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Gorše Gorsha Family

Gorše Gorsha Family

Posted: 13 Sep 1998 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Jun 2002 12:59AM GMT
Surnames: GORSHA, GOR?E, RUSS, KNAUS, DOLINAR, ZADNIK, ZALLER, STRUKEL, INDIHAR


Frank Gorsha (Gorše) was born in Ribnica, Slovenia on 9/11/1886 (or possibly 1884). He immigrated to the U.S. in about
1906 probably through Ellis Island, passed through Cleveland, OH and settled in Minnesota, first in Sparta, then more
permanently in Gilbert, MN at 109 Louisiana Ave. He married Josephine Russ, born 9/5/1889 near Novo Mesto, Slovenia, in
1907 shortly after she immigrated to help her Uncle Ignatz Russ who took in boarders. They had 8 sons (Frank, John, Joe,
Stan, Tony, Louis, Henry and Raymond), and one daughter (maybe named Stella) who died at an early age. In about 1922 the
family moved to the Cleveland, OH area, specifically to 15901 Raymond St. in Maple Hts., OH, where he helped to found the
Maple Hts. Slovenian Home. In 1931 the family moved back to a farm near Gilbert, MN. Frank died on 11/18/1965 and
Josephine died in March of 1977 in California.

I am most interested to learn more about Frank and Josephine's immigration and naturalization dates, ships' names, and points
of departure. I would also like to learn more about the daughter (b.~1912) who died young in Gilbert and may be buried in the St. Joseph's Catholic cemetary in Gilbert: exact date of birth, name, cause of death, and age at passing or date.

The 1920 census shows that Frank's mother, Mary Gorsha, age 70, immigrated in 1910 to be near her sons in Gilbert, John
Knaus, by a previous marriage, and Frank Gorsha, as well as her daughters, Johanna Gorsha Dolinar and Angela Gorsha
Zadnik. I am seeking her birthdate, maiden name, husbands' first names, Atlantic crossing info, and date of death. She lived to be about 84 (d.~1934).

The same 1920 census also shows a John Gorsha, age 62, living with the family of his son-in-law, Anton Strukel at 111 New York Ave in Gilbert, MN. I am wondering if he was related to Mary and Frank Gorsha, possibly an uncle of Frank, brother to
Mary's deceased husband. If so he may have died just a couple years later in about 1922. His estate would have been handled
by a Frank Indihar, but not settled until about 1932. If related, I am interested in all similar vital statistics for him, too.
I am also interested in three other John Gorsha's, one listed on the 1876 Missouri Atlas for Caldwell County, one who worked as a logger in the Frenier, LA area (Tangipahoa Parish) around 1890, and his son who was listed on the 1900 Census for St. John the Baptist Parish of Louisiana as John Gauche. Some of these could of course be the same person though I don't know that now.

GORSHA, GORŠE, RUSS, KNAUS, DOLINAR, ZADNIK, STRUKEL, INDIHAR

More Accurate Information

Posted: 14 Aug 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 12 Jun 2002 12:59AM GMT
Surnames: GORSHA, GOR?E, RUSS, KNAUS, DOLINAR, ZADNIK, STRUKEL, INDIHAR
Frank Gorsha (Gorše) was actually born in Dolenja Vas, Slovenia [three miles south of Ribnica] on 9/11/1886. He embarked on the S.S.Vaderland from Antwerp, Belgium on October 6, 1904 and arrived in New York, New York on October 17, 1904. He passed through Cleveland, OH and settled in Minnesota, first in Mountain Iron, then Genoa location, then more permanently in Gilbert, MN at 109 Louisiana Ave. In 1907 he married Josephine [Sophie, Zepha] Russ [Rus], born about 9/5/1889 at Sentvid near Novo Mesto, Slovenia, [maybe Sentvid pri Sticni], shortly after she immigrated to help her Uncle Ignais Russ [Rus] who took in boarders. They had 8 sons (Frank, John, Joe, Stan, Tony, Louis, Henry and Raymond), and one daughter (maybe named Stella) who died at an early age. In about 1922 the family moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area, specifically to 15901 Raymond St. in Maple Heights, Ohio, where he helped to found the Maple Hts. Slovenian Home. In 1931 the family moved back to a farm near Gilbert, MN. Frank died on 11/18/1965 and Josephine died in March of 1977 in California.

I am now most interested to learn more about Frank and Josephine's families in Slovenia and Josephine's immigration, ship's name, and point of departure. I would also like to learn more about the daughter (b.~1912) who died young [not long after a fire may have consumed their home in Mountain Iron] in Gilbert and may be buried in the St. Joseph's Catholic cemetary in Gilbert: exact date of birth, name, cause of death, and age at passing or date.

The 1920 census shows that Frank's mother, Mary [Marija, Marica] Gorsha, age 70, immigrated in 1910 to be near her sons in Gilbert, John Knaus, by a previous marriage, and Frank Gorsha, as well as her daughters, Johanna Gorsha Dolinar and Angela Gorsha Zadnik. I am seeking her birthdate, maiden name, husbands' first names, Atlantic crossing info, and date of death. She lived to be about 84 (d.~1934).

