We begin anew today! While we are still in the 1951 edition of the Czech-American journal, Amerikan Národní Kalendar, we are starting an all new, exclusive translation!
A new Czech immigrant family, a new story, and a whole new set of details and historic information for us to read, use, and learn from! It is another wonderful story!
Enjoy this terrific new story as we begin in the ‘Old Country’ of Bohemia!
Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Year: 1951, Volume: LXXIII, Pages: 117-144
“Old Settlers’ Memories”
Translated from the original Czech by Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce and Layne Pierce
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“Reminiscences of Countryman Ant. Bubík”
“I saw the light of the world on the 15th of August 1868 in Boršice by Buchlovice in the district of Uherské Hradiště in Moravia. My parents had a smaller farm. Those people at that time were called cottagers. My father died when he was thirty-three years old. I was then 7 years old so I don’t remember him very well. Instead of that I have many memories of my grandfather, who liked to narrate about his military experiences, since he spent twelve years in the armed forces. The old man was a good farmer. He had two cows and several chunks of fields and in addition he was a grave digger for more than 50 years. My mother was originally from Zlechov from a bigger farm or ‘grunt’ as it used to be called. Before she got married her name was Apolena Zabranski. I also had an uncle who was a master weaver, then during one of his visits to us, he took me with him so that I could apprentice with him. During that time I would go to school twice a week in a faraway village. The weaving work was not difficult; however, for a boy used to freedom, it was a punishment. Nevertheless, I got used to it. And so after I had worked for my uncle six years I found myself still without my uncle making me an official trade apprentice, or paying me anything. Finally I stopped liking it, and after an agreement with a friend, Jan Pavlínek, we decided to run away together, which we then did. We managed to get to Prostějov where we found work. There I earned my first salary, 40 Kreutzers a week. As an apprentice I was making four and a half gold pieces which was also very little. I decided to leave Prostějov. I went home and I got hired as a journeyman. Those were new and difficult beginnings, but I also overcame those, and a half a year later the heavy work on a farm was going quite well.
In the year 1888 I was drafted and assigned to a mountain battery. First of all I was called to Olomouc and from there, after several days, we were sent as recruits to Vienna and from there by military train to Bosnia. Our journey to Sarajevo lasted about five days and then we stayed there, going through training. We were marching, and sometimes for up to 14 days we did not have a roof above our heads. In Hercegovina we took part in maneuvers and we suffered a lot. It was a good school for life.
It is not possible to write about everything, since my experiences from the military alone in ‘service to the Lord Emperor’ would take a whole book. Everything comes to an end and so even my military time ended, and that was in the year 1891.
I returned home in my military uniform, and that was all that I owned. Mother was married for the second time, so I could not expect very much from my home, since there were already new siblings in the house.”
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