By 1917, Gus had moved to Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio where he enlisted in the National Army on 3 October 1917. On 14 Dec 1917 he was discharged as an alien enemy.[ii] It would be 1918 before Gus became a U S citizen.
Gus remained in Martins Ferry where he found work in the Gaylord Mines. Over the years the immigrant with a sixth grade education worked his way up from a coal loader to a coal miner.[iii]
On 6 June 1924 Gus married Mary Ann Fendrick, another immigrant from Hungary, in St Mary’s Catholic Church in Martins Ferry, Belmont, Ohio. A daughter, Irene, was born on 25 May 1925 and a son Gustav Joseph was born 11 Nov 1926. Sadly Irene had died on 18 August 1926. Mary Elizabeth joined the family 6 Sep 1932 and John Robert was born 26 April 1934.
Gus worked in the coal mines until his death 7 Jan 1965. His funeral was held at St Mary’s and he is buried in St Mary’s Cemetery, high on a hill overlooking the Ohio River.
[i] Year: 1910; Census Place: Cleveland Ward 20, Cuyahoga, Ohio; Roll: T624_1171; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 0306; FHL microfilm: 1375184.
[ii] Ancestry.com. Ohio Military Men, 1917-18 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2000. Original data: Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-1918. Vol. I-XXIII. Columbus, OH, USA: F. J. Heer Printing Co., 1926.
[iii] : Year: 1940; Census Place: Martins Ferry, Belmont,Ohio; Roll: T627_3029; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 7-26.