kind and generous man.  He was also very kind to his workers and he was remembered by them for the little celebrations he would arrange after job orders would be completed in his little shop.  After coming to America, Anton no longer was active in radical, political groups but he was active in church and in fraternal organizations.  A second shock for him was with the unexpected death of his wife which left him with three small children who were difficult for him to raise alone, because he relied so much on his wife to take care of that aspect of their family life.  At the age of 49, he contracted gangrene in both of his legs.  He was told that in order to save his life, both legs would have to be amputated.  He refused the operation saying that he would not live as a cripple and be dependent and be a burden for his children.  He died on February 15, 1926. The proceeds from his insurance policies were divided equally among the three youngest children with the prior agreement from his three oldest children. He loved to smoke and while in the hospital, although the nuns would not allow him to smoke, he would occasionally sneak a cigarette.  Once when one of the nuns caught him in the act and demanded to know from whom he received the cigarette, he told her that an angel gave it to him.  To this, she gave no answer.


Notes: 1. Anton was the first born child of three children, two sons and one daughter.

Because Anton was apprenticed to the leather merchant, he had access to the various chemicals used in the processing of leather. He used this connection with the unofficial approval of his employer to wage a private campaign against the Russian occupation force by polluting their drinking water on a regular basis using some of the chemicals that were available to him.  The affect of the chemicals were not strong enough to cause death but they eventually made a lot of soldiers sick for prolonged periods of time.  Marianna, his future wife, assisted him in obtaining the necessary chemicals to pollute the water.  By the time he reached the age of 17, he was desperately in love with Marianna but because of his age, her father would not consent to their marriage but said that if they still loved each other when Antek reached the age of 20, he would allow the marriage.


Antek's hobby was playing cards in the evenings and Sunday afternoons. The apartment in the Black Hawk House was on the first floor.  It consisted of two large bedrooms which contained two double beds, a kitchen and a living room.  The Black Hawk apartment was lighted with gas fixtures and the toilets were situated outside of the house beneath the sidewalk.  After the death of his wife and in order to improve the life standard of his children, he moved to the Baunas(?) apartment.  It too consisted of two large bedrooms, kitchen and living room.  However, the bathroom was in the hall before the apartment and the apartment was electrified which made life easier.  The younger children would wait every evening for their father to return from his shop.  He always tried to get there in the latter part of the afternoon in order to spend the evenings with the children.  After the death of wife, the oldest children, Joe, Mike and Stefka wanted and suggested that the family be divided among their three households.  However, Anton would not allow this and insisted that the younger children remain with him in their own apartment until he died. Anton was a kind and gentle man.  Although he loved to eat well-prepared food, after his wife's death, his daughter Anna, who was approximately 12 years of age, did the family cooking and it was her idea at that time that bay leaves were the spice that was to be put in almost every-thing and even though the other children complained about the taste of her cooking, Anton would always tell her that it was really quite good. Anton enjoyed listening to the victrola and had a collection of records. The children in the evening had to take turns winding the victrola for him.  The music-playing sessions were particularly popular late Sunday afternoons and early Sunday evenings.  Antek was a particular fastidious dresser.  He always saw to it that he was fashionably and elegantly dressed.  He was meticulous in the care and upkeep of his handlebar moustache.  Antek was considered a handsome man.  On occasion Antek also enjoyed good Polish vodka.  He insisted that it was good for the digestion and character improvement.



















