Anna Gulisova, 19111993 (aged 82 years)

Name
Anna Gulisova
Birth
Her Sept 13, 1937 "vysvedcenie" indicates she was born "legitimately"(vystavuje sa cielom k legitimovaniu).
September 19, 1911
Baptism September 21, 1911 (aged 2 days)
Education
grade 6, then seamstress

Residence
in the Diocese of Nitra
1911 (aged 0)
Godparents
Georgius was a "rolnik" or farmer
1911 (aged 0)
Birth of a sisterMaria Gulisova
March 7, 1915 (aged 3 years)
Birth of a brotherJan Gulis
June 11, 1918 (aged 6 years)
Birth of a sisterMagdalena Gulisova
April 25, 1921 (aged 9 years)
Birth of a brotherLudvik Gulis
July 2, 1923 (aged 11 years)
Death of a brotherLudvik Gulis
1923 (aged 11 years)
Confirmation May 28, 1927 (aged 15 years)
Birth of a brotherJozef Gulis
January 20, 1929 (aged 17 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherMaria Dobiasova
April 28, 1929 (aged 17 years)
Occupation
Seamstress (immigration documents say domestic and servant)
before 1937 (aged 25 years)

Health
She said she always had one eye weaker than the other. Her health wasgenerally good,
August 10, 1937 (aged 25 years)
Citizenship
"osvedcenie" shows she is a citizen and a "rolnicka" in Bosany,Topolcany.
August 11, 1937 (aged 25 years)
Immigration October 1, 1937 (aged 26 years)
Immigration October 1, 1937 (aged 26 years)
Appearance October 1, 1937 (aged 26 years)
Marriage Fact
married by Roman Catholic priest Leo d’'Auteuil in Driftwood, Ontarioat Saint-Jean ’Evangeliste Roman Catholic Church
October 19, 1937 (aged 26 years)
Occupation
seamstress, farmer & housewife
after 1937 (aged 25 years)

Birth of a son
#1
Edward Joseph Melus
July 30, 1940 (aged 28 years)
Birth of a son
#1
Edward Joseph Melus
July 30, 1940 (aged 28 years)
Baptism of a sonEdward Joseph Melus
August 9, 1940 (aged 28 years)
Death of a sonEdward Joseph Melus
April 23, 1942 (aged 30 years)
Burial of a sonEdward Joseph Melus
April 24, 1942 (aged 30 years)
Death of a sisterMagdalena Gulisova
August 10, 1948 (aged 36 years)
Death of a motherVictoria Gasparikova
January 6, 1961 (aged 49 years)
Citizenship September 21, 1966 (aged 55 years)
Death of a fatherAnton Gulis
December 15, 1969 (aged 58 years)
Cause: Sclerosis
Death of a brotherAnton Gulis
November 19, 1970 (aged 59 years)
Cause: Leukemia
Death of a sisterMaria Gulisova
June 16, 1979 (aged 67 years)
Death of a brotherViktor Gulis
January 21, 1987 (aged 75 years)
Cause: A rare form of cancer (leukemia)
Burial of a brotherViktor Gulis
1987 (aged 75 years)
Death of a husbandStefan Melus
April 25, 1992 (aged 80 years)
Burial of a husbandStefan Melus
May 11, 1992 (aged 80 years)
Cause of death (Facts Pg) December 28, 1993 (aged 82 years)
Death December 28, 1993 (aged 82 years)
Burial December 31, 1993 (3 days after death)
Religion
Roman Catholic (even though her Border Crossing document says GreekCatholic!)

Family with parents
father
18781969
Birth: October 6, 1878Bosany, Austro-Hungary
Death: December 15, 1969Bosany, Czechoslovakia (CSSR)
mother
18851961
Birth: July 1, 1885Klatova Nova Ves, Czechoslovakia
Death: January 6, 1961Bosany, Czechoslovakia (CSSR)
elder brother
19051987
Birth: November 28, 1905Bosany, Czechoslovakia
Death: January 21, 1987Four Counties General Hospital, Newbury Ontario, Canada
2 years
elder brother
19071970
Birth: November 23, 1907Bosany, Czechoslovakia
Death: November 19, 1970Bosany, Czechoslovakia
4 years
herself
19111993
Birth: Her Sept 13, 1937 "vysvedcenie" indicates she was born "legitimately"(vystavuje sa cielom k legitimovaniu).September 19, 1911Bosany, Czechoslovakia (AustroHungarian Empire)
Death: December 28, 1993Glencoe, Ontario, Canada
4 years
younger sister
19151979
Birth: March 7, 1915Bosany, Czechoslovakia
Death: June 16, 1979Bosany, Czechoslovakia
3 years
younger brother
19182008
Birth: June 11, 1918Bosany, Czechoslovakia
Death: March 17, 2008Bosany, Slovakia
3 years
younger sister
19211948
Birth: April 25, 1921Bosany, Czechoslovakia
Death: August 10, 1948Bosany, Czechoslovakia
2 years
younger brother
19231923
Birth: July 2, 1923Bosany, Czechoslovakia
Death: 1923Bosany, Czechoslovakia
6 years
younger brother
19291996
Birth: January 20, 1929Bosany, Czechoslovakia
Death: September 2, 1996Bosany, Slovakia
Family with Stefan Melus
husband
19031992
Birth: mistakenly recorded on naturalization certificate as Nov 17, 1903November 14, 1903Klatova Nova Ves, Austro-Hungary
Death: It was too wet at the cemetery to be able to bury him the day of thefuneral. We had to wait 2 weeks for the cemetery to dry out enough to do the work.April 25, 1992Four Counties General Hospital, Newbury, Ontario
herself
19111993
Birth: Her Sept 13, 1937 "vysvedcenie" indicates she was born "legitimately"(vystavuje sa cielom k legitimovaniu).September 19, 1911Bosany, Czechoslovakia (AustroHungarian Empire)
Death: December 28, 1993Glencoe, Ontario, Canada
son
John Joseph Melus
son
19401942
Birth: The Eveche de Hearst indicates his birth date was July 13, 1940.Family Bible says July 30.July 30, 1940born at noon in Cochrane ON
Death: address on death certificate was RR4, Glencoe, but I always rememberthe address as being RR3, Glencoe (Mary Janes).April 23, 1942Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada
daughter
Mary Helen Melus
ImmigrationPassenger List (Archives Canana)
Shared note

