RE: [TexasCzechs] Sugarek Road and the Sugarek Family
- View SourceDo you know a Bob Or Robert Sugarek? He used to work for me and lives here in Kingsville????????????-----Original Message-----Dear Rick and others on the list,
From: SUGAREK%BILBO@... [mailto:SUGAREK%BILBO@...]
Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 5:38 PM
Subject: [TexasCzechs] Sugarek Road and the Sugarek Family
Sorry that it took me so long to reply question. I now have my e-mail
blem fixed. (thanks to RickUs help)
I grew up on what is now Sugarek Road and can share the history of itUs
nd the family for which it is named.
Until very recently the road that runs between Highway 59 (parallel to
lle Municipal Airport runway) and Farm to Market Road 888 had no name. We just
alled it "the lane" . Our farm was at the corner formed by this road and FM
(Jeff Foxworthy has been quoted as saying that "you know you're a redneck if
y part of the directions to your home include the words 'and when you leave the
aved road'". I would like to add, and if that road has no name. With that
iption we could proudly call ourselves "rednecks".)
In the 1970's my mother and I accidentally set our laundry room on fire
to call the fire department. The only address she could give the dispatcher
to tell him that "It is at Allen Sugarek's house. Most of the firemen know
that is." The Beeville Volunteer Fire Department, many of whom were family
nds, did get there and all turned out well.
In recent years as the state began naming roads for the EMS system,
this one was
named "South Airport Road". This initially seemed a good idea (as the road
run by the airport). However, Beeville already had another Airport Road
town leading to what had been the town's original airport). Two "Airport
in a town of under 14,000 people, became a bit confusing.
My dad tells me that he pointed this out to his county commissioner who
to rename the road and asked my dad if he would like to call it Sugarek Road or
ugarek Drive. (The county road crews had long been calling it "Sugarek Road"
n they needed to describe the location.) Thus the name was changed and it
Now for the family for which it was named. The land for the south end
of the ro
ad had been donated to the county by my grandfather, Charlie Sugarek. My dad
ls me that he thinks that the land at the north end of the road was donated by
other of Bee County's Czech settlers, Mr. Kubala. This history of our branch
the Sugarek familycomes from a variety of sources, including an excellent
history by Robert Janak and a collection of obituaries, oral histories and my
memory and experiences. Many thanks to Mr. Janak for his comprehensive
es of the Sugarek Family.
Frantisek Sugarek of Klokocov Moravia was born in 1819. He and his
wife had a s
on and a daughter, Charles (1849-1932) and Maryjanna (1844-1908), both born in
uncice. After his wife's death he married Barbora Simicek. They sailed to
ston,Texas in 1856, settled at Hostyn and later at the Content Community in
ado County. Frantisek and Barbora had two daughters, Veronica and Anna. In
, while protecting his home and family from a gun wielding neighbor, Frantisek
garek was shot and killed. Now Charles and Maryjanna were orphans. Maryjanna
rried and Charles left for South Texas. Oral history tells us that the young
worked cattle drives during the civil war and roamed southern Texas for twelve
ears after his father's death. In 1877 Charles married Amalie (Mollie) Horak
Praha, Texas. Mollie Horak, born in Austin County in 1856, has been said to
the first Czech girl to be born in Texas and at the end of her life in 1951
was said to be the oldest Czech woman living in Texas.
Charles half sister Veronica and her husband Josef Barton had purchased
a farm i
n Bee County Texas in 1889. They then sold this farm to Charles in 1890.
les and Mollie Sugarek farmed this land and raised a daughter and four sons:
y Sugarek Longeno, Jim , Charles (Charlie) , Lydmul and Ed Sugarek. The
son, Ed was killed in France during World War I. A memorial plaque hangs in
memory in the Bee County Court House. Both Jim and Charlie were farmers. Jim
arried Lill Holik of Burleson County (Caldwell) and Charlie married Lill's
r sister, Anna Holik an "old maid" schoolteacher (her description of herself),
so of Burleson County. Lill and Jim Sugarek had four sons, three of which,
d, Randolph and Joseph Charles (JC) all farmed in Bee County. The fourth son
k made his home in Lubbock. Anna and Charlie had three sons: Charles, career
r Force, Bruce, a welder and Allen. At the age of 75 years, Allen continues
farm the family farm in Bee County. Allen is my dad. The farm is on Sugarek
ad. And now we are back to how Sugarek Road got it's name.
Thank you for asking, and for being interested. I have enjoyed being
part of this family and looking at family history.
Sincerely, Nancy Sugarek
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