July 30, 2009
The Miscy / Misey Family
of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Johanna Misey Boyer (born 1961), who married Neil A. Boyer, was the only child of Edward Gabriel Misey (1918-2009) and Rachel Louise Long Misey (1924-2004). This section details what is known of the Misey family, going back to their Polish-speaking origins in what became the Republic of Slovakia and their move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The section includes:
History of Zubak, Austria-Hungary
Michael Miscy (1859-1914)
John Miscy (1888-1978)
His Wife, Pauline Catharine Fojut (1890-1971)
The Fojut Family
The Eight Children of John and Pauline Miscy
Their Eight Grandchildren
Edward Gabriel Misey (1918-2009)
Genealogical Chart of the Family of Michael Miscy / Misey
History of Zubak
The village of Zubak was located in the Slovak county of Trencin and the district of Povazska Bystrica in Hungary of the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary (1867-1918). The village was founded in 1471 and known initially by the name Zwbaky. It had a population of about 1,348 in the early 1990s.
In 1918, with the dissolution of Austria-Hungary following World War I, the Slovaks, Moravians and Czechs united to form the first Czechoslovak Republic ((1918-1938). Slovakia was severed from Hungary to become part of the Czechoslovak Republic. In 1939, Slovakia became an independent state under German domination (1939-1945). After World War II, Slovakia again became a part of a reconstituted Czechoslovakia (1945-1993). On January 1, 1993, Czechoslovakia split to form two separate independent states, the Czech Republic and the Republic of Slovakia. In 2007, Zubak is located in Slovakia, about 600 miles from Prague.
Michael Miscy (1859-1914)
It is understood that Michael Miscy was born in 1859 and that he died in Zubak, Austria-Hungary, in 1914 at the age of 55. His name is also written "Misci." Michael was married to Maria Michalec, as written on John's baptismal certificate. Elsewhere, her name was written as "Mary." They had four children:
John Miscy (1888-1978)
Sophie Miscy (born 1891), who married Casimir Dzurko
Paul Miscy (February 14, 1894-March 29, 1969)
Peter Miscy (1896-1896)
All four were born in Zubak. In addition to the four children listed here, Michael and Mary Miscy reportedly had three children who died in infancy. Names and dates are unknown. Of the four children that Mary had with Michael Miscy, Sophia and Peter remained near home while John and Paul went to America. John’s brother, Paul Miscy, lived in Milwaukee but boarded with a different family. He worked for a railroad, and he was not married. When he died, John arranged for Paul to be buried in the plot that John had purchased for his family at Holy Cross Cemetery In Milwaukee. Paul died in 1969.
According to family history, Mary Michalec's father was Stephen Michalec. Mary was married to a "Vrabec" before her marriage to Michael Miscy. The Vrabecs had two sons, Andrew and Gabriel. It was said that Andrew Vrabec ran away to Budapest, became a soldier, married, and never returned. Gabriel Vrabec was born in 1879, married, had seven or eight daughters and a son, named Rudolph. Gabriel lived and died in Zubak. It is believed that Maria Michalec died about 1925.
John Miscy (1888-1978)
John was born on March 21, 1888. A baptismal certificate in Latin showed the baptism of "Joannes," son of "Michael Misci" and "Maria Michalac" of Zubak on the day after his birth. Although the baptism took place on March 22, 1888, the certificate was signed in Zubak on November 2, 1912, possibly because it was required for John's naturalization in America.
John's daughter, Genevieve Miscy, said that when her father was young, he served mass at a local parish church in Zubak. As Genevieve wrote in 1997, John told her that the parish priest wanted him to live in the Rectory, where the priest would teach him. The priest asked John's father for permission for John to do this, but his father refused because he needed John to work on the farm. But when John was 17, his father realized that John could not advance if he remained living in Zubak, and he borrowed money to send his son to America.
John immigrated to the United States at the age of 17, departing from Bremen, Germany, and arriving at Ellis Island, New York, on June 9, 1905. John told Genevieve that he had traveled in steerage class. When it was time for meals, the passengers took tin buckets to the galleys to have them filled with food. The family understood that immediately upon his arrival in America, John departed for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he had contacts, arriving there on June 11, 1905. (His name could not be found in the Ellis Island passenger list, perhaps because of multiple ways of spelling the name.)
