Today we continue with our tour of Czech communities across 1878 America. Today we continue, and conclude, our tour of the state of Texas with four new communities and dozens of surnames and loads of details useful to anyone who is working on their Czech genealogy and loves Czech culture and history.
Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Volume: I, Year: 1878, Pages: 97-108
“STRUČNÁ STATISTIKA: Osad, míst a okresů ve Spojených Státech Čechy obydlených (Jak daleko nám bylo možno letos dopátrati se dál. Budoucího roku budeme pokračovat.)”
“BRIEF STATISTICS: Of settlements, towns and counties at United States, inhabited by Czechs (As far as we were able to find this year. Next year we will continue.)”
“New Prague, Fayette County, is a true Czech Slavic community because among its 800 dwellers live about 700 Slavic Czechs (ca. 200 families). All most all of them are farmers. Some of them are craftsmen or businessmen or both. There are two Czech innkeepers, two grocery store shopkeepers, two dry goods shopkeepers, one brewer, two butchers, one tailor, one blacksmith, five joiners, and one miller. Czech social life is great and patriotism is flourishing here. There is a Czech school were about 80 children are taught by Mr. F.G. Pesek. There is also a commercial supporting society with 45 members. The Catholic Church serves the Slavic churchgoers and its parson is Mr. P. Felix Dombrowski, a Pole. Czechs organize two trips per year and four dancing galas yearly. The first Czech settler here was Matej Novak, who settled in 1855 with his family. About one-third of the Czech population have moved here in the last five years.
Novy Tabor, Burleson County, is a Slavic Czech community with about 50 families and located about three miles from Caldwell, the county’s capital. Among the Czechs who live here are twenty private farmers and an additional about twenty work on rented farms. There is also one grocery store and one blacksmith. The locals are proud of their Czech-English school. They built it and pay a teacher, Mr. Jos. Hollec, who teaches approximately 50 school pupils. They also established a Readers Society called “Moravan”, which has its meetings at the school the first Sunday of every month. Smaller celebrations are organized quite often. The first Slavic Czechs settled here in 1870 and they were Jan Krejca, Fr. Mikeska, Jan Haverda, Tom. Elsik, Jan Ticaek, Josef Drgac, and Jan Slovak. The number of Czech newcomers is increasing.
Wesley (originally Wesely), Washington County, is a small town with a post office, protestant church, which includes a parsonage, a Czech Hall, two shops, one steam-mill with a saw-mill and gin, one blacksmith’s shop, one belt-maker’s shop and one wheelwright’s shop. The rest of the dwellers, around 100 families, are wealthy farmers. Slavic Czechs started to settle here in 1854. They are Protestants of both confessions. Among the first Czechs were Jos. Masik with his family, teacher J Skrivanek, J. Jezek, P. Mikeska, the Sebestas, Jan Havlik, and then others. They established a congregation and pay their preacher. They have a Czech school in the church. Their preacher is Rev. J. Chlumsky at this time. Czech social life is represented by a Readers Society, which was established in 1869. They have a large library and a large hall used for celebrations, which opened during the Jan Hus (John Huss) celebration in 1872. The number of Slavic Czechs is still increasing here.
Zbudejov, Fayette County, has among its 156 dwellers 112 Slavic Czechs. All of them are farmers and one has a steam-mill. Among the first settlers who came here in 1855 were: V. Hajdusek, Jan Sedlacek, Ig. Pustejovsky, and Ig. Sramek. Czech social life is starting to increase, here. There is one Czech school, attended by 42 children and another one will be built, soon. The teacher is Mr. Engelbert Jezisek. There is also a commercial supporting organization. The number of newcomers is increasing.”
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