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.
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
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
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, email@example.com
County Postal Map showing Kosciusko
near Karnes County line
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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