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George W. Karpus (1864-1953)
Born in Poland. Owned merchant business in Bay City, Mich.

1915 biography. Added Sept., 2010.

History of Michigan, Volume IV, by Charles Moore (1915)


Coming to the United States as a poor boy, with no knowledge of English, and handicapped by the lack of financial support, George W. Karpus, notwithstanding these early obstacles in his career, overcame them all, and is now at the head of one of the large mercantile concerns of Bay City. He is a man who merits to the fullest extent the esteem and respect in which he is held at Bay City.

German Poland was his birthplace on October 18, 1864. His parents were Andrew and Susan (Redtlewski) Karpus. His parents came to America from Germany in 1888, settling in Bay City, where his father followed farming and city work until his death in January, 1908, at the age of seventy-four years. The mother still lives in Bay City at the age of sixty-eight. Of the eleven children, two are now deceased, and the other Bay City merchant was the oldest of this large family.

As a boy he attended school in Germany. From early childhood he had heard of America, and it was an ambition formed almost in his boyhood to realize his dreams in the new world. As the oldest member of the family it devolved upon him to begin earning his own support as soon as possible, and still a young man he ventured to America alone, and after some search found employment as clerk in a store. He finally reached Bay city, and in order to perfect his knowledge of English and of American business customs, he took a course and graduated from the Bay City Business College. For twenty-five years Mr. Karpus was steadily employed as a clerk, in various lines and in various establishments. With the proof of this long experience and with the credit which his industry and integrity had gained for him, and with some capital of his own he established in 1901 the G. W. Karpus Merchant Company, which from a small beginning has developed into one of the large retail department stores in Bay City. A large and varied and well selected stock of merchandise is handled and the business uses two floors and basement of a building sixty by sixty feet. Besides Mr. Karpus himself, eight expert salesmen are employed besides other minor clerks.

Mr. Karpus is a Republican in politics, belongs to the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Mutual Benefit Association, the Polish Nation Alliance, and worships in the Catholic faith. At Bay City, on November 18, 1890, he married Miss Pelegia Myszynski. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Muszynski, are a well known family still living in Bay City. Mrs. Karpus died September 13, 1909. Mr. Karpus married for his second wife, November 6, 1914, Anna B. Wolorzyk. Her parents, Mr. And Mrs. John Wolorzyk, are well known farmers in Kawkawlin township, Michigan. Mrs. Karpus has served in various lines and in various establishments as a bookkeeper, and during the last four years had full charge, as City Deputy Recorder, of Bay City.

Additional Notes.

    Family Genealogy:

  • George W. Karpus first marriage was to Pelagria Musynski, b. 1867 Poland, d. 1909.
  • His second marriage was to Anna B. Wolorszyk, daugher of Jacob F. Wolorszyk and Agatha Piesik, was born July 1892, in Kawkawlin, Bay, Mich., and they married on Oct. 6, 1914. They had two children, George R. (b. abt. 1915) and Agatha M. (b. abt. 1919). George W. died in 1953.

    1890 Directory: Bay City, Mich.

  • Karpus, Andrew lab, res e s Michigan ave 5 s of 36th.
  • Karpus, George W clerk James Seed & Co., res 202 S Farragut.
  • Karpus, Stephen lab Eddy, Avery & Eddy, bds 713 Michigan.
  • Karpus Wm lab N B Bradley & Sons, res McKenney farm.

    1897-98 Report of Adjutant General for Years (1899)

  • Karpus, John Private, Bay City, Company C, Third Michigan Volunteer Infantry.
    Note 1: John (b. Feb., 1878, Poland/German, d. 25 Sep 1939, Bay City, son of Andrew & Susanna (Rytlewski) Karpus.
    Note 2: Company C was comprised primarily of soldiers from Bay City.

    1900 Census: Bay City, Mich.

  • Karpus, Andrew b. Dec. 1840 Poland/Germany
  • Susanna wife, b. May 1845 Poland/Germany
  • John son, b. Feb. 1878 Poland/Germany
  • Peter son, b. Sep. 1879 Poland/Germany
  • Mary daughter, Aug 1882 Poland/Germany
  • Martha daughter, Dec 1885 Poland/Germany
Related Note & Pages
George W. Karpus in front of his store on Columbus Ave.
Related Pages:
None at this time.
People Referenced
Karpus, Andrew (father)
Karpus, Agatha M. (dau)
Karpus, George R. (son)
Karpus, George W. (subj.)
Karpus, John (bro)
Karpus, Martha (sis)
Karpus, Mary (sis)
Karpus, Peter (bro)
Musynski, Pelegia (1-wife)
Piesik, Agatha
Rytlewski, Susanna (mother)
Wolorszyk, Anna B. (2-wife)
Wolorszyk, Jacob F.
Subjects Referenced
3d MI Inf, Co. C
Bay City, MI
Bay City Bus. Col.
Eddy, Avery & Eddy
G W Karpus Co.
James Seed & Co.
N B Bradley & Sons
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