We conclude our exclusive biography today of one early Czech immigrant to America and prepare to begin an all new exclusive story from a new 1899 Czech and an all new state in the United States.
Today we know you will enjoy this Czech’s view on life in Bohemia as well as his new life in the United States — and will he be able to clear his family name?
Read and enjoy!
Amerikán Národní Kalendář
Year 1899, Volume XXII, Pages 187 to 203
“Memoirs of Czech Settlers in America”
“The young Mr. and Mrs. Mikulecký settled in the house of his wife in Vorlovy. This also where they were married once they finally received permission from the church to do so. They lived there successfully for seven years. But Josef could not stop dreaming about a country of freedom and he also wished deeply to clear the name of his deceased brother. He was also sick of the political situation in Bohemia, but he cannot to go to America yet. He did not wish to break a promise he had made to his wife.
To have some sort of change at least in 1862 he sold their properties and they moved to Moravia: to Komorany, Vyskov okres. Their neighbors there were fine people, but after seven years of hard work they had not improved their material situation there much at all. His wife also lacked having any Czech society or friends there among all their German neighbors. Therefore they moved back to Bohemia where they were settled in Netrebi, near Litomysl. He spent four years there working as a carpenter, but his material situation was getting ever worse.
At this time his wife finally agreed to move to America and for Josef Mikulecký that date was the 11th of April 1873. This was the day when he started his journey over the ocean and it was the happiest day of his life.
He sailed over the large pond and went directly to Caledonia. There the widow of his deceased brother along with the whole family welcomed them warmly. Josef also found that he believed there was not a better place with better neighbors than he found there in Caledonia.
We mentioned it before, but the whole family of Mikulecký is well-known for their hospitality and for their true Czech joviality. Plus all of them look very pretty and handsome.
Important were the words told by the seventy year old man to me. He said with his strong voice: “I recant all the humbugs and nonsenses of heavenliness, because all of those are just myths invented to cheat the people. I don’t wish to ever meet any fanatic again who will try to sow the seed of the same old nonsense in my mind, the nonsense that I have now happily forgotten. I am glad that now, on the downhill of the century, my wish has been fulfilled because it has now been twenty-five years what I have lived in this country and nobody visited me to try and frighten me by the talk of hell, nor to promise me any place in heaven. I live in peace and quiet and I hope that I will fulfill the remainder of my life without these falsehoods. The seven decades of my life push me down to the earth and it is impossible to refuse the laws of nature. We all were born and will die in order to make a place for our descendants. And this is the eternal life. Nothing else. My life was full of troubles and hardships, but I fought, prevailed, and cleared the name of our family. My motto was: Man, always do the right thing and be afraid of neither Emperor nor King.”
Tomorrow we begin an all new exclusive biography from a different state in the United States. It promises to be another amazing story and one you will not want to miss!
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