Remembering Babcia

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Emilia Kowaleski was born 132 years ago. She emigrated  to America at the age of 13. She brought over only one brother (Nikodem) while others (total of 5 brothers and 2 sisters) remained in Poland with mother and father. After suffering a stroke she lost her ability to speak and eventually reverted to speaking only in Polish with just a few words in English.  She would always exhort us to “Eat” during the holidays,  probably remembering raising her eight children through the depression.

Learning from the master

I learned about gardening from my Grandmother. I still have some cuttings from some of her Epiphyllum Cacti. She was showing me her roses in this photo.


Emilia is seated on her wedding day – May 6, 1906

Mother's Day

Emilia on Porch at Fourth Street in Stamford

Grandma frying onions

Grandma frying onions. She made the best soup. This was a gas stove that you lit with matches. I lit it a few times, quite exciting.

If a tree falls - 1934

If a tree falls at Willow Court – 1939

Wedding Photo

Emilia Kowaleski and Anthony R Poltrack – Wedding Day – May 6, 1906

Emilia's obit


8 thoughts on “Remembering Babcia

  1. How I loved our Babcia. When I was about young, I tried desperately to learn Polish so I could communicate better with her, but it’s a tough language!! Rest in Peace, dear soul


  2. A few questions…1977, Tony in Darien and Henry, Greenwich?? Was that just misinformation? And you say she emigrated at 13, but I do think it was 19-20. If she died at 91, that means born 1886, and I think the census arrival was 1906? And the obit says 21 yrs in Stamford…adds up. These pictures and stories brought back a flood of memories. And I love that you still have some cacti from her garden! What a beautiful woman.


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