|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1853, Czech Republic|
|Death: ||Mar. 14, 1910|
MISS LOUISE MACHACEK.
Miss Louise Machacek died Sunday night, March 13, 1910, at Rochester, aged 57 years. She had been failing since last summer and was taken to Rochester for treatment Thursday, January 6, 1910.
Louise was a daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Machacek of Lyle Township, Mower County, Minnesota and was born at Guttenburg (Kutna Hora), Bohemia, on Thursday, February 17, 1853. In 1864, she came with her parents, brothers and sisters to St. Ansgar, Iowa.
The family would have painfully remembered the two children they were leaving buried behind in Bohemia, Emanuel, age 4, and Josephine, age 6, who both died of Dropsy in 1854 and 1848, respectively.
Then, the sadness continued when they family lost their youngest child, Anton, a 15-month-old boy. He died on Wednesday, September 7, 1864 during the crossing from Bremen, German and was buried in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.
The ship they were on, fittingly named the SS America, made landfall in New York City on Tuesday, September 13, 1864. With Frank & Katherine were surviving children, Joseph, Mary, Charles, Josephine, Antonet, Frank (Jr.), Lewis, Amos and Louise.
The Josephine mentioned here was the family re-naming a later daughter after the Josephine left behind. Also, Amos, who arrived on September 13, 1864 at New York City, was initially named Emanuel to also honor the earlier lost Emanuel but this one was re-named "Amos" upon reaching America.
Frank, Catherine and the nine children were quickly processed through the New York City Immigration System then went on their way by barge to the railway station just across the Hudson River in present-day Jersey City, New Jersey. Here, they boarded a boxcar for the train ride to Iowa City, Iowa.
We think of the family riding along in the railcar after such a long and treacherous journey to America and believe the children enjoyed seeing the new sights in America pass by their open door as they crossed New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois then finally, Iowa.
In 1875, the family moved to a new farm in London Township, Mower County, Minnesota, where the family farmed for many years.
Louise came to live in Austin in 1896. She leaves five brothers and two sisters to mourn her loss. Funeral services conducted by Reverend C. D. Belden, were held at the Ames school house in Lyle Township Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock. Louise Machacek was buried in the Woodbury Cemetery, Lyle Township, near her parents and graves of other family members.
We think of Louise and the sights that she saw in this country beginning with views from that open boxcar. She would have seen soldiers returning from the Civil War, many with severe injuries. She would have seen wonderful things on display at the Mower County Fair. She would have tasted chewing gum for the first time in 1870 and learned of barbed wire in 1874. Soon after 1880, she may have heard about photographic film invention of George Eastman in 1880 and the arrival in many cities of the 1882 electric fan, the 1884 trolley car, the 1888 thresher and the amazing 1891 zipper for clothing. In her lifetime, Louise rode in a car and saw the amazing thing they called a "farm tractor" in 1904.
We believe she was a quietly sweet and very kind person as the family members always carried these traits. We know that, to the last day of her life, she recalled the trip to America aboard the SS America and the children the family sadly lost.
A portion of this memorial was received from Mower County Transcript, 16 March 1910, page 2, column 1 under heading "DEATHS."
Frank Machacek (1825 - 1882)
Katherine "Katie" Wyborny Machacek (1822 - 1881)
Joseph Machacek (1847 - 1924)*
Josephine Marie Machacek (1848 - 1855)*
Mary M. Machacek Funda (1850 - 1913)*
Charles Mahachek (1851 - 1929)*
Louise Machacek (1853 - 1910)
Emanuel Machacek (1854 - 1859)*
Antonet Machacek Moshier (1855 - 1929)*
Frank Machacek (1857 - 1911)*
Lewis Machacek (1858 - 1931)*
Josephine Machacek (1860 - 1886)*
Amos Machacek (1861 - 1932)*
Anton Machacek (1863 - 1864)*
Fred Machacek (1867 - 1907)*
Maintained by: Erik Rigler
Originally Created by: K. Pike
Record added: Oct 07, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11908358