Journal Report

Family History of Frank Romuald Wilma



Generation One




Elsie Dorn and Frank Wilma, 1915

1. FRANK ROMUALD1 WILMA (Ignatz, #2)1 was born on 7 Feb 1890 at Winona, MN, named for his mother's brother Frank Potratz.2 He married Elsie Oleaf Dorn, daughter of William Dorn and Susan Eugenia Peterson, on 10 Aug 1915 at Malta, Montana.3 He married Aleathia S. (--?--) circa 1979 at Kelso, WA.4 He died on 31 Oct 1980 at Kelso, WA, at age 90 while working in his garden.5 He was buried in Longview Memorial Park.6

He was listed in the household of Ignatz Wilma in the 1900 Census at Winona, MN.7 He was educated at a Catholic school.8 After the third grade he was apprenticed by his family to a farmer.3 His Uncle Frank got him a job in Winona as a servant.3 He went west in 1910 and worked on a construction project in Northern California.3 In 1911 he settled in Phillips Co., MT, where he was a sheepherder and a farmer.3 On 18 Oct 1920 he auctioned the farm and all the stock and equipment and moved to Washington.9 Frank was a heavy construction foreman along the Columbia River. After floods damaged his home in 1933, he became the local dike commissioner for more than thirty years.3


Generation Two



2. IGNATZ2 WILMA (Albrecht, #4)10 was born on 1 Apr 1859 at Niesiotowitz (Niesiotowice), Stendsitz (Stezyca), Karthaus (Kartuzy), West Prussia (Gdansk), Germany (Poland).11 He married Anna Agatha Potratz (see #3), daughter of Johann Thomas Potratz and Johanna Koeflchut, on 14 Feb 1881 at West Prussia, Germany (Poland).12 He died on 15 Jan 1951 at Winona, MN, at age 91.13 He was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.14
Kartuzy is in Kashubia where the people speak a language that is almost incomprehensible to other Poles. This ethnic minority is the remnant of a people conquered over the centuries by Germans, Russians, Swedes and Latvians. Many Kashubs moved to the Winona, MN area.3 In 1880 in West Prussia, Germany, Ignatz Wilma In the summer of 1880, heavy rains and flood ruined crops in East and West Prussia, Silesia, Posen and Russia. Famine threatened the population.15 He and Anna Agatha Potratz immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland, on 11 Jun 1881 aboard the vessel Hannover from West Prussia where Poles were being dispossessed by Germans. Family tradition holds that he only had the fare for one person so he smuggled Agatha aboard the ship in a steamer trunk. Poles came to Winona in response to advertisements from the lumber mills which needed workers and the Hamburg-America Shipping Line which offered a rebate of half the fare to the lumber companies. The index card shows he is accompanied by "Bertha" Wilma, age 28.16 He was a lumber mill worker and later a crossing guard for the Milwaukee, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. Ignatius is the progenitor of all the Wilmas in America.17 He was listed in the 1900 Census at Winona, MN.7 He was also known as Ignatius Wilma.18 As of 1951, his address was: 207 Chatfield St., Winona, MN.19

Children of Ignatz2 Wilma and Anna Agatha Potratz (see #3) all born at Winona, MN, were as follows:

3. ANNA AGATHA2 POTRATZ (Johann, #6)36 was born on 15 Aug 1856 at Parchau (Parchowo), Bytow, West Prussia (Gdansk), Germany (Poland).37 She married Ignatz Wilma (see #2), son of Albrecht Wilma and Rosalia Wisotowska, on 14 Feb 1881 at West Prussia, Germany (Poland).12 She died on 26 Mar 1945 at Winona, MN, at age 88.38 She was buried in St. Mary's Cemetery.38
She and Ignatz Wilma immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland, on 11 Jun 1881 aboard the vessel Hannover from West Prussia where Poles were being dispossessed by Germans. Family tradition holds that he only had the fare for one person so he smuggled Agatha aboard the ship in a steamer trunk. Poles came to Winona in response to advertisements from the lumber mills which needed workers and the Hamburg-America Shipping Line which offered a rebate of half the fare to the lumber companies. The index card shows he is accompanied by "Bertha" Wilma, age 28.16 She was listed in the household of Ignatz Wilma in the 1900 Census at Winona, MN.7 She was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis, the Holy Rosary Society, the Sacred Heart Society and St. Stanislaus, between 1910 and 1940.39 She was disabled with broken hip in 1940.39


