Korpal Family Album

Photo's of The Korpal Family

  Roche Korpal Family  


Roche Korpal was born in 1846 at Gorki Zagajne, Zninski, the Parish of St Katherine of Alexandria. An early immigrant to the area he settled in Otis, Indiana in 1871 with his first wife Francisca Cesielski who he married in Poland. They bore three children Mary, Anthony and John. Francisca passed in 1888 and he married his second wife Mary Skrzeszewski who bore the remaining three children. Roche is a Grocer by trade and he and his son operate a general store in the 300 block of Walnut street. He will pass in 1919 of stomach cancer and Mary will follow in 1942.   


Roche Korpal Grocery WalnutStreet 1902

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The Anthony J. Korpal Family

Spouse (1) Anastasia Krzeszewski

Spouse (2) Josephine Laskowski  

Anthony J.  Korpal was born May 12, 1875 in Mishawaka, Indiana the son of Roche and Francisca (Cesielski) Korpal. He married the former Anastasia Krzeszewski in St Hedwig Church about 1899. Three children were born to this union; Frank, Stanley and Roman. Anastasia will pass in July of 1921 and Anthony will take a second wife Josephine Laskowski, November 10, 1924 at St Stanislaus parish. There will be no children born to this union.  Anthony J. was the well known owner of the A.J. Korpal Grocery Store which thrived on So. Walnut street for over 40 years. It would eventually close in 1938. He will pass in 1939 after an illness of six months and Josephine will follow him in 1955. They rest at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

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The Stanley C. & Henrietta (Fisher) Korpal Family  

Stanley C. was born July 06, 1909 the son of Anthony J  & Anastasia (Krzeszewski) Korpal in South Bend, Indiana. On April 28, 1934 he will marry the former Hennrietta Fisher in St. Adalberts catholic Church. Two children will be born to this union; Carol and Nancy   Stanley will make his name and profession in Democratic Party politics.He was a councilman at large for 17 years, holding the Council presidency for eight years. In 1959 he ran in the primaries against Mayor elect Edward Voorde and lost. He would never hold elective office again and woould serve in various appointed positions. Most recently the South Bend Planning commission.   On January 22, 1965 he will collapse of a Heart attack at a meetin of the United Auto Workers at the Democratic Party Civic Club on Chapin St. He rests in St Joseph Cemetery

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The Charles & Katarzyna (Gorna) Korpal Family  

Charles Korpal was born February 14, 1853 in Gorki Zagajne, Poland the son of Michael & Anna (Nowak) Korpal. He is the brother of Roche Korpal and will emigrate to this area about 1871.  On May 05, 1874 in St. Patrick's Church he will marry the former Katarzyna Gorna.  

He found work with the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, when the plant of that concern was located on the old race, and was with them for six years. He spent one year in the employ of the Studebaker. By this time he had already attracted favorable public notice, and he was appointed deputy street commissioner, a position he filled admirably for three years. He next spent a like time in service on the city police force, and followed that with four years as a mail carrier under Postmaster S. Lester.  Upon leaving the government service, he opened a grocery store on Dunham street, but although he was forced to spend the major portion of his time and efforts in the successful conducting of the enterprise, he nevertheless found time to devote to public service. For six years he was Democratic Councilman from the Sixth ward, and only his removal to Division street (Western Ave) thirty two years ago, which took him out of the ward he so ably representing, terminated his membership in the council. He was candidate for city treasurer in 1904, and has taken a uniformly vigorous part in all progressive city problems.

He is a member of the Catholic Union, the Polish National Alliance, and was the organizer of the St. Stanislaus society, St. Vincents society, and St. Valentines society, as well as having organized the Kosciusko Building & Loan Association in South Bend. In fact, so much of a leader was Mr. Korpal, and so powerful an influence did he exert in the community, that he gained the friendly sobriquetof “King”, a name which implied only the beneficial side of monarchial power and none of the harsher phases which so often mar the nature of royalty.

Four Children will be born to this union; Tillie, Stella, Lott and George.

Katarzyna  will pass in 1931 and Charles will follow in 1932. They rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery.  


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The Lott (Ladislaus) & Cecelia Hosinski Korpal Family  

Lott Korpal was born August 12, 1878 the son of Charles & Katarzyna (Gorna) Korpal of this city. On August 07, 1906 he marries the former Cecelia Hosinski the daughter of Franciszek & Rozalia (Kujawa) Hosinski.   The couple reside's  at 1111 West Napier and Lott is a successful merchant (L.W. Korpal Clothing Store) the oldest establishment of its kind in the city at that time. They are both very active in civic and church affairs and are parishioner's of St Hedwig Catholic Church. To this  union will be born four children; Aloysius, Helen, Sylvester and Clement.   Mrs Korpal will pass in 1940 in an auto accident and Lott will follow in 1952 . They rest in St. Joseph's Polish Cemetery.  

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A.V. Korpal Family  

Aloysius V. Korpal was born January 30, 1909 the son of Lott and Cecelia (Hosinski) Korpal.   Aloysius was a partner in his fathers clothing store and in 1932 was the Democratic Party candidate for State Representative from this district. He was elected at the age of 23 the youngest candidate of the party at that time. Following his election he was appointed to the joint standing committee on enrolled bills by Earl Crawford the speaker of the House. He was a tireless worker for tax reform / reduction.   He will pass May 29, 1936 at age 27 of peritonitis. He rests in St. Joseph Polish Cemetery.

Photo's sent by Jim Piechorowski

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Project Started: September 20, 2005

Project Updated: Thursday, December 29, 2005 08:10:40 PM