In the following notes, place-names are given in their modern Russian forms, and personal names, as closely as possible, in their original Polish forms, as despite their residence in Russia there seems to be little that this family was ethnically Polish.
Where the spelling of Polish names is in doubt, we have attempted to ascertain the most standard form from such sources as the International Genealogical Index (IGI). It is hoped that this will not cause confusion, or give offense to any of the persons concerned; and of course any errors pointed out to us will be gladly fixed.
This principle has had to be invoked even in the cases of the surnames of the families under discussion, in the absence of any record of how they were spelt prior to their bearers’ immigration to Canada, and has necessitated a certain amount of reconstruction. The spellings Dawshka and Dowski, used respectively by our Canadian branch and by an American branch of the family, are etymologically impossible in Polish, and probably represent a name like Daczko, Daczka, Doczka, or perhaps Doczkał; we have tentatively adopted the spelling Daczko here. The spelling Yessis is equally inconceivable in Polish, and must surely represent Jessis.
The transliterated Russian č and š (these characters may not display correctly in older web-browsers) are pronounced like English ch and sh, respectively. The Polish c is pronounced ts, j like English y, ł (a crossed l, which also may not display correctly in older web-browsers) roughly like our w, and w roughly like our v. The sz sound is like a French j produced with the underside of the tip of the tongue touching the hard palate, and the cz is pronounced the same as the foregoing, preceeded by a t sound. Other sounds are approximately as in English. At least this is our understanding, although we are ready to be corrected.
I should like to thank my mother, Kathleen Ellen (Blythe) (Dawshka) Dobson, of Winnipeg; my aunts, the late Marie Nellie (Dawshka) Sigurdson, and the late Sophie (Dawshka) Yager, both of Winnipeg, and the late Judy (Parcinkowski) Dawshka, of Victoria, B.C.; Catherine (Burtney) Ostapchuk, of Scarborough, Ontario; Bill and Beverly (McGuire) Burtney, of Scarborough; Hank S. Dowski, of Cheektowaga, New York; Julian Dowski, of Paris, France; and Barbara (Moore) Dowski, of LaFayette, Colorado. Karen Sinotte, an Ostapchuk descendant, provided valuable information on that connection. Mr. G. Ortell, of Astoria, N.Y., a professional genealogist, furnished valuable advice regarding place-names. None of these persons, however, should be held accountable for any errors of fact or interpretation which may appear herein.
Unbeknownst to us, a brief record of the Dawshka family, apparently based on first-hand knowledge, was written by Anne Carritt for the centennial history Arizona 1882-1982 (Arizona, Manitoba, 1982), p. 59. It only came to our attention in 2014 after a digital edition was published, and we now incorporate extracts from it below.
1. ____ Daczko, of Naruszewicz (now Nareševiči or Naruševiči), a village on the river Nača, in the volosk of Sinjavsk, in the powiat of Słuck, in the voivodship of Minskaya, in Byelorussia. The powiat of Słuck was part of the old Polish Commonwealth, and in the 1880s about 18% of its population was Polish. It may probably be assumed that this man was of Polish ancestry, and certainly the children of his son Jan spoke Polish, not Russian. He had two children of whom we have knowledge:
- 2Jan Daczko.
- 3Katarzyna Daczko.
2. Jan [or Julian?] Daczko, of Naruszewicz, is believed to have been b. ca. 1870 and to have d. ca. 1900, aged about 30 years. There is no question that he was dead before 3 Nov. 1913, when his son Piotr (in the latter’s immigration record) listed as next of kin “mother, Anna Dowshko [sic], Norestewiczy [sic].” He m. by 1893, Anna ____, b. ca. 1869-70, d. 28 Feb. 1955, aged 85 years, at Fox Memorial Hospital, Carberry, Manitoba, Canada, “following a short illness.” and buried in Carberry Plains Cemetery, section D, row 15, lot 14. According to her death notice, his widow, “the late Mrs. Dawshka, was born in White Russian and came to Canada in 1938; she has since made her home with her son Nicholas at Melbourne.” Anne Carritt (whose account errs in having Anna accompany her son to Canada in 1929) states that “although Mrs. Anna Dawshka never learned to speak English, she enjoyed Canadian life and … helped with the garden, the housework and her grandchildren.”
