Simply Meant to Be

Thaddeus Kuznicki and Gertrude Szwejbka were married on Wednesday, March 8, 1946 at St. Hyacinth’s Church in Dunkirk, New York. “The bride wore a gown of white nylon check, with a fingertip-length tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of white roses and lillies of the valley. The maid of honor, Miss Angeline Kuznicki, wore aquamarine … More Simply Meant to Be

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 … More Family Businesses: Cakes, Candy &…Moonshine?

Unlucky 13th

When I started researching my genealogy in 2011, I only had a few family stories to guide me: stories about a family bar in Dunkirk, New York and my great-grandfather selling bathtub gin during the Prohibition era. Like any family story, there’s a few details that have changed over the years–but the story, at it’s … More Unlucky 13th