12 November 2014

Workday Wednesday: My grandfather the bartender

Normally when I think of occupations and my grandfather (Joseph Ruczhak), I tend to think of Lukens Steel. He was a grinder there for many years but before that he owned a steak shop with my grandmother and he was bartender for awhile! That's him on the right!

On the left there is a sign for Haller's Reserve Whiskey. The Haller's name, according to BourbonEnthusiast.com, was produced in Philly by Continental Distilling. When Continental closed, the label was sold to Medley, which in turn sold it to Heaven Hill.

The 1940 Census reveals he and my grandmother, Anna Kurenda, are married and living at 1048 Rock Run, in Valley Township which is just outside Coatesville. He is 21 and she is 19. They live next door to her sister Catherine and her husband John Yuzwiak.

The week prior to the census, Gigi (that's my grandfather) had worked a 48 hour week. The census indicates he was a bartender in a tavern.

I am not entirely sure of when he went to work for the Mill. Daddy can recall working in the Steak Shop with his father for several years. I believe once he mentioned Gigi was working at the Mill and Baba (my grandmother) ran the shop.
Workday Wednesday is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers, focusing on an occupation.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.