Posted By:Jerry Baker
Subject:Re: Jinderlee-Wacha Family
Post Date:July 06, 2004 at 16:27:24
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Forum:Howard County, IA Genealogy Forum
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Around July 2, in a Cedar Falls, Iowa supermarket, I found a display of wines whose brand name on the labels was "Jindalee." When I investigated, I found that they were imported from Australia, and that the word "Jindalee" was from a range of hills whose name meant "bare hill" in the language of the aborigines.

This seemed strange, because there used to be a doctor in Cresco, Iowa whose name was "Jinderlee," and it seemed extremely unlikely that he was an aborigine of Australia! I did a Google word search for "Jindalee" and found information, and then did one for the name "Jinderlee." That led me to this:

On July 3, I found a message on genforum from a Vernon Daniels. He wanted information about Joseph "Wendell" Jinderlee, who was once a physician in Cresco, Iowa. I left a message that same day.

According to Elsdon Smith's "New Dictionary of American Family Names, the surname "Jindra" is Czech and is derived from "Jindrich," which means "Henry." Dr. Jinderlee was probably Czech, because his mother was a Kubesh. Also, I think his daughter probably married Dr. Snopek, whom I remember as another Cresco physician. (I think the 1940 Iowa Who's Who made a mistake in calling her name Snopels.") Dr. Jinderlee's middle name was apparently "Wencel," which means "Wenceslas," or "Vaclav" in Czech, the saint who is the namesake of the Spillville, Iowa church.

Dr. Joseph WENCEL Jinderlee is listed in in the 1940 "Who's Who In Iowa," under "Howard County."
He was born in Floyd County, Iowa, on Feb. 18, 1874, the son of Joseph Jinderlee and Mary Kubesh. Educated Marble Rock 2 years and Keokuk Medical College. Got MD 1903. Grad work Chicago Polyclinical College 1909-1912 and Tulane U. Hosp.

Married Anna Marie Urban, Nov. 20, 1904 at Cresco. Had a daughter, Mary Loretta, (Mrs. Charles F. Snopek) His office in 1940 was 232 N. Elm. I remember that his specialty was "eye, ear, nose and throat." He must have been the doctor who removed my tonsils and adenoids around 1944, but I don't remember who did it.

He belonged to the Catholic Church, so he probably would be buried in Calvary Cemetery. He was an examiner of military draftees in WWI, and as I know, he signed the commitment papers of people sent to the Insane Asylum in Independence in 1925.

However, I don't know why he had such an unsual surname for a Czech-American.