Onward To Our Past® Genealogy and History Company is pleased to bring you our newest installment of our exclusive translation of the 1878 Czech community census taken by the editors of the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář. Today we visit new Czech communities in Kansas, move on to the Czech communities in Massachusetts, and then begin our ‘tour’ of the Czech communities in Michigan.
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. Installment #10 included seven new Czech communities in Kansas. Click on any of the links and you can catch up if you missed portion of this wonderful Czech genealogy and history article.
Enjoy today’s journey as we visit Czechs in Kansas, Massachusetts, and Michigan!
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.)
“Sumava, Ottawa County (Americans call this town Bohemian Creek) is a town established by the Czechs, and has about twenty-one families totaling 60 persons. Among them live 16 children attending school. Most of the Czechs are Freethinkers, free of any church. All of them are farmers who worked as craftsmen before. However, only four of them still have their craft as their second occupations. There are one shoemaker, one tailor, one blacksmith, and one joiner. All of them are pioneers who began settling here in 1874. Among the first ones were: A. Kosar, M Sledar, F. Bunderle (from Alleghany, who left again). Next was J. Cerny, J. Antene, and others. The number of settlers is still increasing.
Wilson, Ellsworth County, has among its 124 dwellers seventy Slavic Czechs. Sixty-six of them are farmers. There are also two grocery store shopkeepers, two dry goods store shopkeepers, one land-surveyor and engineer, four musicians, two brewers, two shoemakers, two tailors, one blacksmith, two joiners, four bricklayers, and two carpenters. The Czechs established a Czech English school here, where Mr. F.J. Svehla works as the teacher for about 15 children. There is also a Czech commercial society named “Blahobyt”. The town was established by F.J. Svehla in 1874 and its great location attracts a lot of new immigrants here.
Boston has a large number of Czechs, but we did not received any details about them this year. We will report about this next year (Ed: 1879).
Easthampton, has also several Czech families, but we have not received any information about them either.
Haydenville, Williamsburg County, has among its 800 dwellers only one Czech, Mr. Matous Duchoslav, who has lived here since April of 1876. Another Czech who lived here moved out further to the west.
Somerville, Somerville County, is a town connected with Boston by a bridge. The town has 20,000 inhabitants and only one Czech house, which is the tailor shop and workshop of Mr. A. J. Hadrbolec. Another Czech Mr. J. Kulda works for him. The business was established in 1875. The wife of Hadrblec is also Czech and their daughter, Bozenka, is being raised as a Czech.
Adrian, a town with 11,000 dwellers has only two Czech families. The fathers of these two families are bricklayers. Mr. Martin Clauda settled here in 1876 and his 2 sons live here too and they are tinners.
Bay City, Bay County has 27,000 inhabitants. Among them are twenty-seven adult Czechs. Three of them are farmers, one is an innkeeper, one is a dry goods shopkeeper, one a physician, and one is a miller. The oldest Czech settler is Fr. Bartovec (who has been here since 1860). The next oldest one is Vaclav Sykora. A lot of the Czechs are tied with Germans, in both their social and religious lives, which unfortunately can led to our assimilation.”
Join us tomorrow as we continue our tour of the Czechs in the United States in 1878 as reported by the Czech genealogy treasure-trove of Amerikán Národní Kalendář!
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