Adalbert Cichostepski and Mary Siruma of Galicia, Poland had at least 3 children.
John born June 13 1880
Josef born January 31 1882
Sophie born July 22 1892
They all came to America separately, but met up in Chicago. John came first in 1905, followed by Josef in 1906, and Sophie in 1909. The family story is that Mother, Mary Siruma past away and Adalbert married again. This wife was not very nice to Mary's children. So to escape, Josef came to America first, when they had enough money John came, and then Sophie.
Josef paid his own passage on the ship Seyditz. It departed from Bremen and arrived in New York City on April 12 1906. He had $60 in his pocket and was headed to Blazej Chwala’s apartment on Dickson Street. He was 24.
In 1910 we find them all living together in an apartment with Josef, his wife Kate Smolek, and her brother Albert at 1233 Dickson Street. They were employed:
Josef: doing bridgework
John: a porter in a saloon
Sophie: waitress in a restaurant
In 1920 Josef and his wife Katherine have a family. John and Sophie also have their own families and homes. Josef lives at 1351 N. Dickson Street. He is an electric engineer doing bridgework. He is now 37. His naturalization papers have been submitted. His children are:
Max or Mack
In 1930 Joseph has Americanized his first name. He, his wife and children live at 1423 Dickson Street. He is a crane operator for the Iron Foundry. They own the apartment house valued at $10000. There are 4 other units. His family has grown to 5 children:
John, age 20, works as an upholsterer for a furniture factory
Mary, age 18, works as an assembler for a radio manufacturer
Mack, age 17, is a box maker in a wooden box factory
William, age 14, is at school
Helen, age 8, is at school
(I have heard from Helen’s son, that all the children eventually chose their mother’s last name of Smolek, except Helen. It was much easier than Cichostepski to spell and pronounce.)
Joseph completed his naturalization process on January 13 1928 at the age of 45. His witnesses for this were:
Blazej Chwala of 1310 Crittenden Street
Stanislaw Gorak of 1737 McRenyold Street
Joseph died April 17 1939 in Chicago. He was buried at Mt Olive on April 22 1939. His World War I draft registration card lists him of medium height, stout build, gray eyes and brown hair. At that time he was living at 1351 Dickson Street and was a crane operator for the American Bridge Company on Wentworth Street.
An interesting fact about Josef’s brother, John:
Blazy Chula of 1325 Dickson Street was also his witness when he was naturalized.