Known issue, probably born at or near Naruszewicz (birth order inferential):
- Julia Daczko, b. 1894-95, d. 1969, aged 74 years, at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She m. by 1916, in Poland, William Myslow. They would appear to have come to Canada in the 1950s, and the 1955 death notice of her mother calls her “Mrs. Julie Myslow of Hamilton, Ont.” Issue:
- Anna Myslow, b. 1915-16, d. 1928, aged 12 years.
- William Myslow, Jr., b. ca. 1920-22, alive in 1976. He m. Mary ____. Children, all born in Canada: Linda, William, Darlene.
- 4Piotr Daczko (Peter Dowski), b. 5 July 1895 at Minsk.
- 5Mikolaj (“Nicholas”) Daczko, b. 4 Nov. 1897.
- Jan Daczko (Jr.). He is said to have married and had two children. He was never heard fom after being sent to Siberia during World War II, and it is believed that his wife died shortly thereafter. He was clearly presumed dead in 1955, as he is not mentioned as a survivor in his mother’s obituary. The present whereabouts of any children is not known.
3. Katarzyna Daczko, d. some time in 1939-1945. She m. before 1902, Wasyl Ilukiewicz, who d. shortly after 1945. They were living at Panacz, in the powiat of Siniawka, Poland, by 1902 (the latest possible date of birth of their daughter Krystyna), and were still there in 1930 when “Wasyl Ilukiwicz” is listed as this daughter’s next of kin (see below). Issue (order uncertain):
- Nusta Ilukiewicz; m. Tomasz Táfa. No issue.
- Krystyna (“Christine”) Ilukiewicz, b. 1901-02 (aged 28 in 1930), d. 11 March 1973. As Krystüna Ilukiewicz, single woman, domestic servant, aged 28 years, born at Panacz, Poland, ethnicity Ukrainian, she departed on the Oscar II from Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 April 1930, and arrived at Nova Scotia on 12 April 1930; the record states that her nearest relative was her father, Wasyl Ilukiwicz (sic), of Panacz, and that she was destined for Rembrandt, Manitoba. She m. 6 June 1930 at Winnipeg, Sylvester Burtney, alive in 1963. Their marriage record calls them Michael Burtney and Christina Lukewich. They were living at Meleb, near Arborg, Manitoba, in 1931, when their daughter Catherine was born. However, in 1963, Sylvester Burtney, retired, and Christina Burtney, housewife, are found at no. 5 Valerie Road, Scarborough, York County, Ontario. Issue:
- Catherine Burtney, b. 11 June 1931 at Meleb, Manitoba, d. in March 1992 at Toronto. She m. 15 Aug. 1952 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mikalo (“Michael”) Ostapchuk, b. 5 Aug. 1918 at Berlo, Manitoba, d. 13 July 1984 at Toronto, son of Walter Ostapchuk, of Meleb, by his wife Anna Keryluk. In 1963 Michael Ostapchuk, carpenter, and Katherine Ostapchuk, housewife, are found at the same address as her parents, no. 5 Valerie Road, Scarborough, York County, Ontario. In 1976 they were living at 24 Six Nations Ave., Scarborough, Ontario M1H 1R5. They had two children.
- William (“Bill”) Burtney, b. 5 Sept. 1936, alive in 1985. He m. 18 May 1963, Beverly McGuire, b. ____. In 1985 he was working for the Canadian National Railway, and his wife for Estée Lauder. Their address was 158 Sedgemount Drive, Scarborough, Ontario M1H 1Y2. They have two children.
- Petra Ilukiewicz; m. Wera Kopot, sister of Uri Kopot below. They had three sons: Julian, Wasil, and Wanya.
- Elzbieta Ilukiewicz; m. Uri Kopot, brother of Wera Kopot above. They had two sons: Michał and Wanya.
- Michał Ilukiewicz, killed 8 Dec. 1974 by a truck while crossing a highway. He m. Wera Jessis, who may have been a kinswoman of Marya Jessis, wife of Mikolaj Daczko (no. 4 below). He had an only daughter, Katarzyna, who m. Wladimir Dyduck and had two children.