The same 1920 census also shows a John Gorsha, age 62, living with the family of his son-in-law, Anton Strukel at 111 New York Ave in Gilbert, MN. I am wondering if he was related to Mary and Frank Gorsha, possibly an uncle of Frank, brother to Mary's deceased second husband. If so he may have died just a couple years later in about 1922. His estate might have been handled by a Frank Indihar, but not settled until about 1932. If related, I am interested in all similar vital statistics for him, too.

I am also interested in three other John Gorsha's, one listed on the 1876 Missouri Atlas for Caldwell County, one who worked as a logger in the Frenier, LA area (Tangipahoa Parish) around 1890, and his son who was listed on the 1900 Census for St. John the Baptist Parish of Louisiana as John Gauche. Some of these could of course be the same person though I don't know that now.

GORSHA, GORŠE, RUSS, KNAUS, DOLINAR, ZADNIK, STRUKEL, INDIHAR

Re: Gorše Gorsha Family

Posted: 11 Nov 2002 5:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
my name is nannette gorsha langford. my grandparents are frank and mary gorsha of pittsburgh, pa. my grandparents had 6 children...leonard, twins; clair (my dad) & clara, margaret and anne. my email address is nmlangford@aol.com. i reviewed the information posted and will talk to my dad and post more information.

Re: Gorše Gorsha Family

Gary L. Gorsha (View posts)
Posted: 30 Apr 2003 2:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gorsha, Gorše
I just came across your posting from last fall and noticed your connection to Clair Gorsha. I tried to contact him a few years ago at an address and phone number that I had for him on Whidbey Island, which I now believe was outdated. I subsequently found an address for him in Florida, but didn't try that. I live in Washington State and my parents retired to Florida quite some time ago. I've been wondering about your Pennsylvania branch of the family for quite some time now. I don't believe we are related on this side of the Atlantic, but the Gorše surname does appear to be rather concentrated in the area around Ribnica, Slovenia. What more have you found on your family from Clair?

Gary L. Gorsha (Gorše), President
Pacific Northwest Chapter
Slovenian Genealogy Society International
http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/SGSIpnw/

SNPJ Mt. Rainier Lodge 738 President
Iron Range Historical Society Member
Westport-South Beach Historical Society Member

Gorsha Family Homepage
http://www.angelfire.com/wa/gorsha/
gorsha@juno.com

Gilbert, Minnesota Homepage
http://www.homestead.com/GilbertMN/ [now severely restricted]
New Location for Gilbert, Minnesota
http://www.angelfire.com/mn3/gilbert/ [usable, but still under construction]

Rogish Family Homepage
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Cottage/9556/

Slovenian-American Central
http://www.angelfire.com/oh4/slovenian/

SNPJ Mt. Rainier Lodge #738 Homepage
http://www.angelfire.com/wa2/SNPJ738/

Iron Range Historical Society Homepage
http://www.homestead.com/GilbertMN/
http://www.angelfire.com/mn3/gilbert/
Go to Gilbert first, then: IronRangeHistoricalSociety.htm

SloveniaGenWeb, GenConnect, & SurnameHelper
http://www.rootsweb.com/~svnwgw/
http://genconnect.rootsweb.com/gc/Slovenia/General
http://surhelp-bin.rootsweb.com/surindx.pl?gc=/Slovenia/Gene...
http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=board&r=rw&p=l...

Veneti: Ancestors of Slovenians
http://www.angelfire.com/country/veneti/

Re: Gorše Gorsha Family

Posted: 11 Feb 2009 12:52AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: gorše
Received the following reply through Facebook email sometime ago. Checked the information I could found about you ancestors and it seems none of you forefathers relate to those names in Nina's letter, but I am a bit curious whether you know anything about Janez, Miha, Mica and Nana.


>> Nina Gorše
>> 07 de novembro às 10:37
>> Boa tarde, como está?

>> My mother (Biljana Gorše) already sent you some info on the Gorše family, if I understood correctly. My father asked me to send you some additional information about your great grandfather, because apparently he thinks her English would not make for a coherent conversation.

>> We showed the picture you sent us to my grandfather and he confirmed that the person on the picture was very alike his uncle. He said he couldn't claim to be 100% certain because he had only seen one picture of Janez (João) when he was little but he said he's 90% sure that the person on your picture is the same as the one on the picture he saw as a child.

>> Also, my grandfather confirmed that his grandfather's name was Franc. He doesn't know the real name of his grandmother because they called her Tekla (nickname), but he will check, he said and I will let you know. He also said that maybe you would be interested in the information that his father, Janez's brother, Josip Gorše was born in 1875.

>> My grandmother will try to find the exact birth date of Janez Gorše, my grandfather's uncle, Josip's brother. I will then let you know if it matches the date you gave for João Guerche, your great grandfather.

>> As for Janez's siblings... they said 2 brothers (Janez himself and Miha) went to Cleveland and then 2 of their sisters followed (Mica and Nana). After some time Mica wrote to her family saying that Janez left Cleveland and went south and they never heard from him again. Therefore, they don't know where he went and it could be anywhere south of Cleveland, including Brazil.

>> Take care,
>> Nina
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