A while back, we discussed Skeletons in the closet and what to do with them. This post is about my Great Uncle Frank Zielinski.
Uncle Frank is about 16 in this picture. I look at it and wonder if it was before or after he was incarcerated? Yes, I have a skeleton. It is an interesting journey. Frank spent time in various area detention facilities.
Frank Casimir Zielinski was born on January 15, 1899, in Chicago, to Michael and Frances (Stefanski) Zielinski. He was baptised at Immaculate Conception Church at 2944 E 88th Street, in Chicago.
My father had told me that Frank had done some time in Joliet.
I decided to send an e-mail to IL Department of Corrections. Guess what? They replied and forwarded my e-mail on to the appropriate person!
A week or so later, here is what I found in my inbox:
Based upon the information above, I was able to further obtain actual records. There were some tidbits from the records –
1st sentencing – Nov 1915 – he was only 16 yrs old – Religion = Catholic
2nd sentencing Jan 20, 1925 – One Alias given – Frank Larkin; religion now “Free Thinker” He also served a few more terms in-between 1917 and 1925!
His untimely death at 44 was due to the fact that he was “friendly” with a neighbor. The husband came home, he went jumping out the window, and the man shot him. He left him there to bleed to death outside. They called police in the morning, stating that they shot towards an intruder, but that the man didn’t think he hit anything. I often wonder how that woman lived with herself, knowing the truth.
I found the following item in my grandma’s collection:
“Co dzień jest mamy dzień dla mnie.”
The back, in my grandma’s handwriting is written: “Frank made this for his mother”.
Hardened criminal, yet he still made time to embroider something for his mother.