Ahoj and welcome to today’s installment of our continuing translation of the 1878 census and history of Czech communities and immigrants as undertaken by the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář. Today we complete our tour of Czech communities in Iowa and begin our journey into the state of Kansas.
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 and Installment #8. Click on any of the links and you can catch up if you missed portion of this wonderful Czech genealogy and history article.
We know you will enjoy this installment of our translation as we move through one more community in Iowa and begin our trek across Kansas and the Czechs in there 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.)
“York Township, Tama County, (Ed: Iowa) has among its 211 dwellers 136 Slavic Czechs who started to settle here in 1856. Among the first Czechs were J. Cech, J. Rukavicka, J. Musil, Jan Budka, and Jos. Harous. 130 of the Czechs are farmers and there are also one grocery store shopkeeper, two innkeepers, three shoemakers, two tailors, three blacksmiths, two joiners, one cooper, and one Czech-English pharmacy. There is not any school in the township. All of the Czechs attended a church in Tama and its priest is P. Jos. Zlebcik. Czechs established one organization here named “The Society for Compensation of Damages Done by Fire”. The number of Czechs in the area is still increasing.
Belleville, Republic County, has eleven Czech families. Among them are one innkeeper, one grocery store shopkeeper, and one blacksmith. The social and religious life of the Czechs is tied together with the town of New Tabor.
New Tabor, a Czech town, in Republic County, is the center of the Czech population of the aforementioned county. Here live one hundred and fifty Czechs. One hundred and twenty two of them are farmers at the area. In New Tabor there are three shoemakers, three joiners, three tailors, one blacksmith, one belt maker, one grocery store shopkeeper, one dry goods shopkeeper, three bricklayers, one wheelwright, and one innkeeper who are all Czech. Their social life is represented by the “Readers Society”, which is extremely popular here. Religious life is represented by a Protestant preacher, Rev. Jan Rundus, and sixteen Czech families belong to his congregation. Catholics attended a church that is served by a French priest. The first Czech settlers came in 1876, namely: Jan Houdek, together with his entire family of 16 children, Jos. Mlejnek, Jan Pachta, J. Ferina, J Drabek, J. Strnad, and others. The number of Czech settlers here is still increasing.
Seneca, Nemaha County, has in the town only one Czech, Fr. Pribyl. He has been here since 1867 and in the surrounding area live about twelve more families of Czech farmers.”
Join us tomorrow as we continue our wonderful Czech genealogy tour of 1878 America thanks to the foresight and hard work of the editors and others from Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
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