|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1848|
|Death: ||Jan. 14, 1932|
Death Claims Pioneer Settler of Webster County
From our midst has passed a kind and loving father and a sincere friend. His departure shall leave a vacant chair and though we shall meet again he will be greatly missed.
Joseph W. Sidlo was born February 17, 1848 near Vienna Czechoslovakia. Here he grew to manhood and departed this life January 14, 1932, at the age of 83 years, 11 months and 27 days.
In the year 1873 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Pilar. To this union nine children were born.
In April, 1874, he and his young bride decided to come to America. They sadly bid farewell to their many friends and relatives and started on their long journey. They traveled two days by rail and finally reached Hamburg, Germany. Here he purchased their passports and the next afternoon they boarded the ship Lucitina bound for New York City. The voyage was rough and smooth by turns. May 3rd, exactly two weeks from the day they had left Germany, they landed in New York harbor.
Mr. Sidlo worked two years in New York caring for Mr. Ross's orchard and his bride helped with the housework. While here, their first child, Mary, was born.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidlo had relatives in Nebraska so they saved enough money and came to Crete, to live with Mrs. Sidlo's aunt, Mrs. Drazol. They remained there until Mr. Sidlo found a suitable homestead. After harvest he journeyed to Red Cloud and took a homestead 8 miles north of Red Cloud. He returned to Crete and brought his wife and daughter to their new home, which was a two room dugout. In this home eight more children were born.
There were few Indians here at that time but the greater part of the tribe had passed on a few years before.
Mr. Sidlo had work in Crete, so he left his wife to hold down the homestead where she endured the hardships of pioneer life. There being no railroad, he walked to and from his work, making the trip home once in six months. He worked hard for three years and saved enough money to buy a team of oxen and a cart.
In the spring Mr. Sidlo planted his first corn. He took two sharp sticks and dug holes in the sod, then his wife would follow dropping the corn in the holes and covering them. Mr. Sidlo proved up on his homestead July 18, 1890.
His patient and true helper preceded him to Eternity February 16, 1905, where she awaits their blessed reunion. One daughter, Mrs. Walter Taylor, joined her mother from earthly cares.
After the death of his beloved wife, Mr. Sidlo spent the most of his time with his youngest son Edward on the old homestead, and part of the time with his daughter, Mrs. James Zitek of Blue Hill where he passed away Thursday morning, January 14, 1932.
He leaves to mourn his passing five daughters, Mrs. Charles Dusek, of Bladen; Mrs. James Zitek, of Blue Hill; Mrs. Jake Portenier, of Guide Rock; Mrs. John Holsworth of Sylvan Lake, Canada; Mrs. Charles Harpham, of Almeria, Nebraska; three sons, Joseph of Bladen, Adolph and Edward of Red Cloud. Thirty grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren, also one brother in Czechoslovakia and a host of friends and relatives also survive him.
Joseph Sidlo has always been a patient sufferer, always willing to help others along the weary path of life.
Mary Pilar Sidlo (1851 - 1905)*
Mary Sidlo Dusek (1876 - 1973)*
Elizabeth Sidlo Sadilek Zitek (1877 - 1970)*
Joseph Sidlo (1880 - 1948)*
Anna Sidlo Taylor (1882 - 1911)*
Adolph Sidlo (1884 - 1938)*
Albie Sidlo Portenier (1887 - 1959)*
Lydia Eva Sidlo Harpham (1889 - 1940)*
Edward Sidlo (1892 - 1977)*
Maintained by: Barbara Butcher
Originally Created by: Lois Frahm
Record added: Oct 12, 2005
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Added: May. 12, 2014