4. Piotr Daczko (Peter Dowski), of Erie Co., New York, b. 5 July 1895 at Naruszewice (despite the fact that his birthplace is given as Poland in the 1930 census); he is said to have been still alive in 1976. As “Peter Dowski” he appears as an unmarried man in the 1920 Census of Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, which calls him a laborer, gives his birthplace as Russia, and states that he had been in the country since 1914. In fact he arrived on 3 Nov. 1913 at the port of New York, having sailed from Glasgow, Scotland, on the S.S. Columbia; the ship’s manifest lists him as Peter Dawshko (which cannot possibly have been the correct spelling of his name), aged 18, of fair complexion, brown hair, and grey eyes, in good health, unmarried, a labourer, born at, and last permanent residing at, “Nerestewizy, Russia,” destined for Buffalo, New York, and notes that he could read and write, and had $25 in his possession. Immediately above his name in the list is that of “Josif Dawshko,” aged 20, also from “Norestewiczy,” but who is not known to have been a brother, and whom we treat at the end of these notes. To the question put to them of whether they were “going to join a relative or friend,” the two men named the same contact, a friend, Karol Swaristew (?), of 205 Kentucki (sic) Street, Buffalo. Immediately beside their names occur those of two other men from Naruszewicz, Konstantin Esis (aged 20) and Fedor Klewec (aged 25). Piotr m. some time in 1920-27, Mary Chowaniec, b. 25 March 1908 in New York State, d. May 1972 at Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, daughter of Thomas Chowaniec (1877-1935), of Cheektowaga, by the latter’s wife Katherine Stachewicz (1878-1938). Thomas Chowaniec and his wife were both born in Poland. At the taking of the 1930 census Peter Dowski and his wife were living with her parents at Cheektowaga, Erie County, New York, when he was a railroad worker; her parents’ surname is mistakenly given as Howaniec. Their son Henry informs us that in 1947, Peter and his family made a three-day train trip to visit his brother Nicholas, at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada, where they spent one week. At the time of his wife’s death in 1972 Peter was living at Buffalo. He was reportedly living at New York City in 1976. Issue:
- Julian Dowski (erroneously called “Julius” in the 1930 census), b. 29 Dec. 1927 at Buffalo, alive in Sept. 2003. He m. (1) before 1953, Jacqueline Antalek, b. 29 April 1929. He m. (2) Anne-Marie Dewasmes, b. 31 Aug. 1939 in France. He is retired, and by 1990 was living with at Paris, France. By his first wife he had five children:
- Julie Ann Dowski, b. 7 March 1953 in New Jersey; m. Allan Travis, b. 7 June 1952. They have four children:
- Jessica Travis, b. 21 July 1976. By Kevin Dominique she has twin sons named Kody and Kacy, b. 29 July 2001.
- Erika Travis, b. 22 Sept. 1977. By Artie ____ she has a son, Collin Robert, b. 15 Sept. 2001.
- Stacey Travis, b. 27 Feb. 1981.
- Kevin Travis, b. 19 May 1982
- Robert Dowski, b. 4 July 1954 in New Jersey. He m. (1) Ginny ____, b. 19 July 1954, and they have two children. He m. (2) Jacqueline Taladay, who has two girls from her first marriage, Julia and Alexandra. In 1986 he was a financial analyst for IBM in Atlanta, Georgia. Issue:
- Jennifer Dowski, b. 19 Oct. 1979.
- Ryan Dowski, b. 6 Jan. 1984.
- Karen Dowski, b. 31 May 1958 at Kingston, New York; m. (1) Tyrone Small, b. 5 July 1954 in Barbados. She m. (2) Melvin Haynes. Issue:
(By first husband:)
- Kimburley Small, b. 19 Nov. 1981.
- Pamela Small, b. 30 April 1984.
- Erin Small, b. 20 Dec. 1986.
(By second husband:)
- Adam Haynes, b. 14 Aug. 1995.
- Peter Dowski (who changed his surname to Schuyler), b. 4 May 1963 in Massachusetts; m. Roseann Kitson. Issue:
- Isabelle Carolyn Schuyler, b. 8 Oct. 2003.
- Rebecca Ann Dowski, b. 21 July 1965 at Poughkeepsie, New York, murdered with her friend Cathleen Thomas shortly before 12 Oct. 1986 on the Colonial Parkway near Williamsburg, Virginia. At the time of her death she was a student at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg. They were the first victims in the Colonial Parkway Murders, believed to be the work of a serial killer who has never been identified despite an ongoing FBI investigation.
