Ancestors of Matej Hertaus and Mary Barta

Matej Hertaus and Mary Barta

Husband Matej Hertaus

            AKA: Michael
           Born: 2 Feb 1830 - StrÝbrec House #57, , , Czech Republic
           Died: 24 May 1909 - New Prague, Minnesota
         Buried: 27 May 1909 - Saint Wenceslaus Cemetery, New Prague, MN - Scott County

         Father: Frantisek Hertous (1803-1881)
         Mother: Josefa Kubat (1797-1870)

       Marriage: 31 Jan 1853 - StrÝbrec, , , Czech Republic


1. Birth: 2 Feb 1830, StrÝbrec, , , Czech Republic. House #57

2. Immigration: 1860, Minnesota. The Immigration and Passenger lists records indicate Matej and his wife Marie, and infant daughter Marie, entered the Port of Baltimore in 1860

3. Military Service: Civil War Veteran, 4 Jun 1864, Minnesota. He enlisted as a private in Co. D, Fourth Regiment Infantry Volunteers and served in the American Civil War. He was discharged July 19, 1865.

4. Place: New Prague, Minnesota. The first settlers to come to the New Prague area ventured to America compelled by their desire to seek new homes, provide a higher standard of living for their families and offer better opportunities to their children.
Anton Philipp, a Bavarian, was the first settler to come to New Prague in 1856. When he arrived in St. Paul, Philipp sought the counsel of Bishop Joseph Cretin who told him the best lands in the Minnesota Valley were occupied already, but the territory south of Shakopee held great promise.
During the summer of 1856, Philipp built the first log cabin on the south bank of Philipps Creek.
A few months later Albert Vrtis, a Bohemian settler also sought the advice of Bishop Cretin, when he was directed to a Catholic community to the north, near the present day city of St. Cloud. The group journeyed up the Mississippi, but at Fort Snelling they mistakenly turned up the Minnesota River, reaching Shakopee. There they were directed south, to Anton Phillip's settlement.
The first builders and developers in New Prague were Anton Philipp, Albert Vrtis, M.Hanzl, Joseph Stehlick, Thomas Suchomel, M. Stepka, M. Borak and Albert Janovsky. New Prague was established as a village in 1877.
Early settlers raised a cow or two for each family's use. Dairying advanced to a point where the need for a sound, business-like marketing system became apparent. Talk of forming a cooperative creamery was begun early in the 1900's. A meeting was called on September 2, 1911 for the purpose of discussing the feasibility of such a step. At this meeting an association was formed, a committee of five was formed to draft articles of incorporation and serve as a board of directors until the first annual election in December. A new building was erected and formally opened June 17, 1912. It remained The New Prague Creamery Association until the 1970's when it became part of A.M.P.I. (American Milk Producers, Inc.)
According to Dr. E.E. Novak, small grain had been the main crop. He saw the need for diversification of field crops and the improving of herds by use of purebred stock. He began raising corn, bought Duroc-Jersey hogs and Red Polled cows. In 1922 the Community Club decided to organize a livestock show to:
1) Develop greater interest in diversified farming,
2) Improve the quality of livestock in southern Minnesota,
3) Encourage 4-H club work,
4) Provide educational opportunities in the livestock field.
Known as the Southern Minnesota Livestock Show it evolved into a very successful, well-managed event. It included the counties of Le Sueur, Scott, Steele, Rice, Carver, Dakota, Nicollet, Wabasha, Blue Earth and McLeod. By 1930 there were 174 4-H club entries, especially in sheep and calves. Twleve schools were also represented in the stock-judging contest.
The first mill was built about 1875 beside the creek, west of the present mill. It was operated by steam and used mill stones for grinding.
F.A. Bean, Sr, established the New Prague Flouring Mill in 1896. In it's early days, wheat was bought from farmers of the New Prague area. It evolved into an international business known as International Milling, currently part of the ConAgra conglomerate, which produces two well known brands of flour; Seal of Minnesota and Robin Hood.
The New Prague Cooperative Oil Company was essentially a farmer's organization for dealing in petroleum products, wholesale and retail. Begun by a group of interested farmers on September 15, 1925, the first sale was made January 26, 1926. Over the years it has expanded from agricultural products into the wide variety of services known as Minnesota Valley Ag Co-op.
The Minnesota Valley Breeders Cooperative began as an artificial insemination business for purposes of improving herd production. It was an artificial insemination service and raised its own breeding stock. Also, the company was first in the area to build the sealed silos known as Harvestore, becoming the sale agency. Later the business became Midwest Breeders, and is currently called the 21st Century Genetics/CRI and 21st Century Farm Systems.

5. Obituary: 1909, New Prague, Minnesota. Michael Hertaus

Michael Hertaus died at eight o'clock on Monday evening at his home in this city of infirmities due to old age.

