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ANNE KRENZELOK CLOSS
Anne's High School Graduation picture. Anne graduated in 1934 and the summer of 2004 her class in Ladysmith will have their 70th High School graduation reunion.
Anne Krenzelok Closs was a master Cake decorator at the Ladysmith Bakery. Above is just one of the many fine cakes Anne would create for the Ladysmith Bakery.
Note to the family, please make sure you have read the Tribute to Anne's son David by his daughter Karen on the "The Post" page.
ANNE KRENZELOK CLOSS
Anne was borne February 6th 1916 the second oldest child borne to Paul and Elizabeth. Her father Paul first came to America in 1909 came through Ellis Island from Istebna Poland and it looks like he went to Ladysmith Wisconsin right away and started working at the Paper mill in the Maple Hill area close to near by Ladysmith Wisconsin and lived there also. Anne says her mother was borne in Poland by a small town near the World War 2 Jewish concentration camp of Auschwitz. Anne says her father had a boarding house close by the Kellner's house in Maple Hill when he first came to the Ladysmith area.
Anne's father Frank Kellner entered Ellis Island on July 6th 1907 under the name Franz Kellner age 25. It looks like he too headed for Ladysmith and started working at the Paper mill in the Maple Hill (Flambeau Town) area. Marriage witnesses and neighbors to Paul and Elizabeth's wedding are Peter and Zuzanna Kostka (In the 1910 Census the name is spelt Costka). The Ellis Island records states Peter Kostka, wife Zuzanna age 29, son Paul age 4 and son Josef age 3 who I believe was called Joseph. They entered the US in 1906 and were from Witkowitz Moravia the same town Elizabeth Kellner Krenzelok came to this country from.
LIVING IN MAPLE HILL (1910 U.S. CENSUS)
Peter Kostka (Husband) working a the paper mill age 32
Zuzanne Kostka (Wife) age 32
Joseph or Josef (Son)
It seems that maybe they knew each other in Witkowitz and Peter Kostka came first to America and got a job at the paper mill in the Ladysmith area and Frank got a job offer to work at the paper mill and came over in 1907. And a few years later after getting things lined up Elizabeth Kellner Krenzelok and her mother Frances ( Ellis Island record states: Franciszka Okellner and daughter Berta, Last name miss spelled) entered Ellis Island on March 16 1910 Elizabeth was 13 years old. Frank, Frances and Elizabeth who was called Bertha or Berta lived also in Maple Hill area of Ladysmith.
ELLIS ISLAND RECORDS STATES:
July 06, 1907 v
Single ( not correct )
PAUL KRENZELOK - Paul name is mispelled at Ellis Island
November 02, 1909
Kronprinzessin Cecilie ( ship )
OKELLNER, FRANCESZKA - Mispelled at Ellis Island
Witkowitz, Morayia ( miss spelled should be Moravia )
March 16, 1910
38 years - We are not sure this is right
Kronprinzessin Cecilie ( ship )
OKELLNER, BERTA - Last name should be spelt Kellner or Kelner
Witkowitz, Morayia ( miss spelled should be Moravia )
March 16, 1910
11 years 8 months (may have been 13)
Note: March 2005 I have been able to correct the spelling of Okellner at Ellis Island their records now show it as Kellner. I am still working to correct the records for the correct spelling of Krenzelok which right now it is being spelt Krenzelek.
Note: In my research I am always running across miss spelled information.You have to add up all the facts to come to the right conclusions. Remember there was thousands of people emigrating and processing was done as fast as possible and many mistakes were being made and many names were changed for ever. Please help me also to make corrections on this website because I can not catch them all.
Ladysmith Paper Mill where Frank Kellner and Paul Krenzelok worked.
Anne Krenzelok Closs says: The Kostka's were always close friends of the Krenzelok's. Peter Kostka also had a brother living in the Ladysmith area named Martin. Anne remembers it was Martin's large family that was the closest to our family and over the years our two families would do many things together.
