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Colfax County

(Part 2)

Others Who Came In 1870 Were:

   Joseph Kovarik, Sirakovice, Caslav; Joseph Misek, Okresanec, Caslav; Thomas Janda, Spytice, Caslav; Joseph Fiala, Habry, Caslav; Joseph Novotny, born 1852 in Policka, came to Iowa In 1856; Joseph Dudek, born In Dankovice, Moravia, in 1829, settled in Sec. 8, T. 20, R. 3, died 1906. His wife, born 1842, died 1917, both buried in Clarkson; Frank Zrust, Teleci, Policka; Anton Kunhart, Teleci Policka; Peter Lodl, born in Prodeslady, Kralovice, Aug. 1, 1818, came from Wisconsin. Died in 1886, buried in Heun; John Novotny Sr., born 1805 In Policka, came to Iowa 1856, died 1888, buried in Sion cemetery.

   Frank Stibal, born Jan. 20, 1847 in Dol near Tabor, came to Wisconsin with his brother John in 1868 That year he moved to Omaha, married Frances Rank and the year following moved to Colfax County. He died January 4, 1916 and is buried in Schuyler.

   Frank Otradovsky, born 1846 in Caslav, came to Chicago in 1866, then to Colfax County. Died in 1910, buried in Schuyler.

   Joseph Kratochvil, born January 28, 1826 in Knezice, died in Schuyler January 8, 1906. He came with his family direct to Omaha, crossing the Missouri on a ferry. In Omaha he bought a team of oxen and provisions, stowing same with his family in a covered wagon, wife and seven children. They set out for Colfax County, where he had a homestead thirteen miles north of Schuyler. They travelled by day, at night slept under the sky. The trip lasted four days, now easily made in two hours. Of the seven children, the following are dead: Anna (Mrs. Chris. Wille), Barbara (Mrs. Joseph Faltys), Frank. The following are living: Carrie (Mrs. Joseph Kratochvil), Mary (Mrs. John Janecek), Fannie (Mrs. F. J. Fitle) and James.

J.B. Sindelar

   In 1870 a caravan arrived in what is now Lincoln Precinct, consisting of two wagons. In one was the family of Thomas Dostal, who was born in Velka Olesna, Nemecky Brod. In the other were Joseph F. Sindelar, born in Stehlovice, Milevsko, and family; Thomas Sindelar, born in Stehlovice, Milevsko, and wife; F. J. Jonas, born in Chynava, County Unhost, and wife, and Vaclav Sindelar, single, born in Stehlovice, Milevsko. John Maly, a farmer living three miles from West Point, Cuming County, led them to their goal, surveyed their homesteads and provided them with necessary documents. In short, acted as locator. In June the first cow appeared on the scene, J. B. Sindelar (now living in Howell), having sent the money to his father Joseph F. for same. His sister, now Mrs. Schultz, helped. Both she and he had been left in Chicago, there being no money with which to pay their fares. F. J. Jonas had come to Baltimore in 1866, where he became acquainted with the Sindelar family and married the daughter Anna, both accompanying the rest on their way to Nebraska. Mr. Jonas prospered, for he soon established a store and saloon in the colony and later was postmaster of a postoffice called Arlington, which was abolished when the Northwestern railroad was built. In the early eighties he sold out and moved to Holt County, near Atkinson, where his children took homesteads. With Frank Krajicek he established a brewery there, but neither understood the business and did not succeed. Later he became active in politics, being a good speaker and was appointed superintendent of the reform school in Kearney, under president Cleveland. He had twelve children, only one dying in early childhood, the rest are living. He was killed by a train in the State Fair Grounds in Lincoln Aug. 6, 1915. His wife died in Los Angeles in June, 1920, both are buried in Lincoln. His younger brother, George, lives in Holt County.

View of Clarkson

1871--The Following Came:

   John Pokorny, born in Hrejkovice, Milevsko, came to Colfax County direct, died in 1912 and is buried in Heun.