He was born on February 2, 1830, at Trebon, Budejic, Bohemia, where he as married. They came to America about 50 years ago and settled on a farm in Lanesburg Township where they lived until about 14 years ago when they moved to town to spend their declining years. He enlisted on June 4, 1864, as a private soldier in Co. D. Fourth Reg. Infantry volunteers and served his country faithfully until the war was over and was honorably discharged on July 19, 1865. He was on of the good old sturdy pioneers that was loved by all.

Besides his aged widow he leaves three daughters- Mrs. Frank Zelenka, of Lanesburg; Mrs Joseph Tupa, of Cedar Lake; and Mrs. F.J. Novotny, of this city- and three sons- Frank Hertaus, of Wheatland Township; Albert Hertaus, of Lanesburg township; and Joseph Hertaus, of St. Paul, to mourn his death. Three children died in infancy.

The funeral will be held at 10 o'clock this forenoon and the interment will be made in the local cemetery beside his deceased son.

Wife Mary Barta

            AKA: Marie
           Born: 2 Oct 1836 - Zitec, , , Czech Republic
           Died: 24 Apr 1910 - New Prague, Minnesota
         Buried:  - Saint Wenceslaus Cemetery, New Prague, MN - Scott County

         Father: John Barta (1813-1895)
         Mother: Josephine Sima (1818-1891)


1. Obituary: 1910, New Prague, Minnesota. Old Settler of Lanesburg Township Is Called to Her Eternal Reward. Aged 74 Years.

Mrs. Mathias Hertaus (nee Mary Barta) died about 8:40 on Sunday morning, April 24, 1910, of old age. She was at early mass that morning and got a weak spell and was carred back into the vestibule of the church and died immediately.

She was born in Bohemia in 1836 and was married there to her deceased husband in 1853 and they came to America in 1859 and settled on a farm in Lanesburg township, where they lived until 1893, when they moved to this city to take a well earned rest and to spend their declining years. SHe was a good christian lady and was loved by all who knew her.

None children blessed their union, three of whom are now dead. The surviving ones are Mrs. Joseph Tupy, Frank and Albert Hertaus, of Lanesburg township; Joseph Hertaus of Faribault; Mrs. Pauline Novotny, of this city ; and Mrs. Zelenka, of Lanesburg township. She also leases two sisters- Mrs. Wendel Franta and Mrs. Kuchynka, both of Montgomery.

The funeral was held at 10 o'clock on Tuesday morning from the Catholic Church. It was very largely attended and the funeral offerings were beautiful. The members of the Sacred Heart Leage, of which she was a member, attend the funeral in a body. Rev. Dean Jar. K. Cermak celebrated a requiem high mass and officiated at the funeral obsequies. She was laid to rest in the local cemetery by the side of her deceased husband, who died on May 24, 1909.

Among those who attended the funeral from other places were Mr. and Mrs. James Grey, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Novotny and Miss Rose Novotny, all of St. Paul; Mr. and Mrs. John Dietz, John Franta, Frank Kukacka, Wencel Franta, Mrs. James T. Franta, all of Montgomery; John Novotny and Daughter, Olga, of Stewart, Minn.

1 F Marie Hertaus

           Born: 9 May 1857 - Stribrec, Bohemia # 57
           Died: 15 Jul 1932 - New Prague, MN - Scott County
         Spouse: Frank Zelenka
           Marr: 2 Feb 1875 - New Prague, MN - Scott County

2 F Katherine Hertaus

           Born: 1859
           Died: 13 May 1905
         Spouse: Mathew Novotny
           Marr: 1876

3 F Elizabeth Hertaus

           Born: 1 Nov 1861 - Lanesburg Twp, MN - Le Sueur County - MN
           Died: 15 Oct 1947 - Webster, MN - Rice County
         Buried: 18 Oct 1947 - Veseli, MN- Rice County
         Spouse: Joseph Tupa
           Marr: 27 May 1884

4 F Agnes Hertaus

           Born: Cir 1865

5 F Petronia Hertaus

           Born: 23 May 1866 - Jordan MN
           Died: 1 Oct 1947 - St Paul, MN
         Spouse: Frank Suchomel (living)
         Spouse: Frank Joseph Novotny
           Marr: 25 May 1883

6 M Frank Hertaus

           Born: 5 Oct 1868
           Died: 24 May 1931 - New Prague, MN - Scott County
         Buried: 27 May 1931 - New Prague, MN - Scott County
         Spouse: Elizabeth Staska
           Marr: 5 Jun 1894

7 M Albert Hertaus

           Born: 22 Aug 1872 - Lanesburg Twp, MN -   Le Sueur  County
           Died: 7 Aug 1944 - Veseli, MN  Rice County
         Buried: 10 Aug 1944 - New Prague, MN - Scott County
         Spouse: Rose Hersman
           Marr: 5 Jun 1894 - St Wenc Church - New Prague, MN Scott Co

8 M Joseph Hertaus

           Born: 1875 - Le Sueur County, MN
           Died: 10 Sep 1918 - Faribault, MN - Rice County
         Spouse: Rose Tupy (living)

9 M Mathias Hertaus

           Born: 21 Feb 1881
           Died: 3 Oct 1886

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