There are two Pribil sisters that I saved for last…my two great-grandmothers. My grandma’s mother, Anna, and my grandma’s aunt, Julia, who became her stepmother. I remember my grandma talking about how her mother died when she was little and it always made me sad…but it wasn’t until I was older that I realized how tragic my grandma’s early life really was, losing her mother and her two younger siblings at such a young age. My grandma was only six years old when her mother died but she had a few memories of her. She told me how she remembered her mother singing along to a record she played and how she always put up paper hearts around the house for Valentine’s Day.
Anna Marie Pribil (Plaschko) was born on March 14, 1893 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter. She was baptized on March 21, 1893 at the Church of St. Agnes and her godparents were Alois and Albina Kubitschek. As a child, Anna lived at 440 Lafond with her parents, Wenzel and Mary, her maternal grandmother, Theresa (from 1899 until her death in 1904), and siblings Isidore, Louis, William, Mary, Theresa, Frank, Rose, Julia, and Emma. Anna’s future husband, Joseph Plaschko, grew up on the same street at 460 Lafond.
According to city directories, Anna worked various jobs as she got older. At 15 she had a job as a clerk for Mannheimer Brothers, at 17 she worked as a seamstress for a dressmaker, at 20 she worked as a machine operator, and at 22 she was an assistant at F.H. Odendahl. Anna’s family moved to 885 Edmund in 1914 where Anna lived until she got married. On July 11, 1916, at the age of 23, Anna married Joseph Plaschko at the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul. Witnesses were Joseph’s brother, Fred, and Anna’s sister, Mary.
Anna’s father, Wenzel, died of tuberculosis a couple of months after her wedding in September 1916. When they were first married, Joe and Anna lived at 515 Fuller Street where daughter, Anna Marie, was born on July 3, 1917. They briefly lived at 698 Edmund in 1918 and then with Anna’s family at 885 Edmund where daughter, Agnes, was born on January 4, 1919.
In the census for 1920, Anna and Joe lived at 462 Edmund with their daughters, Anna (2½ years) and Agnes (11 months) and Joe worked as a chauffeur for a family. In 1922, they lived at 456 Lafond where their son, Joseph Daniel Jr., was born in November of that year.
In 1923, Anna and Joe lost their 4-year-old daughter, Agnes, who died of tuberculous meningitis on April 19, and their 11-month-old son, Joseph Jr., who died of miliary tuberculosis on October 26. Anna was also sick with tuberculosis at the time of her son’s death and was not aware that he had died. Anna died the following year on March 8, 1924 after suffering from tuberculosis for 10 months. A service for her was held at St. Agnes and she was buried in Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul.
Mary Pribil (Peterson) was born on May 30, 1898 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter. She was baptized at the Church of St. Agnes and her godparents were Alois and Albina Kubitschek. As a child, Mary lived at 440 Lafond with her parents, Wenzel and Mary, her maternal grandmother, Theresa (from 1899 until her death in 1904), and siblings Isidore, Anna, Louis, William, Theresa, Frank, Rose, Julia, and Emma. In 1914, her family moved to 885 Edmund. In 1916, Mary stood up for her sister, Anna, when she married Joseph Plaschko in July. Just two months later, they lost their father, Wenzel, to tuberculosis.
According to parish records, Mary had her daughter, Bernadette, on February 8, 1918 and married Allen Peterson on December 14, 1919. In the 1920 census, Mary, Allen, and Bernadette were listed as living at 885 Edmund with Mary’s mother and siblings. Mary and Allen then moved around St. Paul for the next several years and had their son, Allen Jr., in 1926. Also during this time, Mary lost three of her sisters, all to tuberculosis – Anna on March 8, 1924, Theresa on March 22, 1925, and Rose on April 20, 1926. Mary and Allen lived at 737 Blair at the time of their daughter, Bernadette’s, death in 1932. She was just 14 years old when she died after drinking contaminated water at a family picnic. The service for her was at the Church of St. Agnes and she was buried at Calvary Cemetery. Following their daughter’s death, Mary, Allen, and their son, Allen Jr., moved to Duluth. They lived in several different places around Duluth and Mary’s sister, Emma, lived with them from time to time. Mary died of hypertension cardiovascular/coronary sclerosis/sudden coronary occlusion on February 1, 1960 at the age of 61.
