Welcome to our newest installment of the 1878 tour of Czech settlements across America translation from the Czech genealogy information-laden volumes of Amerikán Národní Kalendář exclusively from Onward To Our Past®.
Today we bring you two new states and eight new communities.
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.)”
Rock Cave, Upshur County, three years ago three hardworking Czech families moved here and it is a hope that more Czechs will arrive because the country here is nice and healthy with great land, which costs $8.00 for one acre and there are marvelous forests around. The firstly to arrive was the family of Mr. Vlach, who bought 240 acres. He works there with one son and his son-in-law lives in town, and owns a shoemaker’s workshop there. Two families from Cleveland bought land here and will arrive soon (Mr. Hofman and Josef Chadima)
Almond, Portage County, has six Czech families. Four of them are farmers, one has a tinner’s shop, and one has a shoemaker’s shop. The first Czech, Mr. Fridrich, settled here in 1867 and began farming. The rest of the Czechs moved here within the last 3 years
Annaton, Grant County, has three Czech farming families. They are T. Lehovec, M. Lepeska and Fr. Jelinek.
Appleton, Outagamie County, has among its 700 dwellers, five Czech families, who have eighteen children. All of the Czechs are freethinkers and Czech patriots. The first Czech to settle here was Fr. Nemecek in 1871. Later came K. Cinsky, P. Terz, A. Schleis, Tomas Schleis, and more newcomers are still arriving.
Avoca, Iowa County, has among its 200 families eighteen Czechs, namely: thirteen farmers, four day-laborers, and one butcher. The first Czech settlers arrived there in 1856. They were Jos. Kumera and Fr. Jasek and more newcomers are arriving still.
Carlton, Kewaunee County, has ninety-five Czech families. They are mainly farmers. However, some of them have the following shops: one grocery store, one dry goods shop, five inns, two shoemakers, two blacksmiths, two joiners, one miller, and one cattle rancher. There is no Czech school yet, but there is a parish church of St. Joseph, administrated by Mr. P. Vojtech Cipin. There are about ninety families of churchgoers. There are three church societies: First is “St. Cecily”, second is a singing society, dedicated to Czech songs, which twice a year has performances of songs, music and declamations; next is the religious educational society of St. Vaclav, which was just established recently. Among the first Czechs, who settled here in 1855 we can find: Simon Kubicek, Jos. Bohman, and Jos. Melichar. The number of Czechs is continuing to increase.
Colby, Marathon County, is a newly established town and has about 300 dwellers, which includes five Czech families, namely: two workers, one grocery shopkeeper, one blacksmith and mechanic, and one farmer. They settled here just two years ago.
Cooperstown, Manitowoc County, has 250 families, which includes 120 Czech ones. 103 of them are farmers, four are innkeepers, two are grocery shopkeepers, two are dry goods shopkeepers, one is a butcher, two are shoemakers, three are tailors, three are blacksmith, one is a belt maker, four are joiners, one is a tinner, one is a miller, two are cattle ranchers, two are wheelwrights, four are bricklayers, one is a clockmaker, three are weavers, one is a photographer, one is a gardener, two are well-borers, one postmaster, and one is a physician.”
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