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Emil Folda

(Colfax County)

Emil Folda (published December 1935)

The death came to us and kills one member after another, without any difference. Now it took brother, who is irretrievable, Emil Folda, who is known in whole US and in Europe, because he was keen worker in all association he belonged to. All charities had in him large-hearted supporter and we all will really miss him. On his burial was clear that he was reputable by all people - how many friends came from neighbourhood and far places too to say him their good-bye. People came from distance of 150 miles. Brother Folda died fast, he had heart-disease caused by all those strokes of fate he went through. In world war was killed his only son and great stroke came to bank he led and also to another he had his interests in. It was painful stroke not just because he lost all his savings, but some people, for who he did a lot, hadn't believe him after this loss - and this was the reason that quickened his death. --- Brother Folda was born on 16th May 1866 in Manitowoc, Wis. and was the son of Jan Folda, who moved with his wife to America from Holovousy by Pilsen to Heun (between Clarkson and Schuyler). When he was 21, he moved to Schuyler to his uncle Frank Folda, where he took up his indentures as a merchant. Two years later he moved to Linwood where he was employed as a accountant in bank that was led by his brother Longin. He got some experience and then he started to work as a _____ in David City. He stayed there two years and then he returned to Linwood where he bacame a chief of the bank after his brother Longin who moved to Clarkson. In Linwood he built a house and married Miss Emilia Peskova from David City, they had two children, son Albin and daughter Laura. In 1903 his wife died of pneumonia. After two years he married Miss Antonie Sadilkova from Wilber, they had one daughter Olga. In 1911 they moved to Clarkson, where brother Folda was president and director of state bank for many years. He led this bank until 1934. He was member of: Western Czech Brothers Unity (WCBU), Modern Woodcutters, World Woodcutters, Royal Neighbors of America, Historical Company and in 1923 he was nominated by governor the member of Guarantee Bank Commitee of state Nebraska. He was active in political affairs and he well supported many of Czech national and beneficent purposes. He was for few years treasurer of Main Office of WCBU and on its last congress he was elected as a member of financial commitee to advise in investments. He died on 30th October 1935 - he was 69 years old. The burial was on 2nd November from the house to the hall of WCBU and then he was buried in family tomb near Heun how he wished - near his parents, where he lived in youth. At home and in hall spoke in Czech and English his friend brother Karel Smrha from Lincoln, and Mrs. Bl. Pospichalova sang songs "Zasvit mi ty slunko", "Pohadka mladi" nad "Kde domov muj." Brother Joe M. Mundil said good bye for Brotherhood in the cemetery and Rev. Oborny led the ceremony. Friends from Omaha gave to our Czech school and to Sokol $20 as a gift instead of flowers that were given by many other friends. The deceased left here wife Antonie and two daughters, Laura, married to Jos. A. Kucera, bank officer, and Olga, married to prof. Orin Stepanek from Lincoln, and four grandchildren who he really loved. Four his brothers left our world before him and stays just one brother, Jaroslav in Omaha and sister Libuse Jonasova in Schuyler, and one step-brother Jan Folda in Howells and two step-sisters, Mrs. Fred Jelinkova and Miss Berta Foldova. Whole his family belongs to our brotherhood, we want to condole with them and wish to the deceased nice sleep. For the brotherhood Western unity nr. 28 in Clarkson, Nebraska, Anast. Pospisilova, secretary

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