This is a NEGenWeb Project web page
and is presented as part of the
MARDOS Memorial Library Collection.
It can be said that the majority of Czechs are Democrats, in spite of the fact that the Pokrok Zapadu, the pioneer and leading paper for many years, was republican. Saline County for a long time was republican by majority, but is not so now. As would be natural, Czechs hold many offices in counties heavily settled by them, but for our purpose a list of those who have filled state and county offices will suffice to show that they perform their duty as citizens. Of the minor offices it would be impossible to get a complete record. A list of appointive offices is also given, and we feel this is incomplete, for no concentrated records are available and so only the memory of the author must serve. However, it is something in that direction, at least. The records are not always clear as to whether the office-holder in question was a democrat or republican. We have recorded all as well as we could.
1887--Cenek Duras, Saline County, Republican.
Fr. Riha J.D. Hasik Fr. Dolezal Josef Dostal
(Douglas Co.) (Butler Co.) (Saunders Co.) (Butler Co.)
J.A. Hospodsky Otto Kotouc F.W. Bartos E.E. Placek J.B. Sindelar Anton Sagl
(Saline Co.) (Richardson Co.) (Saline Co.) (Saunders Co.) (Colfax Co.) (Saline Co.)
A group of Czech members of the Nebraska State legislature of 1911
1871--Edward Rosewater, Douglas County, Republican.
C. V. Svoboda, Howard County; Joseph T. Votava, Douglas County; Frank Malicky, Gage County; E. A. Coufal, Butler County and E. J. Spirk, Saline County.
1925--1927--C. J. Tomek, County Treasurer.
1905--1907--Frank Caha, County Commissioner.
1896--1905--Louis Straka, Clerk of District Court.
The following have served as members of the County Board: John Sonka, M. A. Masek, Joseph Dostal, Anton Proskovec, George Fleming (Kozisek), Fr. J. Maixner, L. J. Coufal, John Kriz, Thos. Duda, and Edward T. Rech.
1925--Henry Pavlat, County Clerk.
1876--1880--Joseph Dvorak, County Clerk.
1869--Frank Klojda, County Assessor. (No politics recorded in those days.)
All were Democrats, except Klojda.
Charles H. Kubat was elected County Commissioner in 1922 and still serving. Mr. Kubat was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduated from the Law Department of the University of Michigan in 1894 and came to Omaha, where he began to practice. In 1902 and 1903 he was Justice of the Peace and again in 1915 and 1916. In 1918--1922 he was Assistant County Attorney.
John Briggs (Brich) became County Commissioner also in 1922 and is still serving. Formerly police captain in South Omaha.
As stated elsewhere, Czechs in this county live altogether in Greater Omaha, therefore we give a list of their offices in that city, as a representation.
It may be interesting to note that the very first officeholders were policemen. Matej Nerad was appointed in 1875, Frank Jelen in 1877, Frank Kaspar in 1878, Joseph Vanous in in 1880, Frank Maca in 1882 and Vaclav Kubec in 1883. Joseph Michal was appointed mail carrier in 1876, when Omaha had but eight. About that time Vaclav Jablecnik and Jiri (George) Hoffman also carried mail.
Frank J. Kaspar, Republican, Councilman, 1885--1890, and Street Commissioner, 1892--1895.
Anton Kment, Councilman, 1895--1897.
Louis Berka, born April 28, 1855, in Cetoraz, Pacov, Bohemia. He came to Milwaukee with his parents in 1862 and the next year moved to a farm in Genesee County, Michigan. In 1880 he entered Ann Arbor and after graduating came to Omaha, in 1883. During 1886 and part of 1887 he was Justice of the Peace, and Police Judge from May, 1887, to January, 1890, January, 1892, to January, 1896, and January, 1902, to January, 1906. In 1919 he was member of the House of Representatives, Councilman of Omaha 1909--1912, and State Senator in 1921.
Jos. W. Koutsky was elected City Commissioner (said office superseding Councilman) in 1921 for three years, re-elected in 1924, and again in 1927. Has a very fine record as superintendent of public improvements.
Frank A. Bandhauer served two terms as member of Board of Education, January, 1894, to December, 1899. Born in Florisant, Mo., August 15, 1855, died in Omaha, December 28, 1911.
Emil Cermak was member of Board of Education from January, 1902, to December, 1904. Born in 1866 in Jimamrov, Moravia.
