|THE PARENTS AND FAMILY OF JAMES FRANCIS FLORIAN
written by Judith Florian
JOSEPH FERDINAND FLORIAN: Son of Ferdinand Florian [b. 1869 Bavaria, Germany] and Mary "Grossy" Ackerman Florian, Joseph was born Aug. 17, 1900 in Washington, Pa. "He attended Washington High School, and quit in 1916 after his sophomore year. He went to work for his brother, Francis L., in the Washington Wiring Company. In the early days of radio, he attended the Factory Service Indoctrination School, Majestic Radio Factory, Chicago, Ill. After he completed radio school, he went back to work for his brother, Francis. About 1933, due to the Depression, Francis moved the Washington Wiring Company out of the business district to his garage at the rear of 275 Donnan Avenue, Washington, Pa. Joe moved the radio equipment to the living room of his home, 643 Allison Avenue, Washington, Pa. and set up ‘Joe’s Radio Shop’. He operated this repair shop until 1950 when he decided to close it down. In July 1941, he went to work (as an electrician) for Jessop Steel Co., Washington, Pa. He worked there until Dec. 8, 1952, at which time he met with a tragic accident. In the course of his work, he came in contact with 25,000 volts of electricity and was instantly killed." [This is quoted from the work of Joseph F. "Bud" Florian, Jr., courtesy of his daughter, Roseanne Florian Bunnell.] On Oct. 7, 1922, Joseph married Daisy Irene Hatfield. Five children were born to Joseph and Irene: Mary Dolores b. June 24, 1923; Jean Marie b. Jan. 23, 1925; Joseph Ferdinand, Jr., b. Apr. 22, 1926; James Francis b. Dec. 9, 1927 and John Richard Florian b. Sept. 20, 1930. Joseph Sr. was a member of St. Hilary’s Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name Society, and the American Legion, all Washington, Pa. He lived in the same city his entire life, lastly at 643 Allison Ave. Joseph died Mon., Dec. 8, 1952 and was buried Thurs., Dec. 11 in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Washington Co., Pa. He was 52 yrs. old, 3 months, and 21 days old at his death. See The History of Washington County, Pennsylvania by Earle R. Forrest: Chicago The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1926, Vol. 2, pp. 524-527 for biographical sketch about Francis L. Florian with photo on p. 525.
DAISY IRENE HATFIELD FLORIAN (written by Judith Florian): Daughter of Charles Preston Hatfield and Madge Violet Gantz Hatfield, Daisy I. "Irene" was born Jan. 28, 1904 in Webster, Westmoreland Co., Pa. Daisy Irene was the oldest of 4 children. Her brother and sisters were Lawrence M. "Bud", Grace R., Dorothy E. She attended Lone Pine School, Washington High School, Washington Business College, and W & J Adult Education Program [1955-6]. On Oct. 7, 1922, Irene married Joseph Ferdinand Florian, Sr. in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. Five children were born to Joseph and Irene: Mary Dolores b. June 24, 1923; Jean Marie b. Jan. 23, 1925; Joseph Ferdinand, Jr., b. Apr. 22, 1926; James Francis b. Dec. 9, 1927 and John Richard Florian b. Sept. 20, 1930. She worked at Radio Supply, Jefferson Ave., Washington Co., Pa. as a bookkeeper and accountant until her retirement. Originally a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Canonsburg, she switched to Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church and later, she was a member of St. Hilary’s Roman Catholic Church, both in Washington, Pa. Her son, Jack, and his wife made their home with Daisy Irene [several homes]. She was a resident at Kade’s Nursing Home during some of her last illnesses. On Tues., July 11, 1995, at age 91, (Daisy) Irene died after a long illness. She was buried Fri., July 14, 1995 in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Washington, Pa. Daisy I. was 91 years, 5 months, 16 days old when she died.
"Obituary" and "Funeral Notice" for JOSEPH FERDINAND FLORIAN, see The Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Mon. Dec. 8, 1952, p. 1 and p. 10, and see Tues., Dec. 9, 1952, p. 8; "Funeral Notice," p. 18; see The Observer newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Dec. 9, 1952, front page, Photo with Caption: "Is Electrocuted. "Joseph F. Florian, 52, was instantly killed yesterday while at work at Jessop Steel Company where he was an electrician. His death occurred when he came in contact with a 25,000 volt line atop a circuit breaker." Article "Man Killed At Jessop Plant - Joseph Florian, 52, Is Electrocuted," front page and p. 10. His son, James F. Florian, is listed on page 10, column one.
According to Rose Florian, the funeral for Joseph F. Florian was huge. He was well-liked and had a lot of friends.
See Article from the Post-Tribune, Gary, In., "Grandfather Was My Hero," by Dolores Fetcko about her Grandfather Ferdinand Florian.
"Obituary" and "Funeral Notice" for DAISY IRENE HATFIELD FLORIAN - see The Observer-Reporter, Washington Co., Pa., Weds., July 12, 1995, p.
NOTE: Irene had 38 grandchildren, 131 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great-grandchildren at the time of her death; the figures given in the "Obituary" were incorrect.
NOTE: See The Florian Family History: The History of Ferdinand and Mary Catherine Ackerman Florian, Compiled by Joseph Ferdinand Florian, Jr. and Roseanne Florian Bunnell, 1992, p. 3, p. 8 [Indexed.]
The above write-ups are quoted by the author from The Preacher and His Kids: Descendants of Reverend Daniel Lane
of Washington County Pennsylvania. Focusing on the family of Daniel Lane and Anna England Lane;
with a short history of known information of the LANE family in Frederick Co., Md. [until 1809],
and in Washington Co., Pa. [from 1809 on], then spreading across the nation [early 1900's].
By: Ruth Elizabeth Lane McGary and Judith Ann Florian, With Catherine Louise Caldwell,
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