33592Re: [TexasCzechs] Re: Hranice pictures
- Feb 27, 2007Mike,I have a poor photocopy of the photo of 1914 in the Balcar Bar and believe I copied it out of some book. Typed at the bottom of the photo (floor level of photo) named men from left to right as Frank Balcar, Joe Jurica, Vince Balcar, Sr (behind counter, and father of Frank Balcar, I believe), and last man listed as Joe Vallgura.Lydia Marie (Balcar) Wolf told me her mother was Mary Pecana married Frank Balcar (1st on left in photo) and that Frank worked at the bar. Lydia said her mother went to the bar to see her husband and went into labor while there. She was taken to the upstairs apartment (you mentioned) and where Lydia was born. Lydia enjoyed telling that she was born in a saloon. Lydia married Otto Wolf - they never had any children.Lydia and I are/were 2nd cousins, once removed. She passed in 2000. Vince Balcar, Sr b. 1834 and wife Jenoerfa Matejcek are my gt gt grandparents.Yes, I have typed Burleson Co in place of Lee Co for county of Hranice. I have spent several hours twice at the Hranice Cemetery in '95. Wish I had my digital camera then. <G> And I believe it is Albert and Edna Blaha that has one of the most beautiful marker stones - believe black granite ?Somewhere I have photograph of the Hranice Brethren Church with members standing in front of church, then after being struck by a tornado. Most amazing was kids crawling inside and peering through steeple window, and boy that had climbed upon the roof. of the church leaning close to 35-45 degrees I love looking at old photos and finding most unusual factors involved, such as this.
Sir JohnSir John -
Thanks for the compliment but no need to cancel any standing requests
directed to Pat. I will settle for fond rememberances of many childhood
visits to my Blaha grandparent' s farm close to New Dime Box where I got
treated to Grandma's home-made bread, which I spread with churned butter
or with Grandma's favorite concoction of sweet cream, sugar, and
cinnamon. By the way: Hranice, Old Dime Box, and New Dime Box are all
in Lee County. Hranice is only about three miles (by road) north of New
Dime Box. About all that's left of the Hranice Community are the two
cemeteries. My Blaha and Hejtmancik great-grandparents, my Blaha
grandparents, and many of their descendants are buried in the Hranice
Community Cemetery. Albert J. Blaha and his wife Edna are buried there.
In the morning, I will be going over to my mother's home. While there,
I will borrow her Blaha Family Photo Album so I can begin scanning
pictures for you and Pat. I'm pretty sure that the 1914 Balcar Saloon
photo is in her album. If it's not, I will have to disassemble the
bound draft copy of the Hranice book to get-at the photo. Not to worry,
the disassembly is needed so I can eventually use it's pages to
freshen-up the book being sold by the CHS.
The Balcar Saloon photo is a real doozie. I suspect the photo was made
on the day that the Balcar Saloon first opened in New Dime Box in 1914.
Looking closely at the photo, it appears that the three younger men are
holding rather large goblets (footed drinking glasses). My mother
remembers these type of goblets being used in the 1920s. Two of the
men's goblets appear to be empty or nearly empty, but the goblet of the
man closest to the camera is about a third filled with a dark liquid
that appears to have a head of foam, so it's either beer, champaign, or
(don't make me laugh) root beer. The Saloon Proprietor, Vinc Balcar II,
is pictured holding a smaller goblet that he is about to fill from what
appears to be a wine or champaign bottle. It could very well be a
champaign bottle because the bottle appears to have shiny foil around
it's blob top and they might have been celebrating the Saloon's "Grand
I remember visiting Balcar's/Riske' s Dry Goods Store and it's adjoining
Saloon in "Downtown" New Dime Box when I was a kid. The store and
saloon was housed in a large, two-story red brick building with living
quarters on the 2nd floor. As far as I know, the building is still
there. The ornate bar looks mighty familiar and it would have impressed
me at that age. I do remember the brass spitoons. My mother has a
better recollection of the place from her childhood, but at age 93 even
her long-term memory is failing her. I wonder what happened to that
Sir John, your idea about me burning my scans of the Hranice photos onto
a CD for the CHS Library is a good one. I will plan to do that. I live
in Fort Worth but have been attending State CHS Meetings lately.
Perhaps I will get to meet both you and Pat at the April meeting in
I will e-mail each of you my scans of the photos you are especially
interested in. Give me a few days as I am a known procrastinator.
--- In TexasCzechs@ yahoogroups. com, "John L. Mikeska" <jlmikeska@. ..>
> You talk about luck! ! ! ! ! What a gentleman Mike is. I'm am removing
my request for the end slices of your home made bread, including the
churned butter, and let Mike have them.
> I'm Working with Pat Lyon on Balcar/Mikeska connectons and have many
entries in the Hranice, Lee County, and Dime Box, Burleson Co and do
have a copy of 'photocopy' of kin or two. I may be calling on you later,
Mike. Of great interest is the Saloon photo at Dime Box, showing Frank
Balcar behind the counter, with several in front, all having a bottle
<G>. Frank was a distant cousin.
> I'd almost offer to bring my laptop and scanner and help you, if get
swamped with requests for photos. Not sue where you are but Worth
several hundred miles driving! Mike, you are out of this world offering
to do the photos. Sure wold be nice if photos put on CD and available
for copying at the CHS Library in Houston.
> Sir John
> Mike mike.hejl@.. . wrote:
> Pat -
> I have an early draft copy of the Hranice book authored by my uncle,
Albert J. Blaha. Almost all the pictures in this draft are on
high-quality glossy photo paper, including the 1896 and 1897 Hranice
School pictures. Also, I am fairly certain that my mother (Albert's
sister) has these particular pictures in her Blaha Family Photo Album,
so it would be fairly easy for me to scan the pictures and send them to
you as jpg files. I hope that you have high-speed internet service
because the files will be fairly large.
> My grandfather, William Blaha (1887-1962), is the third person from
the right on the front row of the 1896 Hranice School picture, so he was
very likely a classmate of Clara and Mary Svach. I have not been able to
spot my Grandpa Blaha in the 1897 picture, meaning that he had already
dropped-out of school. He would never admit to my mother how much
schooling he completed, but assured her that he had had "a good
education." Unlike his father, he could read and write both Czech and
> I apologize for the poor quality of the pictures in the Hranice book
being sold by the State CHS. Sounds like it's time for me to provide
them with better-quality photos for their master file. This would
require quite a bit of effort so I am not promising how soon that will
happen. In the meantime, anyone who had an ancestor that settled in the
Hranice Community can ask me to scan and send them a jpg file of a
picture in the Hranice book. Just send me an e-mail with your wish list.
Be specific as to which pictures you are interested in and be willing to
wait. Please do not request all of them. My e-mail address is:
> Mike Hejl
> --- In TexasCzechs@ yahoogroups. com, "Pat Lyon" patsroar@ wrote:
> > I recently acquired a copy of AJ Blaha's "Hranice: A Moravian
> > the Yegua". In it are some pictures of classes from the Hranice
> > believe the pictures from 1896 and 1897 contain my grandmother Clara
> > and her sister, Mary, however, the quality is very poor from many
> > photocopies. I wonder who might have the original picture, or an
> > version of the book with a better copy of the picture? I'd be happy
> > for them since I want a clear picture and would treasure an early
> > my grandmother and her sister.
Sir John, Earl of Berkshire
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