The hours of research and reading I have spent looking for information on my family has led me to some interesting tidbits and tales of life around Ellsworth County. Some of the stories I happened upon are not relevant to me, but perhaps if you are looking for information on your family one of these immigrant stories will hold the information you need!
The first of the immigrant stories I share today is about a Vopat family homestead, but unfortunately it was not my Vopat family. Jakub Vopat homesteaded on a farm near Wilson. Read more about that homestead here!
The Sad Story of Aldabert Klema really touched me. It is a long and somewhat difficult to read. The struggles the family went through were great and the family dynamics were hard to imagine. I really got a clear picture of how tough life was for those homesteaders, though. It is really a great presentation of how the immigration process worked from the beginning. I can’t imagine how many hours it took to put all the information together. I hope some day to be able to do this with my family!
From the Kansas Historical Society files, we find an immigrant story shared by Eric Taylor. He tells the story of Joseph Dvorak and Francis Zvolanek, including how they traveled to New York City and ultimately ended up as farmers near Ellsworth.
If you are interested in some more academic reading, there is a website with the history of Czechs in America that has some great tips and facts about the group of Bohemians that came to Kansas in the 1860s and 1870s.
If you know more stories of immigrants to Ellsworth County, please share them with me in the comments. I learn more with each story I read. There is a good chance that at least one of my ancestors was a neighbor!