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Mukilteo’s Polish community l Muk Revisited


Last updated 9/26/2018 at Noon

The Brodniak and Goralski families were active in Mukilteo’s baseball team. This was a team of mill workers whose main rival was the mill team from Port Angeles. Frank Brodniak, Frankie Goralski and John Brodniak are in the front row of the. Johnnie Brodniak is the boy on the far right in the front row.

Crown Lumber attracted laborers from all over the world. The best known are the Japanese workers who came to Mukilteo in the early 1900s.

Not so well-known are the Poles. About six interconnected families of Polish descent, now blended into Mukilteo’s history, came here from one county in Minnesota. They came for jobs in the lumber mill and stayed to build our community.

Using U.S. Census records, I found a number of families with Polish origins who were neighbors in Mukilteo in 1910. Ten years earlier, in 1900, they were neighbors in Otter Tail County, Minnesota. These families, in alp...

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