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Howard----Harr----Lorenz---Van Duesen---Rice---
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started in finding my husbands family right after we were married in dec. 1949. he was adopted, and didn't have any family, as his adopted dad and wife were murdered by her brother in 1945. i have not only found most of his family, but went to the ones living homes, and stood at his fathers grave in okla. and moms cemetery in arkansas, and put headstone in that cemetery for her. also replaced headstone on his gr. grandfathers grave in alabama.followed the trail of tears 2x looking for his grandmothers grave just to find out that she wasn't of indian heritage like we were told by his sis who we found in 1951.
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At 9:14pm on June 2, 2011, Tom Vajdik said…

Hi Nancy. I have finished some pressing projects that had to be done. Now I can crack open the photo album. So many pictures to choose from.


At 2:41am on November 21, 2010, Lisa A. (Thamm) Spegal said…
I may have heard of that accident near Colville, but not sure now, it's been a long time. Yes, Colville (And Kettle Falls) are both not too far from Canada. As for the Perrins living in your old house, I'm not sure, I'm not real sure which house was yours, Priest River's probably changed since you were here. Sadly, in these times, many have lost their homes or simply left them from what I've heard. I know the Perrin name, I used to work at the Senior Center here for several years, but not sure that's where I know it from, it may have been from my dear friend Shirley Pearsall.
At 1:14pm on November 20, 2010, Lisa A. (Thamm) Spegal said…
HI Nancy,
Nice to meet someone else who lived in this area! Raynor sounds familiar as does the other name you mentioned (now it's not in front of me). My husband & I moved here from the Colville & Kettle Falls areas (WA) when he got a job at the Riley Creek Lumber Mill (now Idaho Forest Group) in 1993/94. Always loved the area, he's gone now, passed away in 2005 but two sons and their families still live here as well.
Thanks for writing, it was nice to hear from you! How is your research coming? Have you been researching for many years? I was reading the comments on your page, it all sounds very interesting! My dad's ancestor came from East Prussia and I've been working on them for a long time as well as many other lines.
At 10:02pm on June 16, 2010, Tom Vajdik said…
Good evening, Nancy: What an experience to be able to visit the ole homestead in Oklahoma -- and to have the current owners let you come to take some pictures -- Neat!
Gr. Grandfathr married a Mariana. She stayed in Kuzelov, and died in 1946. I think Gr. grandpa George was sending money back to the old country, and maybe saving up a nest egg. My mother wrote some notes and said "(her) Grandfather George emigrated to the US in about 1900. Worked in Lansford Pa. coalmines. They never heard from him again. G' night for now.
At 9:15pm on June 15, 2010, Tom Vajdik said…
Hello, my 2nd Cousin: I just wanted to post my introductory comment to you on the Czech Group here, in Genealogywise. I don't have a Facebook account, so I am not sure whose account you saw there. What an unusual story about your relative. Wow. I am surprised that you are researching Pennsylvania records. I also am searching there for my wife's family. One member came over from Germany in the 1780's. We never met Marina in the Cz. republic. I think all the Hrankas died out there. We met lots of my grandmother's descendants in Kuzelov. Agnes & Cyril's gr parents' name was Thomas Hranka.Got to go for tonight Talk to you soon.
At 9:47pm on June 14, 2010, Tom Vajdik said…
Hello again, Nancy: This is part 2. This is a legend in our side of the family. Your grandmother's father - George had come over to the U.S. to make money. I understand that he went to work in the coal mines in Pennsylvania. One letter that he wrote back to Czech. said that he was now crippled. ( a mining accident?). The family never heard from George Hr. again. Uncle John came over to the U.S. to look for him. They never found out when George died, or where, but we believe it was in Pennsylvania. Cousin Rose looked into this a bit, but could not find anything. Have you heard this story? Good night for now.
At 9:42pm on June 14, 2010, Tom Vajdik said…
Hi Nancy: About that Facebook -- I actually meant that I wanted to put my initial response on the Czech open part so that our other Czech friends can see that 2 distant cousins connected. Here is a piece of trivia. My mother was born in Kuzelov in House no. 56, and my grandfather Cyrill was born there too. All his siblings (incl. Agnes) were born there also. I checked my notes, and I saw that 1 sister, Marina stayed in Kuzelov.
At 8:58pm on June 12, 2010, Tom Vajdik said…
Hi Nancy: The beginning half of the last e-mail was: Uncle John studied to be a furrier. Then he moved to the U.S. In the 1930 census, he was working in a dry cleaner's, and I thought that it might be your parents' place. Thanx for your e-mail. My e-mail is
Grandfather Cyril married his sweetheart in Kuzelov. Her name was Anna Janas. They had 4 kids. My mom was born there, and so was my Uncle John. The other 2 brothers were born in Canada. A favour to ask: can I post my 1st email to you on "The Wall" so that others can see that distant cousins can meet. Don't want to give away too much
At 9:37pm on June 10, 2010, Tom Vajdik said…
Hi Nancy. I was half way done writing a message to you, and I don't know where it went. The last part was -- after the war, I guess Uncle John went to work as a doorman at a hotel (The Commodore). Good night for now. Tom
At 10:06pm on June 9, 2010, Tom Vajdik said…
Good morning, Nancy. I just read your comment to me. Relax, I haven't heard anything bad about the Lorenzs. Its just that your branch of the Hranka family was somewhat of a mystery. I knew that your Grandmother Agnes married a Bill Rice and that they had 2 children. When we were visiting NYC in 1963 I heard about them. I never knew that your Uncle Bill Rice had ever been married (and divorced). BTW, God bless you for taking care of your (late) aged parents. I hope that they were healthy until the end. Did Uncle John ever for for your Mom and Dad in the drycleaning business? I am finding your family's history very fascinating. Gotta go now. Good night. Your cousin Tom


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