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Leo Edward Blaschka

Male 1895 - 1979  (84 years)


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  • Name Leo Edward Blaschka 
    Born 5 Mar 1895  Township of Sun Praire, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 Oct 1979  Seattle, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Calvary Mausoleum Seattle, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I11975  CB_9_7_2017
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2003 

    Father Edward John Blaschka,   b. 29 Aug 1869, Waterloo Twp, Jefferson Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jan 1920, His Home, Township Of Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Frances Mary Cook,   b. 18 Oct 1873, Town of Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1960, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 10 Apr 1894  Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary Catholic Church, Sun Prairie, Dane Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3920  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Angeline Florida Stibre,   b. 17 Jun 1901, Grand River, Gaspe Peninsula, Province of Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1993, Fresno, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 24 Nov 1920  Seattle, WA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Type: Annulled 
    Children 
     1. Edward Xavier Blaschka,   b. 13 Jan 1922, Home In Sun Prairie, Dane County, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1999, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
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     6. Carl Leo Blaschka,   b. 8 Dec 1929, Columbus Hospital, Columbus, Columbia Co, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Oct 1994, Spokane, WA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
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    Last Modified 10 Jun 2003 
    Family ID F4148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • FROM THE FARM TO THE CITY - A BLASCHKA ADVENTURE 1920-1940 dated: 12/1992
      by Maire, Stella, Martha

      Leo and Angeline were married in Seattle, WA. After their wedding they returned to Wisconsin in 1920. They lived in the same house on the farm with Leo's mother Frances Blaschka and the 4 younger children, (who were Leo's brothers and sisters). Leo's mother and 3 youngest moved in Oct. 1921 to Sun Prairie, WI. Leo and Angeline stayed on the Cottage Grove farm until 1925. All along, Leo wanted to buy the farm from his mother but she would not sell it to him. After he moved to the Waterloo farm, his mother sold the farm to his brother Clarence (Peanuts) in 1925 or 1926. (Peanuts got his name because he really liked peanuts; he fell in a well, broke his back and died in 1935. Comment by Angeline on Clarence "he was rough and tough, swore like a longshoreman and his mother was afraid of him.")

      In 1925, Leo and Angeline bought the 160 acre Waterloo farm, from Mr. Coles, which was 3 miles out from Waterloo. They lived there from 1925-1934. During that time, the first 3 children were born at home (Ed, Martha, Bill), the next 6 children (Joe through Jordan) were born in a hospital at Columbus, WI.; the last child (Mary Carmel) was born in Mother Cabrini Hospital, in Seattle, July, 1935.

      In November 1934, Uncle Peanuts held a going away party on his farm for Leo and Angeline, with the relatives, lots of beer and good food. It was a cold, rainy day. Angeline said she cried with joy to be leaving the farm, they had lost everything because of the depression and the drought.

      They moved to Seattle by train, 9 children (from 12 years to 9 months). They had a free sleeper car available for the 3 day trip west. Angeline was told that the sleeping cars were being moved west for army use. They arrived in Seattle in November, 1934. Angeline had written to her younger brother, Armand, 27 years old and married to Emma to make arrangements for housing.

      Here Leo was employed at the Bethlehem Steel Mill. He worked there until he was got polio in 1938. Leo could no longer work at his previous job. He went to work for the Sisters of the Good Shephard doing laundry until he retired.

      Leo and Angeline were divorced in the 1940"s.