Ivan III Vasilievich was known as "Ivan the Great" (1440-1505) was the Grand duke of Muscovy from 1462 to 1505. His victories against the Tartars laid the foundations for eventual Russian unity. Tsars, Emperors of Russia, started with Peter Romanovs 1682-1725, known as "Peter the Great", took title of Tsar in 1721. That is the area I'm looking for information. My chart begins in 1680. Peter ruled in uncertain times with a huge military force. Peter controlled huge armies who defended his land with a force that rivaled no other. But he was unhappy. His armies were winning in the open plains to the east. They defended the land to the west and there was little opposition from the south. Though they seldom lost any battles with the likes of Genghis Khan, he was unhappy because he lost 2000 men defeating their 1000. Peter the Great wanted to modernize his armies. He was jealous of the muskets the Barbarians used. He wanted the long knives for his officers. He wanted modern farm equipment, better facilities, modern methods. His people resisted wanting to hold on to the age old ways their fathers tough them. They wanted to remain the way they had been for hundreds and hundreds of years. The people resisted any change to their closed in, secure life. The council also resisted the new ideas. The military leaders preferred the safety of outnumbering any enemies rather than risk change and possible defeat with new ideas. This, of course, ran contrary to the Czars wishes. As in all governments, there was a faction of the council which deeply resisted the modern changes sought by the Czar. Fearing the rapid modernization of the army would undermine their determination to acquire power, they secretly plotted a rebellion. The history books are not clear about this particular attempted overthrow. Almost all the recorded history of the time was kept by monks whose primary aim was to point out the need for spiritual improvements.
The Tschirkys were always in the Canton of St Gall, Mels and the surrounding hills. They had several name variations because of marriages between different nationalities such as Romans, and Greeks. Though I believe the Russian name was actually CHIGORIN which translates to Tschirgi easily. In a book I prize given to me By Dr. Robert Tschirgi there is a quote about where Tschirgi came from. The book includes a story relayed to him from his Grandmother. I quote, "... that my ancestor was a Russian general by the name of Tachirgorian, and by the time the Republic of Switzerland was formed, he, together with his company of soldiers, fled from the despotic government of Russia to the promise of freedom in the mountain fastness of the Alps and of Switzerland. In this harbor of safety the name Tachirgirian was changed to Tschirgi, omitting the letters which would betray the Russian identification. I suppose this is why so many have a difficulty in determining the nationality of the name, calling it Italian, Japanese and whatnot." The Russian General in finding a name so close to his own might have decided to stay in the area."
to see some pictures of Weistannen, Switzerland.
! NEW! My chart pages are under heavy construction. You can watch their progress by clicking ! here.
In the 1900 census, great-great grandfather Fred (right) +1876 is living with his mother in her house with his little sister Mammie. His mother, Anna dies 25 January 1902. He marries Amelia Doerrer on 14 October 1902 at 26 years old. He is my Great Grandfather who left Dubuque around 1910 to work as a printer for his older brother Anthony A. Tschirgi in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My grandfather, Fred, was about 5 when they moved from Dubuque to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Fred and Amelia have 3 boys; Fredrick Harry +3 March 1905, Raymond Henry +20 May 1906, and Arnold Joseph + 3 May 1912. Anthony by the way, owned Russell's Railway Guides now Russell's Guides Inc. and is still directed by Ruth Tschirgi Berry.
My great-grandmother died when grandfather was about 12 probably from complications from birth. It was a devastating event for the family. Fred took care of his two little brothers Ray and Arnold. When Arnold was old enough to take care of himself, grandfather was working for Armour Corporation as a book keeper. He married my grandmother Bessie Wiblishouser +24 December 1906 on 16 December 1925. Armour transfered him to Boonsville, MO., Elk City, OK., Woodward, OK., where they had their only child, my father, Fred +16 Jan 1934. Then on to Windfield, KS., before setteling in Houston, TX. in 1937. They lived in Houston till 1959 when they moved to Taylor, TX.
The middle brother Ray joined the Navy and was in Pearl Harbor when it was bombed in 1945. Raymond spent 30 years in the Navy. He married the former Mary Ann Cavazza in 1932. They settled in Daily City, California when he retired until his death in 2000. He had one son Raymond born 1934. Raymond has 2 daughters, Laura Nichols and Vicki Gainni.
Arnold married Paulene Someone in July 1938. They adopted one girl named Pamela.
Fred and Bessie Tschirgi
Click here for some pictures.
The story is one of the Johnston Testers owners had work done on his house and charged it to the company. Very illegal. Grandad turned him into the IRS. I don't know what happened but they moved to Taylor, Texas about 1956 and Grandad worked for Taylor Bedding till he retired. Life in small town Texas is good. The water in Taylor is horrable but country living, if you want to put your life on idle, is great.
Fred and Nancy Tschirgi
My Soap Box:
Smoking took 33 years from my mother’s life. Both of her parents lived past 85. Mom died of lung cancer at 57. My father smoked and suffered from emphysema. He did not enjoy his life much after moms death 12.5 years before. He died 13 years early because he smoked. Both of his parents were past 85 when they died. I feel I have lost some lung capacity due to my smoking for 14 years 15+ years ago. Who knows how many years I've shaved off my life. When I run I believe I could go further if I could get more oxygen to into my system. Direct result of poor judgement on my part.
Don't you make the wrong choice. RJ Reynolds has adversely affected my family.
Don't let smoking ruin a generation of your family too.
I think the man below would agree.
Fred and Elaine Tschirgi, Ibiza Spain, 1989
North Dakota!Picture above, Dad said he hadn't seen a picture of us in a while.
I retired honorably in 1995 at the rank of Master Sergeant. My final job title was Chief, Air Traffic Control Training. Air force retirement put me in the wonderful position of being able to pursue a new career. I graduated (3.9 GPA) in June 97 with my second degree in electronics from DeVry University. I found work as a network manager at Irving Independent School District. I had a house built just the way Elaine wanted it in Grand Prairie. That is where we make our home. We're still having fun and she's still the one. Life is good here on the far side of the bell curve.
People I would like to get in contact with again are:
grandbaby, Angela Charlotte Sutton and my first grandson, Mike. Who ever said, "If I knew grandchildren
were so much fun, I would have had them first." was right on the mark.
And finally, your host. Retired from a school district in 2012. I spend my time between traveling, gardening,