States: North Dakota: Walsh
I am the grandson of Joseph Lapic who was John Lapic's brother. I do have some information on John Lapic's parents Thomas and Rose, and on Thomas' father John Lapic. This story is related by a Mary Lapic, daughter of Joseph Lapic -
In 1863, Great Grandpa John Lapic settled in Wheatland Township, just a year later than the first permanent settler in what is now Veseli, Minnesota. He settled in this part of the township because it had the heaviest timber, not only for building their home, but because where they came from there were no forests. On Sundays, they would walk through the dense forests 8 to 10 miles to attend mass in Saint Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague. Friendly Indian neighbors would come and "borrow" (without asking) tools and farm implements, always returning them plus a deer or rabbit or other "goodies" as interest. During the Civil War, Great Grandpa was recruited right off the field where he was working. He was not permitted to even say goodby to his wife! He was in the 4th Minnesota Regiment and at one time they were about to cross a bridge when they could see the enemy about to do the same at the other end so they said "to h... with it" and turned around and retreated. Great Grandpa John Lapic died in 1895.
Great Grandpa John Lapic had 9 children. Two of which were born in Czechosolovakia, one of which was Grandpa Thomas Lapic. Thomas was born in 1853. He married Rose Jenata, a neighbor girl he liked in Czechosolovakia and supposedly sent her money to come to America. They had 12 children, three of which died in infancy. Grandma had a brother who changed his name from Jenata to Nohava, causing much confusion. Great Grandpa gave each of his children land and it must have been a goodly portion because he also gave to the church 15 acres plus land for a cemetary and he still had plenty left. He built a two story home which became the towns hotel. (25 cents a night including care for the horses and 25 cents for a meal). The boys were always overjoyed when they were tipped a little extra for the care of the horse. The dining room cupboard was the towns drug store, all patent medicines of course. Grandpa's butcher shop was attached to the side of the house. Soup bones with half the cow still attached were free, bologna was 10 cents a ring. The refrigerator was chuncks of ice from the lake, layered with sawdust. Customers charged all winter and paid up in the spring and summer when the crops came in. They had a charge books and would bring them along every time they shopped. That made bookkeeping easy for Grandpa as he could not read or write anyway. Only one person tried to cheat him. How he knew is still a mystery. He died in 1916. Grandma was also born in 1853 and died on August 6, 1910 at 10:00 p.m.
At this point in the story, Mary Lapic focuses on the life and times of her father Joseph Lapic. I also have a photo of Thomas and Rose Lapic with their children. The photo was taken somewhere around 1903. If I can scan it in, I would be happy to forward it along.