Name: Franz "Frank" John Skroch, detail
Parents: John Skroch and Julianna Bedok
Decended: John , Jacob, Valentin , Michael, Jacob
Spouses: 1
Children: 10
DOB: 10 Oct 1860
POB: Popielow, Upper Seliesa, Poland
DOD: 19 Apr 1938
POD: Geneseo (Sargent Co.), ND
Spouse: Victoria Anna Maczkowicz, detail
Spouce Parents: John Maczkowicz and Effie Dix
Married: 23 Aug 1897, St. Martin's, Geneseo, ND
DOB: 28 Oct 1878
POB: Iron Ridge (Dodge Co.), WI
DOD: 14 May 1928
POD: Fergus Falls (Hospital), MN
Anna, 21 Nov 1897, DOD: 17 Feb 1898
Julia, 26 Apr 1899, DOD: 01 Feb 1900
Frances Virginia, 13 Jan 1901, detail
George Lawrence , 21 Oct 1902
Victoria (Dora), 13 Aug 1904, detail
John J. , 16 Apr 1906
Theodore Thomas , 26 Jul 1907
Albert , 15 Apr 1910
Peter Carl , 23 Feb 1912
Frank, 10 Mar 1915, d 27 Sep 1918, Geneseo

Detail: Franz "Frank" John Skroch

There was another Franz Frank Skroch born in 1836.

Immigrated in 1882.

Death Certificate on file.

Frank John Skroch

Souce: Theodore (Ted) Skroch

Grandpa Frank followed his Dad to Independence, Wisconsin  when he was 
21 years old.  In 1883 he went to Watertown S.D. and worked around that area as a Carpenter.  He left Watertown in 1887 when he went into the Red River Valley near Grand Forks, N.Dak. where he worked until 1889  at which time he returned to his home in Wisconsin.  In March 1893 he came back to Geneseo, N. Dak.  where he lived till 1931.  He then lived in Lidgerwood N. Dak., part of his time  with his daughter Frances and the rest of the time with his son Ted until his death April 18, 1938.

I wish I had gotten to know Grandpa. 

Source: The following article was from a newspaper article on Frank Skroch

  Snow-Drift 16 feet 1897, Frank Skroch

Hale and hardy at 75, Frank Skroch, resident of this territory since 1893 declared Wednesday "times were better in those days because everything was cheaper". 

Mr. Skroch passed the three-quarter century mark October 10, at the home of his son, Ted, who operates a filling station here.  His family and a few friends helped him observe the anniversary. 

Born in Upper Seliesa, Polish territory in 1860 Mr. Skroch came to Wisconsin with his parents when he was nearly 22 years old.  His father settled a farm near Independence and Frank stayed with him until the winter months when he went into the woods as a lumberjack.  In the spring of 1883 he went to Watertown S.D.
and worked around that country as a carpenter. 

In the winter of '84 he was caught in a blizzard on his way back to the farm where he staying.

"I walked from the farm to Watertown, 46 miles, to get some stock in the morning." he recalled.  "I left after dinner and when I had walked about 16 miles back it started to snow, I couldn't see much but I happened to be near a strawpile which was used to shelter cattle.  I had to dig my way through the snow but I got under it.  That was 4 p.m. The following day at 3 p.m. I finally crawled out and walked to the nearest farm."

Mr. Skroch stayed around Watertown until 1887 when he went into the Red River Valley, near Grand Forks where he worked until 1889 at which time he returned to  his Wisconsin home.  March 28, 1893 he came to Geneseo where he stayed until the fall of 1931.  In 1893 Lake Tewaukan was dry.  It filled in 1897 and did not go dry until 1934, he stated. 

" In the winter and spring of '96 and '97 it rained and snowed."  he said.  "I remember a drift 16 feet high between the depot and the elevator at Geneseo.  No trains came over the Great Northern for three months and the Soo came through only once a week.  We had no coffee or sugar so we burned barley and sometimes wheat to make our own coffee.  Some times we had mash.  When the snow thawed I made a boat at my father-in-law's place, John Maczkowicz, and I rowed from his place, a mile and a half to Geneseo. 

In 1897 he was married and a year later he bought one acre in Geneseo from Joe Woytassek for $10.  He built the home which is now occupied by Lee Odenbrett.  He is the father of 10 children, three of whom are dead.  He has two daughters, Frances and Victoria, and five sons,  George, John, Ted, Albert, and Peter.  Mrs.  Skroch died in 1928. 

Source: Article from the newspaper: 

Frank Skroch, 77 years old, veteran carpenter, died Monday morning in the home of a son Theodore Skroch, after an illness of six weeks. 