Theresa Pribil (Stewart) was born on May 25, 1901 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter and was baptized at the Church of St. Agnes on June 2, 1901. Her godparents were also Alois and Albina Kubitschek. As a child, Theresa lived at 440 Lafond with her parents, Wenzel and Mary, her maternal grandmother, Theresa (until her death in 1904), and siblings Isidore, Anna, Louis, William, Mary, Frank, Rose, Julia, and Emma. The family moved to 885 Edmund in 1914 and her father, Wenzel, died two years later in September 1916. Theresa began working at age 17, working first as a clerk, then a dipper at a candy shop with her sister, Mary, and then a packer with sister, Rose, at Henry C. Garrott. Theresa married Clement Stewart on February 20, 1924 at the Church of St. Agnes. Witnesses were her sister, Julia, and cousin, Michael (Salm) Haselberger.
Theresa’s oldest sister, Anna, died just weeks later on March 8, 1924 from tuberculosis. Theresa and Clem were married just over a year and living at 1631 Carroll when Theresa died on March 22, 1925, at age 23, also of tuberculosis. She was buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul.
Rose Helen Pribil was born on January 1, 1906 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter. She was baptized on January 7, 1906 at the Church of St. Agnes and her godparents were Alois and Albina Kubitschek. As a child, Rose lived at 440 Lafond with her parents, Wenzel and Mary, and siblings Isidore, Anna, Louis, William, Mary, Theresa, Frank, Julia, and Emma. In 1914, the family moved to 885 Edmund. Rose lived there with her parents (until her father’s death in 1916), and siblings, and then stepfather, Stephen, and stepbrother, Fred (as of June 1922), until the family moved again around 1924-1925.
Rose lost two of her sisters, Ann, on March 8, 1924, and Theresa, on March 22, 1925, both from tuberculosis. Rose was living with her family at 849 West Central Ave and working as a candy packer at the time of her own death on April 20, 1926, at age 20, from tuberculosis. She had been treated for the disease since December 8, 1924. Her service was held at St. Agnes and she was buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul.
Frances (Emma) Pribil (Kult LaSalle McLarnon) was born on November 4, 1910 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter. Her godparents were Alois and Albina Kubitschek. As a child, Emma lived with her family at 440 Lafond before moving to 885 Edmund in 1914.
Emma lived on Edmund with her parents (until her father’s death from tuberculosis in 1916) and siblings, and stepfather, Stephen, and stepbrother, Fred (as of June 1922), until the family moved again around 1924-1925. During that time, Emma lost two of her sisters – Anna, on March 8, 1924, and Theresa, on March 22, 1925, both to tuberculosis. In July 1925, Emma stood up for her sister, Julie, when Julie married their sister, Anna’s widower, Joseph Plaschko.
In 1926, Emma lived at 849 West Central with her mother, Mary, stepfather, Stephen, stepbrother, Fred, brother, Frank, and sisters, Rose (until her death on April 20, 1926, also of tuberculosis), and Julie, and Julie’s husband, Joe, and their children, Anna, and Joseph Jr. (born in July 1926). In 1927, Emma lived with brother, Frank, and sister, Mary, and her family, at 715 Carroll Ave and she was a bindery worker at Deluxe Check Printers. In 1929, she lived at 709 Lafond, again with her sister, Mary, and her family and worked as a machine operator. Later that year, at age 18, she married Irving Kult on October 6, 1929 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
They had two children, Ronald (1932) and Joann (1935), and were divorced by 1937. After that, Emma lived in Duluth, mainly with her sister, Mary, and her family. She married Lyndon LaSalle around 1940-1941 and they had two sons, William (1941) and Lyndon (1944). Emma was also married to Ed McLarnon but dates are unknown. Emma was living in Duluth at the time of her death on May 24, 1963 at age 52. The cause of death was listed as peritonitis due to perforated small bowel post-op for peritoneal & gastrointestinal carcinoma/metastic abdominal spread. Her service was at St. Agnes and she was buried at Calvary with her sister, Julie, and Julie’s husband, Joe Plaschko.
Isidore Frank (I.F. or Izzy) Pribil was born in Furstenhut, Bohemia on December 20, 1890 to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter. His godparents were a neighbor, Isidor Harant, and his daughter, Barbora. As an infant, in 1891, Isidore came to America with his parents. When he was young, he lived at 440 Lafond with his parents, Wenzel and Mary, his maternal grandmother, Theresa (from 1899 until her death in 1904), and siblings Anna, Louis, William, Mary, Theresa, Frank, Rose, and Julia. In August 1910, I.F. married Rose Tanner.
