Welcome to our newest Czech genealogy translation! Today we begin a true tour de force by our favorite Czech genealogy and history source, which is the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
It seems the wonderful folks with August Geringer Publishing Company (150 W. 12th Street, Chicago, Illinois) set out in 1878 to document the Czech population across America at that time! It is more than a bit hard to figure out what words work to say a belated thank you to the folks who had the foresight to undertaking this project, but at least we can say a big THANK YOU here and now!
We also want to say a heartfelt děkuji (thank you) to our partner on this significant translation project, Martin Pytr.
We begin our translation today with the first two states listed in the article, Arkansas and California.
Enjoy this amazing compilation!
Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Volume: II, 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.)
Little Rock, Pulaski County. Its population is around 20,000 and includes about 12 Czech families. One of them is a shoemaker, another works as a tailor’s helper. Five German-Bohemians have grocery stores and one German-Bohemian is an innkeeper. There are also Bohemian Jews, namely one physician, one rabbi, one cigar-maker, one owns a dry goods store, and one is a clerk in a dry goods store. All of them speak Czech. The first settler from Bohemia there was S. Furth, a Jew from Prestice, who came from St. Louis in 1871 and now works in the cigar trade. Later, in 1873, came A. Pochman, a shoemaker from Kutna Hora, and just after him came J. V. Doubek, a tailor from Plzen.
We did not receive any information from any other Czech settlements in Arkansas.
San Francisco, the state’s huge city, has 240,000 inhabitants, which includes about 100 Czech families. Fifteen of them have their own businesses namely: onelarge factory owned by the Korbel brothers, which includes forest land, ships, and a steam lithographic printing shop. One grocery-shopkeeper, two innkeepers, one dry goods shopkeeper, one butcher, three shoemakers, three tailors, one blacksmith, one belt maker, four joiners, five farmers, one rancher, one pharmacist, two physicians, one photographer, one painter, three machinists, one mechanic, five cigar-makers, one cooper, two goldsmiths, one engraver, and three musicians. All of the Czechs living there are real Freethinkers, and churches have not received a single penny from them.
There is one Czech organization here. It is educational and it is called “Beseda”. It has fifteen members. Its president is J. Baloun and the other members are: J. Stastny, Ant. Sladky, Jos. Sladky, Vac. Jiran, M. Sula, J. Sula, L. Kara, Cen. Urban, K. Zdrahal, J. Plechac, V. Parik, L. Vostrovsky, S. Holubar and L. Lota.
Their hall is located at number 155 New Montgomery. Every four months they organize very successful Czech parties. The first Czechs came here in 1848, namely J. Bily and J. Hanes, in 1849 J. Urban came, in 1853 J. Hubacek, in 1863 J. Baloun and the Korbel brothers. New Czechs continue to be arriving here all the time.”
Join us tomorrow as we continue with this wonderful translation project!
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