History of Early Settlers in Roseau County, MN
1885-1910 BOOK 2-page 363-364
JOSEPH & JOSPEHINE NOVACEK: Polonia Township
Joseph NOVACEK, age 8 yrs, came to America on 19 May, 1901 with his parents Rosalie SEVACEK and Jan NOVACEK. One sister, Mary and brothers, James, John, Frank and Louis came with him. One sister, Petronella had died of hot belly in Verbne, Czechoslovakia before the family left for America. The village of Verbne is two miles fra Prague, the capital of Czechoslovakia.
Joseph and his family came to New York City, spent one night there and then travelled by train to Angus and Tabor, Minnesota. A short time later his father, Jan, homesteaded in Polonia Township lear Leo, Minnesota. Jan filed for homestead rights on 22 Oct 1902. He left the family with relatives in Tabor and built a small house on the homestead on 20 December 1902. They shared a blessed Christmas. On 23 July 1917, Jan Novacek gave the home place to his son Joseph and other lands were given to Frank and James.
Jospeh married Josephine GONSHOROWSKI on 31 Oct 1923 at St Aloysious Catholic Church in Leo. To this union were 11 children:
Theresa Marie Novacek married Alvin HEDDAN
Emilia GOROSKI married Harry Novacek
Ernest Frank Novacek married Ida DANIELSON
Norbert John Novacek married Glendora DANIELSON
Christine Helen Novacek married Joe GOROSKI
Joseph Charles Novacek married Darlene McDONALD
Leona Francis Novacek married Erwin NELSON
David Adam Novacek married Marlys ANDERSON
Daniel Aloysious Novacek
Jerome Mark Novacek married Carol lee OPITZ
Bernadette Novacek - died at age 3 months
Joseph was a farmer all his life. he spent 36 years as a school board member, first at District 58 in Polonia Township and later at the consolidated district of Haug, Leo. Joe was born 14 April 1893 in Verbne, CZ. He died 25 June 1978 and buried in Leo, MN.
Josephine Emelia Gonshorowski, the daughter of Adam and Katherine Myschowski Gonshorowski was born in Leo, MN, on 10 Feb 1907.