“Man of affairs and lawyer,”*
Stephen FrancisSladowski was a
prominent figure among the professional men of New Jersey, especially well known for the important
service he provided to Polish immigrants.He was born in Bayonne and except for the years he was acquiring formal
and professional education has been identified with this New Jersey community.
His parents, Frank and Bessie
(Wichrowski) Sladowski, were natives of Poland, coming to the United States in
their youth.Believers in American
ideals and customs, they encouraged their son to get a good education in
preparation for his future.He was a
student at St. Andrew’s Parochial School in Bayonne and was graduated from St.
Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, Class of 1929.He attended Fordham University in New York
and matriculated at John Marshall College of Law in Jersey City, from which he
was graduated in 1934 with a Bachelor of Laws.During the following year he was admitted to the Bar and in 1938 was
licensed as a Counselor at Law. He had a sister Catherine, who
was five years younger. She attended Holy Family Academy in Bayonne and
married Al Bencko, a local musician, in 1934. They had a son, Robert,
who died shortly after birth along with his mother.
Steve was a member of the Hudson County
Bar Association and the Bayonne Bar Association and served as Special Assistant
City Attorney and Assistant City Prosecutor.His private practice was in general law with particular attention to the
difficulties of people of foreign derivations.He was a member of the Polish-American Citizens Club, the Sons of
Poland, Star of Liberty Group 23, the Polish University Club of New Jersey, St.
Anthony’s Society, and chairman of the Polish Relief Fund in Bayonne.In politics, a staunch Democrat, he was an
influential member of the Bayonne Democratic Club and the Polish-American
His religious affiliations were with
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Roman Catholic Church. He was president of the Hudson
County Holy Name Federation and of the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Holy Name Society
and was generous in support of religious and humanitarian causes.He also served as director and counsel to the
Bayonne Community Chest.
On November 5, 1938 he married
Estelle Clare Bober. They had four
children:Estelle born December 1939;
Catherine - March 1945; Stephen - November 1947; and Robert - September
1949.The family resided at 130 West
Forty-sixth Street in Bayonne.
the Story of New Jersey, Volume IV, 1942 edition