John recalled that he traveled on a train to Milwaukee, and apparently stayed first with an uncle, whose name he did not provide. He told Genevieve that that first night, he slept in a real bed for the first time, because previously he had slept in a barn. Genevieve wrote, "the next morning when he came down to breakfast, he had a big cup of coffee, and a big roll with butter. He thought he was in heaven."
His uncle wanted him to go to school, John recalled, but John thought that teenagers didn't need to go to school, and so he declined. He said that was the biggest mistake he made in his life. Genevieve said "that is why both Mom and Dad were happy and encouraged and assisted financially all of us to be educated. Mom once remarked that if she had used all the money she paid for education, she would have bought the Ford factory." Apparently, this generosity worked. Except for one child who died as an infant, the Misey children included two nuns, two priests, two lawyers and a physicist.
Genevieve said that after John got a job, possibly with Allis Chalmers, he sent money back to his father in Zubak so that he could repay the neighbor who had loaned him money for the trip to America. John said he also sent money so that his brother Gabriel (apparently this was his half-brother, Gabriel Vrabek) could go to America, but when Gabriel arrived at Ellis Island, he was rejected because of an eye ailment.
Genevieve recalled that when she was 9 or 10 (probably about 1925), John received a sad letter saying that his mother had died. She also remembered that "Ma and Pa sent packages to Zubak. They were wrapped around in flour bags so that the recipients could use the material. They were very poor. Pa said that when he worked in the fields [before coming to America], when they became hungry, they dug the potatoes and ate them raw."
On January 29, 1913, John married Pauline Catherine Fojut, whom he had met in Milwaukee. See the separate section on the Fojut family. They had eight children. John was naturalized as a United States citizen before the Circuit Court of Milwaukee County on September 14, 1915, Certificate of Naturalization No. 523126. The certificate said he was 5 feet 11 inches, with fair complexion, gray eyes and brown hair. He was 25, married to Paulina, 23, and they lived at 1105 North Water Street in Milwaukee. At the time, they had one child, Sylvester [later called Roderick], age 1. The certificate said John was formerly a subject of Austria-Hungary.
Early Years in Milwaukee
It is difficult to learn what John did in the first years after he arrived in 1905. John told family members that he was going to Milwaukee to live with an uncle, but it is not known who that might have been. The story was that the uncle later became disenchanted with America and returned to Poland. Five years after John arrived in America, in the 1910 census for Milwaukee, there were two individuals of similar name, both of them boarding with other families.
One option was “John Mess,” age 21 (thus born about 1889), who lived at 905 Vliet Street in Milwaukee’s Ward 2. John was one of five men boarding with the Latzel family, all of them street laborers.
The other option, and the most likely person, was “John Misce,” listed in the 1910 census as 23 (thus born about 1887). He lived with members of the Paneke family at 426 Fourth Street, also in Milwaukee’s Ward 2. The head of household was Peter Paneke, 25, who was married to Carrie, 22. Also in the household were two brothers of Peter, a six-month-old son, and John Misce. All the residents of the Paneke household told the census taker they had immigrated in 1906 and were of Hungarian/Slovak origin. Carrie and the two brothers were bottlers in a brewery. Since Pauline Fojut was also working in a brewery at this time, there is a possibility that the Paneke brothers introduced John Miscy to Pauline, one of their co-workers. John Misce was identified as a dyer of leather.
The only negative factor in this identification is that John Misce was identified in the census as a “brother-in-law” of the head of the household, Peter Paneke, suggesting that John was a brother of Carrie Paneke, 22. There is nothing in family history that supports that conclusion, although it could be the result of a misunderstanding by the census taker. On the other hand, Ancestry.com carries a family file that shows that the father of “Peter Panek,” born about 1885 (apparently the one who lived in Milwaukee), was Jan Panek, and that Jan was married to “Jazefa Misey,” born in Poland. This name does not match any information known in the Misey family, but it suggests that, if this is the correct John Misey, he went to Milwaukee to live with someone (Peter Paneke) who had connections to the Misey family of Poland or Slovakia.
Living in Milwaukee
Family members understood that John Miscy worked all his life in Milwaukee for Pfister & Vogel Leather Co., which was reorganized after 1930 onto the Pfister and Vogel Tanning Co. In the 1920 census, after John and Pauline were married, John Miscy was identified as a leathermaker in a tannery, suggesting that he was the same person as the dyer of leather who lived with the Panekes in 1910. In 1930, however, he said he was a “setter” in a foundry. The Pfister & Vogel company was located at 1531 North Water Street in Milwaukee, just about four blocks from where the Fojut family lived, at 1101 North Water.
