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Research notes I am researching my husbands family on his fathers side. His grandfathers name was Wladyslaw (Walter) Sowa.  His last residence is listed as Zlobice, and he has on his draft card his place of birth as Tarnow, Galacia, Poland.

His birthday is April 12, 1893.  The ship he came over on is Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse out of Breman in 1911. The ships manifest says that he was coming to meet his father, Wojciech Sowa in East St. Louis, Illinois.  He(Walter) married Tekla Panek on Nov. 11, 1912 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and stayed, raising his family there.  Nothing can be found about his parents living in the East St. Louis or the St. Louis, Mo area.  It seems to be dead end.

He has his parents names listed as "George and Mary(Smulski)  Sowa" on his social security application.

On his marriage license, one witness is listed as Josephine Sowa.  A "Josie" Sowa married one year later in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has disappeared too.

If anyone can give me a lead or some information, I would really appreciate it.