Welcome back to Onward To Our Past® and our exclusive translation of the 1878 article “STRUČNÁ STATISTIKA: Osad, míst a okresů ve Spojených Státech Čechy obydlených (Jak daleko nám bylo možno letos dopátrati se dál. Budoucího roku budeme pokračovat)” translated as “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.)”
When we took a brief ‘breather’ on this project we were touring the Czech settlements of the states of Iowa and Kansas.
We began with a primer on the world as it was in 1878. Then in Installment#1 we ‘visited’ the states of Arkansas and California. In Installment #2 it was on to Connecticut and the Dakota Territory. In Installment #3 we began our tour of rural Illinois and Installment #4 concluded this tour of Illinois and we moved on to Iowa. Installment #5 we continued with our travels in Iowa. Installment #6 featured more towns and rural Czech communities in Iowa as did Installment #7 and Installment #8. Installment #9 saw us complete the state of Iowa as well as begin our tour of the great state of Kansas. Click on any of the links and you can catch up if you missed portion of this wonderful Czech genealogy and history article.
We know you will enjoy today’s installment as we take you, courtesy of the Czech genealogy treasure-trove from the annual Czech-American journal Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
Here we go visiting seven new communities across Kansas!
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.)
“Severance, Troy County, has about four Czech families among its 500 inhabitants. All of them are businessmen. There are an innkeeper, two butchers, and one dry goods storekeeper. The names of the Czechs are: Jan Holub, Karel Kopec, Jan Marek, and Arnold Adler, who have lived here since 1869.
Blue Rapids, Marshall County, has among its 189 dwellers eleven Czech families, all of who are farmers. The first Czech arrived here in 1869 and he was named Jan Budka. More Czechs live in the surrounding area of the county.
Cuba, Republic County, has 160 Czech families, mostly farmers, but some of them are also businessmen, namely: one grocery store shopkeeper, one dry goods shopkeeper, two innkeepers, four shoemakers, three tailors, one belt maker, and fourteen joiners. The town of New Tabor serves as the center of Czech life in this county (see more). The very first Czech settlers have been here since 1869 and are Jos. Houdek, J. Pachta, Jos. Mlejnek, Vo. Kasl, J. Loevenburg, Frant. Janasek, and A. Stransky. The number of settlers is increasing.
Fairview Township, Republic County, has among its 500 dwellers 256 Czechs. Forty-three families are farmers, while some of them are businessmen, namely: one grocery store shopkeeper, one innkeeper, one dry goods store shopkeeper, two shoemakers, two tailors, one blacksmith, one belt maker, and two joiners. The very first Czech settlers who have been here since 1869 are: P. Pintner, J. Splichal, G. Shanel, M. Moravek, V. Saip, J. Rundus, Jos. Kucera, V. Sekadlo, and G. Severa. The Czech social life as well as religious life is concentrated in New Tabor.
Hanover, Washington County, has among its 525 inhabitants, four Czech families, who settled here in 1869, namely: Jan Turek, a grains and wood trader, J. Hora, Fr. Klacan, and Fr. Bestak. In the surrounding area live 32 farm owners, some of whom also had additional occupations: one wheelwright one brick maker, three shoemakers, one tailor, one joiner, four bricklayers, and one carpenter. The number of settlers is continuing to increase here.
Jackson Township, McPherson County, has fifteen Czech families. All of them are farmers and there are two Czech ladies who married Germans who came here from Chicago. The Czechs started to settle here in 1871 and they were the first ones, because in 1872 their closest neighbors lived 9-15 miles away from them. Now, however, a lot of newcomers have arrived and the area is quiet populated. In October 1871, settled here the following Czechs: T. Kucera, Mat. Kubin, and Jos. Kubin.”
Marak, Brown County, is a small town, which received its name from two brothers from Moravia, who settled here about 20 years ago – Jos. and Frant. Marak. Many more families have settled in the area and all of them are of Moravian origin. In Marak they have one grocery store, one dry goods store, one shoemaker, two joiners, one tailor, one blacksmith, one belt maker, and one pharmacist. Plus there are about 45 farmers. The number of settlers is still increasing now.”
Be sure to join us again tomorrow as we continue with our tour of 1878 Czech communities across America!
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