The Pfister & Vogel plant was a six-story building occupying seven acres of what was called in 2000 “prime riverfront property.” In February 2000, United States Leather Inc., the owner at the time, closed the plant, released about 500 workers, and then filed for bankruptcy. In early 2006, plans were announced for a new development, to be known as The North End, overlooking the river on the site of the former tannery. Demolition of the tannery building was to begin in June 2006 and the project was expected to take six to eight years to complete, at a cost of $175 million.
By the time of the 1920 census, John had married Pauline Fojut, and they were living at 850 Weil Street in Milwaukee’s 13th Ward. The census showed this family:
John Misey, Jr., 31, immigrated in 1905, naturalized 1914, leather maker
in a tannery [same profession as the leather dyer found in the 1910 census],Pauline Misey, 29, wife, born in Wisconsin, parents born in Poland
born in Bohemia, mother tongue Slovak [this is the only indication that he
called himself John Jr., interesting because his father’s name was Michael]
Sylvester Misey, 6, [later known as Roderick] born in Wisconsin, father in Bohemia, mother in Wisconsin
Genevieve Misey, 4
Edward Misey, 1
Max Fojut, 54, annealer in a machine shop, born in Poland,(speaks Polish), [known in the family as “Uncle Max”]
The 1930 census found the family still at 850 Weil Street, which John owned and was valued at $2,500. The census showed that the "mother tongue" of virtually everyone on the street was Polish or German, except for one person, John J. Misey. The census taker recorded that John's mother tongue was Slovenian, but it seems clear this was an error. The census of 1920 had it correct, that his mother tongue was Slovak, which is different from Slovenian. Nevertheless, it was recalled that all the family members at home spoke Polish. To the census taker, John said that he and his parents had all been born in Czechoslovakia and that he had immigrated in 1904. Rather than being involved in the leather business, John said he was a setter in a foundry. John said he was first married at age 25, Pauline at 23.
The household in 1930 still included “Uncle Max” Fojut, who said that he was 64 (thus born about 1866) and single, that he had immigrated in 1883 and was an annealer. Max was an uncle of Pauline, probably a brother of her father, John Fojut. The Misey family members remembered him living in their house in a room upstairs and working for National Brake and Electric Company.
The household in 1930 consisted of the following:
John J. Miscy, 42
Pauline Miscy, 40
Sylvester Miscy, 16
Genevieve Miscy, 14
Edward Miscy, 11
Marie Miscy, 9
John Miscy, 8
Robert Miscy, 5
Leonard Miscy, almost 2
Max Fojut, 64
Pauline Fojut Misey died in Milwaukee on July 25, 1971, at the age of 81. John Misey died in Milwaukee on December 27, 1978, at the age of 90. They were buried at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7301 West Nash Street in Milwaukee, in a family plot that John had purchased years earlier. The plot was in Block 24, Lot 145, near the main entrance on West Burleigh Street, near West Appleton Avenue (U.S. Route 41). The Misey family plot provided space for eight graves. In mid-2009, those buried there were John and Pauline Misey, John's brother Paul Misey, and their sons Jerome Misey and Edward Gabriel Misey.
The Fojut Family
John Miscy’s wife, Pauline Catharine Fojut, had been born in Milwaukee on March 21, 1890. She died on July 25, 1971, at the age of 81. Both of Pauline's parents had emigrated to the United States. Pauline's mother was the former Catharine Borzyszkowska, the child of Jacub and Catharine Sztyler Borzyszkowski. Catharine Fojut had been born in Zblewo, Prussia, on November 2, 1850 (or 1849, according to another report). She died in Milwaukee on June 11, 1912, at the age of 62.
Pauline’s father, John Joseph Fojut, had been born in Prussia, the son of Joseph Fojut and Eva Sztolpa. John Fojut told the census taker in 1900 that he was 58 and had been born in June 1842. (A family note said that the date was February 2, 1842.) John Fojut emigrated to the United States in August 1872. He died in Milwaukee on September 10, 1906, at the age of 69.
