Good morning and welcome to today’s installment of our exclusive translation of the 1878 census of Czech settlements across America, which was undertaken by the Czech-American genealogy mother lode of the annual journal Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
We began this exclusive translation from 1878 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 and Installment #11 finished Kansas, included Massachusetts, and began Michigan. Installment #12 featured six communities in Michigan, while Installment #13 finished Michigan with four communities and began the first two communities in Minnesota. Click on any of the links and you can catch up if you missed portion of this wonderful Czech genealogy and history article.
Today we continue across the North Star State with five new Czech communities in 1878.
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)
“Heidelberg, LeSueur County, has in its surrounding area, mainly in the town of Lanesburgh, one hundred seventy-seven farmers, one blacksmith, one belt maker, two joiners, one shoemaker, and one tailor. Among the first Czechs who settled here was Ant. Rynda from Zablati near Budejovice, who came here in September 1856. Since that time about 15-20 new Czech families arrive each year. There is a Czech church by the name of St. Scholastica. P. Roman Kimmel serves as its parson and its congregation counts 52 families. There is also the St. Vaclav Society, for supporting those who fall to illness, located in Montgomery, but it also has several members here. There is no Czech school, but we hope that one will be built sometime soon.
Jordan, Scott County, has in its surrounding area four settlements, which are inhabited by 43 Slavic Czech families. Namely: Jordan with twenty-six families. In a rural area four miles from Jordan live ten families, in Helena live six families, and in Saint Joe lives one family.
In Jordan there is one physician (Dr. Habenicht), two innkeepers, one baker, one bricklayer, three tailors, one shoemaker, and the rest of the Czechs are farmers. The first Czechs who settled here were Josef and Frant. Vosynek in 1857 along with Jan Pilny. There is no Czech school, nor Czech church, nor Czech organization. Only a few of the locals subscribe to any magazines. Most of them say “we grew up without any magazines and we can live without them still”. There needs to be some patriot here to work on changing the minds of the people and to encourage them to care about progress and education, because without it we will have no future in America. We will hope this changes.
Minnesota Lake, Faribault County, has among its forty families three Czech farmers, one joiner, and one saddle maker. On 30 June, two Czechs left their homes here for Nebraska. The earliest Czech settler here was Kaspar Penhajter, who arrived in 1864 and then Alb. Krejci, who has been here since 1865.
Long Prairie, Todd County, has two Czech farmers living among twenty-seven families of other ethnic origins.
Maple Lake, Buffalo County, has thirteen Czech families. The earliest Czech arrival was Mart. Kotilinek who settled here in 1861. All of the Czechs here are farmers.”
Tomorrow we will continue with our ‘tour’ of Minnesota Czech communities in 1878!
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