In my mind, there are 3 or 4 associations with the Czech family, beyond Roselin Sand marrying Alphonse Czech. One is the old couple northeast of us when we lived on the Dropps farm, in the early 70s. I've cobbled together four section photos from the 1940 Minnesota DNR air survey to illustrate. (Yes, I KNOW how much you love stuff like this ☺. Just humor me, ok?)
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the photo composite above
Our nearest neighbors were Tom & Minnie Czech, who lived in a tiny house oddly connected to ours by a rutted field road. We were starry eyed and fairly stupid hippies who thought we could go "back to the land". They took us in to their hearts, and never laughed at us...as far as we know ☺. They babysat for Josh, and he loved it there. I don't recall them ever being in a hurry--they had all the time we needed. They were wonderful friends. And, they were the parents of Alphonse, who married Roselin Sand, a neighbor girl from across the road. Neat, huh?
When I found this next pic in the Morrison County Atlases, I assumed it was Tom's family of origin, but nope, Martin and Mary Czech settled across the river in the Prussian areas around Bowlus and Swan River. And since I already looked them up, here's the pic and the names of the kids. I'm assuming the boys are in chronological order: Charles (John) b 1874, Stanislaus b 1876, Michael b 1880, Frank b 1884, Peter b 1886, Rockus b 1889 and Robert b 1891. The girls were Brigitta, b 1879, and Anna, b 1882. Mary and Martin were both born in 1846. Are they related to Tom? I dunno, but they look like a nice family, huh?
The other connection I think of is an article Larry found ages ago, from the St Cloud Times, after I mentioned names I remembered from my childhood. (The man is methodical in that he regularly searches for a whole list of names from his own family and mine. We are truly blessed ☺).
This couple is connected too--possibly thru Sam, but certainly thru Alvina, who was a sister of Elegius Otremba. Cool, huh? (TG we have Larry to research AND to comment on posts! ☺)
Love, Larry and Marlys ☺