Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Al Hanisko

Alois Michael Hanisko

July 25, 1909    

September 9, 1976
Pana, IL    

1927-28 Witt High School - Illinois (High School)
1928-29 Standard Swamps Glassmen (Independent)
1928-29 Alton Sweepers (Independent)
1929-30 Decatur Morans (Independent)
1939-40 Hammond Ciesar All-Americans (NBL)

All we knew: Last name Hanisko & played one game for Hammond. SO where from here?

First clue was from the Alton Evening Telegraph on March 10, 1930, which lists a player named Hanisko who played for the Decatur Morans team that defeated the Alton Streepers (sic?). Apparently this particular Hanisko, along with teammate Chervinko, played for Alton the prior season. This was helpful, for it lead to the December 30, 1927 issue of the Illini


Here we see these two names again, Chervinko and Hanisko (although we now get a first initial for Chervinko, "P") playing for Witt High School in Illinois. However, there is also a "G Chervinko" at Witt, not that this matters for Hanisko's ID. In 1928-29, Hanisko was with Standard Swamps Glassmen.

I found the Witt Centennial document, which talks of that Witt High School team. And we get a first name for Hanisko. "Al". There is also references to a Mrs. Hanisko named Gladys. At this point, I am saying that is his wife.


So Gladys L. Hanisko is buried in St. Barbara in Witt.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hanisko&GSfn=gladys&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=95133256&df=all& .

Along with our guy, it seems. Alois M. Hanisko


So, now we know Alios Hanisko was a basketball star at Witt High School in Illinois. Son of Suzanna and Michael. Married to Gladys. Had one son, Alios Jr, and a daughter, Barbabra Cheney (1936-2013). Name seems to be misspelled in some places, but the overwhelming use is Alois.


Here is their daughter's obituary:

Al served in the USMC during World War 2.

Not a bad bit of work.


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