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  • Frantisek "Frank"  Xaverska BLECHA

    Frantisek "Frank" Xaverska BLECHA[1, 2]

    Male 1883 - 1960  (76 years)

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

    • Name Frantisek "Frank" Xaverska BLECHA  [3
      Born 2 Dec 1883  Podmokly 79, Podmokly, Ceská republika Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4, 5
      Christened 3 Dec 1883  [3
      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
      Died 27 Sep 1960  Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
      Obituary in Denni Hlasatel for Frank Blecha d. 1960
      Obituary in Denni Hlasatel
      Death Certificate for Frank Blecha
      Death Certificate
      Frank Kostka Eulogy Notes: Frank Blecha 1883-1960
      Frank Kostka Eulogy Notes: Frank Blecha 1883-1960
      Buried 30 Sep 1960  Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
      Helen Blecha Marcus Headstone in Bohemian National Cemetery
      Headstone in Bohemian National Cemetery
      Person ID I1542  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, Ceská 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  [7, 8, 9

      • Marriage record of Frantisek Blecha and Anastázie Sommerová

        Parish register of Zvíkovec 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?lková from Podmokly No. 46
        Age: 24 years old; 7.10.1860
        Religion: Catholic
        Unmarried
        Place: Podmokly No. 79
        Bride: ANNASTASIE SOMMROVÁ, daughter of Josef Sommr, farmer from Podmokly No. 79, and mother + Barbora Fronková from Podmokly No. 14
        Age: 21 years old; 27.4.1863
        Religion: Catholic
        Unmarried
        Witnesses: Václav Albrecht, farmer; Václav Týsl, 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 Anna POLANKOVA,   b. 7 Oct 1887, Mnichov 82, Strakonice, Bohemia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1936, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
      Married 20 Feb 1909  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 10
      Wedding Photo
      Wedding Photo
      Children 
      +1. Rudolph Frank BLECHA,   b. 19 Nov 1909, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 2002, 60187 Wheaton, Du Page, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
      +2. Helen M. BLECHA,   b. Abt 1911, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1965, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years)
       3. Frank BLECHA,   b. 15 Aug 1914, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1914, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
      Documents
      Frank Blecha Anna Polanek Marriage 1909  028.jpg
      Frank Blecha Anna Polanek Marriage 1909 028.jpg
      Family ID F528  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 2 Dec 1883 - Podmokly 79, Podmokly, Ceská republika 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 MapsMarried - 20 Feb 1909 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Sep 1960 - Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - 30 Sep 1960 - Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 

    • Photos
      Frank Blecha (1883-1960)
      Frank Blecha (1883-1960)
      Jack Marcus is seated.
      Frank with son, Rudy, and Jack Marcus
      1948 or 1949 (according to Randy Blecha, cousin)
      St. Louis Inn: Frank's Tavern in Chicago (Frank is behind bar)
      St. Louis Inn: Frank's Tavern in Chicago (Frank is behind bar)
      Bob Blecha believes that this bar was located near 25th St. & St. Louis in Chicago
      Jack is behind the bar with Frank Blecha
      Bar Photo with Frank Blecha and Jack Marcus behind the bar
      Blecha Brothers: James, John & Frank (l-r)
      Blecha Brothers: James, John & Frank (l-r)
      Blanche Frank Arnold Joe John Blecha
      Blanche Frank Arnold Joe John Blecha
      Wedding Photo
      Wedding Photo
      Mary Blecha Havlis. Frank Blecha. Ed Holub
      Mary Blecha Havlis. Frank Blecha. Ed Holub
      Frank Blecha and Ed Holub Jr.
      Frank Blecha and Ed Holub Jr.

      Documents
      Marriage Certificate 1909
      Marriage Certificate 1909

      Albums
      Frank Kostka Eulogy Notes
      Frank Kostka Eulogy Notes (7)
      Frank Kostka was a long-time employee of West em Electric Hawthorne Works in
      Cicero, Illinois. He was a gregarious gentleman and it was said that he knew everyone.
      As a service to his fellow members of the Odd Fellows (IOOF), he began to give eulogies
      in 1949. By the time of his death in 1992, he had conducted eulogies for over 17,000
      persons, primarily from the free-thinking segment of the Czech community.
      Mr. Kostka took great care to make each service meaningful for the family and friends of
      the deceased. He would take notes beforehand on a 3x5" card concerning known vital
      statistics (dates and places of birth and death, maiden name, etc.). He also included the
      names of relatives or possibly close friends. To add a personal touch, his notes detailed
      the deceased's personal characteristics, hobbies, and organizations.
      The importance of this information is obvious to the family historian. Time after time the
      refrain "if only I had asked" is uttered by descendents. If they are fortunate enough to
      have an ancestor mentioned in this index, Mr. Kostka gives them at least a partial glimpse
      of their roots through his notes.
      It is important to note that in a few cases the information gathered by Mr. Kostka is very
      sparse. Also, there are names listed in the index for which only a memorial card exists.
      These cards were gathered by Mr. Kostka and are included as a part of the Kostka Note

    • Notes 
      • Birth record of Frantisek Blecha

        Parish register of Zvikovec No. 8, book of baptisms, 1869-1897
        Leaf: 237v-238r
        Date of birth: Dec 2, 1883
        Date of baptism: Dec 3, 1883
        Baptizing priest: Frantisek Strnad, parish priest
        Name of a child: FRANTISEK XAVERSKĂť
        Religion: Catholic
        Gender: male
        Illegitimate
        Place and house number: Podmokly No. 79
        Midwife: Frantiska Straková z Mlecic, examined
        Father: Own signature of child's father: Frantisek Blecha, son of Jan Blecha, farmer from Podmokly No. 46, and mother Annastasie Hulkovaˇ from Podmokly No. 46 - Frantisek Strnad, witness; Josef Hlad, witness
        Mother: Annastasie Sommrovaˇ, daughter of Josef Sommr, cottager from Podmokly No. 79, and mother + Barbora Fronkovaˇ from Podmokly No. 44
        Godparents: Franisk Svejkovski, i. e. Frantisek Svejkovska, son of Josef, farmer from Mlecice
        Language: Czech, Latin


        Notes in the record: This child was legitimized by the subsequent marriage [of his parents] on January 27, 1885 - Parish register of marriages from 1765, page 525. Franciscus Strnad, parish priest.