- Alice H. Dowski, b. 1928-29 (aged 1 year in 1930) in New York State, d. in May or June 1990. She m. Mark W. Miazga, of Buffalo, N.Y., who survived her. There were no children of this marriage.
- Edward Raymond Dowski, of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, b. 10 Feb. 1935 (?), alive in 2009. He m. Aldona Slapelis, b. 6 March 1939 in Lithuania, alive in 2009. He is now retired. They have two children:
- Edward Raymond Dowski, Jr., Ph.D., b. 9 Jan. 1961. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, with a dissertation which demonstrated a method for improving the automatic focusing and depth-of-field of camera lenses, which he named wavefront coding. He and his graduate advisor, W. Thomas Cathey, along with R.C. Mercure, subsequently formed a company, CDM-Optics, of Bolder, Colorado, to develop products based on the new technique. The company was acquired in 2005 by OmniVision Technologies, which has released wavefront-coding-based mobile camera chips under the name of TrueFocus sensors. He m. 1 July 1995, Barbara Jean Moore, M.S., b. 14 Aug. 1965. They live at Lafayette, Colorado, and do not have children.
- Capt. Donna Anne Dowski, b. 3 Oct. 1962. She m. 9 July 1988 at St. Mary’s Church, Newport, Capt. Michael P. McGunigal, M.D., son of Thomas and Deana (____) McGunigal, of Clarkville, Maryland. They live at Monument, Colorado, and have two children:
- Kevin McGunigal, b. 13 April 1994.
- Sean McGunigal, b. 19 Feb. 1995
- Henry (“Hank”) S. Dowski, Ph.D., alive in Sept. 2003. Dr. Henry S. Dowski is an Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary Education and Reading at Buffalo State College. He is living (2003) at 3 Pendlewood Drive, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. He m. in 1958, but divorced in 1983, Shirley Meager. He m. (2) in 1984, Leona (“Lee”) Wodowski. By his first wife, he has six children:
- Mike Dowski, b. 28 July 1959, d. 6 June 1987 of a brain aneurism.
- David Dowski, b. 29 Jan. 1961. He m. Meijia Wang, and they are living (2003) at Randolph, New Jersey. They have a one daughter:
- Alison Dowski, b. 14 Sept. 1999.
- Susan Dowski, b. 26 Jan. 1963. She m. (1), but divorced in 2002, Arnold Kraft. She m. (2) in October 2003, Paul Winnie, b. 6 Oct. 1954. She and her second husband live at Akron, NY. There are no children.
- Cindy Dowski, b. 16 Sept. 1964. She m. Ronald (“Tim”) Mt. Pleasant, b. 3 July 1962, and they are living (2003) at Niagara Falls, NY. They have three children:
- Timothy (“Drew”) Mt. Pleasant, b. 29 May 1984.
- Kyle Mt. Pleasant, b. 21 July 1995.
- Cierra Mt. Pleasant, b. 4 Feb. 1999.
- Kathy Dowski, b. 18 Feb. 1966. She m. Tom McDonnell, and they are living (2003) at Batavia, NY. They have two children:
- Caitlin McDonnell, b. 2 Sept. 1998.
- Meghan McDonnell, b. 11 July 2001.
- Mary Dowski, b. 28 Feb. 1968, living at Nampa, ID. She is unmarried (2003).
5. Mikolaj Daczko (Nicholas Dawshka), b. 4 Nov. 1897 at Naruszewicz, d. 17 Nov. 1969 at Fox Memorial Hospital, Carberry, Manitoba, Canada, aged 72 years, of heart failure, and buried 19 Nov. following in Carberry Plains Cemetery. He m. before 1922, in Poland, Marya Jessis (“Mary Yessis”), b. 28 July 1897 at Sieniawka or Siniawka (now Sinjavka), near Naruszewicz, d. 14 July 1974 at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, aged 76 years, and buried beside her husband 17 July following, daughter of Jan and Anna (____) Jessis.
Mikolaj Daczko was a farmer and carpenter in Byelorussia. He fought as a soldier in World War II. He immigrated with his wife and three eldest children to Pratt, Manitoba, Canada, during the latter half of 1929, and he and his children (for some reason his wife is not mentioned) were awarded a certificate of naturalization on 5 Oct. 1934.
