Please welcome Ron Randall (Rondomanski) to the group! We hope we can
help fill in some of the gaps...
> From: RonEvie@...
> Date: 9 March 2004 05:09:59 GMT+11:00
> To: swisniowski@...
> Subject: Re: Answer to your message of 08 Oct. 2003:
> Dear Stefan:
> I would like to join your group, however I feel that I have much
> to learn, but little to contribute. That is because I know so little
> about my family.
> What I do know about the Rondomanskis is that they left Wysoki
> Dwor which is now called Aukstadvaris (approx. 50 km W of Vilna)
> around 1901. They left a place where they owned land and property to
> come to the United States to live a hard life working in shoe
> factories etc. My grand father Josef Rondomanski had no love for
> Russians! I thought it was rather strange when he stopped me from
> playing with a Russian girl when I was just in the 3rd grade. You
> see, in the USA we don't care where someone comes from. We consider
> everyone equal. This was a kind man who wouldn't kill a fly, however
> he would get angry at the sight of a Russian person. He had spent
> most of his life living in Chicago, and he came to live with us when I
> was in the 3rd grade. He died shortly afterward so I never got to the
> age where I wanted to know about his life and background. Now that I
> do want to know he is gone.
> My father Jerzy Rondomanski, was also born in Wysoki Dwor. He
> wanted to be an American so badly that he went by the name of George
> Randall. This is rather funny, as he never got American citizenship,
> though he is listed as having been born in Chicago. Ha! He was a
> Navy Veteran from the first world war. He would never tell me
> anything about his life in Chicago, except that he was a chauffeur. I
> think he drove a get away car for gangsters, and didn't want anyone to
> know. Also he didn't want anyone to know he was Polish. (?) Why?
> My Grand Father had a brother John who lived in New London, CT.
> His family was much more sophisticated then mine. They were all
> musicians and college graduates. I am the only musician and college
> graduate in my family. In fact, I am an only child.
> This is all that I know about the Rondomanski family, except
> that my Dad's cousin was Major Stanislaw Rondomanski who was killed by
> the Russians at Kaytn.
> So, you can see that I have a lot to learn, and not much info to
> give. And in case I gave the wrong impression about my father.
> Though he tried to hide his identity, he was fiercely proud of being
> Polish. He used to tell me about the Great Polish Cavalry, and he
> would say "a number of Poles could defeat in battle twice as many form
> any other country."
> So, now that I am 68, I want to know about where I came from,
> and who preceded me.
> Sorry that I am so long winded. Didn't intend to be.
> Ron Randall (Rondomanski)