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36009Re: svrcek index-Valek entries

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  • janapivec
    Oct 4, 2007
      Here ya go!

      > there are these entries (the numbers are page numbers):
      > >
      > > Valek: 22
      > > Valek, Joe A.: 67
      > > Valek, John: 24, 67
      > > Valek, Joseph: 63, 68
      > >
      pg. 22 (Cameron entry): "Some Czech-Catholics came in 1887. Roman
      Parma was still living at the time this page of history was written.
      He says of himself, ". . . I moved to Cameron in 1887. . . Later more
      families arrived from other parts of the state and also from Europe.
      Families like: Motocha, Stoklas, Valek, Mondrik and as the number of
      Czech-Catholics increased a Czech priest visited here occassionally
      [sic]. Such as Father Joseph Pelnar, Father Pridal and Karel Kacer.
      First baptism on the books of the parish are twins born to the
      Mondrik family from Marak. They were baptized Amalia and Teresie on
      November 24, 1884 by father J. Lauth, the first appointed pastor for
      this parish."

      Pg. 24 (Cistern entry): "Even before 1881 some Czech families settled
      here: -- Antonin Ferdinand, Frank and John Psencik, Mathew and Joseph
      Ziegelbauer, Frantisek Holub, John Machacek. Sr., John Machacek Jr.,
      Frank Hanzelka, Adolph Kreml, Vincent and Joseph Maresh, Antonin
      Hybner and John Valek."

      Pg. 63 (Ennis entry): "The first Czech came here from Europe, as far
      as the records do show, was John Jacob (Jakub) Sebesta from Netolice
      Ceske Budejovice in the year of 1873. At that time Ennis was a mere
      village with some stores. Round and about town was a wild prairie,
      covered with tall grasses. Here and there perhaps some thick forests.
      There were no roads nor any fences. Two years later, 1875,few
      families came from England and France. Also the families of
      Bartholomew Lanicky from Zdanice near Brno, who had lived 3 years in
      Bryan and then moved here. The following year two more families
      arrived. This handful of settlers gave the nucleus to a new parish.
      They bought an old house and remodelled it into a smal [sic] church.
      Father Tion came from Corsicana every second Sunday and said Holy
      Mass for the people. One of the English families donated two acres of
      land for a cemetery. In the coming years the country showed fast
      growth, some Czech families came from Gainsville, Cook County, and
      again others came from Europe—among these were the families of John
      Patril, John Vrla, John Vrana, John Dlabay, Joseph Haba, Frank
      Drajca, Joseph Valek, Joseph Novosad, Joseph Vitovsky, John Vlk, John
      Mach, John Langer, and Frank Patak. Most of these have passed away
      by this time."

      Pg. 67 (Ennis entry): "History records of the parish show that in the
      beginning of the century – the Czech Catholics came to a very
      important decision – to separate themselves from the other
      nationalities of the parish and organize a Czech parish of their
      own. Thus they also organized their own school. This also gave rise
      to the resolution to unite themselves into societies of their own.
      Thus in the year of 1900 on the 15th of August, the St. Joseph's
      K.J.T. #35 was organized. Its original members were John Patak, John
      Slovacek, Joseph Vitovsky, Joseph Vrana, Joseph Slovacek, John Luza,
      Joseph Jaresh, John Krajca. The first elected officers were: Francis
      Mikula, president; John Valek, sick committee.

      Pg. 67 (Ennis entry): "In 1935 the K.J.T. Society celebrated its 35th
      Jubilee of existence. . . . At the time of the writing of these lines
      the officers are; Father Vincent Micola, Chaplain; I. J. Parma,
      president; Frank. K. Spaniel, vice president; Joseph Odlozil,
      secretary; Joe A. Valek, accountant; J. B. Kulhanek, treasurer; John
      Lanicek, representative, . . . "

      Pg. 68 (Ennis entry, subhead History of S. Peter & Paul Society #83
      (Prvni Ustredni Jednota) The First Central Union): "In the annals of
      St. John Nepomucenus parish of Ennis, we read that in 1883, a society
      of Ss. Peter and Paul was organized. Our countrymen arriving here
      without any knowledge of the language of the country- difficulty in
      communication with others-for that purpose they had organized into a
      group-tightly knitted together for their social and religious
      benefits. They formed this society to be able better to communicate
      with each other and other branches of the society, in other parts of
      this their new country. Thus, the St. John Nepomucenus society was
      the first one herabouts. The founders of this society were - John
      Sebesta, Frank Patak, John Plasek, Joseph Valek and Bartholomew
      Lanicek. At this time all of these good men are resting there in that
      consecrated ground - our cemetery. . . At present there are 28
      members living, Father Francis Kowalski, chaplain; Alois Kuchar,
      president; Richard Kriska, vice-president; Joseph R. Slovak,
      secretary; Stanislav Kriska, financial-secretary; Ferdinand Petrash,
      treasurer and representative."
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