He farmed at Pratt, later at Melbourne, and finally at Carberry until his retirement in 1965. He is described as of Melbourne in the 1955 death notice of his mother. Anne Carritt says: “About 1935 they moved to 14-10-13. In 1938 they bought 23-10-13, where they lived and raised registered Hereford cattle until 1958, when they sold out to Ron Calvert. They already owned N.W. l4-1O-14 near Carberry [purchased in 1950 from Hector Calvert], so Mr. and Mrs. Dawshka, now living alone, moved and made their home there. Nick farmed until his death in 1969. Mrs. Dawshka lived on at the farm for a few years. Later she lived with her daughter Sophie in Winnipeg [actually at Rosser, Manitoba] until [shortly before] her death in 1974.”
- Marie Nellie Dawshka, b. 17 March 1922 at Naruszewiecz, d. 11 May 2000, aged 78 years, at Donwood Manor Personal Care Home, Winnipeg. She m. 6 April 1945 at Winnipeg, Thomas Gunnar Sigurdson, of Icelandic parentage, b. 16 Oct. 1910 at Steep Rock, Manitoba, d. 15 Sept. 2000, aged nearly 90 years, also at Donwood Manor Personal Care Home, Winnipeg. Before her marriage Marie taught at various schools throughout Manitoba. Her husband worked for Universal Construction. In 1992 they were living at 233 Emerson Ave., Winnipeg. In 1999 they were living at 302-1745 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg. They have two sons:
- James (“Jim”) Thomas Sigurdson, b. 17 Feb. 1946 at Steep Rock, Manitoba; m. ________.
- Douglas (“Doug”) Alexander Sigurdson, b. 1 Sept. 1948 at Steep Rock, Manitoba. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. In 1972 he and his friend Suzanne Gillies founded Plug-In Gallery in Winnipeg, and remained its co-directors until moving to Toronto in 1979. In the early or mid-1980s he was co-ordinator of A-Space, an art gallery there. In 1989 he was appointed Executive Director of the Visual Arts Branch of the Canada Arts Council, Ottawa. He was appointed interim Head of the Visual Arts Section in January 2009, and received the same position permanently in May 2009.
- Constantine (“Connie”) Dawshka, b. 30 Oct. 1924 at Naruszewiecz, d. 20 Feb. 1974 at Winnipeg, aged 49 years. He m. 20 June 1953, at St. Ignatius Church, Winnipeg, Jadwiga (“Judy”) Parcinkowski, b. 7 Sept. 1930 at Dobrawola, Poland, d. 13 May 1992 at Victoria, British Columbia, of lung cancer, and buried in Royal Oak Burial Park. He apparently disliked the name Constantine, and never used it in its full form. Nonetheless, his name was certainly Constantine (as stated in his record of naturalization) and not Conrad, as we have occasionally heard stated. He was a transit bus driver. At the time of his death he was living at 163 Matheson Ave. E., Winnipeg. His widow Judy lived there until 1986, when she moved to Victoria, B.C. They have four children:
- Charles (“Charlie”) Dawshka, b. 25 Feb. 1954 at Winnipeg, alive in 1985. He m. 24 July 1982 at Lima, Peru, Flor Pocha Hildago, b. 31 Jan. 1956 in a remote jungled area of Peru, daughter of Fernad Hildago and Esther Armas. They are living at Victoria, British Columbia, where he has worked in mines and oil-drilling, among other things. Their address in 1985 was no. 310, 1419 Stadcona Street, Victoria. Only child:
- Tanya Dawshka, b. 8 Nov. 1982 at Victoria.
- Ronald (“Ron”) Dawshka, b. 3 April 1955 at Winnipeg, alive in 2006. He took a degree in Cpmputer Science and was working in 1985 at Victoria, B.C. He m. Janet ____, and they have two sons. In 2006 he was a Client Manager for the Education & Corporate Client Unit, Client Manager Branch, Management Services Division, British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education.
