After a few years, four to be exact,
my family "moved up" to tree-lined
streets in the Hunting Park
section of Philadelphia. The location
changed, but I continued to be
surrounded by my Danube Swabian heritage. The
new neighborhood was neatly divided,
almost ruler-like, into ethnic pockets
of German, Irish and Italian. Even
the churches were divided in that
fashion, so it is only natural that I went to St.
Henry’s School and Church, where at
least one Sunday Mass was celebrated in
High German. My family remained in that
same row house in the Hunting Park
section until I graduated in 1964 from
Little Flower Catholic High School for
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA)
Helen Remich Dubas
introduce myself. My name is Helen
Dubas, and "I’m a Philly Girl."
I often joke that you can take the
girl out of the city, but you can’t
take the city out of the girl. That
really is how I feel about
Philadelphia. Times pass, cities
change, but the happy memories of
days gone by in Philadelphia never
was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in a
section of Philadelphia called
"Fishtown," the year being 1946.
before Philadelphia’s slogan "City of
Brotherly Love" was put into place,
Philadelphia was known and continues to
be, the "City of Neighborhoods."
You may have taken note that I mentioned
"Fishtown" and "Hunting Park." That’s
what Philadelphia is all about,
neighborhoods. When you are from Philly,
you are known by three things… your
neighborhood, your parish, or the corner
from which you hung out as a teenager.
Jokingly, you were either Catholic or "a
public." It is for this reason, that
outsiders often have a hard time when
researching their ancestors in
Philadelphia. They know their family
came to Philadelphia, yet find their
addresses to read something like Fox
Chase, Pennsylvania. In reality, Fox
Chase is a neighborhood within the city
limits of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is
known to have 395 neighborhoods,
official and unofficial.
Philadelphia is a historical city, a
city of many industries that have come
and gone, a city of beautiful parks and
waterways, but primarily, in my mind,
Philadelphia remains a city proud of her
people, their many customs, and their
ability to join together as one to make
her great. It is a city that many
Danube Swabians called home, and I’m
one of them.
take a look at what is available for
your research on the Destination:
Philadelphia page. As your interest
grows, the Philadelphia page will be
sure to grow with you. We can work
together to make it great, just as our
ancestors participated to put
Philadelphia on the map and provide
happy memories to savor for years to
come, memories that we can pass along as
Remich Family Archives
Peter Stahl, Musician, Banat to PA
Neighborhoods of Philly . . .
one of the most argued about topics in Philadelphia, could very well be the boundaries of neighborhoods.
Local Genealogical Research Aids
& Pennsylvania State Records
There was a large Gross Jetscha population in Hunting Park and nearby city neighborhoods, such as Olney and Lawndale, which were adjoining Hunting Park. See Neighborhoods of Philly . . .
Emigration from Banat in the National Archives Ship Records to Philadelphia
Extractions compiled by David Dreyer of San Mateo, CA
Genealogical Resources at the Philadelphia City Archives
Danube Swabian Surname Registry
Did you know . . .
bits of information
Philadelphia Soft Pretzel
- The origins of the Philadelphia soft pretzel
can be traced back to a strong Germanic
influence during the early history of
Pennsylvania. The average person eats 1.5-2 lbs
of hard pretzels a year, but in Philadelphia,
the inhabitants eat near 12 times that
amount in soft pretzels.
St. John Neumann,
born March 28, 1811 in
now part of the Czech Republic.
- John Nepomucene Neumann
(1811-60) arrived in the United
States in 1836 from his native
Bohemia to work as a priest in the
country's German-speaking Roman
Catholic communities. He founded the
first American diocesan school
system, and in 1852 became Bishop of
Philadelphia. In 1977 he was
canonized as a saint by Pope Paul
Peter’s Catholic Church, Shrine of Saint
John Neumann, located at 5th
& Girard Avenues in the Fishtown Section
of Philadelphia. I was baptized in the
church, while my great grandfather,
Peter Nischbach, walked to the church
everyday to attend Mass, recited in
German. In addition to his native
German and Bohemian language, Bishop
Neumann, learned Italian, Spanish,
Greek, Latin, English and French. Later
he learned Gaelic in order to hear
confession of Irish American immigrants.
In humility, he reached out to the many
immigrants in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Breweries . . . a
mainstay in early Philadelphia.
As a child, I
often had opportunity to ride or walk by the
Schmidt’s Brewery. It was a large, looming
building. My parents, grandparents, and just
about everyone I knew drank Schmidt’s beer. www.workshopoftheworld.com/northern_liberties/schmidt.html
of these German brewers became successful, they
needed room to expand. It soon became
advantageous for them to build new breweries
near these vaults, and the result was a brewery
building boom the likes of which the city, or
the world for that matter, had never seen. To
see this full article by Richard Wagner, Brewery
Historian, go to:
Philadelphia, Workshop of the World . .
. My grandfather was a sheet
metal worker at a metal foundry in 1930.
While looking over the census for that
year, one can see that his
German-Hungarian neighbors were engaged
in a variety of occupations, from baker
to moulder in an iron factory. A few
years later, my grandmother later worked
at the Lerner Blouse Company. My mother,
when not coloring studio photos for her
uncle, Peter Stahl, owner of Stahl
Photography Studio at 2nd &
Girard Avenues, was employed by the Apex
To see a list
of many the manufacturing facilities by
neighborhood, please go to following site: www.workshopoftheworld.com/overview/overview.html
Donauschwaben & German Associations
Donauschwaben Philadelphia und Umgebung
Danube Swabian Association
and Danubia Soccer Club
President Fred Gauss
Philadelphia, PA 19116
of Philadelphia &
Founded 1910 www.ughclub.us
Oakford, PA 19053
/ fax 215-357-1560
German Society of
located in Philadelphia and lists
The 1937 German-Hungarian (Donauschwaben) Family Calendar Magazine
– Palankaer subscriber list for the Entire U.S.A.
(Deutsch-Ungarischer Familien Kalender 1937, German-Hungarian Publishing Company, New York City, NY/Chicago, IL)
Transcribed by Dennis J. Bauer, 11 October 2008
Surnames appear exactly as spelled in the original text and may not be the actual spelling. The list shows the individual’s place of origin and their address in the U.S. and Canada at the time of subscription to the magazine. Some translations of town, county and country names were done. As with any secondary source, you may wish to consult the original magazine. This is a list of those from Palanka only and not all the German-Hungarians listed.
The magazines were written in German and published in the U.S. from 1932-1954. They contained stories from the German-Hungarian regions of Hungary, Yugoslavia and Romania, pictures of "home", jokes, poems and best of all a list of American and Canadian subscribers, their spouses, their place of origin and their addresses in the U.S. and Canada at the time of publication. Subscribers listed were from the United States and Canada. During it’s publication, the magazines listed between 10-15 thousand Donauschwaben-Americans.
EVALY, Josef, from Milanlug, Bozega, Slavonia and Magdalena BUDAY, from Palanka, Batschka, Yugoslavia, 2852 N. 11th St., Philadelphia, PA.
PILLER, Katharina, nee HERBERT, from Palanka, Batschka, Yugoslavia, 2528 Claridge St., Philadelphia, PA.
WILDING, Karl, from Palanka, Batschka, Yugoslavia and Barbara NOEL, from Bogarosch, Banat Romania, 7237 Montour St., Philadelphia, PA
Published at DVHH.org 21 Jan 2009, contributed by Dennis Bauer
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