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Frank Grurich Family

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Frank Grgurich was born on April 2, 1894, in a small village in Sunger, Croatia, which is located in the mountainous northern section of Yugoslavia. He came to the United States in 1913, at the age of 19 years. He met and married Helen Jakovac, who was born in Mrkopoly, Croatia, May 22, 1895. They were married at the Assumption Church in Granger, Iowa November 21, 1914.

The family lived at Scandia, Iowa, and, after moving to several other towns, settled in Madrid in 1919. Frank Grgurich worked in several coal mines, but after the mines were closed, was employed by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Des Moines. He died shortly after his retirement in 1959.

Mr. and Mrs. Grgurich were the parents of three children: Carl Grgurich, of Des Moines; Elma Grgurich Konchar, of Madrid; and one son, Ivan, who died as a young child. Helen Grgurich still resides in Madrid, and has six grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

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