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Anistasia & Mary (Ciskey) Scieszinski Wedding Anniversaries

SCIESZINSKI, SCIESINSKI, PAWLICKA, CISKEY, CISKA, BARKS, LEONARD, MCLAMAR, HANRAHAN, FITZGERALD, BROWNE, LAHART

Posted By: DJ Scieszinski (email)
Date: 7/6/2016 at 19:49:06

Anistasia Scieszinski (1845/6 - 1941) married Mary Frances Ciskey (1853 - 1943) on her seventeenth birthday, February 6, 1870, at Rock Island County, Illinois. They were married seventy-one years and had twelve children (8 sons and 4 daughters)with births spanning the years 1871 to 1895. Nine of their children lived to adulthood (7 sons and 2 daughters). Mary and Anistasia had fifty-four grandchildren with births spanning the years 1901 to 1932.
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Chariton Leader, February 11, 1930
MELROSE

Mr. and Mrs. A. Sceizenski, prominent residents of this community, observed their sixtieth wedding anniversary Thursday, February 8, in the K.C. Hall, more than 300 friends and relatives were present. Mr. and Mrs. Scieszinski came from Moline, Ill., fifty eight years ago and located on a farm north of Melrose where they resided until ten years ago when they retired and established their home in Melrose. They are the parents of twelve children, eight of whom are living. They are Frank, Joseph William, Martin and Dan, all of Monroe county; Edward J. of Janesville, Wis.; Mrs. C. Leonard, of Belknap; Mrs. E. J. McLamar, of Ottumwa. There are also forty-five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. The honored couple received a number of beautiful gifts and remembrances of this anniversary. Out of town guests included: Mr. and Mrs. E. J. McLamar, Emmett and James Sceinski and Miss Mildred Hanshin*, all of Ottumwa; and Mrs. James Fitzgerald of Sioux City. A most enjoyable evening was spent and Mr. and Mrs. Sceinzinski received the congratulations and best wishes of everyone.
* Hanshin should be Hanrahan
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The Monroe County News, February 11, 1935
Sixty-Fifth Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. A. Scieszinski were pleasantly surprised Sunday when their children surprised them with a basket dinner, the occasion being their sixth-fifth wedding anniversary.

Those who attended were the Rev. D.C. Browne, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scieszinski, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Scieszinski, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Scieszinski, Mr. and Mrs. D.J. Scieszinski, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Scieszinski of Melrose. All of their children attended except Mrs. E.J. McLamar of Ottumwa and Eddie Scieszinski of Janesville, Wisc. After spending the day with them they returned home wishing many more happy anniversaries.
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September 18, 1939, Monroe County News
MARRIED 69 YEARS –

Town’s Oldest Man, 93
Birth Date, May 10, 1846*

Picture Caption: A. Scieszinski. Melrose’s oldest living man, A. Scieszinski, attained his 93rd birthday May 10* of this year.

He was born in Poland in 1846. He has lived in Melrose for 16 years with his wife in a little cottage in the north part of town, moving from Wayne township where he farmed since 1871.

Lived Both in Germany And Poland

Melrose’s oldest living man is A. Scieszinski, who can look back on nearly a century, on a life filled with struggles but crowned with triumphs. May 10* of this year was the 93rd birthday for this pioneer resident who lives quietly today with his wife in an attractive little cottage along the main highway into the town.

Mr. and Mrs. Scieszinski also enjoy an added distinction of being one of the longest-married couples in Iowa, attaining their 69th wedding anniversary this year. They were wed in Illinois in 1870. A Lucas county couple, who recently celebrated their 77th anniversary, is believed to be the longest-married couple in the state.

Born in Western Poland* —

Scieszinski’s real first name is Anastasia, but he is known to most people simply as A. Scieszinski and receives mail by that initial. He was born in 1846 in western Poland* in a district which has been the scene of some of the most terrific fighting in the present European war.

When he was only six years of age Scieszinski was taken by his parents across the frontier into Germany. He resided in the empire until he reached the age of 17, but was dissatisfied with the outlook for life in that country, and came across the Atlantic to America in 1863.

Scieszinski was employed in Illinois coal mines near Moline and it was in Rock Island that he was married, seven years after arriving in the new land. The couple moved to Iowa and Monroe county in 1871 and settled on a farm in Wayne township near the western fringe of the county and north of Melrose.

Successfully pursuing the business of farming, he gradually annexed more land until he had 900 acres in his possession at one time. Almost all of this land was given to his children, however, so that today the elder Scieszinski owns only 40 acres located north of highway 34 in Wayne Township. Joe Lahart lives today on the property which Scieszinski occupied for 19 years. Scieszinski says this place is one of the best pieces of land in the vicinity.

