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James Svestka

Pardubicky (Pardubice), Czech Republic
Death 25 Oct 1918 (aged 13)
Oak Forest, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Oak Forest, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Sec. C, Blk 5, Gr. 47
Memorial ID 100044627 · View Source
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Vaclav "James" Svestka was born July 21, 1905 in the small town of Hluboká in the Pardubický district of Eastern Bohemia. His parents were Vaclav "James" Svestka and Julia Rican. Shortly before James, Jr. was born, his father left for America. His mother, Julia, older siblings, Frances and Joseph, and he arrived in New York on May 30, 1906, on the ship Kronprinz Wilhelm.

The following year, 1907, Julia died, and her sister, Antonia, came from Bohemia to care for the children and ended up marrying James, Sr.

The family lived in Ohio, Michigan and Illinois, and it was in Illinois that James, Jr. became sick with tuberculosis. He died October 25, 1918 at the age of 13. He is buried in St. Gabriel Cemetery in Oak Forest, Illinois.

Two years later, the elder James Svestka and Antonia had another son whom they named James.




  • Created by: Nancy Stout
  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100044627
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Svestka (20 Jul 1905–25 Oct 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100044627, citing Saint Gabriel Catholic Cemetery, Oak Forest, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Nancy Stout (contributor 47697610) .