I.F. and Rose had a son, Richard, in 1912 and a daughter, Helen, in 1916. During that time, they moved around St. Paul and I.F. worked at the railroad. I.F. lost his father, Wenzel, to tuberculosis in September 1916. I.F. moved his family to work in Sioux City, Iowa, from about 1920 to 1922 where son, James, was born. The family was back in St. Paul by 1924 where they again moved around St. Paul and I.F. worked as a foreman at the railroad. Over the next couple of years, I.F. lost three of his sisters, all to tuberculosis – Anna on March 8, 1924, Theresa on March 22, 1925, and Rose on April 20, 1926. In the census for 1930, I.F. and Rose lived at 234 Bates Avenue with their children Richard, Helen, and James. In 1940, they lived at 1924 E Nevada with son, James, and I.F. was still working as a roundhouse foreman at the railroad. By 1942, they had moved to Stillwater.
I.F. died on March 20, 1972 at the age of 81. The cause of death was listed as a ruptured dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was buried at St. Michael’s Cemetery in Bayport.
LouisJoseph Pribil was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on December 26, 1894 to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter. Louis was baptized on December 30, 1894 at the Church of St. Agnes and his godparents were Alois and Albina Kubitschek. As a child, Louis lived at 440 Lafond with his parents, Wenzel and Mary, his maternal grandmother, Theresa (from 1899 until her death in 1904), and siblings Isidore, Anna, William, Mary, Theresa, Frank, Rose, Julia, and Emma. At 15, Louis was listed as working as a cutter at JT Peisert. In 1914, his family moved to 885 Edmund. Louis’ father, Wenzel, died of tuberculosis in September 1916 and Louis lived with his mother and siblings on Edmund until he married in 1921.
Louis married Mabel Erickson at the Church of St. Agnes on January 26, 1921. Louis and Mabel never had children but Mabel’s niece, Geraldine Erickson, lived with them for several years when she was young. Louis lost three of his sisters, all to tuberculosis – Anna on March 8, 1924, Theresa on March 22, 1925, and Rose on April 20, 1926. Louis and Mabel lived all over St. Paul and Louis worked as meat cutter/driver.
Louis died of cardiac arrest/arteriosclerotic heart disease on April 7, 1984 at the age of 89. He was buried at National Cemetery at Fort Snelling.
WilliamAlbert Pribil was born on April 21, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter. William was baptized on May 3, 1896 at the Church of St. Agnes and his godparents were Alois and Albina Kubitschek. As a child, William lived at 440 Lafond with his parents, Wenzel and Mary, his maternal grandmother, Theresa (from 1899 until her death in 1904), and siblings Isidore, Anna, Louis, Mary, Theresa, Frank, Rose, Julia, and Emma. At 15, Bill was working as a messenger. He would eventually work as a telegraph operator/stenographer for the railroad.
In 1914, Bill’s family moved to 885 Edmund. His father, Wenzel, died of tuberculosis in September 1916 and he lived with his mother and siblings on Edmund until he married in 1921. Bill married Rose Penzenstadler at the Church of St. Agnes on May 3, 1921. After they married, Bill and Rose lived at 875 Thomas with Rose’s family – her parents, Ludwig and Johanna, and brothers, George and Joseph. Bill and Rose had three daughters, Mildred, Rosemary, and Dorothy, and the family lived at 875 Thomas until 1936. In the 1940 census, Bill, Rose, and their daughters lived in Baldwin, Wisconsin, and in the city directory for 1943, they were listed as living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The family was back in St. Paul living at 888 Dayton at the time of Bill’s death in 1948. He died of myocardial infarction/coronary sclerosis on November 30, 1948 at the age of 52. He was buried at Calvary in St. Paul.
FrankJoseph Pribil was born on July 20, 1903 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Wenzel Pribil and Mary Peter. He was baptized at the Church of St. Agnes on August 2, 1903 and his godparents were Alois and Albina Kubitschek . As a child, Frank lived at 440 Lafond with his parents, Wenzel and Mary, his maternal grandmother, Theresa (until her death in 1904), and siblings Isidore, Anna, Louis, William, Mary, Theresa, Rose, Julia, and Emma. The family moved to 885 Edmund in 1914. In September 1916, when Frank was 13, his father, Wenzel, died from tuberculosis. Frank began working at age 15, working first as a messenger and then as a clerk at a transfer company. He also briefly worked at the railroad as a laborer.
By 1922, he was working as a bookbinder. Frank lost his oldest sister, Anna, to tuberculosis on March 8, 1924. The following year, his sister, Theresa, also died of tuberculosis on March 22, 1925. By 1926, the family had moved to 849 West Central Ave. Frank lived there with his mother, Mary, his stepfather, Stephen, stepbrother, Fred, sisters Rose (until her death in April, also from tuberculosis), Emma, Julia, and Julia’s husband, Joe Plaschko (widower of their sister, Anna), Joe and Anna’s daughter, Anna (my grandma), and Joe and Julie’s son, Joseph Daniel Jr. (born in July 1926).
