Josef Malcherczyk—America’s Secret Super Power

Josef Malcherczyk was born March 16, 1887, in the village of Raszowa in the

Josef Malcherczyk 1907-Conscript in Prussian Army
Josef Malcherczyk 1907-Conscript in Prussian Army

County of Silesia, Prussia. His education was equal to K-12 followed by vocational training as a blacksmith. Josef was conscripted into the Prussian Army between 1905 and 1907. He developed an unexplained obsession with America, and when he was almost ready to go there, he presented his father with fait accompli. Thus, forfeiting his inheritance of a sizable freehold ancestral farm that had been in the Malcherczyk family since 1706.

Josef arrived in America on March 10, 1910, on the NECKAR, his ship of travel. An Aunt who was a Dominican nun sponsored him with his first job at St. Johns Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. ln 1911, he pursued his blacksmithing trade at mining camps in

SS Neckar
SS Neckar

Colorado and New Mexico. ln Tyrone, New Mexico he met and married his first wife, Ethel Braser in 1914. On July 4, 1914, he became a naturalized U.S. citizen at El Paso, Texas.

Josef and Ethel had three sons, Robert, Joseph, and James, between 1916 and 1920. Together they moved to Los Angeles, California. In 1920, he built a blacksmith shop in Glendale and operated a prosperous business until 1943 when he retired. On May 3, 1928, Josef changed his name to Joseph A. Malch. Their fourth son, Bud, was born on April 22, 1930. Unfortunately, after a sudden illness from pneumonia, Ethel died in December 1930. Three years after Ethel’s death, Joseph married Appolonia Didion on July 4, 1933, and his fifth son, John, was born on July 13, 1935. Continue reading Josef Malcherczyk—America’s Secret Super Power