|Birth: ||Apr. 17, 1867, Czech Republic|
|Death: ||Jan. 16, 1948|
Nebraska Signal Jan.22, 1948
Albert Biba, the son of Thomas and Barbara Biba, was born April 17,1867 in the Village of Zebnice, District of Pilzen, Czechslovakia. He passed away January 16, 1847 at his home near Exeter, Neb., at the age of 80 years, 8 months, and 29 days. He had not been in good health the past few weeks, but the end came suddenly.
When he was five years old, his parents and sisters Anna and Mary and his grandfather, Jan Biba, came to this country to Braidwood, Ill. This was a coal mining town, and as they were farmers, after a short stay of five months, they moved to a farm northwest of what was to be Milligan, Nebraska on Turkey Creek, in a community just being settled. There they broke the prairie and built their sod house and, with many others who followed later, helped make this country as it is now. A brother, Frank, and a sister Barbara, were born while the family lived her. Both they and his sisters Anna and Mary preceded him in death.
Albert Biba lived through a long span of years, covering a period immediately following the Civil War, when this country was only raw prairie, with only few settlers, and without any railroads or roads, but few homes and few towns. He lived through all the experiences that go with the settling of a new land. He saw the railroads built in the seventies and eighties. He often recalled the blizzard of 1888, and the dry years of the nineties. And finally he was this land emerge, transformed into a community of good farms and fine homes.
August 18, 1890, he married Josefa Kovanda, and with his young bride, established a home four miles south of Exeter, Neb., where they lived and reared their family of six sons and three daughters. He was preceded in death by the third child, and infant daughter, Mary.
August 18,1940, their children, relatives, and many friends helped Mr. and Mrs. Biba celebrate their golden wedding anniversary at the home of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Manning at Burress.
June 27, 1904, as one of the charter members, he helped organize Zbirov Lodge, Z.C.B.J. in Liberty township, and for the last thirty-five years served as its treasurer.
June 13, 1925, he completed his examination for citizenship papers, having discovered when past middle age, that he was not a citizen of this country.
After the family was reared, Mr. Biba and his devoted wife continued to live in the family home with their son Anton, and daughter Alice. He interested himself in civic affairs, and served several terms as a member of the local school and township board. Although denied much schooling, he was able by his own efforts to obtain a fair education. He was a devoted husband and a kind father. The example of his life will be a good influence on many.
His wife, Josefa Biba, sons William, Albert Jr., Anton, James, Edward and Fred; daughters Mrs. Joe Kuska, Alice and Mrs. Earl Manning, all of this county and nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson survive. Besides his family and relatives, he leaves to mourn his departure the members of Zbirov Lodge, Z.C.B.J., and a host of friends.
After a short service at the family home, the funeral services were held at the Milligan auditorium at 2p.m. Monday, January 19.
Thomas Biba (1831 - 1899)
Barbora Urbanek Biba (1832 - 1916)
Josefa Kovanda Biba (1871 - 1960)*
Mary Biba (1894 - 1895)*
Anna Biba Hodek (1859 - 1915)*
Albert Biba (1867 - 1948)
Cesky Bratri Cemetery
Created by: M. Jensen Seggerman
Record added: Jun 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 112439252