35746Re: [S-R] New Member - Scorby/Scerba/Scorba and Bartko
- Apr 11 9:47 AMRD -
Good point about the religion, since I still have no proof of the
family. I have a busy schedule the next couple days and weekend, but am
putting a note in my calendar for Monday to make a call or calls to
Lutheran/Evangelical churches in the Streator area to see what I might
be able to find.
And I have ordered the book through ILL - it does look like it should be
very interesting and quite possibly helpful - especially the references
- those are often a gold mine. Streator is a town with a fascinating
history, but I really did not know about the Scottish part of it. That
is particularly interesting, given that when John got to Washington
state he married a woman of Scottish descent whose father was also a miner.
Karin Schuette Weiss
On 4/10/2013 8:11 PM, rd1995 wrote:
> Is it possible that there was a Scorby/Scerba/Scorba family back then
> that was not Roman Catholic? Maybe they were Lutheran or Evangelical?
> Maybe the baptism records are in another church, even in a nearby town?
> The way that Jack/John's family hasn't turned up in the Censuses must
> be frustrating. Could they have lived in another ward of Streator or
> perhaps even Spring Valley or Braidwood?
> I stumbled across a book from a university press that, although it is
> ostensibly trying to discuss how Scottish miners in Streator compared
> with their cousins in Scotland in the 19th century, the book also has
> a lot about the mine employers and mix of different ethnic groups as
> workers in the Streator Illinois area. It's called "Colliers Across
> the Sea" by John H. M. Laslett.
> You can see a lot in previews through Amazon: how many Slovaks ended
> up in the area called "Coalville", how a young Czech Anton Cermak
> (later Chicago mayor, killed in an assassination attempt on FDR) once
> lived in Braidwood, how the houses were tinderboxes and burned down
> often, all the strikes, etc.
> I think it would be worth asking your local public library to borrow a
> copy through Interlibrary Loan, if only for background. The book's
> references might also give you some ideas. For example, I saw a
> reference to WPA interviews in the book's bibliography, but they don't
> seem to be digitized in the Library of Congress' small WPA section online.
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