Generation Three




Kartuzy and Kashubia in contemporary Poland

4. ALBRECHT3 WILMA ((?), #8)40 was born circa 1820 at Poland.41 He married Rosalia Wisotowska (see #5) circa 1842 at Niesiotowitz, Stendsitz, Karthaus, West Prussia, Germany (Poland).42

He was also known as Albert Wilma.41 In 1880 in West Prussia, Germany, Albrecht Wilma In the summer of 1880, heavy rains and flood ruined crops in East and West Prussia, Silesia, Posen and Russia. Famine threatened the population.15

Children of Albrecht3 Wilma and Rosalia Wisotowska (see #5) were as follows:

5. ROSALIA3 WISOTOWSKA44 was born circa 1820 at Poland.41 She married Albrecht Wilma (see #4), son of (--?--) Wilma, circa 1842 at Niesiotowitz, Stendsitz, Karthaus, West Prussia, Germany (Poland).42 She died at Poland.41
She was also known as Rozalia Weyer, a Germanicization of the Polish surname.45 In 1880 in West Prussia, Germany, Rosalia Wisotowska In the summer of 1880, heavy rains and flood ruined crops in East and West Prussia, Silesia, Posen and Russia. Famine threatened the population.15


6. JOHANN THOMAS3 POTRATZ (Matei, #9)46 was born on 30 Dec 1822 at Jomno, Parchau (Parchowo), Karthaus, West Prussia (Bydgoczcz), Germany (Poland).47 He married Johanna Koeflchut (see #7) before 1850 at Poland.47 He married Paulina Zerenzek circa 1 Jan 1862 at Parchau (Parchowo), Karthaus (Kartuzy), West Prussia, Germany (Poland).48

Children of Johann Thomas3 Potratz and Johanna Koeflchut (see #7) were as follows:

7. JOHANNA3 KOEFLCHUT52 was born circa 1820 at Poland.53 She married Johann Thomas Potratz (see #6), son of Matei Potratz and Lotte Bozkow, before 1850 at Poland.47 She died after 12 Sep 1860 at Parchau (Parchowo), Karthaus (Kartuzy), West Prussia, Germany (Poland).54


Generation Four




Kashubia, Poland

8. (--?--)4 WILMA (Johann, #11)55 was born circa 1790 at Karthaus, West Prussia, Germany (Poland), The given name and date of birth of this Wilma ancestor has not been established. It is probable that the Wilmas of this village descend from Johann Wilma (1746-1846) and his wife Catherine (1776-1847).40


Children of (--?--)4 Wilma include:

9. MATEI4 POTRATZ56 was born circa 1800 at Karthaus, West Prussia (Bydgoczcz), Poland.56 He married Lotte Bozkow (see #10) circa 1822 at Jomno, Parchau (Parchowo), Karthaus, West Prussia (Bydgoczcz).57

Children of Matei4 Potratz and Lotte Bozkow (see #10) all born at Jomno, Parchau (Parchowo), Karthaus, West Prussia (Bydgoczcz), Germany (Poland), were as follows:

10. LOTTE4 BOZKOW56 was born circa 1800 at Karthaus, West Prussia (Bydgoczcz), Poland.56 She married Matei Potratz (see #9) circa 1822 at Jomno, Parchau (Parchowo), Karthaus, West Prussia (Bydgoczcz).57


Generation Five




Traditional Kashubian dress

11. JOHANN5 WILMA40 was born in 1748 at Niesiotowice, Stezyca, Kartuzy, Kingdom of Poland.40 He married Catharine Wilma (see #12) circa 1788.40 He died on 4 Aug 1848 at Niesiotowitz (Niesiotowice), Stendsitz (Stezyca), Karthaus (Kartuzy), West Prussia, Poland (Prussia), heirs: two adult children.40


Children of Johann5 Wilma and Catharine Wilma (see #12) were:

12. CATHARINE5 WILMA40 was born in 1776 at Kingdom of Poland.40 She married Johann Wilma (see #11) circa 1788.40 She died on 18 Jan 1847 at Niesiotowitz (Niesiotowice), Stendsitz (Stezyca), Karthaus (Kartuzy), West Prussia, Poland (Prussia), Heirs: husband Johann Wilma 98 years old, and two adult children.40





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