103. Births from the Baptismal Record of Saint Stanislaw Kostka
Church, 1879-1889. Thomas L. Hollowak 1992. 76 pages, indexed,
paper. $2.95 [ISBN 1-8871-2402-0]
March of 1879, the Rev. Piotr Koncz, along with the St. Stanislaw
Kostka Benevolent Society organized this first Polish Roman Catholic
Parish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The first baptism took place
in a house Father Koncz rented on Bond Street, in one of the rooms
he converted into a Chapel until the church on Ann Street was completed
Rev. Koncz's death in February 1886, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
was the only Polish Parish in the Archdiocese. After his death a
second Polish parish, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary was organized.
In 1889 the St. Stanislaw Church was replaced with larger building
on the same site.
book is unique because it is not a faithful transcription of the
baptismal record, but an altered abstract. The volume provides the
names and dates of birth for individuals baptized during the first
decade of Baltimore's premier Polish Parish. It is arranged alphabetically
by family groups and includes the names of parents and godparents.
116. Polish Baptisms in St. Michael the Archangel Church, 1869-1890.
Thomas L. Hollowak 2000. 61 pages, indexed, paper. $5.50 [ISBN 1-8871-2420-9]
the first Polish immigrants settled in Baltimore around 1868 they
attended the German parish of St. Michael's, on Wolfe Street, in
Fell's Point. Since the majority of them had emigrated from the
Polish provinces under Prussian domination they were familar with
the German language. In 1872, they joined the Czech members of the
parish and formed the Slavic Congregation known as St. Wenceslaus.
It wasn't long before friction between the Czechs and Poles surfaced
and some of the Poles return to St. Michael's until the formation
of the first Polish parish of St. Stanislaw Kostka in 1879.
first decade of St. Stanislaw Kostka was a tumultous period of protracted
struggles for control of the parish between the pastor and lay members
of the congregation. This would eventually lead to the formation
of the second Polish parish, but until that occured some of the
Poles returned to St. Michael the Archangel. After the death of
Holy Rosary's first pastor, Rev. Piotr Chowaniec strife arose in
that parish between the new pastor and the laity. Once again some
of the Poles returned to St. Michael's. Of course, there had always
been a small group of the early Polish settlers who had taken a
German spouse and remained at the parish during the entire period
covered by this volume.
the St. Stanislaw's book this volume is arranged alphabetically
by the father's surname and provides name of child, date of birth,
parents full name and their place of origin.