Friday, November 23, 2012

Moses Szakal

Moses Szakal was born in Hungary. In 1920, he was residing in Bay Bridge, Ohio, an unincorporated area of Margaretta Township, adjacent to Sandusky Bay. Moses was listed as one of several boarders in the Steve Hurak residence. Other persons living in the Hurak home were Mr. Hurak's wife and daughter, both named Elizabeth; an infant named Louis Orshoski, and two other men of Hungarian descent, Joseph Liptok and Ignasz Varga. The Bay Bridge Medusa cement mill employed many young immigrant men. Mr. Szakal passed away on November 23, 1957, and he was buried at the Castalia Cemetery.

Moses Szakal is pictured below in a photo of several longtime employees of the Medusa Cement plant in Bay Bridge, Ohio. He is the first man in the second row, with 38 years of service. It is estimated that this picture was taken in the early 1950's. (Click on the image for an enlarged view.)

In 2005, the Erie County Historical Society placed this historical marker near the site of the Medusa Portland Cement plant, which closed in 1960.

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