John was recorded in the Milwaukee City Directory in 1890 as a laborer living at 1101 North Water Street. He and his family appeared in the 1900 census, also at 1101 North Water Street. Pauline, who was 10, lived there with her parents and three siblings. In response to the question of where they were born, all six were recorded as born in “Poland (Ger.).” There were John Fojut, 58, born in June 1842, a stone paver who had been unemployed two months in the past year. His wife, Catherine, said she was 48, born in May 1852. She said she had had 12 children, of whom only 7 were living.
John and his wife, Catherine, told the census taker in 1900 that they had been married 29 years (since about 1871), and they had immigrated to the United States in 1880. John said he owned the house where the six Fojuts lived, and apparently he rented space in the house to a widow, Elizabeth Ostverak, 61, also from Poland, and her two sons, Frank, 22, and Paul, 16. Catherine said she could not speak English but she could read and write. John Fojut said he could not speak English or write, but he could read.
The household in the 1900 census consisted of:
John Fojut, 58, born in June 1842, stone paver
Catherine Fojut, 48, born in 1852, wife
Augusta Fojut, 18, born in August 1881, dressmaker
John Fojut, 16, born in April 1884
Anna Fojut, 13, born in June 1887
Pauline Fojut, 10, born in March 1890.
John Fojut died in 1905. In the 1910 census, Catherine, 59, a widow, was living at 926 Racine Street, with two of her children. Catherine said she spoke Polish, and the two children spoke English. Her son, John Fojut, 26, was a laborer in a sand yard. Her daughter, Pauline Fojut, 20, was listed as forelady in a brewery.
Catherine Fojut died on June 11, 1912, at the age of 62, just seven months before Pauline, at the age of 22, married John Miscy. The wedding was on January 29, 1913. John was 24.
The Children of John and Pauline Miscy
John and Pauline Miscy had eight children, of whom two became nuns, two priests, two lawyers and one a physicist. The family members grew up speaking Polish, the language that Pauline's family brought from Europe. The spelling “Miscy” appeared on birth certificates and early school records. However, one member of the family reported that the five boys thought a name pronounced "missy" was a little too feminine for them, and they changed the spelling to "Misey." The two girls retained the family spelling of their surname, "Miscy." To add to the confusion, the birth certificate of their grandfather, John Miscy, used the spelling "Misci." And even though John and Pauline used the name Miscy all their lives, when they bought a family plot in Milwaukee's Holy Cross Cemetery, they had the monument inscribed with the large letters "Misey."
Sylvester (Roderick) Misey (1913-1993)
Genevieve Miscy (1915-2002)
Jerome Miscy (1917-1918)
Edward Gabriel Misey (1918-2009)
Mary Pauline Miscy (1920-2003)
John Jerome Misey (1921-1983)
Robert Jerome Misey (b. 1924)
Leonard Sylvester Misey (b. 1928)
The children of these Misey family members, grandchildren of John and Pauline Fojut Misey, numbered eight:
The Misey Cousins (in order of birth):
John Roderick (Rod) Misey (b. 1957)
Janet Marie Misey Crawford Plunkett (b. 1959)
Robert Jerome (Rob) Misey, Jr. (b. 1960)
Johanna Misey Boyer (b. 1961)
Margaret Lynn Misey Price (b. 1961)
Philip James Misey (b. 1962)
Maria Theresa Misey Kurt (b. 1962)
Paul Anthony Misey (b. 1963)
Details of the family are as follows:
1. Sylvester (Roderick) Misey. Sylvester was born on December 20, 1913, in Milwaukee. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1940, and was a member of the Congregation of the Passion (C.P.). He was known as Rev. Roderick Misey, C.P. He served as a priest, missionary, and retreat director. Roderick lived in Chicago and died there on July 3, 1993, at the age of 79. He was buried in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Illinois.
2. Genevieve Miscy. Genevieve was born on October 27, 1915, in Milwaukee. She was a nun and teacher, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (S.S.N.D.). Her profession was given on August 2, 1935, and she was named Sr. Mary Anna, S.S.N.D. She received a Master's Degree in Education from Marquette University in 1967. She resumed use of her baptismal name, Genevieve, in 1969, and she was known as Sr. Genevieve Miscy, S.S.N.D. She lived at Mount Calvary, near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She died in Milwaukee in September 2002 at the age of 86.
3. Jerome Miscy. Jerome was born in Milwaukee on July 12, 1917, and died there on March 28, 1918, nine months old. He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee.
