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  • Dewey W. Elsik
    Do you know a Bob Or Robert Sugarek? He used to work for me and lives here in Kingsville???????????? ... From: SUGAREK%BILBO@uthscsa.edu
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      Do you know a Bob Or Robert Sugarek? He used to work for me and lives here in Kingsville????????????
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      From: SUGAREK%BILBO@... [mailto:SUGAREK%BILBO@...]
      Sent: Tuesday, May 30, 2000 5:38 PM
      To: texasczechs@...
      Subject: [TexasCzechs] Sugarek Road and the Sugarek Family

      Dear Rick and others on the list,
            Sorry that it took me so long to reply question.  I now have my e-mail
      reply pro
      blem fixed.  (thanks to RickUs help)
            I grew up on what is now Sugarek Road and can share the history of itUs
      naming a
      nd the family for which it is named. 
            Until very recently the road that runs between Highway 59 (parallel to
      the Beevi
      lle Municipal Airport runway) and Farm to Market Road 888 had no name.  We just
      c
      alled it "the lane" .  Our farm was at the corner formed by this road and FM
      888.
        (Jeff Foxworthy has been quoted as saying that "you know you're a redneck if
      an
      y part of the directions to your home include the words 'and when you leave the
      p
      aved road'".  I would like to add, and if that road has no name.  With that
      descr
      iption we could proudly call ourselves "rednecks".) 
            In the 1970's my mother and I accidentally set our laundry room on fire
      and had
      to call the fire department.  The only address she could give the dispatcher
      was
      to tell him that "It is at Allen Sugarek's house.  Most of the firemen know
      where
      that is."  The Beeville Volunteer Fire Department, many of whom were family
      frie
      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
      did
      run by the airport).  However, Beeville already had another Airport Road
      (across
      town leading to what had been the town's original airport).  Two "Airport
      Roads"
      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
      offered
      to rename the road and asked my dad if he would like to call it Sugarek Road or
      S
      ugarek Drive.  (The county road crews had long been calling it "Sugarek Road"
      whe
      n they needed to describe the location.)  Thus the name was changed and it
      became
      "Sugarek Road".
            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
      tel
      ls me that he thinks that the land at the north end of the road was donated by
      an
      other of Bee County's Czech settlers, Mr. Kubala.  This history of our branch
      of
      the Sugarek familycomes from a variety of sources, including an excellent
      family
      history by Robert Janak and a collection of obituaries, oral histories and my
      own
      memory and experiences.  Many thanks to Mr. Janak for his comprehensive
      chronicl
      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
      K
      uncice.  After his wife's death he married Barbora Simicek.  They sailed to
      Galve
      ston,Texas in 1856, settled at Hostyn and later at the Content Community in
      Color
      ado County.  Frantisek and Barbora had two daughters, Veronica and Anna.  In
      1863
      , while protecting his home and family from a gun wielding neighbor, Frantisek
      Su
      garek was shot and killed.  Now Charles and Maryjanna were orphans.  Maryjanna
      ma
      rried and Charles left for South Texas.  Oral history tells us that the young
      man
      worked cattle drives during the civil war and roamed southern Texas for twelve
      y
      ears after his father's death.   In 1877 Charles married Amalie (Mollie) Horak
      in
      Praha, Texas.   Mollie Horak, born in Austin County in 1856, has been said to
      be
      the first Czech girl to be born in Texas and at the end of her life in 1951
      she
      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. 
      Char
      les and Mollie Sugarek farmed this land and raised a daughter and four sons:
      Mar
      y Sugarek Longeno, Jim , Charles (Charlie) , Lydmul and Ed Sugarek.  The
      youngest
      son, Ed was killed in France during World War I.  A memorial plaque hangs in
      his
      memory in the Bee County Court House.  Both Jim and Charlie were farmers.  Jim
      m
      arried Lill Holik of Burleson County (Caldwell) and Charlie married Lill's
      younge
      r sister, Anna Holik an "old maid" schoolteacher (her description of herself),
      al
      so of Burleson County.  Lill and Jim Sugarek had four sons, three of which,
      Edwar
      d, Randolph and Joseph Charles (JC) all farmed in Bee County.  The fourth son
      Dic
      k made his home in Lubbock.   Anna and Charlie had three sons: Charles, career
      Ai
      r Force,  Bruce, a welder and Allen.  At the age of 75 years, Allen continues
      to
      farm the family farm in Bee County.  Allen is my dad.   The farm is on Sugarek
      Ro
      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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