We have the following documents: passport, marriage certificate, Canadian citizenship certificate, birth certificate, statement of being unmarried, Intent to leave CSR, Intent to marry, Death certificate.

Anna Gulisova finished Grade 6. This was the end of elementary school. By the time she went to school, the government and the system had changed from Austro-Hungary to Czechoslovakia. She started school in Hungarian, but most of her education was in Slovak. After elementary school she studied to be a seamstress.

Anna wanted a change from living in Bosany, so when Stefan Melus wrote to her asking her to come to Canada, that is what she decided to do. She already knew a little about "America" because her father, Anton, and brother, Viktor, had spent time there earlier - in Hamilton, Ontario and in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She also knew a little about Stefan Melus because she had sewn for his sister Marta.

She went through Canadian immigration on September 22 on Hamburg Amerika Linie after leaving the CSR on September 21, 1937. She went through Germany on September 23, 1937. On October 1, 1937 she was admitted in New York, NY (in transit). On October 2, 1937, she was admitted on CNR#7 to Niagara Falls, ON through Rouses Point. She was seasick the whole trip on sea (don't know anything about the train trip).

In photographs Anna never smiled. Seeing a film of her, Steve and Mary, taken in about 1948-9, she is seen with very bad teeth. Mary remembers when she first got dentures - Steve came in and told Mary he had brought her a new mother! That was probably in about 1949-50.

Anna did not especially like cooking. She also did not like driving on curves or hills or houses in heavily wooded areas (ie son John's house in Harvard, Massachusetts). She did enjoy sewing and house cleaning. Anna worked hard on the farm. As well as housework, she milked cows, pitched manure, pitched hay in the hay mow, hoed weeds out of the cash crop fields, canned fruits and vegetables and looked after the yard. She never learned to drive a car. She also never drove the horses or did any field work that meant horses were needed.

In Glencoe going to church was easier because St. Charles Garnier Roman Catholic Church was in the same block as their house. Before St. Charles was built the closest Roman Catholic Church had been North American Martyrs' Shrine in Wardsville. Periodically (every few years) the Catholic priest would come to visit; if she saw him coming, she'd make sure not to answer the door!

She was always interested in royalty and in how rich people lived. She read about Hollywood actors and actresses. She used to say she would have enjoyed working as a maid for a baron.

All her life she sewed for her family and for some friends. She made Mary's blouses, skirts and dresses even after Mary was married. (Mary's first purchased dress was in 1968 when she bought a dress in Paris, France.) Anna never bought a dress for herself. When pant suits came into vogue, she made one for herself, but never wore it. She even made shirts for John's friends and classmates at Queens. Anna made Mary's wedding dress and those of the bridesmaids, Sandra Mansell Rehorn and Lois Howden Jeffery.

Used clothes were often bundled up and mailed to her sister Maris Minarovicova in Czechoslovakia, who then distributed them to relatives. In those days fabrics available in Canada were not available in CSSR. In the early days she also sent money via Tuzex so that they could buy Nescafe coffee in CSSR, since their own coffee was not tasty. Sometimes she would send cash (American) - her sister knew who to contact in the black market to get a good exchange rate for American money. I don't remember anything being sent to the Melus relatives. After Anna's death all her clothes were bundled in 2 packages - one for Gulis relatives and the other for Melus relatives.

After Stefan died she was lonely and spent even more time on the telephone than she had while he was alive. She was much happier living in Glencoe than she had been on the farm, because she was freer to go shopping and also to visit friends. She could walk everywhere she needed to go.

See Stefan Melus for details of north, farm etc.

Anna talked very little about life up north, except that she had no opportunity to learn English. The neighbours were Hungarian and Russian, she said. Since land records do not show any homesteaders on Concession 11, it is impossible to verify this fact. The only neighbours we are aware of are Stanley Lubczynski (Polish) and Martin and Mike Solcz (Slovak). Blackburns and Shiers (Canadian of British descent?) were nearby but it seems Dad did business with them, not Mom. Even on the farm the immediate neighbours were Slovak (Rudavsky, Bystriansky & Brnka) or Hungarian (Beke, Nagy, Kerekes). English neighbors were Reg & Cyril Lovell, Jim Curry and the Squires.

Anna learned a lot of her English words from Eaton's and Simpson's catalogues and from reading the London Free Press. She understood a great deal of English although never was comfortable using the language. Also, the radio was usually on for news, especially market reports. TV entered the house in 1958 when John came home for Christmas with a broken leg. Her favourite TV shows were wrestling, hockey and Dinah Shore besides news. Also Tommy Hunter, Don Messer, Juliette and Perry Como. Steve was not very fond of TV; he preferred the radio.