Anton Sulak Sr. and Marie Anna Hertous
Husband Anton Sulak Sr.
AKA: Antonin Born: 11 Feb 1841 - Halenkov House #175, Moravia Christened: Died: 15 Nov 1911 - West, McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, Texas
Father: Jan Sulak (1811-1850) Mother: Marina Strbacka (1812-1863)
Marriage: 2 Nov 1873 - Washington County, Texas
Other Spouse: Rosina Tanecka - 3 Feb 1864 - Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Halenkov, Moravia
1. Birth: 1841, Halenkov House #175, Moravia. Several birthdates of Anton are listed as it changes from census to census and is different on the ship's manifest. The grave marker lists his birthdate as May 10, 1838. The Czech National Archive at Opava lists it as February 11, 1841. The 1900 census lists the birthdate as May 1840. The Czech Archive is the correct date.
2. Baptism: 11 Feb 1841, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Halenkov, Moravia. Godparents:
Katharina widow of Joseph Kudelniak
Franz Schubert parson
Marta Tureczek #229 (midwife)
3. Immigration: 12 Oct 1872, Fayette County, Texas. Departed August 17th, 1872 from the port of Bremen aboard the ship Hannover I. Arrived in New Orleans, LA, October 12, 1872 which was the processing port for immigrants. The port of entry was Galveston, Texas on October 17, 1872.
Ship's Manifest at Galveston: Source: Galveston Seaport Museum, Immigration
SCHULAK (SULAK), Anton 31, Rosina 27, Anton 7, Anna 6, Isidor 5, Cecilia 2, Johann 6/12, Austria; Hannover, 12 Oct 1872; Galveston
4. Filed his intention to become a U.S. Citizen at the District Court of Fayette County.
5. Place: 1880, Warrenton, Fayette County, Texas. According to the Handbook of Texas: Warrenton is on State Highway 237 between Spencer Pool and Coon Creek, twelve miles northeast of LaGrange in northeastern Fayette County. It was founded by William Neese, who landed in Galveston in 1847 and name the new settlement that grew around his store for Warren Ligon, another early colonist. This area of Fayette County was heavily settled by German colonists who, with an admixture of Anglos, formed numerous small farming communities based on the production of cotton, corn, and dairy products. The community flourished. A post office was established in 1873, when the town had a population of over 100, churches, schools, a gin, and supporting businesses. Soils in the area are suited for agriculture but eroede easily on slopes and soon lose their fertility. The lowering productivity of the soil and falling cotton prices encouraged a shift to cattle and poultry after 1900, and many farmers who had allowed tenants to grow cotton on shares let the fields revert to pasture. In 1990 the town shrunk to 50, and had 12 antique stores and the world's smallest Catholic Church, St. Martins.
6. Occupation: 1880, Warrenton, Fayette County, Texas. According to granddaughter Doris (Sulak) King, Anton was a plantation manager and collected fees from sharecroppers. A search of the Fayette County deed records between 1873 - 91 did not find any property owned by Anton Sulak.
7. Census: 29 Jun 1880, Warrenton, Fayette County, Texas. Supervisor's District 5, Enumeration District 163, Page 25, Location 207-218. All that territory lying between the road leading from La Grange to Burton and the road leading from La Grange to Ledbetter outside the corporate limits of town of La Grange. This is Northeastern Fayette County.
Name Relationship Age
Anton Head 43
Mary Wife 30
Anton Son 15
Cely Daughter 10
Mary Daughter 5
Sylvester Son 4
Patrolina Daughter 2
Frank Son 2 Mos.
The census recording shows the Anton Sulak family was located near the village of Warrenton, Texas.
A review of the all the families tabulated in the census shows the Sulak family as one of a very few Czech families in this Enumeration District although other districts were heavily settled by Czechs. The census listed Anton's birthplace as Austria.
8. Residence: 1888, Ledbetter, Fayette County, Texas.
The baptismal record of Adolf Sulak in 1888 has Ledbetter as his residence. The account of L.J. Sulak places his birthplace as Carmine. LJ's account has Anton's first wife, Rosina, passing away near Roznov which is between Warrenton and Fayetteville.
9. Place: 1891, West, McLennan County, Texas. The biography of L.J. Sulak places the move in 1890.
Moved clan from Fayette county to McLennan County. Family was probably seeking richer farmland and better opportunities. Anton and remaining family settled in the City of West in a house across from the railroad and the current rail depot museum.
