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Felix Niedzialkowski letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-110
Collection consists of 13 letters written to Felix Niedzialkowski by relatives and friends, mostly sent from Milwaukee, 8 November 1943 to 8 December 1943. His correspondents include:

Ignatz Niedzialkowski, his father; the letter is written in Polish.

Edward Anthony Niedzialkowski (1919-2003), possibly a cousin; born in Milwaukee, he later changed his last name to Neal.

Lucy Niedzialkowski (born 1921), Edward's sister.

Genevieve ("Jeanne") Czerneski (1923-2006) born in Ironwood, Michigan, she was working in Milwaukee. She married Edward Ruditys (1916-1969) in 1945.

Mary Lou ("Marilou") Churchill (1924-1985), married Arthur Jewart.

Henry J. Krzymianowski (born 1921) enlisted in the U.S. Army 1942, was writing from Camp Phillips, Kansas.

Margaret Yaniak (born 1923). No letter from her exists in the collection, but an envelope bearing her name and return address contains a letter from Mary Lou Churhill.

Dates

  • 1943

Creator

Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

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Extent

0.24 Linear feet (1 box)

Biographical Notes

Felix Niedzialkowski was born circa 1922 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His parents were Ignatz John (1883-1967) and Marianna Niedzialkowski (1890-1941); he had two sisters, Mary (born ca. 1923) and Esther (born ca. 1925). In 1940 the family lived at 1206 Michigan Avenue in Milwaukee. Ignatz was born in Poland, arrived in Milwaukee in 1907 and was finally naturalized in 1940; in 1918 his occupation was molder for International Harvester. His wife Marianna was born in Wisconsin.

Felix Niedzialkowski joined the U.S. Army probably in 1942 and was assigned to the 626th Engineers, L Equipment Company; by November 1943 had been promoted to Corporal. At this time his unit was stationed near Nashville, Tennessee, possibly at Camp Forrest in Tullahoma. The 626th Engineers was subsequently sent to the European Theatre of Operations in 1944. Since his military record is not available, it is not known if Felix continued to serve with the unit until the end of the war. Nothing further is known about his life or career after late 1943.
Title
Guide to the Felix Niedzialkowski Letters
Status
completed
Author
Robert Beasecker
Date
2017
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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