Written and Researched by Frantisek Silar, Historian from the Landskroun Area. Research came from Czech Archives. Condensed Version:
8-19-1851 abt 118 Paaports issued in Vienna for Czechs wanting to immigrate from the homeland. As the day for departure approached 44 of the people decided not to go.
Mr. and Mrs. Josef Ludumil Lesikar/4 sons decided to stay because Mrs. Lesikar could not leave her homeland. This left the group without a dominant leader. A 6l year old widow from Nepomucky Pavel (Johanna Balcar) Silar became the spokesperson for the group. Mrs. Silar was partially blind devouted Christian with 8 of her children and 19 grandchildren were going. Another son of Johanna Silar, Frantisek Silar, recently married Widow Rosalie Coufal Leskar, remained behind, but came with the second group on the Suwa.
The Group left 11-6-1851 which included 74 Czechs from the villages in Albrechtice, Dolni Hermanice, Horni Cermna, Horni Tresnovec, & Nepomuky (small Villages near the town of Lanskroun in northeastern Bohemia) to board the train in Usti & Orlici for the first leg of the long journey. They boarded the train at 4:30 am after a very emotional farewell to love ones left behind who they may never see again.
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