Page 381 - Stanley Gogulski, owner of the Republic Coal Company, of Grand Rapids, was born in Poland, September 29,1888, the son of John and Mary (Lesinski) Gogulski, both of whom were natives of Poland, the former dying in Grand Rapids in 1910. He received his education in Germany, and in October, 1910, he came direct to Grand Rapids from Germany with his parents. One year later he, with his brothers and mother, opened a bakery shop on the west side of Grand Rapids, which they still own and operate. With the outbreak of the World war, he served in the United States army, being stationed first at Camp Custer and then at West Point. He received his honorable discharge from the army in 1919. He returned at once to Grand Rapids where he established the Republic Coal Company of which he is the operator. He has built up a large business and his achievement has stamped him as one of the able business men of the city. He carries a complete line of fuel and his yard, thoroughly equipped, is located at 526-36 Sixth street, Northwest. Prior to coming to the United States, Mr. Gogulski served for three years in the German cavalry. On August 30, 1921, he married Miss Florence Cukerski, the daughter of W. L. Cukerski, of Grand Rapids, and to this union has been born one daughter, Mary Helen, born July 13, 1924. Mr. Gogulski is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. On July 17, Mr. Gogulskiís mother was called beyond, leaving a host of friends and admirers to mourn her passing.
Transcriber: Nancy Myers
Created: 11 August 2003