I got the copy of the entry in the book "Astride the Old San Antonio Road"
from my cousin. Here is the information. Apparently, this is not my
immediate family line.
"Joseph Nicholas Vavra was born December 5, 1869 ina small village in
Czechoslovakia (sic). There he received his education in the public schol
and later attended college at Klatovech for three years. In 1884, he came
to the United States with his parentsm Joseph and Anna Vavra, three brothers and
one sister, settling in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Shortly after
Joseph came to Allegheny, he decided to study for the priesthood and entered
Benedictine Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. After four years fo study,
he became dissatisfied and discontinued his work.
Reading an ad in one of the Czech newspapers, Mr. Vavra decided to come to
Texas. He became a teacher in the New Tabor school, a position he held for
On October 9, 1890 Joseph married Anna Nedbalek and eight children came to
bless their home: six sons and two daughters.. The sons were Frank,
Joe, John, Henry, Robert and Ben, and daughters, Albina and Anna. Frank
married Johanna Englemann, Joe married Emily Trcalek, John married Christina
Hlavaty, Henry to Vlasta Sefcik, Robert to Hattie Hein and Ben to Ruby
Priebe. Albina married John Trcalek, who died, then married Frank Bobalik,
Anna married B.K. Trcalek.
Joseph's wife, Anna, passed away on November 25, 1943.
Mr. Vavra was a prosperous farmer of his community and from 1906 to 1920 he
served Burleson County as a county commissioner and also served as Justice
of the Peace for 38 years. He was a charter member of the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge
at New Tabor and served as vice-president of the Supreme Lodge of the SPJST for
4 years, besides being treasurer of Supreme headquarters for a number of
years. One of the great joys of his life was relating to friends and
family the stories of happenings which occurred when he attended conventions in
Chicago and other cities.
Joseph was a faithful and loyal member of the New Tabor C.M.B. Church and
down through the years served as president of the Board of Elders. Until
his health prevented, he was in regular attendence at all church activities and
often represented New Tabor Church at various conventions as a delegate.
Besides the above mentioned organizations, he was a member of the C.S.A.,
the Masonic Lodge, Woodmen of the World, Herrmann Sons, and R.V.O.S.
Thre of his sons have passed away: Frank, on October 19, 1971; Joe,
on October 2, 1975, and Anna, on August 3, 1975. One son and ten grandsons
served in WWII. Two grandsons were P.O.W. but all returned home
safely. Two grandsons have passed away at this time, Willie H. Trcalek on
July 18, 1978, and Joe F. Trcalek on may 28, 1979."
Hope this helps some of you.