Catharina Gackowski

1865–1954 (Age 89)
Wierzchucin Królewski, Bydgoszcze I, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland

The Life of Catharina

When Catharina Gackowski was born in 1865, her father, John Gackowski, was 41 and her mother, Marianna Klajbor, was 33. She married Michael Szelmeczka on 20 May 1889, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She died on 20 May 1954, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 89.

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Family Time Line

Catharina Gackowski
Michael Szelmeczka
Marriage: 20 May 1889
Joe Szelmeszka
Martha Szelmeczka
Stanly Szelmeczka

Spouse & Children

20 May 1889
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States


  • Joe Szelmeszka


  • Martha Szelmeczka


  • Stanly Szelmeczka


Parents & Siblings

  • John Gackowski


  • Marianna Klajbor




  • John Gackowski


  • Mathias Gackowski


  • Marianna Gackowski


  • Ignacy Gackowski


  • Female1865–1954Female

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World Events (8)


Age 0

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.
1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

Age 2

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 
1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 25

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.

Name Meaning

Polish (Czaczkowski): habitational name for someone from a place called Czaczki in Białystok voivodeship, or some other place named with cacko, a derivative of Old Polish czacz ‘toy’, ‘bauble’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Katarzyna Szelmeczka in household of Michal Szelmeczka, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Catherina Szelmeszka in household of Michel Szelmeszka, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Katie Gatzkowska, "Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920"

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