1930 U.S. CENSUS FOR FLAMBEAU TOWN (MAPLE HILL NEIGHBORHOOD)
MARTIN KOSTKA (Husband) Dairy farmer age 49)
Thresa (wife) I can't read the spelling of her name age 45
Peter (Son) age 19
Annie (Daughter) age 17
Ida (Daughter) age 15
Helen (Daughter) age 13
Frank (Son) age 12
Stanley (Son) age 10
Frances (Daughter) age 8
Mike (Son) age 5
Paul (Son) age 2 ˝
Edward (Son) age 1 ˝
It is believed that as Frank was working at the paper mill Frances fed and may have had boarders staying on their property. Boarding houses were a very common practice at this time. Anne says her father too had a boarding house across from the Kellner's house in Maple Hill when he first came to the Ladysmith area.
It is in Maple Hill that Elizabeth caught Paul's eye and in September 21 1912 were married. According to the marriage License Paul was age 22 and Elizabeth 16. They lived close by to Frank and Frances at this time but around 1912 or 1913 the family decided to move to Duluth for greater opportunities. Paul had apprenticed in Poland with a Uncle as a baker and probably was interested in working in this field. Paul worked at as a baker at the Zinmaster bakery Company located in the Boston Dairy Lunch and Anne says he also tried going into partnership in a bakery with a man that one day took off with all the money in a horse driven carriage and was never heard from again. We are not sure if the family lived in other locations but we do know they did live at 518 East 11th Street on the hillside overlooking Duluth. Anne was baptized in Duluth and her grandparents Frank and Frances went to Duluth for it. The family lived in Duluth for many years and her sister Frances was borne there also. Anne went to kindergarden and sister Frances went to kingergarden, first and second grade.When the family moved back to Maple hill Frances when to the little one room schoolhouse in Maple hill and was put in the next grade up because she was tall for her age than what she was in at Duluth. Anne was put back a grade because her small size and her first school to go to would be at St Mary's in town.
Anne remembers years later the family drove back to Duluth once to visit the old neighborhood. The family would move back to Ladysmith and back to Duluth. Finally Paul got an offer from John Kobielus in Ladysmith to start a bakery as partners and the family moved back to Ladysmith in the 1920s. Elizabeth was not pleased about moving back to Ladysmith because she enjoyed living in Duluth very much.
Left to Right: Standing Frank Kellner and Paul. Left to right sitting: Anne's hand holding her grandma Frances Kellner hand, Elizabeth holding Paul jr. and sister Frances. Taken in Ladysmith in the 1920's. This picture today sits on her mother and then her grandmothers China Closet at Anne Krenzelok Closs's home.
Anne's mother Elizabeth when she first came to this country went to the one room schoolhouse in Maple Hill when she was 13 years old. Anne's mother Elizabeth went to school up to the 5th grade in the old country and one year she decided to go back to school to finish her education. She completed 6th threw 8th in just one year at the school. Sister Frances went to that same one room schoolhouse for a while in Maple Hill.
After we moved into town (Ladysmith) Anne as a little girl would go and stay at her Grandparent Kellner's farm in Maple Hill in Flambeau Township to pick Raspberries. She would stay 2 to 3 weeks. She remembers their home very well. At the time the porch wasn't closed in like it is today. The house in still there in Maple Hill and is still pretty much the same today. The living room had a big potbelly stove. It was furnished nice but not fancy with chairs and a round table so popular in those days. Grandpa and Grandma's bedroom was off the living room. Off the living room was the kitchen and pantry. A big kitchen wood stove was in the kitchen. I asked Anne if her Grandmother was a good cook? And Anne said she only remembers a few of the dishes she made and baking bread. By the pantry was the stair to the second floor. “There wasn't much up there and wasn't used much” Anne says. I always enjoyed going to see my grandparents. We would have to go through the Paper mill to get to their house in Maple Hill. Maple Hill was up on a hill and the Paper Mill was down below on the Flambeau River. Anne says Maple Hill was quite a community at the time. I asked Anne what her Grandfather did for a living? He worked in the Paper Mill until the workers went on strike and after that he helped out in the bakery with his son-in-law Paul. He also made money with a boarding house that they had and sold milk and whatever their little farm could produce. Anne wasn't too sure if they took in boarders or just cooked and fed men working at the Paper mill.
