Happy May everyone!

In just a few weeks summer break will be upon us here
in Granite City.  It's just the beginning of swimming parties,
BBQs, weenie roasts, roasted marshmallows and lots of
outside time.

This month we are highlighting the photography of
local Granite City photographer JACK RAINEY.  Jack captures
the most beautiful scenes we have ever seen.  The pictures in
this month's update are from Wilson Park.  Please visit
Jack's website at JackRaineySmugMug.com to see
additional photos including pictures from the recent
Granite City High School prom among others.

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the activities that are going on.
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Another of Jack Rainey's stunning photographs.
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The first Melting Pot
Market of the season is
May 13, 207
in historical downtown
Granite City at Civic Park
from 9 am to 1 pm

GCHS Warrior Renaissance hosts a car
show each year as one of its major
fundraisers. Adults and students may enter
their vehicles in one of the 22 classes.
The early registration fee is $10, or you can
pay the day of for $20. There is no fee for

The Warrior band will have a food truck for
those wanting to buy food and drink. Stop by
for a day full of new and vintage cars, music,
food, and a 50/50 raffle. Please, no pets

For more information, please contact us at
car.show@gcsd9.net or call 618-830-0120
Granite City Historical Immigration Story - The Dudas-Kozer Family

Elizabeth Dudas was born in Mera, Hungary on June 15, 1885.  She married John Joseph Kozer born Borsod Megye, Hungary on October 3, 1878
before immigrating to the United States from Bremen or Hamburg, Germany on February 25, 1903.  
She and John arrived in New York's port on March 11, 1903.  They were living in Granite City by the time their first child
Helen was born on March 16, 1907.  Soon their son John Joseph Kozer, II joined the family on March 1, 1909.  
Over the next several years this family that resided at 1915 Omaha Street were blessed with several more children.  Elizabeth Emma,
Mary, Irene, Steven John and Frank Stephen.   Two of their children died in early childhood, others lived long full lives.  
The Kozers owned and operated a grocery at the Omaha address for many years, you can see the store shown below.  
In addition to running the grocery, John J. Kozer worked in the Cold Strip Department at  Granite City Steel for many years.

Elizabeth Dudas Kozer died January 21, 1945 in Granite City after a lengthy illness.  John Joseph Kozer died three years later in Granite City
on December 17, 1948.  The Kozer's story is one of thousands that have woven Granite City's legacy of immigration for over one hundred years.
Click on photos to enlarge / Credit to Ancestry.com Member DwainLinda
Elizabeth Dudas Kozer
John Joseph Kozer
John & Elizabeth's Wedding Day
The Kozer Family at their Grocery located at
1912 Omaha.  Elizabeth and daughter Betty
behind the counter, son John at the back holding
a meat cleaver, young Steven sitting on the
counter and the little girl sitting on the counter is
believed to be Irene
John and Elizabeth Kozer, with
young John on tricycle, Betty
standing next to John, Elizabeth
holding Baby Mary, outside of their
home on Omaha Street
John Kozer Sr., with John Jr.,
daughter Betty Kozer in front of
John, and daughter Helen at the
Young Helen died at age 6.
Elizabeth and John Sr.,
with their children
outside their home
on Omaha Street
Elizabeth Kozer Obituary
John J Kozer Obituary
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