1a.  Noble Marianna Regina Grudzinski from the clan Grzymala

      * September 29, 1871, Przasnysz, Poland




Marianna was born September 5, 1871, in Przasnysz, Poland in the townhouse belonging to her father.  Marianna was the eleventh of 19 children. She was the daughter of the successful leather merchant, Andrej Grudzinski.  The Grudzinskis came to the Przasnysz area in the beginning of the 18th century from Great Poland.  They are a junior branch of the old noble Grzymala-Grudzinski family.  Initially they owned small properties; however, as the family grew in size, Matheusz, being a younger member, did not inherit any land but was helped by his family to establish a leather business in Przasnysz. Marianna's mother was Marianna Pradwicz Cybulski, a member of one of the oldest noble families of Mazovia, who came from Southern Mazovia to the Przasnysz area at the end of the 17th century. Younger members eventually came to the City of Przasnysz where they established themselves in the various businesses and were active in the city government. Marianna was always beautiful.  She was a beautiful baby, child and young woman.  She had a strong personality, was quite logical, sensitive, very ladylike and elegant. She met her future husband, Antek, when he was 12 years of age and she was 17 years of age.  At the beginning she treated him as a younger brother but with time, grew very fond of him.  She assisted and encouraged him in his various political activities and she helped him obtain the necessary chemicals to pollute the Russian Army's drinking water at considerable great risk to herself and to her family.  By the time Antek reached the age of 17, both she and Antek were very much in love and wanted to marry; however, her father would not give permission until Antek reached the age of 20.  Their courtship was quite romantic and of great interest among the town's people who evidently had great romantic sympathy for the young lovers.  Their marriage was almost a town celebration and it was remembered by many people for many years. It was not possible for Marianna and her three young children to accompany Antek to America.  She remained in her father's house to wait until Antek would send for her after he was established in the leather business.  In 1907, that time came and she with the three children plus a young friend of hers who would someday be the future wife of her nephew, F __________.  These two young woman and the three children then made the adventurous and difficult trip to America.  They left from Hamburg and they arrived two weeks later in New York.  Antek arranged that friends would meet them in New York and help them with arrangements to Chicago.  Shortly after her arrival in Chicago, her husband's business was almost destroyed because of/robbery by one of his employees.  This necessitated her to put into practical use the talent she had since childhood of designing and sewing children's and woman's clothing.  After a relatively short period of time, she developed a small clientel3 and was able to employ four people to assist her.  From the available photographs of the clothing she designed, she must have been most talented.  Marianna was a deeply religious and had a particular devotion to the _____________________________* When she left Poland, she took with her the icon of the _______________ which was subsequently given to her daughter, Stefania, who then gave it as a wedding present to her nephew, Joseph Dressel.  Marianna was always of frail health and had a heart condition She died of a sudden heart attack at the age of 49 while praying her rosary and sitting in the window of her house.


Mania was the matriarch of the extended Dressel family in Chicago. It was around her and in her apartment that all members of the family frequently met and socialized. Sunday afternoon she invariably took .the younger children, Anna, Billy and Bena, for strawberry ice cream sodas to the neighborhood fountain on Milwaukee Avenue.  After that, she and the children would attend the Prenlin Theatre where they saw live vaudeville acts but if the weather was especially nice, the family would spend their afternoons playing at Pulaski Park. When her oldest son, Joe, was drafted into the American Army at the age of 18, this was a particularly painful experience for her and it was one of the few times the family saw her cry.  She also cried when she would receive letters from him.  She was afraid that he would be killed in the War and it, evidently, was the happiest day of her life when he returned safely home. One of the things that she liked to do was to organize and play with the family the game Loterajka.  It was a form of bingo and the family played for pennies.  Playing of this game was a vehicle she used to keep the family entertained.











2.  Marianna von der Dressel called Dreszel

    *1894, Chorzele, Poland




3.  Stanislaw von der Dressel called Dreszel

     *Aug. 6, 1881, Zarembach, Chorzele,

        Mazovia, Poland; Rom. Cath.

     June 28, 1911, Chicago, IL USA

 x 1904, at age 23, Chicago IL, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

     to Franciszka Ziemler (Cymler)




1888: He spent his childhood and attended the village school in Chorzele.  He was devoted to his older brother Antek.   Together they caused a great deal of mischief in the village.


1893: As a youth he was apprenticed to a master tailor. It was the idea of his mother that he was to learn the tailoring business so that he

could some day open his own tailoring business in America.


Staczu cooperated with his brother in the polluting of the Russian army's drinking water.   And like his brother he was actively involved I anti-Russian political activities.


1900: May 12, Age 19,  Staczu immigrated to Chicago from Hamburg Germany.   Through friends he was persuaded, against the wishes of his brother to invest his money in some stocks that were guaranteed to double within a few weeks.  They did not.   He lost all of his money.   Staczu found work a master tailor there he met his future wife.  He worked very hard and took extra hours to make extra money to start his own tailoring business.


1904:  St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il., USA, (n?)  Staczu married Franciszka Ziemler (Cymler) at age 23


        Although his brother and sister in law did not approve of his marriage to Franciszka, his brother was the best man at his wedding. The family objected to the marriage because they felt Franciszka was over zealous in her efforts to marry Staczu. They also objected to her lack of education, behavior, language and the type of clothing she wore.   She did not fit in with the rest of the family.


