Sylvester August Sulak Sr. and Victoria Marie Bednar
Husband 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, Texas
Father: Anton Sulak Sr. (1841-1911) Mother: Marie Anna Hertous (1850-1934)
Marriage: 4 Oct 1897 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas
1. Birth: May 1875, Fayette County, Texas. There is a fundamental conflict in the birthdates of Sylvester and sister Marie. Marie's birthdate on the death certificate is February 1875 and Sylvester's is May 1875. The 1900 Census lists Marie's birthdate as February 1876, and the 1900 census has Sylvester's as May 1875.
2. Census: 25 Jun 1900, Hill County, Texas. Precint 3, Supervisor's District 6, Enumeration District 43, Sheet 31, Location 400 - 403
Name Relation to Head Birthdate
Sylvester Head May 1875
Victoria Wife Dec 1880
Agnes Daughter Feb 1899
3. Census: 15 Apr 1910, McLennan County, Texas. Justice Precint 3, Supervisor's District 11, Enumeration District 99, Location 11 -11. Justice Precinct 3 (part of) including West city. Oak St.
Lived in the City of West in a house where St. Mary's Catholic school now stands.
Name Relationship Age
Sylvester Head 34
Victoria Wife 29
Agnes Daughter 11
Mary Daughter 9
William Son 7
Annie Daughter 4
John Son 2
4. Occupation: 1910, West, McLennan County, Texas. Bar Keeper. Census Occupation. This was confirmed by daughter Doris who noted that Sylvester worked as a Bar Keeper in West and did the same in Waco around the same time.
5. Census: 20 Jan 1920, Penelope, Hill County, Texas. Hill County, Precint 5, Supervisor's District 6, Enumeration District 50, Sheet 13, Location 238 - 238. Hillsboro; Justice Precinct 5 (part of), including Mount Calm town, but excluding Hubbard city From the Hillsboro and Mt. Calm Road to the Bowing Grove Road south to the County line.
Location of Sylvester Sulak farm about 2 miles from the town of Penelope. It is approximately 400 yards from the Czech National Cemetery and adjoining Catholic Cemetery.
Name Relationship Age
S.A. Head 44
Victoria Wife 39
Mary Daughter 18
William Son 17
Annie Daughter 14
Johnnie Son 11
Victoria Daughter 9
Albina Daughter 7
Sylvester Son 5
Wesley Son 1 and 8 Mos.
6. Place: 1920, Penelopoe, Hill County, Texas. According to the Handbook of Texas,Online: Penelope is on Farm Road 308 fifteen miles south of Hillsboro in south central Hill County. It was settled in the early 1890's when the Seley family established the Zee Vee Ranch a half mile from the town's present site. Over the next decade a number of Anglo and Czech families moved into the region. In 1902 the tracks of the International-Great Northern Railroad reached the area. This initiated the purchase of land beside the tracks by the Smith Land Improvement Company, whcih laid out a townsite and named it for the daughter of the president of the railroad, Penelope Trice. That same year a post office branch opened. Soon thereafter many of the Czech families moved into the town. Residents voted to incorporate in 1913. Over the next 20 years Penelope established itself as a shipping and market center for south central Hill County farmers and ranchers. By the 1920s the town had an estimated population of 400 and twenty businesses, including a bank, three large gins, a lumber company, and the weekly Hill County Review. In addition, a number of churches and a school served area residents. Like its sister communities, Penelope declined as a result of the Great Depression, World War II and the construction of state and federal highways that made job opportunities in nearby Dallas and Waco attactive. By the late 1940s Penelope ahd declined to a population of 240 and eight businesses. These figures remained stable over the next four decades. In 1988 Peneolpe had 222 residents and two businesses.
7. Place: 1921, Tyson, Hill County, Texas. According to the Handbook of Texas,Online: Tyson, Texas on Farm Road 933 four miles south of Aquilla in southwestern Hill County, was established in the mid-1880s, and in 1886 a post office branch opened there. By around 1900 Tyson served area farmers and ranchers as a curch community. Its post office closed in 1907. In the mid-1930's the town had a store, a church, and a few scattered dwellings. It was always a small community, and in the late 1940s, the last time population figures were available for Tyson, twenty residents lived there. In the late 1990s only the church marked the site.
8. Residence: Nov 1921, Tyson, Hill County, Texas. Sylvester Sulak moved from Penelope in eastern Hill County to a farm near Tyson in southwestern Hill County in 1921 after family suffered sickness and the death of son Will, because of the bad water on the Penelope Farm. Sylvester purchase the old Anderson homestead consisting of 80 acres of land. He donated an acre for the Oak Valley School that was on the corner of his property. The Sulak family lived near Tyson until abt 1940. The old homeplace is on Hill County Road 2224 just off FM 933 and is known as the H & M Ranch on the entrance. The original house burned many years ago.
