father, frank & bill…

So Mansuet and Anna had six children and lost their firstborn, Rudy, when he was a young child. Out of the other five, I knew Joe (my great grandpa, Grandpa Joe) and his sister, Marie (my 2nd great aunt, who we all called Aunt Marie). Their brothers, Fred (who everyone called Father because he was a priest) and Frank, died before I was born, and I was too young to remember Bill. Here’s what I discovered about the Plaschko brothers…

Frederick (Fred or Father) was born on October 21, 1895 in St. Paul to Mansuet Blaschko and Anna Friedl. He was baptized at the Church of St. Agnes on October 27, 1895 and his godparents were Daniel and Johanna Plaschko (they were godparents to all the Plaschko siblings). Soon after his birth, his parents and older brothers, Rudy and Joseph, moved from Blair Street to 460 Lafond. The family lived there until 1910, including parents, Mansuet and Anna, brother, Rudy (until his death in February 1898), Joe, Frank (born in 1899), Bill (born in 1901), and sister, Marie (born in 1904). In 1911, the family moved to 582 Edmund and 16-year-old Fred worked as a clerk at Great Northern Railway. I’m not sure how long he lived at 582 with his family because he didn’t show up in the city directories after that for several years. This must be when he attended St. Thomas Academy, St. Thomas College, and the St. Paul Seminary. On June 10, 1922, at age 26, Fred was ordained as a priest.

Father Fred Plaschko
Rev Frederick Plaschko

He served at a number of churches throughout his career and I was able to place him at some of them through various documents. He started as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, and then at St. Matthew’s German Catholic Church in St. Paul from around 1929-1932 (based on city directories). I know he then became the first resident pastor of the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth, Minnesota in December 1934. By 1942, he had left there for St. James Church in Nassau, Lac Qui Parle, Minnesota.

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U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Ancestry.com

He was at St. Joseph’s in Miesville, Minnesota in 1947. I’m not sure how long he’d been there but he was there at the time of the 25th anniversary of his ordination.

He left St. Joseph’s that same year and became pastor at Holy Trinity in Winsted, Minnesota, where he served until his death. Father died on October 11, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul. He died of cancer which started in the lung and metastasized to the neck, spine, and pelvis. He was buried at Calvary.

Father's death notice

Francis Joseph (Frank) was born in St. Paul on July 23, 1899 to Mansuet Plaschko and Anna Friedl. He was baptized at the Church of St. Agnes on July 30, 1899 and his godparents were also Daniel and Johanna Plaschko. As a child, he lived at 460 Lafond with his parents, brothers, Joe, Fred, Bill (born in 1901), and sister, Marie (born in 1904). In 1911, the family moved to 582 Edmund. Frank began working at about age 16 as a clerk for Great Northern Railway and was still there when he was 19 as seen on his WWI draft record from 1918.

FrankPlaschkoDraftCard1917-1918
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com

Frank lived with his family until around 1925 and married Lucille Niemczyk sometime around 1926. They had two sons, Robert in 1927, and Eugene in 1932. They lived all over St. Paul, including 895 Edmund, 169 West Isabel Street in the 1930 census, 90 W Winifred and 733 Aurora, each for a couple of years, and 507 Charles Street in 1940. Besides working as a clerk for Great Northern, Frank also worked as an accountant for Stearns Railroad and a driver for the St. Paul Milk Company. Frank died on April 23, 1966 at the age of 66. Cause of death was listed as unilateral hydro nephrosis and adenocarcinoma of the prostate. He was buried at Calvary with wife, Lucille.

William (Bill) was born in St. Paul on November 5, 1901 to Mansuet Plaschko and Anna Friedl. He was baptized at St. Agnes Church on November 10, 1901 and Daniel and Johanna Plaschko were his godparents as well. As a child, he lived at 460 Lafond with his parents and brothers, Joe, Fred, Frank, and sister, Marie (born in 1904). In 1911, the family moved to 582 Edmund.

Bill Plaschko Communion
William Plaschko, First Holy Communion

At 16, Bill began working first as a messenger and then as a clerk. In the census for 1920 and in city directories for 1922-1927, he was listed as working as a clerk for Minn Trans. In the 1930 census, he was living at 582 with his parents, sister, Marie, and her husband, Jay, and working as a yard clerk at Stearns Railroad. His father, Mansuet, died the following year and the family continued to live on Edmund. By 1940, Bill was working as a clerk at a banking institution. According to the 1950 city directory, Bill lived on Edmund with his mother, Anna, sister, Marie, and her 2nd husband, Marty, and worked at First Bank Credit. They had all moved to 1607 Juno Ave by 1954 when Bill’s mother, Anna, died on May 9th. In 1959, Bill was still living at 1607 Juno Ave with Marie and Marty and was department manager at First Bank. He lived with Marie and Marty until his death on March 22, 1974 at 73. He died of a rupture of thoracic dissecting aneurysm. His service was at Holy Spirit Church in St. Paul and he was buried at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.   BillPlaschkograve

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