        From this record we understood that Frantisek Blecha (*1883) was born as illegitimate child, but two years later he was legitimized through the marriage of his parents. Information about this subsequent marriage in the record directed us to the parish register of marriages. [3]


      • Cook County Marriage Record:
        Groom: Grant [Frank] Blecha
        Groom's Titles & Terms (Original):
        Groom's Race (Original):
        Groom's Race (Standardized):
        Groom's Age: 25
        Groom's Estimated Birth Year: 1884
        Groom's Birth Date: 1884
        Groom's Birthplace:
        Bride: Anna Polanek
        Bride's Titles & Original):
        Bride's Race (Original):
        Bride's Race (Standardized):
        Bride's Age: 21
        Bride's Estimated Birth Year: 1888
        Bride's Birth Date: 1888
        Bride's Birthplace:
        Marriage Type: Marriage
        Marriage Date: 20 Feb 1909
        Marriage Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
        Film Number: 1030454
        Frame Number:
        Digital Film Number: 4271488
        Image Number: 581
        Reference Number: 502431
        Collection: Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920


        1910 Census:
        Name: Frank Blecha
        Age in 1910: 26
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
        Birthplace: Austria
        Relation to Head of House: Head
        Father's Birth Place: Austria
        Mother's Birth Place: Austria
        Spouse's Name: Anna
        Home in 1910: Chicago Ward 12, Cook, Illinois
        Marital Status: Married
        Race: White
        Gender: Male
        Year of Immigration: 1905
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        Frank Blecha 26
        Anna Blecha 23
        Rudolph Blecha 6/12
        Anna Schamler 20

        It lists Frank as a painter and that he came to the US in 1905 and that Anna came in 1901.

        Thier address at this census is: 2452 Trumbull Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

        Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Chicago Ward 12, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T624_253; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 601; Image: 1055.

        This would estimate Frank's birth year to be: 1884
        This would estimate Anna's birth year to be: 1887 and Rudolph's to be: 1909


        World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
        Name: Frank Blecha
        City: Chicago
        County: Cook
        State: Illinois
        Birth Date: 2 Dec 1883
        Race: White
        Roll: 1493542
        DraftBoard: 27
        Age: 34
        Occupation: Saloon owner
        Nearest Relative: Anna Blecha (wife)
        Height/Build: 5' 5" Medium build
        Color of Eyes/Hair: Blue eyes, Blonde Hair

        Source Citation: Registration Location: Cook County, Illinois; Roll: 1493542; Draft Board: 27.




        1920 Census:

        Name: Frank Blecha
        Home in 1920: Chicago Ward 12, Cook (Chicago), Illinois
        Age: 35 years
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1885
        Birthplace: Bohemia
        Relation to Head of House: Head
        Spouse's Name: Anna
        Father's Birth Place: Bohemia
        Mother's Birth Place: Bohemia
        Marital Status: Married
        Race: White
        Sex: Male
        Home owned: Rent
        Year of Immigration: 1904
        Able to read: Yes
        Able to Write: Yes
        Image: 642
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        Frank Blecha 35
        Anna Blecha 31
        Rudolph Blecha 10
        Helen Blecha 8


        1930 United States Federal Census 1930 United States Federal Census
        Name: Frank Blcha
        Home in 1930: Cicero, Cook, Illinois
        Age: 46
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
        Birthplace: Czechoslovakia
        Relation to Head of House: Head
        Spouse's Name: Anna
        Race: White
        Occupation: Painter

        Education: Could not read or write

        Age at first marriage: 25

        Parents' birthplace: Czechoslovakia
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        Frank Blcha 46
        Anna Blcha 42
        Rudolph Blcha 20
        Helen Blcha 18

        Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Cicero, Cook, Illinois; Roll: 498; Page: 30A; Enumeration District: 2095; Image: 719.0.

    • Sources 
      1. [S183] 1910; Census Place: Chicago Ward 12, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T624_253; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 601; Image: 1055.~~~~.

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

      3. [S1795] Czech Church Records for Marriages, Birth, Deaths, Zvikovec 08, Page 127, entry 4.
        Birth record for Frantisek Blecha in 1883
        Actual Image at: http://www.portafontium.cz/iipimage/30070551/zvikovec-08_1270-n?x=397&y=452&w=505&h=176


      4. [S25] Bohemian National Cemetary.

      5. [S563] ~~World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918~~Registration Location: Cook County, Illinois; Roll: 1613143; Draft Board: 6.~~, Roll: 1493542 .

      6. [S861] Frank Blecha, Sept. 27, 1960, Cook County, State of Illinois.

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

      8. [S530] 1930 Census.

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

      10. [S909] Frank Blecha to Anna Polanek in 1909, (Cook county marriage records, 1871-1920 on familysearch.org).


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