Roman Edward Smeiska 1867-1943
Emma Bertha Emilie Buending Smeiska 1872-1951
Roman and Emma married in 1892 in Milwaukee and settled there. The 1900 census shows Roman worked as a bookkeeper. He owned his own home free and clear. Emma kept a busy household. Although she had been married eight years, her first child was just 3 months old. Her mother-in-law, Annie, her brother Fred, and a boarder were also living with the family. No street address was given. In 1905. Roman's occupation was "agent, coal." In 1910, Emma had her home to herself and her small family.The family had moved to a rental property at 1067 22nd Ave. Roman worked as a stockkeeper in a tannery. I can't find Roman in the 1920 census. A 1918 directory lists him as farming in Racine County. I have to assume he was either away from home on census day or was working in another town. Emma lists her marital status as married. The occupation is illegible, but I have to assume she was farming, since there is a farm schedule number listed and the address block say Fm. Her home is owned. She had also had another child, a daughter.
In 1930 Roman and Emma are listed in Milwaukee county with daughter Adella. Roman has retired from farming and is now an office worker. Both are buried in Arlington Park Cemetery, Greenfield, WI.