I was intrigued when I read that Thaddeus Radzilowski, Ph.D. listed Epiphany as a parish with a high Polish membership. It made me take a second look at my childhood community. We didn’t have language lessons, folk dances nor celebrate Polish feast days in school.
But at home, my mother often served gołąbki, zrazy nicknamed “myszki”, and mizeria. Holiday meals were never complete until the czernina and kiełbasa were served. I listened to my grandparents and parents speak Polish when they wanted to keep us out of the conversation. I am currently gathering records and stories to document the Polish families in the community.
Fellow Arcadia author, Epiphany alum, and Pol-Am Richard Bak helped me start a list of surnames of Pol-Ams at Epiphany. I am sure the list will grow. Ethnic Poles use the following surnames. I cannot vouch that each of these families at Epiphany considered themselves Polish.
Bak ,Berzanskis, Bloenk, Boroswski, Borsak,
Borowski, Cerwinski, Cerpilowski, Ciak , Cieslik,
Czapski, Dombrowski, Drozdzewski, Duba, Dutka,
Duzniewaski, Frankowski, Goralski, Glowacki
Haller, Jarzombek, Jancheski, Karas, Kuras, Kornak,
Krzesowik, Kaczmarek, Korzecke, Kosla, Kroll , Krolik,
Krzysiak, Krzyszczak, Kucik, Kowalski, Kaluzny,
Kolasynski, Kruzel, Kachinski, Kurta, Kempf, Knechtges
Luczynski, Lukasak, Lach, Maksymowicz, Malicke,
Mickiewicz,, Nabozny, Nebroski, Nowak, Nadolski, Obidinski,
Oleskowicz, Panczak, Podsaidlo , Przytulski, Ososke,
Piotrowski, Ralko, Rembowski
Susalla, Shulzitski, Sobieski, Sekula, Sroka, Sulla,
Swirski, , Sochacki, Selasky, Szczesny, Topolewski,
Truba, Troshynski, Wendt, Zynda.