Minnie Kulick would never give anybody her true age and I have to say she was cute about it as well as being cute herself. (Note from John Stoskopf: As Donald would point out, Minnie's death notice gives her birth date as September 6, 1889 which is too close to her brother's date of birth so his belief is that it should read 1888. I was able to verify that date via the internet.)
Aunt Minnie married a fellow that delivered milk for a living. (Note from John Stoskopf: We know that he was killed. Unfortunately Donald did not give a name of Minnie's first husband. My mother Marjorie has a memory of Grandma Martha telling her he was killed in World War I.)
|William Stein & Minnie Kulick-Stein|
She then married William Stein who was born on November 20, 1891. Uncle Bill worked for the DeSota Car Division of the Chrysler Motor Company. He was a foreman at the DeSota Plant that was located just inside the Detroit city limits next to Dearborn. I believe he retired from there.
One thing he loved to do was bowling. He played many bowling tournaments. He passed away on June 6, 1968 and he and Minnie did not have any children.
|Minnie Stein with a friend.|
Aunt Minnie passed away on March 13, 1980 and both her and Uncle Bill are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, MI.
(Note from John Stoskopf: I remember when Minnie died and attended her funeral with my mother and dad. It was a shock as her passing was so soon after the loss of my own grandmother only five days earlier.)
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|My grandmother Martha Kulick, her mother Caroline, (?), (?) & sister Helen Kulick (ca. 1920)|
Cousin Donald Ash has a curious sentence in his "Family Tree" compilation which refers to "some of the Rienas farms near Utica, Michigan."
In this photo we find my grandmother Martha Kulick (left) standing next to her mother Caroline Rienas Nichols-Kulick. The landscape suggests a farm-like area.
Next to Caroline is an unknown woman and then we have a man who is being closely held onto by Martha's younger sister Helen Kulick.
The sisters in the Nichols-Kulick family remained fairly close throughout their lives. My mother recalls them even having what they refered to as the "Sisters Club". On occasion they would spend the afternoon together before their husbands would join later in the day. I have three precious photographs from one of these events with all the sisters at my grandmother's home sometime in the 1930s.
This makes the Nichols-Kulick brothers a scarcity on film which pushes me to hopeful speculation that just maybe this is a photo of Charles Kulick.
(Donald Ash writes:
Charles Kulick was born on October 7, 1889 and passed away on September 1, 1960. The only thing I can tell you about Uncle Charley was that he remained a bachelor and lived a good part of his life with his sister Mamie. Where he worked and what he did I have no idea.)
There were few Nichols-Kulick brothers. My mother Marjorie knows this is not brother Herman Nichols. She did not know Richard Nichols, but by Donald's description of his life he seems more unlikely to fit this person's image than my idea that he could be Charles Kulick.
Charles would be 10 years older than Martha who would be in her early 20s here. This appears to be taken not too long before Caroline's death in 1922. Although this man could be older than Martha he still appears to be too young to be father Frederick Kulick. If there was such a thing as the Rienas farms, and history only leaves rumors as to what happened to Frederick, it's conceivable to believe this person was a help to Caroline in maintaining the land. If he's just hired help, they all seem very close to him.
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|Mamie (May) Kulick|
Mamie Kulick was born on June 8, 1892 in Detroit, MI. This would make her the new youngest child when the newly created Nichols-Kulick family came into being.
|Mamie (May) Kulick Metzner & Herman (Harry) Metzner (front seated)|
(Behind them) Sister Minnie Kulick Stein & George Shaff (most likely Herman's best man)
Mamie (or May as she was also known to the family) married Herman (Harry) Metzner who was born February 12, 1891 and passed away on January 3, 1960.
They had one daughter Ruth (born January 1, 1919). Ruthie married Raymond Curle who was born April 23, 1917 and passed away on February 6, 1986. They had one son Raymond J. Curle born September 27, 1942 and two grandsons, Raymond J Curle Jr. (born February 5, 1966) and Robert J. Curle (born June 2, 1968)
Mamie Kulick Metzner passed away on November 21, 1963.
Ruth Metzner Curle passed away on May 13, 2003
|Ruth Metzner's graduation (June 1936)|