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Early Polish Community of Detroit
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My maternal great great grandfather, Jan Kreft, arrived in the USA on the SS Trieve from Lidsbark, Poland/Germany in 1885. He brought with him his wife, Anna Czappa, and all of his children. He was, by trade, a carpenter/artisan. He resided on St. Joseph St., Detroit, Michigan. As simple a life as this man led, he left behind a history for Polish Detroit. He carved the alters in St. Albertus, Sweetest Heart of Mary and St. Hyacinth. He was a pius man who raised kind children. During Easter services at St. Hyacinth, he slipped on the steps of the church. He managed to make it home but was found dead in the bathroom by his wife in 1915. He is buried in our family plot at Mt. Olivet. This family has connections through marriage to the Goike's (Goike's Kashub Snuff), Budnik's, Malinowski's, Ponke's, Kabala's, Biegalski's, Chojnacki's, Zientarski's, Alandt's, Mack's, Deurweke's, Winstanley's, Tusch, Markowski's, Ostrowski's, Valenti's, Priebe's. Smaller connections to the Ford family, Zynda's, Kulwicki's (funeral home family), Calcaterra's.
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