It's always so nice to find some relatives! I've not gotten far into my
research but will be doing so this summer when things slow down a
My father's name was John Julius Urbish; his oldest brother, Frank C.
(don't know what the C stands for) was Henrietta's father, and I do
believe she had a brother named Justis. My father was probably 10-12
years younger than Frank and he and my mother married later in life (my
father was almost 30), so we kids were much younger than some of the
kids from the older siblings. Thus, I don't know all the cousins,
siblings, etc. off the top of my head.
If you're going to the reunion, I know you'll find out a lot of
information; and I know I have a book somewhere that gives a lot of
details about the Urbish side of the family. I'll be digging that out
this summer, so I'll get back with you on what I find about Henrietta
and her sibling(s)....but don't be shy about reminding me if it seems
like I've forgotten.
Good luck; I'm sure the reunion will be great fun!
As a sidenote, when Rudy and Henrietta were closing down their gift shop
there in East Bernard, she let me know and I was lucky enough to get
several very fine pieces of Bohemian crystal, a Bohemian garnet ring,
and some other miscellaneous items. Maybe you know this, but an
interesting note was given regarding the Bohemian garnets, which are a
distinctly different color than the usual you find. The Bohemian
garnets are a black-red, rather than the rusty-red that are mostly
found, except in fine jewelry stores. Once you see the difference, you
can spot the "real" Bohemian garnet immediately. They are beautiful.
With their being your godparents, I'm sure you've been to their house,
which as you know is filled in every nook and cranny with items from the
Czech Republic, Slovakia, etc. It was like going through a treasure
Leona M. Urbish, Ph.D., Director
Office of Institutional Research
P. O. Box 1892
Houston, TX 77251-1892
713-348-6258 (o) - 713-348-6252 (fax)
Sent: Thursday, May 02, 2002 10:20 PM
Subject: Re: [TexasCzechs] Family Tree
Rudy and Henrietta Klecka are my aunt and uncle. And they are also my
parents. Rudy is my grandmothers brother. I still have Czech dolls
they would send me every year when they would go on their trips.
The Klecka's are suppose to be having a family reunion Labor Day
It's going to be good to see everyone.
Who is your dad? My mom told me that Henrietta had a brother name
Thanks so much for the email.
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