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Magdeline Orost Turoczi, 1920-2005
Magdeline Orost Turoczi, 1920-2005

By Magdeline Orosz Turoczi, 1986

The Original Orost Family, Circa 1930
The Original Orost Family, Circa 1930

Orosz, Josef - born June 23, 1887
Medgyeas, Rakhal - his mother
Orosz, Paul - brother
Orosz, Istvan - brother
Orosz, Michaly - brother
Horvath, Elizabeth Orosz Kulcsar - only sister lived in USA. One other brother I didn't know his name.
God parents - Lajos Saho & wife. Zamborry Istvan, Reform Pastor that baptized him. (From his Baptism papers.)
Mesa Kassony - Town he came from.
Piroska & Sandor - cousins that wrote to me. One of the nieces name was Orosz, Magdona, Said she would like to send flower seeds for Pop's grave from his European home land.

Pop loved the Lord and he loved his church. He was a tireless worker at the church, United Church of Christ in Phoenixville, Pa. He held many offices in his church--president of the Church Board Elders or what ever. He would paint whatever needed to be painted or nail a board whenever needed. He treated church like his own home. I never heard him criticize any of the ministers. He was a friend to all the ministers.

Pop died in March 1952 and buried in the Morris Cemetery in Phoenixville, Pa. Psalm 133 was Pop's favorite. Read it There were chimes put into the Bell tower of the church in 1970 in memory of Pop and Mom by the Orosz Family. .

Toth, Erzsebet Orosz
Toth, Andras and Cseh Julianna Toth--parents
Toth, Albert--brother
Toth, Sandor-brother
Toth, Piroska--sister-wife of Bertalan Cseh
Toth, Irma--sister--wife of Imre Nagy

Piroska was Mom's older sister that came to America. Mom sent her money to come. She stayed just long enough to make enough money to pay Mom back and her fare for her passage back to Europe. She would say in American you couldn't tell a sheep herder from a duke's I am sure Mom would have went back also if it wasn't for the fact she was so sea sick coming over; she almost died. I learned at Ellis Island many of the passengers did die. There is a plaque of Mom & Pop's name put on the Wall of Honor.

Everyone should visit Ellis Island to see the names of Elizabeth Toth & Joseph Orosz.

Mom's Grandfather on her mother side was a judge. Grandfather Toth, Andras took care of all the forest owned by one of the titled family. My father-in-law Turoczy, Bartalon used to tell me about Grandfather. He said he was well known as an "andos" which means forester. He would not let any one hunt for deer, not even his son, but he never questioned where the deer meat came from that he was eating. He would make grandmother shine his boots. Mom told us never shine your husbands shoes. Moms two brothers were educated, one was a surveyor. I mention this because so many of the dear people coming over in that generation couldn't read or write, Mom & Pop could.

Mom's youngest sister Irma was just a small child when Mom came to America. They never wrote to each other till Piroska died.

Mom was sixteen when she came to America. She came to Ellis Island, went to New Brunswick, New Jersey. She worked in a cigar factory. She also went to McKeesport, Pa. and Cleveland, Ohio. She knew people there. She later came to Phoenixville, Pa. Louis Toth lived here. His father and Mom's father were brothers. Louis Toth was a "Huzzard" in the Hungarian army in Hungary. Mom met Pop in Phoenixville. He was a widower (his first wife's last name was Ravis) she died in child birth (also the child.)

Mom & Pop's first two babies died, how sad. One was named (Piroska) Pearl, the other was Isabel (Gizella). They both are buried at Morris Cemetery. After that they named their babies Bible names: Elsie Mary, Magdalene, Joseph. After that they named Elmer after royalty (Elemer) where grandfather worked. I don't know who Irene was named after. Joe, Elmer and Irene were born in W.Va.

The reason Pop & Mom went to West Virginia, Pop's sister Elizabeth lived there. She coaxed Pop to move there. He got work in the coalmines. They would work six months and strike for six months.

