| GENERATION XXV
CHILDREN of ANTON JOZEF DRESSEL XXIV.1
AND MARIANNA REGINA
GRUDZINSKI herb GRZYMALA
JOSEPH JAN ANTON
von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL
XXV Hereditary Head of the Dressel family
1897 - 1984
founder and president of the Continental Tire & Supply
Joseph was called Joe
born Mar: 16, 1897, Cybulski Townhouse, Przasnysz, Mazovia,
Poland; Roman Catholic
1897: He was raised in a town house in Przasnysz, 1906: Poland
which belonged to his grandmother Marianna Grudzinski Sczpanski
nee Cybulski. His family occupied an apartment in
this house which had a large garden. He attended the grammar
school in Przasnysz which was only for children of property
owners. He was a quiet, healthy, good looking child.
He was particularly devoted to his mother, devotion that would
last all his life.
1902: his father immigrated to Chicago. After this
Joe became very helpful to his mother with the younger children.
He took this responsibility quite seriously.
1906: Joe, his mother, younger brother, sister and he left
Przasnysz to join their father in Chicago. He remembered
the journey to America as very long, confusing, difficult and
tiring. In Chicago he attended Koscusko public school,
contrary to his mother's wishes. But his father thought
this would be the quickest way for him to learn English.
Because he was not able to speak English he was demoted to a
lower grade in which he was the tallest boy, these handicaps
caused him many hardships among the American children.
Nor was he comfortable with the Polish children, “they had funny
last names, spoke funny Polish, and ate funny food" He learned
English very quickly. As an adult he spoke excellent English
without a trace of an accent. At the age of twelve, due
to his father’s financial reverses in the shoe business and
his mother’s illness Joe was taken out of school to his great
pleasure and asked to work to help support the family.
He immediately found a job as an apprentice in a cigar shop.
It is here he developed the nasty habit of smoking cigars which
he persisted in doing on a daily basis the rest of his life.
His weekly wages which he was contributing to the family was
not enough. So he found a second full time job which he
did after completing the hour schedule of the cigar shop.
He worked in a tire shop as an apprentice vulcanizer.
He kept this back breaking routine for the next three years.
By the end of this period, his mother's health improved, the
children were older, and his mother's business was making some
money. At the age of 17 he purchased the Tire Business
from his employer who wished to retire. His down payment
was the winnings he saved from his betting on the horse races.
1917: He was drafted into the Army. He sold his
business for a profit, which he gave to his mother. All
the pay he earned in the service was sent to his family in Chicago.
His departure for the Army was a traumatic experience for the
entire family, especially his mother. 1919: When he returned
18 months later, it was a most happy occasion for the family
and it was celebrated accordingly. He was in the
army approximately two years, served in France with the Military
Police, awarded two medals. After his discharge, with
a loan of $500 from Ciocia B ?, his mother's half sister
he organized the Continental Tire and Supply Co, which still
exists today. During his ownership the business
consisted of a store for car accessories, a garage to repair
cars, a gasoline station, and a shop to repair and vulcanize
tires. He sold wholesale truck and passenger tires to
Commercial Accounts and to smaller dealers and sold retail to
the public. He also provided tire maintenance service
to Commercial accounts and to the public which included flat
repair, vulcanizing. He subcontracted his tire recapping
Continental Tire and Supply Co. 1919
1920: his friend Edward Janowicz introduced him to his sister
Zosia, who he then began to court. At first Zosia was
totally uninterested but her mother and her brother encouraged
her in this relationship and Joe was persistent.
1923: Oct. 24, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL USA, Joe,
at age 26 married Noble Zofia Pelagia Janowicz Radwan, called
Sophie Janowicz. Click here to see Joseph’s marriage certificate
1923: Oct. 25 ?, Dzinik Chigagoski (The Polish Daily Chicago
Paper), Chicago, IL. A description of their wedding and reception
appeared; A translation of the article follows;
1926: Joe purchased the property at 1322 N. Ashland Ave. where
he then had the existing structure torn down and he built a
two-story in back of which he built a large garage.
On the first floor he re-established his company and used the
garage as a work area.
1930: He leased the gasoline station on the corner of
Ashland and Baunance. During the great depression, although
business was greatly reduced, his company was able to survive
in contrast to many Polish businesses. But he was
not able to make the mortgage payments on the large corner lot
he purchased in the Edgebrook area on which he intended to build
a big house for his family. For many years after
his marriage Joe invited his entire family for Christmas dinner
and for breaking of the Lentil fast on the Saturday before Easter.
However, as the family grew in membership the Ashland Ave. house
was not large enough to accommodate all these people.
1939: at the beginning of the Second World War, he leased
the property next door and converted it into a vulcanizing and
repair shop. The main building was then used primarily
for auto accessories and for an office.
1952: he expanded the main building into household appliances,
hardware and extensive auto supplies. During the
war the business prospered and it was necessary for him to take
a partner, Earl Brink, to assist him in the operations of the
company. During this time he also became very interested
in investing in the stock market. He was convinced
it was a much easier way to make a living. In 19?
his partner’s share of the company was sold to Joe's son in
law, Gy van Calbergh.
19??: Joe was a self-centered and egotistical man. Because
of this egotism (and perhaps growing senility) he cooperated
and allowed himself to be influenced by his daughter Adrianne
to disregard the original agreement he made with his wife for
the distribution of the Dressel estate after his death. In his
own mind he considered himself to be a "great" husband, father,
and grandfather, humanitarian. He was not. But, he was a devoted
son to his mother and a good brother to his siblings.
19??: he also sold his portion to Gy. but stayed on with the
company in an advisory capacity. Due to the city's economic
renewal program, the property on Ashland had to be sold
by eminent domain to the City of Chicago to be torn down and
made into a parking lot. The destruction of his buildings
was difficult for him to accept.
19??: At this time Joe chose to completely retire and
live with his oldest daughter Leonarda van Calberg and her family.
The van Calberg's converted their T.V. room, which overlooked
their garden into a bedroom for him. 1984: May 29,
Chicago, IL USA Joe died at age 87 from stroke. He was buried
in the Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles IL.
Joe was a handsome man by every ones standard. At the
time of his marriage he was 5 ft. 11in. tall, weighted 160 lb.
he had blond hair which soon turned to gray, and good blue eyes,
fair complexion, and well proportioned. Through out his life
he maintained a good figure. Joe did not inherit his grandfather's
or fathers interest in dressing well. Joe like his parents was
not socially active in the Polish community. He did financially
support Polish causes.
||Wife of Joe:
ZOFIA PELAGIA VERONICA
BOYAR RADWAN JANOWICZ
Janowicz Coat of Arms called Radwan
1901 - 1979
Zofia was called Zosia or Sophie
Born Dec. 20, 1901, Chicago, Il., USA; Roman Catholic
Zosia was the seventh and last child of Dominick Janowicz Radwan,
and his wife Antonia, nee the Princess (Kniaszouna) Tomkiewicz
Tomkowicz. The Janowicz are the Polish branch of an old noble
Lithuanian family from Dukedom of Samogitia. The Tomkiewicz
are the Polish branch of an ancient princely (Kniaszowie) Lithwanian
family from the Dukedom of Samogitia. Zosia "s father immigrated
to New Jersey, USA in 188? for economic reasons. In 18??
her mother at the age of 16 was raped by a band of roving Tatars
which resulted in her mother becoming pregnant. Zosia grandfather
Prince Andjei Tomkiewicz decided that her mother should accompanied
his brother the Rev. Stanislalus Prince Tomkiewicz, who
was being sent by his Bishop to work with the Polish people
living in New Jersey, USA. And after the birth of the child
she should return to Poland. The baby girl died
at birth. A few weeks latter she accidentally met
her cousin Dominick Janowicz and a few moths latter, contrary
to the advice her uncle she married Dominick. Her father was
a successful Chicago business man who retired at the age of
48. Zosia had a comfortable childhood in the Chicago
Polish community. Her parents had a beautiful apartment
which had well designed contemporary as well as period furniture,
a collection of rather large oil paintings of mountain scenes
and city landscapes, piano, collections of books and oriental
rugs. Zosia and her brother were always very well
dressed as the pictures from their childhood indicate.
Zosia completed her grammar and attended high school at Holy
Family Academy, a private Catholic school for girls, which was
run by the Polish Sisters of Nazareth.
1916: She had to leave school in order to take care of
her mother who was ill and who insisted that she be cared for
only by her daughter. After her mother recovered,
she worked for a short time before her marriage in the office
of the Montgomery Ward Co. Before her marriage Zosia was a "Flapper"
she loved to dance, knew all the latest songs which she could
sing accompanied at the piano by her sister Stacia. On Sunday
afternoons she would attend dances with her cousins, but be
home in time for Joe’s Sunday visits. 1923: Zosia married Joe
Dressel at age 22.
1923: Zosia was a house wife all her married life. She
managed her household very well which consisted of her husband,
three children, her mother, for several years her sister in
laws, Ann and Bena, and various help. Most of her
life she was a thin delicate person. She was not a beauty but
she was attractive, charming and elegant. At the time
of her marriage she was 5ft. 5in., weighed 110 lb., and had
brown hair, a fair complexion and truly lovely blue eyes. She
loved new clothes and costume jewelry. At the time of
her death she had over 50 pair of shoes and eleven large boxes
of costume jewelry. Another hobby was writing poetry. All her
life she had a devotion to the "Little Saint Theresia" because
she fervently believed that it was through the saint's intersession
that her son walked again after an accident in which
his legs were broken and the doctors were uncertain whether
he would ever be able to walk again.
1979: Nov. 11, Chicago, IL., USA, at age 78, Zosia died of
lung cancer, she was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St.
Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, IL USA. Zosia never smoked in her
life but throughout her marriage was subjected to her husband's
habitual cigar smoking. This was without question the prime
cause of her cancer infection. The property and money in her
estate were left to her husband Joe, her stocks were divided
equally among her children, her diamond jewelry was left to
her daughter Adrianne with the conditions that Adrianne as the
future executor of the Dressel estate would distribute the Dressel
estate after the death of her husband, as originally agreed
between herself and her husband between their three children
( this was not done) and that after Adrianne's death the jewelry
would be left to her son and elder daughter or their estates.
Most of her other jewelry was left to her son because it was
originally given to her by him over the years, her costume jewelry
was divided among family, friends and donated to several charitable
organizations, her mink coat was left to her only granddaughter
Mania van Calbergh, but was also kept by her daughter Adrianne.
