Stevens Point newspaper route owners reunite after 70 years

STEVENS POINT – A PBS television program inspired two former newspaper route owners — now in their eighties — to reunite seven decades after they worked together delivering the Stevens Point Daily Journal on the city’s north side.

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A PBS television program inspired two former newspaper route owners — now in their eighties — to reunite seven decades after they worked together delivering the Stevens Point Daily Journal on the city’s north side. (Photo via Portage County Gazette)

Marvin Przekurat told the Portage County Gazette he was a student at St. Peter Grade School in 1947 when Eugene “Mousy” Dzikoski brought him on to help with deliveries on his 100-subscriber newspaper route. The two worked together for nearly two years before Przekurat took over as owner of the route.

After watching a TV program earlier this year in which PBS identified one of two boys playing in a photo from after World War II, Przekurat wondered what had happened to Dzikoski, whose name he only knew as “Mousy.” Przekurat contacted one of Mousy’s former neighbors, who provided the missing first name.

That prompted Prezekurat to realize they may have crossed paths recently at funerals for Dzikoski’s sister, Cordelia “Corky” Cychosz, and her husband’s brother-in-law, David J. Katzmark. Prezekurat didn’t know the extent of the family connections at the time, but after checking the information in both obituaries, Prezekurat contacted Katzmark’s son, Mike, who explained it all and gave him Dzikoski’s contact information.

Finally, Prezekurat and Dzikoski were able to reconnect, having lunch in Stevens Point earlier this month.

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