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Ancestry In Middletown, Ohio
Last Updated 03/09/2013
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I tell people, I had four Greek buddies in Upland, CA and they have
all passed on. All of them were 6 to 10 years older; two
were born in Greece, and one was born in Constantinople. The
fourth buddy was born in Weirton, West Virginia.
Katzelas (Weirton, WV) was a steel worker with Fontana Steel. His
parents were from Foka. His mother visited California a number
of times and I spoke with his mother a couple of times. Bill's
wife Mary (nee Contos) is from Akron, OH. Her father was from
Foka, but her mother was from Chios. Bill and Mary visited
Greece a number of times because Mary and her two siblings inherited
some land on the island of Chios. On one occasion they took a
boat (ferry boat, I believe) to Foca.
Prinzes (nee Vlastos) is Alex's wife. Her brother, Tony Vlastos,
(electrician) was my son George's godfather. Maria and Tony and
Stella (Tony's wife) are all from Crete, a village near Hania
(which is on the other side of the island from the Garofalos'
village near Ierapetra). The Vlastos name is not Cretan.
Tony claimed that at one time they were an important
then there was Spyros Daoussis, an engineer originally from the
island of Cephalonia (Ionian Isles). He was probably more
interesting than all of the other guys put together.
were a fun-loving group, and we had great coffee get-togethers.
Unfortunately, they are all gone.
Archbishop Athenagoras visited Middletown in 1941. He bestowed
the honor of Anagnostis on the alter boys at our church at that time.
The ceremony included cutting a lock of hair. That's the only thing
I recall of the ceremony. I still have the
certificate presented to me with the Archbishop's signature. The
certificate was mailed from the
Archdiocese and is dated September 4, 1941.
honor bestowed on the
recipient permitted him to enter the altar any time in his lifetime.
Back then altar boys were permitted in the altar until I believe age
25. I had forgotten that I had a certificate for that honor. My
mother had saved
it and pulled it out for me to read today.
5 Apr 2002