Welcome back to our continuing exclusive translation of the 1878 Amerikan Národní Kalendář 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 to English 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.)”
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 and Installment #15 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.
Today, Installment 16 concludes our tour of Minnesota with four new 1878 Czech communities and their Czech residents.
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.)
“Owatonna, Steele County, has about 4,000 inhabitants and among them are 50 Czechs. All of them are craftsmen. There are six Czech shops, and in almost all those shops are Czech shop assistants. Therefore Czech newcomers can find themselves well understood there. There are three innkeepers, two butchers, one shoemaker, four tailors, one blacksmith, two wheelwrights, and one saddle maker. In the surrounding area also live 130 Czech farm owners and about 30 Czech work as farmhands on the soil of another landowner. There is no Czech school, therefore Czech children learn Czech at least for two months yearly by teacher Mr. Vojt Kaspar, who is paid by their parents. The Catholic Church mixes Czechs together with non-Czechs, but the priest is a Czech, named P. Fr. Pribyl. There is also a Czech cemetery. There is also one Czech organization named “Slovanska Lipa”, which was established in 1866. It has a nice library with 400 books. There were also two other societies – “Svobodna Obec” and St. Vaclav Society, but they have disappeared now. There are two musical bands. One is directed by Vac. Belin (it has ten members). The other one is directed by Vinc. Klerer (it has 6 members). The first Czechs who settled here came in 1856 and were Jan Zednik, A. Kubat, Jan Pichner, Benj. Fiser, Jos. Kaplan, the Simek brothers, and others. Together it was a group of about thirty persons. For several years after that not a single newcomer arrived, but then since 1860 new Czechs have settled here with most of them coming in the last 5 years.
Reno, Pope County, has 27 Czech families totaling 140 souls. The first Czechs settled here in 1867 and they were Jos. and Fr. Biser. All of the Czechs here are farmers, but some of them have some craft as second occupation; two are bricklayers, two shoemakers, one tailor, one blacksmith, and six musicians.
Rushford, Fillmore County, has in its surrounding area twenty Czech families. The earliest ones were Jan Kahoun and Blazej Vrana, who arrived here in 1862. In Rushford one Czech works as a brewer and another one is a shopkeeper.
St. Paul, Ramsey County, the state capital city, has 35,000 dwellers and among them are 665 Slavic Czechs. Most of them are craftsmen, mainly tailors. Other Czech business here are three innkeepers, one butcher, and three shoemakers. There was a Czech school here, but now it is gone. There are 4 Czech organizations: “Slovanska Lipa” with 35 members, “Svobodna Obec”, Lodge number 12 “Cech” of the Č.S.P.S. with 22 members, and church Society of St. Stanislav, what is administrated together with the local Poles, the Church of St. Stanislav. The church is Czecho-Polish with a Czech priest. Unfortunately, recently the society “Sokol”, as well as a Czech musical band, which was the pride of local Czechs, ceased to exist. Only a string quartet remains here now. “Slovanska Lipa” organizes one to two trips yearly and several dancing balls. The lodge “Cech” presents plays four to five times per a year and other theatre performances. The earliest Czech settlers here were Michael Kartas, who has been here since the fall of 1860, and Tomas Heraf, who arrived in the spring of 1861. The number of Czechs here is decreasing rather than increasing.”
Join us tomorrow as we continue with the Amerikán Národní Kalendář “census’ of 1878 Czechs and their communities across America as we enter Missouri!
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