Smagorzewski (Sherman-Smarzewski), Anthony

Organizer, pioneer, early settler. Born May 24, 1818, in Wagrowiec, Poland; came to Chicago, June 1, 1851, with his wife and three children, Louise, Dorothy and Stanislaus. Worked at Chicago & Alton Railway Co. In 1867 conducted grocery and tavern at Noble and Bradley; organized the St. Stanislaus Kostka Society as the nucleus of the St. Stanislaus Kostka parish; was co-organizer of the first and the mother parish of all Polish parishes in Chicago. Is considered as the first Polish settler in Chicago. In 1868 became agent of the immigration agency in Chicago, Ill. Transported over 100,000 immigrants to United States of America, mostly Poles. Died in 1900 in Chicago, Ill.

From: "Who's Who in Polish America" by Rev. Francis Bolek, Editor-in-Chief; Harbinger House, New York, 1943