Two young daughters of Mathäus Spurgat and Minna Keller lived and died here: Augusta Spurgat was born in 1872 and died here in 1873; Emilia was born in 1867 and died in 1873.  

With our last few hours approaching, we still had four villages to go to complete our list of 23.

The village sign was missing on the north side of Gudele/Gudeliai we entered. Only after driving through the village did we discover the village sign at the east end that confirmed the correct location. Gudele/Gudeliai turned out to be a collection of private homes apparently built during the Soviet occupation. There were not a large number of apparent farms, but we did see fields of sugar beets, wheat, rye, and a few cows chained to iron posts. It has the appearance of Oszurty, and I wondered whether it too had suffered a similar fate which erased all trace of occupants before 1944.


The village had only one sign. The cow was chained.

The village had only one sign. The cow was chained.

A typical home along the road through Gudeliai.

A typical home along the road through Gudeliai.


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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