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Gorše [Gorsha, Gorshe] Families
Posted by: Gary L. Gorsha Date: August 15, 1999 at 10:14:17
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Frank Gorsha (Gorše) was born in Dolenja Vas, Slovenia [three miles south of Ribnica] on 9/11/1886. He embarked on the S.S.Vaderland from Antwerp, Belgium on October 6, 1904 and arrived in New York, New York on October 17, 1904. He passed through Cleveland, OH and settled in Minnesota, first in Mountain Iron, then the Genoa location, then more permanently in Gilbert, MN at 109 Louisiana Ave. In 1907 he married Josephine [Sophie, Zepha] Russ [Rus], born about 9/5/1889 at Sentvid near Novo Mesto, Slovenia, [maybe Sentvid pri Sticni], shortly after she immigrated to help her Uncle Ignais Russ [Rus] who took in boarders. They had 8 sons (Frank, John, Joe, Stan, Tony, Louis, Henry and Raymond), and one daughter (maybe named Stella) who died at an early age. In about 1922 the family moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area, specifically to 15901 Raymond St. in Maple Heights, Ohio, where he helped to found the Maple Hts. Slovenian Home. In 1931 the family moved back to a farm near Gilbert, MN. Frank died on 11/18/1965 and Josephine died in March of 1977 in California.

I am now most interested to learn more about Frank and Josephine's families in Slovenia and Josephine's immigration, ship's
name, and point of departure. I would also like to learn more about the daughter (b.~1912) who died young [not long after a
fire may have consumed their home in Mountain Iron] in Gilbert, and who may be buried in the St. Joseph's Catholic cemetary in Gilbert: exact date of birth, name, cause of death, and age at passing or date.

The 1920 census shows that Frank's mother, Mary [Marija, Marica] Gorsha, age 70, immigrated in 1910 to be near her sons in
Gilbert, John Knaus, by a previous marriage, and Frank Gorsha, as well as her daughters, Johanna Gorsha Dolinar and Angela
Gorsha Zadnik. I am seeking her birthdate, maiden name, husbands' first names, Atlantic crossing info, and date of death. She
lived to be about 84 (d.~1934).

The same 1920 census also shows a John Gorsha, age 62, living with the family of his son-in-law, Anton Strukel at 111 New York Ave in Gilbert, MN. I am wondering if he was related to Mary and Frank Gorsha, possibly an uncle of Frank, brother to Mary's deceased second husband. If so he may have died just a couple years later in about 1922. His estate might have been handled by a Frank Indihar, but not settled until about 1932. If related, I am interested in all similar vital statistics for him, too. An Indihar family is related through marriage to the Knaus family, and the Zaller family is related through marriage to the Russ family.

I am also interested in three other John Gorsha's, one listed on the 1876 Missouri Atlas for Caldwell County, one who worked
as a logger in the Frenier, LA area (Tangipahoa Parish) around 1890, and his son who was listed on the 1900 Census for St.
John the Baptist Parish of Louisiana as John Gauche. Some of these could of course be the same person though I don't know that now.


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