Sunday, August 10, 2008

Smile for the Camera, Carnival of Images--The Hovorkas

My picture for the Carnival of Images is of Marie (Mary) Josephine Kostal born 16 May 1859 in Novosedly, Strakonice, Jihocesky Kraj, Czechoslovakia and her husband, Frantisek Josef Hovorka born 22 Dec 1857 in Trebesov, Rychnov, Nad Kneznov, Czechoslovakia. This is the family history picture I couldn't do without because these are the people who brought our family name to the new world. The oldest picture we have of any Hovorka. They were married on 22 Jun 1879 in Chicago, Illinois. This picture was taken for their 50th anniversary in 1929. The floral arrangement in the picture was spray painted gold and displayed in their living room after the anniversary. They lived on a farm along the Wisconsin river and after their deaths, the farmhouse had to be moved when the Castle Rock Lake Dam was built and the lake formed over their farmland. Frank was known by relatives as Gede, short for Gedecek, or grandfather.
I often look at this picture and hope that we are making them proud of what we are doing with the Hovorka name.

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