4. Edward Gabriel Misey. Edward was born in Milwaukee on October 1, 1918, and died in Silver Spring, Maryland, on July 22, 2009. He was 90. He married Rachel Louise Long and lived in the area of Washington, D. C. More information and photographs are provided below.
5. Mary Pauline Miscy. Mary was born in Milwaukee on April 13, 1920. Like her sister Genevieve, she also became a nun and a teacher, and she received a Master's Degree in Education from Marquette in 1971. Her profession was on July 20, 1939, when she was 19. She was a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (S.S.N.D.) and was known as Sr. Mary Pauline Miscy. She lived at Mount Calvary, near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She died in Milwaukee on December 25, 2003, at the age of 83.
6. John Jerome Misey. John, who was called "Junior" by his family, was born in Milwaukee on December 11, 1921. John received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1949, and an M.S. degree in physics from the same school in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from October 14, 1942, to March 3, 1946. He was a physicist with the U.S. Department of the Army, working in the Ballistic Research Laboratory at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, in Aberdeen, Maryland. As an example of his work, in 1977, he published in the journal of the The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) an article entitled "Analysis of Long Rod Penetration at Hypervelocity Impact."
Junior and his family lived in Baltimore. He was very active in the Knights of Columbus. He served as Past Grand Knight (P.G.K.) of the Bishop Sebastian Council No. 5068, 1971-72, and Past Faithful Navigator (P.F.N.) of Archbishop Francis P. Keough Assembly, Knights of Columbus, 1977-78. He earned the Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus, 1973, the highest degree in the Knights of Columbus, entitling the recipient to be called "Sir Knight." John died in Baltimore on January 7, 1983, at the age of 61. He was buried in Parkwood Cemetery, Baltimore.
John was married in Milwaukee on April 14, 1956, to Harriet Dick. Harriet had been born on November 13, 1931. She died in Baltimore on February 21, 2006, at the age of 74. John and Harriet had five children:
A. John Roderick (Rod) Misey was born in Baltimore on March 24, 1957. In 1980, he received a B.S. degree from Towson State University in Mass Communications and Philosophy. In 2009, he was living in north Baltimore.
B. Janet Marie Misey was born in Baltimore on March 24, 1959. She married Wayne Crawford, born on September 25, 1957, in 1976, and they had two children, Wayne Christopher Crawford, and Kimberly Jean Crawford. Janet and Wayne were divorced in 1985. On November 21, 2000, she married Baron Plunkett, who had been born on June 5, 1961, and in 2009 they lived in Baltimore.
(1) Wayne Christopher (Chris) Crawford was born on December 18, 1976. He was married to Jessica (Jesse) Manning Elterman, daughter of Dane and Judith Elterman, of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania. They were married at 9105 Covered Bridge Road in Baltimore. They were later divorced. In 2009, Chris lived in Parkville, north of Baltimore. Chris and Jesse had two children:
-- Cameron Manning Crawford was born on March 20, 2004, in Baltimore.
-- Breslin Crawford was born in January 2006.
(2) Kimberly Jean Crawford was born on March 12, 1978, in Baltimore. On May 7, 2005, she married David Peitz, son of Jean and Timothy Price and J. Bart and Mary Peitz. The wedding was at St. Ursula’s Church in Baltimore. In 2009, Kim was working as a "vet tech" for a veterinarian near her home in north Baltimore. Kim and David had two children:
-- Travis Joseph Peitz was born on May 6, 2007, in Baltimore.
-- Ashley Marie Peitz was born on April 16, 2009, also in Baltimore.
C. Margaret (Maggie) Lynn Misey was born in Baltimore on February 16, 1961. She received a B. S. degree in occupational therapy from Towson State University in 1985. She was married to Lawrence E. Price. In 2006, Maggie and Larry were divorced, and in 2009 she was living in Parkville, Maryland. They had one daughter.
(1) Nicole Elizabeth Price was born at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, on October 21, 1998.
D. Philip James Misey was born in Baltimore on March 28, 1962. He was married to Janice Witczak Hoffert on October 16, 1998, on the Mount Pleasant Golf Course in Baltimore, with the ceremony preceded by a round of golf. Janice coordinated financing for an automobile dealer. Phil owned and operated a business installing cables for internet and related activities. In 2007, they lived in a suburb of Baltimore. Phil’s son, Nicholas Misey, and Angie had a son, Landon Misey at the end of 2006.
