months they had. When Walter was the school director this was accomplished. When their sons were not too sure whether they wanted to continue beyond country school because they planned to farm, their parents insisted that they attend and they did. Their father told them that they might not always have strong backs and needed training for jobs where they would only have to use their heads.
Archie was born 24 Nov 1886. He married Borgine Owen, born 16 May 1889, Ridgeway after he came home from proving up a claim near Midland, SD. They farmed for a number of years before spending a year in Leola, SD and then settled in Cresco where Archie continued to carpentry. They had one child. Archie died 8 Oct 1966 and Borgine born 16 May 1889, died 18 Oct 1931..
Arthur proved up a homestead about 30 miles from Archie. He returned to IA and married Kathryn Medbury, Elgin. They farmed in IA until about 1927 when they moved to Oregon, Corvallis-Philomath area. They had 6 children. Arthur was born 18 Sep 1888 and died 20 Jun 1965 in Philomath, and is buried in Crystal Lake Cemetery, Corvallis. Katie was born 29 Jul 1889 and is still living at age 106!
Agnes chose a lifetime teaching career mostly in Arizona. In later years she was a school librarian. She was born 22 Oct 1890, died 1965 in Arizona, but is buried in Phelps Cemetery in Decorah.
Helen married Guy Newcomer of Fayette, I A. Guy was in education most of his life. As a young man he played professional baseball in the summers. They had 4 children. Helen went to work outside the home during WWII . She was a secretary at the University of Nebraska. Helen was born 29 May 1894 and died 23 May 1985. Both Helen and Guy (1914-1967) died in Florida and are buried in Phelps Cemetery.
David was born 4 Jul 1900 and farmed with his parents until moving to OR with his father. He worked at several jobs which included being a maintenance worker at the University of OR. He died 3 Aug 1961 in Corvallis and is buried beside his father in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Some records show 1899 but believe 1900 is correct.
Dr. and Mrs. John Spielman came to America about the year 1840. Prior to their departure they lived in Ceske Budejovice, Bohemia. They settled in Cleveland, OH. Dr. Spielman died in 1843. They had no children.
In 1845 the widow of Spielman married Frank Hrnecek. Frank was also a native of Bohemia and had worked as a coachman at a palace for a Prince. Frank and his wife moved to Spillville. It is recorded in the “ Original Entry of Government Land by Czech Settlers” that Frank purchased land from the U.S. Government on 16 Apr 1855 and another piece of land on 17 Apr 1855 in Winneshiek, Co.
Frank and his wife had five daughters: Mary, Antoinette, Frances, Barbara and Rose. Mary married a man named Polda. Antoinette was born in 1862 and married Frank Voyek. They are listed in the Voyek Biography. Frances married a Poshusta. Barbara married a Kobliska. Rose married a Dr. Barnes. She died in childbirth. This information was recorded by Anna Rose Voyek Pahl, daughter of
Frank and Antoinette Hrnecek Voyek. Anna Rose died in San Francisco, CA, on 14 Sep 1981. Antoinette Hrnecek Voyek died in 1942 in Lidgerwood, ND.
Frank Joseph Huber and Veronica (Sluka) Huber.
Frank Joseph Huber was born 14 Dec 1864 at the Huber farm in Washington Twp. Winneshiek Co., IA. the son of Frank Joseph and Marie Anna (Gaertner) Huber, pioneer settlers of Washington Twp., and builders of St. Anthony of Padua Chapel located near Festina. He attended the country school at Old Mission and St. Mary’s Catholic School at Festina.
Veronica Mary Sluka was born 13 Dec 1864 at McGregor, IA to Joseph and Mary (Slepicka) Sluka. Following her birth the Sluka family moved to a farm one mile southeast of Ft. Atkinson (presently owned by Mrs. Phil Huber). She attended country school and a Catholic school for young ladies in Prairie du Chien, Wl.
Frank and Veronica met in Ft. Atkinson where she worked as a seamstress. Following their wedding on 18 Nov 1890 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church at Ft. Atkinson, they moved to the Old Mission Huber farm and remained there for over 30 years. They had 5 children: Frank J.A, Vera, Bathil, Zeno, and Marc.
In 1921 they retired to Ft. Atkinson and lived on Grove St. and then purchased the William Becker home on Elm St. It was their home for over 40 years.
Frank was active in school, church and community administration. He served many years as a school director and was a member of the Ft. Atkinson City Council. Frank and Veronica were members of St. John's Church and had been caretakers of St. Anthony of Padua Chapel since their marriage in 1890. He was president of the St. Anthony Chapel Association until his death.
Early in 1957 Frank became ill and his health deteriorated rapidly. He died 4 Feb 1957 at St. Joseph Hospital, New Hampton at the age of 92. Veronica lived alone in their
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