Onward To Our Past® is pleased to continue our exclusive translation of the 1878 Czech genealogy and history gem from the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář. Today we get to read their 1878 census of Czech communities in Missouri and begin their census of like communities in Nebraska.
If you have not been following along, you might like to know 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. Installment #16 finished our trek across Minnesota. 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.
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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.)
Cainsville, Harrison County, has among its 400 inhabitants, twenty-five Czech families, totaling about 54 souls. The first Czech who settled here, in 1857, was Jan Posler. All the local Czechs are farmers.
Gasconade, county of the same name has 88 Czechs. Eighteen Czech families are farmers, one is a tailor, one blacksmith, one bricklayer, and two joiners. There is a Czech church by the name of St. Trinity. The parson who serves here is P. Matousek. The number of churchgoers, including Czechs living in the area, totals 136. The first Czechs settled here in 1850 and they were: J. Vavrisek and V. Kozak. In 1856 came F. Vlcek, J. Zeman, A. Pesek, J. Mertl, and thenb more. The number of settlers in this area is still increasing.
Lingen, Backlin County, has just two Czech families. The earliest one was Jos. Peika who arrived here in 1870.
St. Elisabeth, Miller County, has four families of Freethinkers. There were even more Freethinkers here before the war. Czechs started to move here in 1869. The first ones were: Mat. Zech, Fr. Maly, Fr. Jicinsky, and M. Simek. Today all of the four of these settlers are farmers.
St. Louis, a large Czech settlement, will be described in greater detail next year.
St. Mary, Ste. Genevieve County, has two Czech families by the names of Fr. Ziska and of Jan Tlapek.
Union Star, Dekalb County, at first had two Czech families, but today there remains just one. It is the family of Fr. Kloucek, who moved here in 1868 from Iowa City.
Benton, (former post office) has in its surrounding area, in the so called Douglas precinct, among its population of 820 persons, 164 Czechs. Four of them are blacksmiths and forty-five are farmers.
Cedar Hill, Saunders County, is a pure Czech town, with 69 farming families. One Czech is an innkeeper and two are blacksmiths. There are five English schools in the area and some of these are attended only by Czech children. Czech social life is weak here. There is just one Czech society, offering support against hailstorm damages. The first Czechs arrived here in 1869 and were F. Kaucky, Jan Kilian, and Jos. Savlik. The number of Czechs is increasing since the early times.”
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