In 1927, Frank was living with his sister, Mary, and her family, and sister, Emma. In the city directories for 1926-1927, Frank was listed as working as a bookbinder at Plaschko Bindery at 618 Edmund (this was the residence of Frank Plaschko, Joe’s first cousin). On April 9, 1929, Frank married Agnes Penzenstadler at the Church of St. Agnes. Frank’s brother, Bill, was married to Agnes’ sister, Rose. Witnesses were Frank’s sister, Emma, and his nephew, Richard. When they were first married, Frank and Agnes lived at 823 Lafond and Frank worked as a bookbinder at a printing shop. In 1931, Frank, Agnes, and their son, Frank Jr., were listed as living at 875 Thomas with Agnes’ family – her parents, Ludwig and Johanna, her brothers, George and Joseph, her sister, Rose, and her husband, Frank’s brother, Bill, and Rose and Bill’s daughters Mildred, Rosemary, and Dorothy. Frank was working as a pressfeeder at Clarkson Rishoff. In 1932, they lived at 835 Thomas with Frank’s mother, Mary, and her husband, Stephen. From 1933 through 1935, Frank and his family lived at 851 Capitol Ave where their daughter, Carol, was born in 1934. Frank was still working as a pressman at Clarkson at this time. In the census for 1940, Frank, Agnes, Frank Jr., and Carol were again living at 875 Thomas with Agnes’ father, Ludwig, and brother, George. Frank was listed as working as a printer at a printing house. By 1950, Frank, Agnes, and children, Frank, Carol, and Jeanette, were living at 396 Woodruff Ave with Frank working as a pressman at Dow’s (daughter, Linda, was born in June of that year). Frank died on November 13, 1975 at the age of 72. The cause of death was listed as cardiac arrhythmia/coronary artery atherosclerosis. He was buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Little Canada.
Maria (Mary) Peter was born in Scheurek, Bohemia on May 25, 1868 to Alois Peter and Theresa Haselberger. When she was 21 years old, Mary married Wenzel Pribil in Furstenthut on January 7, 1890. Her father, Alois, had to agree to the marriage since Mary was considered underage. Within a year of their marriage, Mary and Wenzel had their first child, Isidore, born in December 1890. Soon after, Mary, Wenzel, and their infant son left Bohemia and headed for a new life in America. For the first couple of years, they moved around St. Paul until they settled at 440 Lafond in 1894 with the addition of their daughter, Anna. While living on Lafond, Mary and Wenzel had eight more children – Louis, William, Mary, Theresa, Frank, Rose, Julia, and Emma. Mary’s mother, Theresa Peter, lived with the family on Lafond from 1899 until her death in 1904. In 1914, Mary and Wenzel moved their family to 885 Edmund, where they lived at the time of Wenzel’s death in 1916. Mary and the children remained at 885 after Wenzel died and were still there six years later when Mary remarried. On June 15, 1922, she married Stephen Richter at the Church of St. Agnes. Witnesses listed in the church records were Michael and Anna Haselberger, the couple who had adopted Michael Salm in 1903 after the death of Mary’s sister, Frances. Mary and Stephen lived with her children and his youngest son, Fred, on Edmund until 1924, and then at 849 and 851 West Central Ave over the next few years. During that time, Mary suffered a great deal of loss. First, she lost two of her grandchildren, Anna’s 4-year-old daughter, Agnes, and her baby son, Joseph Daniel, both in 1923. This was followed by the deaths of three of her daughters, all from tuberculosis – Anna on March 8, 1924, Theresa on March 22, 1925 and Rose on April 20, 1926. In 1929, Mary and Stephen moved to 835 Thomas where they lived until 1932. From 1933 until 1937, they lived at 751 Blair.
Mary died on April 12, 1937 due to arteriosclerosis/cerebral hemorrhage. She was buried with first husband, Wenzel, at Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul. My grandma told me that her sister, Agnes, was also buried with them.