        At the time of his marriage he was approximately 5ft. 10in., weighted 140 lb., had blond hair and blue eyes, and a fair complexion.   He was a quiet, gentle and loving man, and considered to be quite good looking.   He inherited his father's interest in dressing well. 


1911: June 28, Chicago, Il., USA

      Staczu died at age 30.   According to his death certificate, (n?) he died from asphyxiation after the gas light in his bed room was accidentally or deliberately put out by some one.   Some people believed he was murdered.   At the time of his death he lived with his family at Cleaver St.


His estate which consisted primarily of insurance policies was left to his wife.


He was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL USA.




wife:  Franciszka Ziemler (Cymler)

          born: March 9, 1883, ? (Przasnysz, Mazovia, Poland)

          mar.1: age 21 ?   St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, Il., USA

          mar.2: II, age ?, date ? Ascention Church, Evanston, Il., USA

               to:   ? Kurczodyne, of Polish origin, the name was later changed to Kenn      

          died: age ?, date,   Evanston, Il., USA

          buried:      date ?  Evanston, Il., USA


       She was the daughter of ? Ziemler and Dorota Ziemler nee ? The Ziemler are the Polish branch of a German family that came to Poland as colonist.   The ? are ? origin. In approximately 1890 Papa and Mama Ziemler immigrated to Chicago with two of their four daughters. (two         others remained in Poland where they married farmers).   They settled in St. Stanislaus parish.   To help her family ? found work in a local laundry as a presser.  After the tragic premature death of her husband she was left with two young boys.


      She did not think that the congested Polish area of Chicago was the place to raise her sons.   Franciszka moved to Evanston, a suburb of Chicago.  There she met her future second husband.    

Franciszka was always a hard working conscience person who never missed a day of work regardless of any crisis.   She was smart and cunning.   She always found a way to make money, with her husband's help she was able to accumulate enough money to build two brick houses in Evanston.   She kept strict control of all family expenses. She was always a serious and austere person.


      Her priorities in life were work and the raising of her children from whom she demanded obedience. Although she had difficulty in reading            and writing English, this did not prevent her from managing her financial very well. She had an excellent command of the Polish language but her ability in the English language never reached her ability in Polish. With her second husband Franciszka had ? children five survived to adulthood. 


     At the time of her marriage she was 5ft 4in., weighed 100 lb. had blond hair, blue eyes and had a fair complexion.   She was not considered to be particularly attractive, but she was dynamic.


      Franciszka estate was valued for approximately $?. It was divided as follows  //


Staczu and Franciszka had three children, two boys and one girl, see  XX.

two survived to adulthood .




(n1)  marriage certificate

(n2)  death certificate





4.  Jan von der Dressel called Dreszel

    * 1885, Chorzele, Poland

    † 1903, age 18, Chorzele, Poland



5.  Stanislawa von der Dressel, called Dryszel

    * Oct. 18, 1893?, Chorzele, Poland


    wife of Francis Zdunowski



6.  Marianna von der Dressel, called Dryszel

     * 1894, Chorzele, Poland



4.  Wladyslaw von der Dressel called Dreszel

    * Sept 13, 1895, Chorzele, Poland

    † age 8, Sept. 12, 1903, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland

    = Dressel crypt, old cemetery, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland



5.   Pelagia von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * Mar 31, 1900, Chorzele, Poland








1.  Kazimierz von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * 1888, Chorzele, Poland

     † 1921, age 33, Chorzele, Poland

     x age 24, Feb. 14, 1912, Chorzele, Poland

     to Marianna Polomski

         * 1878

         x age 34 ?



