Joseph Bezdeks Celebrate 60th Anniversay (1953)
- Joseph Bezdeks to Celebrate 60th Anniversay Sunday
Mr. and Mr.s Jos. F. Bezdek, Sr., will be married 60 years today,
Friday, Oct. 9, 1953. They will celebrate the occasion quietly on
Sunday, October 11, at their residence in West, since Mr. Bezdek is
almost totally blind and unable to get around without assistance.
Mr. Bezdek, second oldest son on the family of Joseph and Anna
(Polasek) Bezdek, was born on November 22, 1869, at Frenstat,
Moravia, and came to this country in 1879 as a boy with his parents,
3 brothers and 4 sisters. He is the last of his 3 brothers to be
alive. His older brother Frank died in 1942, Charles just 3 weeks
ago, and his younger brother John, his wife and daughter were killed
by the Texas-Electric Interurban on December 8, 1951, and one sister,
Mrs. Louis Sykora died in 1949.
The remaining sisters are: Mrs. C. Y. Sulak, Route 1, West, Mrs. Joe
Kotrla, 609 S. Marable, West, and Sister M. Olivia of Enid Oklahoma.
Mrs. Bezdek was born on February 17, 1875, at Carmine, Fayette
County, and came to West when 16 years of age with her parents, Anton
and Marie (Kopecky) Sulak, 8 brothers and 1 sister. Two of her
brothers died of old age, while her younger brother Vaclav was killed
by the Texas Special in 1911.
The brothers and sisters living yet are: L. J. Sulak of La Grange,
Adolph D. of Dallas, Mrs. Lena Bednar of Fort Worth and Frank,
Rudolph, William, and one step-sister Mrs. Cecilia Cepak, all of West.
Mr. and Mrs. Bezdek had 12 children, one dying in infancy, the living
are as follows: Vaclav J., Louis J., Frank and Mrs. A. C. Soukup, all
of West; Mrs. John Zatopak, Mrs. Ernest Snapka, and Joe F. Bezdek,
all of Abbott, Mrs. Edward Knapek, Mrs. Roman Snapka and Henry
Bezdek, all of Corpus Christi, and Willie Bezdek of Baton Rouge, La.
In addition to their 11 children, there are 43 grandchildren and 24
great grand children making a total of 78 decendeants to be present
at their residence on Sunday, October 10, to wish them continuing
health and happiness for the future.
Source unknown. Probably the West newspaper. The article inidicates
that the maiden name of Mrs. Bezdek's mother was Kopecky. The
McLennan-Hill db has it as Hertous. Four family members killed trains.