   Frank Brichacek, born in Hrejkovice, 1841, came direct to Colfax County, settling eleven miles north of Schuyler, near Heun. Died July 16, 1920 and buried in Heun.

   Mary Votypka, born Sept. 25, 1853, in Prodeslady, came with her parents Vaclav Sinkula and wife to Manitowoc County, Wis., in 1854. In 1871 she came to Colfax County, to visit a married sister, Mrs. John Folda, and later married John Faltys, in 1873. He died March 3, 1895, is buried in Heun, and Mrs. Faltys married Joseph Pospisil, who died in 1911, whereupon she married George Votypka and lives in Schuyler.

   Joseph Cibulka was born in Litomysle, Bohemia, in 1859. His father died in 1867 and he came to this country in 1871, with his mother and step-father, settling on a homestead in Section 27, Township 20, Range 3, seventeen miles north of Schuyler. The boy Joseph had to go afoot to Schuyler for small purchases, for instance five or ten cents' worth of matches, or to take a letter to the postoffice, his dinner consisting of a slice of bread. Later he took a homestead of 160 acres in Section 28, Township 20, Range 3, near his parents. In 1886 he built and conducted a saloon in Clarkson, which he sold in 1896 and moved with family to Haugen, Wisconsin. A year later they returned to Nebraska and in 1899 moved to Scio, Oregon, but again returned. In 1923 he moved with family to Buhl, Idaho, where he died January 9, 1929. His wife (born Helen Hruska) died in 1927, both are buried in Buhl. He left four daughters and a son (Louis) in good circumstances.

   Matej Dobry, born in 1823 in Knezice near Ronov, came to Omaha April 15, 1870, then to Colfax County, where he settled on a claim nine miles north of Schuyler. He died Oct. 12, 1903 and is buried in Heun.

Joseph Dudek

1872--The Following Came:

   John Polak, Frank Polak, Martin Krenek and Joseph Krenek. John Polak met his death in a prairie fire, as described elsewhere. His son Frank Polak, born in Kardasova Recice, Vesely County, in 1841, came to Colfax County direct and bought 80 acres eight miles north of Schuyler. He died May 26, 1911 and is buried in Schuyler. His family is now living near Hartington, in Cedar County.

   Martin Krenek, born in Kardasova Recice, Oct. 21, 1820, came direct with wife and three children and settled next to Polak, the families having come to this country together. He died in 1907 and is buried in Dry Creek. His son Joseph, born in Bohemia Feb. 8, 1855, farmed the old homestead until 1905, now living in Schuyler.

1873--The Following Came:

   Matej Bartunek and sons Joseph, John and Frank. Matej Bartunek was born in Oparany near Tabor in 1838 and came with his family to Chicago in 1872, a year later to Colfax County. He bought a farm of 80 acres eight miles northwest of Schuyler for $400.00, later adding to it. Died in 1894 and buried in Heun.

   John Cech, born in Okresice near Trebic in 1850, came with his brother Frank direct to Colfax County. He farmed and worked at his trade as carpenter. Later moved to Schuyler, where he died Oct. 14, 1907 and is buried there.

   Frank Cech, born in Okresice, Moravia, in 1835, came with his family of nine to Colfax County and bought a farm ten miles north of Schuyler. He died in Schuyler July 9, 1907 and is buried there.

   Pankrac Husak took a claim seventeen miles north of Schuyler, where he died in 1908 and is buried in Sion cemetery. His son Joseph, born in Zalesi, County Nove Mesto, Moravia, in 1858, farmed the old homestead until 1921, when he retired to Schuyler, handing the farm over to his children.

   Matej Kopac, born in Velenovy, Klatovy, in 1836, settled in West Point in 1872, where he worked for a year in the mill, then took a homestead half a mile west of Howell, where he lived eleven years, moving to a farm eleven miles from Schuyler, where he died in 1894 and is buried in Heun.

   John Koliha, born in Stare Sedlo, Tabor, May 29, 1839, came direct to Colfax County, where he farmed ten miles north of Schuyler until his death July 4, 1903. Buried near Heun.

