BC: FOREVER YOUNG
FC: WILLIAM GEORGE NICKLOFF VOLume I
1: We dedicate this photographic mosaic to you Dad, in honor of your adventurous and youthful spirit; your inquiring mind, and your limitless love of family | With love and admiration, Kathleen and Michael March 26, 2013
2: William George Nickloff (aka The Sage) was born July 17, 1921 in Highland Park, Michigan to parents Charles and Emilia Nickloff. He was a quiet, well behaved yet spirited child who loved to tease his younger brother Charles Arthur and sister Betty Hazel . He was fascinated by airplanes and this love, and his insatiable curiosity about how things work and how they are constructed, continues today. He also showed an early interest in photography which was due in part to his father's constant snapping of pictures. Billy was born with an artistic gift which he inherited from his talented mother who surrounded herself and her family with nature's beauty and gold paint. | William George
3: Emma and Charlie..... A Love Story They came to America seeking a better life. A few years after their arrival, they met and fell in love. Their story continues today with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who carry on their legacy of love of family, music and laughter. | Charles, Emilia, Arthur,Billy, Betty and Bette Jane Woodman | Schatz (Charlie) and Schatzy (Emma), rarely passed up an opportunity to dance.
4: Charles Sotir Nickloff, or Dedo (Macedonian for grandfather), was born on August 15, 1893 in Monastir (Bitola), in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia which was at that time, part of the Ottoman Empire. He was gregarious and proud, and especially proud to become an American. He never whispered....he roared! Dedo was a strict father and discouraged his children from learning the language from the "old country". He loved playing with his grandchildren and tossing them into the air like dolls. He turned them into airplanes as he swung them around by their hands and feet. He enjoyed nothing more than having his grandchildren sing and dance for any audience. His outdoor speakers often entertained his neighbors with Polka music. He loved HAM radio....and all the associated wires and antennae. The jingling of coins in his pocket and the sweet pungent smell of his cigar, signaled that he was near. | Dedo in his HAM shack out back in the rumpus room. | Dedo with Susie Creekmore | Charles, Charlie, or Dedo, (Macedonian word for grandfather), was a dedicated husband, strict father and proud grandfather. As a new American citizen, he insisted that his children speak only English and immerse themselves in American culture. He was born Charles Sotir Nickoloff (also Nikoloff and Nickloff) on August 15, 1893 in the town of Monastir, also known as Bitola, in an area which is now know as Macedonia and once a part of the Ottoman Empire. Nothing pleased him more than to show off his grandchildren and watch us sing and dance for an audience. He enjoyed tossing us about on his lawn and swinging us around by our hands and feet like airplanes. He was loud, gregarious and generous with his family and friends. We always knew he was near if we smelled the sweet pungent scent of his cigar, or heard the familiar sound of coins jingling in his pocket. As an entrepreneur, he worked long and hard hours in his restaurant: Charlie's Original Cafe.
5: Bottom row right to left Sotir,Vasilka,Olga,Dmitri,George | Charles' father Kostadin came to America in 1903 to seek a more stable environment for his family. Despite his small stature, (5'6" 135 lbs) Kosti had been breaking horses for the Turkish army and making close Turkish, Moslem friends. They warned him that because of his Christian faith (Greek Orthodox), and the persecution of non-Moslems in the area, things were going to get very rough for him and his family. He wisely took their advice and soon left Belgrade, Serbia by train to Bremen Germany where he planned to take a ship to the US. He missed his ship, and had to wait there for a month before he could head across the ocean to Baltimore Maryland on a ship called the Cassel. | Charles
6: Charlie (Dedo) joined Kosti in 1905 and the remaining family followed them to their new home in Cleveland Ohio in 1910. The family soon moved North to Michigan where they settled in Detroit and then Dearborn. Kosti supported his family as a confectioner, making and selling salt water taffy, and selling ice cream and peanuts. He also dabbled in real estate in Michigan. His inventions of a soldiering technique and illuminated single character light bulbs to be used on signs can be found in 1931 patent records. It seems that his grandson Billy has inherited his inventive nature and insatiable curiosity about all things. | Upper right to left: Vasilka, Charlie holding Olga, James, Christina and George
7: Kosti and Charlie | Charlie......12 years old | Charlie
8: Emilia, or Honey as her grandchildren lovingly called her, was joyful and artistic. She was born Emilia Pauline Matje Jager(Yaeger, Yager) on July 24, 1899 in Molidorf, Austria Hungary. She loved to cook and entertain and never needed an excuse to host a party. There was always something delicious simmering in Honey's kitchen and if you didn't see her there, you would find her in her garden which she tended with love and great care. She talked to her plants as she fed them coffee grounds and egg shells. The scent of roses, mint, gardenias and magnolia blossoms was present in her home, regardless of the season. She also loved making and eating sauerkraut; eating watermelon; growing mint and garlic; spraying everything gold and loving her family. Garlic, mint, rose geraniums and onions grew outside her kitchen door, ever ready for her harvest. Honey's "Cabin Coffee" became legendary! | Antiques, bows, painting and decorating gave her great pleasure and she had a penchant for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Everyone loved to watch her perform her magic!
9: Emilia came to America from Molidorf in 1914 after her mother also named Emilia and known as Anna Maria, died of typhus in 1909 at age 31. Her younger brothers Peter, and Mathias died in early childhood . Her father Karl after loosing his wife and two sons, left in 1911 at the age of 39 for Cincinnati where he operated a Jack Hammer and later worked as a Cooper. Left an orphan, Emilia was cared for by her paternal grandmother Katharina Jager(Schwartz) who had 12 grown children of her own. She worked in the fields and helped with domestic chores for her family. | While working in the fields, young boys would often tease her by dropping mice down her shirt. This experience contributed to her great fear of rodents !
