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Gabriel, Fisch, Herman/Hermann & Friedrich
Families of Mercydorf

Researcher: Amy Gabriel Medved

Mercydorf, the village where my grandfather was born.
His father was Josef Gabriel, the poet.


Gabriel family / house photos Mercydorf Heimatbuch

     My grandfather, Adam Gabriel, had many brothers and sisters.  I believe he was the youngest in his family.  He left the Banat area to study engineering in Vienna and eventually came to the U.S. around 1913, settling in Chicago.  At some point he opened Acme Industrial Corporation which he ran until he retired and my father, Adam Frank Gabriel, took over as President.  In the late 1970's or early 1980's the company was sold off to a larger corporation.

      In the above photo, I believe my grandfather is the youngest male--the one on the left. The image of his father seated next to him corresponds with the small photo in the book of poetry that I have, although he is much older in the photo in the book.

     My grandfather, Adam Gabriel, met and married Anna Fisch here in the U.S. but according to my grandfather they had only lived about 17 kilometers apart in Austria-Hungary as she was from Ortzidorf.  They had two children, Adam and Lawrence.  My uncle Larry is still alive, but my father, being twelve years older, has already passed away.  My grandparents traveled back to the Banat just once in 1937 to visit relatives and attend the wedding of someone important to them.  I presume it was a family member.  I have a short black and white movie from that trip.

If you have any additional information about Josef Gabriel, Mercydorf, Ortzidorf, the Fisch family, or the Banat of Temesvar to share, please contact me.

Researcher: Amy Gabriel Medved 2004-06


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