This is a free weekend on Ancestry.com, so I looked up my father. Here’s something strange: He’s listed as being 10 years old in the 1930 census, and I know he wasn’t born until ’28 or ’29. Guess my grandparents had so many kids, they got confused?
My grandfather Tony was 10 years older than my grandmother. He was a widower with kids when he married her; she was only 16. He was an ironworker at one of the local steel mills, where one son worked with him. Two of his other sons worked in a paper mill. Everyone in the house knew how to read and write.
I was surprised to find out that they owned a house, at 114 Seville St. I guess my grandmother sold it after my grandfather died and left her with all those kids.
My grandmother’s name was Leokadja Haraburda, 1893 birthplace listed as Jardonova, Russia. (I seem to remember one of the relatives telling me she was from Byelorussia, the part of Poland that was split between them and the Soviet Union. All I know is, I can’t find it on a map.)