SPJST Vestnik, 6 Mar 2013 SPJST Moravia Cemetery Receives Historical Marker The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized SPJST Moravia Cemetery as aMessage 1 of 1 , Mar 25View Source
SPJST Vestnik, 6 Mar 2013
SPJST Moravia Cemetery Receives Historical Marker
The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized SPJST Moravia Cemetery as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historic Cemetery Marker. The designation honors SPJST Moravia Cemetery as an important and educational part of local history.
A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the SPJST Moravia Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. The SPJST Moravia Cemetery is located on FM 957 in Moravia, Texas, just north of FM 532. It is located next to the Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Cemetery. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and umbrellas (to shield the sun) to the dedication ceremony.
Immigrants from Northeastern Moravia settled in the area presently known as Moravia, Texas. SPJST Lodge Nova Morava, No. 23 was established as a charter lodge of SPJST, a Czech fraternal benefit society, in 1897. Lodge 23 elected Ignac Jalufka, one of the founders of Moravia, Texas, as its first president. Later, Lodge 23 built a lodge hall which was completed in January of 1914.
The SPJST Moravia Cemetery was established by Lodge 23 in 1922. SPJST members provided funeral and burial services in the Czech language. Some funeral services were held in the SPJST lodge hall.
Three charter members of Lodge 23 are buried in the SPJST Moravia Cemetery. They are Joseph Trojcak, the first financial secretary of Lodge 23, his wife Anna Trojcak, and Joseph Klapuch.
In addition, several veterans from World War I, World War II, and the Persian Gulf War are buried in the SPJST Moravia Cemetery. Three generations of Jurena veterans are buried in the Jurena Family lot.
At the present time, the SPJST Moravia Cemetery is part of the SPJST District Six Cemetery Organization.