While searching the parish records of Furstenhut in the Czech archives, I noticed almost every other page had a Pribil on it. So not only was I able to find my great-great grandfather, Wenzel Pribil, and his parents, Josef Pribil and Juliana Graf, I also found his siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. I noted every birth, marriage, and death record for the Pribil family and traced the members as far as I could. Many of them spent their entire life in Furstenhut and many of their stories are still unknown to me. And a few, like Wenzel, left Bohemia for a better life in America. Meet the Pribil relatives…
Josef Pribil’s twin sister, Rosalia, married Josef Kubitschek in Furstenhut in 1857. Rosalia and Josef had a son, Alois, who married Albina Stegbauer in Furstenhut in 1885. Two years later, Alois and Albina left Bohemia and settled in St. Paul, Minnesota. This was a few years before Alois’s first cousin, Wenzel, settled in St. Paul with his wife, Mary, and their son, Isidore. I assume cousins Wenzel and Alois were close since I found that Alois and Albina Kubitschek were godparents to all of Wenzel and Mary’s children. That is with the exception of their son, Isidore (called Izzy or I.F. for Isidore Frank), who was born in Bohemia. His godparents were listed as Isidor Harant, a neighbor in Furstenhut, and his daughter, Barbora. I assume that is where his name came from and it was spelled ‘Isidor’ like his godfather on his birth record but any documents I found from the U.S. listed his name as ‘Isidore.’
Three of Josef Pribil’s eight children also married Kubitscheks – daughter, Barbara, married Wenzel Kubitschek, daughter, Maria, married Pius Kubitschek, and son, Anton, married Philomena Kubitschek. There were at least 27 Kubitschek grandchildren from these marriages and I believe some may have come to America as well.
One of Josef Pribil’s brothers, Mathias, married Josef’s wife’s sister, Anna Graf, in February 1844. They had only been married a little over a month when Mathias died of typhus. By 1849, Anna had married Joseph Selbitschka and had a daughter, Barbara. They had at least two more children. Their youngest daughter, Anna, left Bohemia around the same time as her first cousin, Wenzel Pribil, and came to St. Paul, Minnesota. Anna married Michael Haselberger in 1892. They did not have any children of their own. In 1903, they adopted a baby, Michael, after the death of his mother, Wenzel’s sister-in-law, Frances Peter, and her husband, William Salm.
Wenzel Pribil had a third cousin named Johann Pribil. Johann also settled in St. Paul, married Rosa Peter, and they had a daughter named Anna born in 1916. Wenzel’s own daughter, Anna, and her new husband, Joseph Plaschko, were named godparents to baby Anna.
I mentioned that Alois and Theresa (Haselberger) Peter had twelve children, this was according to what was recorded in the 1900 US Census. Through my research, I was able to find ten of these twelve children through birth records in the Czech archives. I then searched for them in the marriage and death records. For two of them, I found nothing further than their birth records – Theresa born on October 5, 1864 and Alois born on September 25, 1866, both in Schuerek, Bohemia. I discovered that four of them had died as babies – Josef was born in Scheurek on January 4, 1872 and died on April 8, 1872. Twins Rosa and Franz were born in Finsterau, Bavaria on July 5, 1877. They both died of whooping cough, Rosa at 8 months on March 8, 1878 and Franz at 10 months on May 26, 1878. And Rosa was born in Finsterau on June 4, 1880 and died of convulsions/seizures at 5 months on November 29, 1880. I was able to find a bit more on the oldest son, Johann. He was born on June 18, 1863. At 25, he married Aloisia Peter (no surprise here, another example of 2nd cousins who married) in Huttl, Bohemia on February 4, 1889. They had five children, two who died at just days old and one who died at eleven months. The other two lived to adulthood and married in Bohemia, one of them in 1920 and the other in 1937. It is unknown when or where Johann died but if his children remained in Bohemia, I assume he did as well. Anna, who I have mentioned before, was born in Finsterau on June 4, 1874. According to a passenger list I posted earlier, she came to America with her parents on August 15, 1893. Her older sisters, Mary and Frances, had already settled in St. Paul. No other information was found for Anna.
So that leaves Mary and Frances. I’ll save Mary for later and tell the story of Frances…
Frances was born in Scheurek, Bohemia on February 28, 1870 to Alois Peter and Theresa Haselberger. It is unknown when she left Bohemia to come to America, possibly around the same time her sister, Mary Peter Pribil, did in 1891. Frances married William Salm in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota on January 30, 1893.
Frances and William settled in St. Paul and had six children together: Anna, born in 1895; William, born in 1897 and died in 1899; Teresa, born in 1898; William, born in 1900; Michael, born in 1901 and died in 1902; and Michael, born in February 1903. About three weeks after the birth of her son, Michael, Frances died at home on March 6, 1903. The cause of death was puerperal sepsis (infection from childbirth) which led to septicemia.