- Patricia (“Patty”) Anne Dawshka, b. 9 Jan. 1959 at Winnipeg, alive in 2006. She m. (1) 10 July 1982 in St. Mary’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Winnipeg, but divorced about 1982, Erlin (“Erlin”) Uwe Kauker, b. 21 July 1959 at Ettlington, West Germany. She and her first husband lived at Victoria, British Columbia, where they both served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Their address in 1985 was 307-345 Michigan Street, Victoria. She m. (2) Joe ____.
- David Robert Dawshka, b. 1 Feb. 1958 at Winnipeg, alive in 2006. He received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Guelph University in 1982, then worked at Kenora, Ontario, from 1984 to 1986. He m. 20 July 1985 in St. Mary’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Winnipeg, Ana-Maria Fernandes, b. 4 Aug. 1963, daughter of Joaquin Fernandes, of Winnipeg. They moved in 1986 to Flin Flon, Manitoba, but by 1988 moved to Morden, Manitoba. In 2006 he was a Behavior Specialist with Family Services and Housing, Community Service Delivery, Rural & Northern Services Central. His wife owns and manages Dimensions Fashions, a women’s clothing store, which she established in 1988. Children:
- Christina Maria Dawshka, b. in July or August 1989. She has studied at the University of Winnipeg.
- Nicholas (“Nico”) Andrew Timmy Dawshka, b. before May 1992. He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg in 2013.
Sophie Violet Dawshka, b. 7 July 1929 at Naruszewiecz, d. 10 Oct. 2006 at Meadowood Manor, Winnipeg, aged 79 years.
She m. 30 July 1961 at the First Lutheran Church, Winnipeg, Robert (“Bob”) Roy Yager, b. 22 April 1930 at Winnipeg, d. 26 Dec. 2010, at Victoria, B.C., aged 80 years, son of Rudolph and Katrina (____) Yager. Their cremated remains rest together at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. Although she had only recently turned 16 at the beginning of her appointment, Sophie was the teacher at Arizona School District no. 478 in Arizona (now Worby), southeast of Austin, Manitoba, in the year 1945-1946.
She later attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a B.Sc. and a B.S.W. Between earning her two academic degrees, she worked as technician in the Provincial Veterinary Laboratory, Winnipeg, and in 1957 contributed to an article published by members of its staff, entitled “An Outbreak of Swine Erysipelas in Turkeys.”
She and her husband farmed at Rosser, Manitoba, and he also worked at M M Greenhouses and was a general contractor under the name of Yager Builders Ltd. After his retirement about 1996 they moved to Winnipeg, and were living in 1999 at 407-175 Pulberry. The last surviving member of her family, she was survived by her husband, who moved shortly afterwards to Vancouver, British Columbia. Her death notice states, “Sophie treasured her time as a school teacher, as a social worker and especially as a wife and mother to her family.” She and her husband adopted two children:
- Barbara Ruth Yager, b. 28 July 1966 in the Misericordia Hospital, Winnipeg, alive in 2011. She studied Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She met her future husband while working at Toronto, and they have returned there after living for some time at Norwalk, Connecticut. In 2011 she began a new position with the Bank of Montreal as Deputy Chief Accountant. She m. Darrell Cheung. They are the owners of Satori Urban Wellness in Toronto.
- Roger Kendall Yager, b. 15 Nov. 1967 in the St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, alive in 2011. He studied Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He m. Corinne ____, and they have one child, a daughter, Isabella Yager. They are now (2009) living at Vancouver, British Columbia.
Carl George Dawshka, b. 17 Feb. 1933 at Pratt, near Austin, Manitoba, d. 28 Jan. 1969 at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, aged 35 years, and buried there 31 Jan. following in Hillside Memorial Cemetery, section 5, row 18. He m. 27 Dec. 1958 in St. Edward’s Church (Roman Catholic), Winnipeg, Kathleen Ellen Blythe, b. 23 July 1934 at Winnipeg, alive in 2011, daughter of Alan Blythe, of Winnipeg, by his wife Jessie Clara McCullough. He received his early education in schools in Melbourne, Manitoba, and attended high school at St. Paul’s College, a private Roman Catholic school in Winnipeg. Carl received a B.A. in 1954 from St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, and a B.S.W. in 1956 and an M.S.W. from the University of Manitoba in 1959. From 1954 to 1961 he was a social worker for the Provincial Government in Northern Manitoba. In 1961 he went to Portage la Prairie, where he and his family lived at 15 Sunset Drive (a street which, incidentally, he named). He was Regional Director at Portage for the Department of Health and Social Services, Social Services Division. He and his wife were members of St. John’s Church (Roman Catholic) in Portage, and Carl belonged to Rotary International.
