Simon and Teckla Tobianski began an immigrant story around 1875 when they left Posen, in a section of the Kingdom of Prussia which would later become part of Poland. By 1880 they lived in Calumet, where Simon was a founding member of the Polish Catholic congregation, whose church was built on Seventh Street in 1882. Though he started working for C&H in the 1870s as a laborer, by 1900 Simon was a full-fledged copper miner with a home in Laurium.
Living with Simon and Teckla were some of their children. Peter, a pharmacist, worked at the C&H Hospital. Martin became a fireman, Leo a plumber, and Margaret a stenographer before her marriage to William McKelvie. Mary was a dressmaker. Elder children Frank, Michael, and Frances had already moved out and started their own families. Daughters Agnes, a Michigan Bell employee, Mary, and Theresa lived together in the family home as adults.
Last updated: January 19, 2018