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Sadileks of Willa Cather's "My Antonia"

Sadileks of Willa Cather's "My Antonia"

Posted: 987440318000
Edited: 1001774850000
Whether or not you know of the classic novel
"My Antonia" about Czechs in Nebraska,
Sadilek researchers in the Czech Republic
can help make an interesting geneological
connection.
The real person who was the inspiration
for "Antonia" was Anna Sadilek of Red Cloud,
Nebraska, who was born March 16, 1869
in Karj Caslav, Bohemia (presumably the
western edge of the Caslav region).
Her father was Francis (Frantisek?)
Sadilek, and they departed from their
home town of Mzizovic (probably the village
of that name near the Ostredek exit on D1
southeast of Prague), in 1880.
When Willa Cather was looking for a
more interesting name than Anna for her
fictional heroine, she visited the
predominantly Czech-American community
of Wilber, Nebraska and was directed to
one of its elders, coincidentally also named
Frank Sadilek. She liked and selected
his daughter's name, Antonia. The Wilber
Sadileks were descended from two generations
of Jan Sadilek, both born in Ledec nad
Sazavou, Bohemia, just 40 km upriver
from Mzizovic.

The younger Jan Sadilek was born
May 18, 1817 and ran the traveler's inn
there. His father had been an estate owner
of some sort (sedlak). Any research that
carries either Sadilek line further back
might help establish whether they were
related, which would be an interesting
irony. The Wilber Sadileks (my great-great
grandfather) did not know of any specific
relationship.

Re: Sadileks of Willa Cather's "My Antonia"

Barbara Swift Sadilek Smith (View posts)
Posted: 1015626403000
Classification: Query
This probably is a wild goose chase but nothing ventured notheing gained. My GGrandfather, Jon Sadilek and his wife, Wilhemina Rek immigrated to Chicago, IL in 1888 with a 4 year old son, Ladislav Ferdinand. Ladislav's 1940 obit and Wilhemina's obit in 1934 were both published in Chicago's Denni Hlasatel newspaper giving Prague as their birth palce. I have have discovered little on the Sadileks and wonder if these people fit into any of your research? Thanks for looking, Barbara Smith

Re: Sadileks of Willa Cather's "My Antonia"

Posted: 1015644209000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sadilek Simacek Tikalova
Sadilek is a "not uncommon" name. [59 persons in the SSDI] Your names don't match anything that I have. My Jan Sadilek came in 1866 to Chicago from Ledec nad Sazavou and his wife was Barbora Bradac. All of his immediate family is accounted for in this country, and he was said to be an only son.

However, my grandmother received a 1966 letter from a woman in Cicero Illinois who had heard of some of our Sadileks and whose family had a Ledec connection. Her letter mentioned a Joseph Sadilek who married a Katerina Tikalova of Ledec. Their daughter Frances Sadilek (d. 1950) married a Mr. Simacek (d. 1929). In turn, their daughter Antoniette Simacek of 5500 W. 23rd St in Cicero, Ill wrote the 1966 letter, saying that her mother had heard of Jan's daughter Marie Sadilek Rinn [who had married one of the developers of South Evanston] and Jan's son Charles Sadilek [who lived off and on in Chicago, and then Lake View, before settling finally in Omaha]. Grandma replied, but no further letters came. Any connections to your Chicago Sadileks?

Re: Sadileks of Willa Cather's "My Antonia"

Posted: 1220639305000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sadilek
Hi, My grandfather's name was Charles Sadilek of cicero Illinois. He married a slovanian Alvina Uteris. He had one daughter Jean, and One Son, Vincent. Jean had two children, and Vincent had 5. All from the chicagoland area. Im not sure if He is the same Charles from chicago.

Re: SADILEKS

Posted: 1430161738000
Classification: Query
Surnames: SADILEK, VORISEK
Hi! My dad was Vincent C. Sadilek, son of Alvina and Vincent Sadilek, Jr. I am trying to research my family tree and have gotten stuck at John Sadilek (born 1817 in Bohemia) married to Barbara Vorisek (born 1819 in Bohemia). I have only found the 1880 US federal census and that is where I lose them. I did find where Barbara came over at age of 15 but lost her until the 1880 census. I would love to hear if you found out any different information. Thanks, Vicki
Posted: 1430617695000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sadilek
Hi Vickilynn,
Where were your Sadileks in 1880? I have some resources about Nebraska and northern Kansas that go beyond those here at Ancestry.com. (Margie Sabotka's index to 1885 Czech residents, and Rose Rosicky's History of Czechs in Nebraska. Both are online, but it would be easier for me to just look at the hard copy I have here.)
Bill Skocpol

