My 2 times great grandparents immigrated from Lodz Poland to the United States in September of 1908. My great grandma (their daughter) wrote out this short family history from her memory in the late 90’s. It says:
In the 1700?s, Catherine The Great encouraged the Germans to immigrate to Russia, where my grandfather, John (Albert) Schulz (Schultz) was born on September 1, 1850, in Russia. As a soldier, he fought in the Russian-Turk War, was presented the St. George Medal of Bravery by the Czar. Traveling home from the war, he met my grandmother, daughter of a polish sheep herder, Julia Schakstynska, born in 1861 in Russia. Their marriage resulted in 11 children ? 4 boys and 7 girls. My mother, Emma, was one of those girls. They settled in Lodz Poland (was also Russia). Known for its factories that weaved cloth.
Emma was born December 13, 1889 and August was born December 14, 1879. Both born in Lodz.
I have no information about my father?s side of the family other than his mother?s name was Amelia (Ewiler ?? was written on the back of an old photo of her) Young and she was born December 27, 1848 in Lodz, Poland.
My grandparents on both sides were Germans immigrating to Russian territory in the 1700?s.
In 1907, my mother, Emma, married my father, August Young. He was of German-Polish descent. This was an arranged marriage done by their parents. August & John Shultz (father-in-law) both worked in the same weaving factory. All in house language was German. Russian and Polish were also freely spoken.
Trouble among the nations was brewing for several years. My uncles, being in the Russian army, knew there would be trouble. My grandfather did not side with the Czar or Bolsheviks, so his life was threatened. My uncles arranged faked German passports for my parents, Emma & August and my grandfather, John (Albert) Schulz. They escaped with the faked passports and entered New York harbor in September of 1908. They continued onto Portland, Oregon where an aunt had already established a home in 1905. My parents divorced in 1915.