His widow, Kathleen, who received her B.A. from the University of Manitoba in 1955, was also a social worker before their marriage. She married (2) (as his third wife) 12 April 1975, but separated from in 1984, and divorced 21 Dec. 2000, Ross Victor Goodwin Dobson, b. 15 April 1934 at London, alive in November 2011, son of Walter Dobson, of London, Ontario, by the latter’s wife Doris Eva Goodwin. From 1979 until her retirement in the summer of 1999 she was the social worker for the Emergency Department of Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg. She m. (3) (as his third wife) 24 Feb. 2001 in Christ the King Church (Roman Catholic), Winnipeg, Ronald Douglas Slate. She has lived since 1973 at 4 Cromer Bay, Winnipeg R2M 4C5. In 1998 Kathleen legally resumed the surname of Blythe, which she has retained through her third marriage.
Carl Dawshka and his wife adopted two children:
- John Blythe Dawshka (the present writer, commonly known since his mother’s second marriage as John Blythe Dobson), b. 7 Nov. 1961 at Brandon, Manitoba; unmarried. He received a B.A. (4-year) in Dramatic Studies in 1987, a B.A. in English in 1988, and a B.A. (Honors) in History in 1990, all from the University of Winnipeg. He started as an assistant in the U. of W. Library in 1982, worked in the Reference Department thereof from 1986 to 2000, and since 2000 has been the library’s website administrator. He has been a contributing editor to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record since the January 2010 issue. He lived with his mother until April 2000, then at 23-10 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg, until August 2005, since which he has lived at 1170 Spruce Street, R3E 2V3.
- Ann Marie Dawshka (who briefly used the surname Dobson after her mother’s second marriage), b. 14 Nov. 1963 at Winnipeg. She studied for two years at the University of Winnipeg, and later worked as a baker and veterinarian’s assistant. She m. 15 June 1996 in the Roman Catholic Church, Lorette, Manitoba, Kieran Johnston, b. 18 July 1964, son of Desmond and Betty (____) Johnston, of Winnipeg. She and her husband live near Dufresne, Manitoba, and are the owners of Quickdraw Embroidery, which they operate out of their home. Issue:
(natural child, by ________)
Jessica Blythe Dawshka, b. 24 Jan. 1986 at Winnipeg. She m. 7 July 2006 at the home of her mother near Dufresne, Manitoba, Patrick Michael Leonoff, son of Les and Shaun (____) Leonoff. Issue:
(by Adam Emerson:)
- Caleb Michael Dawshka, b. 16 Oct. 2002.
(by her husband:)
- Mikalah Blythe Leonoff, b. 4 April 2006.
(by her husband)
- Maeve Kathleen Elizabeth Johnston, b. 23 Sept. 1997 at Winnipeg.
- Hugh Desmond Johnston, b. 19 Dec. 1999 at Winnipeg.
Some Unplaced Daczkos
Osip Daczko, b. 1869-70 (aged 32 in 1912) at Naruszewice. As “Osip Dawschko,” aged 32 years, of light complexion, light brown hair, and grey eyes, born at, and last permanently residing at, Naruszewice, Russia, he arrived on 29 Nov. 1912 at the port of New York, having sailed from Hamburg on the S.S. President Grant. His nearest relative in his home country was his wife in Naruszewice, whose name appears to read “Juliann Dawschko.” He sailed with three other men from Naruszewice — Simon Nowik, Szczepan S…inko (illegible), and Piotr Schlolinz — and all three were bound for Buffalo, New York, and he was going to join a friend, Stefan Karpiewik, there. We have not found later record of him.
