The Gusa history:
My Grandma, Helena (Gujowzki) Gusa was born September 29, 1891, in the little village of Mikhaylouva, Russia. Her parents were August and Pauline (Hein) Gusai. She had 4 brothers and 5 sisters, as follows:
Edward, born November 14, 1889---died February 27, 1950
Emil Mitcher, born August 28, 1893---died May 24, 1982
Hulda, born 1896---died 1899 (of small-pox)
Bertha, born 1898---died 1899 (of small-pox; only 6 months old)
Alvina Elsie, born March 16, 1900---died June 19, 1982
Ottilia Mary, born September 21, 1902---died August 30, 1986
Julia Elizabeth, born December 8, 1904---died October 1994
William Edward, born November 2, 1907---
Henry Lee, born September 7, 1910---
August and Pauline Gusa
Pauline Hein was born on April 1, 1865. She married August Gusa in February 1889 at Golovin in the Rovno Oblast Region about 25 miles east of the Yelovitsa Colony. It isn't known where August met her, although he enjoyed his ramblings at the village of Pinsh, SE of Golovin. He also spoke of Trubitsa, about 12 miles North of Golovin. They lived at Kovel a few months after their marriage. August was a great story teller. He was sometimes called the village "volkenmacker" (entertainer).
The newlyweds went to live in the colony of Mikhaylouva at first, in August's older brother, Adolph's house. The houses in this colony were in a row facing the road which was about 60 feet wide. In the back of the houses there was land to till. People of mixed nationalities; German, Bohemian, and Polish lived in these border colonies.
August's name is spelled "Gujowzki" (in Polish) on his passport. In German he was called Juser or Juseri, with "J" having a hard "g" sound; and in English it has been found; Guss, Guse, Gusa. (After immigrating to America, the family changed their name to "Gusa".)
While living in this colony, the first five children were born. In 1899, the dread disease of smallpox struck the family. Little Hulda, 3 years old, and the baby, Bertha, only 6 months old, died. Helena and her brother, Emil, were laid in the back porch, assumed dead. The cold revived them, and they revived. A year later, they moved to the colony of Yelovitsa. Pauline's older brother, Rudolph, and younger brother, Ed, lived here. Pauline also had a sister with a little girl, here, too, but they went back to Germany.
In Yelovitsa, the Gusa family leased a nine acre plot of ground from a baron, which they cleared of brush and timber. The four younger children were born here.
Copyright Loretta Houben 2014