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  • Vaclav "James" BLECHA

    Vaclav "James" BLECHA[1, 2, 3]

    Male 1894 - 1947  (52 years)

    Personal Information    |    Media    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

    • Name Vaclav "James" BLECHA  [4, 5
      Nickname Potsy 
      Born 3 Jun 1894  Podmokly No. 115, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 5
      Blecha Home #115 in Podmokly, Czech Republic
      Blecha Home #115 in Podmokly, Czech Republic
      Blecha Home #115 in Podmokly, Czech Republic
      Blecha Home #115 in Podmokly, Czech Republic
      Christened 4 Jun 1894  Podmokly No. 115, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
      Gender Male 
      Immigration 27 Apr 1905  New York, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Immigration to the U.S. through Ellis Island. 
      Ellis Island Dedication Certificate for Frantisek and Annastazie Blecha Family
      Ellis Island Dedication Certificate for Frantisek and Annastazie Blecha Family
      As a dedication to my family who came through Ellis Island in 1905, my wife and I made a donation to the Ellis Island Foundation so that an inscription will be made on the Ellis Island Wall of Fame recognizing this family. Any family member will be able to visit Ellis Island to see this inscription. [Inscription should be finished sometime during 2014]
      Frantisek Blecha and Family Immigration in 1905
      Frantisek Blecha and Family Immigration in 1905
      Census 1910  2727 S. Christiana Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
      Residence for 1910 Census 
      1910 Census Anna Soumer Blecha  1867 and Family
      1910 Census Anna Soumer Blecha 1867 and Family
      Census 1920  2727 S. Christiana Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
      Residence for 1920 Census 
      1920 Census Anna Soumer Blecha 1867 Family
      1920 Census Anna Soumer Blecha 1867 Family
      Residence 25 Jan 1924  2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
      James and Annastazie purchase this home 
      Home purchased by Annastazie and James Blecha (2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago).  They later sold this home to Ed and Blanche Holub (James' sister).
      Home purchased by Annastazie and James Blecha (2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago). They later sold this home to Ed and Blanche Holub (James' sister).
      Census 1930  2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
      James, Blanche & Raymond are living at this address. Annastazie and Joseph are living at this address, too. 
      Anna Soumer Blecha 1867 1930 Census
      Anna Soumer Blecha 1867 1930 Census
      Residence 18 Sep 1934  2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
      James and Blanche sell this home to Ed and Blanche Holub. 
      Information on home on 56th Ct.
      Information on home on 56th Ct.
      2527 S 56th Ct Blanche and James  Home Data 2.jpg
      2527 S 56th Ct Blanche and James Home Data 2.jpg
      Residence Oct 1934  4010 S. Prairie Ave., Brookfield, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Moved into this home with Blanche and Raymond. 
      Residence 1940  2523 56th Ave., Cicero, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
      Residence for 1940 census. 
      1940 Census James Blecha Family
      1940 Census James Blecha Family
      2527 S 56th Ct Blanche and James  Home Image.jpg
      2527 S 56th Ct Blanche and James Home Image.jpg
      Died 20 Mar 1947  4010 S. Prairie Ave., Brookfield, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
      Obituary in Denni Hlasatel for James Blecha 1947
      Obituary in Denni Hlasatel
      James Blecha Memorial Card in 1947.jpg
      James Blecha Memorial Card in 1947.jpg
      Buried 22 Mar 1947  Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
      • Block 21, Lot 1007/1008, Sec. 21
      Headstone for James and Blanche Blecha (Bohemian National Cemetery)
      Headstone for James and Blanche Blecha (Bohemian National Cemetery)
      Plot: Block 21, Lot 1007/1008, Sec. 21
      Person ID I1522  Blecha/McDaniel
      Last Modified 25 Jul 2016 

      Father Frantisek "Frank" BLECHA,   b. 7 Oct 1860, House #46, Podmokly, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1912, 2727 S. Christiana Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years) 
      Mother Annastazie SOMMROVA,   b. 27 Apr 1863, Podmokly 79, Podmokly, CeskŠ republika Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1946, 3314 W. Walnut Street, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
      Married 27 Jan 1885  House #46, Podmokly, Czech Republic Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 10, 11

