Posted By:Lois Carmack
Subject:Wesley Horak Obit, but no date
Post Date:June 15, 2003 at 00:39:20
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Forum:Johnson County, IA Genealogy Forum
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Here is an obituary I found in a friend's OLD bible that her daughter purchased in a mall flea market in IL. She gave me permission to post it. After searching Johnson Co., IL, I discovered the obit could not have come from there. So, since there were a few clues in the obit I searched for other states listed and came up with Johnson Co., IA. I copied the obit by hand and I hope I can read my own writing.

Wesley Horak Was Well Known Here

Johnson County Pioneer Dies Saturday After A Long Illness

Many residents of Cedar Rapids will be pained to learn of the death of Wesley Horak, one of the pioneers of Johnson County, who has some relatives and many friends in this city.

Mr. Horak was a retired farmer, living at Swisher. He died yesterday morning at 9:30, after an illness of eighteen months.

Mr. Horak was born in Bohemia, September 28, 1841, and came to America in 1866, settling in Johnson County where he became one of the prominent farmers of that section of the state.

He is survived by his wife and eight children---four sons, W.H. and Frank of this city, and Charles and Edward of Swisher; and four daughters, Mes-dames R.W. Karben of Kimball, S.D., Joe Anderle of Cedar Rapids, Charles Novak of Chicago, and Lester Barta of Western Iowa.

Funeral services will be held at the family home at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon, Rev. V. Hlavaty officiating. Internment will be in the Anderson Cemetery.

*****Well, there it is, I sure hope this is of some help to someone.

The bible was much older than being published in the early 1900's. It was published in London by James S. Virtue. There was no date that I could find in the Holy Bible. Mind you this was an obituary found in the old bible. It may not have been in the possession of Mr. Wesley Horak's immediate family. It could have been a relative, friend, or neighbor. It is a Lovely OLD Bible, even had two clasps to lock the bible up. But one is gone.

Lois Carmack in MO