   Vaclav Sinkule, born in Prodeslady in 1818, came with his family to Manitowoc, Wis. in 1854, where he had a farm and a saloon. In 1873 be moved to Colfax County and bought a farm twelve miles north of Schuyler. He died there in 1886 and is buried in Heun.

1874--The Following Came:

   John Kovar and his sons Edward, Frank, John, Anton and Joseph. John Kovar was born in Kolec, Moravia, May 12, 1834. He arrived In New York in 1874 and three days later in Schuyler. He bought 120 acres seven miles north of Schuyler for $10.00 per acre. In 1906 he retired with his wife to Schuyler, where he died in 1924 and is buried there. He donated five acres for the cemetery and church in Dry Creek.

   Vaclav Vacha, born in Bechyne near Tabor in 1831, came to Cleveland in 1864, where he worked at his trade of cooper. In 1869 he settled on a claim in Butler County, near Linwood, but sold it and bought 160 acres of railroad land in Colfax County. He died in Schuyler in 1900 and is buried there.

   Vaclav Misek, born in Okresanec, Caslav, in 1845, came direct to Colfax County and settled on a farm twelve miles north of Schuyler. He farmed there until 1905, when he retired. Living with his wife in Schuyler.

   Thomas Vrba, born in Cernice, Kralovice, in 1850. He married Mary Lodl, both living in Heun. Matej Vrba, his brother, came at the same time, is buried in Heun.

1875--The Following Came:

   Jacob Mares, born in Starc, Trebic, Moravia, in 1836. He brought his sons Joseph, Ludwig and Constantine, and bought 160 acres eight miles east of Schuyler. Died in 1890 and buried in Schuyler.

   Frank Herbrich and his sons Frank, Martin and John. He was born in Hlistov, County Trebic, Moravia, in 1818 and came direct to Colfax County. He bought an improved farm for $2,200.00. He was in better circumstances than most immigrants, for he brought with him $3,000. Died in 1888, buried in Dry Creek.

   Frank Vanicek, born in Slavice, County Trebic, Moravia, in 1817. Came with his family direct to Colfax County, where he bought a farm fourteen miles north of Schuyler. Died in 1890, buried in Heun.

   John Rousar, born in Milovy, County Hlinsko, In 1839. Came direct to Schuyler and bought a farm west of town, where he died in 1889. Buried in Schuyler.

   Jacob Krula, born 1825 in Sadek, Moravia. Bought 80 acres for $1,100.00, but did not enjoy his new home long, died two years later.

Frank W. Prokes

1876--The Following Came:

   Joseph Faltys, born in Nadesny, County Vysoke Myto, in 1841. He came with his family to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1874 and two years later to Colfax County, where they settled on a farm eighteen miles north of Schuyler. He died in 1920 and is buried in Clarkson.

   Joseph Krejci, born Dec. 17, 1830, in Volesna, County Caslav, came to Omaha in 1875, then to Colfax County, where he bought 80 acres eight miles north of Schuyler. He died there in 1913 and is buried in Schuyler.

   Vaclav Sudik, born in 1839 in Menany near Beroun, came with his family to Omaha in November, 1875. The following February they removed to Colfax. In 1904 Mr. Sudik sold his 200-acre farm and removed with his three sons to Oklahoma, where he died March 27, 1925, and is buried near Oklahoma City.

Other Pioneers, Who Came After 1876:

   Frank Coufal, born in Petrovice, County of Trebic, Moravia, in 1823. He came with wife and three sons and settled on a farm eleven miles north of Schuyler, where he died in 1908. Buried near Heun.

   Andrew (Ondrej) Konopik, born in 1832 in Lohov, Nova Kdyne. He came to Saunders County with his family in 1872 and in 1882 moved to Colfax County, settling on a farm thirteen miles northwest of Schuyler. He died in 1911, his wife in 1916, both buried in Wilson.

   Frank Brodecky, born Nov. 19, 1826, in Liblin, Kralovice, died March 25, 1899.