Her poetry was given to her son before her death for his family
archive. Joe and Zosia had three children, one boy and two girls.
Children of Joe and Zosia:
von der DRESSEL called DRESZEL
Born July 22, 1898 in the Cybulski Townhouse, Przasnysz, Poland;
Eugenia died July 23, 1899, age1, Przasnysz, Poland and buried
in the Cybulski family crypt, parish cemetery.
KAZIMIERZ JAN ANTON
von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL
1900 - 1976
owner of the Quality Tire & Supply Co.
Kazimierz was Called Casmir or Mike
Born Jan. 13, 1900 in the Cybulski Townhouse, Przasnysz,
Mazovia, Poland; Roman Catholic
1900: He spent a pleasant early childhood with his family in
1906: Poland. (see his brother's biography XXViii.1,
1906: Mike immigrated to USA with his family. He
attended St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar and college (high school).
Mike was bi-lingual. He spoke Polish beautifully and his English
showed no trace of any accent. During his school
years he helped his father with the shoe business. Mike
gave a great deal of attention to his younger sisters and brother.
In the evenings he would entertain them with games, and by playing
the harmonica, which he did very well. After
leaving school since he had no interest in the shoe business
his father arranged for him to become an apprentice machinist.
During his free time he worked as a salesman for his older brother.
After his marriage he did sales work for his brother Joe on
a full time bases.
1923: Five Holy Martyrs Church, Chicago, Il., USA Mike at age
23 married Noble Katarzyna Margozata Kopczynska ? called Catherine
1929: In cooperation with his oldest brother. Joe, he
opened his own tire 1934: shop on ???? N. Milwaukee Ave.
It was called Quality Tire and Supply Co. Unfortunately; the
business had to be closed because of the great depression.
1933: Mike and his wife, purchased a comfortable Chicago
style bungalow in the district. 1934: Mike returned to
his old profession as a master 19??: machinist and worked
for the International Harvester Corp. in Melrose Park, Il. until
1940: Mike sold his property at a good profit and purchased
a new house and larger house on the Northwest side of Chicago.
1976: Dec. 27, 1976, Chicago, Il., USA Mike died at age
76 from stomach cancer and was buried in the Dressel Family
Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Il., USA Mike estate was
distributed among his three children. (?) All his life
Mike was a baseball fan, he had great enjoyment in playing cards
with his family and friends and he was a brilliant checker player.
Mike was a devoted, loving husband and a successful father.
Mike was a distinguished and good looking man.
He had courtly manners. At the time of his marriage
he was 5 ft. 11 in., weighed about 170 lbs. his complexion was
fair, he had brown-blond hair and clear blue eyes.
He is remembered as a "gentle and good man."
||Wife of Casmir:
Noble KATARZYNA MARGOZATA KOPCZYNSKA
called CATHERINE MARGARET KOPCZYNSKI
Kopczynski coat of arms called Pobog
1905 - 1976
Kasia was the oldest of the seven children born to Wawzenicz
(Lawrence) Kopczynski and Julianna Walkowiak. The Kopczynskis
are the Gora-Sznin branch of an old Polish noble family from
Greater (western) Poland. The Walkowiaks are a Polish
family from the znan-Ruszetze-Kzenia area. Walzenicz and
his wife immigrated to USA in approximately 1903 for economic
reasons. They first went to Orient Pa., and came to Chicago
in 1904. Kasia always was handsome woman. At her marriage
she was said to be "Theatrically beautiful". She was 5
ft. 7 in., weighed 132 lb., her complexion was fair, she had
brown hair balanced with simply lovely green eyes. She had a
strong determined personality and the ability to express herself
very clearly. Her hobby was cooking and baking Mike
and Kasia had four children, one boy and three daughters. see
1905: Oct. 20, Orient, Pa., USA; birth: Roman Catholic
1911: Kasia attended the local catholic Grammar and High School
1922: After graduation she worked in an office until her marriage.
1923: Kasia married at age 18.
1923: After her marriage, she worked sporadically in the restaurant
1972: industry in various capacities until her retirement.
1976: Mar. 18, Chicago, Il. USA Kasia died at age 71
of bone cancer and was buried in the Dressel Family Plot, St.
Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Il. USA
Casmir and Kasia's children:
von der DRESSEL called DRESZEL
1901 - 1966
designer of pillows from fine fabrics for a furniture shop
Born 1901: Aug. 31, Cybulski Townhouse, Przasnysz, Poland;
1906: Stefka immigrated with her mother and brothers
to the United States to join their father in Chicago. 1907:
She attended St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar. While attending
school she began assisting her mother in designing and sewing
children and women's clothing and continued to do so until her
marriage. 1920: St.Stanilaus Kostka Church, Chicago,
Il., USA Stefka at age 19 married Jozef Dryszel,
her 3rd cousin, see XXVII.16 1920: After her marriage
she was employed as master seamstress in a furniture shop.
She worked in this profession until her retirement.
1920: mar:? St. Stanislaus Kostka, Chicago, IL USA to Jozef
Dryszel, her 3rd cousin, see XXVII.16
Stefka had a very pleasant childhood. She lived with her family
in an apartment of her grandmother's (Grudzinski Sczpanski nee
Cybulski) townhouse in the middle of Przasnysz,. see her
brother's Joe's biography XXVIII.1 date 1896-1906 for
a description of this house and period
1924: With the help of her older brother she purchased
a charming cottage on Marion Court situated in one of the largest
gardens in Polonia. It even has a children's swimming
pool. She was deeply devoted to her husband who
was chronically ill and was deeply affected by his early death.
She was 39 years of age when he died. Although she
had several opportunities to remarry, she never did. 194?:
After her son's marriage she sold her cottage and decided to
live with her younger sister Anna and her brother in law Casey
Luczak. 1966: Aug. 31, Chicago, IL
On the day she retired at the age of sixty five she had a stroke.
1966: Sept. 19, 1966, Chicago, Il., USA
Stefka died at age 65. She was buried in the Dressel Family
Plot, St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles, Il., USA Stefka was a kind,
generous and strong person. She always kept a good figure.
At the time of her marriage she was 5 ft. 5 in., weighed 135
lb., had blue eyes and brown hair. She inherited the Dressel
Polish nose. She was not a beautiful
woman but she had good "Polish" face. Her hobby
was gardening. With assistance of her older brother, Joe, she
invested her money wisely in stock market. Her estate was divided
equally among her children. Stefka and Joe had two children,
one boy and one girl. See XXI. 6 - 7
||Husband of Stefania:
JOZEF von der DRESSEL called DRYSZEL XXiv.16
1892 - 1941
von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL
1910 - 2010
1910: Annie was born in IL, Roman Catholic 1910 - Anna
as a child was called Andza, latter named Annie by her brother
1916: Annie attended St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar
1922: When Annie was 12 years of age, was given
the chore to rise at 6:00 AM to go to the grocery store to buy
fresh meats and other foods for her mother to make lunches for
her brothers. Many times her brother Mike would
invite her to go for early morning bicycle rides before he went
to work. This was a great adventure for Annie. Once,
they had an accident which gave Anna a bump on her forehead.
She and Casmir were afraid to go home; they were both terrified
as to what their mother would say. They solved the problem
by rearranging Anna's hair so that bangs would cover her bruise.
After that she wore bangs for years.
1924: At Annie grammar school graduation she received the school's
Outstanding Student award. After her mother’s death during that
same year, she took over the management of the family
household, she was the little mother. Later that year,
age 14, she took her first fulltime job. She worked six days
a week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Her weekly salary was $7.00.
1925: At the age of 15, because of her impressive work she
was asked by a neighbor to work in his grocery store for $10.00
a week. The store was located on Leavitt street approximately
three miles from where she lived. To save money she walked
back and forth from work each day. Anna had a particularly beautiful
voice in the evenings she would sing for her family. This
was especially enjoyed by her father.
Later that year Stacia Urban, (Zosia Dressel's sister) found
Annie a better job in her friend’s "Mary Lou Candy Shop" which
was located on Milwaukee and Lawrence avenues. She worked six
days a week from 11:00 am to 8:00 and earned $15.00.
1928: Annie began working for the Arcless Co. which was
later called the Mercoid Co. located on Belmont and Tripp streets.
Annie now earned $26 a week. She worked there until her marriage.
1932: Nov. 30, St. Sylvester Church, Chicago, Il, USA.
Annie married at age 22 Casmir Luczak
1932: Anna is 5 ft. 4 in. tall; weights 112 lb. has a fair
complexion, brown hair and lovely blue/gray eyes. Annie inherited
the classical Dressel nose. Of all the women in the XXVIII generation
Anna has the most noble appearance. Her hobbies are baking and
cooking. Anna "would like to be remembered as a sincere, honest
person who was compassionate and understanding" She felt that
the most important contribution in her life was "bringing three
children into the world and raising them to the best of her
ability" Anna remembers her mother as a woman whose children
were first and foremost in her life. She recalls
her father as a diligent worker. She considers her children
"all very ambitious and aggressive" and enjoyed an "extraordinary
close relationship not only as relatives but as friends" with
her brothers and sisters.
2010: 100th Birthday
||Husband of Anna:
CASEY CASMIR STEPHEN LUCZAK
Casey's mother's coat of arms
founder and owner of the Luczak Construction Co.
Casey is the second youngest of 14 brothers and sisters.
His father was General Joseph Luczak; his mother was Julia nee
Iwinski. The Luczak family is of Polish origin.
After coming to USA in 18? General Luczak founded the
Luczak Plastering Co. which is still in existence.
The Iwinski are an old Polish noble family. Casey
attended Wenselaus grammar school, Lane Technical High School
and the Chicago Technical College for two years.
19??: Casey was born mm/dd/; Roman Catholic
1911: Casey moved with his parents to Chicago Il.
1924: Graduated St. Wensellaus grammar school 1928: Graduated
Lane Technical High School
1929: Played professional baseball with the Springfield Cardinals
1930: Graduated Chicago Technical College
1932: Casey married Annie Dressel at age 21
1934: Casey Founded the Luczak Construction Company, which
he headed until his retirement.
1972: Casey retired, but continued to be active in the
construction field for special limited projects. Casey was an
"Dashing and Exciting" young man. At 25 he was 6’ 1” tall, 175
lb., fair complexioned, black hair and brown eyes. His hobby
is "Sports". Through the years he received numerous awards in
bowling and golf. Casey believes "that there is no short cut
to success. Hard work, smartly applied, still prevails".
