Today we bring you an all new, exclusive translation from the pages of the 1934 edition of the Czech-American journal, Amerikán Národní Kalendář.

Having just finished publishing the first biography in this article, which originally ran for twenty-six pages and was the story of one Johan (later John) Zajíc, today we begin a new story.

This is an obituary for Frank J. Sadílek, who passed away in Wilber, Nebraska in 1933.

Amerikán Národní Kalendář

Volume: LVII, Year: 1934, Pages: 187-213


Translated by Layne Pierce and Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce

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               “Frank J. Sadílek. – Last year in 1933 on the day of the 24th of March in Wilber one of the best known countrymen settled on the American West, Mr. Frank J. Sadílek, died.  The departed was known not only in Saline County where he lived, worked, and was active for more than half a century, but he also was known to all faithful countrymen in the whole state and even far beyond the borders of Nebraska.  One can even say that he was known in the whole West.  He lived up to the right honorable age of 81 years.

Frank J. Sadílek was born on the 1st of December 1851 in Ledeč nad Sázavou in Bohemia.  His parents had an inn with a hall in which theatre presentations took place and besides that his father also had a saddlery.  From his early youth Sadílek showed a yearning for education, which, however, by the fault of fate he did not receive to the extent that he would have wished.  His parents lost all of their possessions and at the age of fourteen, Frank was forced to stop attending school and go into a trade.  He apprenticed as a saddler like his father.

After the loss of the family possessions, the Sadíleks sent the oldest sister to America and a year later they sent seventeen-year-old Frank to follow her as well.    After a 70 day voyage on a sailing ship Frank landed in New York without money for further travel to Chicago where his sister was settled.  Frank wrote to Chicago for money for the road and his sister had to send it to him as fast as possible.  However, awaiting the young immigrant in Chicago was a great surprise.  After his arrival there, he met his parents.  This is because after his departure to America, they received from their daughter purchased ship tickets and they immediately set off on the journey.  Their ship tickets were for a voyage on a steamship and so they were in Chicago quite a bit sooner than Frank who was travelling on a slower sailing ship.

The Sadílek family settled in Chicago where they also lived through the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.  They lived several miles from the place where the destructive fire broke out, nevertheless even there little house fell into ashes and they saved only a few of their possessions and furnishings.

In the year 1874, young Frank Sadílek left for Omaha in Nebraska, where he stayed one year.  He then returned to Chicago where on July 20, 1876 he married Miss Tereza Jurková.  The newlyweds departed for Omaha and the next year 1877 they moved to Wilber, Nebraska where Mr. Sadílek set up a saddle business.

In his radius of action, the young and industrious countryman soon became popular among his countrymen and he also took part in political life.”

Tomorrow we conclude the story of Frank Sadílek and then prepare to bring you another, fabulous exclusive biography!

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