Found in Czech Passenger List, Baltimore 1834-1879, by Leo Baca, page 54

Horack, Wenzel age 44
Anna, 38
Wenzel, 13
Johann, 7
Wilhelm, 8
Arrived in Baltimore from Bohemia aboard the 
Johanne Wilhelmina, 26 Nov 1860, going to Iowa

Horack, Daniel, 41
Catharina, 42
Wenzel, 20
Daniel, 18
Catharina, 15
Anna, 12
Johann, %
Helene, 2
Arrived in Baltimore from Bohemia on the 
Johanne Wilhelmine, 26 Nov 1860, going to Iowa


[Note: Many old history books contain numerous errors when it comes to spelling Czech or Bohemian surnames correctly. Also - Wesley is often substituted for "Vaclav". This biography also includes a photo of the Wesley Horak residence in 1913.]

Wesley Horak

Taken from "Leading Events in Johnson County, Iowa, History,  Vol I & II,
by Clarence R. Aurner, Western History Press, Cedar Rapids, IA, 1913

For forty-six years Wesley Horak has resided upon and cultivated the farm upon which he now resides in Jefferson township, Johnson county. Farming has been his occupation from boyhood. He came to America when twenty years of age with his parents, Daniel and Katherine (Pakinoc) Horak [possible error in surname], natives of Bohemia. Our subject was born in Bohemia in September 1840.

Daniel Horak and wife settled upon a farm in Jefferson township and lived thereon until their death. The mother died in 1899 and the father in the spring of 1904. They had seven children, as follows: Our subject [Wesley], Daniel, living in Grinnell, Iowa; John, died about fifteen years ago; Katherine, married to Joseph Stusak, resided in Cedar Rapids, and both died several years ago; Annie, married to Joseph Skala, resided on a farm in Linn county, where both died; Barbara, now Mrs. Frank Skala, living in Monroe township on a farm; Helen, now Mrs. John Volesky, living in Swisher, Iowa; Anna, married to Frank Volesky, resided in Johnson county until her death in 1901, the husband being now a resident of South Dakota.

Wesley Horak bought his first farm of 120 acres in 1865. This is now his home place. He has added eighty acres there-to, giving him 200 acres of exceedingly productive land. In 1864 he was married to Miss Katherine Kucher [Kucera?], a native of Bohemia, who came to America with her parents when seven years of age, and settled with them on a farm in Jefferson township.

Mr. and Mrs. Horak have nine children: Wesley, living in Cedar Rapids; Frank, a resident of Cedar Rapids; Charles, living at home; Edward, living at home and employed as U.S. Mail carrier out of Swisher, Iowa; Annie, now Mrs. Wesley Karban, living in South Dakota; Tillie, now Mrs. Charles Novak, living in Chicago; Carrie, now Mrs. Joseph Underly, living in Cedar Rapids; Clara, now Mrs. Lester Barta, living in Linn county on a farm; Emma, deceased wife of William Chehak.

Mr. Horak gives his political allegiance to the democratic party. His family and himself are affiliated with the Evangelical church.

Mr. Horak has just completed a fine new residence in Swisher, where he intends to make his home in retirement from his farm. Having worked all his life and now with an ample competency he is entitled to the rest and quiet that comes from a well-spent life.

Notes :  Daniel Horak and his wife are buried at Anderson Cemetery, Jefferson Twp., Johnson Co., Iowa, east of the town of Swisher, Iowa.

*NEW* - OBITUARY:  Katerina (Katherine) Horak

(clipping dated March 18, 1937?) Link to the .jpg clipping

     Mrs. Katerina Horak, 89, a long-time resident of Johnson county, died at her home in Swisher at 3:30 a.m. Friday after a long illness. As Katerina Kucera she was born in Budislav, kraj Churdimsky (Chrudim), Bohemia. In 1855 with her parents she came to this country at the age of 6 settling in Johnson county, where she had resided since. In 1865 she was married to Wesley Horak. Surviving are four sons, Wesley, Frank and Charles, all of Cedar Rapids; Edward of (Chicago?), four daughters, Mrs. Anna Karban, Mrs. Caroline Andrle, Mrs. (Lester?) Barta, all of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Tillie Novak, Chicago, twenty-one grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. in the home at Swisher conducted by the Rev. Francis Pokorny. Burial will be in the Anderson cemetery. Friends may call at the Barta chapel until 4 p.m. Saturday and at the residence Saturday evening.

Correspondence with Horak researcher, Betty Barta Beck
John Horak (b.3 Feb 1838, d. 30 July 1891, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) married to Katherina Pechanec, (b. 4 Nov 1835 in Czch d. 16 July 1911, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) - found in St. John's Catholic Cemetery.

Their daughter Anna Horak (b. 26 Jul 1862 in Kameny-Sedliste, Czch, d. 6 Sep 1939 in Los Angeles, CA) m.Vincent Sodoma.

Other surnames in my line are Rigel and Stusak. Most of the family is from Linn County, Iowa, at least the immigrants. Some moved to California later on.

Correspondence with another Horak researcher, Bob Sima..My great-great grandfather was Daniel Horak, B. 1841 in Bohemia. He emigrated in 1860 and married Catherine Bedner, [Bednar?] b. 1844 in Bohemia. I don't know where he first settled but in 1884 they had a son, John Washington Horak in Fairfield, Kansas - but in the 1890 census they were in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

John Washington Horak married Ellen Conway and they had 7 children (1915-1923); George, John, Thadius, Charles, Jay, Leo, and Honora. All of the children moved to So. California in 1941 after they were adults. John Washington Horak stayed in Cedar Rapids until 1964 when he died on a train visiting his children.

My Horak Family

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