He wishes to be remembered that he "did the best I could when
I could". In his profession he was gifted with the
ability to literally perform all functions of his trade in the
construction industry, and he was able to lead by example.
He is also very proud of the fact that he maintained excellent
relationships with all his most numerous brother and sister
in laws, through his life, a truly remarkable achievement.
Anna and Casey had three children, one boy and two girls
BOLESLAUS CONSTANTIN ANTON
von der DRESSEL called DRESSEL
1912 - 1941
Boleslaus as a child was called "Bolek", when a young man
"Billy", when an adult, "Jerry"
born: Nov. 9, 1912 Chicago IL USA: Roman Catholic
died: Nov. 30 1941 Chicago, IL: Dressel Family Plot, St. Adalbert
Cemetery, Niles IL USA
1920: He graduated from St. Stanislaus Kostka grammar
school. 1924: As a young man he worked for his older brother
in the tire shop, latter as an attendant in his brother's gasoline
station on Ashland and Bauance streets. 1929: After the
death of his father he lived with his brother Mike and his family
and latter he lived with his sister Anna and her family 1932:
During the Great Depression he became an apprentice machinist.
After 1941: training he was employed by the Mercoid Corp.
of Chicago. He worked there until he died. 1941: Nov.
30, Chicago, IL. Jerry died from a brain tumor at the age of
29. He was buried next to his father in the Dressel Family Plot,
St. Adalbert Cemetery, Niles IL USA Jerry was a good looking
man, well proportioned, 5 ft. 10 in. in height, 160 lb., fair
complexion, brown hair, blue eyes. He was a quiet,
soft spoken and kind man. With the help of his older brother
he invested some money in the stock market. His
estate was divided between his brother and sisters.
His older brother Joe declined participation. Stacia
Urban said, "He died before he Blossomed".
SABINA HELENA MARIANNA
von der DRESSEL
| Sabina was called "Bena"
Born in 1913,
IL, Roman Catholic
Mar: June 12, 1937, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago,
to Noble Stanislaus (Stanly) Kozlowski
1913: Feb. 9, Chicago, Il., USA; Roman Catholic
1913: Sabina is usually called Bena, her husband called
her Sally and ?
1929: her children on occasion call her Binski.
Bena was a premature child. No one thought she could
survive. She did. Bena is a survivor.
She was the baby of the family. She was very protected
and she loved it. Bena was never the scholarly type. "Life
was too short."
1929: After the death of her father Bena lived with her
oldest brother Joe and his family on Ashland Ave.
19??: Bena worked at the ? Corp
1932: After the marriage of her sister Anna, Bena went
to live with her.
1937: June 12, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il.,
USA. Bena married Noble Stanley Kozlowski 19??:
the name of the Kozlowski coat of arms is not remembered, since
there are several Polish noble families with the Kozlowski name,
only research in Poland could now provide the family herb name.
After her marriage Bena became a housewife and mother
19??: Bena and her husband Stazu purchased a large comfortable
house on the northwest side of Chicago.
1955: After the tragic death of her husband which deeply
affected the entire family, Bena maintained her house and raised
19??: She returned to work and took employment with the
Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in food distribution.
19??: The cafeteria which was in her area of responsibility,
received a National for excellency which pleased her very much.
19??: Bena retired, sold her house and moved into her
son's house in Carol who has her house in near by Arlington
Heights. Bena has many operas, soap operas, cooking; knitting
jig saw puzzles and shopping. At 22 years of age Bena had a
gorgeous figure, 5 ft. 6 in tall, weighed 125 lb. fair complexion,
brown hair and blue eyes. She inherited the "Polish"
Dressel nose. Bena believes, "that it doesn’t pay to plan too
far in advance. It is better to take life one day
at a time. I thank God for each day that He gives
to me and I try to enjoy each day." She would like
to be remembered "for helping people and giving my friends and
family good advice." She believed the most
important accomplishment in her business career was "serving
and satisfying her customers and working twenty years so that
I could receive a retirement pension and health insurance.”
Her most important contribution to life was, "having my children
and raising them to be good citizens." She remembers her mother
as kind and good and that she would take her to the movies and
the ice cream parlor. Bena was 9 years of age when
she died. She remembers her father as being
generous and kind. She is very proud of her
children, "I worked hard to educate them and give to them more
then what I had. I am happy that they are now on
their own and able to support themselves and help heir families.
Now, they help me and that makes me happy."
||Husband of Sabina:
The coat of arms Poraj is attributed to the Kozlowski family
1913 - 19??
founder and owner of the North Shore Tire Co.
Stazu was the son of Wladislaus Kozlowski and Alexandera
Kozlowski nee ?? The Kozlowski are an old Polish Roman
Catholic family and the ? are ?.
Stanly was called Stazu or Stas by his family and friends
born: 1913: Mar. 7, Chicago, Il. USA; Roman Catholic
1927: He graduated from Holy Trinity Grammar School
1931: He graduated from Holy Trinity High School.
1932: Stazu joined the ??? 1934: He returned home
with an interest in the automobile accessory business.
1934: For six years he worked as a most successful salesman
or his future
1937: At age 24 he married his "Sally" (Sabena).
1940: brother in law, Joe Dressel.
1940: He founded the North Shore Tire Co. He was
the north side distributor for Goodrich truck and passenger
tire. He also provided various tire services to
commercial truck accounts. He was a successful business
194?: Apr. ? , Chicago, IL.,USA Stazu died tragically. His
death deeply affected his immediate and extended family. Stazu
looked like a movie star. At the time of his marriage
he was 5 ft. 9 in tall, weighed 150 lb., olive complexion, he
had dark brown hair and brown eyes. Stazu loved
to play cards with his friends. He strongly believed that one
could never get rich by working for someone else.
The only way to get ahead was to work for yourself. Stazu loved
his wife and children. He died for them.
His estate was left to Bena.
CHILDREN of STANISLAW VON DER DRESSEL
called DRESSEL, XXIV.3
AND FRANCISZKA ZIEMLER (Cymler)
CONRAD F. von der DRESSEL
called DRESZEL, LEGALLY CHANGED TO DRISCOE
1905 - 1972
Conrad was called Connie by all who knew him
From early childhood he demonstrated an amazing mechanical
1905: born 1905, Chicago, Il.
1912: Shortly after his father's tragic death he moved
with his mother and brother to Evanston, IL. A suburb of Chicago,
where his mother felt her family would have more opportunities.
1917: Left Ascension of Our Lord grammar school in the 6 grade
at age 12 in order to assist his mother financially.
1917: Due to his extraordinary mechanical ability he
never had any difficulty finding work. He was one of the
very few members of his immediate group that was employed through
out the great depression he only one who owned a car.
He was always most generous with using his car to help all members
of the family. Connie worked as a master mechanic
or machinist throughout his working career.” There
was no machine or motor that he could not repair".
Through out his adult life Connie was chronically ill.
However, in spite of this handicap he was highly respected as
a "good, solid, hard working and honest employee" and he tried
very hard to be a good husband and father.
1927: May 27, Holy Trinity Church, Chicago, IL USA Connie
at age 22 married Noble Helen Dlugosz.
1927: ? Connie legally changed his family name from Dreszel
to Driscoe because he thought it sounded much more American.
1954: ? Chicago, IL USA. Helen divorced Connie but they
continued to live together. The divorce was a legal
accommodation for estate purposes.
1972: Mar. 8, 1972, Chicago, IL USA. Connie died at age
67 from a heart attack. He was buried in the Driscoe
Family Plot, St. Adalbert's Cemetery, Niles, Il., USA. Connie
was a good looking man. He resembled his cousin
Joe Dressel. At the time of his marriage he was 5 ft. 9 in.
tall, weighed 180 lb., had a fair complexion, blue eyes and
blond hair. He loved to work in a garden, and did
so at every opportunity.
Connie and Helen had three children.
||Wife of Conrad:
HELENA MARIA DLUGOSZ
Długosz coat of arms called Wieniawa
1905 - 1992
Helen was the daughter of Jan Dlugosz and Katarina Pasciak.
The Dlugosz are a Roman Catholic family of the Borek-Stary branch
of an old Polish noble family. The Pasciak are a Roman
Catholic family of Polish origin. Jan Dlugosz immigrated
to USA in 1907 for economic reasons. He and his wife were
quite diligent and in a short time became property owners in
1905: June 4, Borek-Stary, Ostatnia Poczta Tyczyn, Rzeszow,
Poland; Roman Catholic
1905: June 4, Borek-Stary, Ostatnia Poczta Tyczyn, Rzeszow,
Poland birth; Roman Catholic
1917: Helen graduated from Holy Trinity Grammar School In the
first grade at Holy Trinity grammar school Helen met her future
husband. It was then that they decided to get married when they
grew up. Even after Connie and his family moved to the suburbs
they kept contact with each other which was quite difficult
to do under the circumstances at that time.
1925: Helen was employed all her working career with the Chicago
Rawhide Co.as a packer until her retirement.
1972: After the death of her husband she lived for a short
time with her sister in Florida and then with her son in Medinah,
IL, She then decided in 1980 to live with her daughter in Rochester
New York. 1992: ???? Rochester, New York Helen died at
age 87 from heart attack. Helen was always an attractive woman.
She had a strong personality and a strong will. At the time
of her marriage she was 5 ft. 3 in tall, weighed 175 lbs, had
fair complexion and gray eyes. She had a beautiful
classical profile. Helen's hobby was doing crafts.
She continued to do this until her failing eyesight made this
work too difficult.
Children of Connie and Helen
MIECZYSTOW von der DRESSEL
legally changed to DRISCOE
1907 - 2000
founder and owner of the Red Top Cab Co.
Miecszystow was called Matthew, Mickey, or Matt
born: Jan. 1, 1907 Chicago, IL USA: Roman Catholic
x Aug. 1, 1938, age 31, St. Jerome Church, Chicago, IL USA to
Nellie Elizabeth Suing
1907: Jan. 1, Chicago, Il., USA
1913: Matt attended the Ascension of Our Lord grammar
school in Evanston, IL.
1917: Until he completed the fourth grade. After
that he simply was not interested in going to school.
His mother, step father nor pastor could do anything to persuade
him to return to classes. He wanted his freedom.
He was always a most independent and free spirit.
1922: At age 15 Matt ran away from home.