Grandmother Frances worked very hard and she fell twice down the basement stairs because Grandpa would leave the cellar doors open. Both times she was hurt pretty bad and sometime she would stay with her daughter Elizabeth (She called her Berta or Bertha) while she healed. Most Sundays Frank and Frances would go to their daughters for dinner and spend the day with the family. Every Tuesday she would walk into town to help her daughter do the laundry for years and years. Elizabeth got her first automatic washer when Robert was born. Before that they had a washing machine with the ringer on top. Her and her daughter would make the best of her work and enjoyed working together. After Paul and Elizabeth were married they moved to Duluth and came back in 1920 to start the bakery with the Kobielus's. The 1920 Census puts both families living together or next store in Maple Hill. Anne's picture that she has today on her mother and grandmother's China closet was taken around that time. Anne says that her mother first had the China closet and when they moved to Duluth she gave it to her mother Frances. (Note: I like to think how much this China closet was apart of the family and how many times they both opened and closed it) Anne says it is a China Closet and not a China cabinet.
Anne's grandmother Frances once gave her a doll when she was 5years. Her grandmother was so excited she couldn't keep the secret until Christmas and she spilled the beans before Christmas. Anne's father Paul would always have a friend dress-up at Santa Claus at Christmas time.
Grandpa Kellner was the first to pass away around the time that Anne's sister Bette passed away. Anne remembers it was some type of farm accident on their place and it may have had something to do with a pitchfork. Anyways it was serious and at this time he was found to have cancer and died about a year later. At 69 years old he still got around well and worked very hard. Anne says his grandfather Frank was an orphan. Frances died about 10 years later at the age of 79. Still continued to live at their home in Maple Hill up till the day she died of cancer. Both worked hard in their lifetime moving across the ocean to start a new life in America. Anne says her grandfather spoke good English and her grandmother understood English but couldn't speak English up to the day she died. Moving to America they were able to escape two world wars in their countries. Did you know that Elizabeth's mother Frances Kellner was a bricklayer in the old country?
Anne was about 7 years old when they moved into the 4th Street house. The children all went to the Catholic school. Westside School was out of their district. So around this time John Kobielus and Paul went into the partnership of starting a bakery in Ladysmith. Their first Location was on 115 E Worden Ave and then to a nicer location and building on Miner Ave. The Miner Ave Bakery location was a brand new building at the time. The family was living on 4th street and it was a 8 to 9 block walk. This location is sometime referred to as the fancy location because it was a very nice store. Paul bought a new oven at this time. Later it would be moved to the final 112 W. Second Street bakery location. Anne remembers that it took all night and everyone worked very hard to move the oven to the bakery's last location.
We are looking for a date and any information about this picture of Anne
We have a picture of the Miner Ave bakery that we have that shows Marie Ellis working the counter. She first worked at the Worden Ave location and then at the Miner Ave location and for a short time at the 2 W Second St. She worked for Paul for 10 to 12 years. Note: we are still working on getting a copy of this picture and it will be posted as soon as we receive it.
The picture of Paul with the large batch of dough on the table Anne says is Gene Kellaway or Joe Kool. Gene Kellaway had dark hair and Joe Kool had the light colored hair.
When the bakery first opened up on 112th W. Second Street Anne and Frances's job was to go in and clean the ground level of the building that would become the bakery. At one time it was own by the Tailor, H. Oldendorf. And the Oldendorf's were friends of the family. The building was first his tailor shop and was built around 1908. Anne remembers it being some type of Welfare office that had moved out at the time when they were moving in. It was a mess and Anne remembers the terrible job that her and Frances had cleaning the building and making it ready to open as the Ladysmith Bakery. She remembers that they were still living at the 4th Street house when the new location opened up in 1933. Her father Paul was just renting the lower part of the building at first for 25 dollars per month. Later they would rent the upper part for 10 dollars more per month for a total of 35 dollars per month. They would finally sell the 4th street house and use the money to buy the bakery building and move upstairs. Working in the bakery when it first opened was her father Paul and Dean Kellaway who Paul trained. Anne was working the counter and doing whatever needed to be done. Frances did not care for bakery work and was working at the Toy factory in town. At this time the bakery was taking in around 5 to 6 dollars a day.
