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Copied from "Kansas Pioneers" compiled by the Topeka Genealogical Society from articles submitted by any family member of the "Pioneers" and published in the Bicentennial Year 1976.
John and Magdalena received their homestead deed in 1891, and sold their land for $600.00 to Katie Lumpkins. They bought a farm in
another Moravian settlement in Rossville Township, Shawnee County.
Their land had quite an orchard of over 130 bearing fruit trees. The sons John and Frank, rented land from a neighbor and had their own farming operation until each was married.
John Alois Hrenchir died in 1900 and his four year old son, Joseph, died a few months later of typhoid fever.
Frank married Mary Zurich and they moved to San Francisco, taking Magdalena with them. He worked in smeltering plant and died after an
accident in which hot liquid burned him, in 1923. They had no children.
John Joseph married Eleanor Getty and they had 12 children. They farmed around Soldier and later lived in Holton.
Mary married John Schrader and they had seven offspring.
Anna Hrenchir Harris is now 93 years old. She has two children and is the widow of Crawford Parks Harris.
Frances married James Davidson and they had four children.
The following are things that I, (Anna Harris Neider, daughter of Anna Hrenchir Harris) remember in addition to the information in the article
from "Kansas Pioneers":
John Alois Hrenchir is the great-grandfather of Robert and Patricia Harris, the children of Francis B. Harris, who is the son of Anna Hrenchir Harris, the daughter of John Alois Hrenchir.
The author of the article, Joan Hrenchir, is the wife of Vincent Hrenchir, who is a great-grandson of John Alois Hrenchir. She got her information for the article from Anna Hrenchir Harris, the archives of the Kansas Historical Society and the Topeka Genealogical Society, and from birth and Baptismal certificates she obtained from Europe and various parishes in Kansas. Joan and Vincent Hrenchir have four sons and live on a farm near Berryton, Kansas, which is about 12 or 14 miles southeast of Topeka.
The name "Hrenchir" means potter in English. Mother says that her father, John Alois Hrenchir, died of cancer. He had been kicked in the stomach by a horse, and the doctor thought that the resulting bruise turned into cancer. However, at that time, not much was known about cancer in this remote part of Kansas, and there was nothing much that could be done for him.
You will note that in the beginning of the article there was mention made of a son Joseph and a daughter Anna, Joseph dying before the family came to America, and Anna dying during the journey. Anna Hrenchir Harris is the second Anna in the family, and the 4 year old Joseph who died of typhoid fever, was the second Joseph.
Mary Hrenchir Schrader was four years old when she came to America with the family, and told us that she could remember they came in steerage class, and how long the trip seemed. She said that when Anna died, the boat was only one day away from landing in New York, so that is why they hid Anna's body in order to bury her in New York.
Mother says that she can dimly remember the dugout home they lived in, and remembers the children building fences, etc., with sticks, in the dirt floor of the dugout. She also remembers the story told her later that their Mother had baked some bread and put it outside to cool. A couple of Indian braves rode their ponys into the yard and their Mother took the shot gun and went to the door. The Indians pointed to the bread and grunted, so she gave them two loaves of the fresh bread, and they turned and rode away.
Frank and Magdalena Hrenchir, and Mary his wife, who moved to San Francisco from Rossville Township, were there during the earthquake in 1906 and lost all their possessions, but were not injured. They came back to Topeka during the 1920's to visit the Harris and Davidson families and brought with them some of the dishes that they had salvaged from their wrecked home, and which were burned black, but had not broken, in the fire which followed the earthquake. We have one of the saucers they brought with them.
This article states that Mother is 93 years old. It was written in the early part of 1976, when she was 93, but she was 94 on October 15, 1976.
Magdalena, born in 1838, the second wife of John Alois Hrenchir outlived both Frank and Nancy Hrenchir, and after Frank's death, went to live in St. Joseph's Home in San Francisco, where she died, but I do not know the date. When Mother and I were in California during the summer of 1940, we went to St. Joseph's Home and visited with an elderly nun who remembered Magdalena and she told us of her last years spent in the home. We also located the cemetery where Frank and Mary Hrenchir were buried, and did find their graves, but could not locate Magdalena' s grave.
The Czechoslovakian name, Hrncir, means "potter"
John Alois and Victoria Sedlacek came to America from Sviadnov, Mistek-Fridek, Moravia and settled near St. Mary's, Kansas