He rode the box cars until the railroad police threw him off
somewhere in Colorado. Since he only had a half a dollar in
his pocket he took a job as a field worker on a sugar beet farm.
After four months he left his job to go to warmer California.
In those days he considered himself to be quarrelsome, impolite
and a tough guy.
1923: San Francisco, California
Matt found a job in a German bakery, this employment lasted
8 months. He then worked in a restaurant where vodka was
served illegally as a waiter. He soon promoted
himself to a vodka dealer. He found his new occupation hazardous
and exciting. He earned a lot of money but he lost it playing
poker and betting on horses.
1924: At 19 he decided to return to Evanston. There he
began to drive for the Nelson Cab Co.
1927: After a few years he changed to the Checker and
Yellow Cab Co. For excitement he joined the National Guard but
when he found it too dull for his taste, he left.
1932: When prohibition ended he opened a tavern in Chicago,
on ??? street. He specialized in serving vodka and
organizing dice games. He had three bar tenders working for
1938, Aug. 1, St. Jerome Church, Chicago, Il., USA Matt at
age 31 married Nellie Elizabeth Suing
1939: At the beginning of World War II he organized the Red
Top Cab. Co. in Evanston Il., When he sold the business after
the World War II it consisted of three cabs and two drivers.
He remained in the cab business in various capacities until
1972: At the age of 65 he decided to travel, the first
place he went to was San Diego, California to visit his daughter
Fran. He and his wife found the area to be quite attractive
and decided to purchase two houses which were offered to him
at a good price. One he bought to live in the other he acquired
for additional income. Matt enjoys his retirement
very much and keeps himself busy with his many interests and
hobbies. Occasionally he takes on a property improvement project
but his great love is attending the dog races in Mexico and
the horse races in Los Angeles which to his great delight adds
to his income. Matt was always a big man. At the
time of his marriage he was 5 ft. 9 in tall, weighted 220 lbs.
fair complexion, brown hair, green eyes. He inherited the Dressel
Polish nose. Now, he is a distinguished pateriatic
? looking man. Matt would like to be remembered as a good father
and as "just plain Matt" He considers being able to send his
children to college as the most important accomplishment of
his working career. He remembers his family as never
being too close, independent, hard working and that they all
accomplished their goals.
||Wife of Matthew:
NELLIE ELIZABETH SUING
Nellie and Matt
Nellie is the daughter of Clemens Suing and Maria Elizabeth
Uhing. The fifth child of eight children. The Suing
are a Roman Catholic family of German origin from Nusbeck in
the former Dukedom of Oldenburg. Nelli's grandfather
Clemens left Oldenburg with his wife and small daughters in
1867. "Upon arrival in the United States, they landed
in Boston. From there they continued by ship south,
around Florida, to the Mississippi River, went up the Mississippi
River, then up the Missouri River to a point near the present
Yanton, South Dakota. Clemens homesteaded in the prairie about
ten miles north of Hartington, Nebraska, area.
He built a log and sod house on his homestead. Until
they were able to produce vegetables and livestock on
their farm, they lived on native prairie vegetation and antelope".
(n?) The Uhing are also a Roman Catholic family of German origin
from Nusbeck in the former Dukedom of Oldenburg.
1909: Nellie was born, Nebraska, Rom. Cath.
Nellie was born on her father's farm. She has very pleasant
childhood memories of living and playing on her father's large
1917: She graduated from the Hartington grammar school.
1918: Nellie was only able to attend one year of high school
in Hartington because she was needed to help at home.
Nellie also earned extra money by taking care of small children.
1928: These were years of drought and hail storms, which
resulted in very
1933: poor crop harvests for feeding livestock, this resulted
in serious financial difficulties for Nellie parents and relatives.
This period is known locally as the "time of Crisis", (n?).
1933: As did many of her relatives, Nellie had to leave the
farm. She went to Chicago and joined her friends
who had previously come to the "big city" to look for work.
She soon found a job as a housekeeper because of her experience
in helping her mother manage a large household, with children
and her pleasant personality. She retained that
job until the time of her marriage to Matt.
1937: Nellie's father as well as other relatives sold
or abandoned their Properties
in Nebraska and purchased farms in the Lebanon, Oregon area
where the climate and land offered better opportunities for
farmers. Nellie and Matt during the early years of their marriage
made trips to Oregon, Nebraska, and other areas of the nation
to visit their relatives and sight see. 1938: Nellie at
age 29 married Matt.
1959: After the children were grown, Nellie went back
to work, from this time to her retirement she worked for A.
R. Barnes Co ., in Skokie Il., as a master book binder.
1972: After her retirement she immediately began to enjoy
and exercise her life long desire to paint. Her nature paintings
and landscapes decorate many walls in her home and in the homes
of her friends and relatives. Nellie also does beautiful crocheting
and knitting work. At the time of her marriage Nellie
was 5ft. 3in tall, weighted 190 lb., fair complexion, brown
hair and gray eyes. Nellie personality is described
as "quiet gentle", and she never argues. She is an excellent
and thrifty housekeeper and is known to perform miracles in
her household management. Matt and Nellie had two children,
one boy and one girl, see XX. ?and?
** NOTES FOR MATT DRISCOE: (n1) this information
was obtained from the manuscript called ?,
written by ? in 19??.
For additional information regarding the Suing family, copies
of the manuscript can be found in the ? libraries.
FREDERICK LINE CHILD OF KAZIMIR VON DER DRESSEL called
1912 - 1980
1912: Nov. 12, Chorzele, Poland; Roman Catholic
1918: When he was six years of age his father died during the
War I and he clearly realized that he would become the sole
support of his mother.
1920: Because of the War he was not able to begin grammar school
until the age of eight years. He was only allowed to complete
1927: He started to learn a trade. His mother apprenticed him
to a Jew named Fisk who lived in Chorzele who was a cabinet
maker. Here Stephan served his apprenticeship for four
1931: Stephan opened his own shop and was soon able to
provide for himself and his ailing mother to whom he became
most devoted. After her death in 1933, he worked and lived
for himself, not knowing what fate had in store for him.
1939: April, he was inducted into the army serving as an aide
to the border guards in Chorzele until Sept. 1, 1939.
With the outbreak of WWII, his regiment was sent to Rozana,
where he was commended for his bravery. There his regiment
was incorporated into a section of the Polish Air Force under
the command of Col. Chmura. He participated in the fierce
battle for the defense of Rozana, but his regiment was overpowered
by the Nazis and was taken prisoners. Stefan and his companions
were taken to a prison camp in Allenstein, East Prussia.
He stayed in this camp until the end of 1939. He was then
taken to a very prosperous estate in the village of Stanberk.
Here he was ordered to give up his loyalty to Poland and claim
German citizenship and be known as a "Folkdeutchen". (This
was offered to him because of his obvious German name).
1940: August, however, even though he was under severe pressure
and threatened with dire consequences, he refused to obey this
command. As punishment he and other Poles who also refused to
accept German citizenship were sent to a concentration camp
near Dzialdownie, It was a known fact that the camp was strict
and rigorous and was called "Black Flag".
1940: November; the prisoners who had a trade were selected
for transfer to (Met Getehen), East Prussia. Here in groups
of six the prisoners worked at their trade. The camp was
managed by the "Hitler Youth" organization. Many prisoners,
although not having a trade signed up just to avoid staying
at Dzialdowie. Except for Stefan, no one in his
group was a cabinet maker but under his guidance and their hard
work they were able to get by the not too demanding inspections.
Every Saturday, for some unknown reason, the prisoners were
beaten. Stefan soon realized that if he stood last
in line, those who were administrating the beatings would be
tired and he would suffer less pain. He and his group
were eventually freed from these beatings. One of the
German soldiers would give them bread secretly; this was greatly
appreciated, being fed very poorly. Stefan remain in this
camp for 3 years
1943: December; Stefan and 4 other prisoners planned to escape.
To escape from this camp would be very difficult. Witness
the fact three American Pilots tired their luck, at it. They
had maps and yet after two weeks were returned to the camp,
severely beaten. In spite of all these problems
they still planned the escape. It was the duty of all prisoners
to inform the managers of the camp of any escapes.
The prisoners promised the escapes to hold back any alarm until
they reached the forest which was 1000 meters away.
But as they reached half-way to their destination, they heard
the alarm; they knew they had been reported immediately. A few
of prisoners were able to cross the highway but
Stefan's friend Rajmontowski of Chorzele, having slowed down,
was captured, and as he latter related, he was beaten unconscious.
But because of the light snowfall we were able to continue faster.
Food was scarce, one loaf of bread and one kilogram of bacon
was all that the prisoners had. The cold wintry weather persisted,
temperatures were around 15 c to 25 c but the Polestar was visible
and helped them to see in the dark. The escapes traveled by
night and slept in barns, covered by hay and straw.
During the day, stealing food was risky, but they were able
to do so on two occasions. When removing some milk from cans
they added water so the owners would not see the amount missing.
One night they were found by a farmer who spoke to them in Polish
and asked them who they were and then told them to wait. After,
what seemed a very long time he did return with hot coffee and
milk and bread with lard, truly a feast they stayed there till
night fall. The man who helped them was also a prisoner, a former
teacher from Lodz. He was working as servant for a German farmer.
He in turn communicated with other prisoners and planned to
help them continue their escape. Before we left that night,
the teacher and his friends provided them with food and led
them to an area in the forest where they could light a
fire and warm themselves. Some of the escapes became weak and
ill, so they stayed in that area for two weeks. Forged documents
were given to them, although limiting them to certain areas.
They traveled on foot, always expecting to be captured by the
Nazis and trying to make sure not to be detected by the dogs.
Neither could they ask for directions for fear of revealing
their presence. Not until they came within 10 kilometers
of Chorzele did they feel free to move around
in the dark. Before they reached Chorzele, they met three other
escaped prisoners living in the forest, one was from Krzynowlogie
Malei, the second from Ciechanowa, and the third from Plonsk.
Stefan could not remain in Chorzele
fearing capture by the Nazis. He remained in hiding
3 kilometers from Chorzele. Friends were able to provide him
with job using his skills as a master cabinet maker from an
employer in Chorzele. In this area he was safe and
no longer had to hide underground. But he was not able
to return to his house in Chorzele until after the Liberation.
1945: There he became reacquainted with a pretty girl
he knew before the outbreak of WWII and soon married her. 1946:
Stefan reestablished himself in cabinet making and expanded
his work to include house remolding.
