By 1914 my great-grandfather Abraham Schoenholz of Zaleszczyki in
Galicia had sent all of his children to America. He and his second wife
were not able to leave until 1921.
I was told the following by Abraham's grandson, who was told it by his
mother (Abraham's daughter). I wrote it down word-for-word as the
grandson was talking.
"In 1916 Abraham and a group of people in Zaleszczyki were going to
travel together to get a ship and go to America. On the day they were
leaving, Abraham and his wife got to the bridge when he remembered
that he promised a widow who had a disabled child that when he left he
would take them with him. He turned his wagon around and went back to
get them. By the time they got back to the bridge the Russians had
destroyed it, so they couldn't leave.
"He hid in the woods >from the Russians and was found by the army and
drafted on the spot, even though he had served in the army years earlier
when he took the place of his married brother."
Since Abraham lived in Zaleszczyki, he most likely served in the Austrian
Army earlier when he took his brother's place. He was born about 1860
and his oldest child was born about 1885. So the earlier army service
would have ended a couple of years before 1885.
I searched military records for Austria at the Family History Library in
Salt Lake City. They all seem to be for officers only and I couldn't find him
in those records.
Are there any records of men taking the place of someone else in the
Austrian Army? Could he possibly have been drafted into the Russian
Army? Are there any records?
The grandson is no longer available for clarification of the story.
Thank you for your guidance and suggestions.