Two biographies today of Czech immigrants to America and their early Czech communities!

You won’t want to miss this installment of the 1904 article “The Memories of Czech Settlers in America” from the pages of the Czech-American annual journal Amerikan Národní Kalendar!

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Amerikán Národní Kalendář

Year: 1904, Volume: XXVII, Pages: 256-266

“The Memories of Czech Settlers in America”

1904 Morisak image

“Both spouses, childless up to that point, received an offer to go and serve on a farm in Halletsville; she doing the cooking and he the work around the house, whatever there was.  Therefore they went there, but after some time they were persuaded that the priests were no joke and that their best administration was that of the female cooks.  Of course they did not like that and they bought 160 acres of fields not far away from today’s Praha and they happily began their own farming.  He was plowing and seeding up until three years ago when the advancing affliction stopped him.   In his latest contribution he announces that he used to be an ardent reader of our pages and he complains about the loss of his sight that stops him from learning about world news.  At the beginning of his stay he was also in Mexico twice, carrying the cotton of one of his German neighbors and driving on the road with a wagon loaded with cotton.  The trip took three months and he received for it a salary of $80.00.

1904 Blatny image

[picture of JAMES BLATNÝ]

JAMES BLATNÝ.  One of our countrymen settled In Bruno, NE who, at an early age, set off accompanied by his parents to America and that is Mr. James Blatný.  He was born on the 24th of September 1865 in Hrotovice in the Znojmo district of Moravia and as a nine-year old boy he came to America on the ship ‘Danube’ (Dunaj).  After his arrival he set off with his parents directly to the West to Schuyler, Nebraska, where after a short stay his father bought a farm of 80 acres in Linwood.  He helped his father until he was 18.  After that he acquired work in North Bend in the inn of Mr. Václav Vírek and stayed in his service for 5 years.  And when he got married he established his own inn, first in Linwood, NE from where he moved to Bruno, NE after one year.  It was there that he has been without interruption, and where he fulfills one of the most honorable professions “the feeding of the hungry ones and watering of the thirsty ones.”  Meanwhile, he does not let the opportunity to take part in public life go by since he is a member of the town council and the school board, besides being a member of the county Republican board in Butler County.  Bruno is a busy little town with a promising future and we hope that Mr. Blatný’s activities will leave traces in the town history.  Mr. Blatný belongs to the Order of Brno, Western Czech Fraternal Association (Z.C.B.J.), and to the Sokol Organization, and the Building and Loan Association of Nebraska.  In all, he is satisfied with his fate and enjoys his two living children.”

Be sure to join us right here at Onward To Our Past® tomorrow for another exclusive English translation from the pages of the fabulous Czech genealogy source, Amerikán Národní Kalendář. 

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