1949: To augment his income he took a job in a large automobile
factory. Chorzele was not a prosperous town, most of the
young people would leave for other places as soon as they could.
Chorzele became of town of senior citizens. 1955; Circumstances
were now such in Poland that he was again able to support his
family with his cabinet making and remolding business.
1968: June, a great fire destroyed much of Chorzele including
the greater part of his shop and supplies. It was
difficult starting all over again, supplies and tools were almost
impossible to buy or find. In 1972 he began to work
for an institution that provided help to the citizens of Chorzele
and Przasnysz and at the same time continuing with his own work
on a part time basis.
1980: April, Stefan retired, with his pension and the income
of rent from his two apartment houses.
1981: Feb; Stefan visited a doctor who not being familiar with
his illness and treated him for, what seemed to him to be rheumatism.
In truth, Stefan had cancer of the prostrate gland.
1980: Ostrlenka, Poland Stefan died at age ?? from cancer.
NOTES FOR STEFAN DRESZEL:
(n1) The source for this information is from a report
written in Aug. 1986. by Stefan's son in law Zdzislaw
Orzechoski who obtain this material from Stefan, Stefan's wife,
a fellow prisoner named Raymontowski.
(n2) this information was obtained from a letter written by
Eugenis Dreszel nee Wisneiwski. Nov. 11, 1986.
||Wife of Stefan
Eugenia is the daughter of ? Wisniewski and his wife Zofia Ejma
Wisniewski nee Ejma ?The Wisniewski and the ? are Roman
Catholic families of old Polish noble origin who settled in
the Chorzele area in the 17th century and became burgers.
1922: "My father was a shoemaker and because he was the sole
provider of his family he also worked as a road builder.
My mother managed the home and took care of her three children.
Earning a good income and with the help of the family enabled
my father to build acquire a large lot in Chorzele and build
a comfortable brick house. My parents were also able to
save money which unfortunately became worthless due to the war.
1929: At the age of 7 I entered grammar school in Orzelech.
I finished the required seven grades and until the outbreak
of WWII, I lived with my parents, helping with the housework
1939: Because of the dangers of the war, we tired to escape
from Chorzele. We made our way to the Narew and
then to the Burg rivers, here we came to a halt, learning,
that we had come to the fighting front. It was then
my father decided to weal our way back to Chorzele. After two
months of walking, trying all directions, we reached our town
and finally our house. We found all our belongings
had been stolen and the building was damaged from enemy bombings.
We all suffered difficulties, but managed to survive the winter.
1940: In the spring, the mayor of Chorzele had to choose
30 girls from our town to be sent to Germany to work. I was
one of the girls chosen. The entire group was taken by horse
drawn wagons from Chorzele. I can still hear the screams of
our mothers as the wagons left for Przasnysz. There, we were
rated according to our appearances. From the group ten were
chosen to go to East Prussia. Firstly, we went then
to Mlawa, and then we traveled by train to Elblag, then to Koenigsberg.
Here, rich Germans were waiting for us, we were to be their
servants. I was sent to the home of
a building contractor, Emil Meyer. His wife originally came
from Poznan, Poland, thus I was able to speak to her in Polish
but when her husband was present we were not permitted to speak
in Polish. They owned a three story apartment house. My
responsibility was to clean and keep orderly all living quarters.
The owner’s wife assumed all responsibility of feeding the tenants;
however, in assisting her in her work I was able to learn many
things. My mother, worrying about me, sent to me 60 chicken
eggs each month. Frau Meyer took the eggs and used them
to bake various cakes, which I of course would also be allowed
to eat. She also gave to me ration stamps allowing
me to purchase cakes and cookies from a store, she herself was
unable to eat sweets because had diabetes. I never
complained about my work, since I had more freedom than did
my girl friends in this region with the Germans.
1943: A wounded lieutenant was brought to us from Stalingrad.
I do not remember his name. I had to help him with
his washing, shaving etc. Because the Nazi army was in retreat
from Stalingrad, I was told to lower the window shades every
evening for fear of bombing by the Russian Air Force. I lived
in Koenigsburg four years. I was able to leave at this time
due to bargain my mother had made with those in power.
My mother was ailing; my two brothers were sent to the region
of Mazur to work. That was the reason she gave to
bargain for my release. She convinced the authorities to
replace me with another girl. For this she gave them a cow and
many bolts of material from which suits could be made.
Jadwiga Ladzinski was sent to replace me, upon her arrival,
I was release. I arrived in Chorzele late autumn
1943. In a short time I was put to work in a hospital which
was located in a school in Chorzele. We received
the wounded from the front lines. My duties were to bathe the
wounded, keep the living quarters clean and help the doctors.
Eventually, the hospital was closed and I was finally set free.
1945: I married Stefan, whom I had known and admired
for a long time.
1955: I became ill with a blood clot to the brain. I
was treated by a doctor in Chorzele receiving many injections.
After receiving one of the injections I was
to lie down for thirty minutes, but due to an oversight I stood
up immediately and left the hospital. In a few minutes
I collapsed on the street and was instantly taken to the hospital
in Przasnysz. I spent a month there.
My health did not improve at all, not even, was I able to sit
up in bed. It was then my husband decided to have
me transferred to another hospital where I could be seen by
other specialists. He went to Warsaw, to visit his
cousin Jerzy Dreszel, who knew Dr. Zarski and him in turn, admitted
me to a hospital in Pruszkowie for neurological tests.
After three months of treatment and rehabilitation my health
vastly improved, and after thorough examination by specialists
I was permitted to return to my home. The following year I was
confined to a Sanitarium in Ciechcinka for one month.
I was finally cured but I was left paralyzed on the side of
my body. At first I found it difficult to get back
to the usual routine in living. We hired girls to
help with the house work and taking care of the children, but
had problems finding someone who would be good for that kind
of work. In time I became accustomed to my limitations
and was able to maneuver my body in such a way that
I was capable of doing many things at home. After
the children had grown, we no longer had to seek help from others.
1976: I obtained a position as a Supervisor, working for an
organization that teaches self-reliance to invalids in Przasnysz,
where I am still employed. It is a great pleasure for
me that I can still be useful to my self, my family, others,
and work in the Chorzele area." s
CHILDREN of JAN von der DRESSEL called
AND HELENA KEMPISTY (KĘPISTY) herb NIESOBIA
* 1950, Poland, Roman Catholic
KRYSTYNA von der DRESSEL
property owner and developer in USA
landowner in Poland
Born 1954, Poland, Roman Catholic
x 1990, City Hall, Brooklyn, New York, USA to Lucio Cacharani
Owner of the ?????? Cleaning Shop, Brooklyn, New York images
Born 1954, Poland, Roman Catholic
1990: City Hall, Brooklyn, New York, USA Christiana married
at age ? Lucio Cacharani, partner of ? , Brooklyn, New York
1991: ? Church, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Christina and Lucia were remarried in a Catholic Church 1991:
Christina and her husband bought out their partner and became
sole owner of the ???? Shop 1991: Christina and Lucia took a
trip to Paraguay in order for Lucia to introduce Krystyna and
his son to his family.
||Husband of Krystyna:
Son of Leonardo Cacharani, ? and his wife the late Asunta
Cacharani nee Eugenio, housewife ?. The Cacharani and the Eugenio
are Roman Catholic families of Inca origins. His
grandfather was a multi decorated "freedom fighter", who served
in the Bolivian army from 1932 to 1936 in the war against Paraguay.
1966: Lucio was born, Bolivia; Roman Catholic
Lucio is the youngest of three children.
1980: Graduated from a private elementary school in Huan
1980: Attended three years of High School in Huan, Paraguay
, South America
1985: Graduated High School in Santa Cruz, Paraguay, South
America. Lucio is bilingual, he speaks Guechva Spanish and English.
1989: After graduation he lived in Argentina for four years
where he worked as a ?
1987: Lucio immigrated to Mexico.
1987: Dec. 8, he immigrated to the USA.
He settled in New York , where he quickly found work as a
tailor apprentice. 1989: Lucio became a partner
in the ??? shop.
1992: Krystyna and Lucia bought out their partner and became
sole owner of the shop. Lucio, at the time of his marriage
was 130 lb. was 5 ft. 9 in., had black hair, black eyes,
and olive complexion.
Lucio and Krystyna have two children
CHILDREN of HENRYK von der DRESSEL
called DRYSZEL, XXIV.12
AND MARIANNA JAWORSKI
1926: Jadwiga was born in Chorzele, Poland: Roman Catholic
† 1929, Chorzele, Poland
FRANCISZEK von der DRESSEL
* 1928, Chorzele, Poland
†1948, age 20, Warsaw, Poland
JERZY WIKTOR von der DRESSEL
1925 - 1980
May 21, 1925, Chorzele, Poland: Roman Catholic
† Sept. 13, 1980, age 55, Warsaw, Poland buried: Warsaw, Poland
x Apr. 24, 1952, age 27, ? to Maria Jadwiga
1927: "Jerzy's childhood and young adulthood were
spent in dire circumstances. His father died when
Jerzy was only 2 years of age. His mother was left
alone with him and his six month old brother Franciszek. Lack
of funds forced her to take her children to Miedzyles and leave
them with her parents while she went to Warsaw to seek
employment. Her parents were poor farmers and Jerzy shared
a room with many members of the family. At a very
early age he had to help in the household, feeding and milking
the cows, and gathering the wheat in the fields.
1932: Jerzy attended elementary school in the village
of Dzierzgowo. Because his grandparents lacked money
he walked bare footed and not until the winter season was he
given shoes, first worn by his cousins. The care of his younger
brother Francizek was also his responsibility. Taking care of
his chores first caused him to study late into the night by
candle light. Naphtha was very expensive and lamps lit
by oil were used sparingly. Electricity was not introduced
into the village until 1960. Difficulties not withstanding,
Jerzy was an exceptional student.
1937: He and his brother were able to go to Warsaw to live
with their mother. They shared a one room apartment on
the Elektoraney 18 Street. Jerzy attended a school in Warsaw
but his clothing was of such poor quality and his manners
different from the other children he was often teased
and at times threatened with beatings. Hard work
on the farm made him physically fit and he quickly proved to
the others he was able to protect himself, he was never threatened
again. Also given the distinction of being the smartest
student in his class helped be accepted and left alone. He was
a quite boy but would not let anyone push him around.
He graduated from elementary school with top honors.
