A family of farmers makes a claim in a new land

By Anna Dubas In 1870, almost 50 percent of the United States population was employed in agriculture. With that in mind, my ancestors, Andrew Dubas and his wife, Agnes Podraza, decided to leave their homeland of Pilzno, Poland, and head to America in hopes of farming their own land. Andrew and Agnes, who would be my great-great-grandparents, left Poland for the United States in 1874 to escape hardship and poverty. Both of their families were hardworking but poor farmers, like many Polish families during the time. They heard of the many opportunities the United States had to offer in...

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