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  • Lois Petter Pereira
    Fayette County Record March 16, 2007 SPJST Velehrad Cemetery Receives Historical Marker The Texas Historical Commission has awarded a Historical Texas Cemetery
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      Fayette County Record March 16, 2007
      SPJST Velehrad Cemetery Receives Historical Marker
      The Texas Historical Commission has awarded a Historical Texas Cemetery Marker to the SPJST Velehrad Cemetery. The dedication ceremony will take place on April 21 at 10:30 a. m. This cemetery is located in Lavaca County on County Line Road in the Velehrad Community.
      The SPJST Velehrad Cemetery was originally established as a National Cemetery.
      The first documented burial is of Johana Bucek who died in July 1878. Family tradition says Filip Bucek, husband of Johana Bucek, was the first one buried in the cemetery.
      The Texas Czechs who established the cemetery were mostly immigrants from Moravia. This cemetery was originally known as the Velehrad Cemetery.
      Many of the Texas-Czechs buried in the Velehrad Cemetery were founders and active members of  the SPJST, the The Slovaksa Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas, a Czech Fraternal Benefit Society. Ferdinand Breska, the first vice president of the SPJST, is buried in the cemetery.
      The Velehrad Cemetery was maintained by SPJST Lodge # 19 for many years.
      In 2004, the Velehrad Cemetery became part of the SPJST District VI Cemetery Organization. Its name was then changed to the SPJST Velehrad Cemetery.  
       
      My son-in-aw is the great-great grandson of Ferdinand Breska so this was a nice find for me. I am also pasting some pics because it really is some pretty land around Velehrad...lois petter pereira
       
       
       
      Velehrad Cemetery And SPJST  Hall, Texas
       
      picture of the cemetery and the SPJST hall
      Velehrad
School Marker, Texas
       
      Site of Velehrad School "The Velehrad community was settled in the 1850s; the settlement was named Velehrad, or "Big Castle" for the Czech city of that name. The first marked burial in the local cemetery dates to 1855. From its earliest days, the community organized school classes in private homes. Children were taught in Czech because most area settlers were Czech immigrants. As the area population grew to 50 or 60 families, the settlers made plans to build a schoolhouse on land west of the cemetery. As was common, the one-room structure was placed on the lower part of the tract so that the building would be as close as possible to a water source. Classes were conducted in English when the school opened its doors about 1879. In 1887 school trustees sold off one acre of land which later became the site of S.P.J.S.T. Lodge Hall No. 19. By the turn of the 20th century, the area's population was growing. The Kahanek family operated a cotton gin just north of the school property in Fayette County. In 1924 the Velehrad School District traded land for 5.5 acres around their school that included the S.P.J.S.T. Lodge Hall property. The schoolhouse was moved onto the new land to be used as a vocational workshop, and a new two-room school with a stage was erected on the original part of the property to accommodate the increasing student population. Trustees added another room in the early 1930s. As the area population declined in the next decades, Velehrad School closed and its students were transferred to the Moravia School District No. 7. The Moravia District, in turn, closed to consolidate with Hallettsville schools in 1972

      VELEHRAD, TEXAS

      Lavaca County, Central Texas S
      County Line Road (Fayette/ LaVaca County Line)
      15 miles N of Hallettsville
      6 miles N of Moravia

      Population: Unknown
       
       


      Lois Petter Pereira
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