1939: Jerzy and his brother returned to the farm during vacation
to help with the work in the fields. WWII began and they
were stranded in the village. As the fighting acme
closer, he and his brother, uncle, aunt and two of their children
were able to escape from the Nazis. For a few weeks they
were able to avoid capture. When returning to Miedzylasia
they found their uncle's house was burned out and were unable
to save anything. They were able to rent a very
small room in a cottage in the village. They had to sleep on
the floor. Jerzy could not at this tine return to
Warsaw, being now under the control of the Nazis, as was Chorzele
and Miedzyisia. Not until the end of 1939 did he and his
brother receive a pass to return to Warsaw.
1940: Jerzy began to study mechanics in a Trade School
and was also forced to work in the railroad repair shop in Pruszkowie.
He had to travel many miles by train to reach his assignments.
During the war the railroad was of great importance to the Nazi
command, keeping Jerzy and other workers very busy. He
would very often work all night and then attend school early
in the morning. When he returned home completely
exhausted his mother would cry at the sight of him. Working
conditions were of a military discipline, negligence or laziness
on the part of the worker would immediately transfer him to
a concentration camp for reeducation. This happened
to one of his co-workers. However, Jerzy was fortunately
recognized as having talent toward mechanics while working in
Pruszkowie. At this time Elektoalna Street was included
into a Jewish Ghetto by the Nazis. Jerzy, his brother and mother
were forced to move to Brzesla Street, a section in Warsaw inhabited
by criminals and alcoholics. Jerzy, even though
exhausted, was still interested in many things and was an avid
reader. It was at this time that many people were
preparing for the Warsaw up-rising. A bottle filled with benzene
was exploded on one of the streets but the up-rising was squelched
very quickly. Jerzy was captured by the Nazi sent
to Pruszkowie, the same area where he had worked.From there
he other Poles was taken by truck to Germany. The trip lasted
a few days.
1940: Autumn was hard to bear; the Germans did not feed their
prisoners during the entire trip. After arriving
in Germany he worked for a time on farms, later as a mechanic
in the factories in Mannheim, Hanover, and Colon.
1945: He worked as a laborer, repairing the bombed out buildings
and built new bomb shelters. At this time, while in Colon,
he narrowly missed being killed by bombs falling into the streets,
destroying one section of the city. Before the end of
the war he was taken to Erfurt. When the fighting was
getting close the Nazis locked Jerzy and many other prisoners
in one of the homes in the area. They all suffered from
hunger, often having fights among themselves for food.
Jerzy being the only Pole, among French and Yugoslavian prisoners
put him in a very uncomfortable position of being a minority
of one. He witnessed the arrival of the British and American
soldiers. After the fighting and the shooting had stopped he
was sent to a camp for displaced persons in the area of Erfurt
where he served as a guard, at the main gate. The region of
Erfurt, was first liberated by the British and American soldiers
and then turned over to the Russian army of Occupation. Latter
In 1945 he returned to his home in Warsaw. On the return trip,
when stepping down from the truck he fell and for a few hours
he was unconscious, not even remembering his name.
1946: Jerzy found employment as an electrician in a Polish
Radio Station. While working he kept on studying to complete
his general education which was interrupted by the war. Latter
he worked for a Mr. Kasprza, an owner of a Radio Store, where
he also met his future wife Marie. Here, he learned of different
electrical and electronic components. Being considered
a linguist, speaking Russian and German fluently, he was then
given a scholarship to Germany to continue his studies in the
electronic trade. He advanced very quickly, was
put in charge of a section, and then becoming a technologist
taking part in the development of inventions for new electronic
components, which pleased him very much. Through out this period
he took care of his mother and younger brother who were both
frequently seriously very ill. The death of his
brother complicated his mother's condition because she so grieved
for the loss of her youngest son.
1950: Jerzy was a tall, very good looking young
man. He was of a quiet nature. His intelligence,
good humor, and ability to converse, and good manners brought
him a lot of attention from the girls he met. When
he began to visit the parents of his betrothed Marie, his future
father in law, who had returned from a concentration camp in
Siberia, thought surly, Jerzy, was some agents come to kill
him. He could not believe someone so "wonderful"
would be interested in his daughter. But interested
Jerzy was and he married Marie.
1952: Apr. 24, where? Jerzy married at age 27 Maria Jadwiga
Konski. After the wedding they lived with his mother in a small
two room apartment on Brzesky Street. The death of their first
child, a girl, affected both of them deeply. The birth of Jerzy's
son, at the age of 30, the same age his father had at his birth,
pleased the young family very much and was taken as a good omen.
1961: Jerzy moved his family to a 5 room apartment which
he occupied until his death. Jerzy was considered to be a very
good worker and a natural leader among his fellow associates.
His avid desire to learn more prompted him to enroll in the
Warsaw College of Engineering while still working.
He completed the courses and at the age of ? he obtained a degree
in Engineering. The ability to learn various theories opened
the doors for him to greater advancement. He was
transferred to the "Planning Department" but soon decided this
was not for him, not enough of activity. Jerzy then
went to work for a large TV manufacturing company which had
just been built. This was the first company in Poland
to produce transistors. Jerzy put all his efforts and
knowledge into his job, a position he loved passionately.
His experience in the field of electronics was of great value
to him, promoting him to department Supervisor.
At the age of ? he became the Production Manager of the
factory, 3rd most important office in the company. He had control
of three thousand workers who were very qualified.
During this period the company became the most important transistor
manufacturer in that part of Europe. Many visitors from foreign
countries came to visit his department. On one occasion representatives
from France were visiting the plant, their interpreter was unable
to translate the more intricate terms into French.
Luckily, for Jerzy another visitor was fluent in German and
he and Jerzy were able to discuss the most complicated phases
of production. He was offered many times, a very
high position in the Ministry for the Study of Mechanics, but
always refused, feeling the position was not for him, too much
paper work, not enough action. 19??: Jerzy, now, was considered
the most experienced and best production manager in Poland.
Television sets were one of the first products to be manufactured
in a Socialist country that had an immediate demand from Western
markets; Jerzy received credit for playing an important role
in this accomplishment. His expertise was requested by
many countries, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Soviet
Union, German Democratic Union, German Federal Union, (he was
invited to consult in factories were he worked as a slave laborer
during the war), Austria, France, Belgium, Holland, Sweden,
Denmark, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Siam and
Japan. He was a very demanding task-master but also fair and
rewarding workers for their good performances. Helping
his employees with their personal problems was greatly appreciated.
They were truly loyal to him. Employees also noticed
his constant visits and inspections of the work places, which
in several instances, prevented major accidents.
Privately, he was considered a very friendly person who enjoyed
parties. He was a very good dancer and liked being
in the company of other people. He was a very punctual man,
demanding that the other members on the Board of Directors to
also be punctual. To his employees tardiness brought stiff
fines, compliance brought rewards, such as a visit to one of
the better restaurants in Warsaw. This activity
in the factory was known as the "Dryszel Rewards".
His work did not dim his responsibilities toward his family.
He was a very attentive husband and father. He took his don
on fishing trips, read to him from books from his library, and
sang songs to him. Jerzy was always very pleasant,
inquisitive, but never keyed up. He was a man under control,
never becoming angry. He was also a man to keep
his thoughts to himself. He never brought his work problems
home, and tried not to display his authority at home.
When he did give an order at home, it had to be carried out
quickly. At home, being a born mechanic, he was able to repair
many things from replacing faucets to repairing TV sets.
In his spare time he enjoyed tinkering with things, he also
read many books about WWII. Astronomy also was of
interest to him, with great anticipation he awaited the first
signs of the Columbia comet, and unfortunately he died a few
weeks before the actual sighting. He had hoped his
son would follow in his foot steps and become a "technician",
but it was not to be. Jerzy enjoyed viewing films
about the war, science fiction westerns and thought John Wayne
was the best of actors. In his later years he began
listening to symphonic music and acquired a large collection
of records. He also enjoyed shooting at the rifle range.
He did not like to hunt, disliking it very much, preferring
sharp shooting as a sport. Jerzy is an individualist,
choosing his own paths to work, avoiding conformity of the masses,
such as Sunday walks with the entire family. He was by nature
a skeptic, not naive, and did not trust anyone readily. At the
end of his ? year of life, Poland was again undergoing
a great crisis among the laborers. Materials to
be used in the production of electrical energy were scarce,
causing a stoppage in the manufacturing of his TV sets.
His job was to insure the continuance of production, a great
undertaking for any man. He was forced to spend
many hours in the work-shops, causing him to become nervous
and tense, although never showing his anxieties and fears.
He also found time to start on his life time dream, to have
a house on his own lot. He drew the plans, accumulated
the necessary lumber, sectioned off an area for the garden.
He showed great talent for carpentry, inheriting it from his
father. He began to build the house, but did not
live to finish his dream house. During the labor
difficulties in September of 1980, Jerzy listened to the talks
among the workers and was fearful of dire consequences, should
a major strike occur. He felt television played
an integral part in the life of the Pole, their talks made him
nervous. In time he was able to convince them of the importance
of TV to everyone and a strike was called off. The
end of September gave him a chance to relax. 1980: Sept. 13,
with his wife Maria he attended a wedding of the daughter of
his friend and the godfather to his son. After a
fast Polish dance, he suffered a massive stroke and died instantly.
His death was an incredible shock to his family and many friends
at the wedding. It was difficult for everyone to
believe how could such a robust, tall, handsome, healthy, most
popular man, an honored guest die so suddenly. The
wedding ended in silence. Jerzy never spoke of death, but once
when listening to a composition by Bach he expressed a wish
that it be played during his funeral, his wish was granted.
His funeral was attended by hundreds of people.
Family, friends, and Government Officials arrived from many
sections of Poland. His eulogy spoke of the love and respect
people had for him, this he earned for himself.
Family and friends remembered the things he did for them, helping
cousins with their education, obtaining positions for Maria
and Krystyna Dreszel, getting a room in a hospital, obtaining
the services of Specialists for the wife of Stephan Dryszel,
and so on. It was the wish of his wife that he be
buried in the cemetery nearest his home. His death
was attributed to extremely high blood pressure and job tension.