Re: SADILEKS

Posted: 1510466677000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sadilek/Simunkova
Sorry I am just replying as I just saw the reply now (sad but true).
My Sadileks were in the Chicago area. Vincent Sadilek Sr came from Bohemia in 1887 and then met my Great Grandmother, Barbora Simunkova in Chicago and married her in 1889.
They stayed in Chicago/Cicero, Illinois until settling in Berwyn, IL in 1924 until they passed away.
I believe one of the pictures you have posted on your ancestry tree page is a photo that I have the original of (Of John Sadilek, and wife Barbara) My grandmother was awesome at keeping all the photos that the Sadilek side of the family had. I have many from when they took two separate trips back to their homeland for visits.
I would love to find out if somehow the Nebraska Sadileks are related to my Sadileks in Chicago.
Thanks Vicki
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Posted: 1510649070000
Classification: Query
Hi,
My Grand Father Jan Sadilek was born in 1905 in ledec nad sazavou. He came in France in 1922. He told to her daughter that he had a "great oncle" in US. My great great Father name's was Frantisek Sadilek.
Any connection with "your" Sadilek??
Thanks for your help and sorry for my basic english..
Posted: 1520455050000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sadilek
I don't think we have a connection, given the information you said, but here is our information for you to evaluate. My relevant Ancestry.com tree is named "Skocpol/Sadilek/Jurka". I hope that you can see it, if you want to.

My great great grandfather was Frank J. Sadilek (1851-1933), Frantisek = Frank. He was born in Ledec nad Sazavou, came to Chicago in 1868, then Omaha and soon to Wilber Nebraska. He had a son Frank J. (1882-1973) born in Wilber, and that Frank J. had another Frank J born in 1907 in Omaha (of whom little is known). The original Frank J had a brother Karel (Charles) (1857-1936). Those are the only boys in that generation.

Their father Jan Sadilek (1817-1882) was also born in Ledec n.S. He also came to Chicago in 1868 on a different ship, but stayed in Chicago, until going to Wilber in 1880. He and his wife had two daughters (Frantiska and Marie) and two sons (Frank and Charles), all of whom came to the USA. Three other children died in their youth. Jan Sadilek had a married sister, who lived in Chicago before any of them did. Her married name would not be Sadilek. Thus all of my Jan Sadilek's descendants are accounted for in the US. Jan's son Frank (my great great grandfather did not mention in his published reminiscences any other uncles or aunts who remained in Ledec.

His father Jan Nepomucky Sadilek (1790-?) was born in Ledec (#12), and Jan N.'s father Josef Sadilek (1755-1816) was born in Cervene Janovice, Central Bohemia but died in Ledec. We have no information about whether they had brothers that could continue the Sadilek name.

Your grandfather Jan was born in 1905 at Ledec, and had a "great uncle" in the US.
A great uncle would be born two generations before 1905. Two generations could be 30 to 80 years (at the estimated biological extremes). That would make the "great uncle" born between 1825 and 1875. Are you meaning to say 1) that your Jan's great uncle's name was Frantisek Sadilek (born between 1825 and 1875), or 2) that your Jan's father (one generation back, 15-40 years, born in 1865-1890) was named "Frantisek Sadilek"?

Based on my estimates applied to case 1), my great great grandfather Frantisek (Frank) born 1851 falls in the right range. He could be the great uncle. But for the strict meaning of "great uncle", Frank would have to have a brother left back in Ledec, to become your Jan's grandfather. I am sure that our family would know about that. (They visited relatives in Bohemia in 1910 and 1920, and my great grandmother Dr. Olga Sadilek Stastny, M.D. worked there 1919-1921.) With a looser definition of "great uncle" such as "great-great uncle" there could be unknown siblings of earlier generations starting other lines of descent. As for case 2), Our Frank is the son of Jan, not the other way around.

Re: Sadileks of Willa Cather's "My Antonia"

Posted: 1520456092000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Sadilek, Jurka
Echoes from the past. I don't think I replied ten years ago.

There were two Charles Sadileks in my family. The one in the immigrant generation to Chicago in 1868 attended Chicago public schools until the Great Fire of Chicago and then struck out on his adventures. In the 1870s he was shipwrecked on the way to Alaska, returned to help measure the length of the Union Pacific Railroad, repeatedly had painting jobs, and ended up doing elaborate interiors for rich folks in Omaha. In 1896 he ran for Governor of Nebraska on the Socialist Workers Party ticket and got several hundred votes. The other Charles was his nephew, born in Wilber Nebraska. He went to Oregon, married into a grocery store family in Portland, and then founded the Oswego State Bank. No one in our family lived in Cicero, although a Chicago relative Joseph Jurka was Treasurer of the Bohemian National Cemetery for many years.
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