Between 1904 and 1914, over 50 people from Lonia and a few relatives from Gologory immigrated to Chicago. Lonia (Lonie/Loni) and Gologory (Holohory) are villages between Lviv (Lwow, Lemburg) and Tarnopol (Ternopil). Before WWI, they were part of the Austrian Empire. Between the wars, they were in Poland, and now they are in Ukraine. The people are Ukrainians. Members the same families are sometimes recorded in passenger records as Ruthenian, and sometimes Polish, so this shouldnʼt be seen as a significant marker of ethnicity. There seems to have been a large Jewish migration from Lonia to the United States before 1904, but it doesnʼt appear to have any connection with the Chicago group.
Every male immigrant from Lonia is listed as a laborer or farm laborer, and every female immigrant is listed as a maid or domestic servant.
The first members of the Chicago group actually went to Philadelphia. In May of 1905, Stefan Lukasz (Szczepan Lukaszow) and Iwan (John) Tremba arrived at Ellis Island on the Armenia. These men were married laborers in their early 30s. They were headed for Philadelphia to find Szymon (Simon, Sam, Semko) Sobeczko. Simon Sobeczko was Lukaszʻ brother-in-law and Trembaʼs friend.
Two years later, in April 1907, another group of men from Lonia came over on the Batavia. Michal Bialowicki (Belubasy? Bilawacka?) was the oldest at 39 and the only married one. Peter (Piotr) Sobeczko, Simonʼs brother was only 18. The rest, Tomasz Lewiniec, Frank Lukasz (Franko Lukaszow), Hrynko Sawicki, and Wasyl Dubas were in their twenties. Dubas was the only one who went to Philadelphia to find a Maturjko whose first name I canʼt decipher. The rest headed for 91 Ontario Street in Chicago where Stefan Lukasz and Simon Sobeczko were now living. Sawicki was the brother- in-law of the Sobeczko brothers, and was also connected to the Lukasz brothers through the Makolondra family still in Lonia.
Two years later, in May of 1909, the Pennsylvania brought 16 more Lonia people to Ellis Island. All were headed for Chicago. These were all men in their twenties and thirties except for two teenage sisters, Anna Makolondra and Tekla Makolondra Maturjko, who came over with Teklaʼs husband Dmytro Maturjko. Anna and Teklaʼs father back in Lonia was Hrynko Makolondra. There was a man named Hrynko Makolondra aboard the ship, but he was only 24. His father back in Lonia was Feodor. This Hrynko (also called Harry) was to meet his cousin Hrynko Sawicki who was now living on Green Street with Peter Sobeczko, Frank Lukasz, and Tomasz Lewiniec. The Green Street house was also the destination of Anna, Tekla, and Dmytro, as well as Pawel Sawicki (Hrynkoʼs brother), Michal Nadzberny and Iwan Salabaj (the Sawickisʼ brother-in-laws), and Jan Zanier (a Sobeczko cousin). Mytro Hadkj went to the same address to find his brother Tomasz Lewiniec along with their friend Petro Glusko. Oleksa Irema, Dmytro Kulik, and Oleksa Tkaczyk went to find Frank Lukasz at the old 91 Ontario address. Petro Malicki and Stefan Haraszniak also went to Ontario St. to find Michal Bialowicki, and Michal Szkoruda went there to find Wasyl Dubas (now in Chicago).
At some point around this time, Jan (John) Lukasz, Marya Tkaczyk, and Peter Szkoruda (Michalʼs brother) came to Chicago and joined this growing Lonia community in America. Jan left his wife Anastasia Makolondra Lukasz behind.
In February 1910, Manka Dup, and Paul Tkaczyk came to meet their sister Marya who was living at Green Street with Frank Lukasz and Wasyl Dubas. They brought their friend Jeko Obrimbalski. Michal Sopko came alone the next month, planning to meet up with his brother-in-law Iwan Tremba.
In 1911, Michal Szkoruda returned to Lonia and brought back his sons Michal (9) and Nykola (11), as well as his teenage cousins Magda Sawicka (sister of Hrynko and Pawel) and Paska Dubas. The new destination was 644 Austin Street, where the Szkorudas, Tomasz Lewiniec, and Simon Sobeczko were now living.
In March of 1912, another wave came from Havre, France aboard the Espagne. Mikolaj Jaczyszyn left his wife behind to join his cousin (Tom Lewiniec) in America. So did Pawlo Goj and Jozef Nowak, who met up at Austin Street with their brother-in-law Simon Sobeczko. Matrina Dubas found her brother Wasyl, and Anastasia (Nascia) Malicka came to find her cousin Anna Makolondra.
18-year old Iwan (John) Makolondra and his older sister Katarzyna were also on board. Their father was Fechko (Feodor)--the father of the Hrynko (Harry) Makolondra who had come over in 1909. Iwan met up with his brother-in-law John Lukasz and Katarzyna her uncle Simon Sobeczko.
Two months later, 16-year old Wojciech Lukasz(ow) crossed over alone. He was the brother of Stefan, Frank, and John Lukasz. He would later marry Julia Makolondra, the sister of Harry, Katarzyna, Anastasia (brother Johnʼs wife), and Iwan. Wojciech and Julia had a daughter, Paravia. Wojciech seems to have left the United States, but later came back and settled in Canada.
In 1914, Peter Sobeczko and John Lukasz returned to Lonia to bring back Johnʼs wife Anastasia (leaving their young daughter Mary behind) and four teenage girls: Teofila Krzywa (cousin of Anastasia Malicka), Hanka Sawicka (sister of Magda, Pawel, and Hyrnko), Kaska Dubas (sister of Matrina and Wasyl), and 17-year old Nascia Makolondra, who it seems had the same name as her older sister Anastasia Lukasz. This younger Nascia, who later married Wasyl Turczak, was connected to the Sawickis.
Over the next ten years a few more Lonia residents came to Chicago, but nothing like this wave from 1904-1914. Pawel Sawicki ended up marrying Anna Makolondra, Peter Sobeczko married Anna Sopko, and Frank Lukasz married Mary Dubas.
Of the Makolondras, it appears that Hrynko, Katarzyna, Anastasia (elder), Iwan, Julia, and Anastasia (younger) were all siblings, the children of Feodor and Parashka Makolondra of Lonia. Anna and Tekla, daughters of Hrynko were likely cousins. The Makolondras were related and closely tied to the Lukasz(ow), Sawicki, and Sobeczko
families. The monkey wrench is that Katarzyna listed her mother as “Anna Nowak”, and Anastasia the younger listed hers as “Maryska Makolondra.” If they were full sisters of Iwan (John), their mother should have been Parashka Konaba Makolondra.
If you have information about any of these people, I'm interested. I am especially interested in the Makolondra and Lukasz families. I can't promise all of this information is 100% accurate--especially spellings. It can be hard to read the handwriting on some of the passenger lists.