According to the Handbook of Texas,Online: West is in on Interstate Highway 35 eight miles south of Dallas in northeastern McLennan County. It traces its beginnings to a settlement at Bould (or Bold) Springs begun by Carey Boulds prior to 1852. In 1852 a post office was established at Boulds's cabin. In 1856 the family of Walter Wyattt Bennett moved into the cabin and became the first permanent residents of the communit. In 1860 the United States census recorded a populaton of 311 in the town. The present townsite was established in 1881 and the name was changed to West, in honor of Thomas M. West, prominent businessman, landowner, and postmaster of the new post office established in 1882. The town was on a quarter section of land belonging to West, who opened a general store in 1884, the West Hotel in 1889, and the West bank in 1893. Construction of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad through West in 1881 was responsible for the early growth. The town was incorporated in June 1892. The West Crescent was published from 1889 into the 1890s. The West News began publication in 1891, and the West Times, first edited by William Baldridge in 1888, was taken over in 1891 by Fred B. and Abe L. Whipkey. The town's first educational institution was a private school called Allen's Academy, after founder William O. Allen. By 1900 West had a fire department, a weekly newspaper, a cotton mill, several cotton gins, a hotel, a school system, several churches, and a population estimated by some as high as 2,000. The town had become a station on the Texas Electric Traction Railway. By 1900 the railroad and available university lands began to bring in large numbers of Czechs and Germans to the established Anglo communitiy. Cotton and small grain production, along with the cattle ranching were the area's chief occupations. In 1920 the town had a textile mill, a mop and broom factory, and a sausage and chili plant. The West Independent School District was established in 1923. In 1989 West was known for its restarants and bakeries that specialized in Czech and German foods. Nemecek Brothers Meat Market, established in 1896, is known throughout the state for its Czech hams and sausages. The Westfest occurs annually on Labor Day weekend and attracts around 50,000 people. This festival celebrates with music, dance, and food the rich heritage that the Czechs brought to Texas. In 1989 West had ninety businesses, a hospital, a combined library and museum and a weekly newspaper. In 1990 the population was 2,515.
10. Census: 9 Jun 1900, McLennan County, Texas. Justice Precint 3, Supervisor's District 9, Enumeration District 84, Sheet 7, Location 118 - 119. Justices Precincts; No. 3 (part of) All that portion of precinct, excl. West town, lying west of the M.K.& T.R.R.
Name Relationship Age Birthday
Anton Head 60 May 1840
Mary Wife 49 May 1851
Frank Son 20 April 1880
Vencil Son 18 Jan 1882
Ludvik Son 14 Aug 1885
Adolph Son 11 Jul 1888
Rudolph Son 9 Nov 1890
William Son 7 Sept 1892
11. Census: 25 Apr 1910, West, McLennan County, Texas. Precint 3 West City, Supervisor's District 11, Enumeration District 99, Sheet 12, Location 238 - 238. Justice Precinct 3 (part of) including West city.
Name Relationship Age
Anton Head 70
Mary Wife 57
Rudolph Son 19
Will Son 17
12. Obituary: 15 Nov 1911, West Newspaper, West, McLennan County, Texas. Death of Anton Sulak, Sr.
The many friends of the above named gentleman learned with sorrow Thursday morning that he had died the night previous.
Mr. Sulak had been in feeble health for several years, being a suffer from asthmatic trouble. He was born in Bohemia May 10, 1837. His death occurring November 15, 1911. He was therefore past 78 years.
He came to South Texas 39 years ago, and for the last 20 years has been a resident of West and vicinity.
He was married twice and was the father of twenty one children- ten of his children are living as follows: Mrs. Jos. Besdek, Mrs. John Bednar, Mrs. M. Cepak and the following sons: Anton Jr., Sylvester, Frank, Louis, Rudolph, Will and Adolf.
His funeral took place today from the Catholic church and interment at the Catholic cemetery Rev. Father Skocek officiating.
Mr. Sulak was a quiet unassuming citizen, his integrity and honesty was never questioned by those who knew him.
To his bereaved wife and children, The News extends its sympathy in their hour of sorrow.
13. Death: 15 Nov 1911, West, McLennan County, Texas. Death Certificate: Bronchial Asthma
No Parents Listed.
No Birthdate Listed:
Age: 73 yrs, 6 months, 5 days
Wife Marie Anna Hertous
AKA: Herthaus, Hertous, Hertuss Born: 6 Jun 1850 - Stríbrec House #27, , , Czech Republic Christened: 6 Jun 1850 - All Saints Church, Lutova, Czech Republic Died: 13 Nov 1934 - West, McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, Texas
Father: Common Law ( - ) Mother: Marie Anna Hertous (1826-1895)
1. Baptism: 6 Jun 1850, All Saints Church, Lutova, Czech Republic. Father:
Mother: Maria daughter of František Hertous, cottager from Stříbřec ą 57, and of mother Josefka nee Kubát from Lutová
Godparents: Prokop Mareš, retired peasant from Stříbřec ą 10 with Rosina his wife
Baptizing: Jan Brodlík, chaplain
Midwife: Rosina Padrlíkowá, midwife from Mláka
Note: left on the 14th August 1872 to America
born and baptized on the 6th July 1850 in Stříbřec ą 27
/parish book Lutová 28, page 68/ Photos
/record written in Czech/
2. Immigration: 1872, Texas. Immigrated in 1872 according to church records in Stribrec, Bohemia
3. Census: 6 Jan 1920, West, McLennan County, Texas. McLennan County, Precinct 3, Supervisor's District 11, Enumeration District 136, Sheet 5, Location 91 - 91. Waco; West city.