   Joseph Hajek, born in 1810 in Lipnik, died March 11, 1886.

The Town of Schuyler

   The first Czech resident was Frank Folda, who came in 1868.

1870--The Following Came:

   John Lapacek, Jr., born in Bezdecin, County Pacov, in 1854. He came with his parents to Chicago in November, 1868. In April, 1869, they moved to Omaha and in 1870 to Schuyler, where later he became county treasurer. Died in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1902.

   Anton Langer, born in Poceplice near Stetin in 1844. He came to New York in 1866, in 1868 to Omaha and in 1870 to Schuyler, where he was the first photographer. He died in 1924 and is buried in Schuyler.

   Joseph Sramek, a blacksmith; Frank Pesek, a blacksmith and later a saloonkeeper and Anton Jansa. No further particulars available.

1872--The Following Came:

Joseph Dvorak

   Joseph Dvorak (born in 1846). With his parents he lived first in Mishicott, Wis. In 1868 he came to Omaha, where with Joseph W. Zerzan he owned a grocery store. Married Anna Shonka and settled in Schuyler, at first conducting a general merchandise store. As county clerk he was the first Czech to hold county office. His wife died in 1889, he in 1897, both buried near Abie.

1873--The Following Came:

   Peter Rank, born in Miletice near Nova Kdyne, in 1844. He came to Pittsburg, Pa., in 1866, where he worked as carpenter. In 1868 he married Mary Killian (born in 1850) and moved to a claim in Saunders County, near Morse Bluff, working on the railroad while his wife farmed. In 1873 he moved to Schuyler, where he opened a saloon and later a store. Still later he built a hall, with three stores on the ground floor and a dance hall in the upper story. When it was destroyed by fire, in 1888, he built a large brick building, still standing. Mrs. Rank died in 1890, he in 1892, meeting death by explosion of gas in the basement of his hall. Both are buried in Schuyler.

   Vaclav Maly, born in Vetla, County Melnik, in 1846. He came to Mishicott, Wis., with his parents in 1854, where they farmed. In 1867 he settled on a claim near West Point, selling later and moving to Schuyler. He first worked for Frank Folda and later established a general merchandise store. Died in 1925 and buried in Schuyler.

   John Janecek, born in Zehusice; Caslav.

1875--The Following Came:

   Frank Vanicek, born in 1838 in Moravia. By trade a shoemaker Died in 1905 and buried in Schuyler.

   F. F. Svoboda, born in 1845 in Starc, Trebic, Moravia. He came with his father-in-law Frank Vanicek. For years he has been janitor of the C. S. P.S. and Tel Jed. Sokol lodge halls.

   Joseph Kubik, born in 1857 in Zabori, Skuc. In 1867 he came with his parents to Iowa, where they farmed. In 1870 they moved to Butler County, Nebraska, and later Kubik came to Schuyler, where he engaged in business. Died April 30, 1900, and buried in Schuyler.

Jos. W. Zerzan

   Joseph W. Zerzan, a prominent Czech of Schuyler, came in 1876. He was born In Ujezd, Litomysle, April 4, 1848, and died in Schuyler Feb. 20, 1915. In 1866 he came to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with his parents and taught school there for two years. In 1868 he came to Nebraska, where in Omaha he engaged in the grocery business with his future brother-in-law Joseph Dvorak. In 1871 he went to West Point, having married Miss Mary Shonka in 1870. In West Point he conducted a general merchandise store and in 1876 located on a homestead in Colfax County, teaching school that winter. A year later he entered the employ of Jellison & Miller, dealers in hardware and machinery in Schuyler and later with John Nieman he purchased the business, conducting it for ten years. Thereupon he devoted his time to real estate, loans and the insurance business, being also active in lodge work. He spoke, read and wrote Bohemian, English and German and always supported all cultural projects. His six children (all living, as is his wife) are: Mrs. Charles S. Safarik, Schuyler; Mrs. M. J. Bouse, David City; Mrs. L. Stopka, Chicago; Edward W. Zerzan, (at time of writing mayor of Schuyler) Dr. Geo. F. Zerzan, Holyrood, Kansas, and Charles J Zerzan, Portland, Oregon.

