FRANK E. ZALESKY, proprietor of the Pioneer meat-market, of Belle Plaine, is a native of Bohemia, born Jan. 13, 1845, and is the son of Frank and Annie (Stayr) Zalesky. Frank E., being of an enterprising turn of mind, hoped to have a better opportunity of making a start in the world by leaving his native country, and emigrated to America in June, 1865, landing at first in Canada, where he remained until the winter following, when he went on to Indiana, where he worked for a railroad company for a while. Hearing so much said in praise of Iowa, he in the winter of 1867-68 crossed the great river, landing in this State, and the following June settled in Belle Plaine. His parents, brothers and sister, had joined him before he came to this point. He immediately rented a small shop, and with the help of his father and brother began, at first in a very small way, to carry on the butchering business. By persevering industry, coupled with economy and frugality, they gradually increased their business, and added to their capital. Frank subsequently bought out the interest of the others, and continued the business alone. As he had acquired a thorough knowledge of his trade and could anticipate the peculiar wants of his various customers, being prompt in supplying them with the best meats the season afforded, his soon became the popular market of the city.
Mr. Zalesky was married in Johnson County, Iowa, March 1, 1870, to Miss Katie Cherveny, daughter of Wincel Cherveny. Mrs. Zalesky was also born in Bohemia, and came to America in the latter part of 1858. Four children blest their union, one son and three daughters — George, born May 3, 1872; Emma, Nov. 15, 1874; Mary, Nov. 15, 1876; and Julia, May 1, 1870. Mr. Zalesky suffered a great bereavement in the death of his wife, which occurred June 24, 1884.Mr. Zalesky is liberal in his religious views, and is a Democrat in politics. He has continued to prosper in his business until he has acquired a valuable property in business buildings and other real estate, and is classed among the well-to-do and responsible citizens of Belle Plaine. He has served seven years as Trustee of the city.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 282-283.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 10th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.