West K of C Charter Members
- I stumbled on two articles about the founding of the Knights of
Columbus at West, Texas. My great grandfather, John G. KUHN, was the
first Grand Knight.
INITIATE LARGE CLASS K. OF C.
Perfecting Plans to Establish
Council of the Order
In This City
Through the continued efforts for several weeks, of Mr. J. G. Kuhn,
plans are now being perfected for establishing in this city a council
of the order, Knights of Columbus.
For several weeks Mr. Kuhn has been securing the names of candidates,
and on last Sunday night thirty of these went to Waco, where they
took the initiatory degrees. Another degress will be given at an
early date, and then they will be ready to establish a council in
The next meeting at Waco will begin with a special service at the
Catholic Church in the morning. In the afternoon, the degrees will
be given, after which a banquet will be served at the Raleigh Hotel,
the new members being the guests of the Waco council.
Those who formed the class initiated last Sunday are as follows: John
Mikulik, Louis Bezdek, Dan Urbanovsky, Frank Seith, Ed Dittermann,
Albert Ctverlik, Charles Janak, Kelon Busby, Joe Kubella, Frank
Cocek, Emil Jerebek, Johnny Nemecek, Joe Gaidusek, John Barak, Franki
Uptmor, Jerry Cernosek, John Marek, Willie Kolar, Charles Smajstrla,
Frank Kabella, Antone Hajek, Emil Jansky, Walter Barak, Henry
Smajstrla, John Rendek, Eddie Walla, J. E. Hajek, Joe Karlik, Frank
Baca, and Lawrance Holocek.
These are some of the best young men of West and vicinity, and with
those who already have membership in the order, Antone and Ernest
Nemecek, Joe Polasek, Henry Kabella, Rev. M. Budnik, J. G. Kuhn and
J. F. Cernosek, will make the West Council one of the strongest and
most active in any small city in the state.
It will probably be sixty days before the charter can be secured and
the local council initiated.
July 29, [????]
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS FORM COUNCIL AT WEST
WEST, Texas. July 29 -- With many members of the order present from
Waco, the formal institution of the West council of the Knights of
Columbus took place last night. Officers were installed by past
State Deputy E. J. Davoren of Dallas, assisted by District Deputy E.
C. McDermott of Waco and some of the officers of the Waco council.
Fifty charter members were enrolled.
Officers of West council who will serve for the first term are: Grand
Knight, J. G. Kuhn; deputy grand knight, A. R. Nemeck; chancellor,
Kelon Busby; recorder, H. V. Smajstrla; financial secretary, Ed
Ditterman; treasurer, Frank Seith; advocate, J. R. Cuff; warden, T.
F. Cocek; inner guard, J. C. Karlik; outer guard, Joe Kabella;
trustee, three years, Frank Wachsmann; two years, Ernest Nemecek; one
year, Charles Zapalac.
After the installation members of the West council were hosts at a
luncheon, at which many delicacies were served.