Hi metaphor, Discussion going on in other forums, a bit murky. Seems the grandfather's name may be Charles. Lived first in Ohio and then in Detroit. The immigration record is key and I don't think anyone has found it.
This was posted:
Charles SMOLKY age 23 Origin: Austria, Departed: Hamburg Arrived New York 23 Dec 1882 Dec Date: 2 Nov 1886
At least gives a date of arrival.
Not sure this is the right family:
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
Charles Smolky 50
F -- 3
I thought the wife's name Veronica was mentioned in the other forum, so...?