Name Relationship Age
Mary Head 69
Will Son 26
4. Residence: 1930, West, McLennan County, Texas. Marie lived at 413 N. Broadway Street at least between 1920 - 1934
5. Cenus: 5 Apr 1930, West, McLennan County, Texas. Precint 3, Supervisor's District 17, Enumeration District 155-42, Sheet 13A, Location 313 - 341. City of West. Broadway St.
6. Obituary: 15 Nov 1934, West Newspaper, West, McLennan County, Texas. Mrs. Marie Sulak, Pioneer Resident, Dies
Mrs. Marie Sulak, 85 years of age and a resident of West for a quarter of a century, died at her home here eary Tuesday, November 13th. A native of CzechoSlovakia, Mrs. Sulak has been a resident of the United States for 64 years and had lived in West during the past 25 years.
Funeral services were held at the residence in the north part of town at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Novemeber 14, with Rev. E. J. Polcak officiating. Internment was in the Catholic Cemetery. Pall bearers were: Jim Maresh, M.J. Mazner, L.F. Lednicky, J.A. Mashek, A. Nemecek and Jan F. Janak.
Survivors are three daughters Mrs. Matt Cepak of West, Mrs. Joe Bezdek of West and Mrs. John Bednar of West; one sister, Mrs. Paul Sulak of this city, seven sons, Sylvester Sulak, Frank Sulak, L.J. Sulak of La Grange, Adolf Sulak of Hillsboro, Rudolph Sulak and A.C. Sulak
Deceased leaves a host of friends among the young as well as the old to mourn her loss. They extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.
7. Death: 13 Nov 1934, West, McLennan County, Texas. Embolus due to arteriosclerosis
1 M Sylvester August Sulak Sr.
AKA: Silvestr Born: 5 May 1875 - Fayetteville, Fayette, Texas, USA Christened: Died: 25 Jul 1946 - West, McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Victoria Marie Bednar Marr: 4 Oct 1897 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas
2 F Marie Sulak
Born: 17 Feb 1876 - Carmine, Fayette, Texas Christened: Died: 4 Feb 1963 - West, McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Joseph Frank Bezdek Marr: 9 Oct 1893 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas
3 F Petrolina Sulak
AKA: Lena Born: Apr 1878 - Fayetteville, Fayette, Texas, USA Christened: Died: 12 Feb 1977 Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: John Bednar Marr: 4 Oct 1897 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas
4 M Frank Joseph Sulak Sr.
AKA: Frantisek Born: 28 Apr 1880 - Fayette County, Texas Christened: Died: 17 Apr 1961 Buried: 19 Apr 1961 - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Agnes P. Pustejovsky Marr: 1902Spouse: Agnes P. Pustejovsky
5 M Vaclav Sulak
AKA: Wencel, Wenceslaus Born: 1 Jan 1882 - Fayette County, Texas Christened: Died: 13 Jul 1908 - West, McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Anna Cajkovsky Marr: 22 Jan 1907 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas
6 M Louis J. Sulak
AKA: Ludvik Born: 4 Aug 1885 - Carmine, Fayette, Texas Christened: Aug 1885 - St. John's Catholic Church, Fayette County, Texas Died: 10 Sep 1967 - Travis County, Texas Buried: - LaGrange City Cemetery, Fayette County, TexasSpouse: Emilie Hanzelka Marr: 1 May 1905 - West, McLennan County, Texas
7 F Georgia Sulak
Born: Abt 1886 Christened: Died: 15 Apr 1886 - Fayette County, Texas Buried: - St. John's Catholic Church, Fayette County, Texas
8 M Adolph Daniel Sulak
AKA: Adolf Daniel Sulak Born: 13 Jul 1888 - Brenham, Washington County, Texas Christened: 12 Aug 1888 - St. John's Catholic Church, Fayette County, Texas Died: 25 Feb 1982 - Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Buried:Spouse: Mollie Frances Dvoracek
9 M Rudolph Roman Sulak
Born: 18 Nov 1890 - Brenham, Washington County, Texas Christened: Died: 16 Apr 1971 - McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Albina C. Dvoracek
10 M William J. Sulak
Born: 23 Sep 1892 - McLennan County, Texas Christened: Died: 26 Jan 1963 Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Did Not Marry
11 M Joseph Sulak
Born: 25 Sep 1895 - West, McLennan County, Texas Christened: 25 Oct 1895 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas Died: 16 Apr 1896 - West, McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, Texas
12 M Infant Sulak
Born: After 1874 Christened: Died: Bef 1900 Buried:
13 M Infant2 Sulak
Born: After 1874 Christened: Died: Bef 1900 Buried:
14 M Infant3 Sulak
Born: After 1874 Christened: Died: Bef 1900 Buried: