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Hamtramck, Michigan, USA


Spirytus  
30 Oct 2006 /  #1
Is anyone from, near, around, or ever heard of Hamtramck, Michigan (near Detroit)?

Oh... I've also been coming into the forums and reading for quite some time. I only just FINALLY joined today though. (What took me so long?)
patrycja  
30 Oct 2006 /  #2
I know you :) yes I live very very close to you. in another very polish community :)
OP Spirytus  
30 Oct 2006 /  #3
You know me? From Hamtramck? :(

Do you ever go to 88th Avenue (Kazik's place)?
patrycja  
30 Oct 2006 /  #4
No from possibly another forum? spiritus Vs spirytus. Marek?
OP Spirytus  
30 Oct 2006 /  #5
No... Michael. But you're from the same area. That's cool. DO you go to Hamtramck often? I live 30 miles from there, but I work in Hamtramck.
patrycja  
30 Oct 2006 /  #6
I live in Wyandotte, my aunts family lived in Highland park. not now though.

you just started doing your ancestry?

have you ever come this way to Polonis ? By the way, I am Questioning why my posts
still say guest, when I signed up and it shows me as a guest :(

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OP Spirytus  
30 Oct 2006 /  #7
NO, I've been doing it for a while, but I'm stalled at my Great Grandparents. :(

I don't go downriver very often. I live by New Baltimore (30 miles north-northeast of Hamtramck), but work in Hamtramck. What is "Polonis?" There is "Polonia" restaurant in Hamtramck, as well as Polish Village (my favorite), and Pod Orlem (Under the Eagle).

88th Avenue is a Polish Dance Club in Hamtramck. Most of the people who go there are from Poland, and are native Polish speakers.
patrycja  
30 Oct 2006 /  #8
What is "Polonis?" restaurant <~good food too!!! :)

What are your great Grandparents names?
what area did they live? mine were delray, and wyandotte.
they came from Nowogrod, and Osiek, Polanka , and Kolno.

New Baltimore is nice, lots of country :)

if it is lomza area they have that microfilmed. southern poland isnt yet that I know of.
dziwna_gruszka - | 197  
30 Oct 2006 /  #9
Yes i am ... i live in detroit/windsor...
patrycja  
30 Oct 2006 /  #10
Detroit or windsor? OK now I really am going to work, lol

I will catch up with yas later :) have great afternoon :)
DrCherry  
2 Nov 2006 /  #11
I live in Hamtramck, but my family came from Poznan via Chicago so I've got no local roots.

My wife and have a website about the city: Hamtramck Star.
dziwna_gruszka - | 197  
2 Nov 2006 /  #12
Cool.... except Hamtramck is no longer polish!!! well maybe some polish people but barely any...!!! In windsor omg polack madness...!!!
DrCherry  
2 Nov 2006 /  #13
I don't think your statement is exactly accurate. There aren't as many Poles as there used to be but it's still the largest segment of the population.
dziwna_gruszka - | 197  
2 Nov 2006 /  #14
really because i heard otherwise i mean last time i went there i met like 2 or 3 polish people the rest were like americans or something else
DrCherry  
2 Nov 2006 /  #15
What's your definition of a Polish person? Hamtramck is populated predominantly with second-generation Poles who's parents immigrated.

My great-grandparents immigrated.

Perhaps by "Polish people" you mean Polish immigrants.
dziwna_gruszka - | 197  
2 Nov 2006 /  #16
no just polish peopld that speak and eat not immigrants like their children to and everyone... sorry if i messed up that but ya... well that's cool i never new that that there were still alot of polsih people there...!!
DrCherry  
2 Nov 2006 /  #17
It's sort of offensive to deny descendants of immigrants their Polish-ness. They're still Polish, they've just been living in Polonia-Hamtramck, Polonia-Chicago, or somewhere else.

Often immigrants didn't teach their children to speak Polish because they didn't want them to "stick out" in a crowd. They wanted them to have the same opportunity as everyone else in the States.

One of our neighbors says that Polish is the "Language of Problems" because when she was growing up, the adults would speak it when they had serious matters to discuss.

