Welcome back to our continued exclusive English translation of the wonderful 1878 article from the wonderful Czech genealogy and history volumes of Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
Today we continue our trek across 1878 Czech immigrant communities across America with five new communities from Wisconsin. Again, the editors of Amerikán Národní Kalendář did a wonderful job of bringing us amazing detail, surnames, occupations, and more of these Czech immigrants who forged new lives in America as they chased their dreams of better lives here.
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.)”
(Cooperstown, Wisconsin Continued)
“Colonization of the town by Czechs started in 1852, the first ones were: S. Zaruba, V. Zeman, M. Bily, V. Doubek, Jan Kohout, Fr. Skvor, J. Libal, Fr. Marek, Jan Sladky, and then others followed. Czech social life is great here because there is a private Czech school where the teacher, Mr. Vojtech Harous, is teaching some 40 children. There is also a Czech church of St. Vaclav (Wenceslas) with monthly worship services administrated by Mr. P. Jos. Maly with 64 churchgoers. There are also meetings every Sunday where newspapers are read and the various topics in them are discussed. Dancing balls take place three times per year. The number of Czechs is increasing here.
Dartford, Green Lake County, has 1,400 dwellers, which includes eight Czechs. The first of the Czechs to settle here were the Kozisek brothers in 1863.
Franklin, Kewaunee County, has in the whole town about 120 Czech families who started to settle here in 1852. The earliest settlers here were: Jos. Konop (deceased), Simon Konop (deceased), J. Anderle, Fr. Volak and then followed many others. Newcomers are still appearing here. There are the following Czech shops: two groceries, two inns, one dry goods store, two shoemakers, one blacksmith, and one joiner. There are around 200 Czech children, but the town is still without a Czech school yet. A church was built several years ago and is dedicated to St. Lawrence. Worship services there are provided by Mr.. P. V. Cipin.
Highland, Iowa County, has 300 inhabitants, which includes 25 Czech farmers. The first Czechs settled here in 1858: Pavel Moravec, Fr. Podhola, Jos. Novotny, Jos. Stech etc. New settlers are still appearing here. Czech shops and business here are many: two dry goods stores, two tailors, four blacksmiths, one belt maker, five joiners, two tinners, five millers, eighteen cattle ranchers, two pharmacists, and four physicians. As a Czech teacher Mr. Karel Vanek serves about 80 Czech children. Church is common for both Czechs and Germans.
Kewaunee, in the county of the same name, has 1,000 dwellers, which includes 350 Czechs, who started to settle here in 1856-57. The number of Czech has been increasing since that time. There are many Czech businesses namely: four groceries, two inns, three dry goods shops, one baker, one brewer, two butchers, four shoemakers, seven tailors, two blacksmiths, two belt makers, ten joiners, one mode-shop, one clockmaker, two carpenters, two wheelwrights, one barber, and one miller. There is not a Czech school here, but there is a Czech catholic church, where the worship services are served by Mr. P. Brunner with ca. 100 churchgoers. Czech social life is represented by two societies, namely: 1) Slovanska Lipa Society and 2) Sokol organization. Czech celebrations take place almost every month and sometimes there are theatre performances playing. The very first settler was Vojta Stransky who is now living at Krok Town, who arrived here in 1853.”
Tomorrow we continue with more Czech communities in 1878 America. Stay with us for more wonderful detail, surnames, and material!
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