Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Old Carlson Place Again

William Blumenthal of Chicago, having tired of being an absentee farmer, sold the old Carlson place. The buyer was Teofil Heronim Grabowski, a 32-year-old Gary lawyer who also served as president of the American State Bank at 17th and Broadway in Gary. Teofil had immigrated from Poland in 1905. He eventually married Wanda Cieszynski (about nine years his junior), and in 1920 they lived in Gary with Wanda's 18-year-old brother, Valerian, a student.

Teofil was evidently a person of great energy: soon after buying the old Carlson place, he set about remodeling the farmhouse, building chicken coops, and making other unspecified improvements. The Gazette explained: "We understand [Mr. Grabowski] expects to engage extensively in the chicken raising business. That is he expects to raise 'broilers' for an eastern market." The Grabowskis intended to live on the Hobart farm, while Teofil commuted to his Gary law office and bank presidency. And indeed they did so at least through 1923; we shall have to wait to see what happens after that.


Sources:
1920 Census.
Gary (Indiana) City Directory 1923 (R.L. Polk & Co.), from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
♦ "Improving the Old Carlson Place." Hobart Gazette 22 Apr. 1921.
WWI Draft Cards.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Teofil and Wanda Grabowski were my grandparents; Valerian, a great uncle. Teofil and Wanda were killed in Hobart in 1930 at a Nickle Plate RR crossing.

Unknown said...

Teofil and Wanda Grabowski were my grandparents; Valerian, a great uncle. Teofil and Wanda were killed in Hobart in 1930 at a Nickle Plate RR crossing.

Ainsworthiana said...

I'm sorry to hear that. If I keep reading the newspaper microfilm, no doubt I will come across the reports of the accident.

Unknown said...

Have pics from Gary, New Britain CT, and Polish newspapers. Not a pretty sight. Fortunately, their daughter (my late mother) was not with them that night. Thanks for your reply. r/ D. Conley