Just a month later, her husband, William, died of tuberculosis, leaving their four children without a parent. Their daughters, Anna and Teresa, were kept together and adopted by Herman and Anna Christl. Their son, William, was adopted by Joseph Petschl and his wife, and the baby, Michael, was adopted by Michael and Anna (Selbitschka) Haselberger. Michael was a distant cousin of Frances’s and Anna was a first cousin of Frances’s brother-in-law, Wenzel Pribil.
Once I had discovered everything that had happened to Frances, a lot of questions were answered. I had known Teresa and Anna Christl and Michael Haselberger were related to the Pribil/Peter family but I hadn’t been able to figure out where they fit in because of their changed last names. My grandma had pictures of them and told me they were cousins but she couldn’t remember how they were related. Although the story was tragic, I was grateful to find the information to put everyone in their place in the family tree.
Theresa Haselberger, my 3x great-grandmother, was the oldest of eight sisters born to Franz and Theresia Haselberger. Two of her sisters married brothers – her sister, Anna, married Anselm Eder in 1867 and her sister, Crecenz, married Franz Eder in 1873. In 1875, eight years after Anna and Ansel had married, Anna died of tuberculosis. In 1879, six years after Crecenz and Franz were married, Crecenz died, also of tuberculosis. Three years after her death, in 1881, Crecenz’s husband, Franz, married her younger sister, Josefa. Josefa died three years later in 1884 of ‘side stitches and rubeola’ which most likely meant appendicitis and measles.
I found all of this interesting because of what happened years later in Theresa’s own family. Two of her grandsons, Bill and Frank Pribil, married sisters – Rose and Agnes Penzenstadler (more on this later). Three of her granddaughters died of tuberculosis – Anna Pribil in 1924, Theresa Pribil in 1925, and Rose Pribil in 1926. And as I have mentioned, after Anna died, her husband, Joe Plaschko, married her younger sister, Julie. I remember hearing something about this being the idea of Anna and Julie’s mother, Mary Pribil. She had been around 11 years old when her Aunt Crecenz died, and 13 years old when Franz married her other aunt, Josefa. So perhaps it was her idea since she had seen it work before.
Wenzel Pribil and his wife, Mary Peter, were married in Furstenhut, where Wenzel was born and raised. Mary was born in Scheurek, Bohemia, just south of Furstenhut and closer to the border with Bavaria. Her father, Alois Peter, was from Bohemia and her mother, Theresa Haselberger, was from Bavaria. Meet the Peter-Haselberger families…
Johann George Peter was born in Unterlichtbuchet, Bohemia in 1776. Katharina Neubauer was born in Unterlichtbuchet in 1775 to Josef and Eva Rosina Neubauer. Johann George Peter and Katharina Neubauer were married on May 7, 1798 and had at least 10 children, including Josef. Johann George died of pneumonia at the age of 54 on November 7, 1830. A date of death for his wife, Katharina, is unknown.
Josef Peter was born on July 1, 1802 in Unterlichtbuchet, Bohemia to Johann George Peter and Katharina Neubauer. Elisabeth Rauman (along with her twin brother, Johann) was born on October 8, 1805 in Landstrassen, Bohemia to Johann and Rosina Rauman. Josef and Elisabeth were married on May 15, 1825 in Landstrassen. They had at least 6 children, including Alois, and lived in Unterlichtbuchet where Josef was a house owner. Elisabeth died in Unterlichtbuchet of dropsy on August 20, 1854 at the age of 48. A date of death for Josef is unknown.
Alois Peter was born on October 6, 1830 in Unterlichtbuchet, Bohemia to Josef Peter and Elisabeth Rauman. He was 32 years old, living in Scheurek, Bohemia, and working as a day laborer when he married Theresa Haselberger. They were married on September 30, 1862 and since Theresa was only 22 and considered underage, her father, Franz, had to agree to the marriage. Alois and Theresa had 12 children and lost at least four of them as infants. In August 1893, Alois, Theresa, and their youngest daughter, Anna, sailed from Germany to New York and then traveled to St. Paul, Minnesota.
St. Paul is where two of their children, daughters Mary Peter Pribil and Frances Peter Salm, had settled. It is unknown where or when Alois died but it was sometime between 1893 and 1899…more on that in a bit. Now for some background on the Haselbergers…
Johann Haselberger was born in Hüttl, Bohemia in 1770. He married Agnes Nader (born 1771) in the early 1790s and they had at least ten children together, including their youngest, Franz. Agnes died in 1829 of consumption when she was 58 years old. Johann married a woman named Katharina Turner the following year. He remained in Hüttl until his death in 1846.
