Harvilla, Velas, Kacmar, Kovac
Both of my parents are from the village of Huncovce, Slovakia. This is the Humenne section of Slovakia. The closest major city is Kosice.
My Father, Michael Harvilla, came to the U.S. in 1931. My Mother, Susan Velas, came to the U.S. in 1939. They were married in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, at St. Cyril and Methodius Roman Catholic church in 1941.
There are several Harvilla's living the Bethlehem Pennsylvania area. The Slovaks emigrated to Bethlehem to work in the Bethlehem Steel mills. The Slovaks also emigrated to Johnson City New York, to work in the shoe factories of Endicott-Johnson Shoes. (My Father, Michael, did this with his brother Joseph)
Michael Harvilla. Born 15 Sept 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He moved as an infant back to Huncovce, CzechoSlovakia.
Michael died 01 February 1994, at age 80. in Johnson City, New York. He is buried in the Slovak Catholic Cemetery on Riverside Drive, Binghamton, New York. Michael was a member of St. Ann's R.C. Binghamton, NY. (Sister church of St. Cyril and Methodius R.C. Binghamton, NY).
15 Sept 1913 - Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1913 - 1931 - raised in Huncovce, CzechoSlovakia
1931 - At age 18, send by his Father, Thomas to be with his brother Joseph in the USA. The next time he went back to Huncovce was in 1973 with his wife Susan (Zuzzanna Velas).
Oldest to youngest
Joseph (Johnson City) (born in Phila. Pennsylvania) (still alive)
Infant (died in Phila.)
Michael (Michael) (deceased)
John (Huncovce) (deceased)
Steve (Huncovce) (deceased)
Martin (Huncovce) (deceased)
Anna (Huncovce) (deceased)
Mary (Huncovce)(born when Michael was already in America)
(Mary is still living in Huncovce (as of April 96)
Oldest to youngest
(all born in Huncovce.)
Mary (died at 69) lived in Brantford Ontario. She was married to John Kacmar. Their children, Anna, Mary, John, all live in Canada.
Martin (died at age 20, gun accident at a wedding)
Anna (died at age 72-73)
Susan (still going strong)
John (died at age 71) (Married Alsbetha (Elizabeth) still writes to Mom)
Any additional information is welcomed.
Michael Harvilla mharvilla@VNET.IBM.COM
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