Michael & Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki My maternal 2nd great-grandmother, Victoria (Drag) Kuznicki, is a mystery. She was born on December 23, 1890 in Galicia--a historical region in East-Central Europe that is divided between Poland and Ukraine today--and she arrived at Ellis Island aboard the SS Vaderland on March 30, 1909 at the age of 18. [...]
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Umbrella Man Robbery on East Front Street
On May 3, 1943, Dunkirk's notorious "Umbrella Man" walked into Tofil's Restaurant on East Front Street and, when the bartender wasn't looking, stole $395 in cash and checks from a canvas bag in the drawer of a desk at the end of the bar. The suspect had paid numerous visits to the city in recent [...]
Family Businesses: Cakes, Candy &…Moonshine?
Casimir Marczynski owned a penny-candy store in Dunkirk, New York; the Kuznicki family operated a copper still in their basement; and Joyce Bielecki had a knack for decorating wedding cakes. Here's an overview of the family businesses: The Cakery "Cakes by Joyce" started in 1965: as the story goes, Joyce Bielecki designed and decorated her [...]
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