I remember Pop papering this little old house, if you could call it that, with newspapers. I remember him going to different places looking for a job. I can still see him with his coat thrown over his shoulder. No cars in those days. One time we did move to Saberton--that was a nice place. Remember "Pitok Bacsi" & "Pitok Nene?" I remember Pop painted the house. He had a bottle of turpentine. I drank some of it thinking it was soda. We moved back to Bertha Hill. Mom hated every minute she lived there. She kept coaxing Pop to come back to Phoenixville, must have been 1928 when we came back. Came to Louis Toth's house. Irene had measles so we had to quickly rent a house. They used to put a sign on your door. No one was allowed in or out. Irene was very sick with measles and had to be isolated inside, we almost lost her. In W. VA it was all open space. Here everyone had tiny yards, couldn't understand why Mom wanted to come here. From Bridge Street we moved to Walnut Street then we moved to 11 Hall Street, then we bought 5 Hall Street.

When Depression came Pop worked one day in two weeks in Phoenix Iron Co. I remember Pop cutting trees for logs, then pulling it on a big home-made wagon for firewood. Sometimes I would help him cut them up with a two handle saw. I was the biggest kid in the family.

Once when we didn't have money for our taxes, Pop went to the bank to borrow the money. The banker told him to bring his receipt that the taxes were paid, the very reason he needed money. I could still see him sitting in the back yard crying, afraid we would lose the house. Roosevelt later had a program so people wouldn't lose their home. We didn't have to use the program but that saved a lot of poor people their homes. That's why at least one reason I am a democrat. I heard later people saying what a good tax collector Allen Bevan was. He let people pay their taxes a bit at a time. Not if you had a foreign accent! We were on relief. I had to pull a wagon to get the food home. I remember one time Mom asked Pop to ask for bread but they only gave him flour. I used to eat all the wax that was cut from the chunk of cheese they gave us. Pop had two gardens one which was located miles away on Pennsylvania Avenue which provided us with vegetables. The ‘z’ in our name was changed to a ‘t’ by Elsie’s misunderstanding teacher. In a way it was a blessing because of the discrimination towards foreigners.

How we ever made it, I don't know. We were hungry a lot. Those years in W.Va. really set them back. They didn't have a depression in Europe. I talked to some of the German girls that married G.I's. Roosevelt took us out of the great Depression.

Pop had his first heart attack on Hall Street, one of many. Seventeen according to Dr. Rulon, the family doctor. When he had his heard attack they fired him. He worked under a crane and the operator didn't see him, when he tried to run he tripped and was almost run over.That's when he got his first heart attack. Elsie and I kept going to the iron Co. office begging them to take Pop back. Finally between Dr. Rulon and us they gave him a watchman's job. It paid very little but by that time Elsie and I went to work and like many European children we gave all of our pay to them.

Years later Pop & Mom were able to buy a house on Buchanan Street. Only stayed there for two years. Then they bought 320 Washington Avenue.

Then the war broke out. Joe left for New Jersey after a summer of working in the furnaces in the iron Co. Elmer left for the Navy after he got out of High School. Elmer was on the USS Core, went to Newfoundland, England. One of his best friends was lost in the war there. He went to other places in the Atlantic then he was a place Owner (the first sailors on a new ship) on the USS Boxer, an aircraft carrier that was taken to the Pacific from Newport News, I think. He was in Japan, Australia, and Hawaii. Don't know other details about his navy career. During the war Elmer took the name of Louis which was on his Baptism Certificate.

Joe was in the Signal Corps in the Army. He was in the Philippines. They both returned after the war. Praise God. Joe was married to Ruth Hubbard from New Jersey. They had one child, Pamela.

Elsie and Matt were married during the war. They had Ronald. Matt was in the Army in Camp Lee, Virginia later he was sent to Italy. Later Marie was born after the war. (W.W.II).

I think Irene and I both got married after the war. Irene married Fred Strain who was stationed at Valley Forge General Hospital. They were married in Arkansas. They had Freddie, Connie, Ronald and Coleen. I married Joseph Turoczi after the war. We had two children, Elizabeth and Joseph.

Joseph Orost later married Jean Hawkins from Maryland. They had five children. Joseph M., Jean, Jennifer, Jay and Janice. Elmer Orost married Margaret Albiez. She was from New Jersey. They had two children, Louis Jr. and Margaret Ann.

Pop went to heaven in 1952 and Mom in 1969.

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