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Looking for great grandfathers adopted siblings.


Posted By: Matthew Smith
Date: 7/17/2017 at 06:40:43

In Response To: Catholic orphanage in Dubuque ? (R. Peterson)

I am trying to reunite long lost families. My great grandfather was Frank Skalla/Kunkel, his parents were Mathias Skalla and Kate Skalla (Golobich). Franks parents were placed in an institution until they died and a family friend took Frank and his siblings to St. Mary's Orphanage. The children were admitted 3/21/1894.

I was able to receive a transcript of the adoption register and it shows some of the adoption details.

Mary Skalla born 22 March 1883
Adoption details: Adopted 5/10/1895 by
Mr. & Mrs. Gossmann
Canton, MN RFD #2

John Mathias Skalla born 22 March 1883
Adoption: details unknown

Jacob James Skalla born 24 July 1886
Adoption details: Went w/ Mr. Wm. A Banfield, Cuba City, WI

Frank Joseph Skalla born 11 Dec 1889
Adoption details: Adopted by Frank Kunkel
Kieler, Grand County, WI

Catharine (Katie) Skalla born March 1893
Adoption details: Adopted 5/2/1895 by
J. Stelpflug
Potosi, WI

I have been able to contact Mary Skalla/ Casterton's family, but have not been able to find out what happened to the rest of the siblings. Would like to connect with anyone who could have information about the orphanage or could be related.

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