R. V. Miskovsky was Police Commissioner (Republican) in 1901. Born in Kutna Hora, Bohemia, September 18, 1863.
Dr. F. A. Sedlacek served in 1912 as a member of the Omaha Welfare Board. In June, 1914, he was appointed by Governor Moorhead a member of the Nebraska State Pardon Board, from which office he resigned in March, 1919, when he became a member of the Siberian Czechoslovak Commission of the American Red Cross. This Commission was comprised of twenty physicians, twenty nurses, twenty assistant nurses, four druggists, five dentists and several engineers, and was sent to aid the Czechoslovak soldiers in Siberia. The following Czech physicians participated: Drs. J. Rudis-Jicinsky, J. Cepelka, V. Anyz, and Dr. Georgia Dvorak-Theobald of Chicago and Dr. Sedlacek of Omaha. The Commission sailed March 25, 1919, from San Francisco for Honolulu, then via China, Korea, Manchuria and Japan to Vladivostok. In June, 1919, Dr. Sedlacek was one of a staff of physicians who accompanied 2,060 Czech invalids, officers and men, from San Diego, Cal., to Bohemia. For his services he received a medal from the Czechoslovak government. In August, 1921, Dr. Sedlacek was appointed Assistant City Physician of Omaha, which office he now holds. In 1922 he was made Captain of the Medical Reserve Corps of the U. S. Army. He is a member of San Mihiel Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Born September 26, 1865, in Vodnany, Bohemia, where he attended school, then in Prague and Mlada Boleslav. In 1890 he was associate editor of Hlas Naroda in Prague, in 1891 he assisted editor Heprik as reporter for the Parliament in Vienna. In 1892 he entered the medical faculty of the Vienna University and in 1894 came to Chicago, Ill. In 1897 he graduated from the medical school of the Illinois University. In April, 1897, he married Miss Anna Gertner and moved to Tyndall, South Dakota, where he practiced medicine until his removal to Omaha, in November, 1908.
Charles Sadilek was nominated for governor of Nebraska in 1896, by the Socialist Party. Mr. Sadilek, brother of F. J. Sadilek of Wilber, was born September 11, 1857, in Ledec Czechoslovakia. As a nine-year-old boy he witnessed some horrors of military conflict, for the war between Austria and Prussia occurred in 1866 and much of the fighting was done in Czechoslovakia. Even as a small boy he rebelled against the settling of disputes by brutal force. In 1868 with his parents he emigrated to Chicago, Illinois, where for several years he attended public school. In 1873 he visited New York and later travelled through Michigan and Wisconsin, having in the meantime taken up the trade of house painting. In 1874 he came to Omaha, then a city of about 20,000 inhabitants. Later he went to Denver and then to California with an emigrant train, the trip lasting eight days. The time of year was February and when crossing the Sierras the heavy snow necessitated the use of three locomotives. On the third day after his arrival in San Francisco Mr. Sadilek had the misfortune to fall down three stories, but escaped with a broken arm and a bruised body. The sight of ships sailing in and out of the harbor impelled him to enlist in the U. S. navy and he was put aboard the U. S. S. Saranac, an old-style wooden ship carrying fifteen guns. The next day he sailed for La Pax, Mexico, where the vessel was to help protect mining interests of American capitalists. A month later the Saranac was sent to California, but at once ordered back to Acupulco, where natives had killed eleven Americans attending services in a Protestant church. Upon his return to San Francisco they were ordered to Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, to obtain natives and curios for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia (1876). They sailed June 8, 1875, for Sitka through what is called the Inside Passage, a much shorter route than the open ocean, but also much more dangerous. Against the advice of the pilot the captain set out at a time when the "Seymour Narrows" would be reached at low tide and as a consequence the ship was wrecked on the rocks submerged in the channel. After four days spent in life boats, in a drizzling rain, they were rescued and brought to Victoria, Vancouver Island, and from there sent to the United States. Mr. Sadilek then returned to Chicago and later to Omaha, where he became a member of a surveying exposition that worked in the western country. Soon after that he married Miss Mary Sabata, daughter of a Saline County pioneer. Their union was blessed by a daughter, Mrs. Helen Sadilek Kyhl, who became a pianist and whose biography is given among those of other Nebraska artists. Mr. Sadilek always took a prominent part in labor affairs in Omaha, where he has lived for many years. He wrote a booklet "The Problem of Labor" and articles for magazines. In 1928 he visited his native land, after an absence of sixty years.
Frank Koutsky, born in Saunders County of parents who were pioneers there, was Councilman, 1892--1894, City Treasurer, 1900--1902, and Mayor, 1902--1908, on the Republican ticket.
J. J. Maly was City Clerk, Democrat, elected April 4, 1894.
|Back||Table of Contents||Next|