Peter  Skvarenina, Chicago and Kenosha

Peter, listed as age18, traveled to the United States with Antal Skvarenina, 36, Julius Skvarenina, 17, and Antal Gogola, 38 in January 1912.  They were going to Chicago to visit Florian Gogola and Steve Skvarenina.  Florian died in 1968 at the age of 84.  Steve Skvarenina may have died in 1918 as there is a Steve Skvarenina in the Cook County death index. (click here for Steve's death certificate)

Click here for page 1 of Ellis Island manifest

Click here for page 2 of Ellis Island manifest

Someone has written on the manifest that Peter and Julius are cousins.  They apparently were second cousins.  Peter's father was Steve Skvarenina and his mother was Catherine Korec (Peter was a brother of Anthony that came to the US in 1926).

When Peter registered for World War I, he was living in Chicago down the street from his cousin Julius.  He was then employed as a machinist at Vaughn and Bushnell Manufacturing Company.  He apparently was a conscientious objector, as it says, "does not believe in serving'" at the bottom of the left side of the form.

Peter lived in Kenosha, where he was naturalized in 1926 and died in the late 40's or early 50's.  He is not listed in the SSDI.  

He married Gisela Kucerik in 1924 or 1925 and they had two daughters, Marjorie and Mary.   At the time of the 1930 census, Peter, Gisella, and Marjorie were living with Gisella's parents, Ralph and Mary Kucerik.  Ralph Kucerik is listed in the Ellis Island records as arriving in 1905, which agrees with the census report.

Click here to see the 1930 census record--note this image is 700kB

Although Peter is listed as 18 on the Ellis Island Manifest, his birthday is listed as June 8, 1895 on his war registration and his citizenship record and he states he is 34 in the 1930 census, which was done in April 1930, prior to his 35th birthday.  Peter apparently died in the late 1940's or early 1950's.

Peter's daughters, Marjorie and Mary Skvarenina, never married.  Gisela, Marjorie, and Mary are listed in the SSDI.