The marriage certificate of Mom’s maternal grandparents, Emil Janinka and Marya Rybinska. They were married on October 1, 1916, in St. Stanislaus Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
Both were born in Poland, Emil on June 15, 1893, and Marya on September 8, 1895. Perhaps the designation “Russia Poland” refers to the fluid national boundaries, I don’t know. Emil was about 20 years old when he arrived in the United States, and Marya around 17.
Mom told me a story about her grandmother. Marya first arrived in Philadelphia, but it seemed too big a city for her. Someone told her about Wilmington, so she took the ferry down the Delaware River.
Marya was traveling alone. She was worried because she didn’t know where to go once the ferry docked — she had lost the paper that had the address. Marya didn’t speak any English. How could she ask someone for help?
Then an elderly woman sat next to her, and without introduction started speaking to Marya in Polish. She felt so relieved. It was August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, and Mom said her grandmother always considered that meeting on the ferry a miracle.