Seven Children --

Mr. and Mrs. Scieszinski moved into Melrose 16 years ago. They have seven living children, five sons and three daughters. The oldest sons, Frank and Joe, are in their sixties and both live in Wayne township. William also resides in that township. Dan is a resident of Albia and Ed dwells in Wisconsin where he is employed in an automobile shop. Daughters include Mrs. Pete (Annie) Bernard* of Wayne township and Katie, who is married and lives in Ottumwa.

Despite his advanced age Scieszinski can move about easily. He keeps in the best possible health by lying down and resting frequently. Interesting stories of his experiences have been told over and over again to attentive listeners among towns-people of Melrose.

* Correct birthdate is May 3, 1845/6; place of birth was in North Central Poland which was later part of Western Prussia; at the time of the article daughter Annie (1875 - 1973) was married to Charles Clarence “Pete” Leonard (1880 - 1952), not Pete Bernard.
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The Monroe County News
February 5, 1940

A. Scieszinski To Reach 70th Anniversary Tuesday

Mr. and Mrs. A. Scieszinski of Melrose, one of the longest married couples in Iowa, will celebrate quietly at home Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of their marriage.

The Scieszinski's were married Tuesday, February 6, 1870, in Illinois. The couple moved to Monroe county in 1871 and settled on a farm in Wayne township near the western fringe of the county and north of Melrose. Successfully pursuing the business of farming he gradually annexed more land until he had 900 acres in his possession at one time. Mr. and Mrs. Scieszinski moved into Melrose 16 years ago.

They have seven living children, five sons and two daughters. The oldest sons, Frank and Joe, are in their sixties and both live in Wayne township. Another son, William, also lives in Wayne township, Dan resides in Albia and Ed in Wisconsin.

Daughters include Mrs. Pete (Annie) Bernard* of Wayne township and Katie, who is married and lives in Ottumwa.

As a boy Scieszinski lived in both Poland and Germany, coming to this country in 1863 when he was dissatisfied with the outlook on the other side of the Atlantic.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Scieszinski keep in fairly good health. They live in a little cottage along the main highway into Melrose.

A Lucas county couple, wed 77 years, is believed to be the longest married record among living people of the state.

* Mrs. Pete (Annie)Bernard should be Mrs. Pete (Annie) Leonard; daughter Annie Scieszinski(1875 - 1973) was married to Michael C. Judge (1862 - 1917), Charles Clarence "Pete" Leonard (1880 - 1953) and Emile Bogaerts (1885 - 1962)
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The Albia Union-Republican, Thursday, February 6, 1941

Scieszinski Couple Celebrate Seventy-First Anniversary

Melrose Pair Still Hale and Hearty

Mr. and Mrs. A. Scieszinski are celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary today at their home in Melrose. They have lived in Melrose for the last 16 years and in Monroe County for 70 years. Mrs. Scieszinski will observe her 88th birthday tomorrow*. Her husband will be 95 years old May 3.

Neither of the pioneer couple was born in this country. He was born in Poland while his wife's birthplace is in Germany. She said she was “very much” against Hitler.

After coming to the United States when she was five years old, Mrs. Scieszinski moved to Ohio, Indiana, and then to Illinois with her parents. She was married in Rock Island, Ill., where her husband worked in the coal mines.

In 1871 they took up an 80-acre plot in Wayne Township. This was gradually expanded to a 1,100-acre farm. A log cabin with oak floors provided the first home in this county for the pioneers. It was a one room cabin with a kitchen built on. Only one window was in the house, but it had a pane of glass in it.

Seven children of the couple are living and five are dead. About 40 grandchildren are also living. Oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Scieszinski is Frank, 69, of Melrose. Ed, 49, of Janesville, Wis., is the youngest one.

Children of the couple who still remain in Melrose are Frank, Joe, Will and Dan Scieszinski and Mrs. Charles Leonard. A daughter, Mrs. Ed McLamar, lives in Ottumwa. Mr. Scieszinski owns no land now, since he has turned it ever to his sons to farm.

* Mary Frances Ciskey born February 6, 1853
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Monroe County News, February 10, 1941
71st Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. A. Scieszinski are celebrating their 71st wedding anniversary Thursday at their home in Melrose. They have lived in Melrose for the last 16 years and in Monroe county for 70 years. Mrs. Scieszinski observed her 88th birthday Friday. Her husband will be 95 years old May 3. Neither of the pioneer couple was born in this country. He was born in Poland while his wife's birthplace is in Germany. She said she was "very much" against Hitler.


 

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