Sebastien Neuberger was born in Hüttl, Bohemia. He married Katharina Hopfinger, daughter of Urban and Maria Hopfinger, on March 27, 1799 in Schuerek, Bohemia. Sebastien and Katharina had at least 9 children, including their youngest daughter, Theresia. Katharina died of dropsy on November 25, 1854 at the age of 78. It is unknown when Sebastien died.
Franz Haselberger was born in Hüttl, Bohemia on May 18, 1814 to Johann Haselberger and Agnes Nader. Theresia Neuberger was born in Hüttl on February 1, 1818 to Sebastien Neuberger and Katharina Hopfinger. Franz Haselberger and Theresia Neuberger were married in Finsterau, Bavaria on October 16, 1837 and they had eight daughters, including their oldest, Theresa. Franz died in Finsterau on March 18, 1879 of dropsy. It is unknown when Theresia died.
Theresa Haselberger was born on May 7, 1840 in Finsterau, Freyung-Grafenau, Bavaria, Germany to Franz Haselberger and Theresia Neuberger. She married Alois Peter in Furstenhut on September 30, 1862 at age 22. Since she was considered underage, her father, Franz, had to agree to the marriage of his daughter to the 32-year-old Alois. Alois and Theresa had 12 children and had lost at least 4 of them by the time they came to America on August 15, 1893, with their youngest daughter, Anna. Daughters MaryPribil and Frances Salm had both settled in St. Paul, Minnesota. It is unclear whether they were visiting or if they stayed and, if so, for how long. I came across a second passenger list with Theresa traveling from Germany alone five years later in 1898.
The document states she had been in the U.S. before and her destination was listed as “St. Paul, MN, daughter, Lafond 44.” This would be her daughter, Mary Pribil, who lived at 440 Lafond with her husband, Wenzel, and their children. Theresa’s husband, Alois, and youngest daughter, Anna, were not with her. So I wondered if the three of them had gone back to Germany and only Theresa returned? Or maybe she went back alone for a visit with family? I tried to find what I could on Alois and Theresa in St. Paul after they first arrived in 1893. Alois didn’t show up in city directories and he wasn’t in the U.S. census for 1900. But I did find Theresa in the 1899 and 1901 St. Paul city directories…which was after she came back to St. Paul the second time. In both 1899 and 1901, she was listed as the widow of Alois, living at 440 Lafond, which would be with Mary and her family.
She was also listed as a widow living with the family at 440 Lafond in the 1900 census. So that means Alois died between 1893 and 1899. I was unable to find any death record for him in St. Paul or in the parish records in the Czech archives. I was also unable to find any records for their youngest daughter, Anna, who initially came to St. Paul with them in 1893. Since the city directories didn’t list them as living in St. Paul in the mid to late 1890s, I assume Alois returned to Germany during that time with Theresa, and possibly Anna. I also assume he died there (in a German town not covered by the Czech archives) and sometime after Theresa came back to St. Paul to live with her daughter, Mary, her son-in-law, Wenzel, and their children. She’s in the family photograph I posted earlier, the one that my grandma wrote the names on…I love having a face to put with the name. No matter what condition the photos are in, they are treasures.
Theresa lived with Wenzel and Mary until her death from a stroke on February 6, 1904 at the age of 63. Her service was at St. Agnes and she was buried at Calvary in St. Paul. I have searched for her grave a couple of times with no luck, someday I will find it.
Wenzel’s parents were both born in Furstenhut but his mother, Juliana Graf, had Bavarian roots as well. Wenzel’s maternal grandmother, Juliana Hackl, was born in Finsterau, a village located in the Bavarian Forest across the border from Furstenhut. Some of the parish records in the Czech archives cover villages near the border so I was able to research these Bavarian ancestors as well. Meet the Grafs…
Johann Graf was born in Furstenhut, Bohemia on May 27, 1784 to Jacob Graf and Waldburga Gibis (I’ve seen some unusual names throughout my research but Waldburga…that was a new one). Julianna Hackl was born in Finsterau, Bavaria on November 19, 1786 to Jakub Hackl and Barbora Lang. Johann Graf and Julianna Hackl married in Furstenhut on July 29, 1811. After they married, Johann worked as a lumberjack and he and Juliana had at least 8 children, including daughter, Juliana. Johann died of tuberculosis at the age of 74 in Furstenhut on October 1, 1858. Juliana’s date of death is unknown.
Juliana Graf was born in Furstenhut, Bohemia on August 27, 1817 to Johann Graf and Juliana Hackl. When Juliana was 27, she married Josef Pribil on October 21, 1844 and they had 9 children, including the youngest, Wenzel. Juliana had been a widow for several years when she died at age 73 of hydrothorax (fluid/congestion of lungs) on February 16, 1891.
