Piotr Gwozdz
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Piotr Gwozdz (1885 - 1956)

Piotr "Peter" Gwozdz
Born in Wadowice, Wadowice, Königreich Galizien und Lodomerien, Erzherzogtum Österreichmap
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 3 Feb 1909 in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Died in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Jun 2019
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Piotr Gwozdz was born in April 6, 1885[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] in Wadowice, Małopolska, Poland. He was the son of Maciej Gwozdz and Marya Kurisc.[8]

He came to Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States around 1904.[3][4][5] He worked at the Berkshire Mills until he entered the business field.

On February 3, 1909 Piotr married Bronislawa Banas in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.[8] In 1910, his occupation was listed in the census records as a weaver.[3]

In 1911, Piotr and Wojciech F. Prejsnar established a grocery and soda manufacturing business. After a few years the business was moved where in 1919 a furniture store was established in place of the grocery store. In 1923, the partnership was dissolved with Mr. Gwozdz becoming the sole owner of the two enterprises.

Piotr Gwozdz, began Squeeze Beverages Inc. company in 1920 by bottling soda in the same building as the Gwozdz dry cleaning business.

In 1931, the company became affiliated with the Orange Squeeze Bottling Co. of New Orleans. In 1947, the operation was moved to Howland Avenue.

When the New Orleans plant went out of business in the 1940s, the company kept the name and continued bottling and selling the Adams version of Orange Squeeze.

He was also proprietor of the Gwozdz furniture store.

Piotr Gwozdz died February 1956 in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States from a stroke.[7] He is buried in Saint Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States.[9]


  1. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Ancestry.com [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.
  2. World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of Massachusetts; Record Group Title: Records of the Selective Service System, 1926-1975; Record Group Number: 147; Series Number: M2090. The National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census, 1910 FamilySearch. Peter Govuzdg in household of Andrew Hodur, Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 24, sheet 5A, family 70
  4. 4.0 4.1 United States Census, 1920, FamilySearch. Peter Geoozdz, Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States; citing ED 5, sheet 15B, line 83, family 289
  5. 5.0 5.1 United States Census, 1930, FamilySearch. Peter Gwozdz, Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 3, sheet 9A, line 1, family 173
  6. United States Census, 1940, FamilySearch. Peter Gwozdz, Adams Town, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 2-6, sheet 1A, line 9, family 3
  7. 7.0 7.1 United States Social Security Death Index, FamilySearch. Piotr Gwozdz, Feb 1956; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File
  8. 8.0 8.1 Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, FamilySearch. Piotr Gwozdz and Bronislawa Banas, 03 Feb 1909; citing Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, United States, State Archives, Boston; FHL microfilm 2,315,509.
  9. Find A Grave, memorial page for Piotr Gwozdz (1885–1956), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149619971, citing Saint Stanislaus Kostka Cemetery, Adams, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA

Peter Gwozdz, 70, Merchant 45 Years, Dies at his Home. The North Adams Transcript (North Adams, Massachusetts) 24 Feb 1956, Fri. Page 8. https://www.newspapers.com/image/545210414/?terms=Gwozdz%2BSqueeze


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Hi Andrea! I have updated the birth field for this profile as he would have been born in Galicia (pre-1918 area for this village.) Please follow through links to the free-space page for Galicia where you may find records in the Polish Archives to further your research. Pope John Paul was a notable from this village as well. Best of luck to you!
posted by Skye Sonczalla