We continue our exclusive translation from 1904 today! We complete one biography and bring you a second — this time of a female Czech immigrant who lived to be 103! How is that for a change for the editors of Amerikán Národní Kalendář?
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Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Year: 1904, Volume: XXVII, Pages: 256-266
“The Memories of Czech Settlers in America”
“In our vicinity there are 55 Czech families and all of them are settled on land. We plan this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Czech settlement. The proceeds will be donated for the building of a Czech hall in Timken. Most of us are Free Thinkers and we hope that this way of things will endure.
There are three local associations and these are Czecho-Slavonic Support Association (Českoslovanský Podporující Spolek,) a branch of the Western Czecho-Slavonic Support Association (Z.Č.S.P.J) , and one Catholic association.
In recent times we have started a dairy business and found that it pays well.
MRS. ANNA ČAPKOVÁ – It seems that the central part of Wisconsin is propitious to the Czech countrymen who moved there, at least in this area one can count a great deal of countrymen who lived to an advanced age.
One of the examples was Mrs. Anna Čapková, to whom it was given to live in three centuries and when she died in March of 1903 she counted over 103 years. She was born in Melhuty, (otherwise known as Lhotka district in the Ústí nad Orlicí Region) in Bohemia on the day of the 26th of July 1799. Her maiden name was Anna Stauberová. She married Josef Čapek at the age of twenty. He died in 1858 at the age of 61.
In 1880 she moved to America and settled in Chicago. She lived there for about one year in the home of her sons, after which she moved to Kewaunee where she lived in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Mašková, wife of the blacksmith, Mr. Albín Mašek.
After 5 years she returned to Chicago and lived there for two years, after which she left for the town of Pierce in the county of Kewaunee where she lived until her death.
The life of the dear departed went quietly without any noisy happenings. Her three sons are living in Chicago.”
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