2.  Bronislaw von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * 1890, Chorzele, Poland

     age 19, 1909,



3.  Eugenia von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * Feb. 20, 1893, Chorzele, Poland


     x age 29, 1922,

     to Stanislaw Jankowski, age31

         * 1891, Bielsk, Plock, Poland






Sabina and Janina




1.  Sabina Jankowski

     * July 12, 1923, Bonislaw, Poland

     x age 24, Dec. 24, 1947,?

     to Mieczyslaw Zarnecki called ? Yarney

         * June 30, 1908, Lwow, Poland

          x age 39





2.  Janina Jankowski

     * Oct. 15, 1925, Bonislaw, Poland

     x age 25, Ssept 21, 1950, ?

     to Andrzey Pichala

         * Oct. 30, 1920, Ostroleka, Poland

         x age 30


Janina and her son Tomasz Pichala


3.  Dr. Edward Jankowski

     * Aug. 11, 1926, Bonislaw, Poland

     x age 27, Sept. 26, 1953, ?

     to Adela Supryn

     * Nov. 26, 1933, Lublin, Poland

     x age 20


4.  Maria Jankowski

     * Feb. 24, 1932, Kadzidlo, Poland

     x age 32, Oct. 17, 1964

     to Kazimir Cieslaski

     * Feb. 20. 1928, Tarnopol, Poland    

      x age 36


       Eugenia and Stanislaw had 7 grandchildren


Daughters of Sabina  


1.  Paulina Zarnecki called Yarney

     * Apr. 5, 1961, New York, USA

     x age


     2. Krystyna Zarnecki called Yarney

     * Dec. 15, 1949, New York, USA

      x age



Daughters of Janina


3.  Malgorzata Pichala

     * Sept 2, 1951, Ostroleka, Poland

      x age


4.  Hanna Pichala

     * Jan. 2, 1954, Ostrolela, Poland

     x age

5.  Tomasz Pichala

     * Oct. 15, 1956, Ostrolela, Poland




Daughter of Edward


5. Marta Jankowski

    * Jan. 20, 1956, Gdansk, Poland

    x age 23, Sept 11, 1979

The coat of arms Jasienczyk is attributed to the Krajewski family.


       to Jan Krajewski

           * 1952,

           x age 27


Eugenia and Stanislaw had ? great grandchildren  


Son of Maria

1.  Wiktorcieslak Cieslakiem?

     * June 4, 1966, Gdynia, Poland






4.  Henryk von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * Dec 21, 1895, Chorzele, Poland

     Mar. 28, 1928, age 32, Chorzele, Poland

     x June 10, age 28, 1923, ?

     to Marianna Jaworski

          * July 15, 1899, Olumiec, Poland

          x age 24

          † age         Warsaw, Poland




5.  Stefan von der Dressel called Dreszel

    * 1900, Chorzele, Poland

    † 1902, age 2, Chorzele, Poland



6.  Jan von der Dressel called Dreszel

    * Feb. 18, 1904, Chorzele, Poland

    x age 44, Feb. 3, 1948, ?








The house Jan was allowed to build on his wife’s property





to Helena Kempisty

    * June 29, 1916, Russia






7.  Czeslaw von der Dressel called Dreszel

    * 1907, Chorzele, Poland

    + age 7, 1914, Chorzele, Poland

    son of Jan von der Droessel called Dreszel, XVII.?



8.  Jozef von der Dressel called Joseph (Joe) Dryszel

* Oct. 20, 1892, Chorzele, Mazovia Poland: Rom.Cath.

    Apr. 31, 1941, age 48 Chicago, IL USA

    buried: Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles IL USA.

    x Sept. 1920, St. Stanilaus Kostka Church, Chicago, IL USA

      to Stefka von der Dressel called Dressel, his 3rd cousin, at the age of 28, (XXV.4).


    in Poland : Political Activist; in USA: Baker




Jozef and Stefka













1892: Oct. 20, Chorzele, Mazovia, Poland

      birth; Rom.Cath.


1900: Joe attended the parish school in Chorzele.


1908:  Joe, with several other male Dressel cousins became active against the Russian authorities, and caused mischief.


1912: The family in Chorzele decided that Joe should be sent for his own good with his sister Helscha to Dressel cousins in Chicago. The cousins in Chicago arranged that he be apprenticed in a business that they thought would help him get started in a new life in America. They chose the bakery business.  During this time he met again his very energetic cousin Stefka Dressel who would later become his bride.


1917:  Joe was drafted into the American Army. While fighting on the French German front, as a result of canon barrage he was buried beneath much rubble and mud. He was given up as dead after the rescue party searched the area. Several hours latter he was seen digging himself free. When   his buddies reached him he was not conscious but he would not stop digging.   The doctors were amazed that he was able to survive and was able to dig himself out of the mud.   However, this experience is considered to be a contributing factor to his poor health and chronic illness that plagued him the rest of his life.