Anne says her Sister Frances never care to much for working in the bakery and found work at the Ladysmith Toy factory and the Gerard Hotel.
Ann Krenzelok Closs with her father's 1947 Dodge in back of the bakery
Anne met her husband David Closs while working at the bakery. Paul trained David Closs.
Anne's first cake that she decorated beside her personal cakes she decorated was her parent's 40th anniversary cake. She started to decorate the cakes for the bakery after that and until the bakery closed down.
Tilda Ruhut. Working next door and ran a beauty parlor. We have several pictures of the family that were taken in front of her place. There was a Doctor's office down from the beauty parlor and the gas station on the corner.
Anne says her mother fell down the stairs at the bakery three times. Once on the back stairs to the bakery, another time on the stairs on the back laundry room. She also fell down the stairs in front of the bakery building where she hurt herself very bad. She ended up in the hospital with a serious fractured leg and spent a long time in the hospital. We have a picture of her in the hospital with Paul and Leonard Murphy coming to visit her dressed up as Santa. Later with a cast on she went to visit her daughter Frances to see her grandson Michael.
Anne remembers Bette's funeral and says it was very large and everyone in town showed up. At the funeral home every wall was filled with flowers. Her brother Joe was on a ship being transferred to the Island of Trinidad from Italy when he got the news. He flew home as soon as he could. They didn't bury Bette until he got home. She said Joe was always proud of being a Master Sergeant and proud of his crew and fixing the B-24s that they would fix up after being shot up. He would refer to the plane as his planes and if one was lost he would take it very hard. One time they fixed a plane with a 149 bullet holes in it Anne says Joe lost 9 planes his with a Crew Chief of.
Anne remembers her Dad's funeral too. It was even bigger and the whole town came out. Anne says her Dad was always the cheerful one in the family and her mother was very reserved and didn't show a lot of emotions. After the funeral all the pallbearers came upstairs and celebrated Paul's life. They were all fellow businessman and fishing friends. Paul enjoyed fishing and had lots of fishing friends and sometimes they would enjoy going to Canada to go fishing.
Anne remembers her father telling him that in Poland at Christmas Eve the family would arrange the table as a kind of manger seen. And would have all their special Christmas foods on the table. Just before dinner, the family will gather at the dinner table and break bread. A piece of a blessed communion host is broken, eaten and passed from one member of the family to the other.
A Polish neighbor in Duluth taught mom how to make Golabki's ( rice and meat stuff cabbage rolls ) . Anne always remembered her mother making Golabki's and it was considered a special dinner.
When dad and mother would write too our relatives in Poland dad would have to show mom how to write in Polish because even know Elizabeth was from Poland she went to German schools in Poland where she learnt to write in German and instead of Polish
When Elizabeth and Paul would write to the relatives in Poland it was and is still the same address that we write to our relatives in Poland today. Anne says her father learnt the bakery trade from his Uncle who had a bakery with his son. Paul moved to wherever this was (Dolores says it was in Vienna) and Paul lived with them until he came to America.
Anne in front of her Ladysmith home 1985
POLISH CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS
Polish immigrants retained many of their cultural customs and traditions. The most enduring customs are connected with the traditions of the church. For instance, pysanky, the brightly colored eggs created at Easter, symbolize Christ's tomb and the resurrection; and the Christmas Eve dinner or Wigilia, traditionally has an odd number of courses (13 are common, for Christ and the twelve apostles). Another custom, the art of paper cutting or Wycinanki, was used to decorate the walls of the home traditionally cut with sheep shears. There are two basic kinds of Polish paper cut-outs, one-color symmetrical forms showing forest or woodland scenes called leluja, and multi-color compositions featuring flowers, roosters, or scenes of daily life.
Note: This is an ongoing work that will be added and update as Anne gives us her memories of the family. If you would like to add or correct something please let us know
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