Back when my great-grandfather came to the US he changed his name because of anti-pole discrimination. So his generation paved the way for Poles to immigrate and NOT change their names. It still bums me out to think of the discrimination he faced.

This conversation sheds some light on why the tellers at the Polish Credit Union don't believe that I'm Polish and give me static when I go inside. Except the older people that work there know better.
dziwna_gruszka - | 197  
2 Nov 2006 /  #18
well i polish people in general as in everyone that is what i ment... really that sucks... i never had that kind of problem with the polish banks i mean they all know me because i get involved in church and singing and volunteering and stuff!! Although they shouldn't automatically assume that your not polish... My parent's taught me polish since i was a little baby all my friends know polish and we talk in polish in crowds and eveyrone gets so mad... but we don't care... like i'm first generation here... with my brother...!! which generation are you?
DrCherry  
2 Nov 2006 /  #19
4th. My great-grandfather was born in Poznan.

He changed his name from (probably) Franciszek Wisniewski to Frank Cherry. He was a cabinet/furniture maker and worked in machine shops in Chicago then Detroit. My grandfather (Royal Cherry) worked for the Auto companies in Lansing, MI where I was born.

The tellers at the bank ought to know I'm polish by my big Polack head. :)
dziwna_gruszka - | 197  
2 Nov 2006 /  #20
lmao wow... that's so common... lol ya i have friends who are polish and they have huge heads but that's not a big deal ... at polish guys are smart well most of them but ur probably smart..... cool my last name is spanish... meaning black walnut and in polish meaning leg = Nogal
DrCherry  
2 Nov 2006 /  #21
We need the room for our huge brains. At least I have a big body to match my big head. Not everyone is so lucky. :)

Nogal - does this mean you have a leg made from black walnut? And spanish too, maybe you're a pirate!
krysia 23 | 3,057  
2 Nov 2006 /  #22
Polish women have big brains too, but they cover their foreheads up with hair.
dziwna_gruszka - | 197  
2 Nov 2006 /  #23
True except i have a small forehead and i don't have bangs...!!!
DrCherry  
2 Nov 2006 /  #24
If anyone wants to visit Hamtramck, drop me a line. We have new polish immigrants moving in all the time.
PORNSTAR  
8 Nov 2006 /  #25
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FISZ 24 | 2,116  
8 Nov 2006 /  #26
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sledz 23 | 2,250  
8 Nov 2006 /  #27
FIRST 100 GET A NEW RELEASE CD OF DJ MARKSKI

He acts like a Dick when hes in Chicago.
I`m sure hes the same there too.......
All his CD`s sound the same all you need is one of them...:(
Karenka  
11 Nov 2006 /  #28
I live in Hamtramck. As DrCherry says, there are lots of new Polish immigrants here. You can still shop in Polish stores, party at Polish nightclubs (and go to Polish Mass the next day), and hear Polish spoken on the street. Detroit's Polish/English-language newspaper is based in Hamtramck, as is the Polish American Congress--Michigan Division and the Piast Institute. And I'm always happy to give the Polish Hamtramck tour if you're visiting.
help me please  
12 Nov 2006 /  #29
You know I have a question. I intend to study in Detroit (WSU- it is the cheapest of good schools) as I have lived there from August 2005 to July 2006, and I felt in love with the city. The problem is I do not have enough money to study there. I wonder if you know any possibility of very cheap housing, or somebody that needs a house help (taking care of children, some work in the garden, preparing a meal from time to time a meal, of course as a student I would not be available all the time) for allowing me to live with her/his family. Or maybe somebody that would help poor Polish student with any hepl (I do not mean money).

If any of you can help me, or now somebody that would help me please let me know!

Otherwise I will be forced to abandon an idea of studing in my favorite city where great people live, at least as far as I know :).

My e-mail lponczek@wp.pl
TBurk  
6 Feb 2007 /  #30
Hamtramck, that's where my inlaws live. It's still got a lot of Polishness, but some muslims, Hindus and Arabs have infiltrated to a certain extent.

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