9. Biography: 1946. Source Doris (Sulak) King, daughter:
Sylvester Sulak was born in Fayette County in 1875. The family lived on a "Plantation" and Anton, his father, worked as a manager. The plantation was a large farm that had sharecroppers from many ethnic backgrounds. They lived and farmed cotton on the land as the cash crop.
When Sylvester was a young boy, he had blue eyes and blonde hair. The story goes that when he was about five, he was kidnapped by 'gypsies' who lived on the property who loved his looks. He was found within a couple of days. It was not clear what happened to the gypsies.
There are stories about mischief the Sulak children would get into. A nearby German farmer tended a water melon patch and apparently it was being raided, so he would sit in the patch at night on a stump protecting it with a shotgun. Sylvester and children decided to raid the patch, but they knen the farmer was guarding it. They waited till well after dark and they snuck onto his place, being as quiet as possible. The man had fallen asleep with the shotgun in his hands. They crept closer and Sylvester spotted something white on the ground and grabbed it. It turned out it was the man's sleeping dog which awoke with a great yelp, and to the big surprise of Sylvester. The dog dashed off howling toward the sleeping man, and an equally started Sylvester ran the other way. The man woke with a great start which caused him to fire both barrels of the shotgun wildly into the air. All the children ran away with great amusement.
In 1890, the Sulak family moved to McLennan County, a journey over a hundred miles. This was new territory opened for farming in the blacklands. In 1898, Sylvester's father and mother worked out a marriage arrangement with the Bednar Family. Sylvester and his sister, Lena, would marry the two Bednar children, Victoria and John. The children never knew each other before the marriage. There was a double wedding.
Sylvester started work as a farmer, but switched to being a bartender for a while. His brother-in-law, John Bednar, was also a bartender and John may have given Sylvester his start. He worked a bar in West, but later decided to go back to farming. Cotton was the cash crop, and the families financial condition depended on the price of cotton. All the children, boys and girls, would pick cotton. They would also pick cotton on relatives' farms, notably, Anton J. Sulak and Joseph Bezdek.
Sylvester was a quiet man, who loved his children.
10. Death: 25 Jul 1946, West, McLennan County, Texas. Arteriosclerotic heart disease and hypostatic pneumonia
Wife Victoria Marie Bednar
AKA: Vicktorie Bednar Born: 19 Dec 1880 - Lutová House #7, , , Czech Republic Christened: Died: 25 May 1959 - West, McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, Texas
Father: Jan Bednar (1844-1889) Mother: Anna Novotny (1848-1910)
1. Baptism: 20 Dec 1880, Lutová, , , Czech Republic. Father: Jan Bednár, farmer from Lutová 7, legitimate son of Josef Bednár, farmer from Lutová 7 and his wife Katerina nee Štech from Lutová 25
Anna, legitimate daughter of Jan Novotný, peasant from Chlum (Chlum u Trebone) #84 and his wife Katerina n Vavra from Žice (Žiteč) #14
Jan Novotný, peasant of Chlum (Chlum u Trebone) and his wife Marie from Chlum (Chlum u Trebone) #84
Josef Budweiser, parish priest
Midwife: Marie Štastná from Chlum (Chlum u Trebone)
Note: birth certificate was issued on the 5th March 1887 to go to America
2. Immigration: 1887, Texas. Victoria was born in Lutova, Bohemia. The Source is Catholic Archive of Austin on a baptismal registry for her son, John. The registry notes the birthplace of both parents and the maiden name of the mother. The Port of Entry was New York according to the Immigration and Passenger Index. Permanent entry number 7448156, Accession Number 3390102.
3. Marriage Arrangement: 1897, West, McLennan County, Texas. The custom of the day often had parents to arrange the marriage of their children. In this instance the parents of Sylvester (Anton and Marie Sulak) arranged the marriage with the parents of Victoria Bednar (Johan and Anna). Not only they arranged for the marriage of Sylvester and Victoria, but the Sulak parents also arranged for the marriage of their daughter, Patrolina, with the Bednar's son, John. The arrangnement took the form of a party with beer and food.
Victoria was only 16 at the time and had never met her future husband. She ran out and hid in the corn field. It was a double ceremony in which Sylvester and Victoria were married and John and Patrolina were also married.
