Just getting started researching "Fiala" which is connected to my "Dunlavy" "Wall" research by marriage. Would appreciate any info.
This is what I have so far:
John Holoubek, a laborer, was born in Czechoslavakia in 1740. His son, John, was born in 1787. This John married Katie Vocasek. Katie Vocasek was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Vocasek. Joseph was a miller and was of the Roman Catholic faith..
John and Katie had a son named Joseph Holoubek born in 1820 in Fridniva. The Holoubek’s were members of the Evangelical Church. Joseph Holoubek married Magdalene Pazderak. She was the daughter of Thomas Pazderak and Elizabeth Kozlick Pazderak. They were of the Roman Catholic faith.
Jospeh Holoubek owned 4 houses in Fridniva. House Number 4, House Number 58 and House Number 59. He gave these houses to his children. When his daughter Marie married Joseph V. Fiala, a farmer, he gave them House Number 59. (Joseph V. Fiala was born in 1845.)
On Dec. 24, 1871, Joseph V. Fiala and Marie had a son named Joseph Adam Fiala. Joseph V. Fiala was in the army and lost a thumb in a war in 1874. He did not want his sons to fight in wars, so he decided to move to America. In 1878, the family moved to Howells, Nebraska. There were other Czech people living there, as well as relatives and plenty of land to make farms. Joseph Adam Fiala was the first one in his family to learn English, so he served as interpreter. Joseph V. Fiala had 4 sons, including Anton Fiala (a/k/a Tony Fiala) and Joseph Adam Fiala. and as was the custom in Czechoslavakia, he gave each son a farm in Nebraksa. These farms were all broken out by the Fiala family from virgin soil. Joseph V. Fiala died in 1924 in Nebraska, almost a year after his wife died.
See excerpts from their obituary’s.
Joseph Adam Fiala was married to Mary Kubik Fiala in 1895.
Joseph Adam Fiala was born 12-24-1871 in Fridniva, Czechoslavakia. He died 11-28-1947 in Goodnight, Oklahoma. Mary Kubik Fiala was born 7-21-1878 in Nebraska and died 7-19-1950.
Mary was the daughter of Anton Kubik and Anna Viktorin Kubik. They were married in 1875 in Czechoslavakia and moved to Clarkson, Nebraska the same year. Anna Viktorin was born in 1858 in Czechoslavakia.and died in 1925 in Montana. . Anna Viktorin’s parents (although we do not know their names) also moved to Nebraska. When Mary Kubik was 14 years old, she worked for a tailor and learned to tailor clothes. She completed 3 years in school.
Joseph A. and Mary Fiala moved to Phoenix, Arizona, shortly before 1900. They moved because Joseph had heart trouble. He bought a small truck farm near Phoenix. He sold fruits and vegetables for a living. By 1907, Joseph’s health had improved. He met a man who had just moved to Phoenix from Goodnight, Oklahoma. This man had tuberculosis and had to leave his 160 acre farm in Oklahoma. Joseph traded his small truck farm for the farm near Goodnight sight unseen. Joseph was interested in the possibility that there might be oil on the farm. However, no profitable oil well as established.
The Fiala family moved to Goodnight in 1907. The situation was near-frontier. The children went to a one room country school for the first 8 grades. Joseph was very concerned that his children have an education. Nearly all of his children received college degrees. One of his children , Sybil Adela Fiala , was born in 1913. She married Ephraim Wall in 1935.
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