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KUCAN, (Kutchen), KRATOFIL

In the beautiful Province of Gorski, is a village called Vrbovsko, which was the home of my grandparents, Antonius Kucan and his wife Francisca Kratofil along with their baby daughter Mary.  They decided to leave Mary with Francisca's mother and they would go to America and find employment and then send for Mary.

Grandpa and grandma arrived in America about 1891-1892.  They settled in Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania in a place called Old Allegheny.  We know this area today as the north side of Pittsburgh.  The main road is called East Ohio Street; however, the Croatian’s called it Mala Jaska after a village in Croatia.

Mary arrived about 1896-1897.  Antonius worked for the railroad and his wife ran a boarding house.  The name Kucan was americanized to Kuchan soon after arriving in American.  In 1903, grandma died leaving 5 children ages, 14, 6, 3, 2 and 6 months.  The baby (Joseph) was given to grandma sister, Justina Kratofil Sindric.
Over the next few years Mary raised her sisters and brother.  By 1907 Grandpa was in the Pittsburgh Poor Farm, my father John was put into St. Paul Orphanage.

The Name was now Kutchen.  Less then a year later,  dad was given to Anton Mace by the St. Nicholas Church.  Dad ran away in his very early teens because of the treatment he received and never went back.

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Linked toFrancisca Lucija Kratofil; Antonius Stjepan Kucan

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