Monday, April 18, 2011

William Akstulewicz

This is William Aloysius Akstulewicz. He was born October 26, 1914 in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He was the son of a tin mill worker, Walter Akstulewicz who came to this country from Konveliski, Poland in the early 1900s. His mother, Helen Rudzis, was born in Zyrmunach, Poland on January 22, 1891 and came to this country at the age of 21 to seek a new life. She came to New York City on October 20, 1910 and then came to New Castle, Pennsylvania where she married Walter on February 12, 1912. William married Jane Ann Kusnierczyk, who was originally born in Detriot, Michigan on August 23, 1920. Her father was a worker for Mr. Henry Ford at the Ford Motor Company there. He moved to New Castle because he thought that he could find better business and raise a family in this new growing town of New Castle, Pennsylvania. William and Jane were gladly married on October 7, 1939 in New Castle and began to start a new life together. William's brother-in-law bought a two houses, one of them being a duplex and one a nice house on Pollock Hill in New Castle and offered the duplex to William. William accepted the offer regardless of his wife wanting a nicer house down the street. Many hours then were put into that house to make it suitable to accommodate a family. However, the house was completed and they raised four children there with their neighbors being William's sister's family. The two families grew closer, as relatives and as neighbors.
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