Pilviskis/Pilviskiai

 Home of Wilhelmine Kaptain, wife of William Gustave Spurgat.

 In 1987 August Spurgat, son of William Gustave Spurgat, (This is a different August Spurgat than the one in Gutkaimas/Gudkaimas) said in an interview:

Grandfather’s name was Zier. They really had their own little farm from which he made his living. I remember him climbing cherry trees on the farm. He climbed way up on that ladder. They had cream and berries all the time. They locked them up, but they could get them whenever they wanted. They had them in a cupboard. He was like a ratchet, you see.

 As we crossed the Sesupe River into Pilviskis/Pilviskiai, I now understood that I was in the location of the story August Spurgat had told in his 1987 interview.

 The town seemed to be the largest and most thriving in the area. We saw a large Catholic Church but no Lutheran Church. We did find a new Methodist Church, however, the first we had seen in all of Lithuania.

We did find the railroad station which appeared in good repair and operating. I also spotted a monument with the numbers 1941 to 2001 and the Lithuanian word Tremtiniams which translates as “Exiles” on it.

Vilius called the Lutheran pastor who told him the church was not functioning. He also spoke to a policeman who recommended that we talk to a woman in charge of the village who was working on the second floor of the grocery store. We backtracked to the store, busy on a Saturday evening, entered the store, and climbed the stairs. The woman explained that she was not in charge of the town and did not know who the policeman was referring to. We ended up back on the first corner we had passed coming into town, the location of the Lutheran church which was being turned into a restaurant or similar business. The congregation had been organized in 1927, and so perhaps the Spurgats and Ziers (Wilhelmina’s parents) went to another church.

Pilviskis/Pilviskiai

Sesupe River from the Bridge with Village on Right

Sesupe River from the Bridge with Village on Right

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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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