Procopole/Teiberiai

Procopole, now called Teiberiai was our next stop. The daughter of Johann Spurgat and Karolina Raudonat, Paulina, half-sister of Adolf and sister of Josof, was born on the Procopole manor in 1878, part of the landed property of Dydwiże. The location and the forest are still called Procopole by locals and is shown on the map as Teiberiai. Today only old people know the name Procopole. There is nothing left of the original, just “new” houses are here.

The absence of anything German and prevalence of Lithuanian is evident here.

The absence of anything German and prevalence of Lithuanian is evident here.

The forest is at the western end of Procopol.

The forest is at the western end of Procopole.

All that is left of Procapol/Procopole is the forest at the western end.  People grew cranberries here as part of the land is still swampy. There was a lake here which attracted people who were seeking cranberries and mushrooms. Adolph Spurgat was known to have loved gathering mushrooms in Michigan. It seems that this is an activity that he learned as a boy, probably in this area close to Dydwize/Didvyžiai.

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About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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