   Joseph Cuda, born in Saunders County in 1876, where his parents settled in 1868. In 1899 he married Vincencie Divis, in 1904 they moved to Schuyler, where both live.

   John and Clara Prokes came to Butler County in 1873, where they bought 160 acres. He died in 1905 and is buried in Schuyler, his wife died in 1878 and is buried in Abie. They were the parents of Martin, John and Frank Prokes, prominent citizens of Schuyler.

   The oldest brother, Martin, married Barbara Coufal in 1877 and with his brother, John, conducted a meat market in Schuyler until 1898, when he lost his life by an accident. His children are. Joseph, Emil, John, Stazie (Mrs. George Shonka), Ludmila (Mrs. Ed. Zerzan) and Hedvika, a nun.

John Prokes

   John Prokes married Anna Simondynes of Wahoo in 1878. He came to Schuyler in 1875 and joined his brothers in the meat business. His children are: Alois (Louis), John and Louisa (Mrs. Will Dvorak). He died in 1924, in California, where he and his wife lived in winter. He was a prominent man and held public office, in his later years being president of the Schuyler State Bank.

   Frank Prokes, born Oct. 1, 1864, in Jaromerice, Moravia, married Marie Sobolik in 1888. His children are: Editha (Mrs. Joseph Lauvetz of Wahoo) and Miss Sylvia. He first engaged in the meat business, then conducted a saloon and later was member of the lumber firm of Higgins & Prokes. A prominent and popular citizen. Served as councilman for two terms and as county commissioner for two terms.

   M. F. Bednar, born Nov. 12, 1847 in Jindrichuv Hradec.

   Frank Chrastil, born in 1857 in Velvary, died in 1904.

Joseph and Barbara Sudik

   Joseph Sudik, born in Zelezna, County Unhost, November 10, 1859, son of Vaclav (mentioned above) and Mary (Bartos) Sudik. He came with them to Omaha in November, 1875. The father bought a farm in Colfax County, nine miles northeast of Schuyler, where the whole family moved February 1, 1876. January 21, 1882 Joseph Sudik married Barbara Jonas, daughter of Anton Jonas, who had brought his family to Colfax County in April, 1881, and whose brothers, Frank J. and George Jonas, were already living there. Sudiks farmed on eighty acres of railroad land until 1909, when they retired to Schuyler, where they now live.

F.H. Svoboda

   F. H. Svoboda, who at one time published the first and only Czech juvenile magazine in our state (Zlata Hvezda--The Golden Star), as described in the chapter on publications, at present is proprietor of a photographic gallery. He was born in Kynice, Moravia, in 1871. With his parents he emigrated to Saunders County, Nebraska, In 1872. He attended public school, then prepared himself for the teaching profession in Fremont, where he also studied Czech. He became a teacher and having married Miss Clara Gruntorad (1895), moved to Prague, Saunders County, where he taught school five years, during four of which he was principal. He taught Czech on Fridays. Then he moved to Schuyler, where he began to publish "The Golden Star", thus realizing a dream of many years, but was unsuccessful after all, from the financial view. He again taught school, then engaged in photography and in 1909 began to publish the Schuyler Messenger. In 1920 he was succeeded by his son, Amos, whereupon he resumed photography. His brother, Peter F. Svoboda, born in 1873, is a member of the undertaking firm Svoboda & Son. He attended the state university and in 1894 married Miss Agnes Roh, who died in 1916. In 1918 he married Mrs. Mary Bukacek. He farmed his father's farm until 1918, when he handed it over to his son. His partner in the undertaking business is his stepson, Ludwig Bukacek.

   F. J. Divis, son of a Butler County pioneer, Joseph Divis, was born 1858 in Litovany, Moravia. In 1880 he began to farm on Shell Creek and in 1924 retired to Schuyler.

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