Re: Sugarek Road and the Sugarek Family
- Dear Members,
It has been awhile since I was on the list. (after my email address
was changed at work) I am replying to a request from 2000 asking
that I fix the spacing on something that I had written earlier and I
happily did so tonight... amazing what a vacation will do for
Could I please be added back to the list but with this address:
Here is the repaired text (written prior to 2000)
"I grew up on what is now Sugarek Road and can share the history
of it's naming and the family for which it is named.
Until very recently the road that runs between Highway 59
(parallel to the Beeville Municipal Airport runway) and Farm to
Market Road 888 had no name. We just called 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 any part of the directions to your home include the
words 'and when you leave the paved road'". I would like to add, and
if that road has no name. With that description 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 friends,
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 Sugarek Drive. (The county
road crews had long been calling it "Sugarek Road" when they needed
to describe the location.) Thus the name was changed and it became
Now for the family for which it was named. The land for the
south end of the road had been donated to the county by my
grandfather, Charlie Sugarek. My dad tells me that he thinks that
the land at the north end of the road was donated by another of Bee
County's Czech settlers, Mr. Kubala. This history of our branch of
the Sugarek family comes from a variety of sources, including an
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 chronicles of the Sugarek Family.
Frantisek Sugarek of Klokocov Moravia was born in 1819. He and
his wife had a son and a daughter, Charles (1849-1932) and Maryjanna
(1844-1908), both born in Kuncice. After his wife's death he married
Barbora Simicek. They sailed to Galveston,Texas in 1856, settled at
Hostyn and later at the Content Community in Colorado County.
Frantisek and Barbora had two daughters, Veronica and Anna. In
1863, while protecting his home and family from a gun wielding
neighbor, Frantisek Sugarek was shot and killed. Now Charles and
Maryjanna were orphans. Maryjanna married 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 years 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
Charles half sister Veronica and her husband Josef Barton had
purchased a farm in Bee County Texas in 1889. They then sold this
farm to Charles in 1890. Charles and Mollie Sugarek farmed this land
and raised a daughter and four sons:
Mary 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 married Lill Holik of
Burleson County (Caldwell) and Charlie married Lill's younger sister,
Anna Holik an "old maid" schoolteacher (her description of
herself),also of Burleson County. Lill and Jim Sugarek had four
sons, three of which, Edward, Randolph and Joseph Charles (JC) all
farmed in Bee County. The fourth son Dick made his home in
Lubbock. Anna and Charlie had three sons: Charles, career Air
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 Road. And now we are back to how Sugarek Road
got its 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"
2008 Updated information from the above:
My father, Charlie and Anna's son, Allen Sugarek, continued to farm
our family land until shortly before his death in 2003. My mother
and I continue to have our family's portion of the farm in
Lill and Jim's son Edward continued the farming tradition on their
portion of the land, and has been followed by Edward's son Mark, and
Mark's son, Jim (a five generation farming legacy).
We have lost most of my father's generation and are blessed to have
the two remaining cousins, C.Bruce Sugarek, who will turn 80 this
January and Edward L. Sugarek, who will be 84 in January.