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  • paulasmaggie
    Feb 27, 2007
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      --- In TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com, "John L. Mikeska"
      <jlmikeska@...> wrote:
      >
      > Don't know when Brethren Church was built. Ssir John

      Thank you Sir John. pfoster
      >
      > paulasmaggie <pfosterbmt@...> wrote: --- In
      TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com, "John L. Mikeska"
      > <jlmikeska@> wrote:
      >
      > Sir John, Thank-you for letting us know who were in the picture.
      > My grgr Uncle Paul Valiguras son Paul Jr. married Vinska Jurica.
      Do
      > you know when the Brethan Church in New Dime Box was built?
      > pfoster
      > >
      > > Mike,
      > >
      > > 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 John
      > >
      > > Sir 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
      > > Opening."
      > >
      > > 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
      > > fancy bar???
      > >
      > > 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
      > > Caldwell.
      > >
      > > 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.
      > >
      > > Mike Hejl
      > >
      > > --- In TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com, "John L. Mikeska"
      <jlmikeska@>
      > > wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Pat,
      > > >
      > > > 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
      > > English.
      > > >
      > > > 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@
      > > >
      > > > Mike Hejl
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- In TexasCzechs@yahoogroups.com, "Pat Lyon" patsroar@ wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > I recently acquired a copy of AJ Blaha's "Hranice: A Moravian
      > > Settlement on
      > > > > the Yegua". In it are some pictures of classes from the
      Hranice
      > > School. I
      > > > > believe the pictures from 1896 and 1897 contain my
      grandmother
      > Clara
      > > Svach
      > > > > and her sister, Mary, however, the quality is very poor from
      > many
      > > > > photocopies. I wonder who might have the original picture,
      or
      > an
      > > earlier
      > > > > version of the book with a better copy of the picture? I'd
      be
      > happy
      > > to pay
      > > > > for them since I want a clear picture and would treasure an
      > early
      > > picture of
      > > > > my grandmother and her sister.
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Sir John, Earl of Berkshire
      > > What good is information if not shared with others?
      > >
      >
      >
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      >
      > Sir John, Earl of Berkshire
      > What good is information if not shared with others?
      >
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