Welcome back to 1904 and an all new, exclusive translation from the pages of the Czech-American annual journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
Today we bring you our newest biography of yet another early Czech immigrant to America! As always, it is a wonderful story told by the immigrants themselves and preserved through the foresight of the publisher of Amerikán Národní Kalendář, August Geringer!
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Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Year: 1904, Volume: XXVII, Pages: 256-266
“The Memories of Czech Settlers in America”
[picture of W.J. Cipra]
“W. J. CIPRA from Holyrood, Kansas can rightly claim that he is another one of those who lived through all the difficulties that were encountered by the first settlers of the West.
He was born on the 2nd of January 1866 in Těžkov in the Prague district where his parents were owners of a smaller field farm. His father was also a teamster to add to the family income, which for those times was a quite a lucrative occupation. However, his prosperity was pushed out by the railroads little by little.
As an eleven-year old boy he set off with his parents on the voyage to America, arriving in New York on the ship ‘Herman.’
The whole family set off to the Far West and arrived at Holyrood, Kansas where they settled and still live today. Being one of those countrymen who arrived in the region of Kansas at that time he knows from experience what kind of difficulties there were on homesteads. His parents toiled to the point of exhaustion. Their children shared in the exertion of their parents as much as their strength would allow. So also did our W. J. Cipra. At times he did farming. Other times he tested his strength with grueling work on the railroad, and from the railroad back home, and so little by little until the first good harvest lightened up the load on all sides. He was out of the worst and slowly he was successful to the point of being an innkeeper.
In order not to feel lonely, in 1887 he brought in as his life companion Miss Barbora Miller, and even though from time to time he still had to reach for side income he already could count on a safe basis of life here and hope that he still could safely provide for his five healthy children.
He has never been interested in politics even though twice he took over the job of town clerk and twice he was a member of the school governing board. He is a member of three associations, namely the Czecho-Slavonic Supporting Association (Č. S. P. S), I.O.O.F, and N.A.A.”
Tomorrow we bring you another, all new and exclusive translation from this wonderful set of Czech immigrant biographies found in the pages of the beautiful Czech-American annual journal Amerikán Národní Kalendář.
If you missed any of our previously published 1904 biographies just click here and you can catch up with ease!
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