Welcome to installment 15 of our exclusive translation of the wonderful Czech genealogy and history article from 1878 and the wonderful, forward-looking editors of Amerikán Národní Kalendář! Today we bring you SEVEN new communities across the state of Minnesota!
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. Installment #14 continued our Minnesota tour. You can click on any of the links and catch up if you missed any portion of this wonderful and exclusive Czech genealogy and history translation.
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.)
“Marysburg, Blue Earth County, has nine Czech families totaling forty-two persons. All of them are farmers. The first Czech, Fr. Brejha, settled here in 1861. Recently five Czech families left the town moving farther west.
Millerville, Douglas County, had several Czech families at first, but only one stayed here while the rest of them moved farther to the west.
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, has among its 34,500 dwellers 163 Czechs (consisting of 33 families). Two of them are shoemakers, one is a pastry cook, one is a turner, and the rest of them are farmers. The very first Czech who settled here, in 1856, was a shoemaker, Jan Petras. The Czechs here are mostly still poor, without any Czech organizations, church, or school. The number of Czechs is still increasing here.
Minnetonka Mills, Hennepin County, has 68 Czech families. Among there are two tailors and one bricklayer. The rest of them are farmers. The earliest settler here was a Czech, Jan Pesek, in 1849. Then in 1855 came Jan Castek, Jos. Holasek, Filip Dominik, Jos. Bren, and Jos. Vakovsky. The number of Czech settlers here is still increasing, but there is no kind of Czech social life here at all.
Montgomery (Nove Budejovice), Le Sueur County, has about 160 Czech families. The first of the Czech settlers was Fr. Mauser in 1846, followed by Jan Faktor in 1857 and Vojt. Dolejs also in 1857. There is a Czech organization – The Readers Society. There is also a Czech church, the Church of Our Lady, what has 80 members. Czech social life has started to wake up here.
Monticello, Wright County, has 15 Czech families, which includes one shoemaker, one tailor, and the rest of the Czechs are farmers. The first Czech who settled here in 1857 was Martin Kotylinek. The next one arrived in 1866 and was Jos. Novotny. Then in 1869 came Albert Kotilinek, and then more.
Nova Praha, Scott and Le Sueur Counties, is a pure Czech town with 1,000 dwellers. In the town are 30 Czech stores and workshops and in its surroundings about 400 farmers. There are also seven innkeepers, one grocery store shopkeeper, two butchers, four shoemakers, four tailors, two blacksmiths, one belt maker, ten joiners, one tinner, two millers, two pharmacist, and two physicians. Fr. Vrana, a notary public, has a bookstore, insurance, and passage agency. There are three Czech organizations: a theatre society “Thalia”, a supporting society Č.S.P.S., Lodge “Jan Amos Komensky”, and a church society, the Society of St. Vaclav. The church of St. Vaclav is administered by P. Roman Knemmel, and has 300 churchgoers. The earliest Czech settlers here were Martin Barek, Fr. Brozek, Mar. Herman, and Vojt. Vrtos. The number of Czechs here is still increasing. If a Czech school could be established here, then, too, Czech social life would also flourish.”
Join us tomorrow as we continue across Minnesota in search of 1878 Czech immigrant communities!
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