24 September 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Paul L. Labiak

 
Son
Paul L Labiak
1917-1943
 
buried at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery
Valley Township, Chester County, PA
 
 
Paul served in World War II so I was able to find a little more information on him than I have been able to on some of the other Labiaks buried here. Paul was born 27 February 1917 and died at the age of only 26 on 5 May 1943. 
 
He served January 1938 until his death on 5 May 1943, according to his Pennsylvania Burial Card.
 
 

The 1940 Census shows him living on base at Dumfries, Prince William, Virginia. He was a Private in the US Marines Corps then.
 
The 1930 Census (which spells the last name as LABAK) shows that he is the son of Alek and Dorothy Labiak. He is one of seven children. The others are: James (20), George (16), Peter (15), Helen (11), Mike (9) and Nellie (7). Ages given are those at the time of the 1930 Census. Paul was 13 then. His parents were both born in Ukraine. Alek immigrated in 1905 and Dorothy in 1908. All the children were born in Pennsylvania. The family lived on a farm on Rokeby-Ercildon Road in East Fallowfield Township, Chester County, PA.
 
The 1920 Census shows three year old Paul with his family at the same farm in East Fallowfield. This time though they live on Youngsburg Road and Alek is spelled Eeleck. Alek this time lists his profession as a laborer at the plate mill and Mary works at a general store. One thing interesting to note is another sibling: Mary. Mary was eight in 1920 so she was born between James and George. The family also has a boarder living with them - a 32 single black man from Florida named Daniel Kensley. He was a laborer at the plate mill.
 
Paul is buried next to his parents at Holy Ghost Ukrainian Cemetery.

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