Saint Stanislaus Kostka Roman Catholic Church,
It is to this parish that Anton came when he first immigrated to
It is the church of the oldest Polish community in the greater
CHILDREN OF DAMASZ (THOMAS) JOSEF DRESSEL XXIII.5
1. Anton Jozef Jan von der Dressel called Dressel or Dreszel
to the noble Marianna Regina Grudzinski from the clan Grzymala
Owner of the Dressel Leather Goods Co.
The First Family of the XXV Generation
April 15, Born in
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.
Age 14, Anton’s mother decides that
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,
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.
Julianna sold the small Dressel estate.
Half of the proceeds from the estate were given to her younger son
Stanislaus when he immigrated to
1906: May 15, Age 29, Anton arrives on
190?: The night before
190?: When his family arrived in
Anton was deeply psychologically affected by the theft of his business and never quite recovered from that loss.
1924: May 6,
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.
Anton Jozef was born in
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
Marianna was born
was the matriarch of the extended Dressel family in
CHILDREN OF JAN von der DRESSEL CALLED DRESZEL XVIII.6
2. Marianna von der Dressel called Dreszel
3. Stanislaw von der Dressel called Dreszel
x 1904, at age 23,
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
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.
May 12, Age 19, Staczu
1904: St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago,
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.
June 28, Chicago,
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
His estate which consisted primarily of insurance policies was left to his wife.
was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery,
wife: Franciszka Ziemler (Cymler)
mar.1: age 21 ? St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago,
mar.2: II, age ?,
to: ? Kurczodyne, of Polish origin, the name was later changed to Kenn
died: age ?,
buried: date ?
She was the daughter of
? Ziemler and Dorota Ziemler nee ? The Ziemler
are the Polish branch of a German family that came to
She did not think that the congested
Polish area of
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
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 .
NOTES FOR STANILAUS DRESZEL:
(n1) marriage certificate
(n2) death certificate
4. Jan von der Dressel called Dreszel
† 1903, age 18,
5. Stanislawa von der Dressel, called Dryszel
wife of Francis Zdunowski
6. Marianna von der Dressel, called Dryszel
4. Wladyslaw von der Dressel called Dreszel
† age 8,
= Dressel crypt, old cemetery, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland
5. Pelagia von der Dressel called Dreszel
CHILDREN OF VINCENTY von der DRESSEL CALLED DRESZEL XVIII.16
1. Kazimierz von der Dressel called Dreszel
† 1921, age 33,
x age 24,
to Marianna Polomski
x age 34 ?
2. Bronislaw von der Dressel called Dreszel
† age 19, 1909,
3. Eugenia von der Dressel called Dreszel
x age 29, 1922,
to Stanislaw Jankowski, age31
* 1891, Bielsk,
CHILDREN OF EUGENIA AND STANISLAUS
Sabina and Janina
1. Sabina Jankowski
x age 24,
to Mieczyslaw Zarnecki called ? Yarney
x age 39
2. Janina Jankowski
x age 25, Ssept 21, 1950, ?
to Andrzey Pichala
x age 30
Janina and her son Tomasz Pichala
3. Dr. Edward Jankowski
x age 27,
to Adela Supryn
x age 20
4. Maria Jankowski
x age 32,
to Kazimir Cieslaski
* Feb. 20. 1928,
x age 36
Eugenia and Stanislaw had 7 grandchildren
Daughters of Sabina
1. Paulina Zarnecki called Yarney
2. Krystyna Zarnecki called Yarney
Daughters of Janina
3. Malgorzata Pichala
4. Hanna Pichala
5. Tomasz Pichala
Daughter of Edward
5. Marta Jankowski
x age 23,
The coat of arms Jasienczyk is attributed to the Krajewski family.
to Jan Krajewski
x age 27
Eugenia and Stanislaw had ? great grandchildren
Son of Maria
1. Wiktorcieslak Cieslakiem?
4. Henryk von der Dressel called Dreszel
x June 10, age 28, 1923, ?
to Marianna Jaworski
x age 24
5. Stefan von der Dressel called Dreszel
† 1902, age 2,
6. Jan von der Dressel called Dreszel
x age 44,
The house Jan was allowed to build on his wife’s property
to Helena Kempisty
7. Czeslaw von der Dressel called Dreszel
+ age 7, 1914,
son of Jan von der Droessel called Dreszel, XVII.?
8. Jozef von der Dressel called Joseph (Joe) Dryszel
Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery,
x Sept. 1920, St.
Stanilaus Kostka Church,
to Stefka von der Dressel called Dressel, his 3rd cousin, at the age of 28, (XXV.4).
Jozef and Stefka
1892: Oct. 20,
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
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,
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.
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,
Joe and Stefka had two children, boy and a girl, and ten ? grandchildren
9. Helena (Helscha) von der Dressel, called Dryszel Maciewski
x June ?,
to Jan Maciewski.
1894: May 24,
She was raised and went to school in Chorzele.
1911: age 17, Helscha
with her brother Jozef immigrated to
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
1920: June ? ,
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
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 ?
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
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
mar: age ?,
to: Edward Koziar, Supervisor, Quarter Master Office, U. S. Defense Dept.
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
died: ? age ?
3. Stanislaus (Stanley), Maciejewski
mar: ?, age
to: Mildred Mihalich
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
Ideal Carthage Co., Chicago,
1. Dennis John Maciewski, B.A., Art Institute of
mar.2: age 36,
to: (Countess) Denise Katarina Dochterman, (B.S., Uni. ?)
High School teacher
daughter of Dr.(Count) Luanne Dochterman, ? and his wife ?
President, International Talent Associates,
The Dochterman are a Lutheran family of an old German noble family of committal rank. The ? are ?
1. Grant Christopher Maciejewski
10. Anna von der Dressel, called Dryszel
* 1896, Chorzele,
† 1901, age 5, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland
= Dreszel crypt, new parish cemetery,
+ age 5,
† Dreszel crypt new parish cemetery, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian Poland
12. Stanislaw von der Dressel, called Dressel
= Dryszel crypt, new parish cemetery,
x1 age 16,
to Stanislawa Grabowski
x2 age ?
wife: Stanislawa Grabowski
The coat of arms Pomian is attributed to the Grabowski
x2 age ?
13. Genovefa von der Dressel, called Dryszel
* Oct. 1903, Chorzele, Mazovia, Russian
† age 10 mo.,
= Dryszel crypt, parish cemetery,
CHILDREN OF JOZEF von der DRESSEL CALLED DRESZEL XVIII.24
1. Paulina von der Dressel called Dreszel
† age 5 months,
2. Wladyslawa von der Dressel called Dreszel
† age 4 months,
3. Alexander von der Dressel called Dreszel
4. Teofil von der Dressel called Dreszel
5. Jan von der Dressel called Dressel
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
SON OF FRANCISZEK DROSSEL XXIII.27
Ruddt, his father Franciszek, and his mother Anna
1. Ruddt Drossel
End of the 24th Generation