Saturday, December 31, 2011

Tidbits from the Interviews

On August 13, 2007, Jack and Pauline were interviewed at their home in Portland, Maine. Recently, I reviewed the transcripts from that interview and decided to share some tidbits of information from the conversation. The day of the interview culminated a series of recorded conversations about their lives.

Source:  Hurricane Ski Slope
All of the answers provided below are paraphrased from Jack and Pauline reflecting on their lives. The pictures shown in the post relate to the answers.
Thinking it would be kind of fun, I have decided to use a quiz format. Sadly, there are no prizes to give away. Of course, the answers are located at the end of the post. 
So here we go…

1. Where did the Siulinski's almost move to?

2. Where did Jack and Pauline spend their summers in childhood?

3. What other occupation might Jack have chosen for a career?

4. What one value from Memere made an impression on Pauline?

5. What favorite places did Jack and Pauline name as having traveled?

6. In retirement, Jack had a part-time job. What was it?

7. What sport did the Siulinski family most enjoy together?

8. What location did Jack and Pauline take the family to for regular vacations?

The answers:

1.     Around 1960, while the family was living in Augusta, Maine, Jack pursued a work opportunity in Florida. The family came very close to relocating to Florida. The neighbors in Augusta actually hosted a going away party at a local hotel for Jack and Pauline where they accepted a gift; a silver bowl with "Westwood" engraved on it. Jack soon after decided not to take the job.

2. One of the most distinct memories of Jack's childhood was his many summer trips to the farming town of Jemseg, New Brunswick in Canada. Likewise, a vivid childhood memory of Pauline was summers spent at the family residence on Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine.

3. Some of the training Jack had in the Navy was in the area of electronics so he thought he might have gone in the direction of being an electrician. As it turned out, he turned what was a hobby (photography) into a profession. Being paid for doing what you love is a great lesson in life. In my case, I am hoping to one-day turn my passion for oral histories and genealogy into a supporting income. 

4. Both her mother and her father influenced Pauline's faith in God.

5. For Jack, Hawaii and for Pauline, Niagara Falls (she was overwhelmed by the waterfalls). Jack also mentioned he liked going on cruises.

6. Jack worked for National Car Rental, driving cars from one location to another.

7. Skiing - it was the sport we all learned at a young age and practiced every season when Jack and Pauline purchased family passes. Our training mountain was Hurricane in Falmouth, Maine; no longer in operation but remembered by the Ski Museum of Maine. When then progressed to King Pine in New Hampshire which is still in operation. 

Source: I4BarHarbor
8. Bar Harbor was our rustic family getaway. 

Feel free to add any of your memories attached to these answers by adding a comment below or by sending an email.

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Dykeman Origins in Early New York

Jack’s maternal line (Dykeman) ascends from the earliest European families who chose to settle on Manhattan Island around the time the English wrestled control of the colony from the Dutch in 1664. Our immigrant ancestor, Jan Dykeman, journeyed across the Atlantic around 1666.

The image above shows the connection of Jack's mother, Ouida Dykeman to Jan Dyckman. Notice the difference in the surnames – this is caused by the turmoil of the American Revolution when a Loyalist faction of the Dykeman family moved to Canada to resettle on lands provided by the British government. 

Jan presumably came to the New World with very little, but became a prominent figure in the community. Arriving at a time that Dutch rule changed to English rule; he must have been involved in many impressionable and turbulent dealings. He married twice and was involved in numerous business transactions that led to him becoming a prosperous land owner in upper Manhattan (called New Harlem at the time) when he died in 1715.

Since the earliest European colonists to New York came from the Netherlands, the Dutch called the area New Netherlands. New Netherland consisted of settlements mainly along the Hudson, Delaware, and Connecticut Rivers, which today are parts of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.[1] 

The name New Amsterdam was given to the growing Dutch village on the lower tip of Manhattan, and was a very diverse place both in terms of customs practiced and languages spoken.  Many of the original Dutch documents from the seventeenth century are currently being translated, transcribed and published through an ongoing project in Albany called the New Netherland Project and Institute