E. Paul Anthony Misey was born on June 14, 1963, in Baltimore. He was married on July 1, 1989, to Susan Jane Anderson, who was born on November 23, 1959. In 2006, Susan was a teacher and Paul drove a delivery truck for a baking company. They lived in Bel Air, Maryland, north of Baltimore, and they had three children:
(1) John Gordon Misey was born on July 25, 1991.
(2) Kristopher Erik Misey was born on May 7, 1996.
(3) Jakob Paul Misey was born on April 6, 2000.
7. Robert Jerome Misey. Bob was born in Milwaukee on April 5, 1924. He received a B. A. degree from Dartmouth in 1949 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1952. During World War II, he served in the U. S. Marines from April 13, 1943, to May 24, 1946. He was an attorney in private practice before retiring and moving to Delray Beach, Florida. About 2005, he left Florida and returned to live in Milwaukee. On April 25, 1959, Bob married Catherine C. (Kay) Kastner, who had been born on May 12, 1920.
Bob and Kay had two children:
A. Robert Jerome (Rob) Misey, Jr., was born on November 1, 1960, in Milwaukee. He received a B.A. degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Kentucky in 1983. He then received a J.D.-M.B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1987 and an M.L.T. degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991. Rob worked for a time for the Internal Revenue Service and also taught tax law, living for a time in Brentwood, Tennessee. In 2007, he was in private practice in Milwaukee. See this website for more information on Rob and his law practice.
On May 25, 1991, in Roanoke, Virginia, Rob married Monica Ann Vaeth, born on September 1, 1964, and they had four children:
(1) Robert Jerome Misey III was born on November 25, 1992.
(2) Anne Marie Misey was born on October 13, 1994.
(3) Margaret Rose Misey was born on February 1, 1996.
(4) John Roderick Misey was born on December 19, 1997.
B. (Daughter) Bob and Kay Misey also had a daughter, their second child. In 2009, she was married, had two children, and had a professional career.
8. Leonard Sylvester Misey was born on April 22, 1928, in Milwaukee. He received a B. S. degree in economics from Marquette University in 1955, and two master’s degrees from St. Louis University, one in religion and education in 1977, and one in Biblical languages and literature in 1982. He served in the U.S. Army from March 15, 1946, to August 20, 1948. He was ordained as a Catholic priest on March 30, 1963, in the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, and was known as the Rev. Leonard S. Misey. He held memberships in Phi Kappa Theta, the Catholic Biblical Association, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Albright Institute of Archaeology (Jerusalem). In 2009, he was in charge of a parish in Brunswick, Missouri.
Edward Gabriel Misey (1918-2009)
The father of Johanna Misey Boyer, Edward Gabriel Misey was born in Milwaukee on October 1, 1918, the fourth child of John and Pauline Miscy. The family grew up on Weil Street in Milwaukee.
Edward was an attorney specializing in international and administrative law and worked for the U. S. Department of State both in Washington and in missions overseas. On April 5, 1947, he married Rachel Louise Long (1924-2004) in 1947 in New York City, and they lived in and near Washington, D.C. More information on the Long family and on other ancestors of Rachel is included in separate sections.
Edward received a B.A. degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1942, an M.A. degree in political science from the same university in 1945, a law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1950, and a Ph.D. in public law and government from Columbia University in 1950. He was a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the American Bar Association, the American Political Science Association, and the American Society of International Law. He also was interested in genealogical research relating to Slovakia, and he was a member of the Slovak-American Society of Washington. He was an active member of the Catholic Church.
Edward was raised in Milwaukee. He attended St. Casimir's School (1924-32), Passionist Preparatory School, Normandy, Missouri (1932-35), and graduated from St. John's Cathedral High School in 1936, completing the classical course. After high school, Edward worked in the office of the Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Company (later known as the Wisconsin Electric Power Company). He left in 1938 to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and in 1942 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and philosophy.
Edward served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from June 30, 1942, to September 14, 1943, enlisting in Milwaukee. Following his service, he returned, in 1945, to the University of Wisconsin and received a Master of Arts degree in political science. In September of that year, he entered Columbia University in New York to continue graduate studies in political science. During his time there, from 1945 to 1947, he taught courses on American government at the College of the City of New York.