10: Emilia Pauline (Honey, Emma, Meidel) Jaeger Parents: Karl Yaeger(1872-unk) and Emilia (Maria) Matje (1878-1909) Grandparents: Franz Matje (1840-unk) and Elisabeth Kovacs (1842-1931) Franz Yaeger (1845-1895) and Katharina Schwartz (1852-1916) | Emilia Pauline Always playful | Emilia Pauline Stylish and artistic | Emilia and Olga
11: Charles and Emma hanging out! | Emilia and Charles 1919 | Charlie | Charlie the charmer
12: Emilia arrived in America on the "Imperator" on April 9, 1914 | Soon after her arrival in America, Emelia was placed in a position as a domestic servant in Detroit. Several years later, she met Charles, who was an acquaintance of her clients the Linicks and their friendship deepened.
13: JAEGER Emilia - Age: 16 -From: Mollydorf -DtAr: Thursday, 9 Apr 1914 - To: Detroit, MI -Via: Ham/NY -Ship: Imperator | JAEGER Karl - Age: 39 -From: Mollydorf -DtAr: Friday, 5 May 1911 - To: Cincinnati, OH -Via: Bre/NY Ship: Breslau Mother, Katharine Jaeger, lives at Mollydorf . Going to join cousin, Franz Soznogy. Son of +Franz Jaeger and Katharine Schwarz Mollydorf, oo 11 Jun 1899 Mollydorf to Emilia Matje, *1876 Mollydorf, dau of Franz Matje and Elisabeth Kovacs. | Ellis Island New York Harbor | Ellis Island Record:
14: Honey and Dedo played hard and worked hard! In fact, I can't ever remember seeing them sitting idle.
15: Charles | Emilia | Emilia
16: Emilia Pauline Jaeger | Charles Sotir Nickloff Born August 15, 1893 | Charles Sotir
17: Emilia Pauline Matje Jaeger and Charles Sotir Nickloff unite in marriage in a double ceremony with brother James Dmitri Nickoloff and Mimi (Maria) Gasper Volek September 14, 1919 Detroit, Michigan | Also present: Kosti, Ephrosina, Christina, Bessie, Paul, Olga
18: Kosti | Charlie with his mother Efrosina | 50th Wedding Anniversary Kosti and Efrosina | Kosti and Emilia | Efrosina
19: Charlie was a natural shutter bug.....He usually had a camera with him and loved documenting his photos. His son Bill inherited that love of photography and that love remains one of his great pleasures today. | Charlie taking Emilia out for a spin in their Model T Ford | Belle Isle Picnic Mimi, Ephrosina, Christina and Olga
20: Efrosina, Olga, and Mimi Belle Isle Michigan 1921 | Peter, Christina, | Emilia expecting Billy 1920
21: Dedo selling Sauerkraut Cocoa Nut Candy...a crowd pleaser? | James Sr. and Christina selling peanuts | Dedo driving Honey in Model T | James Sr. and Charlie Marketing and Selling
22: Billy in his birthday suit circa 1922 x-rated | Steve Dimeff and Charlie holding John and Billy.. 387 S Frederick St. Dearborn Mich.
23: Billy with his daddy Charlie | Emilia with baby Billy | Billy's airplane won't fly | Baby Billy
24: Jimmy and Charlie Holding Nada and Billy Mimi and Emma Holding James Jr. and Arthur | Billy, Arthur Nada and Betty Michigan | Emma and Olga
25: Mimi and Emma with James Jr. and Billy | Billy On Track to a happy future! | Kosti, Efrosina, Arthur, Nada, Billy and John
26: Billy and brother Arthur | .....put another candle on your birthday cake! | Early signs of becoming a patriot
27: Honey, Dedo, Billy, James Sr and Mimi swimming at Bob-Lo Canada 1927 | Honey with Betty, Arthur and Billy | Honey with Betty and Billy at the corner of Orchard Lake Rd. and Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Hills Michigan 9/11/26 | Peanuts! Peanuts! Get 'em while they're hot!
28: Olga, Billy, Rose Betty, Nada and Arthur | Honey with Maybell Hayes 1925 | Billy and John Dimeff with Hayes Kids in Michigan
29: California bound Arizona | Raton Pass New Mexico | Dedo holding Betty with Arthur and Billy passing through Arizona
30: The Road to California On Route 66 Honey, Betty, Arthur and Billy | Moving West! 1927 New Mexico border
31: Picking California Oranges Honey, Mimi and James with kids.....Billy center | 1929 Rose Parade Billy, James Jr.,Arthur Betty and Nada
32: Rose Parade Pasadena 1929
33: Charlie's Original Coney Island RedHots Los Angeles | Charlie's Original Cafe
34: Charlie, Olga, Honey, Efrosina, Kosti, Betty, Billy, and Arthur | Catch of the Day Billy (fish), Dedo (shark), Art
35: Honey, Betty, Billy, Arthur and Efrosina 1931 | Arthur and Billy, defending the "Hood "
36: Tent cabins Lake Elsinore | Fun at Mt. Baldy (cabin washed away in a flood years later) | Efrosina, Emma Arthur, Betty and Billy
37: Havin' fun in the warm California Sun | Betty, Arthur and Billy | Betty, Honey, Art and Billy
39: To Be Continued!!! Billy begins to develop his love of music, photography, art, gardening, people, travel, repairing things, computers, animals, Turks, radishes and peppers, art of debate, inventing things, exploring all foods hot and spicy, and last but not least: LOVE of COUNTRY