Today we continue our 1878 tour of Czech immigrant communities across America as conducted by the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
We continue in Nebraska with two new communities as reported by readers of this wonderful Czech genealogy and history magazine, which was published continually for 59 years beginning 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.)
“Cottonwood, Saunders County, has in its surroundings about 400 Czech families, who are mostly very prosperous farmers. There is also a Czech grocery store, two inns, one dry goods store, one butcher, one tailor, and six blacksmiths. Religious life has now begun to grow as there has been established the Society of Sts. Ciril and Methodius and its number of members crossed over to more than 100. They plan to build a Czech Catholic church this fall. The first Czechs settled here in 1868. They were Petr Kastl, Vaclav Novak, J. Vanous, and Vac. Kaspar.
Crete, Saline County, has among its 1,500 inhabitants 250 Czechs. Sixteen of them have their own businesses. There are five innkeepers, one butcher, one shoemaker, two tailors, one blacksmith, one belt maker, one joiner, one tinner, two wheelwrights, one painter, one clockmaker, and there is one Czech foundry. Czech social life has its activists here.”
There are more communities to come in this wonderful census of Czech American communities in 1878 America. So ‘stay tuned’ to Onward To Our Past®.
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.
In Installment#1 we ‘visited’ the states of Arkansas and California. In Installment #2 it was on to Connecticut and the Dakota Territory. Installment #3 brought our tour to rural Illinois and Installment #4 concluded this tour of Illinois and we moved on to Iowa. In 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 additional Czech communities in Kansas and in Installment #11 we finished Kansas, included Massachusetts, and began to review communities in Michigan. Installment #12 featured additional six communities in Michigan, while Installment #13 finished Michigan with four communities and began Minnesota with their first two communities. Installment #14 and Installment #15 continued our Minnesota tour and Installment #16 finished our trek across Minnesota. Installment #17 took us to Missouri and began with a few communities in Nebraska. 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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