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CHROM_IK, JOSEF (1845-1910). Reverend Joseph Chrom_ik, Czech Catholic
priest and missionary to Texas, was born in _ep_íne, near Olomouc, Moravia,
to Martin and Marianna Pitschová Chrom_ik. After attending seminary school
in Olomouc and graduating in 1866, he was ordained on July 5, 1869, and made
assistant pastor at Lichnov, Moravia, on August 15, 1869. In 1872 he was
administrator of a parish in Zenklebeu Stramberka, near Noveho Ji_ína.
Answering a plea of Bishop Claude Dubuis,qv bishop of Galveston, Father
Chrom_ik was assigned to America, using a prepaid ticket that was sent by
the people of Fayetteville. He sailed to Cuba and New Orleans, and arrived
in early December 1872 at Galveston, where no one greeted him. He made his
way to Ellinger, where the townspeople took him in and, not knowing
immediately who he was, gave him food, clothing, a feather bed, and a
pillow. On December 25, 1872, he arrived at Fayetteville and celebrated his
first Mass on that Christmas Day. He reestablished St. John's Parish and
built the Chrom_ik School in 1875, after receiving a certificate to teach.
He taught for fifteen years.
Father Chrom_ik was a linguist, and his knowledge of several languages
enabled him to represent many nationalities as a community spokesman.
Because of the difficulty many Czechs had in obtaining life insurance from
eastern companies, Chrom_ik suggested establishing an insurance and
fraternal group to serve Czech Catholics. On March 24 and 25, 1889, the
Katolická Jednota Texaská (Czech Catholic Union of Texas) was established.
Chrom_ik was chaplain of the group from 1890 to 1894, 1896 to 1898, and 1901
to 1910; he was also made director and counselor for life. In 1994 local
Catholic lodges still carried his name. Father Chrom_ik was a an
ecclesiastical judge (for the clergy in ecclesiastical cases). His mission
trips by buggy or horseback to surrounding communities, including Ellinger,
Bluff, Round Top, Granger, Dubina, and Warrenton, occasionally in
treacherous weather, led him to request that passable roads and bridges
between communities be built.
Letters to his homeland encouraged countrymen to come to the new land, which
he described as a new free world. He sponsored many families in their
journey to Texas, and on July 1878 he became a American citizen. In 1894 he
returned to his homeland to celebrate the twentyfifth anniversary of his
ordination. A celebration was held with many young children carrying flowers
honoring him. He returned with priests for new parishes. In 1894 he recorded
218 family names in the area surrounding Fayetteville. In 1994 a large
number of those surnames still appeared.
On July 14, 1909, Chrom_ik celebrated forty years of priesthood. Father
Peter Houst came to assist him. Chrom_ik died on April 7, 1910, and was
buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Fayetteville. On October 19, 1932, a
bronze statue of Father Chrom_ik was erected; it was moved southwest of St.
John's Parish in 1969, where it stood in 1994. Children referred to him as
their "Tati_ek," meaning "dear loving father." A Texas historical marker was
planned to be dedicated in September 1995, and plans were in progress for a
reenactment of his arrival at the church in December 1997.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Czech Texans (San Antonio: University of Texas Institute
of Texan Cultures, 1972). Estelle Hudson and Henry R. Maresh, Czech Pioneers
of the Southwest (Dallas: South-West, 1934). Frank Lotto, Fayette County:
Her History and Her People (Schulenburg, Texas: Sticker Steam Press, 1902;
rpt., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981). Marker Files, Texas
Historical Commission, Austin. Leonie Rummel Weyand and Houston Wade, An
Early History of Fayette County (La Grange, Texas: La Grange Journal, 1936).
Carol Jurajda Kitchen
From: Veronica Camarillo [mailto:a1a2@...]
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 9:40 PM
Subject: [TexasCzechs] Re: Little help please
Rev. Chromcik married my great-grandparents: Joseph Simicek & Rozina
Svinka in 1884. This record was in the St John's Church, Ellinger, TX.
He later married my great-grandmother and her second husband John
Spalek on August 10, 1891, according to the marriage license J.
Chromcik was pastor of Fayetteville.
Good luck in your search,
Veronica Valenta Camarillo
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> Pastor Joe Chromcheck in Fayetteville. I know he was a pastor of a
church in 1881 because he married a Pavlicek to a Wecheta.
> What church was he a pastor of ?
> Thanks in advance
> God Bless
> Zaruba, Lastovica, Pavlicek
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