Josef Daczko, b. 1892-93 (if he was aged 20 in 1913) at Naruszewice. As noted above, his name appears immediately above that of “Peter Dawshko,” in the manifest of the S.S. Columbia, arriving 3 Nov. 1913 at the port of New York from Glasgow, Scotland. He is recorded as “Josif Dawshko,” aged 20 (?), of light complexion, dark hair, and brown eyes, in good health, unmarried, a labourer, born at, and last permanently residing at, “Nerestewizy, Russia,” destined for Buffalo, New York, and notes that he could read and write, and had $25 in his possession; his next of kind was his wife, “Katja Dawshko,” of “Norestewiczy.” His age has been overwritten and the reading is uncertain. He thus m. before 3 Nov. 1913, Katja ____, who at least temporarily, remained behind in Byelorussia. There is no reason, on chronological grounds, that Josef could not have been a brother to the Piotr with whom he travelled, but he was completely unknown to any members of the present family who were still alive in the 1970s. We have not found any really convincing match for him in the 1920 or 1920 census of New York State, not have we found a likely immigration record for his wife.
1. ||Information from Mr. G. Ortell.
|2. ||Obituary, Carberry News-Express, 2 March 1955.
|3. ||Cemetery record, from a transcript in the collection of the Manitoba Genealogical Society, Winnipeg.
|4. ||She is inexplicably called “Lena” in a death notice of her brother Nicholas.
|5. ||Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, at Ancestry.com.
|6. ||Manitoba marriage registrations, 1930, no. 028093, from index; original record not seen.
|7. ||For this information, and additional details on their daughter Catharine, we are indebted to Karen Sinotte, a grand-niece of the latter’s husband.
|8. ||Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, at Ancestry.com.
|9. ||Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980, at Ancstry.com.
|10. ||1920 U.S. Census, New York, Erie Co., Buffalo, enumeration district 22, p. 18A.
|11. ||“List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States [on] S.S. Columbia sailing from Glasgow 25th October, 1913, arriving at Port of New York Nov. 3 1913,” available online at http://www.ellisisland.org/.
|12. ||“Mary Dowski,” SSN 0094-18-1422, Social Security Death Index.
|13. ||1930 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Erie County, town of Cheektowaga, roll T626_1434, enumeration district 383, p. 9A.
|14. ||Colonial Parkway Killer, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Parkway_Killer, and other Internet sources and newspaper articles. The Parkway Murders website at http://parkway.crimeshadows.com/ has been established to elicit leads in the case.
|15. ||“Wavefront coding sees through aberrations,” Laser Focus World, 35(1) (January 1999); Lyn Berry-Helmlinger, “Much clearer picture result of breakthrough in Boulder,” Denver Business Journal, 15 Feb. 2002, available online at http://denver.bizjournals.com/denver/stories/2002/02/18/story8.html; Peter Ulrich Weiss, “Pictures only a computer could love: new lenses create distorted images for digital enhancement,” Science News, 29 March 2003; “Wavefront coding finds increasing use,” Laser Focus World, January 2004, 20-21; Wavefront coding, at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavefront_coding.
|16. ||Death notice, from an unidentified newspaper.
|17. ||Death notice, from an unidentified newspaper.
|18. ||Canada Gazette, vol. 68, no. 22 (1 Dec. 1934), p. 1191. They are listed as:
Nicholas Dawshka, farmer, of Pratt, Manitoba, born in Russia
Constantine Dawshka, minor child
Mary Dawshka, minor child
Sofie Dawshka, minor child
(The children are listed alphabetically rather than by age.)
|19. ||The Carberry Plains: 75 years of progress (1959), p. 99.
|20. ||Winnipeg Free Press, 13 Oct. 2006.
|21. ||Winnipeg Free Press, 7 Jan. 2011.
|22. ||Anne M. Collier, A Rear View Mirror: A History of the Austin and Surrounding Districts (Portage la Prairie, 1967), p. 381; Arizona 1882-1982 (Arizona, Manitoba, 1982), 20.
|23. ||J.M. Isa, N.E. Stanger, and Sophie Dawshka, “An Outbreak of Swine Erysipelas in Turkeys,” Canadian Journal of Comparative Medicine and Veterinary Science 21(9) (September 1957): 321–323; see http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1614441.
|24. ||Obituary, Portage Graphic; photograph of tombstone at http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/1268584.
|25. ||“List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States [on] S.S. President Grant sailing from Hamburg November 15th 1912, arriving at Port of New York Nov. 29 1912,” available online at http://www.ellisisland.org/.
|26. ||“List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States [on] S.S. Columbia sailing from Glasgow 25th October, 1913, arriving at Port of New York Nov. 3 1913,” as cited above.