The witnesses at the wedding were Joseph Mashek and Joseph Bezdek
4. Obituary: Waco News Tribune, 28 May 1959, Waco, McLennan County, Texas. Mrs. Victoria Bednar Sulak, 78, died at 11:50 p.m. Monday at her residence in West, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Assumption, Rev. Msgr. J. J. Valenta officiated, burial in St. Mary Cemetery in West. Rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Aderhold-Moore Chapel.
Survivors: Three sons, John D. Sulak of Marlin, Sylvester J. Sulak of Big Spring, Wesley J. Sulak of West; four daughters, Mrs. Annie Prikryl of Taylor, Mrs. Victoria King of West, Mrs. Alba Grellhesl of West, Mrs. Lillie Schroeder of Texarkana, Texas; two grandchildren she raised, Jerry R. Kucera of Japan and Martha Stafford of Waco; also 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Mary Kolar of West.
Active pallbearers: Jim Mashek, Joe Mashek, John Mashek, Ed Mashek, Jerry Mashek and August Sulak.
Aderhold-Moore Funeral Home, West, Texas.
1 F Agnes Mary Sulak
AKA: Anezka Marie Born: 21 Jan 1899 - West, McLennan County, Texas Christened: 3 Feb 1899 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas Died: 30 Jan 1926 - Tyson, Hill County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Frank J. Kucera Jr. Marr: 19 Aug 1919 - Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Penelope, Hill, Texas
2 F Marie Teresie Sulak
AKA: Mary Theresa Born: 6 Nov 1900 - Penelope, Hill County, Texas Christened: 29 Nov 1900 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas Died: 8 Jun 1926 - Chicago, Illinois Buried: - Czech National Cemetery, Chicago, IllSpouse: Josef M. Mikulencak Marr: 18 May 1920 - Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Penelope, Hill, TexasSpouse: William Fencka Marr: 24 Mar 1923 - Chicago, Illinois
3 M Will J. Sulak
AKA: Vilhem Born: 25 Jan 1903 - West, McLennan County, Texas Christened: 30 Mar 1903 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas Died: 22 Oct 1920 - Penelope, Hill County, Texas Buried: - St. Joseph's Cemetery, Penelope, Hill County, TexasSpouse: Did Not Marry
4 F Anna Sulak
Born: 25 Jul 1905 Christened: 18 Aug 1905 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas Died: 26 Aug 1975 - Travis County, Texas Buried: - Taylor City Cemetery, Taylor, Williamson County, TexasSpouse: Joseph Prikryl
5 M John Peter Sulak
AKA: John Daniel Born: 25 Jun 1908 - McLennan County, Texas Christened: 28 Jun 1908 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas Died: 25 Nov 1983 - Marlin, Falls County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Mary Divin Marr: 23 Nov 1936 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas
6 F Victoria Doris Sulak
AKA: Victoria Ludmilla Sulak Born: 10 Sep 1910 - West, McLennan County, Texas Christened: 15 Sep 1910 - Church of the Assumption, West, McLennan County, Texas Died: 8 Nov 2005 - McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Ulios Ray King Marr: 18 Aug 1937 - Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Penelope, Hill, Texas
7 F Albina Jane Sulak
AKA: Jean Born: 1 Aug 1912 Christened: Died: 8 Oct 1992 - West, McLennan County, Texas Buried: - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: August John Grellhesl
8 M Sylvester Sulak Jr.
Born: 1 Feb 1915 - Penelope, Hill County, Texas Christened: Died: 11 Nov 1993 - Big Spring, Howard County, Texas Buried:Spouse: Billie Jo Martin Marr: 9 Aug 1947 - Texarkana, Miller, Arkansas, United States
9 M Vaclav John Sulak
AKA: Wenceslaus Joseph, Wesley Born: 28 May 1918 - Penelope, Hill County, Texas Christened: 7 Jun 1918 - Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Penelope, Hill, Texas Died: 9 Nov 2000 Buried: 11 Nov 2000 - St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, West, McLennan County, TexasSpouse: Willie Mae Gerik
10 F Lillie Mae Sulak
AKA: Ludmilla Amalia Born: 27 Aug 1920 - Penelope, Hill County, Texas Christened: 19 Sep 1920 - Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Penelope, Hill, Texas Died: 7 Nov 1997 - Wake Village, Bowie, Texas, United States Buried: 9 Nov 1997 - Holy Cross Cemetery, Texarkana, Bowie, Texas, USASpouse: Leo Frank Schroeder Marr: 7 Feb 1942 - Camp Bowie Chapel, Brownwood, Texas