Fayetteville Brethren Church ca. 1870
- Here are a few Czech names of interest. Please note: this is not a list
of the entire congregation but only of the first Board of Elders.
The following excerpt is from the "New Ulm Enterprise," 8 June 2000,
"....The Fayetteville Brethren Church held its first worship service,
led by Rev. John Zvolanek, in 1855 in the homes of Czech Brethren
immigrants. These services were the first Czech Protestant services held
in Texas. In 1870, the Ross Prairie Czech-Morvian Brethren Church was
organized. [The records of the Unity of the Brethren in Texas show the
Wesley congregation as being officially organized in 1864.] The first
Board of Elders were John Hruska, John Jecmenek, Martin Jecmenek, Thomas
Jecmenek, Frank Mikeska and Vince Ripple. The members began construction
of a church in 1874 on ten acres of land donated by MR. and Mrs. Thomas
Jecmenek. The principal carpenters were John Jecmenek, Thomas Jecmenek
and John Hruska, with all the members donating their labor. The
approximate cost of construction was $1,200."
The church cemetery received a Texas State Historical marker last year
and the church itself received a marker a couple of years ago. Current
members and descendants continue to work to document the church and the
immigrants who made this a vital community.
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NameSearch: GARZA, ZATTLER, REYNA, FOSTER, SCHACHTNER, STOPFER,
HOLLMAIER, VOGEL, VOGL, WEINZIERL, FINK
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