Andrew Grygus Infancy
This photo is of myself with my mother, Isobel Burzycki, and father
Herman Gryguc. It was taken in Alpha, New Jersey, is dated August 27
1943, so I am 4 months old. We moved from New York to an appartment
building in Alpha about that time, as my Certificate of Baptism is
dated August 26th 1943 in New York. The move was because my uncle
Zigmund moved his company, New York Transformer, to Alpha. I think
this is the only photo I have of myself with both my mother and
father. Father was away at work so much of the time.
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This photo, taken July 4th in Washington Park, New York City, is one
I heard about a number of times during my childhood and later. My
parents wated to take the picture with a nice background, and my
mother stepped back onto the grass. She was immediately chased off
the grass by a policeman. This is a cropped version, click on it to
see the whole photo. You can see in the full one how harsh my life
was from the first - my baby carriage doesn't have plump soft rubber
tires like they all do today!
I was baptized in the National Shrine of Saint Ann in New York City.
Unfortunately, all that remains is this historic church is the
bell tower and some of the facade, as it was sold by the Archdiocese
of New York and demolished to build a college dormatory.
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