I knew dad's cousin Irene was married to Gene Kulig, but then, we found 'Kulig' among the KARASCHs, specifically, Uncle Leo's sister Margaret, who married Alex Kulig.
Wow, they were Gene's parents, which accounts....for this picture:
Uncle Leo hugging Irene Hesch, probably on his wedding day...lol Looks like she caught the bouquet.
Ah, yes! The Kulig family was from Wisconsin...in "our" neighborhood, too. They moved to Minnesota between 1900 and 1905.
So when Larry found this next clip, KULIG stuck out. Dorothy, daughter of Simon...hmm, that needs investigating....Yup, Simon was Alexander's brother, so he was Gene Kulig's Uncle Simon...and Dorothy was Gene's first cousin:
She married a Dworschak from Arcadia...lol...practically a suburb of Waumandee, and a name we've seen before here on Hesch History.
Update: Heres an article called the Polish Silesian Settlement in Central Minnesota. It gives reasons why people left Silesia (and Europe) in the 1860s, and there's a list of very familiar names at the bottom, including Kulig. The author says those folks came from northeast of Opole. (Otrembas came from just southwest of Opole). He also mentions the other major settlement of Poles--Independence, Wisconsin!