36021Re: [TexasCzechs] Re: svrcek index-Valek entries
- Oct 4, 2007Anything about the RECEK family? That would be in the Fayette Co area or maybe even some in the Shiner area.Nan
--- In TexasCzechs@ yahoogroups. com, "janapivec" <jesenwei@.. .> wrote:
> 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
> He says of himself, ". . . I moved to Cameron in 1887. . . Later
> families arrived from other parts of the state and also from
> Families like: Motocha, Stoklas, Valek, Mondrik and as the number
> 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
> this parish."
> Pg. 24 (Cistern entry): "Even before 1881 some Czech families
> here: -- Antonin Ferdinand, Frank and John Psencik, Mathew and
> Ziegelbauer, Frantisek Holub, John Machacek. Sr., John Machacek
> 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
> as the records do show, was John Jacob (Jakub) Sebesta from
> 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
> 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
> 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]
> Father Tion came from Corsicana every second Sunday and said Holy
> Mass for the people. One of the English families donated two acres
> 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 Europeamong 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,
> 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
> 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
> 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,
> Slovacek, Joseph Vitovsky, Joseph Vrana, Joseph Slovacek, John
> Joseph Jaresh, John Krajca. The first elected officers were:
> Mikula, president; John Valek, sick committee.
> Pg. 67 (Ennis entry): "In 1935 the K.J.T. Society celebrated its
> Jubilee of existence. . . . At the time of the writing of these
> 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;
> Lanicek, representative, . . . "
> Pg. 68 (Ennis entry, subhead History of S. Peter & Paul Society #83
> (Prvni Ustredni Jednota) The First Central Union): "In the annals
> St. John Nepomucenus parish of Ennis, we read that in 1883, a
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> treasurer and representative. "
I have to be honest - I slept through most of my History classes. I
have learned more history through doing genealogy than I ever learned
in school. Just don't ask me to take a test!
Thank you for the information AND for making an index for such an
interesting piece of history. I am sure MANY researchers appreciate
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