While at Columbia, Edward met Rachel Louise Long, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a student in the School of Library Science. Rachel had been born on February 4, 1924, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, one of four children of Clarence and Odie McLaughlin Long. She had studied at the University of Tulsa and received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of West Virginia in 1945. She received her degree in library science from Columbia University in 1946, and on April 5, 1947, Rachel and Edward were married in the Rectory of Notre Dame Church, 405 West 114th Street, New York City.
Working for the Department of State
When Edward and Rachel moved to Washington in 1947, Edward did research for his doctoral dissertation and taught courses in American government and politics at the University of Maryland at College Park. He gave up his teaching appointment to attend the George Washington University Law School, and on May 31, 1950, he received his law degree. He was admitted to practice in the local and federal courts for the District of Columbia (1950) and in the Supreme Court of the United States (1954). Concurrently, he completed the writing of his Ph.D. dissertation, and on June 9, 1950, Columbia University conferred on him the doctor of philosophy degree.
Following his admission to the District of Columbia bar, Edward worked briefly in the office of the Solicitor of the U.S. Department of Labor, and in April 1951, he transferred to the U.S. Department of State, where he served as deputy assistant legal advisor in the international claims section of the Office of the Legal Advisor. The section was responsible for handling international claims of the United States and U.S. nationals against foreign governments, and claims of foreign governments against the United States.
In 1967, Edward was assigned to a term at the National War College and then as legal adviser to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the Philippines, where he provided legal advice to the chief of mission on U.S. activities in the Philippines. Upon his return to Washington in 1969, he became special assistant to the Legal Advisor of the Department of State, and then in 1971, he was assigned as legal advisor to the U.S. Mission to the European Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations, in Geneva, Switzerland. His duties included service on U.S. delegations to international conferences held in Geneva.
For about 15 years following their move to Washington, Rachel was employed as a children’s librarian in the District of Columbia public library system. After the birth of Johanna, she served as a part-time volunteer in school libraries in the District and Montgomery County. She was an avid reader and a dog enthusiast who showed her own dog in local competitions. For many years, she and Edward were active members of square dance clubs in the Washington area, and they had a cabin near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, which they used frequently in times of good weather. Rachel and Johanna accompanied Edward on his assignments in Manila and Geneva, and the family was active in the life of the diplomatic community in those cities.
Back in Washington
On November 1, 1972, Edward was designated Chairman of the Board of Appellate Review of the Department of State. The Board, a quasi-judicial and autonomous body, was established to hear and decide appeals taken by persons from adverse determinations made by the Department in cases involving the loss of U.S. nationality and the denial of U.S. passport facilities. He served as chairman until his retirement from the Foreign Service in 1980. He continued to serve part-time as a legal consultant to the Department of State and as a member of the Board until 1992. He also taught international law at George Washington University in 1980-81 as an adjunct professor of political science.
Except for their time abroad, Edward and Rachel lived in Washington, D. C., from 1947 until 1973, when they moved to the Drumaldry section of Bethesda, Maryland; they lived there for 26 years. In December 1999, they sold their home and moved to an apartment in Rockville, Maryland.
Edward and Rachel had one child, Johanna Louise Misey, born on November 23, 1961, in Washington. She graduated from Carleton College, in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1983. Johanna married Neil A. Boyer in 1992, and they lived in Washington and Silver Spring, Maryland. More information on Johanna is included in the section on the Children of Clarence and Odie Long and in the section on Neil Boyer.
Rachel died on January 3, 2004, at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda of a cerebral hemorrhage suffered three weeks earlier. She was 79. More information about the Long family and other ancestors of Rachel, including the Parker, McClurg, Vanderford and McLaughlin families, is in separate sections. See more about Rachel here.
Following Rachel’s death, Edward remained in the Rockville apartment until the fall of 2006, when he moved to the Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring, Maryland. Until five weeks before his death, he remained fit and healthy, going to the gym to work out three times a week and managing his own financial and other personal affairs. In mid-2009, he encountered a series of complications relating to congestive heart failure, and he died at Riderwood on July 22, 2009, at the age of 90. At a funeral mass in the Riderwood Chapel on July 25, his daughter, Johanna, delivered the eulogy. He was buried in the Misey family plot at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee on July 28. His brother Leonard conducted the commital service at the cemetery. On that same day, a long obituary on his life was published in the Washington Post.
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The Long Family of Tulsa
Clarence Ray Long
Children of Clarence and Odie Long
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