      • Marriage record of Frantisek Blecha and AnastŠzie SommerovŠ

        Parish register of ZvŪkovec No. 6, book of marriages, 1765-1905
        Page: 524-525
        Year, month, day of wedding: Jan 27, 1885
        Priest: Frantisek Strnad, parish priest
        Place: Podmokly No. 46
        Bridegroom: FRANTISEK BLECHA, son of Jan Blecha, farmer from Podmokly No. 46, and mother Annastasie H?lkovŠ from Podmokly No. 46
        Age: 24 years old; 7.10.1860
        Religion: Catholic
        Unmarried
        Place: Podmokly No. 79
        Bride: ANNASTASIE SOMMROVŃ, daughter of Josef Sommr, farmer from Podmokly No. 79, and mother + Barbora FronkovŠ from Podmokly No. 14
        Age: 21 years old; 27.4.1863
        Religion: Catholic
        Unmarried
        Witnesses: VŠclav Albrecht, farmer; VŠclav Tżsl, cottager, both from Podmokly
        Notes: Jozef Somr, consenting father of bride; Jan Slapni?ka farmer from Podmokly, witness; Jozef Hlad, verger, witness; baptisms of both in baptismal parish register IV, p. 239 and 291
        Language of record: Czech
      Family ID F525  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

      Family Blanche Clotilde (Paulina) ZAJICEK,   b. 13 Oct 1903, 625 Throop Street, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1975, Phoenix, Maricopa, AZ Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [8
      Married 2 Sep 1929  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
      Children 
      +1. Raymond BLECHA,   b. 2 Apr 1930, 2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 2004, Sun City West, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
      Family ID F521  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Jun 1894 - Podmokly No. 115, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsChristened - 4 Jun 1894 - Podmokly No. 115, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsImmigration - Immigration to the U.S. through Ellis Island. - 27 Apr 1905 - New York, New York Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsCensus - Residence for 1910 Census - 1910 - 2727 S. Christiana Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsCensus - Residence for 1920 Census - 1920 - 2727 S. Christiana Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - James and Annastazie purchase this home - 25 Jan 1924 - 2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Sep 1929 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsCensus - James, Blanche & Raymond are living at this address. Annastazie and Joseph are living at this address, too. - 1930 - 2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - James and Blanche sell this home to Ed and Blanche Holub. - 18 Sep 1934 - 2527 S. 56th Court, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Moved into this home with Blanche and Raymond. - Oct 1934 - 4010 S. Prairie Ave., Brookfield, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsResidence - Residence for 1940 census. - 1940 - 2523 56th Ave., Cicero, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Mar 1947 - 4010 S. Prairie Ave., Brookfield, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 Mar 1947 - Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 

    • Photos
      James Blecha (Milk Delivery Man)
      James Blecha (Milk Delivery Man)
      James Blecha
      James Blecha
      James Blecha with friends and family
      James Blecha with friends and family
      Blecha Brothers: James, John & Frank (l-r)
      Blecha Brothers: James, John & Frank (l-r)
      James and John Blecha
      James and John Blecha
      Home owned by Anna, but lived in by James and Blanche
      Home owned by Anna, but lived in by James and Blanche
      James Blecha as a Milkman with a horse-drawn milk wagon
      James Blecha as a Milkman with a horse-drawn milk wagon
      James Blecha and Delivery Wagon: May 30, 1915
      James Blecha and Delivery Wagon: May 30, 1915
      Anna Blecha and Family About 1916.jpg
      Anna Blecha and Family About 1916.jpg
      This photo was sent to Rudy Blecha, brother to James, living in Utah. It was given to me by Diane & Don Gale in 2011
      James Blecha as Potsy
      James Blecha as Potsy
      James Blecha Bartender
      James Blecha Bartender
      James Blecha in Bartlett Hayward Photo
      James Blecha in Bartlett Hayward Photo
      In about the 3rd row from front, and about 4 or 5 from the right.
      James Blecha in over coat
      James Blecha in over coat
      James Blecha with 2 others
      James Blecha with 2 others
      James and Joseph Blecha
      James and Joseph Blecha

      Histories
      James Blecha, or Uncle Potsy, as a milkman in Chicago
      James Blecha, or Uncle Potsy, as a milkman in Chicago
      Randolph Blecha, son of Rudolph Blecha, recounts the story he heard from his father about Uncle Potsy and the horse he used to deliver milk in Chicago

    • Notes 
      • Parish register of Zvikovec No. 8, book of baptisms, 1869-1897
        Leaf: 360v-361r
        Date of birth: Jun 3, 1894
        Date of baptism: Jun 4, 1894
        Baptizing priest: Frantisek Strnad, parish priest
        Name of a child: V√ĀCLAV
        Religion: Catholic
        Gender: male
        Legitimate
        Place and house number: Podmokly No. 115
        Midwife: Rosalie Kotvova° from Zvi≠kovec, examined
        Father: Frantisek Blecha, cottager at Podmokly No. 115, born in the same place No. 46, son of Jan Blecha, retired farmer from Podmokly No. 46, and Annastasie, née H?lková from Podmokly No. 46
        Mother: Annastasie Sommrov√°, born in Podmokly, daughter of Josef Sommr, farmer from Podmokly No. 79, and + Barbora, nee Fronkova° from Podmokly No. 17
        Godparents: Rudolf Blecha, farmer in Podmokly; Marie Blechova, godfather's wife
        Language of record: Czech



        Rudy shows his birth year as 1897

        Other documents show his birthdate as May 31, 1894, however, the original birth information from the Czech book of baptisms has his birth date as June 3, 1894.

