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KOSCIUSCO, TEXAS

Wilson County, South Texas

FM 541 and FM 1347
6 miles S of Stockdale
12 miles E of Floresville
45 miles SE of San Antonio via US 181
Population: Est. 390 (2010)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town came into being around in the 1890s when Polish immigration began to move away from the Panna Maria - Cestohowa communities. The town was named after the Polish General who added the Colonies in the American Revolution.

The post office only operated from 1906 to 1920 when Stockdale took over the responsibility. There were only 10 people reported in Kosciusko for the 1930 census and only 50 in 1965.
Kosciusco Texas  meat market
"Dworaczyk’s Meat Market (next door to the church). The majority of Kosciusko residents use the meat market as their local butcher" - David Scheffler, 11-26-05. TE photo

Kosciusko Texas Forum

  • Kosciusko, Texas
    There are two towns in the US named after this Polish hero of the American Revolution. One is in Mississippi, one is in Texas. In Mississippi it's pronounced Kah-zee-OOS-ko. In Texas it's pronounced KuhSHUskuh, which is apparently close to the correct Polish pronunciation. I've been told if you pronounce it and someone says either 'Gesundheit' or 'God bless you,' you pronounced it correctly. - C. F. Eckhardt, May 28, 2006

  • Kosciusko, Texas
    I remember seeing a photograph of my grandparents wedding day. I believe it is in Kosciusko or that is where they lived at that time. My father, the oldest of ten children, was born in 1932 so my grandparents must have been born around 1910 more or less. But I read the population of Kosciusko was only 10 in 1930. They built their home in Cestohowa. My grandparents were Frances Moy and Edmund Olinick(Olenick(Olejnik?)). My great grandfather may have been Francizek Olejnik. He and his wife are buried in the Cemetery in Cestohowa, Tx. There are only three of my fathers siblings still alive. Carolyn Olinick who lives in a nursing home in Floresville, Tx, Mary Moczygemba and Eugene Olenick who live in San Antonio, Tx. Right now I am working at a drilling rig site which is overlooking the town of Kosciusko and I can see St. Ann's Church steeple and hall as I type this on my phone. I would like to learn more about the history of my ancestors and there connection with Kosciusko if any. I was told that it is difficult or impossible to trace our families back to Poland because the Germans had destroyed all the records in that part of Poland. Thank You, Daniel Olinick, May 28, 2013, dolinick@hotmail.com
  • Wilson County TX 1907 Postal Map
    1907 Wilson County Postal Map showing Kosciusko
    near Karnes County line

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office


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