Posts Tagged ‘Śląskie Province’

Anton Slawik—Polish Pioneer in Michigan’s Huron County

Friday, March 9th, 2018

By: Charles Ciechanowski-Chinoski-Chase & Evelyn Osentoski-Clor

Anton Slawik (1824-1899) was the 3rd child born to Johann Slawik and Francisca Wiatrek. He was born in Boronow, which is an old historic town dating back to the 13th century. Boronow is located in south-central Poland about 20 miles southwest of Częstochowa (home of The Black Madonna) and about 70 miles northwest of Krakow. Boronow is a village (today’s population about 2,500) in Lubliniec County in Śląsk Voivodship on the Liswarta River in Silesia, Poland.

It is believed that Anton’s father, Johann, was the brother of Valek Slawik who was the son of Bartholemew (Bartek) Slawik and Marianna Warczokin. Valek (Valentin) married Francisca Borón and together they had several children, one of whom was Josephine (Josefa) Slawik who was born in Dembowa Gora, Lubliniec, Poland in 1819. Josephine, a 1st cousin of Anton, later married Francis Polk who was also an important pioneer in the founding of the town of Parisville in Paris Township, Huron County, in the “Thumb” of Michigan.


Francis Polk: A Founding Father of Parisville, MI

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

By: Charles Ciechanowski-Chinoski-Chase and Evelyn Osentoski-Clor

The following tells some of the history of the great-great grandfather of Evelyn Clor and Charles Chase.


At the tip of the “Thumb” of the Michigan’s Lower Peninsula can be found Huron County. Within this county is Paris Township which contains the historic town of Parisville. Parisville is, arguably, the first Polish community within the United States. One of the founders of Parisville was a Polish farmer by the name of Francis (Franz) Polk who left the tyranny of Poland to provide a better life for his family.


My Trip to Poland with Zen: Day 9 – September 3, 2015.

Monday, September 19th, 2016

As my trip to Poland begins to wind down, the remaining days are devoted to sightseeing mostly.  Today, we went to the famous pilgrimage site of the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, Poland.  It was here in 1655 that a small contingent of friars, Polish nobles and volunteers fought off the numerically superior Swedish force of German mercenaries for a month inspiring the Poles to rise up and sweep the Swedes out of Poland.  Legend has it that the inspiration for this valiant defense was a famous religious icon known as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa which has been housed in the Monastery since at least the 1300s.


The Black Madonna with the protective screen.


Wanderlust: Polska 2014. Part 7: Częstochowa.

Friday, June 27th, 2014

April 28, 2014

On the bus to Czestochowa , we left at 7:30am, it is raining. We made it to Czestochowa  by 11am. We took a tour with a monk, his name was Padre Simon.


Padre Simon


3 Men and a Mom: Finding our Polish Family. Day 8

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

May 2

After some more żurek for breakfast (!) we headed back to the records office in Bolesław.

Żurek for breakfast

Żurek for breakfast

Armed only with old family names from the late 1800’s, we headed to the town archives to try our luck locating relatives still living in the area. Luckily the clerk was cooperative and bent some rules by showing us more recent birth, death & marriage records.


15. Shellie’s Tour to Ancestral Places. Day 5.

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

On day 5 we On our next day, we took a drive west to Zywiec where Żywiec beer is made. There were several ways to get there, so we choose to drive a road that went over the Slovakia border (formerly Czechoslovakia) and then back into Poland. We didn’t know what to expect at the border and had our passports ready but there was no special checkpoint at the border. In fact, we didn’t even realize that we crossed into Slovakia until we were already across the border. Once we were in town, however, we could tell that we were no longer in Poland. Zenon said that all of the signs and the radio were now in Slovakian. I didn’t know enough Polish to notice a difference. The biggest difference that I noticed was the change in architecture from our Polish mountain towns. We saw few of the charming alpine style houses that are so common in Odrowaz and other villages in the Podhale region and more plain concrete structures. Slovakia is part of the European Union and now uses the euro for currency. Zenon explained that people would travel across the border to shop in Slovakia, but now it is reversed. The euro is stronger than the Polish zloty, so now people cross into Poland to shop! By the way, the exchange rate is roughly 3 zloty for each American dollar, so we are finding that prices are quite affordable here – though I have done almost no shopping yet!

On the outskirts of town we encountered a haywagon; a typical site in the country towns of this area.

A hay wagon

A hay wagon