Wenzel Pribil was born on September 28, 1862 in Furstenhut, Bohemia to Josef Pribil and Juliana Graf. He was 27 and working as a lumberjack when he married Maria Peter on January 7, 1890. Wenzel’s mother died the following year and, with both parents gone, he and wife, Maria (Mary), left Bohemia for the United States with their son, Isidore. According to city directories, they lived in Minneapolis in 1892 but by 1893 had settled in St. Paul. In 1894, they were listed as living at 440 Lafond with the addition of daughter, Anna, and Wenzel worked as a tinner. In the U.S. Census for 1900, Wenzel lived at 440 Lafond with his wife, Mary, mother-in-law, Theresa Peter, and children Isidore (Isidore Francis who was called I.F. for short), Anna, Louis, William, Mary, and Theresa. This brings me to a photograph of the family from around that time. My grandma had the wonderful habit of writing information on the back of photos – names, dates, locations, etc. This has been very helpful for me in my research. She had one family portrait of her grandparents, Wenzel and Mary, which included her great-grandmother, Mary’s mom, Theresa Peter. Also pictured were Wenzel and Mary’s six oldest children. And my grandmother conveniently labeled this photograph as well…on the front of it! She even used the pen to add pupils to Mary’s eyes…
In 1905, the family was still on Lafond with the addition of son, Frank (born 1903), and Wenzel was working as a lighter for Patterson Street Light Company. In the 1910 census, the family included Wenzel, Mary, Isidore, 20, Anna, 17, Louis, 16, William, 14, Mary, 12, Theresa, 9, Frank, 7, Rose, 4, and Julia, 2. Daughter, Emma, their last child, was born in November of that year. By that time, Wenzel had become a meter reader for St. Paul Gas Company. The family moved to 885 Edmund around 1914 and Wenzel lived there with his family until his death on September 12, 1916 at the age of 51. The cause of death was pulmonary tuberculosis and he was buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul.
My grandma was 6 years old when her mother, Anna Pribil, died and 9 years old when her father, Joe Plaschko, married Anna’s younger sister, Julia Pribil. This was the great-grandma I knew, we called her Grandma Julie. I remember when I was young, I found the whole thing very confusing…I would think about how my grandma’s aunt became her step-mother and how her (half) sisters were also her first cousins. It was unusual but I thought it was intriguing as well. Anna and Julia Pribil were two of the ten children of Wenzel and Maria Pribil. Like Mansuet and Anna Blaschko, Wenzel and Maria left Bohemia in 1891 and settled in St. Paul, Minnesota. They came from Furstenhut, a village located in the Bohemian Forest (which is now called Sumava), near the border of Bavaria. Meet the Pribils…
Jakob Pribil was born in Furstenhut, Bohemia in 1746. He married Katharina (born around 1760, maiden name unknown) and they had at least 4 children – Johann (1790), Josef (1791), Theresia (1799), and Augustin (1804). Jakob died of dropsy on July 20, 1831 at the age of 85. His wife, Katharina, died of tuberculosis on November 27, 1836 at age 76.
Johann Pribil was born in Furstenhut, Bohemia in 1790 to Jakob and Katharina Pribil. On August 14, 1814, at age 24, he married Maria Elisabeth Michetschlager. Elisabeth, born in Elendbachl, Bohemia, on August 22, 1793, was the daughter of Anton and Anna Maria (Herzog) Michetschlager. After Johann and Elisabeth were married, they lived in Furstenhut and had at least 9 children, including twins, Josef and Rosalia. According to records in the Czech archives, Johann owned a small house and worked as a lumberjack. Elisabeth died on May 30, 1845 of dysentery at the age of 51. Five months after her death, Johann married a woman named Maria (maiden name unknown) on October 27, 1845. Johann died of senility/old age in Furstenhut on July 30, 1864 at the age of 74.
Josef Pribil (along with twin sister, Rosalia) was born on August 13, 1818 in Furstenhut, Bohemia to Johann Pribil and Maria Elisabeth Michetschlager. When Josef was 26, he married Juliana Graf on October 21, 1844. After Josef and Juliana were married, Josef became what was called a ‘cottager.’ This meant he would have probably owned a small house and some land, between 5-25 acres, for a small garden and a few farm animals. The land would not be enough to make a living off of so he would have worked as a day laborer or farm hand as well. Josef and Julianna had at least 9 children, including their youngest, Wenzel. Josef died of tuberculosis at age 59 on February 6, 1878.