April 24, 2014
Had another great day researching with Magda Smolka. We started the day with a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs and an assortment of cheese, breads and fruit. Then it was on to Ciechanow and Mlawa to search in the archives.
We found nothing in Ciechanow, but in Mlawa she found some information on Antoni Balcerzak. In Ciechanow we walked through town and went to a Museum of the town. It had some wood working and folk art, including a copy of the painting of Stanczyk, the court jester by Jan Matejko.
We had a very nice lunch with fresh food at the local bar. So off we went back to Mlawa as the clerk offered to look up some family for us. Nothing there. So we headed back to Ciemniewko. We met my dear cousin Anna Zalewska at the cemetery. We took photos of graves and stomped the grounds.
We then headed to the home of the Pogonski family. They were very nice and we got to meet Jadwiga Kaniecka and her mother Barbara Pogonska in the house. Barbara had spent the entire morning weeding the strawberry patch and was too tired to come out and talk. Outside, we talked to Jadwiga’s brother-in-law Jerzy Slaski. I promised to help him find his family who immigrated to the USA back in 1912. As we were leaving he said, ”Tell your President to help us with the Russians, tell him to send us more guns!”. He was laughing, but of course I know this Ukrainian situation has everyone worried.
Next Anna took us to see the old home of the blacksmith Balcerzak. The Balcerzak family sold it 2 years ago. We stopped to talk to the neighbor across the street who told us this information. Anna stopped at the next home and also asked about the Balcerzak family. When Anna had to leave to go milk the cows, the neighbor walked over and talked to us. A calf had kicked her in the nose, so her face was black and blue! They were both very nice and were willing to share information they had on the Balcerzaks, who used to be their neighbors.
We headed to the church in Ciemniewko and mass was in progress. We waited till the end, and took some video and photos.
After a long day we headed back to the agrobusiness for dinner. We had oxtail, cheeks from the cow as a roast, dumplings and potato pancake.
My husband Mike cannot stop talking about the delicious food here! We give this agro-business in Gasiorowo 5 stars!!
What a day!!