Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums
Donald L. Novitski
LH – 420
Scope and Content
This collection was donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums in 2016.
Donald L. Novitski (also sometimes spelled Nowicki) was born in Erlin, Ohio, March 27, 1930 and lived in Fremont, Ohio. September 4, 1950, he married Celine Margaret Darr, also of Fremont, Ohio. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. The couple settled in Fremont, Ohio and later moved to Baltimore, Maryland. They raised four children: Lisa, Mark, Therese, and Marty. Donald died January 17, 2010 in Clarksville, Maryland.
Donald was the son of Alban Louis Novitski and Katherine Rose Marie Malkmus who married May 25, 1924. Alban was the owner of a grocery store in Erlin, Ohio. He died in 1932 at the age of 29 after developing complications from multiple surgeries. Katherine then married Carroll Mayle also of Fremont, Ohio. Alban was the twelfth and youngest child of Adealbert (George) Nowicki (Novitski) who was born in Posan, Poland December 4, 1857, who married Appoline (Pelagia) Catherine Severt Zewart born December 20, 1858, also in Posan, Poland. The couple married in Posan February 14, 1878. They came to the United States ca. 1881/1882
Scope and Content
Created by the late Donald L. Novitski, this collection contains approximately 120 black and white photographs, obituaries, funeral notices, school records, communion cards, naturalization papers, and other family memorabilia. The collection focuses on three generation of the Novitski (Nowicki) family: Adealebert, Alban, and Donald L. of which there are genealogical records. The records also include some data on the families with whom the Novitskis intermarried: Malkmus, Darr, and Thoma.
Donald Novitski’s school records, religious education records, photographs and additional memorabilia from Sandusky County’s Stokes School (1939 – 1940); St. Joseph’s High School, Fremont, Ohio; and Nazareth Hall Military School, Grand Rapids, Ohio are a part of this collection. Also included are individual photographs of the 1948 graduating class of St. Joseph’s High School.
There are photographs of Alban and Katherine Malkmus Novitski’s wedding, their communion photographs, and of Malkmus and Thoma relatives as well as an image of the Thoma Dairy, a grocery store belonging to the Malkmus family, and the genealogy of the August Malkmus family.
1/3 linear feet
Photograph album containing approximately 120 black and white photographs and memorabilia from the families of Novitski (Nowicki), Malkmus, Thoma, and Darr families.