        BURIAL: Buried in the Bohemian National Cem.

        DEATH: He died of Carcinoma of the Maxillary Sinus (Cancer of the Nose).

        DEATH: Age at death was 52yr 9mo 19d.

        1910
        Name: Anastazia Blecha
        Age in 1910: 46
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1864
        Birthplace: Austria
        Relation to Head of House: Head
        Father's Birth Place: Austria
        Mother's Birth Place: Austria
        Home in 1910: Chicago Ward 12, Cook, Illinois
        Marital Status: Married
        Race: White
        Gender: Female
        Year of Immigration: 1905
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        Anastazia Blecha 46
        Rudolph Blecha 23
        Mary Blecha 19
        John Blecha 17
        James Blecha 15
        Anton Blecha 12
        Blanche Blecha 9
        Joseph Blecha 6

        In the 1910 census, John is listed as a tailor working in a coat shop.
        He's 15 years old at the time.

        1920 Census:
        Name: James Blecha
        Home in 1920: Chicago Ward 12, Cook (Chicago), Illinois
        Age: 25 years
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
        Birthplace: Bohemia
        Relation to Head of House: Son
        Father's Birth Place: Bohemia
        Mother's Name: Anna
        Mother's Birth Place: Bohemia
        Marital Status: Single
        Race: White
        Sex: Male
        Year of Immigration: 1904
        Able to read: Yes
        Able to Write: Yes
        Image: 633
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        Anna Blecha 56
        James Blecha 25
        Joseph Blecha 16

        Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Chicago Ward 12, Cook (Chicago), Illinois; Roll: T625_321; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 719; Image: 633.

        In the 1920 census, James is a driver for the dairy. His mother, Anna, is listed as the Proprietor of the dairy.

        1930 Census:

        Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Cicero, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 498; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 2094; Image: 641.0.

        Name: James Blecha
        Home in 1930: Cicero, Cook, Illinois
        Age: 35
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
        Birthplace: Czechoslovakia
        Relation to Head of House: Head
        Spouse's Name: Blanch
        Race: White
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        James Blecha 35
        Blanch Blecha 26
        Raymond Blecha

        In the 1930 census, James is a driver for Dairy.

        Also: Anna Blecha (mother) and brother Joseph are living at the same address.
        Address: 2527 (or 2529) South 56th Court, Chicago
      • 1940 United States Federal Census

        Name: James Blacha
        Respondent: Yes
        Age: 45
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1895
        Gender: Male
        Race: White
        Birthplace: Czechoslovakia
        Marital Status: Married
        Relation to Head of House: Head
        Home in 1940: Cicero, Cook, Illinois
        View Map
        Street: 56th Avenue
        House Number: 2523
        Farm: No
        Inferred Residence in 1935: Cicero, Cook, Illinois
        Residence in 1935: Same Place
        Resident on farm in 1935: No
        Citizenship: Naturalized
        Sheet Number: 8A
        Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 181
        Occupation: Milk Vender
        House Owned or Rented: Rented
        Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 30
        Attended School or College: No
        Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 8th grade
        Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 60
        Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
        Weeks Worked in 1939: 52
        Income: 0
        Income Other Sources: Yes
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        James Blacha 45
        Blanche Blacha 46
        Raymond Blacha 10

        Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Cicero, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T627_777; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 16-146.



    • Sources 
      1. [S182] 1910; Census Place: Chicago Ward 12, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T624_254; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 623; Image: 712.

      2. [S496] Ellis Island Record: Arrived April 27, 1905 (New York) on S.S. Barbarossa from Bremen.

      3. [S834] Parish register of Zvikovec No. 8, book of baptisms, 1869-1897, 360v-361r.

      4. [S1174] Blecha Family Tree from Jan Zajicek.

      5. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Zvikovec 08, Page 250, entry 3.
        Birth record for My Grandfather, Vaclav Blecha, in 1894
        Actual image at: http://www.portafontium.cz/iipimage/30070551/zvikovec-08_2500-n?x=107&y=309&w=568&h=205


      6. [S1351] 1910 Census.

      7. [S1352] 1920 Census.

      8. [S20] Vital Personal & Statistical Form filled out by Blance Z. Blecha..

      9. [S25] Bohemian National Cemetary.

      10. [S530] 1930 Census.

      11. [S832] Parish register of Zvikovec No. 6, book of marriages, 1765-1905.


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