1920: Sept. 1920, St. Stanilaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il., USA

      Joe married to Stefka von der Droessel called Dressel, his 3rd cousin, at the age of 28, (XX.4).



1918-    When he was not ill he worked very hard as a baker and tried to contribute to the support of  his family. Through the extraordinary efforts of his wife and with the financial help of   her brother his family lived quite comfortable in a lovely cottage in the middle of the Polish community, this still exists as it was when the Dryszels occupied it.



1941: Apr. 31, 1941, Chicago, IL, USA

Joe died at age 48. According to his death certificate the cause of his death was ????.  Joe was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Il., USA. His estate was left to his wife who primarily consisted of the family residence and his insurance.


Joe and Stefka had two children, boy and a girl, and ten ?  grandchildren

see XX.?-?




9.  Helena (Helscha) von der Dressel, called Dryszel Maciewski

     * May 24, 1894, Chorzele, Poland: Rom. Cath.

     † 1983, Lake Geneva, IL ? Helscha died at age ? of old age.

     x June ?, 1920:  Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL

     to Jan Maciewski.








1894:  May 24, Chorzele, Poland, birth; Rom. Cath.


She was raised and went to school in Chorzele.


1911: age 17, Helscha with her brother Jozef immigrated to Chicago.  There, they were helped by their Dressel and Dembowski cousins helped her to  get settled and find employment. She first worked in a grocery store owned by the Dembowsi cousins.  For this type of employment she was much to shy, she would rather work in back of the store than work with the public.


1913:  Cousin Stefka Dressel assisted Helscha to find work as a seamstress.  198:?  Helscha continued in this type of work until her retirement.


1917:  During the first World War she and her cousin Antek Dressel raised 1918:  for the "Gray Army" (the Polish Army in France which was composed of Polish young men living in USA). She was also very active as a volunteer in the Red Cross.


1920:  June ? , Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL Helscha married Jan Maciewski.


1938:  ? Chicago, IL. Helscha was divorced by Jan. She never quite understood why her husband divorced her, but she accepted  it as her fate.


19??: She left the old Polish neighborhood and moved to ? and lived with her daughter Gena.


19??:  she again moved with her daughter and son in law to  Lake Geneva, Il. where they built a lovely four bedroom house on twenty acres of land adjacent to the lake.  


1983:  Lake Geneva, IL ? Helscha died at age ? of old age.


      Helscha, at the time of her marriage weighed 11lb, was 5ft. 4in, and had dark hair, brown eyes and a fair complexion.   Helscha was not a beautiful woman, she had a kind and generous personality to her immediate family, and to all others she was distant and secretive.   She, her daughter and her son in law lead a very closely knit private life. Guests were generously received but very seldom invited.   Her hobby was ? Helscha lived a frugal life, saved and wisely invested her money.   However, she believed that money should be given away during a person life and not after their death. She purchased a truck for her son to start him to begin his successful cartage company.   She assisted her daughter in the acquisition of her properties.   She helped pay her grandson's college expenses and during her life time she bought two new corvette sport cars for her grandson. She left an estate sufficient to cover her funeral expenses.




The coat of arms Pobóg is attributed to the Maciewski (Maciejowski) family



husband:  Jan Maciewski also known as Maciejowski or Macigewski

                  born:      ; Rom. Cath.

                  died:  at age ? of a heart attack.  He left his estate which consisted of real estate property and insurance to his second wife.

                  mar.1: age ?

                  mar.2: age

                  Jan was the son of ? Macijewski and ? Macijewski nee ?

                The Maciewskia are a Roman Catholic family of Polish noble origin.  They belong to the ? clan and come from Mazaovia ?.  The  ? are a Roman Catholic family of Polish origin. 


Jan came to America in 19? for economical reasons. He worked for the John Gillman Tannery Co. his working career.  Jan was handsome man.   He looked like a typical Polish nobleman.   At the time of his marriage he was 5ft. 11in. tall, weighed 165, had blond hair, blue eyes and a well proportioned sculptured type face.  He was very independent, did not want responsibility


Helscha and Jan had three children, two boys and one girl, two grandchildren, 1 boy and 1 girl,





1.  Genovefa (Gena or Jean) Dryszel Koziar

     born: Jan. 20, 1914, Chicago, IL. USA: Rom. Cath. 


     mar:  age ?,  Holy Trinty Church, Chicago, Il., USA

     to:  Edward Koziar, Supervisor, Quarter Master Office, U. S. Defense Dept. 

            born: Chicago, Il., USA; Rom Cath.

