Re: [TexasCzechs] Rek Hill, Fayette County, Texas
- Bea thanks for the info. I love stuff like this plus it mentions the
ancestors names. If you get time can you also look up another one. I
have seen Pisek and the Pisek community when I was doing the obits and I
am curious about it. Where is it? lois
> FAYETTE COUNTY, TEXAS HERITAGE, VOLUME I, published in 1996, gives[Become a Better Trader!]
> information about Rek Hill, Texas and I quote as follows:
> The small community of Rek Hill is located three miles east of
> Fayetteville on Highway 159. It was settled in 1883 when Ignac Rek
> Jerry Roland purchased 50 acres of land which today is known as the
> Sladek Dairy.
> Ignac Rek, his sons, Ignac, Frank, John and Joe, and a daughter, Mary,
> moved in and cleared the timberland.
> During these years meat was plentiful in the area. There were deer,
> wild turkeys, wild hogs, squirrels, rabbits, and plenty of fish in the
> Cummins Creek.
> The people started moving in and built their homes on higher ground
> while the bottom land near the Cummins Creek was used for farming.
> of the first settlers were Knebliks, Orsaks, Kovars, Bacas, Zapalacs,
> Konvickas, and two German families, the Frank Kurtz and Louis Mueller
> In 1895, the settlers gathered and built a school known as the Slovan-
> Bordovice School. John J. Kovar, Sr. and JohnKneblick gave three
> of land for the school. The school was located where the homes of
> Robert J. Kovar, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Kovar, Jr., and son
> stand or in the vicinty.
> Pete Kneblik built a store in 1892. The only mark left of this store
> the concrete cistern at Rek Hill at the Joe Sladek Dairy.
> In 1895, a cotton gin was built by Louis Mueller. In later years it
> bought by John P. Kovar and later by E. V. Kovar, both of
> E. V. Kovar later demolished it.
> In 1908, John Rek built a blacksmith shop and also help Ignac Rek
> the grocery store. In later years it was purchased by Mr. and Mrs.
> Ernest Watson. Watson demolished the blacksmith shop and he and his
> wife operated the store. The late Mrs. Watson was the daughter of
> The settlement to many is known as Bordovice because most of the
> settlers came from the old country area of Bordovice, Moravia.
> Note: This story was submitted for publication in this history book
> Mrs. Lewis Bertling and she states it was taken from an article
> by Mrs. Lewis Bertling in the New Ulm Enterprise several years ago and
> printed in "A Short History of Fayetteville, Texas and Surrounding
> And taken from the same book, the history of Roznov, Also called
> Halamicek, states and I quote: The gin was owned by George Weikel,
> the blacksmith shop by John Rek. (Note this refers to the time
> about 1885.)
> Then when I read in FAYETTE COUNTY: PAST & PRESENT about Baca's
> History written by Marianna Wallace the first two paragraphs of that
> story read as follows and I quote:
> Czechoslovakia, the origin of the Baca family, is filled with lovers
> music, both Bohemian and Moravian folktunes and dance music. The Baca
> name has been connected with music since the "Baca Beat" began in
> In 1860, the Bacas set sail for the land of the free rather than
> to pledge allegiance to the Austrian Emperor. Joseph Baca and his
> family landed in Galveston, moved up-state and settled near
> Fayetteville. Later the area became known as Bordovice, after their
> home town.
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Lois Petter Pereira
Researching Ahlhorn, Bokemeyer, Brdusik, Bruntrig, Cordes, Filges,
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