~ Vintage Images from the Early Twentieth Century of the Polish Immigrant Community of Worcester, Massachusetts ~

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rt. Rev. Boleslaw A. Bojanowski - Funeral Card Friday

(Digital Image. Card Privately Held By Cynthia Shenette; Text Copyright (c) 2012 Cynthia Shenette)

Rt. Rev. Boleslaw A. Bojanowski
Died June 9, 1964
Age 88

I have several funeral cards for Father Boleslaw Bojanowski in my collection.  Father Bojanowski was the long-time pastor at St. Mary's Church (Our Lady of Czestochowa) in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He served in the parish from 1913 until his retirement in 1956.

Monday, November 12, 2012

World War I Red Cross Nurse (Mystery Photo #16) - Mystery Monday

(Digital Image. Photograph Privately Held By Cynthia Shenette. Photograph and Text, Copyright (c) 2012 Cynthia Shenette) I think this young woman was either a friend, a relative, or a neighbor of my grandmother, Antonina (Bulak) Szerejko.  My guess is the photograph was taken around World War I, obviously in the winter, so perhaps sometime during the winter of 1918 would be a good guess.  I don't know for certain, but I believe the young woman is standing in front of one of my grandmother's homes on Endicott St. in Worcester.  I have other pictures in my collection that show the same Greek Revival home in the background.  My grandmother lived at 139 Endicott St. from 1913 to 1917 and at 137 Endicott from 1918 to until February of 1920.  I think the house in the background is the home at 139 Endicott.  The young woman was probably a member of Worcester's Polish community and a parishioner of St. Mary's Church.

If you recognize the nurse in the photo or can confirm the location of where the photo was taken I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Young Lady In A Pretty Dress (Mystery Photo #15) - Mystery Monday

(Digital Image.  Photograph Privately Held By Cynthia Shenette; Text Copyright (c) 2012 Cynthia Shenette) This young woman was probably either a friend of or related to my grandmother, Antonina (Bulak) Szerejko.   In reviewing my photographs I believe she may be the bridesmaid in this photograph on my other blog, Heritage Zen.  The bride in that photograph also appears in this photo here.  My guess is the photograph above was probably taken in the late 1910s, and the young woman was probably a member of Worcester's Polish community.

Many of the photos I have in my possession don't have any photographer information, but this particular one does.  "Schervee Worcester, Mass." is embossed on the mat of the photograph.  I did a quick search on Schervee and learned that Herman Schervee was a relatively well known and regarded photographer. According to his obituary he photographed a number of famous people including presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.  He is also responsible for the famous group photo taken during Sigmund Freud's visit to Clark University in 1909.  Herman Schervee's obit says he died on July 30, 1923, so my photograph was probably taken before that date.

If you recognize the pretty young woman in my photograph or have additional information to share about photographer Herman Schervee I'd love to hear from you!