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  • Joseph BLECHA

    Joseph BLECHA[1, 2]

    Male 1903 - 1988  (85 years)

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

    • Name Joseph BLECHA 
      Born 17 Apr 1903  Podmokly No. 115, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
      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
      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 
      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 
      Residence for 1920 Census 
      1920 Census Anna Soumer Blecha 1867 Family
      1920 Census Anna Soumer Blecha 1867 Family
      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
      Buried 1988  Resurrection Cemetary, Justice Illinois (Lot 3-Block 24-Section 43, Grave 2) Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      Headstone in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Cook Co., Illinois
      Headstone in Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Cook Co., Illinois
      Died 20 May 1988  Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
      Joseph Blecha 1988.jpg
      Joseph Blecha 1988.jpg
      Person ID I1549  Blecha/McDaniel
      Last Modified 1 Oct 2014 

      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  [1, 5, 6

      • 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 Mary Caroline GASKA,   b. 24 Jan 1907, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1995, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
      Married 24 Nov 1932  Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
      Children 
      +1. Arlene E BLECHA,   b. 22 May 1934, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 2010, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
      +2. Living
      Family ID F534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    • Event Map
      Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Apr 1903 - 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 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 MapsMarried - 24 Nov 1932 - Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsBuried - 1988 - Resurrection Cemetary, Justice Illinois (Lot 3-Block 24-Section 43, Grave 2) Link to Google Earth
      Link to Google MapsDied - 20 May 1988 - Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
       = Link to Google Earth 

    • Photos
      Joe and Mary
      Joe and Mary
      Joe Blecha in the Milk Truck
      Joe Blecha in the Milk Truck
      Joe and Mary's Wedding Photo
      Joe and Mary's Wedding Photo
      Wedding
      Wedding
      Joseph Blecha 8th Grade
      8th Grade
      Joseph Blecha
      Joseph Blecha
      Joseph with Hermaine and Ed Liska
      Joseph with Hermaine and Ed Liska
      Blanche Frank Arnold Joe John Blecha
      Blanche Frank Arnold Joe John Blecha
      Mary & Joe Blecha
      Mary & Joe Blecha
      Joey Blecha as a boy
      Joey Blecha as a boy
      Joseph Blecha 2.jpg
      Joseph Blecha 2.jpg
      Joseph Blecha Wedding.001.jpg
      Joseph Blecha Wedding.001.jpg
      Joseph Blecha.8th gr grad..002.jpg
      Joseph Blecha.8th gr grad..002.jpg
      Joseph Blecha033.jpg
      Joseph Blecha033.jpg

      Documents
      Joe's 8th Grade Graduation Certificate
      Joe's 8th Grade Graduation Certificate

    • Notes 
      • Rudy Says he was born in the German Empire, Bohemia
        Ray says he might have been born in the USA

        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


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

        1920 United States Federal Census 1920 United States Federal Census
        Name: Joseph Blecha
        Home in 1920: Chicago Ward 12, Cook (Chicago), Illinois
        Age: 16 years
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904
        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.


        1930 United States Federal Census 1930 United States Federal Census
        Name: Joseph Blecha
        Home in 1930: Cicero, Cook, Illinois
        Age: 26
        Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904
        Relation to Head of House: Son
        Parent's Name: Anna
        Occupation: Chauffer for Cab Company

        Parents' birthplace: View Image
        Neighbors: View others on page
        Household Members: Name Age
        Anna Blecha 67
        Joseph Blecha 26

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



        Social Security Death Index shows birth and death dates. SS# was 338-01-0955

        Bob Blecha, Joe's son, told me that his father was once a card dealer for Al Capone in one of Capones Cicero establishments.

        Resurrection Cemetery, 7200 Archer Road, Justice, Ill.

    • 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. [S580] Robert (Bob) Blecha shared this information with me (2009).

      4. [S1147] Social Security Death Index.
        Joseph Blecha in 1988

      5. [S530] 1930 Census.

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


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