August Byzewski fought in the Franco-Prussian War. He was captured and held prisoner by the French. When released, he returned home to find the government had confiscated his land, making him a displaced person. Under the sponsorship of his brother, Rev. John Romuald Byzewski, a Catholic priest in Winona, Minn., August and his wife, Julianna, immigrated there in 1878. With them came their son John and daughter Johanna. Their oldest son, Martin, died in Europe.
They lived in Winona for a while, and two more children, Roman and Robert, were born there.
Their citizenship became final in 1884.
In 1879, August filed a homestead claim, east of Warsaw, N.D., in Pulaski Township. He built a one and one half story log home, a log stable and grainery for the total cost of $800. Eighty acres were cultivated. August proved he made improvements to the claim and he was granted ownership in 1885.
Fr. Romuald shipped food, flour and meat from Winona to Grand Forks. August hauled the supplies home with a team of horses. One winter after making the trip, August froze the toes on both of his feet. No medical assistance was available, so Julianna immersed his feet in very hot water. The skin cracked open. Cold water was applied but pain and soreness persisted. A neighbor, John Kulas, took care of all the neighbors cattle. He was called to give medical attention to Augusts toes.
They raised nine children, John, Johanna, Roman, Robert, August, Augusta, Anton, Julianna, and Joseph.