Biography of Peter Kiolbassa
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

KIOLBASSA, PETER. - Born in the village of Schweiben, Silesia, Prussia. Son of Stanislas and Franciska (Burda) Kiolbassa. Parents of Polish nationality. Father was a prominent man in the affairs of his native country; was a member of the first German parliament from 1848 to 1849. Subject of sketch came to the United States with his parents Dec. 2, 1854. He had been edticated in his native village, but attended business college in San Antonia, Texas, after arrival in this country. Commenced business life as a clerk, and later taught school at Panna Maria, Texas After coming to Chicago he engaged in the real estate and fire insurance business, and has been highly successful. Was secretary to the chief of police in this city duiing 1872 and 1873; elected to the house of representatives of Illinois in 1877, and was elected city treasurer of Chicago in 1891. During the war he enlisted as a private and soon became a corporal and first sergeant of Company D, 16th Illinois Cavalry Volunteers, and later was captain of the 6th U. S. Colored Cavalry, and served from Feb. 9, 1863, to April 19, 1866. Is a Roman Catholic. Was married in 1865 to Miss Paulina Dzeiwio, and has one child, now Mrs. Rosa Kwasigroch.

The Handbook of Chicago Biography
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