He never discussed his health problems, but his secretary was
aware of them. She spoke of his many attacks, of
his sitting near an open window, breathing deeply and waiting
for a slowing down of his rapid heart beat, in other words he
grossly neglected his health, his early death could of been
prevented. In his career he accumulated many honors and received
many medals, including the Silver and Gold Cross of Merit, the
Freedom Medal, and the Medal of Valor he received for his bravery
during the war. Jerzy at the time of his marriage was over 6ft
tall, had fair complexion weighted 160 lb., black hair, green
eyes, carried himself proudly and by all standards a handsome
man. s1 (Dec., 1986) (did he have
a will) Jerzy death
at the age of ? was truly a tragedy not only for his family
but for Poland. It is painful to think what he could
have accomplished in the Poland of 1990, with his intelligence,
experience and abilities, had he but lived.
||Wife of Jerzy
MARIA JADWIGA KONSKI
the coat of arms Brochwicz II is attributed to the Konski (K?tski)
Jerzy and Maria
Daughter of Andrzej Konski, policeman, and his wife Zofia
Konski, nee Baranow, housewife, (born in Orenburg, Russia, immigrated
to Poland in 1918). The Konski are a Roman Catholic family of
Polish origin. The Baranow are a ? family of ? origin.
1926: Maria was born in Poland, Roman Catholic
1939: Maria spent her childhood in Wolomiinie.
There, she graduated from elementary school.. She was a very
active and lively young girl and had many friends. At the
outbreak of WW II, the Konski house was demolished by bombs
dropped from enemy airplanes. They considered themselves fortunate
to be alive, only by running away from their house as soon as
the bombardment began and hiding in ditches along the roads.
The family made their way to nearby Kobylki, to the house of
Maria's paternal grandparents.
1940: After the fall of Poland Maria attended High School
for one year in secret. Later the Nazis permitted
children to attend one of two schools, one for tailoring and
one for business, the latter being the most popular, although
the most difficult, for acceptance. Maria, always
a good student was accepted but was only able to obtain a "limited
diploma". During the occupation students were not
permitted to attend school for a full term, thus limiting their
1945: Maria started to work, but she still studied privately.
1947: Maria was able to obtain a "full diploma" thus completing
her education. By profession she is an Economist and for many
years worked in various companies. While working
and studying Maria found time to enjoy herself at parties and
meeting people. She was a very pleasant person, liked to dance
and was a lively girl. She never lacked companions. At the age
of 15 she met Jerzy Dryszel. After a few weeks she
knew he was the man she wanted to marry. After their marriage
seven years latter the young couple lived on Bozeskij Street
? in Warsaw with Jerzy's mother. After the successful birth
of her second child, Maria took a three year leave of absence
from her work to take care of her son. During this period she
spent a lot of time with her parents in Kobylce. (Why)
She was a very devoted mother, although too protective of her
child, isolating him from other children.
1961: The whole family moved to a new four room apartment
in Warsaw. Maria was very happy in her marriage, enjoyed
housework, and was proud of her husband's successes and the
development of her son Andrzej.
1980: Sept 13, Her happiness came to an abrupt stop 1980 with
the unexpected death of her husband. This was a great shock
to her. Her son's wedding later that year brought back painful
memories to her and soon afterwards she became ill and depressed.
She retired from her position and engulfed herself with the
garden work on her property and with the help of her son completed
her husband's dream house, slowly she regained her courage.
1985: With the birth of her first grandchild, her life became
fuller. She loves her grandson very much and is
a very attentive grandmother, happy to be with him. But she
soon had to face the fact, that with the birth of Marcin, her
son and his new family would soon leave because of the lack
of space, and that she would be alone. Since the
death of her husband she has grown nervous, but never remains
angry. Maria has a good character; she loves to cook delicious
food and loves to eat delicious food. She enjoys canning food
and storing it for the winter. She is a excellent seamstress
and makes beautiful clothing for her grandchild. At the time
of her marriage she weighed 110 lb., 5ft. 3in., was of fair
complexion, had dark brown hair and brown eyes. s2 Nov.,1986
CHILDREN of JOZEF von der DRESSEL called DRYSZEL,
AND HELENA HELSCHA
HELEN von der DRESSEL
called HELEN DRYSZEL
Helen was called Helcia by her family.
1920: Helen was born in IL, Roman
She was raised in her parent’s charming cottage on Marion Ct.
in Chicago. Helcia was an obedient and helpful child.
1934: Helscha graduated from Anderson grammar school. 1938:
She graduated from Josephenus High school? , after which she
took college courses in office management at Loyola University.
1939: She found employment as a secretary.
1941: Oct. 11, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Chicago, Il. Helscha
married at age 21 Noble Chester Balicki, (n1) After her marriage
she continued working as a secretary, because of the War.
1945: After her husband returned from active duty in
Africa, Helscha retired and became a housewife.
1949: Helcia and her husband purchased, with the help
of her mother, a lovely bungalow in Downers Grove, Il. She lived
there the rest of her life.
1971: Dec. 19, Downers Grove, Il., USA
Helscha died at age 51 from a heart attack and was buried next
to her husband in Holy Angles Cemetery,????? Ill. ., USA. Her
estate was equally divided between her daughters. Helcia was
pretty. She was gentle and warm hearted. At her marriage she
weighed 100lb. was 5ft. 2in., had blond hair, blue eyes, and
a fair complexion. Helcia loved to cook and when she had time
she wrote poetry. She was devoted to her husband. His premature
death was very difficult for her to understand and accept, and
certainly contributed to her early death.
||Husband of Helen
the coat of arms Topar is attributed to the Balicki family
1918 - 1969
Chester was called Chet by almost everyone who
Chester was adopted by his step-father Balicki his mother's
second husband. Mars. Balicki was born ?. The Balicki were a
Roman Catholic noble family of Polish origin. The ? were
a Roman Catholic noble family of Polish origin. Both his parents
were born in Poland and immigrated to USA.
1918: ??; Roman Catholic
1932: Chet graduated from ? grammar school
1936: He graduated from ? High School
1944: Chet was drafted into the army and served until the end
of the war. After his discharge he returned to work for the
? rail road as an engineer. He continued in
this capacity until his illness.
1969: ? IL USA. Chet died at age 50 from cancer after a long
illness. Chet was a good looking man. At the time
of his marriage he was 6ft. 1in.tall, weighed 185 lb. had brown
eyes, black curly hair, and a fair complexion. His hobbies were
photography and making home movies. He won several
prizes for his pictures. After a long illness Chet
died form cancer. His estate was left to Helcia.
Helcia and Chet had two daughters and four grandchildren, one
boy and three girls.
Children of Helcia and Chet:
JOSEPH EDWARD von der DRESSEL
Joseph is called Edzu by his family and Eddie
or Ed by his friends.
1924: Ed was born, IL, Roman Catholic
Edzu did not use the name Joseph because his mother thought
that there were too many Josephs in the family, and another
"Joe" would cause too much confusion. Edzu was raised in his
parent’s picturesque cottage which was surrounded by a large
1938: He graduated from Andersen Public grammar school.
1941: After completing two and one-half years of High School
at Crane. Edzu decided, to his
mother's great disappointment and sorrow that he rather
work than go to school.
1945: After working at various jobs, he was employed by Foote
Gear and Machine Co., in Downers Grove, Il. He began as an clean
up boy and ended his working career, thirty years latter as
a master machinist. Edzu was active in organizing and
working with the? union which looked after the right and needs
of his fellow employees.
1957: St. Adalbert's Church Rosholt, Wisconsin, USA,
Edzu married at age 23 the girl of his dreams. His aunt Zosia
Dressel, said at the time of his marriage," that in all her
life she never saw a man so in love with his wife as Edzu was
with his Tessie".
1959: With the financial help of his mother, Edzu purchased
a 3 bedroom farm house situated on 2 .5 acres of land on the
banks of the ? creek, outside of Lisle, Il., a suburb of Chicago.
There he raised his family, horses, dogs, cats and many pets.
The only negative aspect of living on the banks of the ? creek
was that occasionally there were Spring floods, which caused
much damage and confusion, and taught the family to work together,
very quickly. At the beginning Edzu raised some crops on his
land for his table, his friends and for fun. However, as the
years progressed and his area became more populated he allowed
his land to return to a prairie state in order to accommodate
all the small wild animals that still tried to live in the
neighborhood. Edzu created his own little "creature preserve"
19??: Due to a ? condition Edzu had to take
a early retirement. This then gave to him the time to pursue
his hobbies which are; singing country songs while accompanying
him on the guitar, and wood carving.
Edzu is enjoying his retirement. At the time of his marriage,
Edzu was 6ft. tall, weighted 185 lb. fair complexion, brown
hair and blue eyes, a good looking man. Edzu would like to be
remembered; by his friends as a "good guy", by his children
as a "good father", and by his grandchildren as a "good grandpa".
He considers his three children to be the most important contribution
of his life to society. And he thinks that his mother, father,
spouse, children, grandchildren, sister, and relatives should
be remembered as all "wonderful". Edzu firmly believes that
the greatest honor and award he received in his life was that
God gave to him his wife, Tessie.
||Wife of Joseph Edward:
Theresa is called Tess by her family and friends.
She is the daughter of Frank Ostrowski and Pauline Rekowski.
The Ostrowski are an old Polish noble Roman Catholic family
from the provience of ?. They belong to the ? clan (herb). Tess's
grandparents Andrej and Maria Ostrowski, note, immigrated to
USA, after their marriage in 1885 and settled in Wisconsin where
they purchased a farm. The Rekowski are an old Polish noble
Roman Catholic family from the Gdiansko area (East Prussia).
They belong to the ? clan (herb). Tess's grandfather Frank (use
the Polish) Rekowski immigrated to the USA in approximately
1890 and settled in Wisconsin where he purchased a farm.
1927: Tessei was born, Wisconsin, Roman Catholic
is the ? child of ? children. She was born on her father's farm
which was called the Ostrowski farm. Her early childhood
memmories of are a combination of pleasant country life and
1939: Tess grduated from ???? Grammar School
1943: She graduated from ////ttended the Simonis, St.
Adalbert and the Twin Lake Schools in her county. Tess has natural
leadership abilities. This was demonstrated as a Girl Scout
Leader during her adolescence.
1944: After leaving school she helped her father on his
farm until her marriage.
1957: Tess at age 20 married Edzu. With marriage Tess
became a housewife and mother for which vocation she was well
prepared. Tess always tried to impress upon her
children the importance of education. She and Edzu were particularly
pleased with their daughter’s outstanding achievements in and
their graduation from college with top honors.
Edzu and Tess had three children, one boy and two girls, and
? grandchildren, ? boys and ? girls, see XXIX.?