Funeral sevices will be held at 9 a.m., Friday in St John's Catholic church with Rev.  John Kulczyk officiating.  Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery in Geneseo. The Hankins Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.  Pallbearers were Frank Wisnewski, John Kaczynski, Wencel Mokrzewawi, Roch Waldera, Joseph Teusch, Albert Lawerence, and Walter Ressler. 

Mr. Skroch was born October 10, 1860, in Poland, and came to the United States 58  years ago.  He settled in Sargent county and for 45 years was active as a carpenter.  He constructed many of the early building in Lidgerwood and was employed in construction of farm homes and barns throughtout this locality. 

He retired about six years ago and came to Lidgerwood to live with his son.  Mrs Skroch died 10 years ago, May 14,  1928. 

Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs Andrew Woytassek of Lidgerwood and Mrs Ralph Kiefer of Geneseo; five sons, Theodore and Albert of Lidgerwood, George Skroch of Stiles, Peter of Valley City and John Skroch of Des Moines, Ia.  Two daughters and one son preceded him in death. 

Grand Pa Frank lived with Andy and Francis until Mom and Dad rented a house with a bedroom where he could sleep.  GrandPa liked his drink, but didn't abuse it

Source: ?

Mom said GrandPa was a small gentle man, never had that much to say and was never pushie.  Uncle Albert was the most like Grandpa.  Uncle John was a lot like Grandpa Maczkowicz.

Detail: Victoria Anna Maczzkowicz

Source: Newspaper Article on Grandma Victoria's death 

 Geneseo Resident Dies At Hospital

Passed away Monday, May 14. From Fatal Illness: Had Many Relatives Here. 

Mrs Victoria Skroch, wife of Frank Skroch of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, May 14, at the Wrights Hospital, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, after a long illness. 

She was born at Iron Ridge, Dodge County, Wisconsin in 1878; moved to Breckenridge at an early age, and then to Geneseo.  She was married at Geneseo to Frank Skroch to which union were born ten children, seven of whom are still living. 

She had been afflicted with a serious illness for some time and had submitted to two operations, but failed to recover from the trouble, and was again taken to the hospital where she passed away. 

Surviving her are her mother Mrs John Maczkowitz, of Geneseo; Frank Skroch her husband; seven children, Mrs, A.J. Woytassek , George Skroch, Mrs Ralph Kiefer, Albert Skroch, Ted Skroch, John Skroch and Peter Skroch.  Sisters are Mrs Joe Gerezek, of Lidgerwood ; Mrs. Chas. Devaull, of Wallace, Idaho; Mrs Martin Mackove, Geneseo; Mrs. Ben Sheppel, of Webster, S. Dak; Mrs Julius Wolffe, of Lidgerwood,  Brothers are Anton Maczkowicz, John Maczkowicz, Frank Maczkowicz of Toledo, Ohio.


 Grandpa and Grandma were married at Geneseo by a Priest from 
 Ellendale N. Dak.  Grandpa picked up the marriage license on 
 August 10, 1897, Mike's birthday. 

 Witnesses: John Kubache and Clara Maczkowicz. 

 Source: North Dakota Marriage license for Frank Skroch and 
 Victoria Maczkowicz.  Registered Sargent County NDak. 


Detail: Frances Virginia Skroch

Frances Virginia Skroch    b.1-13-1901    m.9-22-1924 in Geneseo, Sargent Co., ND    d.6-29-1984

DOD: 29 Jun 1984
Married: Andrew John Woystassek, 22 Sep 1924 at St. Martin's Church, Geneseo, ND.

Andrew John Woystassek: DOD: 26 Nov 1986

Patricia Marie Woystassek, 20 Jan 1926, Hospital, Lidgerwood, ND
     Married: Wayne Thomas Beebe on 01 Feb 1946 at St James Church, Edgemont, SD
James Allen Woystassek, 09 Feb 1931, DOD: 10 Jul 1990 at home, Custer, SD
     Married Mary Zell Nielsen on 19 Feb 1955 at St. James Church, Edgemont, SD.

Detail: Victoria (Dora) Skroch

Victoria "Dora" Skroch    b.8-13-1904  in Geneseo, Sargent Co., ND    m.11-22-1927 in Geneseo, Sargent Co., SD    d.3-14-1996 in Geneseo, Sargent Co., SD

POB: Geneseo, Sargent Ct., ND.  DOD: 14 Mar 1996, Sargent County Manor Forman,  ND.
Married: Ralph Kiefer, 22 Nov 1927 at St. Martins Catholic Church Geneseo, ND  
Ted Kiefer
     Married: Murack
Joe Kiefer, 06 Oct 1932 in Marboe Township, ND.  DOD: 16 Apr 2000 in Rural Cayuga, ND
     Married: Lois
Updated: 1 Jul 2014