Onward To Our Past® is pleased to provide today’s exclusive translation from the 1878 edition of Amerikán Národní Kalendář. This article is an information census of the Czechs and the communities in which they lived. It was conducted by the editors of this wonderful genealogy resource journal.
We began 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. 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 Iowa with 8 new communities, dozens of Czech surnames and Czechs identified in these communities. Wonderful detail, names, occupations, and often first Czech settlers in the area.
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.)
“Richland, Keokuk County has sixteen Czechs farmers who each own between 40 – 80 acres. The earliest Czechs settled here were Jan Houska and Karel Vintkar, who both settled here in 1853. The rest of the Czechs arrived in the following years.
St. Ansgar, Mitchel County has twenty-one Czech families in the area. All of them are farmers who started to settle here beginning in 1862. Among the first ones were: Jos. Volny, Frant. Madera, F.R. Pesak, J.F. Pesak, Ig. Sika, Jakub Sika, Fr. Zemanek, and J. Jedlicka. The number of Czech settlers is increasing.
Tama, a county by Belle Plaine has about 400 Czech families. There is not any Czech school here, but there is an English school attended by the children. There are three Czech churches, here. The priest is P. Jos. Zlebcík. There is a one Czech organization named “Insurance Society of Slavic Czechs from Tama County, Iowa”. Czechs began to settle here in 1856-1857. Among the first Czechs were Jan Budka, M. Musil, Jak. Kucera, Vac. Kesl, Alb. Mach, Jan Loeveburg, Fr. Vavra, Fr. Matula, Vac. Blazek, Karel Odvarka, F. Benes, and Jos. Harous. New settlers from Bohemia are continuing to arrive at this time.
Viktor, Poweshiek County has ten Czech families and five unmarried young men. One of them is a saddle maker and four are farmers. Two of the farmers are the Michalek brothers, who also own a mill and employs one Czech helper. Seven of the Czechs are farm owners and two have rented farms. The first settlers were Jan and Anton Novotny who came in 1862. In the last five years the number of Czechs here has not changed. About eight miles from here in the town of Brooklyn lives a Czech who owns a dry goods store.
Waltham, Tama County has around 24 inhabitants, which includes three Czech families, and one person who was renamed from Rukavicka to Glover and does not consider himself a Czech any more. The first settler here was Jos. Vavra in 1861 and he has already passed away.
Washington Township, Ringgold County has seventeen Czech families and four of them have their own businesses, namely: two shoemakers, one blacksmith, and one joiner. The remaining thirteen are all farm owners. The Czechs have their own school there, which is attended by about 30 children, and the building also serves as the site for Sunday for worship. The teacher who works there is Mr. Jos. Dolecek. The first Slavic Czechs settled here in 1865 and were named Jos. Toman and Jos. Uma. Next came the Kodytkas, the Doleceks, Jan Zizka, the Jezeks, the Kavkas, and more. The New Year is celebrated by killing of the rooster.
Williams, Hamilton County has around 150 families, which includes seven Czech ones. Five of them are farm owners. One is a shoemaker. The first Czech, Blazej Haychmann, settled here in 1872 and since that time the number of Czechs increases slowly.
Wright Township, Pottawattamie County has 5 Czech families who started to settle here in 1874.”
Join us tomorrow when we finish our tour of Iowa Czechs and begin with a new state.
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