CHILDREN of STANISLAW von der DRESSEL
called DRESSEL, XXIV.20
AND STANISLAWA GRABOWSKI herb POMIAN
1928: July 17, Ryszard was born in Chorzele, Poland; Roman
Ryszard began his elementary schooling in Chorzele, but due
to WWII was not permitted to complete it. Chorzele was under
Nazi occupation and the Polish children of the town were not
permitted to attend school. Not until after the war ended were
they able to return and then only in the evenings. During the
day he studied under the tutorship of Stefan Malkowski, a tailor
in Chorzele who was a friend of the Dryszel family. Ryszard'
family was not wealthy, and he was expected to help with family
expenses by doing odd jobs.
1946: after completing his basic education his parents enrolled
him in a private school directed by Bronislawa Korzeniakowa,
but he still continued his studies with the tailor.
He remained there until 1948, when the school, as all other
private schools in Poland was closed. Ryszard transferred
to the College of Pedagogue in Szczytnie. A year latter
the college was moved to Lizbark, and Ryszard continued his
1951: March 12,He was a very good student and graduated with
honors. Now, he felt was the time to seriously think of
his personal life.
1951: ??? Willenberg, Poland
Ryszard at age ? married Irene Filipowicz whom he had
met five years previously while attending school in Chorzele.
They had a beautiful traditional Polish wedding..
1951: Sept. Ryszard obtained a position as a elementary school
history teacher in Jezioronach near Olsztyn. In that same
year he became a member of the PZPR. Ryszard did very well,
having great skills as a teacher and was extremely well liked
by his students.
1952: He was offered the position of Principal of the school,
which then consisted of more than 360 pupils. The
position also included a small apartment in the school.
This was important to him since his family began to grow.
His first son Andrzej was born in May, 1952. Ryszard soon became
known as an organizer and became involved in many community
organizations. He founded the Mutual Aide Society in Jezioronach
and a short time latter became the Supervisor of that organization.
1959: Because of his many community and political activities
he decided to give up the Principal ship, become a staff member
again, and concentrate on his community activities.
1960: His resignation was accepted with regret, and he returned
to teaching, an act that caused great dissention among his fellow
educators. In his place a woman teacher was hired from
the outside instead of promoting someone from the ranks as was
expected. Her only qualification was that she had good
connections in the area. This appointment caused
a great upheaval among the other teachers, claiming the Board
of Trustees was not considered in the decision.
They protested and presented a petition claiming the hiring
was not in accordance with the local school board rules. This
petition was also mailed to all the other local school boards
in the district. This petition was signed by 13 out of
17 teachers; the names included Ryszard and his wife Irena.
The reaction by the District Authorities was swift, inspectors
arrived at the school and unexpectedly Ryszard was accused of
starting a "rebellion", he did not deny it. He strongly
felt that the new appointment should be made from the ranks
and outside politics should not interfere. As a punishment he
and three other teachers were forbidden to teach in any schools
located in Jesioranach, only in small schools in small villages.
This was not agreed to by Ryszard considering his family and
his accomplishments. He also felt the punishment was unfair
nor would he accept the alternative of teaching in a small village.
He was then released from the Board of Education. Basically
the entire situation was political. During this time the
area politics changed. His friends were no longer
in positions help. To provide for his family he accepted a position
as a bureaucrat in a local government office, but always dreamed
of returning to teaching. 1964: After being promised a good
teaching position, he resigned his office job. However,
in the last moment he was again told that he could only teach
in obscure village schools. He refused again and
was unemployed for six months. He was considered to be a political
liability. The political situation again changed
and the PZPR County Committee in Biskup, of which he was always
an active member, was finally able to help him.
1965: He was appointed Head Master of the evening school in
Jezioronach, where employed persons who wished, were able to
complete their education.
1967: Ryszard decided to continue his studies to obtain a advanced
degree in Education. He attended by day the Teachers College
in Olystyn. He majored in History and Citizenship. He completed
his studies in 1969. While still teaching he continued his association
with the Mutual Aid Society. Although delayed, Ryszard, finally
received the recognition he deserved.
1977: He received the Gold Cross Medal for Service to Poland
because Ryszard had a special love for children,
1978: He convinced his wife Irene to direct with him
a Home for Children which was to open in Jezioronach.
In Poland these types of homes were very popular in housing
orphans and children abandoned by their parents. One stipulation,
6 to 8 children were placed in each home and the elected parents
had to reside with them. Ryszard and Irene received the
permit and so began a new life. Because the house needed remolding
and furnishing, the home was not opened until 1980, and the
first child, a girl named Eva was accepted. In time 7 more children
of various ages were enrolled, all living in harmony with each
other. Ryszard and Irene were the children's Mama and Tata and
their own children were also included in the home, thus giving
all the children a sense of belonging to a family. In the area
of Olstyn there were five of these types of homes. The largest
one was directed by Ryszard and Irene. Their home was considered
the proto type and was most often visited by politicians, educations,
social workers, reporters, and photographers from all over Poland
as well as foreign countries. All the loving care
and good management did take its toll, especially on Ryszard's
health. In 1972 he suffered a stroke and could not speak for
a few days and spent two weeks in a hospital in Olystyn. In
1975 the tragic death of his oldest son Andrzej was a deep emotional
shock and greatly contributed to his failing health. High blood
pressure and severe pains in his legs caused a stay in 1980
in a hospital in Olystyn. His health deteriorated steadily and
in 1981 was considered an invalid and forced to retire. In 1982
he again was hospitalized in Szczytyn and then transported to
Olystyn, where veins from his legs were removed. This enabled
him to walk better for only a short while. In July 1984 he again
suffered s severe attack of embolism, blood clots in both legs.
Once again surgery was performed to alleviate clotting, but
death was inevitable.
1984: Aug. 8, ?, Poland Ryszard died at 56 and was buried in
the Dryszel crypt, parish cemetery, Chorzele, Poland. He left
his estate to his wife. Although Ryszard was frequently
in great pain he never lost his courage, for this he was greatly
admired. He was a happy man and had a great sense
of humor. He enjoyed being with people, was very spontaneous
and generous, once when relatives came to visit him from Chorzele
and became ill with colds, Ryszard refused to let them return
by bus and at his expense sent them back to Chorzele by taxi.
At times he would be quick to argue, but also quick to make
up. In his lifetime he took little time for relaxation. His
hobby was photography; he loved to take pictures of ancestral
homes in the area. At the time of his marriage
Ryszard was 5ft 9 in, weighed 130 lb, had dark blond hair, blue
eyes and was fair complexion.
||Wife of Ryszard:
filipowicz coat of arms called Pobog
Irena is the daughter of Franciszek Filipowicz,?
and his wife Leonarda Filipowicz,? nee Lazicki. The Filipowicz
and the Lazicki are Roman Catholic families of old Polish
noble origin who lived in Mazovia for generations.
Irena attended elementary school in Chorzele. At the outbreak
of WWII all education for Polish children was forbidden by the
Nazis. Irena, however, was able to attend secret classes organized
by the parents of the town.
1945: she entered the School for General Education in Szczytyn.
1949: she graduated and continued her education at the College
of Pedagogue in Lidzbark. One of her fellow students was her
future husband Ryszard.
1951: She graduated and was immediately granted a teaching
position in Jezioranach where Ryszard also taught.
Just like her husband she fought the unfairness of hiring an
outsider to replace Ryszard as principal. The authorities
felt, however, she was not one of the organizers of the rebellion
and permitted her to teach in the school. Irena was an excellent
teacher, well liked by her pupils. Her specialty
was basic education and teaching the Polish language.
1957: Irena married Ryszard at age 27.
1965: She decided to continue her education and at the Teacher’s
College in Olystyn in Polish Philological. 1967: She went to
higher and more difficult studies. Her dedication to her
work won for her, three times, the award of "curator".
1969: She was awarded the Silver Medal of Warmia ? and Mazur.
1974: She received her degree as "Magistrate"
1976: She was awarded the Gold Cross for meritorious service.
1978: She was promoted to the position of Director of the Kindergarten
School in Jezioranach,
1979: July, she resigned that position to accept with Ryszard
the joint directorship of the Jezioranach Home For Children.
Under Irena and Ryszard supervision the Home functioned with
1984: She was awarded the Polish Service Medal for her
40 years of dedication to Polish children.
1985: She was granted the highest honor of all, "The Heart
of the Mother Medal" 1984: After the death of her husband and
because of her health she request permission to retire. It was
not an easy decision to make. But she realized that she really
had accomplished much in her life, but now it was time to leave
and she could do so with good feelings. Irena still keeps in
contact with most of her foster children and acts as a consultant
to the new administration at the Children's Home. Irena possess
attributes in her character, those so very necessary to deal
with children. She is of a very pleasant nature,
has a very good sense of humor and is known for her compatibility
and understanding. At the time of her marriage, Irena was 5ft.
5 in. in height, weighed 110 lb., had fair complexion, blond
hair, and blue eyes. s2 Ryszard and Irena had three children,
two boys and one girl, see XXI ?_?. and four grandchildren,
? boys and ? girls, see XXII ?-?.
ALFRED von der DRESSEL
1933 - ?
1933: Alfred was born Jan. 30, Chorzele, Poland Alfred died
at age ?. He was buried in the ? Cemetery, ???. He left his
estate to his mother. image
CHILD of JAN DRYSZEL XXIV.26
1927: Ludwig was born in Poland
CHILDREN of JAN von der DRESSEL
called DRESSEL XXIV.42
AND MARIANNA ZYRA herb DENBNO
HENRY von der DRESSEL called
Henry is called Hank.
1939: Henry was born in Przasnysz, Poland
19??: Immigrated to America
19??: Married ? in ?
2005: Living in Florida
||Wife of Henry:
???? - ????
????: NN? BORN ?
RICHARD von der
DRESSEL called DRESSEL
1940: Richard was born in Poland; Roman Catholic
????: Immigrated to America.
1965: Nov. Married Patricia ? in Chicago, Il.
2005: Living in Wisconsin
||Wife of Richard:
????: Patricia was born in Wisconsin
????: Nov. married Richard Dressel in Chicago, Il.
2005: Living in Wisconsin
ZDZISLAW von der
DRESSEL called DRESSEL
Zdzislaw was called Casey.
1943: Zdzislaw was born in Poland
19??: Immigrated to America
2005: Living in Illinois
GEORGE von der
DRESSEL called DRESSEL
1945: George was born in Poland
19??: Immigrated to America
19?? - ????: Served in the American Armed Forces in Vietnam
2005: Living in Illinois