Hamilton, Bermuda in 1922
|On the back of this photo is listed names. Starting from the left side: Stephen Gabuzda, Ben Davis, Mr. Belakanich?,|
Stanley Orberrender, ???, William Flad, Andrew Zelnick, ???, ???.
1923 is date written on back.
|See transcription below.|
I found Stephen's actual passport he carried on his second trip to British Honduras, now Belize.
His application also can be found on Ancestry.com. dated 27 Feb 1924. See link below. Interesting to see that Stephen intends to go to Guatemala.
|Original passport dated 3rd March 1924.|
Photo below is used in passport application above and passport. This dates it to the 1922 trip to Bermuda.
Below is Steve with his uncle George Palya, (who started Steve in the meat cutting business 10 years earlier), enjoying the Atlantic Ocean in Bermuda.
|Stephen Gabuzda with George Palya|
|"New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.aancestry.com : accessed 10 August 2016), image of 505 0f 698, Line 4, Steven Gabrizda entry, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, Roll 3084; Ship S. S. Fort Hamilton out of Hamilton, Bermuda, AR Francis master, arrived New York on 27 Feb 1922.|
These included: Samuel Hess, page 3, line 1. The next four were on page 4 including William Waskervich line 3, Steven Gabrizda line 4, Andrew Zelanak line 9, George Palya line 10 (seen above). On page 7; listed William Oberrender line 20, William Flad line 23, Benjamin Davis, line 24. Finally on page 8, William Martin is listed on line 29. Theodore Reichman is not found on the S.S. Fort Hamilton; so is this an error in name labeling on the photo?
Are the question marks in above ship photo William Martin, Samuel Hess and William Waskewich? I hope this blog post finds the answers to this mystery.
I was fortunate to have a cousin who possessed more documents (including the above passport) and other photos that belonged to my grandfather. He gladly sent me boxes with these detailed documents instead of tossing the contents in the trash. Thank you so much, dear cousin!
|"New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1813-1963." digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.aancestry.com : accessed 10 August 2016), image 163 of 594, Line 2 Steven S. Gabuzda entry, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T905, Roll 098; Ship Coppename out of Belise, B. H., [unknown]master, arrived New Orleans on 19 Mar 1924.|
I am letting you know that I am well and resting because I don't see anything but water and the heavenly skies and the fish in the water. I have nothing to think about but you and the family. I miss you everyday and our Martha because I have no one to play with.
I am letting you know that maybe I won't be home until about 29th or 30th of March because I don't think will be able to take this ship back, because we have to spend a little more time here. Take care of the family and yourself keep well my dear.
handwritten note by Martha Gabuzda Cooper
"Translated from Slovak and copied by mom
Obviously written aboard ship"
It is interesting in investigating my grandfather's second trip, he and above traveling companions, all went together to apply for their U.S. Passport Applications for British Honduras as all approved date is 3 Mar 1924. Destination is Guatamala[?], Central America.
The photos below (in my possession) were a documentary report of their visit to British Honduras/ Belize.
|Here are Steven's 3 traveling companions. Picture is too dark to see who is who.|
Looking at their U.S. Passport photos my guess is Edgar Snyder (standing on steps),
Dr. Samuel Hess (sitting on steps) and Charles Johnson ( standing at far right).
Among my documents, I find this letter sent to my grandfather from the Tidewater Lumber Co. dated 7 Jan 1926, stating of the Tidewater Lumber Company’s disposal “in and about the tropical republics, shipping to Belize; Puerto Barrios, Guatemala and Puerto Cortes, Spanish Honduras.”
|Letter in author's possession.|