#654 Walpole – Home of George Readel (Readel/Riedel)

George J. Readel, born 30 May 1870 South Dedham; died 31 Oct 1947 Norwood. He was the son of William Balthazar Readel and Anna Margaretha Roth.  George married 14 Jul 1892 Laura Victoria Foster in Norwood. She was born May 1868 in Nova Scotia, Canada and died 28 Dec 1945 Norwood. She was the daughter of Thomas Foster and Hannah Brooks. George and Laura (Foster) Readel had eight children – Velura, Lester, Hazel, Eldred, Eldora, Millicent, Myrtle and Everett. George worked for Winslow Bros & Smith Tannery

Brothers Johan Peter Readel and William Balthazar Readel and their wives and children came to South Dedham in mid 1860s. They settled in the first Germantown neighborhood near the Everett Furniture Mill where they worked. The family did not follow the other German furniture makers to Boston when the Everett Furniture factory closed. William’s son, George Readel, and his cousin John Willard Readel (J. Peter’s son) also lived on Walpole Street in the Germantown area.

#576 Walpole – Home of Emil Bisdnack

The Bisdnack House (photo by LLKearney)

Emil J. Bisdnack (Besednjak) was born 22 Dec 1876 in Gottschee, Austria, and died 5 May 1950 in Norwood. He married 3 May 1902 Olga Petrovick in Gottschee. She was born 21 Jul 1880 in Gottschee, Austria and died 27 Jul 1957 in Walpole. She was the daughter of Frank/Franz Petrovick and Josefa Selic/Silic. Immigration records indicate Emil & Olga arrived in New York in 6 Jun 1911. Emil & Olga had an adopted son, Walter (1910-1988).

Emil worked in the tannery. In the 1930 census, his father-in-law, Frank Petrovick lived in his home. Olga’s brothers, John and August and her sister Caroline lived around the corner on Bullard Street. When Olga died she was living at 104 Bullard St., Walpole. Emil & Olga’s son Walter married Anna Marie Koestner, who was the niece of Andrew & Mary (Koestner) Hoegler, who lived on Bullard Street.

Also living in the home in 1930, was Olga’s father, Frank/Franz Petrovick. He was born 23 Jul 1857 in Orekolje, Austria and died 15 Feb 1937 in Norwood. He married Josefa Sillic about 1880 in Orekolje, Austria. She was born 19 Mar 1856 in Austria and died 18 Aug 1915 in Bilje, Orekolje, Austria. Frank arrived in the US with his son Ivan/John 27 Nov 1920. Both men were shoemakers and stated they were heading to his (Franks’) son, August Petrovcic in Norwood. They arrived 13 Dec 1920 on the same ship as John & Caroline (Petrovic) Petrovic, his son-in-law and daughter.

#539 Walpole – Home of Peter Bjorensen, Norway, house painter

#538 Walpole – Home of Valentine Palsic

When Valentine arrived in the United States in 29 Dec 1910, he stated he was going to Joseph Lobisser’s house on Wilson, St. does not note relationship. Valentine and Gertrude rented this house next door to her parents in 1920, by 1930 they were living in a house they owned at #538 Walpole Street.

Valentine Palsic, was born 13 Feb 1895 in Gottschee; died 22 Jan 1975 in Walpole. He was the son of Joseph Palzoc and Margaretha Zucrerschie.  He married 5 Sept 1914 to Gertrude Marie Pfeiffer in Norwood. She was born 12 Aug 1897 in Gottschee and died 1942 in Norwood, and was the daughter of Mathias Pfeiffer and Gertrude Eppich. Valentine & Gertrude (Pfeiffer) Palsic had five children – Joseph, Marion, Edmund, Ralph and Frances.

The Lobisser House (photo by LLKearney)

#535 Walpole – Home of John Lobisser

John Lobisser, was born 24 May 1892 Mitterdorf, Gottschee; died 1954 Norwood. He was the son of Johan Lobisser and Magdalena “Helen” Jaklitsch. He married 28 Jan 1915 to Mary Kraker in Brooklyn, NY. She was born 15 Feb 1895 in Cincinnati, OH and died 23 Jul 1976 in Norwood. She was the daughter of Louis Kraker and Mary Perz. In 1920 this family was renting the house at 115 Wilson Street, which was next to his brother’s house. In 1930 the family lived in a house they owned on Walpole Street. At that time, John noted he worked as a Chauffer for a private family. John & Mary (Kraker) Lobisser became the parents of four children – Raymond, Eveline, Dorothy and Robert.

#530 Walpole – Home of Lewis Sathyecuzh, Poland, tannery

#529 Walpole – Home of Lester Readel

Lester Emmerson Readel, born 16 Feb 1895 Norwood and died 26 Oct 1972 Walpole. He was the son of George J. Readel and Laura Victoria Foster. He married 19 Nov 1924 Edith Virginia Eddy in Norwood. She was born 20 Jul 1903 in Dedham and died 21 Jan 1993 in Walpole. She was the daughter of Samuel Newton Eddy and Virginia Fuller Chamberlaine. Lester & Edith did not have any children. They lived in this house for approximately 20 years before moving to North Street in Walpole. Lester served during WWI and worked as an electrician for one of Norwood’s book making industries.

#527 Walpole – Home of Evelina Vance, Canada, no job listed

The J. Eppich House (photo by LLKearney)

#521 Walpole – Home of John Eppich

John Eppich, born 30 Oct 1870 Tiefenthal, Gottschee; died 9 Nov 1941 Norwood. He was the son George Eppich and Elaina Basnick. He married Maria/Mary Fink 11 Aug 1900 in Rhode Island.  She was born 1876/7 in Austria and died 27 Jan 1935 in Norwood. She was the daughter of John Fink and Lena. John & Maria (Fink) Eppich had three sons – John, Edward and Joseph

John and Maria moved quite a bit before they settled on Walpole Street in Norwood. They married in Rhode Island, they had a stillborn daughter in 1901 in Norwood, their next two babies were born in Wapello, Iowa where John was working as a coal miner and their last child was born in Farmington, IL where John worked as a coal miner. By 1920 they were back in Norwood renting the house at #330 Walpole Street and by 1930 they were the home owners at #521 Walpole St. John worked for the Winslow Bros & Smith tannery as a “skin colorer.”

#520 Walpole – Home of Frank A. Ellis, Massachusetts, chemical salesman

#518 Walpole – Home of David McCullaugh, Northern Ireland, retired

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