            Son of  ?

            The Koziar are a Roman Catholic family of Polish origin

     died: age ?             

 she worked for the National Tea Co. her entire working career



2.  Edward Maciejewski

     born: 1916, Chicago, Il., USA; Rom. Cath.

 died: ? age ?





3.  Stanislaus (Stanley), Maciejewski  

     born: Jan. 31, 1918, Chicago, Il., USA; Rom. Cath.  

     died: age?, Oct. 20, 1983, Chicago, Il., USA, and was buried in ? Cemetery, ?

     mar:  ?,  age

     to: Mildred Mihalich

           born: Apr. 5, 1921, Johnson City, IL. ;Rom. Cath. 

           daughter if Nicholas Mihalich, Ground Supervisor, Chicago Park  District and his wife Mary Mikolijek, the Mihalich and Mikolijek are Roman Catholic families of Croatian origin 

     founder, owner, Ideal Carthage Co., Chicago, Il.,  USA            



1.  Dennis John Maciewski, B.A., Art Institute of Chicago, Il., USA

     born: July 23, 1940, Chicago, IL, USA; Rom. Cath.

     mar.1: age

     mar.2: age 36, May 4, 1976, Albany Park Lutheran Church, Chicago, Il., USA

         to: (Countess) Denise Katarina Dochterman, (B.S., Uni. ?)

             High School teacher

             daughter of Dr.(Count) Luanne Dochterman, ? and his wife ?

     founder, President, International Talent Associates, Schaumburg, Il., USA


             The Dochterman are a Lutheran family of an old German noble family of committal rank. The ? are ?


Great grandchildren:

1.  Grant Christopher Maciejewski

     *Aug. 9, 1980, Arlinton Heights, Il., USA; Rom. Cath.




10.  Anna von der Dressel, called Dryszel

      * 1896, Chorzele, Mazovia, Poland; Rom. Cath.

      † 1901, age 5, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland

      = Dreszel crypt, new parish cemetery, Chorzele, Mazovia, Poland



11.  Anton

      * Sept. 13, 1898, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland; Rom. Cath.

      + age 5, Oct. 10, 1903, Chorzele, Mazovia, Poland

      † Dreszel crypt new parish cemetery, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland



12.  Stanislaw von der Dressel, called Dressel

       * May 29, 1901, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland

       = Dryszel crypt, new parish cemetery, Chorzele, Mazovia, Poland

       x1 age 16,  Sept. 9, 1924, Chorzele, Poland

       to Stanislawa Grabowski 

       x2 age ?

       to ?








wife:  Stanislawa Grabowski 

          * Aug. 20, 1908, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland

          x age 23,  Sept. 9, 1924, Chorzele, Poland

                  age 16




The coat of arms Pomian is attributed to the Grabowski



x2 age ?

      To: ?

+ age



13.  Genovefa von der Dressel, called Dryszel

       * Oct. 1903, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland; Rom. Cath.

       age 10 mo., July 28, 1904, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland

       = Dryszel crypt, parish cemetery, Chorzele, Mazovia, Poland









1.  Paulina von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * May 15, 1883, Osowou Szlacheckim, Poland

     age 5 months, Oct.13, I883, Ossowiec Szlacheckim, Poland




2.  Wladyslawa von der Dressel called Dreszel

    * Feb. 14, 1885, Ossowiec Szlacheckim, Poland

    age 4 months, June 15, 1865, Ossowiec Szlacheckim, Poland




3.  Alexander von der Dressel called Dreszel

    * 1887 Ossowiec Szlacheckim, Poland



4.  Teofil von der Dressel called Dreszel

     * 1892, Osowou Szlacheckim, Poland



5.  Jan von der Dressel called Dressel

     * 1899, Osowou Szlacheckim, Poland

     x age ?

     to: Paulina Bartold Grzymala

     The Bartold are an old Polish noble Catholic family from Mazovia,




6.  Janina von der Dressel called Dryszel

    * ? 1913







Ruddt, his father Franciszek, and his mother Anna




1.  Ruddt Drossel

     † 1938, Sztabinie, East Prussia






End of the 24th Generation